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I've noticed an increase in the number of buyers choosing to use their VA loan rather

than Conventional or FHA financing, both in age restricted and non-age restricted

communities. VA loans are largely misunderstood and do have some definite

benefits. Here are a few to consider:

1. The option to have no down payment (up to a loan amount of $484,350 in Nevada),

and for higher sales prices a down payment equal to 25% of the amount over $484,350

(up to $1,000,000!) This can help the buyer reserve cash for other expenses, including

fixing up the home after purchase.

2. More lenient loan requirements, with more flexibility on credit score and debt-toincome

ratios as compared to conventional loans.

3. No mortgage insurance is required, regardless of the down payment

amount. (Catch: there is a VA Funding Fee that gets applied to all VA loans - unless the

veteran has a service-connected disability.)

4. The closing costs are limited. There are only certain closing costs that can be charged

in connection with a VA loan, and the lender is also limited as to the maximum that can

be charged for certain fees.

5. Extra assistance with the appraisal of the home is allowed. If the VA appraiser is

having difficulty reaching a value at or above the proposed sales price, the veteran, their

lender, and their agent are given a 48 hour window in which they can provide additional

information that the appraiser may not have known about and therefore didn't include in

the home value initially.

VA loans area great option for many home buyers, and home sellers should NOT be

afraid to accept an offer involving a VA loan. VA loans developed a bit of a stigma

decades ago because home sellers used to be forced to pay a large amount of additional

costs for the buyers' loan if they accepted a VA buyer, but that is no longer the case. VA

loans can also be done in the same timeframe as a Conventional loan as well.

Just because you qualify for a VA loan doesn't mean it's your best option though. It's

important to look at all of your options before making a decision. For instance, if you

have a 740 or higher FICO score and are putting 20% or more down payment, you may be

better off with a Conventional loan. There are many factors to consider, so make sure

you understand your options before choosing what loan is right for you.

Want to know more? Call or email me anytime with your real estate questions. I'm

looking forward to assisting you with all of your real estate needs!

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June 2019



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


Just Hang Up

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

And you thought Congress was useless!” I

shouted to my Ladylove when I received the

press release. Nothing signifies the “value” of our

federal government then that bi-partisan Senate Resolution passed last


What’s that you say? You missed that news bulletin?

Our elected leaders, notwithstanding all the other problems facing

our country, took the time and effort to support the designation of May

15, 2019 as “National Senior Fraud Awareness Day.” The purpose:

To raise awareness about the increasing number of fraudulent schemes

targeting seniors in the United States.

I don’t know about my fellow seniors, but I feel safer…so long as I

don’t answer my telephone. For, like many of you, since I signed on to

the government’s “Do-Not-Call” registry I’ve been constantly receiving

unwanted sales and “robo” calls.

Let me be very clear: I never want my carpets cleaned (we don’t even

have carpets), my computer freed from unknown viruses, and most of

all, those drugs from 3 rd world countries.

Yes, I recognize that “we seniors” have been a growing target for

scams, but come on, how many times is it our own fault? Is there

anybody reading this who will have a conversation with an unknown

or unwanted salesperson?

The answer to all telephone scams: Hang up the phone. Hang up

the damn phone!

I have now begun the habit of letting all telephone calls go straight

to voice mail unless I recognize the caller ID name. Despite this new

practice, I have on occasion failed to follow my own advice.

There have been times (and even Rana is getting tired of my “lack

of maturity”) when I answer the phone with: “FBI, Nevada Office.”

The ironic part about my J. Edgar Hoover ruse was that my new best

friend “Joe” (and to be honest, I don’t believe that’s his real name)

from India or Pakistan or Afghanistan has any idea what FBI means as

he keeps offering me those cheaper alternative “blue pills.”

I also admit that if it wasn’t for my Rana, I might have fallen victim.

That was when I received a telephone call informing me that my

grandson was in a Mexico jail and immediately needed $1,000 for bail.

In my haste to collect the information for payment, my PILL

(partner in love & life), overheard what was going on. She gently held

my hand, told me not to panic and ever so tenderly whispered in my

ear that perhaps this was a scam – especially since I do not have any


“Maybe so” I told her but “I was able to get the bail reduced to

$500. Man, do I know how to negotiate!” Rana just shook her head,

took the receiver and hung up.

One last thing: Last month, my landline apparently had a heart

attack and died. Upon noticing the silence, I contacted Cox and two

days later they restored the telephone back to life. So help me, within 5

minutes after “back in service” I received a call.

I’m “finally” having my carpets cleaned next week but told my

“new best friend” that he should send his crew to my other home – in


And Another Great Show

With Jeff Neiman on the piano, Michelle Johnson sings in “It Takes Two”

at Sun City MacDonald Ranch last month. The show was outstanding

and our thanks to these fantastic performers and entertainment editor

Evan Davis for producing another outstanding Vegas Voice show. Photo

courtesy Ed Forster.

May I Have Your Autograph?

President Ray Sarbacker signs his name to last month’s front page for

our favorite and wonderful IHOP server, Mercy Garcia. It was Ray’s 100 th

cover page for The Vegas Voice magazine.



What I Know

By: Earl Wilson, Jr. / Earl’s Pearls


. Somebody figured it out — we have

35 million laws trying to enforce 10


2. Gossip is when you hear something you like

about someone you don’t.

3. If you look like your passport photo, in all probability you need

the journey.

4. Money in the bank is like toothpaste in the tube. Easy to take out,

hard to put back.

5. No horse can go as fast as the money you put on it.

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

lose an election.

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

8. Middle Age: later than you think and sooner than you expect.

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


10. Women’s liberation will not be totally achieved until a woman

can become paunchy and bald and still think she’s attractive to the

opposite sex.

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.

June 2019

You Gotta Laugh

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs


: Where can single 70+ year-old men find

younger woman who are interested in them?

A: Try a bookstore, under fiction.

Q: What can a man do while his wife is going

through menopause?

A: Keep busy. If you’re handy you can finish the

basement. When you’re done, you will have a place to live.

Q: I’ve been told that menopause is mentioned in the bible. If true,

where can it be found:

A: Matthew 14:92 – “And Mary rode Joseph’s ass all the way to Egypt.”

Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your over 70 year-old


A: Tell him you’re pregnant.

Q: How can you avoid that curse of the elderly wrinkles?

A: Take off your glasses.

Q: Why should 70+ year-old people use valet parking?

A: Valets don’t forget where they park your car.

Q: Is it common for 70+ year-olds to have problems with short term

memory storage?

A: Storing memory is not a problem. Retrieving it is the problem.

Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly?

A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon.

Q: Where should 70+ year-olds look for eye glasses?

A: On their foreheads.

Q: What is the most common remark made by 70+ years-old people

when they enter antique stores?

A: “Gosh, I remember these!”

And finally: Don’t you love how in scary movies the person calls out

“Hello?” As if the killer/psycho is going to reply, “I’m in the kitchen.

Want a sandwich?”

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.



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Nostalgic Trio Returns

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Making your way in the world today

takes everything you’ve got; Sometimes

you want to go where everybody knows your


That abbreviated version of the Cheers theme greeted viewers of the

popular television show. The message still echoes. Sometimes we seek

comfort in what once was familiar.

February 2019. An audience of nearly 200 at Sun City MacDonald

Ranch were treated to a nostalgic trip back in time. With The Vegas

Voice variety show already tightly scheduled, producer Evan Davis

squeezed in three songs by a new-old trio.

