‘Aging in Place’

Laura Harbison


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As the baby boomer generation has aged, it has also stayed put. And for all the

innovations that builders and product manufacturers have come up with to help

seniors “age in place,” they may have also made it difficult for would-be

homebuyers, causing a lack of overall housing inventory.

This year we will see a significant shortage of available homes here in the United

States, failing to meet housing needs by more than 2 million homes. At the same

time, millennials are buying fewer homes at this point in their lives compared

with previous generations at similar periods.

As seniors continue to prefer to stay in their homes to live out their remaining

years, housing inventory has tightened nationally. For people between the ages

of 67 and 87, homeownership rates dropped by almost 12 percent for previous

generations but less than 4 percent for the current generation of seniors.

New advances in information technology may be the main influencing factor, as

well as accessibility to better healthcare and education, with those advancements

boosting and extending the housing demand among seniors. So, it's no

surprise that the current senior generation has become much slower in

transitioning out of homeownership than prior generations.

While this may not bode well for home shoppers today, it will likely boost

spending on home renovations. It makes sense that the demand for

homeownership from seniors aging in place will increase the relative price of

owning versus renting, making renting more attractive to millennials. However,

those in a position to purchase the limited number of homes available may well

see their property values increase more quickly than anticipated. That is good

news for the property values in our age-qualified 55+ communities. That may be

the 'silver lining' that homeowners in these communities are happy to see.

Are you curious about your home's value? Call or email me today for a

confidential analysis of where you stand in today's market. I'm looking forward

to hearing from you!

Sharing your goals,

Laura Harbison



Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

770 Coronado Center Drive, Ste. 100

Henderson, NV 89052

Office: 702-777-1234


March 2019

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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 publication.”


March 2019

Her New Windmill, My New Mistress

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

Don’t blame me! It was your idea.” That

was what my Rana claimed as she, oh so

sweetly smiled.

Last month, The Vegas Voice published its “Guardianship Special

Feature”; proclaiming victory in our 4+ years effort to investigate,

clean-up and ultimately reform this scandal. I slowly gazed into the

political editor’s eyes, gently held her hand and lovingly suggested that

it might be time for Don(na) Quixote to “look for and start chasing

another windmill.”

I really meant committing herself into making home-cooked meals.

But after much pillow talk discussions, she decided to “throw her

hat into the ring” for the Board of Directors in our Sun City Anthem


“Are you out of your mind?” I raised my voice in response. But as

only my Rana can, she rattled off the various reasons why she “had to


Make no mistake, I’m the first to claim that she’s crazy. But I also

thought she was insane over the guardianship problem and look what

she did in that regard. Only difference this time is that while I will of

course support her, she will chase that windmill without her live-in

“Sancho Panza.”

No need for this publisher to list her issues and causes to make SCA

a better place to live. My Ladylove is more than capable in doing that


Now I know what you’re thinking. How is yours truly going to

spend his days and evenings without my PILL (partner in love & life)

constantly by his side? After pushing the hamster in my brain to spin

that little wheel to the point of exhaustion, I came up with a fantastic


I’m taking a mistress.

No kidding, a new unconditional love for me. Her name is Sam. Last

name, Sung. And even Rana admits she has quite the body.

Sam Sung is an 82 inch 4k UHD QLED LCD TV. Truth be told, I still

don’t know what all that means, but when she’s “on” I can stare at her

all day.

And to add to my macho fantasy becoming reality, Sam has a

family member more than willing to make it a threesome during the

upcoming Golden Knights hockey playoffs and major league baseball

season – Cousin Vizio.

Cousin Vizio is a 5.1.2 home theater sound system with Dolby Atmos.

I don’t know what this means either but I can listen to her for hours.

Her measurements include a 36 inch sound bar, two upward firing

speakers, six inch wireless subwoofer and two rear surround speakers.

Talk about your male chauvinistic dreams coming true!

Once again and as always, I will need our Vegas Voice Project

Director, Sir 5B (Bronx brother, best buddy Bill) Caserta to very, very

slowly teach me how to work the remotes so I don’t break anything.

However sooner or later, and definitely before the football season kicksoff,

I’ll get the hang of it.

While I thank readers for your concerns about Rana leaving me due to

her (assuming she wins the election) endless duties and responsibilities

to improve residents’ lives, between all the sports, Netflix and that

Amazon stick, I’ll be fine.

So as she returns the never ending phone calls, answers emails and

participates in monthly Board meetings, you’ll happily find me on my

big-butt recliner selecting that evening’s take-out food… especially if

they deliver.

Run Rana run!

What the….

Our Las Vegas Valley received a rare surprise last month – snow!

Unlike my former New York home town, it was all gone by midafternoon.

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March 2019

Deadly Terms Used by Women

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Now that we are past the Valentine’s Day

“fluff” permit me to remind all men as to

the “real definitions” from their better half.

FINE: This is the word women use to end an

argument when she knows she is right and you

need to shut up.

NOTHING: Means something and you need to be very worried.

GO AHEAD: Warning! Warning! This is a dare, not permission.

Don’t do it!

THAT’S OKAY: This is when she is thinking long and hard on how and

when you will pay for your mistake – and trust me, you will.

WOW: Don’t be fooled. This is not a compliment. She is expressing

her dismay as to how you can be so stupid.

WHATEVER: The scariest word used by women. It is her way of saying

“screw you.”

*A wife got so mad at her husband she packed his bags and told him

to get out. As he walked to the door she yelled: “And I hope you die a

long, slow and very painful death!”

He turned around and replied, “So you want me to stay?”

*And Finally: Do you ever wake up, kiss the person sleeping besides

you and feel glad that you are alive?

I did and apparently will not be allowed on this airline again.

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.

The Man With 3,000 Pens

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Cooperstown has the Baseball Hall of Fame,

Hollywood has its Walk of Fame and now

Las Vegas has its Wall of Honor paying tribute to

a growing number of the city’s current and up and coming movers

and shakers. Since arriving in Las Vegas three years ago, caricature

artist Neal Portnoy has parodied and honored the likenesses of scores

of entertainers, politicians and others including Mayors Oscar and

Carolyn Goodman.

“He thought it was the best drawing ever done of us,” Portnoy recalls

Her Honor saying of her husband’s reaction. Vera Goulet promised

to hang the Portnoy work of her and late hubby Robert next to the

Hirschfelds’ that appeared in the New York Times.

“I get more joy from the response to my artwork,” he says, a fact

borne out by the surprised faces in coffee shops and cafes around town

when an across-the-room diner is surprised with their likeness on a

placemat or napkin.

Unlike Hirshfeld’s intricate black and white line drawings, Portnoy’s

studio works are full color, created from his collection of over 3000 felt

tip pens…Magic Markers. Portnoy’s works have appeared on hundreds

of media guide covers, fund raiser and athletic programs and 197 times

in the Las Vegas Review-Journal including the front page presidential

inauguration issue judged one of the country’s 10 best.

His passion for the art began at five years old copying newspaper

photos. Early in

his career, he

enlarged photos by

hand for an east

coast newspaper,

sometimes spending

100 hours with pen

and ink. “It gave

me an opportunity

to develop my

illustration skills.”

Neal Portnoy and wife Dorothy

The original artwork and numbered lithographs of Portnoy’s

program cover illustration of Duke University’s basketball coach Mike

Krzyzewski helped raise $473,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. His

four illustrations for the Mandarin Oriental’s lounge menu illustrate

four decades of Las Vegas history.

Portnoy travels the country helping companies draw crowds to trade

show booths, offering drawings and patter to lure attendees to view

product lines. He also produces commissioned works of people, pets,

buildings and events.

The Portnoy Gallery… “It’s really a museum,” he says is at 1537 W.

Oakey, Las Vegas. (702) 685-2929.

Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to

hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:


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Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Mortimer’s Magical Dream will keep

you wide awake as you think, “How

does he do that?” The show, which opened last

month in Bally’s 250 seat Windows Showroom is

a delight for all ages. It’s 6 pm time slot means early risers and children

can enjoy the sense of wonder and delight that this multi-talented

Frenchman brings to the stage.

