For your Health, Wealth,

and Good Times!


Let’s make


the year we actually do something


FOR the country!



Selling a house? Some extra LUCK may help!

Everyone knows that success in selling your property depends on many factors,

including choosing the right Real Estate Broker, the condition and location of the

property, and the current market conditions. How your property is presented to

potential buyers is, of course of paramount importance, so how and WHERE your

property is advertised is not to be overlooked!

Laura Harbison


Seniors Real Estate Specialist ® (SRES)

Accredited Buyer Representative ® (ABR)

Graduate, REALTOR ® Institute (GRI)

Equator Platform Platinum Certification

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Advanced Evaluations Certification

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Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR)

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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.

Joseph statue in the front yard of the home, and within 3 weeks I had the home in

escrow at the asking price. Since then, I always have a statue on hand for any

client that wishes to give it a try!

Sharing your goals,

Laura Harbison



Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

770 Coronado Center Drive, Ste. 100

Henderson, NV 89052

Office: 702-777-1234


January 2019

Sold Is Our Favorite Word...Let Us Make It Yours!

Laura Harbison



770 Coronado Center Dr., Suite 100

Henderson, NV 89052

Office (702) 777-1234



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Volume 15, Issue 11


Introducing Brilliant, the interactive

experience at The Neon Museum.

This revolutionary art form uses sight

and sound to transport you through

time and bring long dormant signs

back to life. If all this seems hard

to picture, that’s because it is. You

literally have to see it to believe it.




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Rana Goodman


Evan Davis


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Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist

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Bill Caserta


Judy Polumbaum

Mary Richard

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Victoria Seaman

Jim Valkenburg

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Vicki Wentz

James White

Earl Wilson, Jr.

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

“trick question.”

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

and events.

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

January 2019

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

hearing dates.

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


today’s active


See page 9

Ooops, We did it again!


Major Awards!


First: The Vegas Voice

Dan Roberts likens lawyers and bureaucrats to


Personal Essay

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.

Special Sections

First: The Vegas Voice Dan Roberts, Rana

Goodman and staff, “The Good Guys Won,”

July 2017

A collection of articles by Roberts, Goodman

and others celebrates the publication’s victory

in changing state law regarding guardianships.

Overall Design

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

Peter Pan

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.

Feature Writing

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


General Excellence

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

this work.”

Front Cover/Illustration

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.”

Topical Issues

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.

Overall Design

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.

Feature Layout

Rana Goodman w/Nampa Executive Director

Thanks for all the love

Las Vegas!

Front Cover





Oct. 2012



For your Health, Wealth,

and Good Times!

Let’s go visit

Grandma for


First: The Vegas Voice

What a spooky, creative


What a Show!

General Excellence

Third: The Vegas Voice

The magazine is smartly organized to deliver

content that clearly fits its demographic. It’s a

brisk, bold, upbeat and effective publication.

Column Review

Third: The Vegas Voice

Yvonne Cloutier has a background in music

that clearly shows in her reviews.

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August 2017

Second: “What a Show!” The Vegas Voice

An entire story is told in a spread of photographs, little text needed.



10/19/18 2:44 PM

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)

Get out!

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!”


January 2019

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

always played

after midnight

for New Year’s

Eve parties at the

Roosevelt Hotel

in New York City.

And the song was

eventually heard

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

learned that:

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



realm, and

I will be

pushing the

envelope to

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

what’s next.

Las Vegas

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: evan@thevegasvoice.net.


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

in place.

January 2019

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

a package.

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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. An exhaustive study of police records shows

that no woman has ever shot her husband

while he was doing the dishes.

2. Somebody figured it out - we have 35 million

laws trying to enforce 10 Commandments.

3. Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you


4. The fastest way for a politician to become an elder statesman is to

lose an election.

5. If you wouldn’t write it and sign it, don’t say it.

6. Middle Age: Later than you think and sooner than you expect.

7. To sell something, tell a woman it’s a bargain; tell a man it’s tax


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

car payments.

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.

January 2019

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

was embarrassed.

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: bill@thevegasvoice.net.

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.

The ever

changing offerings

of eight or more ice

cold brews always

include a popular

coffee stout. Visitors

can enjoy a sample

selection while

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.


January 2019

Becoming Samadhi

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,

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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

necessary to

announce or

involve others

when lifting a ball

for identification.

9. A player may

go back and play

a provisional ball

after going forward

to search.

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: airmikel1@cox.net


January 2019

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.


January 2019


High Blood Pressure Hits

the List

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.


January 2019

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

properly protected.




Casino Manners

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: dhyde9@cox.net.






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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.


January 2019

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



Shirley hosted

and narrated

the show,


for me, that part

was filmed on

a different day

than the regular

filming. I did

however enjoy

working with

E.G. Marshall.

He is probably

best remembered

for his Emmy

winning role on

“The Defenders.”


Rip Van Winkle

for some

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

unknown causes.

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

African-American men.

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

and such.

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

victoria@victoriaseaman.com or follow on Facebook at facebook.

com/VictoriaDSeaman/ Twitter @victoriadseaman

We Kissed the Mayor

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:

Potential solutions.

Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle

and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr.

Mitchell practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-

6216 or rkyomitchell@gmail.com.


January 2019

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

“happy thoughts!”

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.


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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

they start.

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

years ago.

“No colds for 2 years,”

says Susan in AZ, a more

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These are just a few of

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“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

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the first sign of cold or flu.

He tested it on himself. “I used to get 2 or 3 bad

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His company, CopperZap LLC, has made and sold

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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


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January 2019

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

think nothing

about paying for

vitamins, health

foods, exercise

coaches, health

club memberships,

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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don’t stay in place, won’t chew food

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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.


January 2019

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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

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from the charming city center. In fact, one of my best

friends, Iris Newman, who already had the good sense

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like CPAP machines, seniors are touring the US and the faraway places

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

so comprehensive.

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

goes everywhere, offers cancel for any reason coverage at good prices,

and actually lets their travelers cancel right up to 24 hours before

departure with no explanation required. It’s really amazing!

Next month we’ll cover many of the helpful travel devices now

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January 2019

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

9:30 am.

For those of you who live in the Summerlin, area we will

have a second meeting at 1:30 pm at the Suncoast Hotel &

Casino in the Fairway Conference Center. Please RSVP by

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“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


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

with enthusiasm.




January 2019




Departs Cape Liberty, NJ, visiting Bar Harbor, Portland,

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and is fully refundable until June 1, 2019 when the final payment is due.




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

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• Airfare, travel insurance etc.

• Expenses of a personal nature

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Price is subject to availability and based on double occupancy.

Single supplement is available upon request.

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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




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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

American history.

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.”

The pamphlet

was originally going

to be called Plain

Truth. However,

Benjamin Rush,

one of our founding

fathers, convinced the

author to re-name it

Common Sense.

As for the author:

his name was

Thomas Paine.

At times referred to

as a pamphleteer, a

radical, an inventor,

an intellectual and

a rabble-rouser.

However, more often

than not: The Father

of the American



January 2019

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.

Even make

money as a DJ.

FREE classes

Enterprise Library

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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

Mental Minutes

“2019 Resolutions”

1. In one minute, name

brain-healthy resolutions

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



January 2019

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




January 2019


Speaking to and for Las Vegas

Valley Seniors since 2003

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