It was new in that it was the first performance ever for the Folk

Legacy Trio. And old in the respect that Rick Dougherty, George

Grove and Jerry Siggins, sported a golden pedigree of concerts,

television appearances, and Billboard Top 100 albums that recalled

memories of granny glasses, tab collar shirts and lava lamps.

Each song drew thunderous applause and ended with the appreciative

audience’s standing shouts for “More!” The Vegas Voice complied by

scheduling an “encore” performance for the group on Saturday, June

22 nd .

1958 - In an industry where success is rare, the Kingston Trio

became superstars. Their road to musical history began with their first

album in 1958 that featured “Tom Dooley.”

Their subsequent album hit Number Two on Billboard’s Charts;

June 2019

four more records reached

Number One over the next

two years. Three 1960

albums dominated the list

for 20 weeks earning the

Kingston Trio an everlasting

place in musical history.

As with many successful,

long-lived musical groups,

members transition in and

out. But for two of those singers who performed that February night

in MacDonald Ranch, the Kingston Trio had become a home of sorts.

2017 - I Have an Idea: It was a long ride to the next show. Rick

Dougherty and George Grove were silent, travelling the highway

to Asheville, NC, contemplating what lay ahead. Grove turned to

Dougherty and said, “I’m not ready to give up singing. Are you?”

The license to the Kingston Trio name had been sold and, as in

many other business ventures, changes loomed. Dougherty joined the

group 12 years earlier after having replaced Glenn Yarborough in the


Grove strummed guitar and folk banjo player for the Kingston Trio

for 41 years. For them, Ashville would be their final show.

Dougherty wasn’t ready to stop singing either. “I have an idea,”

Grove said. Just as they were the foundation for the Kingston Trio, they

would fill the same roles for their new Folk Legacy Trio.

“We really need a third voice to get the harmonies together,”

Dougherty realized. Their challenge was, “finding somebody to play

music that’s 50-60 years old and knew how to live on the road,” he later

recalled. “We had to find that special ring, the X factor,” Grove added.

2018 - The Search Begins: Familiar folk names trekked to Grove’s

home as they sought the right fit. Grove’s friend, Bobby Poynton, a 13-

year veteran of The Lettermen, recommended former bandmate Jerry


Poynton and Siggins toured together with The Diamonds, the group

that charted “Little Darlin’” and “The Stroll” in America’s Top 10.

Dougherty and Grove headed to Palm Springs to catch Siggins in

a show with The Diamonds. “We wanted to see how he worked with a

group,” Dougherty remembered. After a one-song audition, Dougherty

and Grove knew they had a trio. “It rang so clear,” Dougherty said.

The three men put together set lists, practiced, harmonized and

rehearsed. They planned to pay tribute to many contributors to the folk


June 2019: Siggins acknowledges that evolution has thinned the

folk music audience but not their enthusiasm. “Folk music takes our

audience back to another, simpler time. Our group is about friendship.

Audiences sense that we’re having a good time and want to be a part

of it.”

For more information about the group visit: folklegacytrio.com.

Caricature courtesy Neal Portnoy.

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

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


The Folk Legacy Trio performs the Great American

Folk song book, the songs of the great Folk Era

from the ‘50s through the mid ‘70s.

It’s a journey through American Musical History

with their signature dynamic harmonies

enriching some of the most beloved songs ever


These three men have all been involved

with the music from the great Folk Era.

Rick Dougherty

Limeliters /

Kingston Trio 25 years

Jerry Siggins

Lead singer of the

legendary Diamonds.

George Grove

Kingston Trio

41 years

Sun City

MacDonald Ranch

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Sat., June 22, 2019

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Happy 100th Mr. Showmanship

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

This musical genius, Wladzius Valentino

Liberace, was known simply as Liberace.

Lee to friends and Walter to family.

Liberace was a showman, a gifted pianist and at the time, the highest

paid entertainer in the world. His music was significant in that he cleverly

combined classical music with pop music, keeping the classical styling.

His comment was not having to run to the bank anymore, he bought

it. His flamboyant lifestyle, flashy stage appearances earned him the

nickname, Mr. Showmanship.

Liberace was born 100 years ago, May 16th, of an Italian immigrant

father and a Polish descent mother. It was a musical home. His father

played French Horn and saw to it that his children attended a variety of


His brother,

George, a violinist,

backed Liberace

with his orchestra.

He had another

brother and sister.

At 4, Liberace

could hear most

songs, then play

them on the piano.

At 8, after attending a piano concert by Paderewski, he decided that was

the path he wanted.

During the Great Depression, he helped with family finances,

performing in cabarets and strip clubs. By 20, he performed Liszt’s 2nd

Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; starting a 40

year career of piano concerts, acting, and TV performances.

Liberace was a gifted entertainer. He arranged the pop song, Three

Little Fishes, into a semi-classical style that became his trademark.

His entrances and exits were full of smiles, happiness and good taste.

Liberace was glam, glitter and fashion - as was his music. His costumes

were exotically ostentatious with jewels and flashy rings on his fingers.

He entered the stage in an expensive car, wearing long, heavy fur capes.

Always present on his custom-made piano was a candelabrum.

Audiences and other musicians loved him.

He established a flamboyant concert residence and museum in Las

Vegas where everything was piano-themed. Even his swimming pool

was shaped like a grand piano.

He sold over 400,000 albums. His biggest single hit - Ave Maria sold

300,000 copies.

In 1985, Liberace tested positive for Acquired Immune Deficiency

Disease (AIDS), keeping it secret until death on February 4, 1987 at

67 - never seeking medical help.

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.

June 2019

Moe Norman - Part I

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

One day while practicing before my tee time

at a golf facility, I noticed a golfer next to

me had a huge bucket of balls (must have been

500 balls) and was hitting one right after another.

I said to him you’re going to wear yourself out.

This opened a conversation and he asked me if I knew of Moe

Norman to which I replied that I hadn’t heard of him. So he began

to tell me that Moe Norman was a past Canadian Amateur champion

- probably the greatest ball striker of all times and was known to hit at

least 800 balls each day.

So I decided to do some research on Moe Norman and I was amazed

at what I found and decided to bring you his story. This cannot be done

in one article, so this month I’ll discuss his “Achievements” and next

month the human story of Moe Norman.

Moe Norman’s Achievements: Born Murray Irwin Norman in

Ontario, Canada in 1929, he died in 2004 at age 74. In his youth, Moe

(as he was nicknamed) was a pin setter in a bowling alley earning 10

cents per hour.

He got interested in golf at an early age and worked as a caddie so

he could earn some money and gain access to the practice facility. Moe

was known to hit 800 balls per day. It was said that one day he hit over

2,800 golf balls in 7 hours.

Before age 26 he won two Canadian Amateur Championships. In

1956 and 1957 Moe received invitations from Bobby Jones to play in

the Masters.

In 1959 he joined the PGA tour and played in 12 events finishing

4 th in his last round. Moe returned to Canada where he went on to win

50 titles, shot 59 three times, had 9 double eagles and 17 holes in one.

There is a lot more to this story. Next month, I’ll describe the human

side of Moe Norman which is fascinating.

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

G.E. Theater

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

thought I’d write this month about the time I

I was cast in General Electric Theatre. This was

a popular TV show from 1953-1962.

