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the year we actually do something
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“ASK LAURA ABOUT REAL ESTATE”
Selling a house? Some extra LUCK may help!
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Some homeowners look for divine intervention to increase their "luck", asking St.
Joseph to assist them in attracting a qualified buyer to their property. This
practice involves "planting" a small St. Joseph statue, upside down, in the front
yard of the home (or in a pot of soil if you live in a condo) while simultaneously
asking for some divine intervention. The statue must also be dug up once the
house sells, and taken with the owner to their new residence where it will be kept
in a place of honor.
Known for his work with wood, St. Joseph is rumored to bring good luck to
anyone who wants to sell their home quickly (and for a good price!) The
tradition goes back to the Middle Ages, when an order of European
nuns supposedly buried a medal of the carpenter-turned-saint on a piece of land
they hoped to acquire. The nuns asked St. Joseph to intervene, and soon
thereafter the land owner agreed to sell them the property. Other stories claim
that German carpenters would bury a statue of St. Joseph in the foundation of
buildings they built, asking the saint to protect the structure.
The tradition of burying a St. Joseph statue to speed up the sale of a home
became popular in the mid-1980's. Many homeowners have credited the success
of their home sale to St. Joseph, and this luck-attracting tradition remains popular
today among Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
Does it work? Many swear by it, including the Catholic priests that I sold a local
rectory for years ago. The home wasn't selling, so one of the priests buried a St.
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About The Vegas Voice
In 2018, The Vegas Voice received 9 national awards from the
North American Mature Publishers Association for our publication
- including our guardianship special efforts, editorial and column
reviews, front page
graphics, overall design
and “General Excellence.”
We proudly agree with
the Judge’s decision
that The Vegas Voice
is “a brisk, bold,
upbeat and effective
Pleasing the Pill
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
Do you want to come with me to Costco?
Immediately but most thankfully, I
realized that my Rana had asked me a very polite
Regular readers are well aware that The Vegas Voice political editor,
Rana Goodman is also my PILL (partner in love & life). In our now six
years in playing house, I have (unfortunately for me, sometimes too
slowly) come to understand that what my Ladylove says is “not exactly”
what she means.
As any loving male partner should know, their better half does not
always speak the same language that men do. Snicker all you want, but
every woman reading this knows exactly what she meant.
Rana had made a “most gentle, but you better follow my suggestion”
that I accompany her to the new superstore in Henderson.
Luckily for me, Rana uttered the remark after my morning coffee. And
with the caffeine reaching my brain before my mouth, yours truly gave
the “correct” response.
“Why of course. I would love to go with you! Actually, there’s no
other place where I would rather go - so long as I’m with you.”
Now I admit that the last sentence was gratuitous and perhaps even
“over-the-top” but I never know when I might need some extra credit.
And no doubt, every man reading this knows exactly what that means. It’s
called: Happy wife, happy life.
We were heading to Costco, not because we needed anything, but (in
her words) solely on a “scouting mission” to check out the new store.
Holding hands like teenagers, off we went.
Truth be told and as I have stated in prior articles, except during the
NY Giants football games, I really have no hesitancy in “Driving Miss
Goodman” whenever and wherever she desired. However one of my
unbreakable rules is that (despite her constant dismay and distain) once
we enter any store, I always walk 2 steps behind her.
Especially if she is pushing a shopping cart. The reason? For my
protection and safety.
In highlighting just one of her numerous skills, Rana has the uncanny
(if not magical) ability to move left, go right or reverse course in an
instant. No kidding, she can stop, pivot and/or zoom on a dime.
More than once when holding her hand (and doing so with her other
hand guiding the shopping cart) my arm would go one way while the
rest of my body went another. Like a drill sergeant dealing with a new
recruit, she would admonish me to “Come on, keep up, keep up” then
immediately do an about-face.
I’m telling you that if my Giants could be as agile, mobile and quick as
my Rana, we would be hosting Super Bowl parties every year.
So as I walked behind her (keeping my head on a swivel like a Secret
Service agent) I remained in awe as to how she can simultaneously move
in several directions – all at the same time.
By the way, our “really-don’t-need-anything-scouting-mission” cost
$340. And for extra, extra credit, I insisted on taking her out for lunch.
Those Costco hot dogs were delicious.
hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday
I season and survived your New Year’s parties
Opposing Charles Hoskin: To those that responded to our call
for help sending in emails/letters opposing Judge Charles Hoskin being
appointed to the Nevada Court of Appeals, thank you so very, very much.
If he hoped that Vegas Voice seniors were not paying attention to the
news and to our columns, he was seriously mistaken.
Our goal was to have 500 opposition messages sent to the Committee
of Judicial Selection, and as of our Christmas deadline, have received
442. Judge Hoskin’s scheduled interview before the Commission is
January 14 th and we will be there.
The Guardians Documentary: For those that attended our
guardianship seminars over the last two years, you saw filmmaker Billie
Mintz and his camera crew following us. “The Guardians” features
many of the victims we have written about during our investigation.
It has been showing at film festivals all around the United States
and Canada, coming away with glowing accolades and awards. His
excellent documentary will soon be available to all. You better believe
that as soon as we get a copy, we will be scheduling events around town.
Legislative Efforts: February will start the new legislative session
and we will begin lobbying for the Supported Decision-Making (SDM)
bill. SDM is a wonderful alternative to guardianship.
The key is that seniors would choose a person as their “supported
decision maker” while they are
mentally competent. Under this
process, seniors will remain in
their home, maintain control of
everything that belongs to them -
everything that a guardian would
The next bill we will be
supporting (thanks to all of you
that responded to our survey) is
Death with Dignity. When our
Looking Ahead By: Carol Chapman
As we look ahead to 2019, we do so with great anticipation. It is
an exciting time to live in Southern Nevada, and we believe our
mission to help seniors in the Las Vegas Valley is more vital than ever
With that in mind, we are excited to announce a new fundraising
event. The Foundation Assisting Seniors in association with The
Independent Senior Foundation present the 2019 Inaugural Gala to
be held on Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at the M Resort Spa Casino in
Performer Mark OToole is the event entertainment; dinner and show
will culminate with the presentation of the Nevada Centenarians. Live
and silent auctions promise to make this event even more incredibly
Starting the New Year
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
Judge Charles Hoskin
survey concluded, we had received a 95% positive response.
While some people have questioned whether family members with
an ulterior motive may request such terminal action, the answer is NO.
The Death with Dignity bill clearly provides:
1. Only the patient can request the medication from their physician.
2. The patient has six months or less to live due to their medical
3. Two doctors must sign off on it before medication is given.
We will be bringing you all updates as we get closer to the legislative
You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also
check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:
As you look ahead
to 2019 and think about how you can make a difference in your
community, please consider joining us at the Gala as a sponsor,
program advertiser, auction donor or by buying a table. All event
proceeds further the mission of The Foundation Assisting Seniors,
which is to assist seniors in times of illness, recovery, confinement at
home, coping with loss of a loved one and many other challenges.
Since its inception, The Foundation’s volunteers have responded to
more than 100,000 requests for assistance services in the Las Vegas
Valley. For more information, or to buy tickets, please call 725-244-
4200 or visit us at www.foundationassistingseniors.com.
Bring the family,
let’s learn to fly!
See pgs 17-21
Entertainment hosted by
Chadwick Johnson See page 18
The Vegas Voice presents:
Oct. 2012 September 2016
See page 9
Ooops, We did it again!
First: The Vegas Voice
Dan Roberts likens lawyers and bureaucrats to
First: The Vegas Voice, Dan Roberts, “Uxorious
in Every Way,” February 2018.
Dan Roberts’ PILL (partner in love & life)
achieved something spectacular – changed the
Nevada adult guardianship laws rescuing thousands
of people from usurious practices. Ah,
such romantic expressions – it’s a lovely read.
First: The Vegas Voice Dan Roberts, Rana
Goodman and staff, “The Good Guys Won,”
A collection of articles by Roberts, Goodman
and others celebrates the publication’s victory
in changing state law regarding guardianships.
Second: Feb./Mar./Apr. 2018, The Vegas Voice
The Vegas Voice runs primarily columns, and
they maintain consistency through design.
Rana Goodman w/ NAMPA Executive Director
Rana with NPA awards
And the award goes to…
There is nothing more gratifying than to be honored by your
peers. With that humble sentiment, we’re very proud to announce
that The Vegas Voice has received a total of 8 national
and state awards.
First: The Vegas Voice, Senior Guardianship
To Rana Goodman and Dan Roberts: “The Vegas Voice is on a mission and judging
by the tone and contents of these articles, it means to succeed.” For our guardianship
articles – “It’s a terrific journalistic effort. Readers are well-served by this
Second: The Vegas Voice,
“The Vegas Voice switched from a newspaper to a magazine, but it didn’t leave behind
its investigative teeth…its investigative piece on guardianship fraud resulted
in indictments of one of the most scandalous abusers. The Voice should be proud of
First: The Vegas Voice
To Ray Sarbacker: “The cover illustration captures the mystique of several elements.