Xavier Mortimer is more than a magician. He brings unique

illusions that you most likely have not seen previously. He is an artist

who combines illusions, music, comedy and a bit of drama.

The thin plot line of a man who pursues a woman works well, as

talented performer Allie Sparks, aka Belle, his dream girl and love

interest, crosses paths with him throughout the show.

If you have seen Mortimer’s previous show (Planet Hollywood) go

see him again. He has brought many new segments of magic, music

and fun to the new production. Along with some traditional tricks.

This young man honed his skills as part of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael

Jackson One. He brings a myriad of talents to the showroom.

I was not surprised to discover that the magician studied ballet as I so

appreciated the way he moves gracefully about the stage as he astounds

us with his sleight of hand. And he brings his musical talents as well on

various instruments.

There are no lions or tigers or bears, but I love the hand in the suitcase

that has a life of its own - actually two hands. You’ll understand when

you see the show.

Mortimer has brought along the white screen from his previous

production. He appears at various times on both sides, as does Belle, as

they slide gracefully from reality to dreams and back.

His levitation and jump rope routine renders me speechless. It’s gotta

be magic.

The 70 minute show flies by in this well-paced presentation. Some

audience participation adds to the fun. And don’t rush off. He’ll be there

to take photos and chat as well.

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.


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Entertainers along with Vegas Voice guys at our February “Vintage Vegas Variety Show” at Sun City MacDonald Ranch. The show was

spectacular and we will do it again at Starbright Theater in April.

So Many Great Shows

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

It’s now March and the first quarter is almost

over. Our first show of the year was just a few

weeks ago and our next one is only a few days

from now, March 8 th at the Italian American Club.

Michael Shapiro has put a terrific group called “Reckless in

Vegas” that consists of singers and dancers. An extraordinary evening

of rockin’ renditions of the best Las Vegas acts and songs ever written.

Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis, Tom Jones,

Frankie Valli, Sonny & Cher, and many more!

There are many other wonderful performers that are world class and

are right here in our little town. Angela Teek, the grand prize vocalist

on the original “Star Search” has been playing at many venues around

town, and I’m hoping she will be able to do a show for The Vegas Voice


Her resume includes opening for Don Rickles at the Golden Nugget,

singing in a musical called “Beehive” at the Sahara Hotel, performing

the leading roles in “Sophisticates Ladies”, the world premiere of “Ray

Charles Live” and the list goes on.

Another world class performer is from Venice, Italy Giada Valenti.

Her career started in Europe where her recordings climbed to the top

of the charts.

She has received critically acclaimed awards, such as the prestigious

San Remo Giovanni Talenti Nel Mondo and Festival di Castrocaro.

That’s a mouth full, but you get the idea.

She’s been featured on morning shows, cooking shows and has a new

PBS special. You can see her perform at The Smith Center on March

28 th . I hope she’ll have some time to make a guest performance on our

next variety show in April at the SCS Starbright Theatre.

Other show you can expect to see, presented by The Vegas Voice and

produced by yours truly: Love Songs by the Great Songwriting Duos

starring Michelle Johnson and Jeff Neiman at Sun City MacDonald

Ranch on Saturday, May 18 th . On June 7 th at the Italian American Club,

Randal Keith and Philip Fortenberry will astound you with their

Robert Goulet show.

And for a sneak peek into the summer look for our Woodstock 50 th

Anniversary Show. IT WILL BE BIG!

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.

Community Service Award

Red Rock Canyon Chapter Regent, Susan Gormley; Community

Service Award Recipient, Tony Fountain; Community Service

Award Chapter Chairman, Katie Henzel

Anthony “Tony” Fountain, founder of the Las Vegas-based

nonprofit, “Support America’s Teachers,” was recently awarded

the 2018-2019 Community Service Award by Red Rock Canyon Chapter,

National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. This award

is presented to worthy individuals and organizations for outstanding

voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian,

patriotic, historical, citizenship or environmental conservation


Tony Fountain lives in Las Vegas and is a retired Senior Vice President

Business Operations, Project CFO and Business Manager for URS

Corporation. He has received multiple awards for his commitment to

the community, including the 2018 University of Pittsburgh Volunteer

Excellence Award in October.

With a mission to promote historic preservation, education and

patriotism, the Daughters of the American Revolution is composed

of nearly 185,000 members, all descended from a Revolutionary War

patriot. The DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service


The State of Nevada is home to 15 DAR Chapters. To learn more

about the Nevada DAR, visit http://nssdar.org.


March 2019


Little Inconveniences

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

We all have little things that irritate us every

day. We get used to them and find ways to

either problem solve - or just ignore it all.

If you have your nails done regularly (and have acrylics) you cannot

pick up a coin from the floor. And you absolutely have no chance of

picking up a business card either. However, if you take a business card

from your desk, you can slide it under the coin on the floor.

If your hair has changed texture over the years, or a new cowlick has

sprung up, no matter how much time you spend, a bad hair day is a

regular thing. In fact, a good hair day is a cause for celebration.

Whatever hair style you may have had for umpteen years doesn’t

work anymore. If you decide to let your hair grow, you chance looking

ridiculous for your age. I tried and my friends made that clear, so I cut

over 8 inches off after the summer.

As for body sculpting for all those unwanted bulges if you’re young

and you still have elasticity in your skin, you have a pretty good shot at

success. If you’re older and have folds from on-again off-again diets,

your chances diminish greatly. I’m part of the last group so it’s not an



March 2019

And have you seen the price list for a treatment? Takes investing in

your body to a whole new level!

On to body hair. I cannot speak for men but after the dreaded change,

I can certainly speak for women. For most of my life I’ve done the usual

shaving in the normal places and then, without warning, the places

began to change. Hairs sprouted up out of nowhere and the places that

always had them don’t anymore. Go figure.

The worst for me is the pillows under my eyes. I investigated that too

and was told by a family member who is a doctor that laser surgery

doesn’t always produce lasting results. That was a big letdown since I

actually would spend the money to get rid of them.

Now it’s looking like I am what I am. Pillows, hairs, folds and all

topped with perfectly manicured nails that can’t pick up anything.

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.

What’s In a Name?

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

As cars become more technologically

advanced, understanding that technology

becomes more difficult. To make matters worse,

each manufacturer has created its own set of names for these new


According to a recent report from AAA, out of 34 different vehicle

brands sold in the United States, there are over 40 unique names for

automatic emergency braking, and 18 unique ones for automatic high

beams. And that’s just those two.

While we applaud all the new technology, if you’re new-car shopping,

trying to understand which features are called what will send you

screaming from the room (or the dealership, if that’s how you shop).

AAA is proposing a set of standardized names and definitions to describe

these advanced driver-assist systems, something I have been advocating

for years.

I can understand why the manufacturers want to claim their own

names; it builds brand identity; and while most of these systems are

nearly identical, there are small differences that are unique to each


If these systems weren’t so important, it would almost be comical. I’d

love to be in the room when the marketing team decided what to call

some of these technologies.

For example, Adaptive Cruise Control at Mercedes-Benz is called

Active Distance


at BMW, it’s Active

Cruise Control,

and at Infiniti it’s

Distance Control

Assist. No wonder

people are confused.

And don’t get me

started on car color


AAA has identified

the segments: Automated Driving Tasks, Collision Alerts, Collision

Mitigation, Parking Assistance and miscellaneous Driving Aids, as well

as uniform definitions for each feature in these segments. As more new

vehicles arrive and new technologies introduced, AAA will update the

list to make sure everyone who purchases a new car understands what

the technology means across all vehicle makes and models.

We agree that this is a good idea but have yet to hear from the

manufacturers if they choose to go along with the suggestion. Car

branding a big business, and no company will want to give up what it

perceives as an advantage quite so quickly.

BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.