In 1956 it was in the top ten in the Nielsen

ratings and the host of the program was none other than Ronald

Reagan; though he didn’t appear in every episode other than as the

host. It was a weekly half hour show with different guest stars each week

and was typically an adaptation of a short story, novel or magazine


I was cast in a 1956 episode called “The Road that Led Afar” and the

guest stars were Dan Duryea and Piper Laurie. That’s me in the photo,

second from left standing next to Dan Duryea. He played a widower

raising four children who then falls for a young girl portrayed by Piper

Laurie (sitting in the chair.)

Piper will best be remembered for her Oscar nominated performance

in “The Hustler” with Paul Newman as well as another Oscar nominated

role in the horror film “Carrie.”

Now here’s an interesting little tidbit: In her 2011 autobiography,

Laurie stated that she lost her virginity to Ronald Reagan when he was

in his 40s and she was in her teens. Ah, Hollywood!

Dan Duryea was best known for his “villainous roles” - especially

for being mean to woman; sometimes even slapping them in films. In

real life however, he was a one-woman man, having been married to

his wife for 35 years.

Duryea was known

for his temper but had

been quoted as saying

“once a scoundrel,

always a scoundrel”

referring of course to

his many evil roles.

As for me, and as I’ve

said in past columns,

I was really too young

to have a clue as to

whom Dan Duryea and

Piper Laurie were - not

to mention Ronald

Reagan. Who would

have ever known at

the time that Reagan

would one day be our President!

My only recollection of the three of them is how very nice they were

to me and how much I enjoyed working with them.

Until next time, remember: Each day comes bearing its gifts -

remember to untie the ribbons.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@


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By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

June is a month packed with shows, shows

and more shows. Three of those shows will

be presented by The Vegas Voice with one of them

being performed in the Italian American Club’s


Our last show there was a sellout, so don’t wait too long to get your

tickets. Our first show at IAC is June 7 th at 8pm. The showroom will be

packed to see Broadway star Randal Keith who has performed in Les

Misérables, Phantom, 42 nd Street and many more.

Randal will bring the rich & beautiful voice of Broadway and deliver

the incredible music of Robert Goulet, while telling tales about this

American Legend. Philip Fortenberry, his musical director (who

was the “hands” of Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra”) will bring

his incredible talent and skill on the piano.

Two weeks later, on Saturday June 22nd at 7pm, we return to Sun

City MacDonald Ranch with the “FOLK LEGACY TRIO.” Songs from the

great Folk Era performed by Rick Dougherty (Limeliters and Kingston

Trio), Jerry Siggins (lead singer with the Diamonds) and George Grove

(41years with the Kingston Trio).

Someone asked me about Jazz the other day, saying there wasn’t

much around town. How’s this: Dispensary Lounge (Friday & Saturday

night and occasionally Wednesday evenings); German American Club

on Tuesdays, Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant on Wednesdays, and The

Golden Tiki on Thursdays. Shall I continue?


Busy Show Month

The Mustang

By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s first feature

film, “The Mustang” has the ability to

synthesize emotions and ideas through pictures.

This film is not just a good first try, but a full rate

achievement by any measure.

The director has found a style of her own. It is a piece of sentimental


Matthias Schoenaerts, plays Roman, a convict in rural Nevada who

struggles to escape his violent past. At the same time he is required to

participate in an outdoor maintenance, state mandated, rehabilitation

facility. Roman is accepted into the wild horse training section of

the program where he finds humanity in gentling an especially

unbreakable mustang.

Aging actor, Bruce Dern, takes the part of a no-nonsense veteran

horse trainer and is tough and rough with Roman until he takes this

training seriously. An untamed man and an untamed horse finally

“connect” in Mustang.

Anyone who likes animals, especially horses, will be emotionally

charged seeing this film.

Schoenaerts is one of this generation’s finest actors and makes

“Mustang” a moving look at human potential for redemption and

June 2019

I can do the

same for the Blues,

Big Band and even

Country. And how

about Rock and


Get your tickets

NOW for music

from Woodstock

and the 60s. It will

be presented by

The Vegas Voice on

Sunday August 18 th

at 2:30 pm. It will

Randal Keith & Philip Fortenberry – the show:

Robert Goulet

be at the Performing Arts Center at the Clark County Library on East

Flamingo and Maryland Pkwy.

Music of Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Crosby Stills Nash, Janis Joplin,

Joe Cocker, Santana, Joan Baez and more. This extravaganza will be

hosted by a local Vegas Headliner that we will announce next month.

I hope I’ve cover everything, but as always, if you have any specific

questions, needs, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me

directly at evan@thevegasvoice.net.

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.


rehabilitation. His performance is quietly captivating as a prisoner.

These men in prison tend to be laconic, tormented, tattooed,

impenetrable, and potentially or actively violent with screwed up

families and traumatic pasts. Nothing that a good horse couldn’t cure,

or a talented female director!

“The Mustang” draws from both western and prison movies with

unusual genre and magnificent beauty of the desert and mountains

landscapes. This film is both fascinating and frequently compelling.

Schoenaerts is terrific!

I give it four boxes of buttered popcorn. I hope to see YOU at the


Renee Riendeau is the movie critic for “Renee’s Revelations”

on Anthem Alive SCA-TV. As a dog sitter she operates “ Renee’s

Roommates” out of her home and can be reached at



Literary Musings

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

Casino names have long referenced Ancient

Rome, the Renaissance, New York City and

other pinnacles of intellectual sophistication.

Now, it seems, Las Vegas is becoming one of those cosmopolitan places.

As of this year, no less than The New York Times has declared this city

a budding artistic hub and burgeoning literary mecca.

I cannot help but be happy about this. Reading tops my list of favored

pastimes, even before fault-finding, synonym-hunting (gripe, grouse,

kvetch, whine), moving furniture and walking my dogs.

Given my background in writing and teaching, books are always

on my table and often on my mind. All the more so given a recent

foray into a stunning estate sale from somebody’s lifetime of reading; a

legacy offering up entire libraries of the American West, the World Wars,

U.S. presidents, travel, the law, mystery, science fiction, contemporary

politics, and more.

There’s a Note for That

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

If they stopped making post-it notes, my life

would come to a screeching halt. I make sure

there are little pads everywhere or my life will be

utter chaos.

I think of things, write them immediately and move on. Kitchen,

bathrooms, in front of the TV, desk, etc. All have stickies to tell me what

to do.

TV throws ideas at you, but the next day you can’t recall what movie

you wanted to see or the 800 number for that non-stick wonder pan.

Have no fear, there’s a note for that!

There are even goofy songs about post-it notes on UTube. Who knew?

I was once a very accomplished multi-tasker and could keep track of

all my business and personal obligations. Birthdays, anniversaries and

dates flashed in my head whenever needed. Now there are small little

tugs telling me something is due, but I can’t recall it clearly, so I figure

that will just resolve itself later.

Some people don’t know the value of a post-it note. They use their

phones for all reminders. Since I’m not too skilled at my phone, I still

need the note.

This was largely an adult collection with all its dystopian concerns.

It occurs to me that children’s versions of dystopia turn out okay: Alice

comes tumbling back from the looking-glass world to a reassuring,

if more boring, state of being. Even in the young-adult variant, those

who don’t die live happily ever after - having surmounted Hunger

Games horrors, heroine Katniss gets married and has her own kids.

