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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.
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Volume 16, Issue 5
OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS
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About The Vegas Voice
In 2018, The Vegas Voice received 9 national awards from the
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- including our guardianship special efforts, editorial and column
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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
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
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
“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.
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!
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
Story of the Month
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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
Garrett Looks Back... and Forward
to fill a 1,500 seat
theater?” he asked.
He envisions those
focuses his efforts
Garrett (L) with Rainmaker’s Susan
“Sam” Shockley and Patrick Barney
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:
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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
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
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
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.
As The Checks Come Pouring In...
By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
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@
7. To avoid claims
that the money was
a gift and not a loan,
time comes, it’s
you both confirm
the loan by a dated
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
about the two
except one man was
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
By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.
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
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.
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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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
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
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
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: email@example.com
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
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
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every right to call her signature style.
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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
Carnegie Hall - A Life Changing Experience
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
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
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
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
“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.
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
“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
To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops
and readings, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
July Heats Up Entertainment
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
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
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: email@example.com.
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!
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
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
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-
Summer Fitness - Tough
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
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
in no time.
We treat common to complex
injuries and illnesses, all from
the comfort of your home.
Then it’s the wonder moment of “where the heck did that spare muffin
top come from?” And then those wonderful winter goodies are staring at
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
Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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:
Rudy North and Rudy his North family and with his Sandy family Lewis,
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.
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
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
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: email@example.com.
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
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.
AAA’s Long Road
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
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
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
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
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
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.
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Bring the family,
let’s learn to fly!
Entertainment hosted by
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Ooops, We did it again!
First: The Vegas Voice
Dan Roberts likens lawyers and bureaucrats to
First: The Vegas Voice, Dan Roberts, “Uxorious
in Every Way,” February 2018.
Dan Roberts’ PILL (partner in love & life)
achieved something spectacular – changed the
Nevada adult guardianship laws rescuing thousands
of people from usurious practices. Ah,
such romantic expressions – it’s a lovely read.
First: The Vegas Voice Dan Roberts, Rana
Goodman and staff, “The Good Guys Won,”
A collection of articles by Roberts, Goodman
and others celebrates the publication’s victory
in changing state law regarding guardianships.
Second: Feb./Mar./Apr. 2018, The Vegas Voice
The Vegas Voice runs primarily columns, and
they maintain consistency through design.
Rana Goodman w/ NAMPA Executive Director
Rana with NPA awards
And the award goes to…
There is nothing more gratifying than to be honored by your
peers. With that humble sentiment, we’re very proud to announce
that The Vegas Voice has received a total of 8 national
and state awards.
First: The Vegas Voice, Senior Guardianship
To Rana Goodman and Dan Roberts: “The Vegas Voice is on a mission and judging
by the tone and contents of these articles, it means to succeed.” For our guardianship
articles – “It’s a terrific journalistic effort. Readers are well-served by this
Second: The Vegas Voice,
“The Vegas Voice switched from a newspaper to a magazine, but it didn’t leave behind
its investigative teeth…its investigative piece on guardianship fraud resulted
in indictments of one of the most scandalous abusers. The Voice should be proud of
First: The Vegas Voice
To Ray Sarbacker: “The cover illustration captures the mystique of several elements.
Peter Pan is such an imaginary tale. This cover illustration captures the mystique of
several elements. Flight, darkness, sea and exploration come through for an event
telling readers to bring their family and learn to fly.”
Second: The Vegas Voice
Dan Roberts doesn’t hold back. His state’s attorney general is “Mr. Irrelevant.” The
local district attorney is “Mr. Incompetent.” There’s no missing his meaning.
Second: The Vegas Voice
“The Vegas Voice is primarily a compilation of columns. Each is in a module, which
keeps the pages uncluttered. Each is treated the same with the name and with red
and black type at the top. This magazine is an easy scan.”
Wait there’s more.