She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at



By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Ernesto Lecuona’s composing and pianistic

styles were compared to George Gershwin’s.

His compositions influenced recognition of the

Latin American world, raising Latin music to classical status.

This most important Latin/American musicologist, composer and

entertainer of the early 20th century was born in Cuba in 1895. As with

so many composers and musicians, he was a child prodigy.

At age 3, his

oldest sister gave

him piano lessons;

by 5 he gave his

first piano recital;

at 11 composed his

first song; age 16,

graduated from the

Havana National

Conservatory with

a gold medal for

interpretation; and

at 24, composed his first operetta - eventually composing 50 staged

musicals. They ran the gamut of musical styles.

Early on, though trained classically, Lecuona’s interest in pop

music led him to compose La Comparsita. It was a beginning of his

amalgamating Spanish/European music using Cuban and African

rhythms (similar to ragtime) in blending this music.

He then became a prolific composer of song/music for stage and

film, composing over 600 musical pieces. His greatest hit, Always in

My Heart, was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost to Irving

Berlin’s White Christmas.

Some of his other hits were: Sibone and The Breeze and I. Its

music taken from Andulucia, was made famous by the Jimmy Dorsey

Orchestra. His renowned piano piece, Malaguena, was written in a

Flamenco dance style.

A possible influence on Ernesto’s pop interest was when his father

died. In helping support the family, he worked playing the piano at

silent movie bistros.

Lecuona founded the Havana Symphony Orchestra; helped set up

a piano roll factory of Cuban music; started a copyright company for

preservation of Cuban music; founded the Cuban Institute of Musical

de la Habana and wrote the magnificent Rapsodia Cubana.

Lecuona became a wealthy man, didn’t drink alcoholic beverages,

never married and owned and maintained a farm in Cuba. He moved

to the U.S. when Castro took over Cuba.

In 1963, at 68, Lucuona died of an asthma attack. He was inducted

into the 1997 Songwriters Hall of Fame. His 1954 Ultimate Collection

album is a collection of his own well-known piano recordings.

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 Cuban Gershwin

March 2019

A Classic Film

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

thought I’d write this month about a strange

I little film I did in 1964 called “Spider Baby.”

It was a very low, (and I mean low) budget film.

Right around eleven dollars. Ok, I’m exaggerating, but it was about

$65,000.00 which in the film world is nothing!

It was filmed in only 13 days. The reason I opted to do this film was

because it starred Lon Chaney Jr. I was a big fan of his and thought it

would be fun to work with him.

Boy, was I right! He was wonderful and I adored him.

There is a scene where he is supposed to cry, and should you ever

see it, those were REAL tears! He was passionate about doing this little

film, but sadly he never got to see it because he died before it was ever


And I kid you not, a couple of weeks ago, they actually showed Spider

Baby on Turner Classic television. Can you believe it?

I would hardly call it a “classic” given the fact that the budget was

so low, the time frame of making it was so short and it was all very

“campy” and “tongue in cheek.” In fact, if you Google “Spider Baby

the movie” you’ll see the trailer and in it, they even left in an “out take”

of me making a face - which they also left in the movie!

Spider Baby featuring (left to right) our Beverly, Sid Haig, Jill

Banner and Lon Chaney,

The movie sat dormant for many years until Quentin Tarantino saw

it. He is a friend of Jack Hill, the writer/director and he was instrumental

in getting it released.

It now has a huge cult following, along with its own website. They

have even made Spider Baby t-shirts, dolls, cartoons etc. and to my

surprise, has fans from all over the world! Who knew?

Interestingly, without doubt, one of the most classic and memorable

films of all time “Casablanca” received a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97.

And Spider Baby received just under that, at 92! What?

At any rate, Spider Baby remains one of my favorites, simply because

of working with Lon Chaney Jr. I am blessed indeed.

Until next time, remember you’re not fully dressed without your


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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Remembering Marty Allen

By: Earl Wilson, Jr. / Golden Age of Show Business

Publisher’s Note: One year ago Marty

Allen, our Vegas Voice columnist,

national treasure and my “uncle” passed

away. Marty touched so many lives in so many

ways. The following is another (previously


unknown) story involving our new columnist Earl Wilson, Jr.


Comedian Marty Allen had created a successful TV and stage comedy


act that booked in major clubs worldwide. What people didn’t know about

Marty was that he was a very patriotic and generous man. He put his


money where his heart was.

In the late sixties, there was virtually nobody visiting the veteran’s

hospitals to entertain and comfort wounded veterans returning from

Vietnam. While entertainers were eager to bring shows to the troops in

the field (a wonderful thing to do), the men suffering through their


wounds were left forgotten.

Except Marty Allen.

Marty decided to take it on himself to tour veteran’s hospitals across

the United States, spending his own money. He invited me to join him,

and I eagerly accepted.

I really don’t know why he invited me. Perhaps Marty was prescient

enough to realize how important an experience it would become for

me; one I’ve treasured over the decades of my life.

Marty and I spent

a month traveling

from one hospital

to another six days

a week, visiting

with hundreds

of wounded vets

confined to their

beds. Marty would

tell a joke, then I

would sing a song,

strumming my



the way we would

bring local beauty

queens to cheer

the men. It was



It was funny…


Marty would ball out

some general about

the poor medical

treatment the vets


Marty was fearless;

generals would hover in a corner because Marty didn’t hold any

automatic respect for them when he witnessed inadequate care.

We would make our way from ward to ward and often be told that

some of the soldiers were not expected to survive the day. We’d be the last

person or two they would see. We saw burn victims who had received

divorce notices because their wives couldn’t deal with the incredibly

difficult wounds their husbands had suffered.

Every day was a draining encounter. We went back to our hotel rooms

in the evenings ashamed that most Americans had forgotten our vets.

I was especially sensitive to them because I was in the New York

Army National Guard. But I never encountered one vet who looked

at me with an angry, “Why am I here… and you’re not?” attitude.

On the contrary, they were delighted to be visited by people who were

passionate about them.

One Friday afternoon, toward the end of our tour, I entered a private

infirmary with a soldier who was blind. (In order to reach more vets,

Marty and I had agreed to split the visits, each going off to different


Realizing that the wounded veteran was completely without sight, I

introduced myself and asked if he’d like a song. He replied, “Sing The

Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

I didn’t realize the effect the song would have, until I started to sing

it while I looked at the sun setting out the window. How did he know to

ask for that song?

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…

I could barely get the words out as I felt myself tearing up. By the end

of the song, I was destroyed. I sat with him quietly for a few moments

and then wished him well. I thanked him.

Then I left. I was never quite the same.

Earl’s Pearls: Isn’t it a shame that future generations can’t be here

to see all the wonderful things we’re doing with their money?


March 2019

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.


Handicap Parking Placard

By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips

Attaching the handicap placard on the

post behind the car’s rearview mirror can

be a bugbear to those suffering from painful

shoulders, arthritic fingers and/or poor eyesight.

In their fumbled attempts, the hook part of the cardboard placard often

becomes crumpled or torn.

Caregiver Bobbi Ellis, who drives patients to medical appointments

has listened to many of the above complaints. One day she hit upon a

solution. She:

(1) Noticed a sturdy rubber band on a bunch of asparagus;

(2) Attached that band to her rearview mirror vertically and on the

far right;

(3) Placed the placard hook through the rubber band so the hook

was protected between the band and the mirror.

You can also purchase a handicap parking holder from Amazon. It’s

made of plastic and has a sturdy hook for fitting over the mirror post.

Perfect? Yes - if you have good dexterity. And yes in cooler states; not

year-round in Nevada and Arizona. Our scorching temperatures cause

the body-part to crumble and the hook to break off.

As you know it’s illegal to display the placard when there’s no disabled

person in the car. It’s also forbidden to keep the placard visible while

driving. This latter isn’t enforced often but it’s a possibility.

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books.

“A Fabulous Night Out”

By: Carol Chapman

The Foundation Assisting Seniors, in

association with The Independent

Senior Foundation, is pleased to invite you to

join us for our Inaugural Gala on March 16,

at 6 p.m. at M Resort Spa Casino in Henderson.