For the grown-ups, the grim visions endure. The protagonist of

Orwell’s 1984 dies just as he comes to total acceptance of Big Brother’s

rule. Books and civilization are firebombed into oblivion in Ray

Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, leaving a band of survivors struggling to

retain literary memories.

Just stories, you may say. But the mindset fueling literary apocalypse

seems to have escaped the covers. At the highest levels, falsehood

supplants truth on a daily basis, turning reality inside-out and upsidedown.

We owe it to the kids to halt this nonsense – with a happy ending.

Meanwhile, we need to save books and ideas from the bonfires.

At that estate sale, I found an inaugural edition of JFK’s Profiles

in Courage and a first edition of Schlesinger’s A Thousand Days, on

Kennedy’s time in the White House. Surely worth their weight in, yes,

paper. I paid a buck apiece.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to

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



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It’s reliable and not subject to power outages, battery failures or

technological complications. And what if the phone autocorrects your

note and you do the wrong thing?

I’ve advanced from refrigerator notes to stickies. Unfortunately, the

fridge has too many magnets of things that are too cute to take down.

There’s no room for more.

I can stick a note to the cart in the grocery store right over the face

of the guy staring at me from the child seat. And stick it on my old desk

telephone reminding me to call someone. And on the pile of bills to be

paid when I think of it.

They invent flying cars, home smart systems and all sorts of things

these days. But for us humans, simplicity and low stress works best.

If I have my little yellow note, I will accomplish all my tasks, add

checkmarks, throw the note away and relax.

Make a note of that!

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

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

Corruption Running Amuck!

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

It’s been a busy month! Who says crime

doesn’t pay?

For the last two months, I have chronicled a

series of morally corrupt politicians who have plagued our political

system. Now, a story that is more absurd has reared its ugly head!

Ricki Barlow, a former Councilman from Las Vegas who resigned

in disgrace about a year ago (he pleaded guilty to basically “stealing

from the public”) has magically re-appeared as a newly registered paid

lobbyist. His new job: To “influence” public policy at the same city he

left because of his moral turpitude!

He blatantly advises that he is “your key to the city,” For a price, of


Can you see the irony in

this? That stench you smell is

the rotting corpse of “honor and

integrity” personified in some of

those we elect to represent and

serve our interests.

The argument made in support of the ex-Councilman’s new job, is

that everyone is entitled to make a living. Well, yes, but at the public

expense and at the exact same place he left in disgrace?

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

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

Dropping Things

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

Are you dropping things lately, items you

never dropped before?

Maybe you think you are getting clumsy and

haven’t realized that your hand can no longer

make a fist. Alas! Your finger joints are not bending sufficiently to form

a tight grasp and the sensitivity in your fingertips has lessened.

If you consult an occupational therapist s/he will certainly introduce

“Reach, Grasp and Release Activities” claims Julie Foster R.N. “And one

of those is picking up dozens of teeny items from a tray.”

You can imitate that exercise and improve your hand mobility on

your own at home. It will also be much more enjoyable by playing with

jigsaws. As you pick up and place 500 pieces in a puzzle, your fingers

will gradually become more flexible.

The goal is to have your thumb able to reach the crease at the base

of your pinky. Plus all fingertips bending to touch the fleshy part at the

lower side of your thumb.

Thereafter you’ll probably be able to hold objects tighter, the

sensitivity in your fingertips will improve and you’ll cease having

objects slipping out of your hands.

As with anything new before starting seek your doctor’s approval.

Stop if it causes additional pain.

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books.


Getting Ready for the Summer

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

Summer is around the corner and it’s my

favorite time of the year! I love the heat, the

longer days, and the fact that my grandchildren

are out of school and get to stay with me.

What I don’t love is the many years I spent enjoying my younger

summers by frying to a nice golden brown with the help of all that baby

oil and iodine. If I could turn back time I would, but now I must face

the consequences and be more cautious.

As an early season reminder, for those of you that also indulged back

in the day, start your summer with a visit to your Dermatologist for a

mole and body check. Having had one Mohs surgery, I find myself on

a regular appointment schedule now and it’s definitely worth the time!

One of the first questions your doc is going to ask: Are you faithfully

wearing your sunscreen? This time of the year is especially important

because we simply spend more time outdoors.

Swimming, BBQ’s and patio dining all call for precaution. The La

Roche-Posay line is my go-to sunscreen that was recommended by my

dermatologist. They are expensive but have several options to choose

from and are good for sensitive skin.

They even have a tinted sunscreen which is a unique option. But if

you have a favorite, great. The key is to find something that you like

and will actually make a habit of using every day.

While sunscreens are obviously a must, for something extra fun, I’ve

recently discovered how great hats can be added to a wardrobe! Last year I

With my friends Susan Houston & Sharon Maloof.

attended the Kentucky Derby for the first time and bought several, not

knowing what to expect. Ever since then I’ve found myself wearing

them to outside events and am surprised how stylish and functional

they are at blocking the sun and wind.

The biggest drawback with a hat is once it’s on, removing it can often

leave your forehead with a line and a flattened hairdo. There are two

quick fixes, however, should your party go into the evening when you’ll

want to remove your new accessory.

1. When choosing your hat, pick a lightweight one, one that will not

feel cumbersome. The inside band should be soft and wide, it will be

less irritating on your forehead. You can also add a soft strip of fabric to

the inside of your hat if it does not have one already.

2. Gather the top section (crown) of your hair and clip or bobby pin

it on top of your head. When you are ready to remove your hat, remove

the pins and your hair will not be flattened down.

So, enjoy your outdoor gathering, protect yourself from those aging

effects of the sun, and look even more chic doing it!

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June 2019

Cutting Etheric Cords

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Most everybody has heard the phrase, it’s time

to cut the cord, meaning, to set whomever

free. But what if I told you that there are actual

energetic cords that bind us with the people and

even objects associated with us? Or, that when a cord is left un-severed

after a relationship has ended, it continues to play havoc in your life?

It’s true! Much like the umbilical cord that connects mother and

child, an etheric cord binds you to every relationship you experience

through a high frequency of communication. Like “etheric hoses”

these cords are what enable the telepathic thoughts and emotional

exchanges to continue - even when they’re no longer needed or wanted.

“When the cord is healthy, it can create a vibrant, energetic source

exchange, but when the cord is unhealthy, it can often lead to feeling

controlled or drained in energy,” explains Doreen Virtue. “Intuitively

we can gauge how strong our connection is with another by realizing

how often we think of them and how it makes us feel.”

A good indication for the need to “cut the cord” is “when feeling

a strong psychic connection to someone that is draining your energy,

and from any unhealthy, negative, obsessive, or addictive behaviors.

Letting go will help you recharge your energy, feel a sense of peace and

can help you bring about new, positive opportunities,” claims Doreen


The best way to come to closure in a past relationship that no longer

serves you is to rid yourself of the old baggage that’s keeping you in

a perpetual state of sadness and saps your energy, advises Madison of

Daily OM.

A simple cord cutting ritual:

1. Relax in an undisturbed, quiet place and set your strong intention.

2. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths as you call upon your

spirit guide.

3. In your own words, ask for guidance, releasing the unwanted cords

with gratitude, love, light and positive attention, when you visualize the

cord being cut.

4. Afterwards, drink plenty of water.

You should feel at peace, energized, lighter, and balanced.

