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“ASK LAURA ABOUT REAL ESTATE”

Is The Home Buyer Serious?

So you have hired a Realtor, listed your home, and you are READY to sell. But how do you tell if

the potential buyers are actually interested in purchasing your home? There are 7 signs to look

for to help you tell if the buyer is serious.

Laura Harbison

Broker/Owner

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1. They have been pre-approved for a mortgage. The buyer should include a pre-approval letter

from a reputable lender with their offer. If they didn't include one with their offer, you should be

wary of entering into a contract with them.

2. They have made a legitimate offer. If the buyer makes a ridiculous offer on your home, they

may not be a serious contender. The offer may not be at the full asking price, but it should be

within a reasonable ballpark of the estimated value. It's always advisable to respond to all offers,

as a "low ball" offer is not always an indication of what the buyer will pay, but often an offer with

ridiculous terms or pricing isn't going to pan out.

3. They have hired a Realtor. A serious buyer will typically have a real estate agent representing

their needs and guiding them through the process. Very few buyers are capable of negotiating

and dealing with a real estate transaction without the assistance of a professional to guide them

through the legalities and paperwork required to purchase a home.

4. They know the local housing market well. A buyer who is familiar with the housing market

won't waste their time looking at a home unless it's worth their while. If they have been searching

for a new home for a while, they are more likely to know the ins and outs of the local housing

market. A buyer who is just beginning the house hunting process may be less likely to make an

offer in the near future.

5. They spend time touring the home and asking appropriate questions. They may linger in the

home checking out each room, closet and appliance. They may ask about utility costs or

maintenance costs such as lawn and pool services. The more questions they ask, the more likely

that it is a sign they are interested in your home.

6. Their current home is for sale or their lease is ending soon. These are questions your Realtor

may be able to find out. If the answer is yes, then they are likely serious about finding a new

home. No one wants to be homeless!

7. They follow up after an open house. Although many buyers choose not to attend open houses

(opting for private showings with their Realtor instead), if they do attend one and like the house,

your Realtor is likely to hear from them or their Realtor for a private showing within a day or two.

Please feel free to call or email me anytime with your real estate questions! Whether you are

contemplating a purchase, a sale, or both, I am happy to put my 32 years of experience in the

industry to work for you. My office is open 7 days a week for your convenience.

Sharing your goals,

Laura Harbison

ABR, AHWD, BPOR, BS, CDPE, CRS, DRB, GRI, RSPS, SRES

Broker/Owner

Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

770 Coronado Center Drive, Ste. 100

Henderson, NV 89052

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Volume 16, Issue 5

OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS

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About The Vegas Voice

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“What Do You Want From Me?”

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

The above sentence was the question I

repeatedly faced as I, once again, had

to be the “bad guy” in obtaining the necessary

prescriptions for my Ladylove.

For those unaware, The Vegas Voice political editor and yours truly

have been a “forever couple” for nearly seven years. In the course of

our relationship, and like many of you, certain “jobs” are assigned to

each person.

Besides the trash cans being taken to and from the curb on the

required day; cleaning up (don’t ask) after Rana’s dogs; making sure

that all envelopes have the appropriate stamps and mailed, I am also

responsible in insuring that my PILL (partner in love & life) takes her

pills every morning.

In doing so, when her prescriptions run low, her “job” is to notify

the pharmacy and/or doctor of the necessary refills. Seems like a pretty

simple system.

Unfortunately to get other people to do their “jobs” is sometimes

impossible – hence my latest meltdown.

As Rana was now without certain drugs for nearly a week, I pressed

her on it. And then came the statement I began to hear over and over

again.

“What do you want from me?” (WDYWFM) Rana replied. “I

notified the drugstore.”

I then contacted the pharmacy. After being placed on hold for 9

minutes, 23 seconds (yeah, I checked) I was told that the pharmacist

sent two faxes (and by the way, who still faxes?) to the doctor and was

waiting for the prescription re-orders and WDYWFM?

So naturally I called the doctor’s office. After going through a neverending

recording of its telephone menu to “press 1” or “press 2” and

after being placed on hold for 12 minutes, 48 seconds (yeah, I checked

this too – I’m getting really good at doing this) I was told that they

never received any notice from the pharmacy and WDYWFM?

As the finger pointing continued, I lost it. I mean really lost it.

Like a locomotive gathering speed I took turns berating both the

pharmacy and medical personnel for hiring mentally-challenged,

slow-witted individuals. “Now it’s not that you guys are stupid” I

shouted (and I admit that I may have added some other colorful New

York expressions and adjectives). “It’s that you don’t seem to give a

damn. Can’t you just pretend to care?”

To make a very long and painful episode short, the doctor “found”

the prescription requests, the pharmacy “found” the time to fill them

immediately and my Rana happily resumed popping her morning pills

like M&Ms. All is well.

The takeaway from my “hissy fit”? You better believe that you don’t

rely on anyone but yourself (or your mate) to take care of you.

One last thing. When I finally went to pay for the drugs it was with a

different credit card than the usual payments.

It forced the drugstore to redo and restore all its computer-generated

files on Rana. When the lady behind the counter advised me of this

difficulty, I oh so sweetly replied with a great, big smile: “What do you

want from me?”

Randal Rocks Goulet

Randal Keith “Wowed Over” the packed audience at the Italian

American Club on June 7 th .

Our Vegas Voice “Music of Robert Goulet” production with musical

director Philip Fortenberry and Keith’s outstanding performance (on

more than one occasion) brought the crowd to its feet with thunderous

applause. Photo courtesy Ed Forster.

Congratulations Victoria

Former Nevada Assemblywoman and Vegas Voice columnist Victoria

Seaman (pictured with our political editor Rana Goodman) was elected

last month to represent Ward 2 on the Las Vegas City Council.

Way to go Victoria! Everyone at The Vegas Voice wishes you all the best!

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There was a Sun City couple who, in their advancing age, noticed

that they were getting a lot more forgetful. They decided to go to

their doctor. The doctor told them that they should start writing things

down so they wouldn’t forget.

When they got home and settled in for the evening, Mary asked her

husband to get her a bowl of ice cream. “You might want to write it

down,” she said. “No, I can remember that you want a bowl of ice

cream,” Pete replied.

Mary then told Pete she wanted a bowl of ice cream with whipped

cream. “The doctor said you should write it down.” “No, no, I can

remember. You want a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream.”

Finally Mary asked that if it was not too much of a bother, can she

have the ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top? Pete said

“okay.” “You really should write it down,” she implored Pete.

An exasperated Pete replied: “Stop it. I got it. You want a bowl of ice

cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top.”

Pete goes to get Mary’s request but spent an unusually long time in

the kitchen, over 30

minutes. He finally

comes out and

handed her a plate

of eggs and bacon.

Mary stares at

Pete for the longest

time but eventually

blurts out: “Where’s

the toast?”

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Story of the Month

July 2019

You Gotta Laugh

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Let me tell you how one simple spelling

mistake - even a typo can make your life hell.

My friend John recently texted a short, romantic

note to his wife while he was away on a football

weekend, and he missed one small “e”.

No problem you might say. Not so! This tiny

error has caused him to seek police protection just to enter his own

house.

He wrote, “Hi darling, I’m enjoying and experiencing the best

time of my whole life, and I wish you were her!”

How to Treat the Mrs. My other friend Jim read a top-selling book

on marriage that says you should treat your wife like you treated her

on the first date. So after dinner tonight, he’s dropping her off at her

parents’ house.

Saying Goodbye: During a funeral, the pallbearers accidentally

bump into a wall and hear a faint moan. They open the casket and

discover that the woman is actually alive.

She lives for 10 more years and then dies. There is another funeral

for her.