This event promises to delight, and we look forward to coming

together for a truly fabulous evening. Our vital work for the

seniors of the Las Vegas valley depends on fundraising, and what

better way to show your support than a night out with friends

benefitting The Foundation Assisting Seniors.

The event includes live and silent auctions, dinner and

entertainment by Mark OToole and culminates with the

presentation of the Centenarian of the Year award. The Foundation

Assisting Seniors was founded with the mission of improving the

quality of life for the senior community by assisting them in times

of illness, recovery, confinement at home, coping with the loss

of a loved one and other senior challenges, as well as providing

assistance with everyday tasks such as household maintenance

and transportation. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation

has responded to more than 100,000 requests for assistance


To purchase individual tickets for $100 or to donate

auction items, please call the office at 725-244-4200 or visit


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Cremation benefits and services available for

United States Veterans and their families.

Call today

for special discounts & promotions

(702) 407-0848

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Quantum Communication & Consciousness

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

In the film Quantum Communication it

mentions the Solvay Physics Conference

(1927) in Belgium which was attended by the

world’s greatest physicists. In hopes of resolving

the inexplicable behaviors over Quantum Mechanics, a new proposal

of “mind over matter” was submitted for discussion.

Physicists Heisenberg and Bohr approached Albert Einstein,

theorizing that the minds of the researchers were affecting the results of

the experiments. They claimed, “the mathematics of predictability was

unrepeatable and unreliable enough to explain what was happening.”

Einstein responded that: “Because it violated all mathematical

models, he couldn’t accept their theory.” This should not surprise

anyone, because most scientists are very uncomfortable with not

knowing how things work.

However, a few years later Einstein announced that: “Anyone who

becomes seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced

that there is a spirit manifest in the laws of the Universe; a spirit vastly

superior to that of man.”

Dr. Claude Swanson, M.I.T. physicist explains, “The wave function

that in mathematical construct describes the waviness of probabilities

of events at the quantum level, collapses when consciousness waves

interfere. Like a bull in a china store, it destroys all the information and

basically forces the wave to start-up again from zero.”

“Our physics is incomplete,” he continues. “This goes back to when

Quantum Physics

was originally built

(approx.1910 -1930’s).

When an observer is

in the ‘loop’, it has

a chaotic effect on

trying to describe the


This is why scientists

are separated from

their experiments and

cannot even observe them. They must wait for their completion before

re-entering the lab.

Unfortunately, when it comes to these consciousness and mystical

theories, most scientists remain skeptical, insisting that there is “no

conclusive evidence to support such claims.” Luckily, some scientists

insist on more research.

Author Dean Radin (Entangled Minds and senior scientist at

the Institute of Noetic Sciences) has stated, “I have little doubt that

the scientific worldview will eventually expand to comfortably

accommodate those experiences we now call psychic,”

So with the understanding that consciousness waves impact over all

things, what does it say about our personal and collective consciousness?

To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,

workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.

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By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective

Grant Philipo is a tall man, 60, with jet black

hair pulled back into a pony tail. He has a

piercing stare aided by what seems to be a touch

of mascara.

He comes from the world of the most fabulous

aspect of old Vegas; the world of the showroom spectacular where

showgirls reigned supreme. It is mostly gone now, cheesy imposter

shows selling sex but not sexy, according to Philipo.

He has been a producer and designer and is now the keeper of one

of the most important museum collections in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas

Showgirl Museum has over 40,000 artifacts, a collection worth millions.

“We are the only showgirl museum in the world. There is no other.

We knew how important showgirls and showboys are and we didn’t

want that to die,” Philipo said, sitting in his living room/museum

surrounded by the cloth, feather and bejeweled reasons for some of Las


The Showgirl Must Go On

March 2019

Vegas’s most shining


The museum is in his

six-bedroom house and

open by appointment

only. The collection

is worthy of a bigger

venue and he dreams

of the day when his

pieces can be displayed

for everybody to see.

Upon entering you

are seduced into the

fabulousness of it

all. Throughout the

museum are outfits

from some of the

greatest spectaculars

ever produced;

including those from the Las Vegas versions of Lido de Paris, Folies

Bergere, Hallelujah Hollywood, Jubilee and others.

Philipo believes Vegas shows today simply cannot compare. “Most,

not all, but most showgirls were topless. So you had to not only be a

trained professional dancer, but you also had to look flawless without

clothing. And there were restrictions on their breast size, their body

types and their body size and everything else,” he said.

“A showgirl can wear a costume valued anywhere between $5,000

to $50,000 for one costume. And of course in a show she’s wearing

probably up to fifteen to twenty costumes. So you start doing the math

and you realize there is a difference.”

But the museum is not only showgirl costumes. Walk through this

sacred space and you’ll see Shirley MacLaine’s favorite dress - wireless

mic and all, a costume from Donny and Marie’s television show in the

1970s, Omar Sharif’s costume in the film Hidalgo, draperies from Las

Vegas showrooms of old, Carol Channing’s necklace in Thoroughly

Modern Millie, a hand-made gown for Ann Margret and designed by

Bob Mackie, a wax Greta Garbo.

A crop of world class designers filled the need for more and more

fabulousness: Bob Mackie, Michael Travis and Jose Luis Vinas were a

few of the names. The shows mesmerized Philipo as a young man,

basically charting his course.

“If you would have been here in the 1970s, you’d have had no idea

how they did what they did.”

He remembers the flying carpet with the beautiful woman atop it,

white steeds running at full speed on stage, a waterfall with thousands

of gallons of water gushing wildly towards you before disappearing at

the last minute down a chute just inches from the audience.

“You never left a show where you didn’t feel a million times better

than when you went in.”

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.


Desert Willow Golf Course

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

decided to do something a little different in

I my column and write about a golf course

that is near and dear to my heart.

Desert Willow (DW) Golf Course at Sun City MacDonald Ranch

(SCMR) is where I live and play golf so it’s only fitting that I speak to

it. I recently met with the Director of Golf Operations Doug Sipe and he

provided some interesting information.

Opening in 1997, Desert Willow is a challenging 3,811 yard par 60

course designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash. The course features


March 2019

elevation changes rising and falling from tee to green.

Don’t think for a minute that because it’s an executive course that it

will be easy - it’s not. I have seen low handicap players struggle the first

time they play the course.

With plenty of strategically placed sand and grass bunkers, water that

comes in play on holes 5, 9 and 18, accuracy is a must. Fast, undulating

greens with the valley effect puts a premium on putting.

Another aspect I like about Desert Willow is how well players are

received by their top notch professional staff. Everyone is always

informative, helpful and friendly.

DW’s policy to allow non-SCMR resident players to participate in

leagues and tournaments is another key to its success. I know players

from Anthem and other parts of the valley enjoy being involved in these

events. If interested, check in with the pro shop and they will guide you.

Finally, I wanted to touch on the fact that DW is being groomed to

perfection by new course superintendent, Steve Smith and his assistant,

Greg Stevens. With 20 plus years of world wide experience, Steve and his

crew have made a positive mark with manicured landscape and some

of the best greens in the valley.

Keep it up guys; the course is in great shape. Doug: you deserve a lot

of the credit for your vision and guidance.

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

Shoe Solutions!

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

As an inventor, people often ask me how

I came up with my Fullips lip plumpers

and the answer is: necessity! So when I run across

other types of products that are simple and solve a problem I face, I

can’t help but wonder, why didn’t I think of that?

And one area where I tend to run into plenty of issues is with my

shoes. I love, love, love shoes, but just because they look great doesn’t

always mean they feel or fit great!

Heels (especially pumps) are my favorite, but they often slip off my

feet while walking which is never a graceful situation. I add those

commonly sold inserts, but many times they don’t make enough of a

difference, so the shoes just sit in the closet.