Peter Pan is such an imaginary tale. This cover illustration captures the mystique of
several elements. Flight, darkness, sea and exploration come through for an event
telling readers to bring their family and learn to fly.”
Second: The Vegas Voice
Dan Roberts doesn’t hold back. His state’s attorney general is “Mr. Irrelevant.” The
local district attorney is “Mr. Incompetent.” There’s no missing his meaning.
Second: The Vegas Voice
“The Vegas Voice is primarily a compilation of columns. Each is in a module, which
keeps the pages uncluttered. Each is treated the same with the name and with red
and black type at the top. This magazine is an easy scan.”
Wait there’s more.
The Nevada Press Association (you know the big guys – Las Vegas Review Journal,
LV Sun, etc.) followed with 3 awards; including Best Print Ad by Ray and;
Best Investigative Story by Rana and Dan (“Great reporting and coverage on
a subject. Thanks for your determined efforts to bring to light abuse of those most
vulnerable in our society.”);
And to top it all off, The Vegas Voice was chosen for the “Freedom of the
Press” award for upholding the principles of the First Amendment and protecting
the public’s right in exposing the scandal. (“The fervor to expose a major problem
with guardianship led this senior’s publication to take extraordinary steps – including
overcoming attempts to silence it…to see that reforms were addressed.”)
To say that we’re honored and proud would be an understatement.
And wait to you read what we have planned for 2018!
First: The Vegas Voice
A lot of information, but
it’s all accessible.
Rana Goodman w/Nampa Executive Director
Thanks for all the love
FOR TODAY’S ACTIVE SENIORS
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D.M.V. - Drink Merlot Vicki
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
Visit #1: Hi! (extremely perky, after a
29-minute wait) I need to transfer a title
from Ohio to North Carolina, and I finally got
the title from the dealership, thank goodness,
because it’s a car I helped my son lease as a Christmas surprise,
and now he’s driving it around and the temporary tag is going to
run out this Friday! (Ha ha, sons! What can you do?)
“Hhmmmph” (deep frown) “Do you have the title?”
Oh yes, it’s right here. I called the DMV office this morning to be
sure I had what I needed - driver’s license and insurance card.
“Hhmmmph,” (looks down where I can’t see and begins to write
and write and write - and write. I’m thinking: Wow, this is much easier
than I thought.)
“Okay,” (HUGE sigh...she puts everything back up on the counter,
with a piece of paper - the stuff she’s been writing - and jabs at each
thing with her pencil). “You need the power of attorney from Toyota
(point), you need their tax exempt number (point), and if they want to
fax it, here’s our fax number.”
But...but I called ahead. They said I’d only need the title? “Well,”
(SPECTACULAR sigh) “they didn’t tell you right.”
But, if they fax this, don’t I need to be here when you get it? “Uh,
yes, Ma’am.” (eye roll; could you be any stupider?)
So, I’d need to call them right now and we’d both have to stand
here - I mean you’re sitting, I’m standing (Ha ha - can we be best
friends?) until the enormous Toyota Leasing Company decides to
fax something to North Carolina?
“Well, that’s up to you, Ma’am,” (a touch of attitude) “but you’ll
have to get back in line...”
(Not if you GAVE me a car!) And, when I get to the front of the
line, if they haven’t faxed it yet, I have to go to the end of the line
again? I might as well move in!” “Ma’am.” (ASTOUNDING sigh)
Visit #2: Hi again! (18-minute wait; still perky) I saw you
yesterday about transferring a title from Ohio to North Carolina.
But the dealer said he had no idea what you meant about faxing a
power of attorney. He said Toyota has powers of attorney on file in
every state already. (speak faster! she’s shaking her head! she wants to
deny you this golden title transfer; damned if you’re going to let her!)
But he sent me this form.
“Hhmmmph.” (scrutinizes the paper like it’s the secret code to a
terrorist plot) “Ma’am,” (attitude is back) “I am sorry (NOT!) but he
needs to send an actual power of attorney. He can fax it to us. Here’s our
fax number (point). I don’t know what this is, but it’s not a power of
Yes, it is! See, the first sentence says, “Power of Attorney”? And, all
the car information is on there, too, so obviously I have the power to
transfer the title, right? (please, if you have one shred of decency…)
“Ma’am, I need a power of attorney that says across the top “Power
of Attorney”, and I need the tax exempt number.” (You are freakin’
But (developing a teensy attitude myself) you don’t mean tax
“exempt”, do you? Because it’s a car dealership, and they certainly
aren’t exempt from taxes (ha ha), and their tax I.D. number is
right here on this form. (who’s dense now, lady?!)
“Whatever, Ma’am” (impatient, eye roll; GET OUT!) “I just know I
gotta have the power of attorney on a power of attorney form, Ma’am.”
(If she says “power of attorney” - or “Ma’am” one more time, I will
have a seizure right here!)
“He can fax it to you, or he can fax it here. And (point) ALL
TOGETHER NOW: “Here’s our fax number!”
Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North
Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s
book! - by visiting her website at www.vickiwentz.com.
For Old Time’s Sake
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
The old Scottish tune, known as Auld Lang
Syne, is the one we queue up each New
Year’s Eve. The song speaks to remembering the
old times and friends - while looking forward to the new year.
The tune was heard, transcribed and revised with some refinements
to the lyrics, by Scottish poet Robert Burns, (1759-1796,) some 230+
years ago. It came from a song Burns said he had heard an old man
sing. It was first published in a 1796 edition of Scots Musical Museum,
just after Burns had died.
Auld Lang Syne translated, means old long since, or times gone by.
It asks if old friends and promises to remember people of the past with
fondness will be forgotten.
The song had its roots in an old popular Scottish ballad/dance tune
about a disappointed love relationship during a country wedding. The
Scottish people have a dance routine they do to the song.
The tune has many versions; each country having their own
interpretations. One version by Robert Kemp of Boston, made into a
hymn for the tumultuous times of the middle 1800s.
The song became associated with New Year’s Eve after Guy Lombardo
and his brothers (who formed the Royal Canadians famous dance
band) popularized the song after Guy heard it in his hometown of
London, Ontario, where it was sung by Scottish immigrants. It became
a traditional standard of Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians.
in 1929, it was
for New Year’s
Eve parties at the
in New York City.
And the song was
on radio and TV.
This global anthem of remembrance and friendship presently has
more than 32,000 versions and interpretations. The original version
has 12 verses, but usually the first verse and chorus are the only ones
It is now sung not only on New Year’s Eve, but also at graduations,
funerals, Scouts and other closing functions - including closing time
in stores in Japan. If Burns had lived today, he’d be making billions of
dollars on its sales.
Happy New Year to all!
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music
background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and
reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can
contact her at www.mytimeisragtime.com.
The Shows DO Go On!
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
What a way to end the year! “The Show
Must Go On”, was what Bruce Ewing
said as he was traveling in an ambulance to the
hospital while having a heart attack.
Fortunately for Bruce (and all of us) after a few stents, he was good
as new. Ten days later he was singing at The Composer’s Showcase -
and looking terrific.
Bruce directed a marvelous show called “Merry Mayhem”
Memories and Magic of the Holidays, with Brenda Mandabach,
Rhonda Carlson and “the Golden Pipes from the Golden Knights”,
Carnell Johnson, better known as CJ. Before Bruce even had time
to lunch after the procedure, he had Kevan Patriquin subbing for
him in the three shows that I and The Vegas Voice produced in 11 days.
In the five years I’ve been producing shows for our publication, I’ve
1. The show must go on.
2. There’s always a problem (or opportunity as I call it).
3. It always works out in the end (somehow) and,
4. I don’t know what it is, but there must be a number 4!
And because of that professional know-how and dedication, the
quality of entertainment that The Vegas Voice brings to our senior
community exceeds our own our grandiose expectations.
So, what can we do in 2019 to better the quality and originality of
our shows? As of now, we have a dozen shows scheduled at different
venues around town. Sun City MacDonald Ranch, Starbright Theatre
in Sun City Summerlin, the Italian American Club… and I’m sure
we’ll be adding other venues.
Whether you’re in Henderson, Summerlin or centrally located, we’ve
got you covered. I promise you that this year we will bring you shows
that will astound, delight and tickle your senses.
Future Vegas Voice shows will be outside your normal “Great
I will be
keep you on
the edge of
your seat The cast of Merry Mayhem with Evan: (Left to right)
and wanting Rhonda Carlson, Kevan Patriquin, Carnell Johnson
to know… & Brenda Mandabach
has a professional hockey team, women’s basketball, a minor league
baseball team that’s building a new stadium, the NFL Raiders and now,
The Vegas Voice “Unstoppables.”
You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive
his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.
com. Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding the Correct Button
By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
Nowadays there are (too) many button
options to choose from on telephones,
microwaves, TV clickers, DVD’s, computers and
automobiles, to name just a few. It’s a safe bet
you’ll never need all of those in order to accomplish your intended
Rather than spending hours puzzling over which buttons to press,
seek someone who is familiar with digitals, (or is young enough to
have never existed without them) and ask him/her to activate and
mark only the tasks you’ll need on a regular basis?