At the end of the service, the pallbearers carry out the casket. As

they’re walking out, the husband cries out: “Watch out for the wall!”

And when it’s my time: I want a closed casket funeral. However

towards the end of the service, I would like the organist to play “Pop

Goes the Weasel” over and over until everyone in attendance is staring

at my coffin with a silent, horrific anticipation.

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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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Take Me Out

With the Crowd. Buy Me Some Peanuts

and Cracker Jack, I Don’t Care if I Never Get

Back.

Let Me Root, Root, Root For the Home Team, if They Don’t Win

it’s a Shame. For it’s One, Two, Three Strikes, You’re Out, at the Old

Ball Game.

Strange things about these music composers. First, the two composers

who wrote Take Me Out to the Ball Game, never attended a baseball

game until much later in life, and after they wrote this song.

Jack Norworth, (lyricist) never cared much for baseball, but he wrote

the words for this song that have lasted more than 102 years. His hit

Shine On Harvest Moon preceded it.

Norworth was a vaudeville entertainer best known for his tap dancing

routines. He only dabbled in songwriting but was always looking for

commercial ideas.

In 1908 while on a train, he thought of writing a poem about

baseball after seeing a sign announcing Baseball Today. The words

came to him quickly.

He asked Albert Von Tilzer to compose the music. He recognized a

potential hit and dashed off the simple melody.

The song was an immediate

success. They took it to Tin

Pan Alley and it became an

instant hit. It was initially

played in many vaudeville

acts, and eventually the

unofficial anthem of baseball.

Surprisingly the song was

not played at a ballpark until 1934 (for a Los Angeles high school

game) but it played later that year during the World Series.

When Take Me Out to the Ballgame was selected by the National

Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of

America as one of the 365 top Songs of the Century, the song was

credited to Bill Murray and the Haydn Quartet.

The song is now in the public domain, which means it can be

performed royalty-free. Norworth died in 1959; Tilzer in 1956.

By the way, the song also made a good income for the owners of

Cracker Jack.

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.

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places


I see Las Vegas as the sports capital of the

world.”

That observation came from Ron Garrett,

a veteran of 2 ½ decades in casino leadership positions, including

marketing and general manager of the Sahara, Circus Circus, Greek

Isle and other top level venues. New local stadiums are attracting

visitors and entertainment dollars that are freely spent at casino bars

and sports books.

Garrett blames “four-walling” for some show failures. Four-walling

is the new norm of casinos renting theaters to producers without having

a stake in the show.

Garrett says of his days at the Sahara, “When we produced a show, we

only hired the best.” Now, he says, casinos don’t have a vested interest in

a show’s success; their income is derived from theater rental.

“We never cared if we made money on a show. The goal was to make

it at the slot machines.” The objective was to get people through the

door.

“We knew after a show, 50% leave, 25% visit restaurants and 25%

visit the restaurants, bars and gamble.” Those that stayed averaged

spending $90 an hour over a 3-hour period.

Today, Garrett pointed out, the casinos don’t own the restaurants.

“Their revenue only comes from rooms, gaming and banquets…and

they get the booze.”

Enormous showrooms are another challenge. “How are you going

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Garrett Looks Back... and Forward

July 2019

to fill a 1,500 seat

theater?” he asked.

He envisions those

giants subdivided

into multiplex-like

venues.

Today Garrett

focuses his efforts

Garrett (L) with Rainmaker’s Susan

“Sam” Shockley and Patrick Barney

on boutique

consulting, including Glist Productions (Menopause the Musical at

Harrah’s and Bronx Wanderers at The Linq), Wayne Newton and

Rainmaker Productions. Garrett credits Alan and Kathi Glist and

Rainmaker’s Patrick Barney and Susan “Sam” Shockley with devising

creative strategies to fill seats.

Rainmaker has partnered with Alexis Park Resort in their newly

remodeled showroom for a nightclub-like feel. Rainmaker’s goal,

Garrett said, is to “discover, promote and support local talent,” a course

they’ve followed with shows by established stars such as Frankie Scinta,

Kelly Clinton, Elisa Fiorillo, Freddie B and Tom Mazzaro.

And Garrett is out there knocking on the doors of the town’s 56 ticket

brokers helping fill seats for shows that earned Las Vegas the title “The

Entertainment Capital of the World.”

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

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

LasVegasHomeTeam@Gmail.com.


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By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

thought I’d actually show you one of my

I “many” residuals that I have been getting

for my career. A penny! Kind of ridiculous to get

these checks.

The cost of the salary for the person who sends this, along with the

paper, envelope, and the stamp (not to mention the time it takes) far

exceeds these tiny payments. To be totally candid, I have no way of

keeping track of what television shows have been on - so I would never

even know about them if the payments weren’t sent to me.

This one was for an old episode of the TV show “Scarecrow and Mrs.

King.” The gross amount was three cents and the net was a whopping

one cent!

I considered walking into the bank with a straight face to deposit it.

I thought it would be fun to see the look on the teller’s face but decided

I wouldn’t be able to pull it off without laughing, so I decided to really

mess up their books and have the check framed!

By the way, for those who might have “googled” my name, you might

So many people have complained that they’ve

become victims of borrowers that I’m citing

actual quotes from those who’ve lost money. It’s

my sincere hope that these comments will deter

anyone tempted to shell out dollars they expect to be returned.

1. Lending money is the fastest way to lose a friend.

2. If a recently acquired contact asks for any amount, absolutely,

positively, do not give it.

3. With a relative or someone with whom you are chummy never,

never be coaxed into foregoing a written IOU because of your close

connection.

4. Beware of an associate borrowing several small amounts and

repaying promptly. Then suddenly asking for a huge amount. S/he

definitely plans on defaulting - or disappearing.

5. You should help someone who is genuinely in “Big Trouble” only

if you’re absolutely comfortable with making it a gift if it is not repaid.

6. Requests for money for any reason from foreign sources are scams

and 100% no-no’s.

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As The Checks Come Pouring In...

Lending Money

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

July 2019

have seen that my “net worth” is 12 million dollars! Really? With these

amounts of residuals, I wonder just how I acquired all that money.

The other thing I wonder is just who posts these kind of things and

just where do they get their information! Kind of funny actually.

Of course I shouldn’t complain about my residuals, because last

month I also got one for $2.97! And I almost fell over two weeks ago

when I received one for $10.16! Of course, I try not to spend all of these

checks in one place.. Ha!

Who and why these checks are mailed out, I’ll never know. I guess I

have all those nostalgia television channels to thank for that. Believe

me, I’m not complaining. I just think it’s kind of funny.

While I assure you that my net worth is nowhere near $12,000,000,

I AM however quite wealthy. But my wealth is measured in love, family,

laughter and friendship, and for that I am truly thankful

Until next time remember: Life is a gift to you...the way you live it, is

your gift to others.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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

hotmail.com.

7. To avoid claims

that the money was

a gift and not a loan,

when repayment

time comes, it’s

mandatory that

you both confirm

the loan by a dated

acknowledgement

via email, text message or handwritten notes. Most importantly - State

the specific date the total debt is to be refunded, or exact day of every

month the repayments must be received if in installments.

8. And as Judge Mathis declared: “Never succumb to promises to

reimburse ‘when I get my tax refund.’ That definitely means never. And

if a debtor dies, the estate executor will need indisputable evidence in

order to reimburse you.”

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. See amazon.com/

heatherlatimer/how to overcome once easy.


The year was 1979. The place - an upscale

restaurant and cocktail lounge located on

the Channel Islands Marina in Oxnard, California.

It was a late Friday afternoon when my friend and his best friend,

decided to stop in for a beer. The Lobster Trap catered to a marina

crowd and successful business class clientele.