To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email: alivegasvoice@yahoo.com.




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To Qualify for a Reverse Mortgage & Reverse Mortgage for Purchase

By: Nick Flores / Loan Educator

Qualifications: In order to qualify for a

Reverse Mortgage one of you must be 62+.

Your spouse can be as young as 18. However, the

spouse who is younger than 62 will be a “non-borrowing” spouse on

the loan and will still be on the Title of the home while maintaining the

same benefits of a Reverse Mortgage.

You can own multiple homes, but the home with the Reverse

Mortgage must be your primary home and your home can be paid for

or not. A lot of people tell me they did not think they could do a Reverse

Mortgage because they had a mortgage on their house.

Many people who do a Reverse mortgage have a mortgage on their

house. It is becoming more and more common.

The home can be a detached property, attached property, condo,

townhome or manufactured home. All these properties fit the singlefamily

residence requirement of the Housing Urban Development


Reverse Mortgage used for Purchase: You may also use the

Reverse Mortgage for purchase of a new primary residence.

Typically, in order not to have a mortgage payment, you would pay

cash for a home. With a Reverse Mortgage for purchase, in most cases,

the down payment requirement is 40% down.

This will allow you to keep the remaining liquid cash in your bank

account to save, reinvest, or to enjoy vacations. The Reverse Mortgage

for purchase will never require a mortgage payment.

The Reverse Mortgage for purchase can also be used to buy a duplex,

triplex or fourplex. You must live in one of the units, because remember,

the property needs to be your primary residence, but you can rent out

the other units to supplement your retirement income.

It’s a wonderful strategy. Call us now so you can get the facts straight

and retire better.


June 2019


Don’t Be Fooled

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

For the six plus years, Publisher Dan and

I have been conducting guardianship

seminars across the Las Vegas Valley. During

the course of the meetings, we are often approached by seniors with

questions and their related experiences in dealing with the courts,

lawyers etc.

The name of one attorney comes up repeatedly in those complaints

and questions. His name: David Bindrup.

This attorney recently held one of his seminars; “Trust and

Guardianship Laws” in my Sun City community. I received the

following e-mail that very evening. With permission from its author

I’d like to share it so that we can correct the misleading statements that

were made.

“In the course of his presentation, the man appeared to

completely diss the idea of filing a Request to Nominate Guardian

Form with the Nevada Lockbox.

He went on to indicate that it could cost $2,000 to engage an

attorney and have a District Court judge request the form from

the lockbox, if it were needed. This appeared to me to be a “Fear

Factor” to cause people to become his clients.

He further appeared to favor having the Request to Nominate

provision included in the Will/trust instead and indicated

he would update Wills free of charge (as part of his Pro Bono

work). He also indicated that something like 70% of the Request

to Nominate


f o r m s

prepared were




These are

the facts; When

a guardianship


form is filed

in the Nevada

Governor Sisolak signs “Support

Decision Making” into law.

Secretary of State Lockbox, that office will send you a personal i.d. card.

On that card is a number which will enable you to change/update your

form at any time.

Guardianship cases are heard in Family Court, not District Court.

And as of the 2017 legislative session, the court clerk will check the

lockbox when a court request for guardianship is filed. If you have

already nominated your preference and filed it with the State, the case

is over.

It is also absolutely correct that your guardian preference can be

included in your trust documents and many are. But let me ask you

one question: How does the hearing judge know what’s in the trust?

The guardianship nomination form is FREE; filing it is FREE and for

the court to get a copy requires a quick phone call from the clerk to the

office and it is sent. No lawyer needed.


I have written about this several times, but today we celebrate that the

bill was signed into law by Governor Sisolak.

As of July 2019 no longer will seniors have to fear being conscripted

into a forced guardianship. What they need to do is chose a person

they trust to be their SDM and for them to sign a SDM agreement. This

person will help the senior with any major decisions in their lives.

The best part is that the senior remains in his/her home, still in

control of everything they hold dear.

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

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


Congratulations Rana!

Rana Goodman take

her seat as newly elected

Secretary of the Board

of Directors at Sun City

Anthem. Rana received the

most votes in the recent

Board of Director’s election.


June 2019


By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

One of the most important items on your

vehicle are the ones you probably think

about least: tires. You might argue that the

engine, or in Las Vegas, the air conditioner take priority, but without

tires, you’ll still be sitting in your garage.

Making sure your tires are properly cared for is mandatory. Are they

under inflated? Over inflated?

Do they have enough tread? Are there bulges? Do you even have the

correct tire/size for your vehicle?

It’s important to conduct regular maintenance on that rubber,

especially as we get into the hot summer months. Tire air pressure

increases as the temperature rises.

For every 10 degrees Fahrenheit, tire pressure increases by one pound

per square inch (psi). For the majority of tires, a normal psi reading is

usually between 30-35 psi.

Air temperature isn’t the only heat affecting a tire. As you drive down

the road, the tires hitting the road generate friction, and friction causes

heat, which also increases tire temperature.

I won’t get into molecules and rubber polymers here, but remember

that a tire, like a balloon, will let go when it over expands. And anyone

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

We grow older – that’s the good news!

But one of the prices we pay as we age is

increased auto insurance rates.

There are many factors that insurance

companies use to determine their rating “model.” A partial list consists

of type and use of vehicle, credit scoring, zip code and age of driver.

It should not surprise you that the highest rates are for the age group

16-19 years. These drivers create the highest risk and they pay the most.

It’s all based on statistics compiled over years of data collection

(called Actuarial Tables). Insurance companies typically use 1,000,000

driven miles for every category to eliminate as much bias as possible.

Rates do decrease with increased age. Back in “the day” you had

to wait until age 25 to see the decrease, but in this information age,

companies can get data for every age and many lower rates for every

2-3 years of experience.

Some information about senior drivers:

1. In 2016 there were 42 million drivers 65 and over of which almost

30 million had licenses representing 12% of all drivers in the US.

2. In 2016 7,400 senior drivers were killed and 290,000 were treated

in emergency rooms – that’s 20 killed and 794 injured every day. And

these were just the injuries reported.

3. Those 70+ drive 45% fewer miles than those aged 35-54.

4. Those age 65+ self-limit their driving with fewer trips, shorter

distances and tend to limit night driving or interstate driving.

5. The most common error among seniors is failure to yield right


Getting Tired

Age & Auto Insurance

June 2019

who has ever had a tire

blowout knows that it can

be a frightening, dangerous


Tire maintenance is so easy

you can do it yourself once a

month. Find your correct tire

pressure; it’s usually listed on

the driver-side door jamb. Test your tires when they are cool.

If you test them after driving, remember that a hot tire usually will

read about four psi higher, so take that into consideration. Keep your

tires inflated to the manufacturer numbers.

Check your tread wear. If it’s low, replace the tire. Pay attention to

load weight. If you’re going on a trip, overloading your vehicle can

overheat the tires as well.

Check for any bulges, nails, or rocks. If you don’t have roadside

assistance, keep a pair of gloves and a trash bag in the car in case you

need to change it yourself. And don’t forget to check the air in the spare

as well.

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

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


of way.

As we age, our vision,

cognitive ability and

reflexes tend to dull.

Senior drivers might

more easily miss road

signs and have slower

reaction times. Plus they

tend to be more physically fragile.

