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Here are a few Fun Facts about Clark County - see how many you already knew!















Growth in Southern Nevada is 3 times the national average

There are approximately 4500 new residents moving here on average per

month. That's measured by electric meter readings (which are up 1.9% more in

multi-family dwellings than single-family) and by where taxes are paid.

The rate of people moving here from California is increasing. One reason may be

that they can no longer deduct State Income Tax against Federal Income Tax

The number of people ages 65+ moving to Nevada is increasing. This demographic

brings with them consumption, large amounts of equity and they don't take jobs. Yay

retirees!

Interesting Fact: A U-Haul from San Jose to Las Vegas costs approximately $2,000. and

about $139 to travel from Las Vegas to San Jose. That says a lot about the flow of

migration!

Another Interesting Fact - Clark County has failed to meet population projections for

school enrollment. What happened? Kindergarten and 1st grade enrollment is down

by about half. People are having fewer children.

The #1 motivation for people moving to Nevada is to find a job

The #2 motivation for people moving to Nevada is retirement

There are more open jobs in Southern Nevada today than there are people to fill them

There are approximately 53,000 business in southern Nevada. That is the most ever!

The core industry in Nevada is still leisure and hospitality, which accounts for about

30% of the workforce (We have seen visitor volume plateau though).

Major casino operations are restructuring and laying people off. This is caused by an

increase in activist investors. That has lead to shifts in how the casino management

teams think about the visitor.

We are seeing a refocus on the consumer from the hospitality sector. International

visitors are being looked to as a source of growth for the industry.

There is more convention space under construction in Las Vegas than all but 5 markets

have total convention space

In the last legislative session, the minimum wage increased from $8.25 to $12.00/ hour (a

gradual increase to occur over 5 years, starting July 1, 2020 with the first 75 cent increase,

reaching $12 by 2024)

Overall our local economy is performing extraordinarily well. We continue to benefit from

changes happening in California, and our outlook is positive. This is great news for all

homeowners! We have location, we have demand, and we have increased ability to afford

a mortgage... combined with interest rates that are approaching historical lows at the

moment.

If you would like to know what the market value of your home is today, please call or email

me now! I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Sharing your goals,

Laura Harbison

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About The Vegas Voice

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North American Mature Publishers Association for our publication

- including our guardianship special efforts, editorial and column

reviews, front page

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and “General Excellence.”

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My Buddy, Stu

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules


Let me guess. You’re going to use this as an

excuse for not submitting your column?”

There will be a “first” in this month’s Vegas

Voice. After nearly 16 years and over 150 issues, our travel editor, Stu

Cooper will not be placing his article.

His “lame” excuse? He decided instead to have heart surgery to repair

a mitral valve and correct his atrial fibrillation. How Stu discovered

that he urgently needed this surgery is a great story so at least, The

Vegas Voice can “salvage” something from his absence.

Stu received an Apple Series 4 watch from his kids Jonathan and

Jessica for Father’s Day (Lucky him. I only got a T-shirt). You know

those watches – it gives you your heart rate, pulse, temperature, how

to clean a garage (not sure about that one) and yes, even tells you the

correct time.

When he put it on, the initial reading was “Heart in Afib – Contact

Doctor Immediately.” Thinking it was a glitch, he passed the gadget

to his children and wife, Sharon. The watch displayed their respective

health vitals.

Once again, Stu tried it and once again, the same warning appeared.

Rather than mess around, they immediately went to Urgent Care that

confirmed the diagnosis and before he knew it, he was on the operating

table.

The surgeon corrected the problems and we expect (no, demand!) a

full recovery. Long story short – the watch saved his life.

For those unaware, besides serving as travel editor since our initial

issue, Stu and I have been the best of friends since 1975 when we first

met in law school. Some 44 years later, with our ever increasing balding

heads serving as a perfect example, we have shared everything.

Our friendship has gone through the gamut – from weddings

(we were ushers at each other’s nuptials), to the joyous births of our

children, to incredible sadness (including the passing of my wife of 35

years Amy and our dads) - and everything imaginable in between.