Then have that helper apply Bump Dots to the spots that have been
selected. The Dots come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors to fit
various appliances. They have adhesive backings that stick fast and stay
The two most popular are #1*5020 small round orange dots
with 16 to a package and small black squares #1*5007 with 20 to
I visited several stores trying to buy those Dots locally. No luck! It
seems the only place to obtain them is from MaxiAids, the manufacturer.
That’s a reputable company located in Farmingdale, New York that
has been doing business for more than thirty years. They will send them
to you by direct mail when you order by calling 800/522-6294.
You might like to ask for a catalog first because they produce dozens
of very useful items especially designed for the elderly - including aids
for those with lessening flexibility, hearing, and sight.
Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making
difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. Her biography,
and latest book “How to Overcome Once-Easy Tasks That Are Now
Pains in The You-Know-What,” are accessible on www.amazon.
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8. You may not be able to read a doctor’s handwriting and prescription,
but you’ll notice his/her bills are neatly typewritten.
9. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of
10. Always remember: Money isn’t everything - but also remember to
make a lot of it before talking such foolish nonsense.
What I Know
Earl “Slugger” Wilson, Jr., son of Earl Wilson — archivist, author,
playwright, raconteur, song stylist and Grammy-nominated
composer/lyricist singing his truth. Truth needs to be sung.
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
The Poker Club: Six retired Sun City residents
were playing poker in the clubhouse when
Frank loses $1,000 on a single hand, clutches his
chest, and drops dead at the table. Showing respect
for their fallen comrade, the other five continue
playing, but standing up.
At the end of the game, Barry looks around and asks, “So, who’s
going to tell his wife?” They cut the cards. Joe picks the low card and
has to break the news.
They tell him to be discreet, be gentle - don’t make a bad situation
any worse. “Discreet? I’m the most discreet person you’ll ever meet.
Discretion is my middle name. Leave it to me!”
So Joe goes over to Frank’s house and knocks on the door. The wife
answers through the door and asks what he wants. Joe declares: “Your
husband just lost $1,000 in a poker game and is afraid to come home.”
“Tell him to drop dead!” yells the wife. “I’ll go tell him.” says Joe.
Another Blonde Report: Last year, Brooke replaced all the windows in
her house with those expensive double pane energy efficient kind.
But this week, she got a call from the contractor complaining that
his work had been completed a whole year and he had yet to be paid.
Brooke was incensed! Just because she’s blonde doesn’t mean that
she is automatically stupid. So, she proceeded to tell the contractor just
what his fast-talking sales guy had told her last year.
Brooke explained that the salesman said that in one year, the windows
would pay for themselves. There was silence on the other end of the line,
so Brooke just hung up and the contractor hasn’t called back. Guess he
A great, big Bill Blurb “thank you” to Renee Riendeau.
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: email@example.com.
Death Valley’s 5-Star Hot Spots
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
Identifying the highlight of the three-stop
daytrip to the edge of Death Valley is like
spreading a bag of Halloween candy before a sixyear-old
and asking them to choose their favorite. A variety of unique
experiences await along the 60-mile trail that leads to three 5-star Yelpreviewed
venues and other distinctive, simple treasures in the mining
town of Tecopa, California.
Less than 50-miles from the Silverton…36 miles west on Blue
Diamond then left for 11 miles…St. Theresa’s Mission beckons all
denominations to a spiritual experience of solitude. A desert meadow
fronts the nearly 18 majestic acres ringed with a walkway leading
guests to 14 monolithic Stations of the Cross blooming with desert
flowers. Facing each is a park bench that thoughtfully folds to a picnic
table and soft music for reflection or meditation.
Between the clean restrooms and a modern house of worship sits
a large, filtered-light picnic area dotted with tables. And more dining
options await a short picturesque drive across a mountain-ringed
Eleven miles down the road, a skeleton and a 5-foot beer mug greet
visitors to Death Valley Brewing. The rustic structure, formerly the
Snake Pit Station for the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, is home
to Jon and Cheryl Zellhoefer’s artisan brews where Harleys and BMW’s
stop for a cold one before and after desert treks.
of eight or more ice
cold brews always
include a popular
coffee stout. Visitors
can enjoy a sample
sharing tales with
others just passin’
Just steps down the wooden sidewalk is Steaks and Beer, a two-table
(with several more outdoor seats) 5-star Yelp restaurant operated by
two chefs who escaped the Las Vegas Strip.
The third stop, Tecopa Bistro, a 3-mile jaunt managed by Eddie and
Shar Thomas serves up snake and eggs, rattlesnake pizza, scorpion ice
cream sundaes and a full menu of less adventurous dining with a side
of their inspirational story that led Shar from her I’m-never-leaving-
Baltimore home to their Death Valley oasis.
It’s said that everybody has a story and each of these venues and the
people who run them and are willing to share theirs.
Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to
hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:
The Animal Rescue
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
As we start the New Year, it’s a perfect time to
take a closer look at ourselves.
While many New Year’s resolutions will begin in the gym, I firmly
believe that what we see on the outside is often a reflection of our peace
and beauty on the inside. And that putting our best foot forward in the
coming year requires much more than a gym membership.
I recently attended a charity event at the Aria for the Animal Rescue
Foundation (ARF). This organization was started by baseball legend
Tony La Russa and does as much for people, especially our Vets, as it
does for our four-legged friends.
In talking with the attendees, one of the first things that struct me
was that this was a genuinely happy and fulfilled group of people.
They weren’t there for recognition, but simply because they collectively
believe in a cause and wanted to make a difference.
Whether being a part of rescues during natural disasters, or training
Vets to work with the animals, these people and their stories were
moving and joyous.
As I see with many of the events I volunteer for, the people involved
are always such beautiful, positive people. People you want to be
around and spend time with.
They tend to smile more and have a healthier outlook on life. The
Special Olympics events with children are one of my most favorite and
there are countless others that are thrilled to have volunteers.
Trust me - there is always one that will speak specifically to your
Perhaps as 2019 starts, it’s a good time to think about what we can
do in our own way, no matter how small, to share our inner beauty
within our communities and relationships. It doesn’t even have to be
time or money; it can simply be kindness that makes a mark.
And when you feel good on the inside, I guarantee it will radiate on
the outside too! For more info on ARF, you can check out their site at
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company
based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty
products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or
through her website www.fullips.com.
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
There has never been a word that can convey
the equivalent translation for Samadhi.
Even if there was an accurate definition on a mind
level, it would still be difficult to understand since
the only way to fully know Samadhi is to experience it.
In the movie Samadhi: Maya the Illusion of the Self, Samadhi in
ancient Sanskrit refers to the transcendent union that is at the root of
all spirituality and all self-inquiry. Awakened beings throughout history
have learned the wisdom of self-surrender to what Buddha called Anata
- that which lies beyond name and form.
When we are born, we are told who we are, by our culture and
society. At the same time, we become slaves to the deeper unconscious,
biological craving and aversion that governs our choices.
As we became more and more immersed in our daily lives, we forget
who we truly are. We also forget what we have forgotten - why we’re here
and where we’re going.
Rather than human “beings” we’ve become human “doers.”
Therefore, whatever we want to attain is ego based.
In seeking spirituality, it isn’t the seeking that’s the problem. It’s
thinking that the answer lies in some external form.
However in Samadhi, our soul’s journey is like life and death or the
Yin and Yang. An inseparable continuation that is endlessly unfolding
with no beginning and no end. Where there is no fear of life or death.
Samadhi is where our world of duality merges and is rejoined as
supreme souls that have no needs or wants. The place where all fears,
doubts, dualities and differences vanish and where the thinker and the
thought become one.
It is where the surrendered ego and soul merge. Here slates are
wiped clean of any attachments of ego/mind or any limiting identity;
ultimately leaving us with a heart connection to everyone and
With Samadhi, reincarnation is no longer needed, since the merged
energy, comes together to form a complete energy system that can
sustain itself on either side, or, as quoted in the book of Genesis:
“Become ye as the Gods.”
To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,
workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.
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Golf Rules - Part II
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
Last month’s article covered the importance
of observing the rules of golf. The article
covered new terminology and some of the more
frequently breeched rules of golf.
The new rules that became effective 1 January 2019 were condensed,
simplified for easy understanding and to speed up play. Some of the
more notable changes not listed in last month’s articles are listed below.
Rule 1 is the most important rule in golf: Play the course as
you find it; play the ball as it lies; play by the rules and you are
responsible for applying your own penalties if you breach a rule so
as to not gain advantage over your opponent during competition.
Notable Changes/New Rules
1. No penalty for carrying a non-conforming club; penalty only for
making a stroke.
2. Damaged clubs may be used or repaired regardless of the cause;
excess clubs may be declared out of play with no penalty.
3. If an adjustable feature on a club has been purposely changed, it
may be restored without penalty before it is used.
4. Ball may be substituted when taking free relief dropping or placing.
5. Players have a new two-stroke penalty relief option to get out of a
6. Distance measuring devices allowed at all times.
7. No longer a penalty when a ball is moved while searching or trying
to identify it.