My friend and his buddy were dressed as if they were hard working

manual laborers, wearing baseball caps, flannel shirts and jeans. They

had been scrounging through the secondhand stores and flea markets

all day.

Nothing unique

about the two

except one man was

formerly number

one at the box office

and still a major

movie star. Both

men took a seat at

a table and ordered

a beer with no one

Moments Lost

By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.

recognizing the

movie star.

It was only a few

minutes later when

a couple of young

women sat down

at a nearby table.

My friend and his

movie star buddy could overhear the young women’s conversation.

They spoke about meeting someone famous and men who were not

boring. My friend, then trying to be nice and give the young women a

chance to meet a movie star offered to buy them a beer.

They both refused, becoming offended by the offer from these two old

lumberjacks. They then got up and moved to another table.

The movie star just leaned back and laughed while my friend couldn’t

believe it. Then on a trip to the restroom my friend overheard the two

young women laughingly telling a young businessman that these two

old guys just hit on them . . . and they felt they didn’t have enough

money between the two of them to buy another drink.

When my friend got back to his table, he told his friend what he

overheard. Again, his friend just laughed.

However, for two young women on that Friday afternoon in 1979

they will never realize they turned down having a drink with one of the

biggest movie stars of all times - Steve McQueen.

This is a true story and just reminds us not to judge people by their

appearance. You never know who they might be - or what they have

accomplished.

Morris Heldt is a retired award winning film and television

producer and published author. He and his wife moved to the Las

Vegas valley from the beach in 2004.

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The Human Side of Moe - Part II

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

Last month I wrote about Moe Norman. He

was a past Canadian Amateur champion

and probably the greatest ball striker of all times.

He was known to hit at least 800 balls each day.

Moe was said to be “different” and many believed that he might have

be autistic although he was never diagnosed. It was said that he hit over

1 million ball before he reached 19 years of age.

The first round he played at Augusta, he shot 75. Sam Snead gave

him some advice which Moe took to heart and proceeded to hit 850 golf

balls that evening. Unfortunately, the next day Moe had to withdraw in

the middle of the round due to sore hands.

In 1959 Moe played in 11 tournaments on the PGA. At New Orleans

where he finished 4 th it would be his last tournament on the PGA.

Moe was approached by PGA officials, and one PGA pro for being

different, for failing to use a caddie and was reprimanded for his antics.

They claimed he was not “professional enough.”

It was then that Moe returned to Canada where he enjoyed greatness

on the Canadian tour. He won 57 tournaments and set 40 course

records.

Additional facts about Moe – he never saw a doctor until he was 68,

was never married. He was called “Pipeline Moe” by Ken Venturi, and a

“Golfing Genius” by Lee Trevino.

Tiger Woods said only two golfers owned their golf swing: Ben Hogan

and Moe Norman. Tiger also hoped that one day to be included in this

category.

Moe described his swing as the “feeling of greatness” and enjoyed

much success over the years. He was inducted into the Canadian Golf

Hall of Fame in 1995.

For me, the best part of the Moe Norman story: In 1995 Titleist

announced that Moe would receive $5,000 per month for life because

of his unique contributions to the game of golf. How about that sport’s

fans!

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As Moe hits golf balls, look who’s watching in

amazement – Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Ben Crenshaw

and Fred Couples. They had an opportunity to watch

the greatest ball striker of all time.

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


A MUSIC NOTE

When performers tell me that

Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

is among the best rooms they’ve

performed in, I don’t have to take

their word for it.

That’s because top artists

from around the world return time and again to our stage, to

showcase their incredible talent in our 240-seat space where

audiences can experience them up close.

In fact, four Cabaret Jazz favorites will be returning to perform

soon, and each offers a rare blend of showmanship and raw

talent that I believe will appeal directly to you, my friends.

If you don’t know the name Billy Stritch, it’s time you got

acquainted with this musical great. A Grammy-winning composer

and music director who has collaborated with legends like Liza

Minnelli, Stritch now returns to perform in not one, but two

separate shows in the same week at Cabaret Jazz.

On July 20, Stritch shares the spotlight with Clint Holmes, a

two-time Grammy nominee and longtime Vegas headliner,

whose powerful take on classic standards never fails to pack the

seats at Cabaret Jazz.

Then prepare yourself for a night of laughs, surprises and

showstopping performances at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party with

Billy Stritch at The Piano on July 26. A gifted performer himself,

Caruso has taken the idea of an open mic night to a level never

seen before.

His past shows at The Smith Center prove that anything can

happen at a Cast Party, with surprise performers including

Donny Osmond, Frankie Moreno and entertainers of every kind

from hit shows on the Strip.

I’m also thrilled for the upcoming return of Jane Monheit, an

amazing vocalist who has more than proven herself in the jazz

world. Not only has she collaborated with the likes of Michael

Bublé, but she also performs regularly at Birdland and the Blue

Note in New York City.

Her concerts on August 23 and 24 will leave you wondering how

one woman has so much talent, as she performs musical styles

from standards to Brazilian classics to ballads, which she has

every right to call her signature style.

I hope to see you at all of these exciting shows.

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By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations

Editor’s Note: Instead of Renee’s movie

review, she was asked to write about her

“Once in a Lifetime Moment.” This is her story.

We ask readers to consider: How would you

feel, if you had this opportunity?

It was just about a year ago. Our church choir director, Bruce Ewing,

announced that our choir had been chosen to sing with 200 some other

voices for DCINY, Distinguished Concerts International New York, at

Carnegie Hall on Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2019.

We exploded with enthusiasm; a dream come true! Eighty-one of

us made the commitment to follow through with the money needed

to purchase the outfit requested by DCINY and to plan our wardrobe.

We were more excited every time Bruce read memos and information

from DCINY and we anticipated what it would be like to meet choir

members from seven other choirs across the USA and Canada. We

envisioned the director/composer, Pepper Choplin; wondering what he

would expect and demand from us in interpreting his music.

After Christmas, Bruce started introducing the nine songs written by

Pepper Choplin that we would be singing for the concert. Choplin’s

arrangements and style of religious music was different from the usual

and it took me a while to appreciate his words, rhythms, and beautiful

prose displayed in each song’s rendition.

What a delight to finally meet this charming, humorous, down to

earth person. His knowledge of music was felt as he directed each song

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Carnegie Hall - A Life Changing Experience

July 2019

with a precise idea as how the presentation should go. His wit and

choice of vocabulary made the rehearsal time go by quickly.

Sunday morning, the day of our concert, an 8:00 a.m. rehearsal

was called at Carnegie Hall, (we had been rehearsing at our Park

Central Hotel). Now it was time to meet and work with the fifty member

orchestra and establish what lighting was needed.

A sound system wasn’t needed due to the fantastic acoustics.

Going from the holding room onto the stage and seeing the size and

magnificence of the empty hall was breath-taking. I had to take a

minute and realize this is what I’d spent a year dreaming about and

now I was standing there in the moment. I had to pinch myself!

At 10:30 a.m. we were excused, told to eat some protein, go back to

our rooms and rest, and stay hydrated. We were the second half of the

program and didn’t need to return till 2:30 p.m. which gave us ample

time to get dressed in our long black dresses or slacks, and tuxedos for

the men.

We were all excited as we entered the stage door at 2:30 and escorted

to our holding destinations. I could hear music which heightened my

anticipation.

When it was time to proceed in our numbered places, my thoughts

ran round and round. “You’re an eighty-four year old great-grandma.

You’re just an average choir singer, you have trouble with your knees,

you’re going to need hearing aids soon, what are you doing standing

on the stage at Carnegie Hall?”

My heart skipped a beat as I took another step and saw the audience

in their seats, four balconies full. This was a dream come true - a bucket

list must, a chance of a lifetime!