The Nevada Press Association (you know the big guys – Las Vegas Review Journal,
LV Sun, etc.) followed with 3 awards; including Best Print Ad by Ray and;
Best Investigative Story by Rana and Dan (“Great reporting and coverage on
a subject. Thanks for your determined efforts to bring to light abuse of those most
vulnerable in our society.”);
And to top it all off, The Vegas Voice was chosen for the “Freedom of the
Press” award for upholding the principles of the First Amendment and protecting
the public’s right in exposing the scandal. (“The fervor to expose a major problem
with guardianship led this senior’s publication to take extraordinary steps – including
overcoming attempts to silence it…to see that reforms were addressed.”)
To say that we’re honored and proud would be an understatement.
And wait to you read what we have planned for 2018!
First: The Vegas Voice
A lot of information, but
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Rana Goodman w/Nampa Executive Director
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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
The first couple of days seem fairly normal - but it goes downhill
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
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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
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
books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.
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
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
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.
Sweet Caroline Tour - A
Neil Diamond Celebration
By: Jamillah Ali-Rahman / Friends of
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
5. Concerts spread a sense of community. Concerts are a bonding
experience and can bring people of different cultures and backgrounds
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
Jamillah Ali-Rahman is the Founder/CEO of the Friends
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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
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
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
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
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
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By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
Her - Adorable, perky, around 20 years
old, about 110 lbs.
Me - Not.
Her: Hi! (brilliant smile) Welcome to “We-
Are you shopping for your daughter today?
Me: Uh, (a tad intimidated) no, I’m shopping for myself.
Her: (seriously dubious) Are you sure you’re not, like, looking
for the “Everything-In-Here-Is-For-Old-Out-Of-Shape-People” store,
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
and ... you know ... (really mumbling) bathing suits.
Her: (loud enough to be heard in surrounding counties) Did you
say BATHING SUITS? Why, we have a fabulous selection of TANKINIstyle
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
art of “The Lie.”)
Me: I’ll just look around a little.
Her: No problem! We have a wonderful selection of shorts, from very
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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
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).
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
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
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
been all over the world. There are however many places I have not
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
My bucket list destination is to one day visit Normandy in France. I
want to go to the D-Day landing beaches. I want to see where the World
War II invasion of Europe started.
I’m a history buff and that, coupled with being the son of a World
War II Army European Theatre of Operations veteran, I want to walk in
my dad’s steps. And while he wasn’t in the D-Day invasion he did serve
in France towards the end of the war.
I was even able to trace my dad’s army unit’s European movements
and battles. I can’t imagine any greater joy than to walk where he was
as a young man and soldier when he served our country.
Anyway, that’s my number one destination in my bucket list. What’s
Send your ideas, thoughts and list to our email address at fairtravel@
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Grand Canyon Celebrates
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
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
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
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Deep Sea Fishing for
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /
Out & About
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.
Missing Johnny’s birthday party might seem pretty insignificant to
you, but it can be very important to a ten year old. So ask their parents
for some guidance and find out what they think the kids would really
If you want some back up, you might want to invite the parents to
come along, too. Remember, it’s not cheating on your part to have some
support. When your little darling is crying uncontrollably because she
dropped her popsicle, it’s really nice to have mom or dad nearby for
And keep your expectations realistic. In today’s world, a prime
concern of even very young children is the reception on their phone
and the availability of electronic games they play.
So, don’t be offended if your young guests initially don’t seem to be
particularly interested in their location or setting - because something
unexpected might grab their attention. A waterfall might appear.
Mickey Mouse might walk by, or their favorite movie hero might pose
for a photo and suddenly, it’s the “best vacation ever!”
Next month we’ll take a look at some of the favorite itineraries and
destinations for families traveling with children. Don’t miss it!
Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is the Vacation Editor and
the President at Vegas Vacationers. She can be reached at
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.
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
Speaking to and for Las Vegas
Valley Seniors since 2003
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