How we remained best friends over the years is based on our simple

understanding: I don’t listen to him and he ignores me.

For over four decades, Stu and Sharon and yours truly with Amy and

now my PILL (partner in love & life) Rana have travelled and vacationed

together. From

Alaska to Tahiti,

to the Caribbean

through Europe,

my vacations have

always been with

Stu. And as the photo

clearly confirms, we

continue and will

always be “Vintage

Schmucks.”

We have screamed

and threatened each

other over the years

and yet the smiles

and laughter never

stopped. Along

with our adopted

3 rd Musketeer,

project director Bill

Caserta, we flew

to New York to be

with Stu during his

recovery.

For reasons that

still baffle me, Stu

adamantly refused

my request to take a

photo of his scarred

chest (“You really

are an idiot” he

“incorrectly” remarked) but I figured that such statement was due to

the medications and will let that (along with his August article) slide.

Thankfully (most thankfully) he is going to be fine and Stu will

definitely be back next month.

And while I will continue to yell, holler and demand that he submits

future columns on-time, let me assure all that I’ll say my prayers of

thanks and even look forward to him aggravating me for many more

years to come.

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By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Editor’s Note: With the Las Vegas

summer heat in full force, we’ve been

asked by numerous readers to replay the

following for your amusement. Complain

all you want about the unbearable heat;

but it is still better than shoveling snow in

sub-zero temperatures and arctic wind chills.

June 1 st : We just moved to Las Vegas. Now this is a City that knows

how to live! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. Mountains

and deserts blend together.

What a place! Watched the sunset from the park. It was beautiful. I’ve

finally found my home. I love it here.

June 14 th : Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live

in an air conditioned home and drive an air conditioned car.

What a pleasure to see the sun every day like this. I’m turning into a

real sun worshipper.

June 30 th : Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today.

Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing

for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

July 10th: The temperature hasn’t been below 100 all week. How do

people get used to this kind of heat? At least it’s nice and windy though.

But getting used to it is taking longer than I expected.

July 15th: Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3 rd degree burns over 60% of

my body. Missed 2 days of work – what a dumb thing to do. I learned

my lesson. I really have to respect the sun in a climate like this.

July 25 th : This wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer.

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Diary of a Las Vegas Summer

August 2019

And it’s hot as hell!

The home air conditioner is on the fritz and the AC repairman

charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

July 30th: Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights. $1,200

in damn house payments and we can’t even go inside. Why did I ever

come here?

August 4 th : It’s 115 freaking degrees. Finally got the air conditioner

fixed. It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to about 90. I hate

this stupid place.

August 8 th : If another wise guy cracks: “Hot enough for you

today” I’m going to tear his throat out. Damn heat. Will it ever get

below 115 again?

August 9 th : Tried to run some quick errands. Wore shorts and sat

on the car’s leather seat. I thought I was on fire. Lost 2 layers of flesh.

August 10 th : The weather report might as well be a damn recording:

“Hot and sunny.” It’s been too hot to do anything for over 2 months

and the weatherman says it will really warm up next week.

By the way, does it ever rain in this damn desert? With the water

rationing, $2,500 worth of cactus just might dry up. Even a cactus can’t

live in this heat.

August 19th: WELCOME TO HELL. Temperature got to 121 today. If

I had wanted to live in Death Valley, I would have moved there.

Forgot to crack the window and blew the damned windshield out

of the car. The installer came to fix it and said: “Hot enough for you

today?” My wife had to spend the $1,200 house payment to bail me out.

If I don’t end up in prison, I’m putting the house up for sale and

moving back to Buffalo!

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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By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

Can you imagine? It’s the 50-year anniversary

of WOODSTOCK.

You remember WOODSTOCK, don’t you? I

lived in New York at the time but was working,

married and had a kid, so traveling upstate to party was out of the

question.

However, the music of WOODSTOCK stayed with me (and all baby

boomers) for years. And we’re still rockin’ to the sounds of greats such

as: Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills

& Nash, Santana, Joan Baez, The Who, Creedence Clearwater

Revival and more…

Now you can bring back those memories by joining The Vegas Voice

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

Flamingo Road on Sunday, August 18 th at 2:30 pm (See pages

20-21). We will all grove to the sounds of WOODSTOCK with tribute

stars that will bring you back in time.