Recently my daughter gave me the perfect solution. They’re shoe

straps that wrap around the bottom of the shoe and then around your

ankle, instantly turning pumps into shoes with an ankle strap.

Or, you can wrap it twice around the top of the foot and shoe creating

a cute strappy look. Simple, effective, and inexpensive too!

They can be found at www.closecret.com and also sell on Amazon for

$10.99 for 2 pair. The straps come in black and beige leather and they

also offer clear, but I’m not really a fan of those.

A quick little extra tip that I had not heard of before - hair spray. Give

your heel and/or the inside of your shoe a light spray for some extra

tackiness to keep you in your heels.

My second new

find is an upgraded

gadget to the

traditional shoe tree

called Forme Shoe

Shapers. Shoes too

tight? Numb toes,

wrinkled shoes?

These Forme are


Unlike the old

shoe tree, this one is

designed to expand

as much or as little

as you need with the

push of a button. So

for the shoes you just can’t break in or those that easily lose their shape,

you can easily do it at home with these.

They are a little pricey at $48.95 for the pair, but if you own shoes

you have invested good money in just sitting there, these just might be

worth the investment! Their website is www.formecomfort.com.

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.

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Watch What You Say

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Before you pick up that phone, think of the

possible ramifications.

This incident happened to a Henderson senior.

It was traumatizing to say the least and it could have been avoided with

a simple discussion. Instead it became two days of hell for her.

Imagine if you were in her place.

During a conversation with a friend back east, our lady was ranting

about some political issues that were frustrating her. Commenting that

she sounded depressed, her friend advised that she was going to call the

police. Our lady stated that she was not depressed, she was just venting.

Once off the phone, she continued going about her normal routine.

She cared for her pets and tidied the home, but then came a knock on

the door. Answering the door, she found herself face to face with two

police officers.

The three chatted a while and suddenly our lady spotted an

ambulance through the screen door parked directly behind the police

car. “What is the ambulance for” she asked. The officers told her that

she needed to go with them willingly - or she would be carried to the


It was a short ambulance ride to the hospital and as she waited, she

asked a nurse how long she needed to be there since she had pets that

had to be cared for. “Just until the doctor arrives to speak with you” she

said. “It should be by 3:00 pm.”

The doctor finally arrived at 11:00 pm and they spoke for a while.

Previous and Current Chief Judge of Henderson Municipal Court

Founded Henderson Veterans Treatment Court in 2011

Past President of Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction

Marine JAG/Defense Attorney & Company Commander

VFW, American Legion, Military’s Officer Association

“You certainly don’t belong here” he said, “but I

cannot sign off on this. You need to go to Seven

Hills (a mental facility) to talk to their doctor.”

Arriving at that facility via ambulance, she

was checked in as a patient and again told she

must wait for the doctor. By then it was the wee

hours of the morning. Worried about her pets,

she asked to use the phone. “No, you have to

wait until 6:00 am” the nurse replied.

No sleep came that night and promptly at 6 am she walked out to the

nurse’s station and again asked to use the phone. A neighbor, with a key

to her home was called and took care of her pets.

Two doctors eventually came and one by one they interviewed her.

Both agreed that there was no reason to hold her and they would sign

the release papers immediately.

The problem was “a legal 2000” (mental evaluation) had been

issued. Under this procedure, they were legally required to hold her for

48 hours.

Bottom line: that friend had called the police claiming that she feared

the senior might try to take her life. Yet, with no doctor’s verification,

no interview by a mental health professional, the police jumped the

gun and apparently got the paperwork resulting in an unnecessary

mental hold.

This stress could have been avoided if the police were accompanied

by such a professional on the first visit to her home. Meanwhile, trying

to be helpful, her friend from thousands of miles away, forged ahead

and made a phone call, in the process, leaving a painful scar on a

senior that she will never forget.

Again, I ask: What would you do if it happened to you?

You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also

check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:


Favil West, Foundation

Assisting Seniors

Chairman with our

Rana Goodman.

The Foundation

surprised Rana with

their “Special Award

Presentation” for her

efforts in protecting

seniors at their

annual appreciation

dinner last month.



FAS Special Award


March 2019


Eat or Medicate

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

As hard as it is to believe, one in three seniors

in this country routinely have to choose

between eating or taking their doctor’s prescribed

medications on a daily basis!

In this land of “plenty”, nobody should be forced to make that choice.

When a doctor prescribes a specific medication, the cost of the drug is

so outrageously high, the patient cuts the pill in half (or in quarters)

so that they can still have a meal for the day.

Obviously, the drug’s ability to cure the patient fails and the senior

continues down a sickly path. This can in extreme cases, requires a

senior’s hospitalization, which results in much higher costs!

This begs the question: WHY? The drug companies that profit from

our medical maladies and have a monopoly and control all drug

pricing, are the culprits. This is no surprise to anyone as we are aware

of these stories for decades.

The question then is, WHAT THE HELL CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?

The answer: Holding your elected officials’ feet to the fire by legislating

action and force the drug companies to do what should be apparent to


My Magic Carpet Ride

By: Sandy Lewis / Guardianship

My incredible adventure with Dan Roberts

and Rana Goodman began about five

years ago. Rana called and asked if I would like to

accompany them to the Grant Sawyer Building to hear testimony from

two women who were the adult daughters of two guardianship victims.

Both experienced the horror of parents being “legally abducted” and

placed into guardianship by private guardian April Parks.

After hearing their shocking testimony, I felt horrified, numb and

then angry. I knew then that I wanted to be part of their journey.

Up close, I began to see the clever and somewhat genius ideas Dan

& Rana formed to amend and reform Nevada’s guardians laws. These

two kind and brave people took on the worst and scariest people I had

ever heard of.

The next stop was the Clark County Commission meeting, chaired

by our now new governor, Steve Sisolak. Both Rana and I gave a three

minute speech to the commission, which ended with the removal of

Judge Charles Hoskin and Hearing Master John Norheim from hearing

adult guardianship cases.

Over the next two years, I allowed my life to revolve around Dan and

Rana. I became their eyes, ears and research person. I assisted whenever

needed. I watched Dan deliver petitions to the legislature in Carson City

and assisted in their Vegas Voice seminars all over the Las Vegas Valley.

All of us have seen their amazing results.

How could I facilitate recognition for these two magnificent people?

I nominated Rana for Senior Citizen of the Year 2016 and she won that

I certainly


the profit

motive of a

drug company

and of course,

be profitable

to stay in

business! But

when a drug

patent ends

that company has had ample time to not only recover their investment

costs but reap huge profits.

It should be law, that when a patent runs out, these drugs must revert

to generic status with a guaranteed cost to the patient not to exceed $10.

That is not only the right thing to do, it is the most humanely thing

to do.

Those we elect are there to serve US. So far, they seem to be serving

the interests of those who profit from our misery.

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He can be reached at: dhyde9@cox.net.

With my friend Rana

award. Dan was later recognized and honored by the state and national

media for their Vegas Voice reporting of the guardianship scandal.

In closing, let us all continue to support the reform efforts by The

Vegas Voice and Dan & Rana - The Guardian Gladiator and her



March 2019


I’ll Take a Dull Day

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

It started mid-morning with sounds of

commands being barked through police


Then piercing gunfire? In our placid little suburban enclave?

I sprinted upstairs and looked out a front window. A team of sturdy

men in helmets, body armor, and behind shields was pointing heavy

weaponry at a car in a driveway across the street.

It turned out that detectives had tracked a man suspected of “violent”

crimes to a house that faces mine. Ordered to produce himself,

the suspect instead came backing out of the garage in a red sedan,

slamming several times into unmarked vehicles that were blocking the

end of the driveway. That’s when officers opened fire.

An arm emerging from the car hung limply out the driver’s open

window. The loudspeakers continued to squawk instructions. The arm

remained inert.

The team gradually edged its way up to the car. Two officers reached

into the open window and hauled out the clearly incapacitated driver.

An ambulance arrived and took him away.