And then Pepper Choplin raised his baton, the orchestra began, and

two hundred seventy voices sang “The Coming of the Lord” as it floated

through Carnegie Hall.

Truly a life changing experience!

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

rriendeau@aol.com.


Reverse Mortgage Q&A

By: Nick Flores / Loan Educator


The bank will own my home when I

get a reverse mortgage.” Or: “I will not

qualify on a reverse mortgage because my

home has an existing mortgage on title.” Or: “The reverse

mortgage is too expensive.” Or: “There is nothing left at the

end for my heirs when they inherit the property.”

Usually, these myths are told by your family, friends and co-workers.

These myths are valid concerns, and in fact I held them as truth until I

did my diligence and got my facts.

Here are the facts:

“The bank will own my home when I get a reverse

mortgage.” No. The Reverse Mortgage is a mortgage, and like

any other mortgage you retain title to your property with rights and

responsibilities of homeownership.

With a Reverse Mortgage, your rights allow you to sell and refinance

your home if you choose. Responsibilities as a homeowner are to

maintain the property, pay property taxes, homeowners’ insurance if

you have a mortgage and if any, HOA dues. The main point is that with

a Reverse Mortgage you retain title to your property with rights and

responsibilities of homeownership.

“I will not qualify on a reverse mortgage because my

home has an existing mortgage on title.” No. Your home can

have an existing loan and does not need to be paid off. To qualify for

a Reverse Mortgage, one of you must be 62+ years of age, your spouse

can be as young as 18, and the property

must be your primary residence.

You can also refinance your existing

Reverse Mortgage to take advantage of

the increase in value of your home’s

equity. Most seniors are unaware of that,

but when they find out, they gladly refinance their existing Reverse

Mortgage to take advantage of the increased value of their home.

“The reverse mortgage is too expensive.” No. Many believe

that the FHA Reverse Mortgage is more expensive than any other

loan. The Reverse Mortgage has the exact same cost as any other FHA

Mortgage except for one fee ($120) which the program requires the

homeowner to complete a counseling session with Housing Urban

Development (HUD).

“There is nothing left at the end for my heirs when they

inherit the property.” No. When you do a Reverse Mortgage, HUD

limits you on what you can take out from your equity. Overtime your

house continues to grow in value.

A Reverse Mortgage is the same as any other loan when it comes

to your heirs inheriting the property. You will receive all the benefits

without having to make a payment until you are done using the loan,

allowing you to age in place.

The best way to really look at the Reverse Mortgage is through your

personal lens. We offer no cost, no obligation consultations to get the

specifics of what the reverse mortgage would look like for your situation.

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Psychic Detectives

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Psychic detectives are people who investigate

crimes by using their psychic abilities - such

as remote viewing, clairvoyance, psychometry,

mediums, etc., that claim to be communicating

with the murder victim’s spirit. Unfortunately there are a lot of

charlatans that happily prey on people’s emotions and pocketbooks.

TV shows have sensationalized such individuals, and although there

are documented cases where people claiming psychic abilities have

assisted police in solving crimes, there is considerable skepticism in

regard to the general use of psychics under these circumstances. After

millions were spent on vague and false clues, police agencies worldwide

have released official statements disregarding psychics as being credible

or useful in such cases.

Even though Noreen Renier is one of a handful of known legitimate

“Psychic Detectives”, she admits being a skeptic at times. One of the

world’s renowned psychic investigators, Renier would be the first to tell

you: “A Psychic Detective should be called into an investigation as a last

resort, when traditional methods have been exhausted.”

Renier who has a unique understanding of both the police and the

paranormal, first lectured at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

She’s worked on over 600 unsolved cases with city, county and state law

enforcement agencies. She repeatedly reminds people that, “Psychics

do not solve crimes, the police do!”

Personally, I can attest to the fact that once in a while, flukes happen.

A few years ago, I received a call from a close friend whose roommate

was desperately seeking information about her missing cousin’s

disappearance in Calexico, California.

His car was submerged in a canal. Since I am not a psychic detective,

I was surprised to get the following information, which I repeated to

her.

“You are looking in the wrong place. His body is a mile downstream,

being weighed down by debris. In 5 days or 5 weeks there will be an

earthquake. This will release his body and it will float up and be found”

Apparently, out of the six psychics contacted, I was right. It happens!

But, I would never have the audacity to consider myself a “psychic

detective.”

To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email: alivegasvoice@yahoo.com.

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July Heats Up Entertainment

Options

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

HOT! HOT! HOT! And I’m not talking about the weather.

There are many hot spots in town that will bring you the

entertainment we expect. If you’ve never seen Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns, shame on

you. Ten dollars, Monday nights, Copa Room.

That’s one big band, but how about David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra in Cleopatra’s

Barge at Caesars? And if you see Bruce Harpers Big Band advertised, go see them. They’re

usually accompanied by Elisa Fiorillo.

Whether it’s Jazz, Blues, Country, Pop, R&B, Great American Song Book or Tribute

Bands, Tribute Singers or from piano players to orchestras, you can find it all in Vegas.

There is, however, a void in Latin and Folk music, so if you know of any location, please

share it with me.

And for those insomniacs, late night aficionados or just looking for something

different, try “The Composers Showcase.” It’s an entertainment forum that allows local

composers and songwriters the opportunity to present original music and is hosted by

Keith Thompson.

It takes place in Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center about every 6 weeks on a

Wednesday evening starting at 10:30 pm. Don’t expect to get home before 1:00 am.

July is a quiet month for The Vegas Voice (and me) but hold your horses because

on Sunday, August 18 th we will be bringing you “Woodstock 50 th Anniversary” Show.

Thanks to The Vegas Voice for letting me put together a killer show with the music from

Woodstock’s performers like Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Crosby Stills Nash and many

more.

This “HAPPENING” takes place at the Performing Arts Center at the Clark County

Library on East Flamingo. A beautiful theater with limited seating, so call for tickets.

*Now for those of you who are wondering about my new profile, you can stop wondering.

Yes, I’ve been “Portnoyed.”

Neal and Dorothy Portnoy have a studio on West Oakey, and Neal is a genius with a

pen, pencil, crayon, charcoal and paper. You must stop by and see their studio to really

understand the scope of his talent.

Thanks Neal and Dorothy for a most pleasant surprise.

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.

Backstage with Randal Keith & Philip Fortenberry before

their “Music of Robert Goulet - Broadway & Beyond”

performance last month. Photo courtesy: Ed Forster.

Another Fantastic Show

Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor Sam Wagmeister and Entertainment Editor

Evan Davis with the Folk Legacy Trio backstage before our show at Sun City

MacDonald Ranch last month. The sold-out capacity crowd was treated to

an extraordinary performance. As one person later emailed the publisher:

Thank you for yet another terrific show. I could have stayed all night!

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The Work Ethic Is Still Alive

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

spend a lot of time laughing at absurdities,

I griping about small things and pointing out

crazy generational differences. Fortunately for

me, I keep moving forward.

As I watch the anger in politics, I am so disgusted by what I see that

it’s hard to keep a bright light on the future. Then, like a breath of pure,

clean air, I am in a conversation with a business associate less than half

my age and my faith in her generation is restored.

Although I knew she had come to the United States as a young

girl with her family, I really didn’t have any idea why. Her family was

prominent in their country but to give their children opportunities,

they brought everyone to America.

Her parents knew that no matter how successful they may have been,

the odds of their children getting any kind of advanced education were

still 5,000 to 1. That was not the future they wanted.

They were not running from oppression. They were running towards

opportunity and a work ethic so strong, that today, my friend is wildly

successful, helps her parents secure retirement, supports a family

business and believes they must all take care of each other.