The band, under the musical direction of Bob Sachs, knows just

what it will take to keep you out of your seats and rocking to the sounds

of the 60s’ - just as our star-studded line up will do. And the performers

that will rock the theater know exactly what WOODSTOCK was all

about.

Dennis Blair will do two or three of the original WOODSTOCK

songs as will Kent Foote. As a Janis Joplin tribute singer,

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Our Great Woodstock Celebration

The First Ladies of Las Vegas Entertainment

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Simply stated, Kelly Clinton-Holmes and

Elisa Fiorillo deliver a delightful show filled

with music, songs, laughter, energy, Vegas pizzazz

and of course, the mandatory wardrobe changes.

The two sparkle in their Vegas-style garb with songs including “Thank

You for Being a Friend” and “I’m a Woman.” These women present a

polish, high energy show in the intimate setting of the Pegasus Room

at the Alexis Park All-Suites Hotel.

I’ve always been a fan of Kelly’s. You know that she loves what she

does. Here, she gives us all of it. Her singing, her comedy, her schtick.

Elisa is another Vegas talent and a perfect partner for their twosomes.

They each bring personality and poise to their individual performances.

These lovely ladies are backed by the talents of Michael Clark on

keyboard, David Ramirez on drums and the versatile Dennis Blair on

the guitar. But wait, there’s more!

Blair, one of my favorite performers, moves from playing guitar to

showcasing his singing and comedic talent in “I’m Thinking of Being

a Catholic Again.” You can’t beat the three of them together when

Dennis is pressed into service to be the third Andrews sister in their

rendition of “Boogy Woogy Bugle Boy of Company B.”

Elisa’s rendition of “Arms of An Angel” is a showstopper and Kelly’s

“Boots are Make for Walking” is a delight. You want humor? Check

August 2019

Michelle Rohl will take

you back 50 years and Mark

Giovi will once again be a

rocker.

Elisa Fiorillo (who was

with Prince for many years)

knows what Rock n Roll was

all about, so don’t wear any

socks because they WILL BE

knocked off. Of course, Keith

Neal who plays with the

Dennis Blair

Bronx Wanderers, Kent

Foote, the Crosby Stills and Nash tribute group (and many more)

will also join the band as their lead guitar player. And a great one he is.

Dress for the occasion if it pleases you. I’ll be wearing ripped jeans

and a tie died shirt in honor of the event. Any “Joints” will be confiscated

at the door by me.

With limited seating and even fewer VIP seats, call for tickets today

at The Vegas Voice ticket hotline 702/755-3799. The Performing Arts

Center has a wonderful stage, great sound and terrific theater seating,

so call today!

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.

out Elisa’s “Bun

in the Oven”

and Kelly’s take

on Elvis. Then,

they amuse us

with their special

comedic take on

Neil Diamond

and Barbra

Streisand.

The show, a

perfect blend of

pop, jazz, comedy,

standards and

delightful

comedy runs

Friday nights at

7:00 pm. in the

Pegasus Room at

the Alexis Park.

Dianne Davis is also a reporter for Sun City Anthem TV (SCA-

TV) specializing in entertainment, and LV Associate Editor of

lasvegassplash.com. She hikes, travels with her husband Burt, and

works on her stand-up comedy.


Goodnight Mrs. Calabash

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Jimmy Durante was a beloved comedian,

composer, actor, singer and songwriter. He

was born in 1893 in New York City; the youngest

of 5 children. He was a kind, considerate, honest man.

He quit school in the 8th grade to help out with finances. His parents

insisted Jimmy study classical piano music, which he did for years.

He considered being a barber, like his father, but decided to stick with

“pianner playin,” shifting to the ragtime rage. He became known as

“Ragtime Jimmy.”

At 23, he organized a 5-piece band, Chicago New Orleans Jazz

Band. At 30, he and vaudevillian partner, Lou Clayton, opened Club

Durant (the e was mistakenly left out.) They sealed the deal with a

handshake and did their business that way till Durante died.