The loudspeakers ordered anybody else in the house to exit. The

woman who lives there and her grown son and another man came out

with hands up. They were cuffed and taken aside.

The Greatest Sunset

By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.

Having just experienced a terrifying event

with my wife’s health (a huge blood clot in

her right lung) and then just waiting for several

days as I watched the sun set from her hospital window I remembered

back to another time. My wife and I have been very fortunate and lived

in a beach house in southern California for over 25 years.

We were given the gift of watching the sun set into the ocean from

our deck every evening. At that precise moment when the sun slowly

disappeared into the water where the sky met the ocean, I remember

thinking I alone had discovered an oasis in my mind nestled in the

sanctity and security of my own psyche.

Unlike Hollywood’s ability to replicate it on film through special

effects, the actual event demonstrates natures’ power over us . . . and

the gift we have to witness it.

When I phoned police to ask what I should do, dispatch sent an

officer to my door. Politely, he told me I could get escorted out on foot

but could not drive out. Or I could “shelter in place.” The area would

be bottled up at least into the afternoon.

“I’m just an old lady who moved here from Iowa,” I said. “I never

expected this!” His response, delivered with confidence, made me feel a

bit better: “It’s not common.”

More Metro officers arrived; CSI folks photographed, measured,

took notes. Given the “officer-involved shooting” the investigation was

especially involved. It was after dark when the crime tape came down.

The next morning, I was free to walk or drive out as I pleased. I still

felt rattled.

Several Las Vegas natives assured me that indeed it’s unusual for

a quiet residential street to become a war zone. Then I figured it out:

Nothing happens in Las Vegas that couldn’t happen elsewhere in these

United States. It just happens more dramatically.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to

Las Vegas from New England via China, the West Coast and the

However, the greatest sunset of all was when I was allowed to bring

my wife home from the hospital and we watched the sun set from our

small patio in Green Valley. There was no dramatic moment of the

sun disappearing into the ocean, but rather simply going behind a


Nevertheless being with one you have loved for over 48 years, that

sunset was equally magnificent.

I can only suggest that the next time you have a chance to watch the

sun set on this country’s breath-taking landscape with someone you

love, do so. Like me, it might bring a perspective to life.

In these trying times, with so many changes for “we” seniors it’s

reassuring that the sun still rises and sets. Nature is more powerful

than governments or individual dictators.

Regardless if it’s on a wheat field, a mountain range or skyline of one

of our many cities, enjoy that moment. Take that time to enjoy what

was given to you.

Remember the people that came before you and the ones that will

come after you. Because that is what creates a great country, a better

world - the sun setting on generations of families as time goes on. The

power of sunsets.

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.


28 March 2019


What is C.L.U.E.?

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight


.L.U.E stands for Comprehensive Loss

Underwriting Exchange and its

information affects each and every one of us who

drive a car or owns property.

Back in “the day” the only thing that really mattered on our auto

insurance was our tickets and if we got one, we paid for it. And, worse, it

“counted” on our auto insurance for the next 3 years. Well, times have


Those 3 years are now 5 for the majority of insurance companies.

Every (and I mean every) claim made on your auto insurance shows

up on C.L.U.E. An example would be an at-fault accident where you

rear-end someone, the vehicles are damaged and the occupants are

hurt. C.L.U.E. could show:

BI (bodily injury) - $50,000; PD (property damage to others) -

$7,500; CO (collision) - $6,000;

RR (rental reimbursement) - $350.

If you keep letting those kids at the car wash call in a claim for a

windshield chip, it would be reported as “CP” for comprehensive. I’ve

seen as many as 25 comp claims on one report which effectively kept

me from insuring that family.

Frequency is more important to an insurance company than severity.

Your company will not cancel or non-renew your insurance if you have

a not-at-fault accident that cost them $20,000, but they will cancel/

non-renew for 3 small claims totaling $1,000.

I once had a

lady call saying

she was being


because of 3

claims; none of

which exceeded

$250. Her

statement was, “that’s

why we have insurance.”

To be candid, you have

insurance for the things you cannot

afford to fix yourself. So when I dented my

car, I fixed it. If you report it to your company,

it will go on C.L.U.E. even if nothing is paid so be

very careful. Even those zero paid claims “count.”

C.L.U.E. is also used for property claims. When

looking to purchase a home, have your agent order a report to see if

that home has had claims. Many companies also count claims you

have had on property you have owned in the past and those claims

follow you even when you move.

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.


The Growing Season Begins

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

March brings us the start of our growing

season. It is also the time when desert

gardeners begin to spruce up the appearance of

their yards.

Since we no longer grow “real” grass in our yards, we use instead

“inorganic (rock) mulch, synthetic grass or a combination of both.

Each choice presents us with both positives and negatives. Before

making this decision, we should fully understand these options.

Most homes in Southern Nevada use varieties of rock mulch. Let

us look at the choices presented when using this form of landscaping


Rock mulch comes in varying sizes and shapes. The best material

is crushed granite rocks. This material can be found in sizes ranging

from 1/8” or 1/4” pieces used as a base to larger chucky rocks (2” to

4”) to augment or contrast areas of your yard.

These rocks are usually sold by the ton and come in various muted

colors (the most common being Rebel Red or Vista Gold). Large

“boulder sized” rocks can also be used to focus attention to specific

parts of your landscaping.

The small crushed rocks cost between $25 to $40 a ton depending

on the size, shape and coloring and it lasts between 5-10 years before

augmenting. Larger rocks and boulders are priced by the pound at the

point of purchase.

It is important to get a “weigh receipt” from the landscaping supplier.

This is obtained by weighing the truck before and after being loaded at

the facility.

How much do you need? One ton will replenish 1” depth for 240

square feet; 2” depth for 120 square feet, etc. The drawback of rock

mulch is that the rocks are hard to rake clean and the rocks get

extremely hot in the summer sun reaching over 160 degrees!

Synthetic grass is another alternative. It ranges in price from $1.25

to $3.00 a square foot plus installation. The more expensive “grass”

reflects the sun’s heat well while the cheaper brands do not (heating up

into the mid 100 degrees during the hot summer afternoons).

Have a gardening question? Contact me at: ThePlantWhisperer28@


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



March 2019


When Sciatic Pain is Not


By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Many people have suffered from sciatica.

It is usually a sharp pain in your lower

back, buttocks, thigh, lateral leg or foot.

For anyone who has had to endure this, you never forget it. Simple

tasks like walking to another room or turning over in bed can be

extremely painful. What’s even worse is when your doctor does X-Rays

or an MRI and then tells you that they do not know why you are

experiencing sciatica.

One potential cause for this type of pain that will not show up on

an X-Ray or an MRI is called Piriformis Syndrome. The syndrome

is named after the piriformis muscle which is found underneath

the muscles of your buttocks stretching from your sacral area (just

above your tailbone) to your lateral hip area. The sciatic nerve passes

through the piriformis muscle.

If you spend a fair amount of the day in a sitting position, the

piriformis muscle can tighten up and begin to squeeze and irritate

the sciatic nerve; giving rise to pain. One of the indications that the

pain is due to piriformis syndrome is that the “sciatic” pain gets worse

when you go from a seated to a standing position.

This is due to the fact that the piriformis muscle is used to help

you stand up. As you do, the muscle squeezes the nerve even harder

increasing the level of pain.

Because this is a muscle, it will not show up on an X-Ray or MRI.

A Piriformis Test can check for this but many times it is not done on

patients. Most painkillers will not work since the problem is not one

of inflammation, but rather the nerve being squeezed and irritated.

The goal is to get the muscle to relax. While medical treatment may

help, many times there is a simpler solution.

When you sit or lay down, get a soft tennis ball and place it just

behind your hip bone (where it is sore) so that your body weight is

pressing the ball against this painful area. If this is due to piriformis

syndrome, the pain should begin to ease up in about 5 minutes. If this

does not work, seek out medical help.

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.


March 2019

It’s Never Too Late!