Those are the measures of success in my eyes. And it restores my faith

that the work ethic is alive and well, even if you can’t always see it.

My husband’s parents did the same thing about 60 years ago and

had his parents not made the choice to come here, his three children

might not have been an attorney and two doctors. I used to kid that I

was striving for mediocrity and that was good enough for me.

We are a very spoiled nation filled with people believing they are in

the land of entitlement, and I suppose in some sense they are right. But

when that belief turns to bullying and chest pounding, violence and

irrational demands, we’ve lost our way.

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

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

Golfing For Southern

Nevada Seniors

By: Carol Chapman

The Foundation Assisting Seniors hosted its

16 th annual spring charity golf tournament

on May 27th at Revere Golf Course.

The turnout at this year’s event was nothing short of spectacular. We

had 262 golfers of all ages and abilities participate, and their support of

Vegas valley seniors is vital to the success of our organization.

Because of the generosity of our corporate sponsors, individual

players and the volunteers who made the event happen, we look forward

to offering increased assistance to seniors ages 50 plus in Southern

Nevada.

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The event followed a four-person scramble format. In addition to

18 holes of golf, participating players received beverages and enjoyed

various contests and raffles throughout the day. The fun-filled day of

philanthropy concluded with an awards luncheon.

The Foundation Assisting Seniors was founded with the mission of

improving the quality of life for the senior community by assisting

them in times of illness, recovery, confinement at home, coping

with the loss of a loved one and other senior challenges, as well as to

provide assistance with everyday tasks such as household maintenance

and transportation. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has

responded to more than 240,000 requests for assistance services.

To learn more about the Foundation Assisting Seniors and how you

can help, please visit www.foundationassistingseniors.org or call 725-

244-4200.


Summer Fitness - Tough

to Do?

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

So how do we keep ourselves “fit” throughout

the summer? There are all those wonderful

barbeques that entice us to munch and drink to our heart’s desire!

And of course, everything looks and tastes so good you have to try

a little of each! Right? Yes, those wonderful fat-filled goodies, yummy

desserts and drinks (with hidden calories!) to cool down while trying to

fight this intense desert heat.

Whenever I’m invited to a “potluck” or party at someone’s house, I

try to munch on a little something before I leave the house - a slice of

cheese, a few crackers or piece of fruit. I don’t arrive starving when I get

there! I also drink lots of water to help fill me up.

It’s so easy to gain a few pounds throughout the summer months,

especially when the heat is on and we don’t feel like exercising. I see so

many of my neighbors taking an early morning walk or late evening

when it has cooled off.

Walking is always a great exercise. Try joining the “mall walkers” or

even an indoor walking track (if you are lucky to have one) in your

community.

Summer is here but it’ll be autumn before we know it. The pounds can

creep up very slowly and you can acquire added inches to your waistline

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Then it’s the wonder moment of “where the heck did that spare muffin

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I found that using my hula hoop (yep – got one!) a few times during

the week while the TV commercials are on helps to whittle the waist.

It does take will power to avoid some of those summer goodies, but if

you crave something do try a little of it. It’s better to have a little of it,

then none and crave.

Enjoy the summer, eat and drink moderately and you can help to

avoid the pounds creeping up!

Positive attitude and good health to all!

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

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Rana answers questions after showing “The Guardians” held by UNLV, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

last month. It was the 11 th guardianship presentation offered by The Vegas Voice this year.

My Emotional Response

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Several months ago, after years of investigating

and writing about the guardianship scandal

in Nevada, The Vegas Voice received a copy of the

multi award-winning documentary, The Guardians.

In order to increase awareness of the plight many seniors faced with

unwanted and unnecessary guardianships, Publisher Dan and I began

presenting and showing the film all over the valley to any community,

club or organization that requested to see it.

Sadly everything in the film is true - including the people featured.

They are the victims (including family members) who suffered through

this abusive and corrupt guardianship system.

Anyone who has been reading my “Soapbox” columns knows how

passionate I have been in exposing and reforming this scandal. And

along with many, many others, we were elated that some justice was

finally served when private guardian April Parks and her crew were sent

to prison nearly two years ago.

Notwithstanding my obsessive and intimate knowledge of this

issue, upon showing the documentary, I have realized that after each

presentation, I become more and more emotionally impacted.

Perhaps it is because as the years have ticked by, some of the victims

we came to know so well have passed on. It might also be that the

“wall” I believed I had built around my heart to keep going with each

legislative victory is now showing signs of cracking.

All I do know is that the guardianship issue, and especially the

magnificent film directed by our now good friend Billie Mintz, still

tugs - not only for Dan and me but also “my wonderful, dear sidekick”

Sandy Lewis as well as all the volunteers that have been on this journey

with The Vegas Voice.

If you have not seen the film, feel free to mention it to your community

leaders or your club. If they would like to have a screening, simply send

an email to Dan or myself and we will gladly set a date, time and place

to do so. We would even do a Q & A after the film. There is no charge for

the movie, but believe me, the end result is priceless.

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

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

Anthemtoday.com

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Rudy North and Rudy his North family and with his Sandy family Lewis,

with

Sandy Dan and Lewis, Rana.

Dan and Rana.

The articles and actions by The Vegas Voice were cited by various

national publications; including documentary film director Billie Mintz.

His award-winning documentary “The Guardians” has received

national and international acclaim and awards; including Best Director

and “Grand Prize as the Best Documentary Feature” at the 2018 Nevada

Silver State Film Festival.


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An Evergreen Topic

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

Eons ago, when I was studying journalism in

a visibly decaying metropolis, a classmate

asked me to collaborate on a story about the worst

jobs in New York City. He took notes, I took pictures. Most memorable

was our venture down a manhole into the sewer system, rubber boots

shielding feet but not noses from the rushing stench.

That assignment periodically returns to me. Lately, that perennial

source of annoyance, the HOA system, has gotten me started on my

Las Vegas list.

The first job title is “community service representative,” better

described as “guy who drives around and writes people up for purported

rule violations.” Actually, a computer writes people up. I know because

a fellow I’ll call Mr. D told me his computer generates “hundreds of

letters per month, and hundreds of follow-ups.”

We recently received such a letter after removing a couple of scrubby

trees from our front yard. We had yet to extract the stumps. Plus we’d

left a couple of long logs out front as benches. The computer was irate

at the presence of “discarded” wood.

We e-mailed back that the stumps would soon be gone (they soon

were) and the logs were keepers, not discards, but that we’d dutifully

move them out back in due time.

Politicians Are Cowards!

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

Social Security and Medicare are (again)

going bankrupt. Such doomsday scenario

is another recent prediction from the federal

government.

I know… we’ve all heard this before and it seems to be a recurring

theme every few years. Most everyone just shrugs off this fear as the

same old information. Problem is, this time it really is the truth - albeit

in 16 years (2035).

Who cares what happens in 16 years anyway?

Well, unless something is done soon (now) to address the problem,

both of these safety nets (which 35 million + Americans depend upon)

will not only be paying out more than receiving in taxes, but the costs

to bring both programs whole again would be so exorbitant as to be

virtually impossible for that future generation to pay!

What are the politicians doing about it? Not a damn

thing! Why? Because they’re politicians not leaders!

Then came the follow-up, an “official warning.” I reached Mr. D by

phone. “You didn’t give a date,” he said.

I pointed out that we’d invited him to call or e-mail to discuss. If he

did that, he said, he’d have to offer personal interaction to everybody.

“The impersonal nature of it keeps it fair,” he said.

I was curious: How long had he been doing this? “Only 21 years.”

He personally drives around, takes photos, and dispatches letters

about lingering trash bins, expired license plates, weed overgrowth,

“unsightly” items, and other high crimes. His route covers 30-some

neighborhoods, more than 5,000 homes.

