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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
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2. More lenient loan requirements, with more flexibility on credit score and debt-toincome
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3. No mortgage insurance is required, regardless of the down payment
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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
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Volume 16, Issue 4
Old signs. New technology.
This revolutionary art uses
sight and sound to transport
you through time and bring
long dormant signs back to
life. You literally have to see
it to believe it.
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NIGHT LIFE EDITOR
OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS
Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist
Earl Wilson, Jr.
About The Vegas Voice
In 2018, The Vegas Voice received 9 national awards from the
North American Mature Publishers Association for our publication
- including our guardianship special efforts, editorial and column
reviews, front page
graphics, overall design
and “General Excellence.”
We proudly agree with
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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
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
Earl “Slugger” Wilson, Jr., son of Earl Wilson — archivist, author,
playwright, raconteur, song stylist and Grammy-nominated
composer/lyricist singing his truth. Truth needs to be sung.
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
: 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
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
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: email@example.com.
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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;
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
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.
Kingston Trio 25 years
Lead singer of the
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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
George, a violinist,
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
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
I can do the
same for the Blues,
Big Band and even
Country. And how
about Rock and
Get your tickets
NOW for music
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:
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 email@example.com.
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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
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
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
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
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
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: email@example.com.
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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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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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,
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
“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
f o r m s
the facts; When
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
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.
*Assembly Bill 480 SUPPORTED DECISION MAKING (SDM):
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:
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.
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
Age & Auto Insurance
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
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
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
Jamillah Ali-Rahman is the Founder/CEO of the Friends of Parkinson’s
Inc, a Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit. www.friendsofparkinsons.org.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
lead to water
and to root rot.
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
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.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
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 email@example.com.
show that many
of our modern
related to less
One of the
factors that limit
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/
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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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includes your cruise, all port charges, taxes, fees and roundtrip air fare from Las
Vegas to New York and back from Quebec City and airport transfers in New
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sorry, but she’d
have to take care of
things, and he left,
his eyes filled with
tears. (This is why
men could never
they could maybe
lift a truck off a
baby, but they
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
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
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
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
TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
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
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Tea for One?
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /
Out & About
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
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
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
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Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS the
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