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

If you made some “New Year’s Resolutions”

and didn’t keep up with them, it’s not too late

to begin again with your goals. Sure, it’s tough to

lose some weight, but begin slowly.

Try not to set goals too high or you will become discouraged. I’ve

been there - so I know it well! If you want to lose 10-15 (or more)

pounds, start off slowly and reach for 1-2 pounds. You will find that you

will not set yourself up for failure if you do this.

Another item that I struggle with on a daily basis - getting a good

night’s sleep! Do you find yourself having difficulty falling asleep? A

good night’s sleep can also help decrease the risk of dementia.

How much sleep is enough? There is no magic number, but the

National Sleep Foundation suggests adults aim for at least seven hours

of uninterrupted sleep per night.

First, make sure you are setting yourself up for bedtime success.

Stick to a regular schedule, trying to get to sleep and waking up at

approximately the same time each day.

If sleep escapes you, don’t toss and turn in bed. Get up, read a book,

or listen to some soothing music until you feel sleepy. Avoid eating or

drinking anything with caffeine or highly acidic foods at least two to

three hours before bedtime.

Exercise is terrific, but if you work out too close to bedtime, you may

find it interferes with falling asleep.

Still wide awake? If you experience chronic insomnia, make sure to

tell your doctor of your concerns so that you may be able to rule out

more serious causes, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a breathing

disturbance that wakes the sufferer throughout the night and can

cause some serious consequences.

When you sleep poorly, your mood, memory, creativity and problemsolving

capabilities suffer.

Try different methods to relax at least a few hours before bedtime and

with proper sleep, you’ll wake up more refreshed, feel better and have a

greater lookout on life.


Mary Richard is a long term supporter of senior fitness. She

teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las

Vegas Valley. She can be reached at zumbaqueen@cox.net.

Supplemental Needs Trust

By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry

It sucks, and there is no easy way to say it…

In a marriage, chances are one of you is

going to die before the other. Even worse, in most

marriages it’s going to be the man that is going to die first.

One of the top worries for a man is will my wife have enough money

to get to the end of her days without running out of money?

What if my wife gets Dementia, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s and has

to go into a memory care facility or skilled nursing facility and I’m no

longer around to see she is taken care of. They cost an average of $8,000

a month or about $100K a year.

Medicaid will help but only after my surviving spouse had spent

down to less than $2,000 in assets. My wife will be impoverished before

the government helps.

Is there a way to protect your spouse, a way to ensure she never runs

out of money before she runs out of days? Is there a good way to protect

your spouse against creditors, bankruptcy, Medicaid?

Good news! There is a way, and if you’re married, you’ve already

taken the hard step. Most married couples should take advantage of

this Medicaid loophole, but haven’t yet.

There is a Medicaid provision that allows a Supplemental Needs

Trust created by a testamentary instrument by a spouse for the

surviving spouse to be exempt from the 5 year look back and from

Enhanced Medicaid Recovery.

Said in nonlawyer


your estate plan

should be based

on a revocable

living trust and

a pour over Will.

The pour over

Will can create

a supplemental

or special needs

trust for your

wife using your half of the community assets when you die. This is a

Trust created by you, for your wife’s benefit.

Your wife’s creditors can’t reach the assets because the assets in the

Supplemental Needs Trust are not your wife’s they are your assets set

aside to be used for your wife, not “controlled” or “owned” by your wife.

Better yet, if your wife needs to go onto Medicaid to pay the memory

care or skilled nursing bill, Medicaid doesn’t count those assets when

your wife is trying to qualify and will not be able to recover those assets

when your wife dies. Your assets will be there for your wife and then go

to your children or heirs.

To learn more, contact an Elder Law Attorney or come to one of my

free seminars.


Parkinson’s Disease (Disorder)

By: Eric Farbman, M.D. / Friends of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic

and progressive neurological movement

disorder, meaning that symptoms will worsen

over time. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder.

Over one million people in the United States are living with

Parkinson’s Disease. In most cases there does not appear to be a genetic

component. There is a slight male predominance.

The exact cause of PD is unknown, but it involves the death of brain

cells, particularly cells in the area of the brain called the substantia

nigra. These cells produce a chemical called dopamine.

When enough of these brain cells are lost, the motor symptoms of PD

begin to develop and include the following:

1. Tremor, mainly at rest, usually in the limbs. The tremor will often

disappear when the patient uses the limb but will re-emerge upon the

cessation of movement;

2. Bradykinesia – this is slowness of movement such as reduced

facial expression and/or reduced arm swing when walking;

3. Limb rigidity – this is seen as stiffness in the affected side;

4. Gait/balance problems – this is often more of a problem later in

the disease course.

The symptoms slowly develop over years and are often different

between patients. Usually the presentation is asymmetric, although

there does not appear to be any pattern as to which side of the person

is affected.

Although there is no cure,

treatment options include

medications and surgery, and

these can greatly improve

the quality of life. While PD

itself is not fatal, the disease

complications can be serious.

PD does not shorten life

expectancy; however, it can

create a decline in the quality

of life. Exercise can help the

quality of life in PD, and studies suggest that it may also work on the

brain to slow the progression of the disease.

Throughout the course of the disease there may be non-motor

symptoms. Loss of smell is often one of the first symptoms. Depression is

very common. The physician will assist in the treatment of both motor

and non-motor symptoms.

Although nobody wants to be diagnosed with anything, there are

reasons to be optimistic with PD. There are many treatments currently

available, and there are many research trials examining future

medications and interventions.

Eric Farbman, M.D., is the Associate Professor of Neurology, Chief

of Movement Disorders at Roseman University.





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A Strait Shooter

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

got more than an amazing concert by George

I Strait last month at T-Mobile Arena. I’ve

never seen any entertainer use his intermission

time the way he did.

Most always they head to the dressing room for rest and refreshment,

but not George. He took that time to present a mortgage-free home to a

disabled veteran and his family.

He stole my heart again with more than his timeless music, and we

just can’t let this cowboy ride away any time soon. George himself spent

3 years in the U.S. Army.

It was incredible when he introduced Retired Lt. General Leroy Sisco,

the CEO of the non-profit organization, Military Warriors Support

Foundation. The General came on stage and joined George in honoring

Staff Sergeant Christopher Hardesty for his service and sacrifice to this


When George handed Hardesty the key to his new home in Colorado

there was not a dry eye around. There on that stage I witnessed many

things, and compassion and love were at the top of the list.

I think Willie once sang a song titled, “My Heroes have Always Been

Cowboys.” I now have a new hero and he wears a Stetson, ropes calves

in his spare time and gives houses to disabled veterans.

I found out that each year George raises millions for wounded warriors.

Now he is partnering with Wells Fargo and Military Warriors Support

Healing Through Faith

By: Thomas Mammaro / Vet Voice

One year in Vietnam stained my life with

pain and deep scars, 10 days with Heroes

to Heroes in Israel brought me home for the

first time.” Joe Walters

Many of our brave men and women are returning home from

combat with invisible wounds. Not knowing how to heal or reintegrate

into civilian life, some resort to taking medications, others bottle up

their feelings inside, while some resort to taking their own life.

This led New York City area businesswoman, Judy Isaacson Elias,

to do something about it. Inspired by her father, a U.S. veteran of

WWII, and her own faith experiences, she founded Heroes to Heroes

Foundation 501(c)3 in March of 2010 to heal combat veterans through

spiritual trips to the Holy Land (Israel).

“Israel provides outlets to put perspective on what they (military

veterans) were asked to do by their government. It’s where they can

reconnect with themselves, others, and their Creator. If God can forgive

them, they can forgive themselves. People who are connected with their

faith and attend any church, synagogue, or mosque are five times less

likely to die by suicide than the rest of the country.” Elias said.

Each 10-day Heroes to Heroes trip is led by professional tour guides

and coaches, which consists of 12 American veterans who are joined by

Israeli Defense Force (IDF) veterans. Participants get to visit famous

religious sites, as well as sites related to Jewish, Zionist, and IDF


March 2019

Foundation with their


program to make homes

available for them as well.