Did he like his job, I asked? Long silence. “Let’s put it this way,” he

said. “I like accomplishing results.”

We duly hid our would-be benches out back, reported our compliance,

and suggested Mr. D stop by sometime for water or coffee. Somehow, we

don’t think he will. Heaven forbid such human contact.

Do let us know if you have additions to the “worst jobs in Vegas” list.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to

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

Midwest.

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The so-called “third rail of politics” is: Never discuss Social Security

issues or you’ll pay the price in the voting booth. Translation: You will

lose your next election!

Remember, a politician’s sole interest is getting power and holding

on to it, no matter the cost. That’s why politicians are cowards!

Leaders on the other hand, take action to serve the people they

represent without consideration of any consequences they may face in

doing so. And yes, they do exist. Problem is they are far outnumbered by

the power hungry politicians.

What can be done now to mitigate the problem? Answer: Remove the

cap completely on taxable income (currently $138,900 per year) and

over a five year period, gradually increase the age of which full benefits

will be paid out to age 70 (versus the current 65).

Why increase the age? Because we are all living longer; much longer.

Life expectancy when Social Security was founded (1935): Male 60

years, Female 63 years. Today: Male 82 years, Female 85.

As for Medicare: Triple the current tax from 1.45% to 4.35% on all

income earned. In ten years the problem would be solved!

Can you imagine what kind of an outcry we would hear from the rich

if this were to come to pass? Well, so what? It’s time to act to protect the

most vulnerable, who for many, depend solely on their Social Security

payment to live.

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

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


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By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

The American Automobile Association (AAA)

is an established and respected organization

that provides myriad services. AAA created the

Foundation for Traffic Safety, a non-profit organization that focuses

on preventing traffic deaths and injuries through education.

A recent studies conducted by the Foundation is called the LongROAD

(Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers). The LongROAD study used

a giant database of almost 3,000 senior drivers, being followed for five

years, to look at driving habits and aging.

One of the conclusions is that the key for older adults to keep driving

longer is to incorporate stretching and regular exercise into their daily

routines.

They evaluated eight negative health factors to see how changes in

physical, mental, and social health played into driving capabilities.

Poor physical function and fatigue were the most common among

older drivers who don’t drive on a regular basis.

By incorporating daily stretches and between 2.5 to 5 hours of

moderate-intensity exercises per week, drivers can actually improve

overall body flexibility as well as help them remain alert to perform

essentials driving functions such as braking, steering, looking side to

side, parking, sitting for long periods of time, and more.

A suggestion series of stretches may include ones for neck, shoulder,

trunk, and overall body. Another area that will help keep you driving

longer includes getting at least seven hours of sleep each night to

combat fatigue behind the wheel.

While this study may not be groundbreaking, it does prove that it’s

important to keep active - both mentally and physically. The Center for

Disease Control (CDC) says that more than 25% of Americans over age

50 don’t exercise. And for those over 75 years, that number rose to 35%.

While an increase in physical disabilities does play a part, those who

can find a way to be slightly more physical during the day have a better

chance of driving longer into their lifespans.

Some good news to get you started: the Las Vegas area offers plenty

of free classes to keep you flexible and mobile - and most of all, safe

behind the wheel.

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

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

bjkdtr@gmail.com

July 2019

Accident Forgiveness

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

We’ve all seen the commercials about

accident forgiveness. Many insurance

companies offer this option.

It means that if you get in an at-fault accident

(your fault), your rate will not increase for the first accident with that

company when the policy renews. With few exceptions, it does not

mean you are forgiven for multiple accidents – usually just one every

three years.

Some companies charge you for this option and some provide it

without cost if you have been their customer for a number of years.

Most companies will only allow you to have accident forgiveness if

you come to them “clean” (i.e., no accidents or tickets in the past 3-5

years).

Some companies give accident-free discounts so even though you

are not charged for your accident, you also lose the discount. That

would certainly make you feel like you were charged, wouldn’t it?

If your company charges for accident forgiveness, you might ask

yourself: “How much do I want to pay for a mistake I haven’t made and

may never make?” On the other hand, some customers want the peace

of mind that their rates won’t increase dramatically if the unfortunate

incident occurs.

With accident forgiveness, the premium with your company will

not increase with an accident surcharge. However, if you are looking

to shop your insurance in the next 5 years, that accident will not be

forgiven by a new company

Even though the accident was forgiven by your own company, the

claim will still appear on your national claim report – so you will need

to “stay put” with your current auto carrier.

I read an interesting analogy about buying accident forgiveness. It’s

like buying insurance at the blackjack table when the dealer has an ace

showing. It’s ultimately a side bet against a bet you have already made.

I’m not writing this to promote buying accident forgiveness nor am

I discouraging you from purchasing this endorsement. And if you are

with a company that provides it for “free” by all means accept the gift.

But please be sure to weigh the price of this option vs. the number

of years you’ve been accident-free and, as always, make an informed

decision.

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

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Using a Natural Deoderant

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

This isn’t one of the sexiest topics. But as the

heat rolls in, one of the everyday items we

don’t give much thought to is deodorant.

I love to incorporate chemical free products into my routine, and I’ve

noticed more natural deodorants pop up. I read about an aluminumfree

alternative being healthier and decided to try it.

I thought this would be like testing out a new face mask. Unfortunately,

I was wrong!

Natural antiperspirants are supposed to be healthier than aluminumbased

deodorants; using a variety of ingredients like natural oils for

scent. Baking soda keeps you dry and controls odor, while mineral salts

form a barrier over the skin and don’t plug pores.

Most of us have used regular deodorant since our teens and

aluminum essentially plugs up the pores to prevent you from sweating.

Do this for years and your body never actually sweats naturally.

When you introduce a natural deodorant, and your body has been

accustomed to an aluminum-based formula, you suddenly enter a

detox phase. I had no idea about this before making the switch and it

wasn’t pretty.

The first couple of days seem fairly normal - but it goes downhill

quickly.

The detox phase means you’ll sweat and not be “smell free” as your

body rids itself of aluminum and bacteria. It can take 2-4 weeks to

rebalance your body for a chemical free deodorant to be all you need.

Drinking water and hot baths helps flush toxins and using an

antibacterial soap in the shower helps combat the initial bacterial

growth. It’s also not uncommon to have some initial underarm

irritation from the detox and of the natural ingredients.

Baking soda is a common culprit. I speak from experience, the burnlike

rash isn’t fun. This side effect pushed me over the edge.

I couldn’t finish the detox process and I was tired of being sweaty and

gross. Maybe it’s better to attempt this in the winter, but I decided I’m

okay with chemicals and what I’ve used for 50 years.

While this wasn’t for me, if you make the switch, I’d love tips for how

you did it!

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company

based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or

through her website www.fullips.com.

July 2019

Clandestine Therapy

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

In the April edition, I touched on the veteran

suicide issue. I wrote: “Warriors train to be

resilient and not to cave in the face of hardships.

However, the downside of that training is NOT asking for help…”

I, for one, did not seek help for PTSD, etc. until the mid-1990s. That

was 30 years after the war! Then, unintentionally, something happened

that paved a way for me to find some help I needed.

It began with a “bull-session” with a few veterans.

We were talking about our war experiences, and most of us shared

(for the first time) our personal reactions to the war. And we had

understanding listeners! There was a certain safety in knowing that the

others had faced similar mental and emotional battles.

On the surface it didn’t look like we were asking for help, but below

that combat crust we were. None of us had gone to the VA seeking

answers; we just couldn’t risk coming out in the open to bare our souls

to a strange counselor.

That little group, however, became a gateway through that wall

of not asking for help. As a result, every man eventually ended up

getting professional help, and it was our bull-session that started the

ball rolling. It gradually eased us into the channel we needed to get

ourselves right.