8. No longer
when lifting a ball
9. A player may
go back and play
a provisional ball
after going forward
10. An announcement of a provisional ball may be made to anyone.
Putting Green Changes/With No Penalty
1. On the green, player may putt with flagstick in or have it tended.
2. May repair any damage on the green except normal wear and
3. May touch ground with hands or club to indicate line of play.
For more details, logon to: usga.org. Follow the link “Rules” for rules
or “Education” for helpful tools.
See you on the links.
Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a member
of both the Nevada State Seniors Golf Club and Winterwood Men’s
Group. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Self-Driving Cars Are Not
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
While I’ve mentioned the benefits of selfdriving
vehicles, I want to be clear that
there is no vehicle on the road capable of full autonomous driving,
yet. I bring this up because a recent survey by AAA discovered that 40%
of Americans think that just because the vehicle has some form of
automated features, it has the capability to fully drive itself.
People are getting confused because of what the manufacturers are
naming the features. Nissan offers ProPilot, Ford has CoPilot 360, and
Tesla has Autopilot. Many of these can do certain tasks without driver
intervention, but none are capable of remaining fully autonomous.
Let’s review what some of these features can - and cannot do.
Nissan ProPilot helps reduce driver workload by reducing the amount
of driver input when it comes to steering, acceleration, and braking
under certain driving conditions. The driver must push the button to
activate the system, and also needs to set the Intelligent Cruise Control
Intelligent Cruise Control can speed up and slow down; even coming
to a complete stop when necessary in stop-and-go traffic. This system
and similar systems from other manufacturers require lane markers to
operate, as it uses a camera for detection.
If there are no lane markers, the system will not operate properly.
For steering assist to work, it requires good weather. If the sensors are
covered by snow or the lane markers are covered or otherwise invisible,
the system will not work and will cancel itself.
Ford offers a new lane-centering feature, which constantly monitors
the road and the vehicle, and works to help keep the vehicle centered
in the lane to prevent drifting. This system needs to be turned on to
Lane departure is another system that can be turned on or off. It is
intended to keep the vehicle from wandering into another lane. The
system offers both a warning and an aid to nudge the vehicle back in
the correct lane.
Ask your car salesperson to show you how they work so you understand
the advantages and limitations.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
Why We Are Here
By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective
Las Vegas is an ever-changing dream, a living
myth. We crafted something out of nothing
here. It was a place born from a desire for great
freedom, the kind of freedom then mostly frowned
upon in other parts of the country.
Las Vegas-styled freedom has been a balm for a secretly pining nation
enmeshed inside of a public righteousness which on closer inspection
could be anything but. The world has concluded that perhaps it is better
to let off a little steam.
While the wild west is long gone it does, in a way, live on in Vegas. It
has been corporatized, of course, so it’s not so easy to make a night of it
and still have a little cash left in your pocket. You can’t walk into your
average hotel/casino in your muddy boots like you could in the days of
the Las Vegas saloon scene.
But there is no removing the wild west completely. You can see this
through the fact of its most famous slogan: What Happens in Vegas
Stays in Vegas. What other city has advertised itself by depicting the
morning after a naughty one-night stand between a middle aged
woman from Peoria and a fawning young man?
We must push the boundaries here, always have. We are adults, after
all, and Vegas has always reminded the world that that is okay.
Alas, sin isn’t edifying as a stand-alone project although it can be
fun to dabble in for a while. The acceptance of being a human being,
id included, has always been our stock in trade.
The Rat Pack flitted from this Vegas hot spot to that one, always a
drink in their hands, but they say Dean Martin often just liked to stay in
after a show. Sammy said the drinking was so constant that you could
have a real problem if you weren’t careful. Man does not live on booze
and nightlife alone apparently.
Still, we are here because we are the world’s biggest proprietor of
unabashed, not always proper in polite society fun. Like a bee to a flower
we go right to the source. Now we have all day pool parties followed by
all night dance parties. We wrote the book on fun.
Yet we also earned a reputation for kitsch. The 1980s was a period
riddled with examples. We opened the door to everybody. Vegas went
It became acceptable to walk around in shorts, something my
childhood self would not be able to understand. Everybody, and I mean
everybody, was a fine lady or gentleman as late as the 1970s as I recall.
Picture it. The blackened fingers of true believers as they deftly
place quarter after quarter into the one-armed bandits. Slot play,
plunklunkplunkpull, plunkplunkplunkpull, was once a skill to
marvel at. Blue-haired ladies, their cigarette ashes about to fall into
their free cocktails.
Even the Irish rock band U2 did a video downtown in celebration of
the lowest common denominator proudly asserting itself. Free drinks,
free cigarettes, 99 cent shrimp cocktails, a buck twenty-nine for two
eggs, sausage, coffee and toast. In Vegas you truly could have it all.
Steve Wynn substantially changed that. He gussied up the place.
Now that same breakfast is 12 bucks before ordering coffee. We’re fancy
I guess I shouldn’t complain even as I tout a love for fancy Old Vegas,
but did you ever have one of those shrimp cocktails? Totally worth the
Joey Kantor is a journalist and novelist. He writes fiction
under the name Fargo Kantrowitz. His Las Vegas based novel,
Babybirds, is available at Lulu.com.
High Blood Pressure Hits
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
This is good news - if there’s any such
thing when you get poisoned by your own
A recent review has found “sufficient” evidence linking hypertension
to Agent Orange Exposure. Researchers with the National Academies of
Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have found enough evidence to
link hypertension to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War.
The finding bolsters the case for veterans with hypertension to be
granted easier access to Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. Before
this announcement, researchers had determined there was only
“limited” or “suggestive” evidence that hypertension could be caused
by chemical herbicides used in Vietnam. Not any longer - the science
is there now.
Based on this new report, veterans across the country are calling on
VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to add hypertension to the list of diseases
presumed to be caused by Agent Orange. There are 14 diseases already
on the list and veterans suffering from them are allowed quicker access
to VA benefits.
It will take filing a claim and submitting it to Veterans Affairs. And
once again, the guess work is eliminated when you seek out a service
officer to help.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America,
American Legion, and Disabled Veterans of America are some of the
leading advocates, and they all have service officers that work for you
free of charge. (A tip: I would not go directly to the VA, way too much
If you have had ongoing high blood pressure, check it out, and when
it (hypertension) is officially added to the list, go for it. Now you can
finally receive the assistance that you earned and deserve.
It’s a positive note to begin the New Year if you are a Vietnam veteran
with high blood pressure.
Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and
through that experience was led to address the many transitional
issues veterans struggle with. He is the author of several important
books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.
Tomorrow is Not Promised
By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry
I took care of my estate planning a
long time ago.” Or how about: “I don’t
need my estate plan reviewed, it’s done, it’s
already been taken care of.”
Does this sound familiar? Have you told yourself, your family, or your
friends that your estate planning “is already done and taken care of”?
We hear those phrases A LOT. We offer free thirty-minute estate plan
reviews, so we see a ton of “I already have my planning done, we are
The thing is, most married couples who tell me they are prepared are
unfortunately wrong. They have been misinformed and this can end
up costing them and their families hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Remember Medicaid is now a loan, not a benefit. The
majority of married couples have not planned for Medicaid. “A long
time ago” Medicaid was a benefit. That is not the case now. Most
estate plans do not take advantage of a rule that can save half of their
community property from Enhanced Medicaid Recovery.
When the first spouse passes away, their will should have a
Supplemental Needs Trust for the surviving spouse. This will protect
their half of the community property from Enhanced Medicaid
The Supplemental Needs Trust is exempt from Medicaid; the assets
placed in the trust do not qualify and will not be available to Medicaid
when they try to recover assets. The Supplemental Needs Trust protects
the assets from the five year look back period.
For example: John and Marry have been married for 45 years and
have a net worth of $1,000,000. John dies tragically hanging Christmas
lights. Because their wills have the SNT Provision that creates a
Supplemental Needs Trust for Mary, John’s half of their community
property is now protected from Enhanced Medicaid Recovery.
If Mary is later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, Dementia or
any condition that requires a skilled nursing or memory care facility,
the SNT provisions the family funds for Mary’s care for 5 years, then
Medicaid will take over. The family funds have a pool of money in the
amount of $500,000.00. This can be used to supplement her care and
go to her heirs after she passes.
If John and Mary had not had the SNT Provision within their wills,
their family would have been forced to pay for her care for about ten
years until Mary only had $2,000 in assets left (impoverished). Only
then would she be eligible to have Medicaid kick in.
How do you know if you’re protected? Pull out your will and
see how many pages it is. Chances are if it’s under 25 pages it doesn’t
have the provisions you need. If you have any doubt that you and your
family are properly protected, get your estate plan reviewed by an Elder
Law Attorney now.
Tomorrow is not promised. Make certain you and your family are
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
We live in gambling country.
Whether you like it or not, it pays
lots of taxes, creates entertainment venues and
luxurious hotels that attract money to our city. Without it, we could be
paying taxes equal to California and no one in their right mind would
visit us during the summer months.