Hats off to him for not

taking that refreshment

break so it could happen.

It’s an example of what a

caring heart can do with

what they have been blessed with.

Not all of us have the money and influence that George has, but we

do have other valuable gifts to give - even if it’s our time. General Sisco

may be retired and could be spending all his time on the golf course,

but he has chosen to continue serving those who serve to keep us free. I

salute the man in a special way.

As a final note: Military Warriors Support Foundation has several

other important programs for our veterans in their transition from

war to peace. Seems like a pretty good outfit to support. https://


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.


history. Participants also have the

opportunity to get baptized in the

Jordan River.

To date, 244 American combat

veterans suffering from moral injury

have taken the journey. When asked

about the trip, the most common

phrase spoken by alumni is “lifechanging.”

The all-expenses-paid

trip is made possible only through

tax-free donations.

Moral injury: damage done

to one’s conscience or moral

compass when that person

perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to

prevent acts that transgress their

own moral and ethical values or

code of conduct.

If you or someone you love

is suffering from moral injury

or to learn how you can help a

wounded veteran, go to http://www.

heroestoheroes.org/ or call 201/851-






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We’ll be staying in the delightful spa resort town

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By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /

Out & About

Don’t miss your reunions or dream vacations

just because you’re not as strong or vital as

you used to be. Today few people even notice other’s disabilities. So, find

a trip which pleases you, and is available soon.

Touring and cruising companies encourage making reservations up

to two years in advance. But unless you currently need medical care,

you are less likely to cancel due to unforeseen health issues, if you

consider going as soon as possible.

There are always last-minute availabilities, which are great for

seniors. A land trip like one of Collette Vacations “Spotlight” tours has

stays of four to seven days in America’s or Europe’s most exciting cities.

Daily sightseeing is included, and here’s the best part. Each itinerary

uses a single 4-star hotel throughout, so there’s no packing and


Or you might try Globus’ Monogram Tours, which offer private

vacations in very popular locations. You get the services of a local guide

who provides your trip orientation, escorts you to your luxury hotel,

and may help you with special needs.

Speaking of special needs, regardless of the trip you select, don’t

be embarrassed to request help with devices necessary to your health.

Special needs items are rapidly becoming travel essentials, so rental

companies now provide and set up the personal health items you need

in your hotel or cruise ship.

Motorized scooters and wheelchairs are in demand, along with

portable oxygen tanks, raised toilet seats, and hospital style beds. And

the number of available items and serviceable locations is expanding


One unforeseen complication is hotels and cruise lines have trouble

keeping up with the demand for special needs accommodations, and

regular hotel and cruise ship doors may not be wide enough to allow

wheelchairs or scooters. NCL’s “Pride of America” circles Hawaii every

week with over 1,000 passenger staterooms but only 64 are wheelchair

accessible. Guess which staterooms are being booked first?

Next month we’ll take an in-depth look into innovations that can

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A Visit to Israel

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

have travelled all over the world. At

I last count, I’ve been to just about

every state with the exception of some

of the “deep” south states. I have been all over Europe,

including Luxemburg and Iceland. And in 2020 I hope to

finally get to Australia and New Zealand.

However, my favorite travel destination in the whole world is Israel.

There is just no other place like it. I started traveling there when I was 16

years old and honeymooned there in 1981.

I have also escorted a number of interfaith groups over the years. All

my visits to Israel have been magical.



I will admit


I am not a religious person.


You don’t


have to be to

go to Israel. The history, all by itself is enough to make it

interesting and dynamic.

If you are a person of faith and are Christian, Jewish or

Muslim, than Israel takes on a different, special atmosphere.

Some of the most holy, if not holiest western religious sights

can be found in Israel.

Whether it’s the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy

Sepulcher, the Dome of the Rock, or the Western Wall, all

western faiths look to Israel and Jerusalem for wisdom, guidance and


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Wagons Ho! The Oregon Trail

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Thousands of pioneers with dreams of riches

made the perilous journey westward on the

Oregon Territory. The first migrant wagon train

formed in 1836.

Their determination and willingness to endure hardship set western

territory expansion into motion. And this year Oregon celebrates

160-years of statehood.

The Oregon Trail ended

at Fort Vancouver. Forts

along the trail employed

females as laundresses.

Most were single, but some

were married with families.

Their stories are

historically obscure, yet

their job essential. Few

soldiers liked washing

and mending uniforms,

making the laundress a

crucial component on the


Laundresses were the only women officially recognized and supported

by the United States Army in the 19th century. Their work included

washing and mending clothing, nursing the sick, cleaning cabins and

lending an air of civilization to remote fort life.

Fort Vancouver’s laundry work was challenging. At dawn, she

chopped wood, hauled river water and then heated gallons of water in

large tubs before shaving lye soap from bars that she made.

Ironing involved a heavy flatiron heated over a fire. Though a soldier

might earn $13.00 a month, an industrious laundress could make up

to $40.00.

The Army officially rescinded laundresses in 1878. When one

commander was asked his opinion, he replied, “Of course these women

cost money – most women do! But I think it will be found that they, like

the generality of their sex, are worth all they cost.”

The National Park Service reconstructed the Hudson’s Bay

Company portion of Fort Vancouver and many buildings. They offer

demonstrations showing what life was like in the Oregon Territory,

which comprised segments of present day Oregon and Washington and

other stretches of the Northwest.

Up to and during World War I, Fort Vancouver was the chief military

headquarters for the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver Barracks (now in

Washington State) remains an operative base.

Among the notables stationed here was future president Ulysses

S. Grant, who served as quartermaster. Officers Row includes the

refurbished Grant house, the first residence built at the fort. A National

Historic District, Officers Row is open daily to the public.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always

with enthusiasm.

Spring Cleaning & Uncluttering is Good for Your Brain

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute


ccording to a terrific book by Eric R. Braverman, M.D. (see below), stress kills brain

cells. He says, "cleaning up & uncluttering is one of the easiest ways to decrease stress

and increase your ability to cope during stressful times." He says it'll boost your brain health.

So how about cleaning out those closets, drawers & boxes you never unpacked! And if you

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Steve Solomon has a trusted secret to keeping his voice during

repeat performances of a one-man show.

“Lots of throat lozenges, and lots of water,” he says.

The actor/comedian has built his career around writing and

performing one-man shows, beginning with the three-time award

winning “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in

Therapy,” which he’s followed with two sequels.

There’s much more to a comedic one-man show than simply telling

jokes on stage, he says. “Some critics say it’s just stand-up. No, it’s

a theatrical piece,” he says. “There’s a process, there’s a set, there

are characters.”


Creating a one-man show must start with an interesting topic —

something Solomon has no shortage of.

With each of his shows based on his unpredictable family, he plays

up to 30 characters on stage, including his doting Italian mother

and elderly Jewish father.

His family provides endless material, he explains. “Growing up in

an Italian/Jewish environment was hysterical,” he says. “I’m also

blessed with my memory. I can repeat dialogue from years ago.”

Taking stories and transforming them into a full show takes work,


Solomon starts developing a show by penning several pages of

memories and jokes, then works with his long-time director Andy

Rogow to find a common thread and craft a script.

“I come up with the content, and (Andy) creates storylines,”

Solomon says. “He’s quit 100 times and I’ve fired him 10,000

times, and we love each other.”


A one-man show must be constantly refined to remain fresh,

Solomon says. He changes something for every performance, and

constantly drafts new material.

“Every single night I’m up there, I’m tweaking. I’m adjusting what

I say, adjusting the emphasis of what I’m trying to put out there.

Every word is critical.”

“Steve Solomon’s From Brooklyn to Broadway in Only 50 Years!”

runs from April 5th – 7th at The Smith Center. For tickets and more

information, visit TheSmithCenter.com.

From the three-time award winning star

and creator of “My Mother’s Italian,

My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy”





APRIL 5 - 7

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March 2019



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