We were lucky to have those simple group conversations. Not everyone

can so easily find such an opportunity.

However, in today’s world that really isn’t much of a problem. There

are some good online discussion-based social platforms.

Reddit is a good one to hook up with. Just log in and type in a

particular issue (anxiety, depression, etc.) and you will be directed

to forums of real people with similar experiences. The bonus is that

the anonymity provides a shield of needed protection until you’re

comfortable enough to take it a step further.

Not enough can be said about the value of vet-to-vet conversations.

One of the best ways is by connecting with local vets in your area.

Point Man International is a vet-to-vet organization and has local

group outreaches across the country. Check ‘em out. http://www.pmim.

org or call 1-800-877-8387.

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

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Bugsy & the Boys

By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective

Who would have ever thought that this

desert watering hole could even have been

imagined? Well, I’ll tell you who. The mob.

Bugsy Siegel looked at this barren land and

dreamed big right. Someday, he told others,

everybody would want to visit the land of plenty that before 1946 had

been a land of some downtown gambling saloons and a few country

and western themed hotel/casinos.

Bugsy wasn’t a nice guy. They say that when he began his career in

Brooklyn, he demanded “protection” payments from the street vendors.

If they didn’t pay up he would torch their little worlds.

He teamed up with Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano and went into

the cocktail distribution business during prohibition. Luciano was

eventually shipped back to Italy and Meyer and Bugsy went on to reshape

Las Vegas by building the Flamingo Hotel/Casino.

Bugsy wasn’t such a great businessman though. He was cheated by

contractors and the hotel had to close.

A year later, in 1947, it was re-opened by some other syndicate

members after Bugsy lost his head, literally, for offing the wrong guy.

So much for being dapper, which was one of his big things. Not an easy

thing to do when your eyeball has to be picked up from off the floor.

When I was twelve in 1977 I was playing football with my friends at

a park connected with Cashman Junior High. I remember suddenly

stopping and looking at the Strip. There were all the lights that I grew

up with.

Over at the Riviera, my father was shlepping trays to the hoidy-toidy

who were watching the dinner show. Circus Circus and its promise of

fun almost as good as Disneyland (it was a question between us kids

as to which was better) sat as it always did, the big top ever beckoning,

but, and here is the big but, the Las Vegas Strip had moved to the other

side of town.

Something had switched around in my brain. It had to have, because

as I stood there, the Strip had moved west of me where it had heretofore

been to the east of me. When I turned around, the less spectacularly lit

portion of town had gone east. Swear to God on this one.

And that’s the same sort of feeling that I had when I realized that

former Las Vegas mob lawyer, Oscar Goodman, had become our mayor

in 1999. And it’s the same sort of feeling that I had a few years after that

when Goodman proclaimed that the old downtown post office would

become what would be popularly referred to as The Mob Museum.

I’ve gotten used to it. But it took me awhile because I always thought

of bad guys as bad guys. Once they were gone you were to fugget about

‘em. But a story is a story, and like it or not, Bugsy belongs to all of us

now.

Joey Kantor is a journalist and novelist. He writes fiction

under the name Fargo Kantrowitz. His Las Vegas based novel,

Babybirds, is available at Lulu.com.

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Sweet Caroline Tour - A

Neil Diamond Celebration

By: Jamillah Ali-Rahman / Friends of

Parkinson’s

When Friends of Parkinson’s was invited to be the recipient

of the honor of working with Jay White, (former Legends in

Concert Neil Diamond impersonator) to bring the Sweet Caroline Tour

to Las Vegas, we were stunned! It’s scheduled for Saturday, October 5 th at

7: 00 pm and will be held at The Venue, 750 E. Fremont Street.

The purpose of the Sweet Caroline Tour is to work with local

organizations to raise money for their local Parkinson’s community

to continue their services and programs. We are a part of a group that

wants to help raise more than $5 million dollars for local Parkinson’s

organizations across the nation.

There are many reasons this is a good thing:

1. Sharing music is one of the strongest bonds between friends.

2. Concerts give you the chance to truly be yourself. Concerts are a

judgement free zone, where you’re surrounded by people who are just

like you, and that’s the biggest breath of fresh air you can take.

3. Although attending the concert may only last a few hours, the

memories you make will last a lifetime. Experiencing the concert is not

something you can physically hold in your hand, but you can feel its

effects forever. Music enters your heart and soul.

4. Music is good for your health. “Music is the medicine of the mind.”

Research says people who go to concerts are happier and healthier than

people who don’t. Music can decrease the release of stress hormones

and pain relief by releasing endorphins, neurotransmitters that block

pain.

5. Concerts spread a sense of community. Concerts are a bonding

experience and can bring people of different cultures and backgrounds

together peacefully.

No matter where you come from, once you walk through the venue

doors, everyone surrounding you is there for the same reason: support

those affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Whether you are “Forever in Blue Jeans”, “Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Holly

Holy”, or “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, we invite you to be a part of

our Neil Diamond Celebration.

Become a sponsor, buy a ticket or donate to support the many

activities and programs in Southern Nevada’s Parkinson’s disease

community.

Jamillah Ali-Rahman is the Founder/CEO of the Friends

of Parkinson’s Inc, a Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit. www.

friendsofparkinsons.org.

July 2019

Understanding Atrial

Fibrillation

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

To be told you have a heart condition can

be a very frightening experience for any

individual. One such heart condition that many people develop is

atrial fibrillation.

To understand atrial fibrillation, you need to understand how the

heart works. The heart has four chamber – a right and left atria and a

right and left ventricle.

The right atria pumps as much blood into the right ventrical as

possible. The right ventrical pumps blood to the lungs so carbon

dioxide in the blood can be released and the red blood cells can be

oxygenated as much as possible. The blood then returns to the heart,

specifically to the left atria.

The left atria pumps as much blood into the left ventrical as possible.

The left ventricle then pumps blood out to all of the tissues of the body.

The heart is a muscle. It fills with blood and then contracts, exerting

pressure on the blood. This pressure is what pumps the blood to its

respective destination.

For this to happen the muscles in a specific chamber of the heart

must contract at the same time. In atrial fibrillation, the muscles in

one or both of the atria contract in an uncoordinated fashion.

Imagine trying to pop a balloon. You squeeze the balloon with all of

your fingers. This exerts pressure on all areas of the balloon increasing

the pressure until the balloon pops and the air is expelled.

Now try to pop the balloon but squeeze in a less coordinated fashion.

Squeeze with your thumb and little fingers first while your middle

three fingers stay relaxed. Then squeeze with your middle three fingers

while your pinkie and thumb stay relaxed. What you will find is that it

is much more difficult to exert enough pressure to cause the balloon

to pop.

This is essentially what is happening to the atria of your heart. The

atria are not filling the vertricles to their capacity - which means less

blood is being pushed out into your body.

The oxygen in blood is needed to make energy. Less blood means

greater fatigue and a host of other possible problems, including blood

clots.

Next month: what can be done for atrial fibrillation.

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

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

practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or

rkyomitchell@gmail.com.


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Her - Adorable, perky, around 20 years

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across the mall?

Me: No! (a tad defensive) I’m staying here! It’s still a free country!

Her: (the pasted-on smile is back) Absolutely! So, what can I, like,

help you with today?

Me: Well, uh (mumbling) I’m looking for some summer clothes

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suits, you know, BIKINI bottoms with, like, a tank top?

Her: That would look SOOO good on you! (I imagined people

glancing over, their jaws dropping in horror) Like seriously! (My

mother always warned me that salesladies cannot be bested in the

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Me: Excuse me? What about Bermuda-length?

Her: Pardon me?