All in all, it’s a pretty successful formula and there’s no other place
in the world like us.
Gamblers or not, everyone has been to one of these colossal resorts
for one reason or another. So why is it when people are in casinos they
are not on their best behavior?
I like to play. No apologies and no explanations are necessary.
However, I have noticed that when people are focused on their
machines, there are those with no regard for the person sitting within
earshot or smell of them.
Cigars permeate the whole area and inevitably I will be downwind
and miserable. So if I’m on a roll, there goes my comfort. If you say
anything, the grumbling starts.
How about “bangers?” OMG they are the worst! They truly believe
that if they bang the heck out of the machine, it will hit a jackpot! I
think they need to program the machines to take their money faster so
they will leave the rest of us in peace.
Now let’s move on to the spiritual players. They wave their hands
in front of the screen, even massage it once in a while and expect a
favorable response. Then again, what if a little ghost came floating out
Might I Suggest
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
Now that the holiday season is over and
a new year begins with the obligatory
“New Year’s Resolutions”, might I suggest one of
the worthiest resolutions anyone can get behind: “What can I do to
eradicate hunger in my community?”
Yes, I’m on my soap box again but it’s for a very good reason! I know
what it is to go hungry and it really sucks!
I realize that most of us step up during the holiday season to
contribute what we can to feed the hungry. Examples include: Serving
food to the needy at various charities or contribute money to their
causes. I applaud those of you that do that.
The problem is, everyone needs to have a nourishing meal at least
twice every day! The charities do what they can to make that happen
but, because the need is so great, they cannot feed all of the needy.
One solution is to contribute financially, on a monthly basis, a
fixed amount specifically earmarking your donations to feed the
hungry! That’s what I do and it really works.
There are two worthy charities I recommend (and I support) – Meals
on Wheels and GoodnessGraciousMinistries.com! For as little as $20
per month you can make a difference in a needy person’s life.
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and said “Boo!” That could be fun.
Waiting in line at the cashier usually brings one person with no
manners that stands in front of you at the rope and won’t go to the
back of the line like everyone else. They pretend they’re very important
and won’t make eye contact. If he or she is a local, chances are they will
be recognized next time and get tripped by accident, or not.
It’s almost more fun to look at the players than to actually play.
Some are quite serious and even if a machine pops with a few hundred
dollars, they’re not too happy. Me? I’m always happy when it gives more
than I put in. If my stupidity takes over after a win, I can’t exactly
blame the machine.
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
And YES, for those of you who think about the financial reward you
get, your contributions are generally tax deductible. One final thought:
I can personally attest that those who receive your generosity are
extremely thankful, and for that reason alone, your life is the richer.
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
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So Many Shows to See
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
You live in Vegasville, the entertainment
capital of the world. Will you resolve to see
more shows during 2019?
Want something unique? Check out Tape Face at Harrahs. One man
with tape covering his mouth. Hysterical antics as he brings audience
members on stage for some fun. You’ll laugh and enjoy.
Magic and laughter go together at Mike Hammer’s show at the 4
Queens. Another guy who picks on audience members. Only with Mike
you get verbiage.
Mention me to him after the show. He’ll most likely say something
like, “Oh that old lady!” But (I think) he says it with love and respect.
Murray the Magician is at The Laugh Factory at the Tropicana;
a good spot for someone who provides lots of laughter in his magic
act which is suitable for all ages. Jen Kramer at the Westgate – a
charming woman doing magic for all.
Our good friend Gerry McCambridge is at the V Theater in an act
called The Mentalist. You walk away from that one saying, “How did
he do that?” He’s got magic, laughter, and the ability to astound you.
Friends – if you were a fan of the show, then run down to the Plaza
to catch this clever parody about young singles in the big city. And
speaking of singles, visit Paris to see our friend Katie Kenner starring
in Sex Tips for the Single Woman from a Gay Man in the Anthony Cools
On another night, catch Jeff Civillico’s kid-friendly act in the same
room. And speaking of Anthony Cools, catch his adult Hypnosis Act.
Warning: not for kids or parochial school teachers.
The same warning goes for Marc Savard at the V Theater and
Kevin Lepine’s Hypnosis Unleashed at Binion’s. But they are a lot of
fun for adults.
The Bronx Wanderers are moving to The Matt Franco Theater
at the Linq. I love them. And last but not least, if you haven’t seen
Menopause the Musical at Harrah’s, be sure to go.
Make your New Year’s resolution to see more shows this year and
Dianne Davis is also a reporter for Sun City Anthem TV (SCA-
TV) specializing in entertainment, and LV Associate Editor of
lasvegassplash.com. She hikes, travels with her husband Burt, and
works on her stand-up comedy.
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
thought this month I’d write about the time I
I was cast in an episode of “The Shirley Temple
Story Book “ television series. I was cast in an
episode called “Rip Van Winkle.” It also starred E.G. Marshall as Rip
Van Winkle and Leora Dana.
The year was 1958 and I was thrilled to be cast but was disappointed
when I didn’t get to meet Shirley Temple. As a child actress, I worked with
many people who were famous, but because of my young age, I really
didn’t know or appreciate who they were. In this case, I was now 15, so I
was beginning to have an appreciation for all the wonderful actors and
for me, that part
was filmed on
a different day
than the regular
filming. I did
He is probably
for his Emmy
winning role on
Rip Van Winkle
reason he never
divulged exactly what “E.G.” stood for. He would simply answer by
saying that the initials were “Everybody’s Guess.”
I was a fan of E.G. but couldn’t help but wonder if his seemingly gruff
personality would make him not as friendly as others. To my delight, he
was quite pleasant and friendly. I soon discovered that he actually had
a reputation for pulling pranks on people!
Leora Dana was a lovely lady who was a well known stage and
television actress. She won a Tony Award in 1973 for her performance
in “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln.”
Leora actually got a late start in the business as she did not begin
her acting debut until she was 33. Sadly she died at the age of 60 from
Until next time, remember: We are all born as angels with one wing,
so we need to hold onto each other in order to soar.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
hotmail.com. Check out her awesome, new website: www.
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By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
It’s more than half a century since three civil
rights workers vanished into the swamps and
thickets of Mississippi, only to be unearthed as
corpses six weeks later.
Andrew Goodman was 20, James Chaney 21, Michael Schwerner
24. Schwerner and his wife Rita ran a community center in Meridian,
Mississippi. Chaney was a Meridian native.
Goodman was a New York college student, volunteering for the
1964 Freedom Summer project. Goodman and Schwerner were white.
Chaney was black.
Beyond the practical goal of helping long disenfranchised black
citizens register to vote, Freedom Summer had a moral objective - to
focus national attention on the violence and bigotry of southern white
supremacy. The strategy of putting young white northerners like Andy
Goodman in harm’s way was deliberate.
Some 1,500 volunteers knew they were heading into danger. Informed
of the disappearance of the three men, very few turned back.
The federal government launched an investigation. Within two
days, the FBI located the missing men’s incinerated station wagon,
still smoldering in the brush off a state highway. In subsequent weeks,
before a tip-off led to the three decomposed bodies buried on a farm
owned by a Klansman, searchers retrieved eight other corpses, all
My father Ted Polumbaum also was in Mississippi, photographing
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for Time magazine. Final glimpses of Goodman and Schwerner appear
in his pictures from an orientation program; they would soon drive off
with Chaney to investigate the firebombing of a black church. My dad
was at the autobody shop where their burned-out station wagon had
been towed when Rita Schwerner identified the car.
Details slowly emerged. Arrested on a concocted motor vehicle
violation, the three had been jailed for a day and released into late
night darkness, whereupon a posse of white thugs, alerted by buddies
in law enforcement, set out after them.
My father always said Mississippi in the summer of 1964 was by far
the scariest place he had ever been. And he’d been in the Pacific with
the Army Signal Corps during World War II, stringing wire through the
jungle under Japanese bombing.
Now he accompanied shaken but undeterred volunteers into
black communities, documenting visits to shanties, meetings and
celebrations, demonstrations and arrests, black history classes for
kids, lines of patient adults waiting at county courthouses while burly
sheriffs’ deputies looked on.
The Las Vegas Clark County Library District is exhibiting some of
Ted’s civil rights-related work; see photos of Freedom Summer and
more at Summerlin Library January 17 - March 24 or West Las Vegas
Library April 16 - June 25.
On February 7th, the Summerlin branch hosts a reception
at 6 pm, followed by a photo presentation and panel
discussion on the civil rights legacy at 7:30-8:45 pm. Free
and open to all, it would be great to meet you there.
Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a recent transplant
to Las Vegas from the Midwest.
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Why Do I Have Insurance
if Nothing is Covered?
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
Most of you have seen the awful commercial
referring to a water heater not covered in
a home policy. But that same policy would cover
earthquakes and zombie apocalypse.
The water heater is NOT covered if it breaks down because that is
normal wear and tear (the same as a broken dishwasher, refrigerator,
etc.) yet any resulting water damage done to your home IS covered
(they don’t say that)!