Based solely on accumulated data, it has been determined that

seniors’ crash involvement rates begin to rise at age 70 and jump

dramatically at 80. However, it’s not until 85 that their crash rates

surpass the teens.

Each company uses its own statistics – they have millions of

customers and claim experience for every age group, plus they can use

national information shared by many companies. But it is safe to say

that the first auto policy renewal you receive after age 65, 70, 75, 80 and

85+ will be higher than the previous term.

Every 2-3 years, it would be prudent to “shop” your insurance. Some

companies are totally non-competitive when pricing seniors, yet others

welcome senior drivers. Those that welcome seniors may still have

higher rates than you had when you were in the safest group of 35-64

but it could save you hundreds of dollars every year.

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.



I Think I Have Parkinson’s

By: Jamillah Ali-Rahman / Friends of


Parkinson’s disease is a nervous system

disorder that usually affects those over the

age of 60. Symptoms usually develop slowly over several years. They

may be subtle at first, so early signs are easy to miss.

Parkinson’s disease is difficult to

diagnose, especially in the earlier stages.

This is because the symptoms are subtler

and more sporadic. However, knowing

what symptoms to look for may encourage

people to seek medical attention before they


Early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremors, difficulty

walking, cramped or small handwriting, loss of smell, sleep problems,

poor balance, facial masking, voice changes, stooping or hunched

posture, constipation, psychological symptoms and/or weight loss.

Having these symptoms does not always mean that a person has

Parkinson’s disease. People over the age of 60 should consider speaking

with their healthcare provider if they experience any of the symptoms

listed above.

Jamillah Ali-Rahman is the Founder/CEO of the Friends of Parkinson’s

Inc, a Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit. www.friendsofparkinsons.org.

Our Mission

By: Carol Chapman

Since its inception, the Foundation’s

dedicated volunteers have responded to

over 220,000 requests for assistance services,

including counseling, providing non-medical

health assistance, limited home maintenance, mobility equipment and

funding for senior support groups. In April 2019 alone, they made over

2,500 assists. The equipment and services are available to all seniors

(50+) living in the Las Vegas valley.

It is the ultimate goal of the Foundation to improve the overall

quality of life for seniors by ensuring that they remain as safe and

comfortable as possible in their own home as they age.

The Foundation Assisting Seniors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public

benefit corporation. Every year they host several community events

with the sole purpose of raising funds to support the Foundation’s

mission. These include a gala, basket raffles, two golf tournaments, and

monthly dine outs at area restaurants.

To learn more, request assistance, services, or make a donation,

please call 725/244-4200 or visit us at www.foundationassistingseniors.


June 2019

Where Did We Find Such


By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

was six months old when the world was deeply

I entrenched in that colossal undertaking

known as D-Day, June 6, 1944. On that historical day, the Allies landed

156,000 troops in Normandy.

Nearly 75,000 American troops went ashore and jumped from

airplanes behind enemy lines to give Hitler hell. 23,250 men stormed

Utah Beach, 34,250 hit Omaha Beach and 15,500 airborne troops

assaulted from the skies to help bring about the demise of the Third

Reich. Americans from every walk of life rushed into that European face

of evil - and did not leave until it had been vanquished.

Where did we find such people? It’s an easy answer because this is the

land of the free, and we are who we are.

Quoting President Ronald Reagan, “We find them where we’ve always

found them, in our villages and towns, on our city streets, in our shops,

and on our farms.” (1981). They were a mixed bag of citizen-soldiers

thrown together to answer a call to which many paid the ultimate price

with their lives.

This country may never again see such a unity of spirit, but we can

certainly hope.

As citizen soldiers, every veteran has gone through a certain process,

a process of integration. We all had an awakening of spirit when we

raised our right hand and swore the oath.

Standing next to us in the multitudes of induction lines were people

who have lived lives completely different than ours, and if we were not

where we were in that present moment, we most likely would never

be in their company. By joining the Armed Forces of America, we were

brought together, and to this day share that common bond. It is an

amazing transformation.

The D-Day of 75 years ago proved to us the value of such comradeship.

To this day, it makes us all proud to have ever been part of that long

green line.

I would be remiss if I did not take a month to dedicate a column

(written for veterans) to commemorate D-Day, and all that it meant to

keep our world free. I salute the Greatest Generation for giving us such

a rich heritage.

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.



Planting & Growing Palm Trees

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

Although many of us associate palm trees

with our deserts, the fact is that there are no

native palm trees that are indigenous to Nevada.

Therefore, we have to take appropriate steps when planting and growing

these trees to insure their well-being.

Before purchasing your palm trees, there are several questions you

should consider. Will the tree fit into your landscaping and property -

not only now, but in the future? Remember palms grow both tall and

wide so plan ahead!

Keep in mind that our region experiences strong windstorms in the

early spring. Will your palms pose a falling hazard to your home and

adjoining properties?

Make sure there is sufficient space between the planting site and

buildings and structures. How much sun exposure will the palm tree

get? Not all palms require or tolerate long periods of sunlight.

Some trees that are commonly referred to as palm trees (like the

Sago Palm) are not really palm trees at all and require far less sun and

milder winter temperatures to survive. Therefore, do your research as to

which trees will thrive in your selected locations.

Once you have selected your tree and it is delivered, make sure that it

is properly planted. The hole dug should be at least twice the diameter

of the root ball.

Before planting, you should fill the hole with water to check the

rate of drainage

and to eliminate

air pockets. Poor

drainage can

lead to water


and to root rot.

Unlike other

plants and trees,

it is best to plant

palms in late

June through early September when the weather is hot and the soil is

warm. This will help to stimulate rapid root growth.

Make sure there are adequate number of irrigation drips placed

near to the outer borders of where the root ball was planted. A mature

palm tree can require about 20 gallons of water daily to flourish so it is

necessary to provide for this.

Fertilize your palms with moderate amounts of nitrogen and

potassium only when the soil temperature reaches 70 F or above so

that the roots will be ready to absorb the nutrients.

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



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By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

The other day during my Zumba classes, I

was asked by one of my students, how to

keep our brain active. Well, I thought about it and

just answered what I normally do (at age 74!).

First of all, exercise, exercise, exercise! Yes, whether it is walking or

taking classes or any activity that keeps the heart pumping is good. I

work/exercise a little each day.

If it’s not teaching Zumba classes, then it’s a dance or fall prevention/

balance class. It’s become such a way of life for me over these several

years, that I just do it.

Second, plenty of sleep; whatever you feel you need. Some don’t

need 7-8 hours of sleep, but that seems to be the rule of thumb. Your

body needs that time to rejuvenate your normal cells.

Third, a good healthy diet. Eating properly every day also helps to

rejuvenate those cells and keeps the brain active.

Fourth, stimulating the brain - either crosswords puzzles, or

anything that makes you “think” is an additional help for brain

health. Studies have shown that “brain work” helps to slow down and

sometimes even prevent Alzheimers or Dementia.

Fifth - Lots of water! Yes, a rule of thumb is to take your normal

weight (no lying here!) and divide it by two. That is the normal amount

Would you believe there is a medical treatment

I that can help treat fatigue, arthritis, pain and

a host of other problems - and has no side effects?