Me: You know, Bermudas?

Her: (perplexed) I’m sorry, but, like, what is a Bermuda?

Me: Never mind. I’ll look around.

Her: Great! We have a darling line of sundresses in bright florals!

Me: But all of these are sleeveless and awfully short.

Her: (sooo condescending) Uh, yes. All of our sundresses are

sleeveless! We just don’t have, like, a large clientele who want to be

covered up in the summer, ha ha!

But, I believe they have lots of, like, summer MUMUS AND TENT

DRESSES over at “FAT-FOLKS-R-US.”

Me: No, I’ll just look around (she glances at my upper arms and

shrugs the universal “whatever” response).

Her: Great! And, along this back wall we have your capris, some with

matching tops!

Me: Capris? (I can do capris!) We used to call them “pedal pushers”

back in the day. (This is a mistake -- so far, our whole encounter has

been sort of a blend of Turkish/Portuguese).

Her: Pardon?

Me: Capris? You know - “pedal pushers.”

Her: (completely blank) Why?

Me: (I didn’t know when to shut up) Oh, maybe because they were

designed to wear when you rode a bike? Because they didn’t get caught

in the spokes or something ... (if this doesn’t prove I belong in the

“Rambling-Senile-Elders” store, nothing does).

Her: (it takes a supreme effort to call forth the fake smile now) OK,

why don’t you just, like, look around!

Me: Thank you (and thank God).

After a long, sweaty combing of the ladies’ department, I finally

approach her with armloads of clothing. She shows me to the dressing

room with a cheery, “Let me know if you need anything!” and beats

a hasty retreat.

The shorts are a desperate attempt to recapture a youth when I was

never allowed to wear shorts that short; the sundresses, while sleeveless

(I might cover it with a light shawl or sweater in the scorching, roasting,

skin-searing sun) are all Shirley Temple short and/or Beyoncé clingy.

And, the swimsuits? Let’s just say, the tankini does not “look SOOO

good” on me.

As I finally take my two pairs of capris and one skirted swimsuit to

the counter, I’m wondering who can actually wear the stuff in this store

besides starved pre-teen tarts. I am pitiful…and old…and I might just

put on this swimsuit and drown myself.

Her: (smirky) Hey, you found something!

Me: (one final attempt at pride) Yes, I did! (Smirk on, girlie. One

day you’ll know EXACTLY what Bermudas are, and you’ll seek them

like a junkie seeks crack; I hope I’m retired by then -and working

here!).

Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North

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Filling Up Your Bucket List

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

was talking to Vegas Voice Publisher Dan the

I other day and he finally put me in charge of

something. What did he put me in charge of you

might ask?

I am now the “project coordinator” in what I am calling the “Bucket

List Project.” I must admit it is one small part of a bigger project The

Vegas Voice is working on. Details in future editions.

Have you ever considered that before your “final trip”, is there any

destination, any vacation spot on your bucket list where you would like

to travel to?

Come on, think about it? Where is that one (or more) place you have

never been to but always wanted to see?

I have been very fortunate. I made travel my profession and I have

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been to.

I haven’t been to China or Australia or the Scandinavian countries.

I’d love to go to all these places, but they’re not on the top of my bucket

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My bucket list destination is to one day visit Normandy in France. I

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War II invasion of Europe started.

I’m a history buff and that, coupled with being the son of a World

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I was even able to trace my dad’s army unit’s European movements

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July 2019

Grand Canyon Celebrates

Centennial

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

It’s a dazzling geological wonder created by a

timeless river. It entices more than five-million

visitors annually. With so many taking advantage of the outdoors

experience, Grand Canyon National Park is Arizona’s most popular

tourist attraction.

President Woodrow

Wilson established

Grand Canyon

National Park in

1919. To celebrate

the park’s centennial,

let’s look at its

grander and history.

One of the natural

wonders of the world,

the Grand Canyon

averages ten miles

across, a mile deep

and more than two

hundred miles long.

It could make the Egyptian pyramids seem lost in its depths.

The Colorado River established its course millions of years ago. The

river continues to erode and form the canyon where separate layers of

rock mark each passage of millions of years.

The Anasazi or the “Ancient Ones”, as they were known by other

tribes, lived there before disappearing without a trace. The Anasazi were

accomplished at building ingenious stone cliff ladders.

An enemy starting up the cliffs on the wrong foot would discover

halfway up that they were without a grip, unable to ascend or descend.

By A.D. 1000, prehistoric Pueblo Indians occupied the canyon.

In 1868, the name “Grand Canyon” was first used on maps. Then

in 1869, Civil War veteran Major John Wesley Powell departed at Green

River, Wyoming, becoming the first to journey through the entire Grand

Canyon.

Major Powell made a second, more “scientific” exploration in 1871-

72. His publication The Exploration of the Colorado River of the West,

launched interest in the Grand Canyon and early tourism.

John Hance introduced mule rides into the canyon’s Old Hance Trail

in 1886. And in 1897, John Muir, founder of Sierra Club, visited the

Grand Canyon and championed for its designation as a national park.

Arizona became the forty-eighth state in 1912 and in 1919

automobiles were first permitted to drive on the Grand Canyon’s west

Rim Drive. That same year, exactly 50-years since Major Powell’s first

exploration, the Grand Canyon became an unrivaled national park.

In 2019, you are invited to visit and celebrate the park’s centennial.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.


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Deep Sea Fishing for

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By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /

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Many parents and grandparents have the time and funds to

take their youngsters on a vacation or getaway. This can be a

terrific way for bonding with the younger generation but be sure your

destination and activities are age appropriate and of some real interest

to your kids - which in today’s world is not as easy as it sounds.

It’s not unusual to want to share your personal skills and interests

with the youngsters, but they probably already know you hope to go

deep sea fishing or hunting with them. However killing “Bambi” is

probably not going to bring the kids closer to you. It’s important to do

some research and respect their schedules and activities.

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you, but it can be very important to a ten year old. So ask their parents

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enjoy.

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When Your Plants Get Sick

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

Plants, as with all living things, begin to

look unhealthy when there is something

“wrong” with them. If a plant begins to lose its

green color, turns yellow or if its leaves or flowers seem distorted, there

is a situation that needs to be addressed.

The problem may be caused by disease, insects, inappropriate

amounts of sun and/or water, or a lack of nutrients. If the problem is

insects, a visual examination will uncover the culprits.

If it is environmental, check the required levels of water, temperature

and sunlight that the plants require. If, however, these factors are not

the problem, you should look for visual indicators which are specific to

a particular nutrient deficiency.

All plants need nitrogen and iron or they will lose their robust green

coloring and appear to have whitening around the leaf veins. Flowering

plants that do not flower or fruit trees that do not bear fruit may be

lacking sufficient levels of phosphorus.

A deficiency of potassium may lead to a weakened root system or

translucent spots on leaves. A calcium deficiency may result in shriveled

leaves, flower rot or overall stunted growth. A magnesium shortage can

manifest itself in the appearance of scorched leaves near the veins.

Keep in mind that unacceptable soil pH levels can prevent plants

from absorbing nutrients even if they can be found in the soil. Nutrient

absorption works best with a soil pH level from 6.5 to 7.5.

Unfortunately, most native desert soil has a pH level of 8.0-8.5. At

these levels, the root system of most plants cannot absorb iron which is

necessary for healthy growth. Therefore, it is important to check the pH

level of your soil before you add unnecessary nutrients.

Another factor to consider is the soil temperature. If the soil is too

cool or too hot, root systems may be unable to take in nutrients. Palm

trees will not absorb nutrients until the soil is at least 70F!

Therefore, make certain that your plants are receiving a balanced set

of nutrients to ensure their health and long life.

Have any questions? 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

plants.

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