Earthquakes, on the other hand, is NOT covered unless you have
added it specifically to your policy and the zombie attack IS NOT
covered because it would be an act of war which is specifically excluded.
Every year, agents get calls from clients (usually in July or August)
wanting to know if their air conditioner is covered. Again this is “wear
& tear” and if you own a home it will eventually happen to you. These
wear and tear breakdowns are the items a warranty covers.
The purpose of a warranty is to pay to repair or replace those item
that eventually wear out, but they DO NOT pay for any of the resulting
damage - such as carpet/tile loss due to water damage. In cases such as
this, you would need a warranty claim to pay for the broken item and a
homeowner’s claim to pay for damage done by the broken item.
All home policies exclude the same things – there is no fine print to
exclusions. Some of these are war, nuclear attack, flood (but you can
purchase a separate policy), earthquakes (can be added), damage done
by insects, etc.
For auto insurance, you would not be covered for damages to your
own vehicle if you bought only liability insurance and were at-fault
in an accident. Your insurance company likewise would not pay for
a rental car when your vehicle is stolen unless your purchase rental
If you install $6,000 worth of upgraded stereo equipment in your
new car and that equipment is stolen, it would NOT be covered unless
you had your agent put “add-on” equipment coverage on your auto
In short, insurance does cover those things it was designed for, and
does not cover the wear and tear and eventual breakdown of appliances
Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.
He and his wife owned and operated their own insurance agency for
over 16 years. His primary purpose is to give out real information
that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.
28 January 2019
Advise to the Republicans in the Minority
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
’ve always been a person who searches for
solutions. As a small businesswoman, I would
avoid litigation preferring to seek mediation. It
was profoundly beneficial during my term as a legislator.
Having been in the minority for several decades, the Republicans
actually held the majority during my term in the State Assembly. It is
hard for me to imagine functioning in the minority. We are elected to
represent the people and work together for the benefit of the community.
Fundamentally, issues have nothing to do with politics or political
parties. Once elected, the official should represent all parties – and all
The function of a legislator is to be a leader for their district, solve
issues and listen to the voices of those you represent. Every decision and
vote effects all constituents.
The beauty of campaigning is learning the issues of your district and,
once elected, listening to the concerns and issues from representatives
from the other districts throughout the state. Legislation will be
presented on issues important to the district the official represents, but
the vote will affect all Nevadans.
My advice to my Republican colleagues is to work together on issues
important to your constituents without compromising your campaign
promises or your principles. We all bring something to the table.
When in the majority, the opposition party is not always needed to get
bills passed, but it is important to work with the opposition nonetheless.
I co-sponsored a bill with Democrat Assemblyman Edgar Flores to solve
our squatter issue in Southern Nevada.
My district wasn’t the only one affected. Assemblyman Flores was an
attorney who brought Judge Saragosa’s experience to help with the bill.
You might wonder if this is important. A bill will travel a long arduous
road before arriving at the desk of the Governor for signature. It must
make it out of committee of both houses and passed on the floor of both
houses. There is no guarantee the bill will make it to the finish line or
end up with its’ original verbiage.
The guardian bill was near and dear to me. But, more importantly, it
was instrumental to the future well-being of seniors in our state.
Rana Goodman was responsible for bringing awareness to the
legislators. The bill had a rough start and I believe it was my willingness
and ability to work across the aisle that saved the bill. All the hard
work of The Vegas Voice and others might have been lost without the
willingness to work together for the greater good.
Republicans don’t have control, but they have the opportunity to
reach out to the opposition if they want to accomplish great things
for the community. Most importantly they need to remember why they
were elected and chosen to be the leader to represent their district.
As you work together, remember the wise words of Henry Ford,
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress;
working together is success.”
Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,
businesswoman and currently a Business Broker with First
Choice Business Brokers in Las Vegas. You can contact Victoria at
firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Facebook at facebook.
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Publisher Dan Roberts and President Ray Sarbacker thank Henderson
Mayor Debra March for her fantastic participation as keynote speaker to
The Vegas Voice Seniors & Safety Expo.
The Inevitable Decline of
the Body: Part II
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Last month we discussed the concept of one specific drug used
to treat each specific medical problem. To reiterate, when the
medical problem was due to one specific cause (such as a bacterial
infection) this strategy worked well.
However, many of the medical problems we see these days have
multiple causes which contribute to the problem. Because there are
multiple causes, a single drug (or even two or three) may not address
all the factors to the problem allowing it to perpetuate.
Let’s give an example. Many people, as they are older, deal with pain.
They may take some form of pain reliever which is designed to block
inflammation and pain, but this strategy can actually perpetuate the
problem. The reason the body gives you a pain sensation is that it is
trying to prevent you from using the damaged tissue (and making the
damage worse) until it has time to repair the damage.
If you take a pain reliever, you no longer feel pain and may
continue to use the damaged tissue. This can create further damage
and perpetuate the pain/drug/damage cycle further.
Obviously if your tissues can heal faster than the damage, you
will eventually heal. If the damage is extensive or continues to occur
faster than your body can heal, you will live in chronic pain. The pain
relievers may be able to block the pain for a few hours, but they are
not dealing with the underlying problem.
To effectively treat pain, you need to deal with all aspects of the
healing process. This includes:
1. Removing any pressure, tension or torque damaging the tissue.
2. Decreasing the pain/inflammation.
3. Cleaning out any old, damaged tissue.
4. Getting the tissue out of a state of “shock” after being traumatized.
5. Rebooting the signals along the perineural tissue.
6. Increasing blood flow to bring raw materials to the area.
7. Helping the body lay down healthy new tissue.
A pain reliever will only address step Number 2. Next month:
Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle
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A New Year - New Goals
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
WOW! January 1 st and another new year
already! Where did 2018 go? I turned a
magic 74 years young last month and love it!
I have great friends, family, a home, wonderful jobs, health and 2
beautiful fur babies. LOVE MY LIFE!
I’m on to new goals this year. I don’t make resolutions – just new
goals. One thing that I will do this year is put an empty jar on my
kitchen counter, put happy thoughts or events into the jar and then in
January 2020 take out all the happiness that has transpired throughout
this year and read them. Did that for 2018 and was I surprised at my
So did we all gain a few pounds in 2018? Don’t stress about it. Just
take it easy – better to lose a few pounds at a time slowly than to crash
diet. Try to enjoy the goodies if you must – but in moderation.
I try not to deny myself of any of the wonderful sweets, chocolates,
etc. – even indulging in a holiday drink or two. I found one secret to
keeping your alcohol in moderation is to have a sip of water every so
often when drinking wine or cocktail. It sure helps!
I also try to nibble on some veggies before venturing out to a party.
Then I am not so famished when I get there and eat more than
I intended! Someone told me that we might just as well take the
chocolates that we eat during the holidays and just slap it on the hips!
I thought that was pretty funny!
Life is shorter than we think! Make 2019 a year to reflect on what we
did in 2018. Set some goals (not resolutions!) to try to attain what you
didn’t do in 2018.
Make a conscious effort to exercise more, try to lose those added
pounds that suddenly appeared around the middle, eat healthier, enjoy
your friends, make new friends. Enjoy each and every given day.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
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Does copper stop colds? The Verdict
By: Doug Cornell / To Your Health
After six years and thousands of users,
the verdict is clear – copper stops colds and flu before
People are boasting they haven’t had a cold for years
since they started using a CopperZap.
“I just don’t get colds anymore the last 5 years,” said
Chris in Vermont.
“I always use my CopperZap at the first sign of a
cold. The copper works
every time,” said Allison,
a nurse who first tried it 5
“No colds for 2 years,”
says Susan in AZ, a more
These are just a few of
thousands who don’t get
colds any more. Many say
they have also stopped
“I felt the flu starting,
feeling achy and all,” said Diane, a Kansas nurse. “I
used it 2 or 3 times that night and woke up feeling
Scientists recently discovered that copper kills cold
and flu viruses on contact.
“Viruses and bacteria are rapidly killed by copper,”
reports the American Society for Microbiology.
Copper is anti-microbial, meaning it kills microbes,
including viruses and bacteria, just by touch, says the
National Institutes of Health.
Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency and
university scientists all show the same thing.
“Science confirms copper kills germs,” concluded
Doug Cornell, Ph.D., after studying the research.
“The science is so strong it gave me an idea,” he
says. “Copper should be able to stop colds.”
So he made the first CopperZap in 2012. It is all pure
copper and shaped to reach the bottom of the inner
nostril and touch gently all around for 60 seconds at
the first sign of cold or flu.
He tested it on himself. “I used to get 2 or 3 bad
Experience and research agree, copper stops colds.
colds every year,” he says, “but with a CopperZap I
haven’t had a single cold in 6 years. I have stopped the
His company, CopperZap LLC, has made and sold
over 22,000 so far. Over 99% of people who follow
directions and report say the copper completely stops
Many also say it stops sinus trouble, flu, congestion,
cold sores, and prevents colds after air travel.
Mary Pickrell in CO
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right up. It clears my congestion.
No colds since I
Elaine in MD said, “I’ve
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“Best sleep I have had
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Many people are giving
CopperZaps as presents.