This may sound too good to be true. However, research is beginning to

show that this may be true in the case of deep red and infrared light


Imaging sitting in front of a light for 20 minutes as a form of medical

therapy. If you think that sounds ridiculous, you might want to think


While there is still a lot of research that needs to be done, scientists

are beginning to understand how light can benefit the body in many

ways. It is important to note that this is not any light. These are specific

frequencies within the deep red and infrared wavelengths.

To understand how this works, we need to look at the body at the

cellular level. Cells need energy to function as well as to repair and


The energy the cells use is called ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate). ATP

is made in the cell by a structure called a mitochondria. The amount of

ATP a mitochondria makes can vary.

Mitochondria can make a lot of ATP, giving the cell all it needs to

function and heal if diseased or damaged. Mitochondria can also be

very limited in the amount of ATP they make.

This disallows a cell to function at an optimal level and may prevent

a diseased or damaged cell from recovering. Research is beginning to


Some “Brain Work” Thoughts

I Have Seen the Light

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

June 2019

ounces of

true water

that you

need each


With the



upon us,

we may

need even

more! And

that does

not include alcohol or any soft drinks!

And last, but not least, Rest. Take the time to “smell the flowers!”

Each morning I take a few minutes to be thankful for waking up! Each

day is a new day to start fresh!

Take advantage of it. I am thankful for my jobs, home, fur babies,

friends, family and good health.


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.

show that many

of our modern

diseases are

related to less

than optimal


in the


One of the

factors that limit

ATP production

is the bonding

of a nitric oxide

molecule to one of the steps that produces ATP within the mitochondria.

The red and infrared light detaches the nitric oxide molecule, allowing

the mitochondria to make up to ten times more ATP.

If this is not clear, let me put it another way. Remember when you

were younger and had a lot more energy and healed much quicker?

What if that were possible once again?

We have only begun to scratch the surface of the potential of this

therapy. For more info, please go to: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/


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




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We had a friend over for dinner last night,

Michelle, who’s a hoot, and has these great

family-life stories. We had a couple of Margaritas,

and then over her second glass of wine, she told

us about her husband’s dog, Bubba. (In fact, her husband, Bob, doesn’t

know the whole story himself, and she’s not sure I should publish it,

because she doesn’t want him to hear it “on the streets.” I convinced

her you’d keep it quiet.)

Bubba was old and very sick, and although he had been her husband,

Bob’s dog, Michelle had, of course, been taking care of him because she

was at home with two little ones and had “nothing else to do.” Michelle

fed him, walked him, and when he became, as one of my students

called it, “incompetent” she cleaned up after him, sometimes as much

as six times a day…and Bubba was a big dog.

Then, he developed a brain tumor and started having seizures, which

exacerbated the “incompetence”, but Bob just couldn’t bear even to talk

about putting him to sleep. Bubba was taking multiple medications,

and the lure of an overdose beckoned Michelle occasionally, but she


Finally, one morning Michelle went into Bubba’s room and found

him on his pillow, gone to doggy heaven. She sat down and cried a

little, petting him one last time.

She didn’t want to tell the children, but she told Bob, who was hit

hard and couldn’t even look at Bubba. He told Michelle he was really



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It’s Hard to Be a Woman

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

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Prices are per person based on double occupancy, subject to availability and

includes your cruise, all port charges, taxes, fees and roundtrip air fare from Las

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York and Quebec City. A deposit of $450 per person is due at the time of booking

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

sorry, but she’d

have to take care of

things, and he left,

his eyes filled with

tears. (This is why

men could never

have babies…

they could maybe

lift a truck off a

baby, but they

couldn’t actually

go through labor.

Women are strong when they just frickin’ have to be!)

Michelle called the vet, who told her it would cost $100 to cremate

Bubba and another $60 to bring the ashes back to her. She said they’d

just bury him.

That night, Bob went out to dig a hole for Bubba’s grave, but the

ground was rock hard. It was mid-February…in the mountains. No

way to bury Bubba.

Next day, Michelle got 2 trash bags, went to Bubba’s room, and

somehow wrestled a large deceased canine in a state of…well,

advanced stiffness…into the trash bags, and then she called Bob, who

– still unable actually to look at Bubba - helped her carry the bagged

body upstairs to the back of her Chevy Tahoe. He then told her to do

whatever she had to do, just not to tell him about it.

So, Michelle buckled her clueless 2-and-3-year-old boys into their car

seats, and called Elvis, down at the dump.

Now, Elvis isn’t his real name, but his beloved nickname. He wears

his hair like Elvis, clothes like Elvis, talks the way Elvis talked, and is

the grandmaster of Elvis trivia. When Elvis isn’t at the dump, which

is only his part-time career, he’s at the Baptist church down the road.

Michelle called Elvis and asked if he could help her do this thing

discreetly because of the children. He assured her he could.

When they arrived, Michelle left the boys in their car seats and hailed

Elvis, who acknowledged with a solemn nod of his head, climbed into

his giant front-loader and drove up to the back of the Tahoe. Michelle

opened the back door and Elvis put the scoop right up to it.

Then the two of them heaved the bagged body over the rim of the car

and into the scooper…but, as it rolled, the trash bags slipped off at the

same moment the boys unsnapped their own seat buckles and turned


Michelle yelled, “Faces forward, boys! Faces forward!” But, it was

too late.

The boys had seen Bubba and began crying and wailing, “Don’t

throw him away yet, he’s still good!”

Sad but resigned, Elvis looked at the thoroughly defeated Michelle

and said, in a complete deadpan, “Well, ma’am, seems the cat’s out of

the bag…so to speak.”

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.

The Busiest Time of Year

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

Summertime. For our travel agency, it’s the

busiest time of year. When school is out and

teachers aren’t teaching, that’s when the most

people travel.

For most of our Vegas Voyagers, I know this concept doesn’t apply to

the “retirement” community. You can travel just about any time you


For our Vegas Voyagers, we really don’t schedule trips during the busy

travel periods like the summertime, Christmas or Easter. However, for

our younger, (families with school age children), which is a large part

of our travel agency business, we are very busy this time of year.

Apart from group travel (like the Vegas Voyagers trips) we specialize

in planning detailed trips all over the world for individual families. For

example, over the next three months we are planning trips for families

who are going to Italy, Spain, Hawaii, the Baltic countries and the


We meet with all of these families, get their dream vacation desires,

review dates of travel and then put together the trip they have in their

mind’s eye. Then, usually after numerous emails and phone calls, we

sculpt the final trip details. In every possible way, we always want to

make sure that the vacation we helped to plan is the exact vacation our

clients have contemplated.

And I must say, that based on the comments we get when folks return

from their vacation, we do a very good job. At the core, we never forget

that we are making memories for all that we work with. This is true of

our Vegas Voyager plans as well.

Please remember that we can help our individual Vegas Voyager

members plan their own trips. And they will be as memorable as all the

Vegas Voyager group trips we have planned over the last 15 plus years.

Please feel free to call us at 800/698-1101 so we can help you plan

any dream vacation you are considering. Happy Adventures to all.

Travel editor Stu Cooper with “Daily Love & Grace Tour” host Bruce

Ewing and Project Director/columnist Bill Caserta. Ever wanted to visit

Israel? See page 33 and call Stu for more information.





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The Oregon National

Historic Trail

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

If you read my March column you learned

“thousands of pioneers with dreams of riches

made the perilous trip to the Oregon Territory. Their determination

and willingness to endure hardship set western territory expansion into

motion. This year Oregon celebrates 160-years of statehood.”