“My husband and I love it, so we are giving them as
gifts to our family,” said Lisa in New York.
Judy Kirk in Oklahoma bought 12 for herself and a
bunch of friends. “Some were skeptical, but no one has
had a cold or flu since.”
Word of mouth is also increasing.
“My sister told me she bought one and it really
works,” said Connie in Texas. “So I tried it, and she’s
“A friend insisted I try it,” said Kari in CT. “I was a
true skeptic. To my surprise it really does work. It’s far
more powerful than I expected.”
It has a 90-day guarantee, yet less than half a percent
come back from people saying it didn’t work. Some of
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What Are You Worth?
By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist
Recently a lady contacted me to re-cement
a temporary bridge as she is staying in Las
Vegas for a few months. This patient is having
major dental work done by her Manhattan dentist.
Upon completion of the appointment, my office presented her the fee
for the office visit She became indignant and nasty. She didn’t think she
should have been charged for the visit.
Yes, there is a cost to have a person sit in the dental chair. The cost
represents your safety.
Regardless of how long or quick the visit might be, everything in the
room must be stripped, disposables (used or not) discarded, instruments
placed into cassettes, bagged, and sterilized, and the room sanitized
as well. When there is a compromise to sterile-technique protocol, we
find ourselves reading about debacles such as that previous endoscopy
Dentists must treat every person who sits in the dental chair as
though they are carrying the AIDS virus, hepatitis virus, pneumonias,
flu strains, HPV virus, etc. The gold standard in a reputable dental
clinic is such that the highest standard of sterilization, sanitation, and
concern for cross contamination will ALWAYS be followed.
After all, you, the patient, would never know if something was not
discarded and/or reused. How could you?
Confidence in the standard of care of your dental professional and
supporting staff is essential. Although there are regulations established
by the Dental
Board, that doesn’t
mean that the
Doctor is following
It is amazing
to me how people
about paying for
etc. in an attempt to stay healthy - yet will protest an office fee.
An office visit represents: sterilization, disposables, assistant’s and
doctor’s time, front office time, products used, chemicals to disinfect
the room, insurance costs, hazardous waste disposal, and so on.
It is becoming more and more difficult to uphold the standards that
are necessary for a patient’s protection given the continual reduction
of insurance reimbursement. As the insurance companies continue
creating the idea of entitlement, and as they continue to dumb down
the value of the professional service by reducing payments, there will
be more instances of harm.
My message is that you are worth the price of an office visit. It’s hard
enough to keep oneself healthy without having to worry about catching
a disease at a health facility.
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The Times are a Changin’
By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.
think most Americans would agree with that
I statement. However, I do find it interesting
inasmuch as the different opinions we are hearing
regarding if the changes are for the good, or for the worse.
I recently heard that the smart person is only recognized for the place
he is at, and not the place he or she is going to, or the place they have
been in the past. If that is true, I must confess I am coming from a place
of sheer idiocy. Not unlike when I was a little boy walking with my dad
in the farm fields on a windy Indiana day, he laughingly told me, “Son,
never pee into the wind.”
As I watch a great nation decay from within, I think back to a
time I was taught that was an impossible scenario. I was told that
our forefathers incorporated a series of checks and balances in our
government and for that reason democracy could withstand anything.
Now I find myself being inundated with lies told to me by my elected
officials and the media: Distortions that we are led to believe shows us
a strength and pathway to our future
President John F. Kennedy said, If we are strong, our strength
will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.
As time accelerates, especially when you reach my age, you begin to
understand the gravity of that statement.
If words are substituted to create the illusion of strength instead
of actions and deeds of one’s character, then I find myself having a
difficult time recognizing that democracy is the overwhelming answer
for people to enjoy their life to the fullest.
I grew up with the understanding that our republic predicated on
democracy required participation for it to work to benefit all of us.
When people are elected to office with only a narrow majority of less
than half of the eligible voters there is a breakdown in the system.
The decay of democracy is only symptomatic of the people that live in
it; the mentality of drinking a six pack of beer and then urinating into
the wind, (with the proviso that ESPN I and II are still available) does
not mean all things are equal.
Hence my dilemma - have we become literally so stupid, so caught
up with the greed of what we have we cannot turn around? I suggest
we stop listening to the rhetoric by the few who have labeled themselves
“smart,” because they have figured out how to use the system.
Perhaps it is time to stop acting stupid, but act with character. Don’t
pee into the wind, regardless of what you are watching, because you just
might find yourself urinating on your own country.
Morris Heldt is a retired award winning film and television
producer and published author. He and his wife moved to the Las
Vegas valley from the beach in 2004.
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few decades ago people who were aging
A rarely went out in public. Our society had
a narrow out of sight, out of mind mentality, and even though it
was depressing, the elderly were expected to quietly live out their lives
dressed in black and therapeutic shoes.
Now, thankfully it’s a very different world, and in spite of ongoing
ailments and conditions, seniors are active and enjoying destinations
which can be explored even though the travelers may have some
limitations. Thanks to maintenance medications, and portable devices
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of Montecatini in a four star hotel just a short walk
from the charming city center. In fact, one of my best
friends, Iris Newman, who already had the good sense
to take this trip, has told me that exploring Montecatini,
meeting its locals, and enjoying spontaneous casual
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of their dreams.
Once an itinerary has been selected, though, it’s really important
to safeguard that trip by securing travel protection for each traveler.
Some seniors are in denial about this, but unforeseen things happen
to seniors, and cancellation costs before or during a vacation can be
devastating. So add an extra 10% to your budget. That’s a typical trip
protection amount and it’s worth it.
There are reputable trip protection companies available like AIG
Travel Guard and Travel Insured International. And there are cruising
and land touring companies that sell trip insurance as well.
Regardless of the company, look for Cancel for any reason coverage.
It’s usually the priciest, but easiest to use in an emergency because it’s
And be sure to avoid any surprises by reading the fine print. It’s
boring but important.
Then once you’ve purchased your selection, make a couple of copies
of your policy. Take one copy on your trip and leave one at home with a
trusted friend or family member.
By the way, if you are seeking a land tour, Collette Vacations basically
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and actually lets their travelers cancel right up to 24 hours before
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Preparing for Our Travel
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures
Where did 2018 go? We had a big year with
the Vegas Voyagers. As usual, we sent
Voyagers all over the world. And now we’re on to 2019. It’s going to be
a big year.
We do have a few “last minute” spots for our upcoming Phat Pack
cruise on the Ruby Princess at the end of the month - January 27 th . And
going forward we have a number of “Bus to the Boat” cruises in 2019
with Princess Cruise Lines.
Also in 2019 we are planning a Love & Grace 12 night land tour to
Israel. This group will be hosted by our good friend (and member of the
PHAT PACK) Bruce Ewing.
Many of you know he is the music minister at Community Lutheran
Church and Bruce will bring his unique perspective to this trip of a life
time. This trip is scheduled for September 2, 2019.
We will also have a big year of trip options with our good friends at
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises. Our Canada/New
England cruise in the fall already has a nice group of folks booked. We
are looking at European options as well.
Moving into early 2020, we are already planning our next Mexican
Riviera cruise with our own private music shows featured during the
cruise. Be the first to cruise on the brand new Carnival Panorama -
January 25, 2020.
The Carnival Panorama will be home ported in Long Beach,
California and our Vegas Voyagers will be among the first to sail on
this brand new ship. Prices will start at just $899 per person and that
will include the cruise, all port charges, taxes, fees, as well as round
trip bus transportation to the pier in Los Angeles - and all private show
Everything will be discussed at our Vegas Voyager meetings
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019. Our first meeting will be held
at Buckman’s at the Revere Golf Club in Sun City Anthem at
For those of you who live in the Summerlin, area we will
have a second meeting at 1:30 pm at the Suncoast Hotel &
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HAPPY ADVENTURES TO ALL!
“I Would Never Do Group Travel”
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
If you have ever taken a cruise or are planning
to do so and book a shore excursion, that is
group travel. If you have ever been or considered
going to New England for the fall foliage, it is likely you did or will do
so with an organized tour company.
There are some places, such as Antarctica, where you simply can’t
leisure travel without being part of a group. Experienced travelers often
determine that the best way to go is with group travel, appreciating that
they will likely see more.
My husband and I have traveled to Antarctica, by ship. We have flown
to New England for the fall foliage and upon arriving became part of
an organized bus group that spent a week traveling round-trip from
Boston to Maine. We were taken places behind the scenes that we would
never have seen had we been traveling alone.
If you are a long-time Las Vegas resident, you probably remember
Marta Beckett, the ballerina who for many years was the single
performer in her own theater in Armargosa, California. My husband
John and I attended one of her unique performances - with a group.
North of Kingman, there is the town of Chloride, known for mines
and murals. Southwestern painter, Roy Purcell, painted the huge rock
murals that the “ghost” town is best known for. Anyone can drive to
Chloride and view the murals.
They are quite interesting, but we first saw them with a group. Roy
ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE
Sept. 6 - 16,
Purcell met us there to tell the story behind his murals and gave each
of us his signed book.