Early pioneers chose Conestoga wagons known as the “prairie

schooner,” which proved unwieldy. A smaller wagon, four by ten feet,

was designed with boards caulked with tar, allowing the wagons to

float across rivers and streams.

Lacking suspension, once

wagons creaked into motion the

journey was rough.

Many families brought

milking animals. After morning

milking, the milk bucket was

hung on the wagon’s side. With

continuous rocking the creamrich

milk churned into butter

by day’s end.

Starting in Independence,

Missouri the Oregon Trail

averaged 2,400 miles. The settlers, prepared to set down roots in the

untamed wilderness, encountered a trail sign their first day, “You are

now leaving the United States and entering the Great American Desert.”

They would cross mountains and swollen waterways with wagons

carrying their possessions. Bad axles and river crossings destroyed

many wagons and soon the trail was littered with cast offs as families

lightened their loads.

Wagons ground deep groves into the earth. Ruts so deep in places

little grows on them today. The states that pioneer trails traveled still

have these grooves as reminder of how persevering the pioneers were.

Death was a part of going west. Thousands died while traveling the

Trail. Disease or accidents were the common cause; many also drowned

crossing swollen tributaries.

Movies frequently portray Indians as hostile toward wagon trains,

when in fact early wagon trains were often aided by helpful skills of the

Pawnee and Shoshone tribes and their ability to lead the wagons safely

across the Trail.

The transcontinental railroad connecting east to west in 1869

lessened migration by wagon. Before then, the Oregon Trail stood as the

only major route from St. Louis to merchant and settlement prospects

in the American West.

Congress officially named the route the Oregon National Historic Trail

in 1978. Though much of the trail has been built over, approximately

300 miles has been preserved and ruts made from wagon wheels are

visible in some places.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.




Holy Land Tour

Aug. 31,-Sept. 13, 2019

Includes the following:

• 9 nights, incl. breakfast, dinner daily, Except last night breakfast only

• 10 days sightseeing in luxury touring coach

• English speaking licensed tour guide from arrival to departure

• One group arrival and departure transfer from/to airport in Israel

• All entrance fees per itinerary

• Porterage at hotels and Ben Gurion airport upon arrival only

• Meet /assist and escort to meet tour guide upon airport arrival in Israel

• Farewell dinner in local restaurant

Rates do NOT include

• Tips to guide, driver, waiters, etc.

• Meals & beverages not mentioned

in tour description

• Travel insurance etc.

• Expenses of a personal nature

Nonstop flight from

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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/

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Tea for One?

By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /

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Often, a frustrating problem for a single

senior is finding a suitable travel partner.

It’s not easy to find someone with whom you are willing to share a

soggy bathmat and a blaring TV that’s so loud you might miss the

captain’s intercom announcements to abandon ship.

But a would be vacationer who doesn’t have an acceptable travel

buddy lined up is faced with double rates and inflated fees to cover

the lost revenues of travel suppliers who are trying to make up for

an empty bed in the room. For many singles, this situation is so

discouraging, they simply put their dreams on hold.

But there are some signs of improvement and travel companies are

actually getting interested in offering affordable single accommodations.

Large cruise ship lines, like Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, are

now actively trying to appeal to solo travelers by offering staterooms

designed for one person. These accommodations are not spacious.

But it’s amazing what a carefully placed wall mirror and a porthole

looking out at the ship’s public areas can do.

And to add to the fun, cruise lines like Holland America and even the

luxurious Silversea may schedule “singles only” events and lounges

which hold out the possibility of meeting someone special. After all,

some relationships have started with less than that.

While major cruise lines are trying to decide how much of their

efforts to direct to the singles market, there are travel companies which

are already focusing in a big way on solitary travelers.

One of the largest and most active is SinglesCruise.com, which has

been offering at least a dozen group vacations each year since 1991.

A variety of destinations with special themes and events are listed on

their website.

And cruises are offered for different age groups, with the over 40

bunch being the most age appropriate for seniors. This company builds

anticipation for their travelers through custom “getting to know you”

websites, so the excitement starts as soon as you sign up.

Most staterooms are doubles, but if you’re not traveling with a friend,

they’ll select a roommate for you who won’t complain about the soggy

bathmat. Who knew it could be that easy!

Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is the Vacation Editor and

the President at Vegas Vacationers. She can be reached at


Steve McQueen & William Lucking

By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.

What did Steve McQueen and William

Lucking, aka Piney Winston, from

the popular TV series Sons of Anarchy have in

common? Cannot be their height; Lucking is six-feet five and McQueen

was about five-feet eleven.

Cannot be their age; McQueen was born in 1930 and Lucking 1941.

Education? Lucking graduated from UCLA, English and Theatre major

and McQueen graduated from the University of Hard Knocks

McQueen was a “things” person and loved machinery and being able

to understand it and control it - especially flying old biplanes. Lucking

appreciates machinery and enjoys the comfort they bring, but he is

more cerebral, exploring the thoughts and the actions of his fellow

man and then expressing them through his writing.

So, with two totally diverse individuals what were the things they

had in common? Steve McQueen portrayed one of the leading seven

actors in the classic 1960 “The Magnificent Seven” with what became

an all-star cast and William Lucking played one of the seven in a sequel

filmed in 1972 “The Magnificent Seven Ride.”

Another shared experience these two actors had were in the late

1970s they both chose the small quaint community of Santa Paula,

California to live. McQueen purchased an airplane hangar at the Santa

Paula airport and then a small ranch. Lucking bought a very large old

beautifully built house and began renovating it.

Lucking, while working in movies and

episodic television and making a nice

living as an actor, (including starring

in the CBS TV series, The Outlaws) and

McQueen, who was known all over the

world and was indeed a movie star both

chose Santa Paula for the same reason.

They both enjoyed living with the locals

and not the Hollywood elite. I always

found it strange that these two very

successful actors never met.

When I asked William why he never walked

over to meet McQueen, he replied, “I didn’t

know why he moved to Santa Paula, but I

moved there to be around regular people and

to get away from Hollywood. I gave him that

respect and stayed in my own neighborhood.”

William Lucking now lives in the Las Vegas

Valley with his wife, Sigrid. I am proud to

have known him and been a writing partner

of his for close to 30 years.

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.


Lunch, Learn, Laugh @ Lou Ruvo Center 4 Brain Health

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute


leveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas hosts "Lunch & Learn"

talks most Wednesdays from noon to 1:00pm. They cover topics of interest to those

wanting to learn more about brain-health and to those serving as caregivers to people with dementia.

If you don't live in Las Vegas you can see videos of these events at www.KeepMemoryAlive.org

Join the fun



noon - 1pm

BYO Lunch

however light



It's FREE !







Photos taken at a Lunch & Learn "Improvisation for

Caretakers" workshop conducted by Derek Shipman. He

also teaches improv to people of all ages.

(Hey. Take an improv class. It's fun AND it's great for

your brain health. [www.VegasTheatreHub.com])

Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS the

No-Brainer Brain Games series. Sign up for her FREE newsletter at www.JanFair.com

Mental Minutes

“Lunch & Learn”

1. In one minute, name topics

covered at Lunch & Learn.

2. Make an alphabetical list.

Alzheimer research,

Balance & Memory,

Caretaker Tips & Tools, ...

A No-Brainer Pick

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June 2019


June 2019


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Valley Seniors since 2003

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