Occasionally I hear, “I would never do group travel. I much prefer
traveling on my own.” I accept your opinion, but also recognize that
often the person saying this seldom travels anywhere.
It’s taken a while for me understand within that “I would never
do group travel” declaration, there is a trace of envy. Group travel is
usually put together by travel experts. It shouldn’t be scoffed at - unless
you really can and indeed do better!
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
OF THE SEAS
Departs Cape Liberty, NJ, visiting Bar Harbor, Portland,
St John, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, disembark
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, subject to availability and
includes your cruise, all port charges, taxes, fees and roundtrip air fare from Las
Vegas to New York and back from Quebec City and airport transfers in New
York and Quebec City. A deposit of $450 per person is due at the time of booking
and is fully refundable until June 1, 2019 when the final payment is due.
TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
Holy Land Tour
Sept. 2-13, 2019
Includes the following:
• 9 nights, incl. breakfast, dinner daily, Except last night breakfast only
• 10 days sightseeing in luxury touring coach
• English speaking licensed tour guide from arrival to departure
• One group arrival and departure transfer from/to airport in Israel
• All entrance fees per itinerary
• Porterage at hotels and Ben Gurion airport upon arrival only
• Meet /assist and escort to meet tour guide upon airport arrival in Israel
• Farewell dinner in local restaurant
Rates do NOT include
• Tips to guide, driver, waiters, etc.
• Meals & beverages not mentioned
in tour description
• Airfare, travel insurance etc.
• Expenses of a personal nature
pp land only/Air add’l
based on Dbl occupancy
For more trip details call direct:
Price is subject to availability and based on double occupancy.
Single supplement is available upon request.
Here are just
some of the highlights:
Sea of Galilee/ Mount of Beatitudes, traditional
site of the Sermon on the Mount/ the traditional
site of the multiplication of the Loaves and the
fishes./Tour Capernaum, the base of Jesus’
ministry in the Galilee and site of a beautiful
Byzantine-period synagogue /Qumran where Dead
Sea scrolls were discovered / Masada and the
Dead Sea/ Jerusalem/Mount of Olives /Garden of
Gethsemane/ Enter Old City via Lion’s Gate/ Visit
St. Anne’s church/ The Pools of Bethesda/Christian
Quarter of Old City/Church of the Holy Sepulcher/
Bethlehem and Yad Vashem/the Church of the Nativity/Holocaust
Memorial & Museum/Jerusalem’s
open air market
The Travel Compan
Here’s A Breathtaking Tuscany Tour For Your
Collette’s Spotlight Tuscany Tour,
Oct. 3 - Oct. 11, 2019
This wonderful 9 day tour of Italy’s golden hills and medieval villages
will be hosted by the “Vegas Voice” president, Ray Sarbacker and his
wife and travel agent, Crystal, as well as Collette’s expert tour directors.
Throughout the entire trip, you’ll be staying in a single hotel in the charming
spa resort town of Montecatini. No pesky packing and unpacking.
Montecatini is perfectly situated so you can relax and enjoy leisurely
day trips to Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, and the walled city of Lucca.
Plus, you’ll be savoring lots of good Italian food and wines throughout.
$ 3499. pp dbl.
from Las Vegas
*All prices subject to change and based on per person, double occupancy. Single room up
grades available at extra cost. MasterCard, VISA, Amex accepted or private checks.
ny Designed Especially for Active Seniors!
Attn: Siena Residents!
Plan now to join your neighbors,
Ray and Crystal for a special “Spotlight”
tour Oct.3 - Oct.11, 2019 to
Tuscany featuring a special visit to
Italy’s perfect medieval city, and a
UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Reservations are limited so call now
2019-20 Collette Spotlight Tours
featuring 4 Star “Single Stay” Hotels
Prices shown below are land only, per person dbl. occ.
Air and transfers are available.
London, 7 days from $1699
Paris, 7 days from $1999
Tuscany, 9 days from $1549
Rome, 7 days from $1499
New York City, 5 days from $1799
New York City Holiday, 5 days from $2499
Washington, D.C. 6 days from $1899
San Antonio, 5 days from $1399
San Antonio Holiday, 5 days from $1499
New Orleans, 5 days from $1299
South Dakota, 7 days from $1849
Havana, Cuba, 6 days from $2999
Collette’s newest catalogs are now available
time to make
Wow! Local professional airport transfers
702 provided by Vegas Vacationers
Experience the optional excursions! Choose from
for every Collette Vacation
a Dinner and Entertainment at a Tuscan Villa, a Tuscan Cooking
Class & Dinner in Montecatini, or a picturesque day trip to legendary Cinque Terre!
WE TRAVEL SO
THE FLU DOESN’T
RECEIVE URGENT CARE AT HOME
WE ACCEPT MOST
MEDICARE & MEDICAID
January 10, 1776
By: John Beilun / Time Traveler
On January 10, 1776, seven months before
the Declaration of Independence, a minor
Philadelphia printer published an anonymously
written 48-page pamphlet. He did not expect many sales, so the edition
was of a limited quantity.
How wrong the printer was! 120,000 copies were sold by the end of
March - plus another 400,000 before year end. On a per capita basis
(the colonies contained only 2,000,000 free inhabitants at the time)
the booklet had the largest sale and circulation of any other book in
The author, a recently arrived Englishman, was essentially penniless.
Nevertheless, because he so much loved his newly adopted home and
was adamant as to the moral rightness of a revolution; the writer
donated all his royalties to the Continental Army.
The pamphlet sold very well for a myriad of reasons. Unlike most
publications of its time, it was written in a style common people could
understand. Structured like a sermon, it helped make its case via
countless Biblical references.
Above all else, it clearly and concisely laid out the rational and
necessity for an American revolution. In fact, it has often been described
as “the most incendiary and popular revolutionary pamphlet ever
George Washington used the book to motivate his troops; often
reading it to them when they encamped. It also inspired the Continental
Congress to issue the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson constantly referred to it while writing that beloved
document. None other than John Adams is noted as having said,
“Without this book and the pen that wrote it, the sword of Washington
would have been raised in vain.”
was originally going
to be called Plain
one of our founding
fathers, convinced the
author to re-name it
As for the author:
his name was
At times referred to
as a pamphleteer, a
radical, an inventor,
an intellectual and
However, more often
than not: The Father
of the American
Learn to DJ! And Other 2019 Brain-Healthy Resolutions
By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute
APPY NEW YEAR! Yes, it's time to make your NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS. How
about this year making it about GAINING something?! (Not those 'losing' resolutions!!)
Gain a skill. Acquire a new hobby. Invent a new way to make some money. As you know from
reading this 1.2 column, in1.2 'learning something new' boosts your brain. Find more learning ideas in
my February 2016, September 2017 & April 2018 columns. x(Go to www.thevegasvoice.net)
Learn to DJ
Do you like music? Learn
to be a Disc Jockey at
parties, events, weddings,
and so on.
money as a DJ.
25 E. Shelbourne, 89123
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1st & 3rd Wednesday
Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS the
the No-Brainer Brain Games series. Please check out her website at www.JanFair.com
1. In one minute, name
you could make for 2019.
2. Make an alphabetical list.
Attend a DJ class,
Buy organic foods,
Count 10,000 steps/day, …
A No-Brainer Pick
Want to learn to knit?
Fix bicycles? Speak French?
Join a Meetup to do most
Ask A Desert Gardener
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
Now that we are taking a winter break from
our outdoor gardening, we can spend that
time to learn more about our native plants and
how they have adapted to our desert climate. There is no plant in our
region that has demonstrated a greater ability to adapt in order to
survive than the “iconic” cactus.
Around 550 million years ago, when the connected continents of the
Americas and Africa were beginning to separate from one another, the
early form of the cactus started its evolutionary process to survive in
the developing desert regions of “The Americas.” Throughout the many
millennia that followed, these “pre-cactus plants” began a process of
adaptation that transformed them into the various species of cactus
that we find today.
Over time, the plant stems evolved into pads, columns or “cushions”
while their leaves changed to spines or needles. This allowed these
plants to effectively store water and to protect themselves from planteating
Their skin began to develop a thick and “waxy” texture that prevented
evaporation from the excessively hot and dry climate. Many of these
plants developed fuzzy hairs that would shield them from the harsh
sun as well as insulating them from extreme temperatures.
The root system evolved over time from deep vertical to shallow but
expansive horizontal directions. This evolutionary change allowed the
roots to absorb the scant rainfall on the ground before evaporation
Even the shapes of the cactus are a result of adaptation. They can be
barrel-shaped with vertical ribbing that carries the rain water straight
towards the roots, or they have curved pads that catch the rainfall
directing it downward. The spines are there to protect from hostile
One method that cactus plants have to reproduce is quite fascinating!
If a portion is broken off and is left on the ground, it will go dormant
until soil and water makes contact and it will quickly grow roots and
begin to grow. The cactus is a true desert survivor!
Have a question? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.com.
Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC
school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his
time to communicating with and lecturing about our native
Speaking to and for Las Vegas
Valley Seniors since 2003