For his theme song, he used a short version of a nonsense song he

and Ben Ryan wrote in 1933, called Inka Dinka Doo. Ben Ryan was

a vaudevillian performer, skit and song writer. He also wrote Heart of

My Heart.

Durante’s Brooklyn-accented gravel voice massacred the English

language. People loved it! He’d interrupt the act with, “Stop Da music

everybody!”

Jimmy Durante would end his shows with, “Goodnight Mrs. Calabash,

wherever you are.” It was thought to be for his first wife, who died in her

40s from heart failure.

Another trademark of Jimmy’s was his large nose called Schnoz or

Schnozzle. He used these names to his advantage in his acts, but as a

child, he was very sensitive about it.

He’d go home, crying because of his funny looks. Durante decided

never to make jokes about anybody’s looks or speech defects.

Some years after his

wife’s death, he married

long-time friend, a

former hatcheck girl,

Marjorie Little. He was

67, she was 39.

He appeared in many

Broadway musicals,

had his own radio and

TV shows, and was

the voice for several

cartoon characters.

His numerous awards

included Hollywood

Walk of Fame

recognition and even

a street in Las Vegas

named after him.

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.

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Rocketman

By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations


I’ve had an incredible life, but life is about

change.” Last year after a 300-date tour John

announced he’s retiring from the road to spend

more time with his family. “My priorities are my

children, my husband, and my family.”

Elton John became the world’s biggest rock star, then nearly

lost everything to addiction. Those closest to him look back on his

remarkable rise and rebirth as Rocketman hits the big screen.

This movie was directed by veteran Dexter Fletcher and produced

by David Furnish, John’s husband. David reports that John was an

unhappy, lonely, only child fearful of his cold, distant father, a Royal Air

Force flight lieutenant. Elton was a product of a stormy marriage that

ended in divorce in 1962.

Painfully shy as

Reggie Dwight, he

came out of his

shell as Elton John

and embraced his

sexuality. In 1984 John

shocked his friends by

marrying German,

sound engineer Renate

Blauel.

They divorced after four years. John then announced he was,

“comfortable being gay.”

Past the peak of his career, because of substance abuse, John

was in rehab, sorting through the highs and lows of memory as he

triumphantly pulls himself back from the brink. But the music served

up in production numbers, that at times soar into exhilarating fantasy,

never fails to catch us emotionally.

To play John in Rocketman, Taron Egerton, 29, ate meals at John’s

home and read his diaries. Egerton did his own singing and became

Elton on a “molecular level” quotes John’s devoted husband Furnish.

Taron “kills the show” as many critics proclaim.

The musical Rocketman, is up there with Mamma Mia, and Bohemian

Rhapsody, and is a fitting “pop monument” to superstar Elton John. The

director does an excellent job of conveying how a young gay performer

expresses his sexuality in both

the bedroom and at the piano.

I am giving this true life

film “Rocketman” five boxes

5

of buttered popcorn. Taron

Egerton blasts off as the

legendary Elton John!

And I hope to see YOU at the

movies.

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.


I Donate Now Leave Me Alone!

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

We have reached the end of our patience

with donation robo-calls, checkout

counters asking for donations, TV ads, and even

ATM machines!

It seems the world is getting in on an old play well documented in my

family history. GUILT! If I say no in front of the supermarket cashier, I

look like a mean old lady.

Get away to a casino and put a cash ticket into the ATM and it asks

if you want to donate a percentage of that ticket. At least you have a

choice of a few charities and after all, these may be gambling winnings

and you’ll go to a fiery place if you don’t share your good luck. More

guilt!

The calls can be very interesting too. There’s this man from a police

fund who sounds completely irritated when you say no and I am afraid

that if I call 911 from the same number, no one will come. What to do?

Guilt now mixed with fear.

Another call tells me about children, another about veterans and the

list goes on. And the calls never stop so we started blocking numbers.

That did absolutely nothing because they never call from the same

number more than once.

My husband is a veteran, I love kids and I am passionate about

animals. We go through all the mailers every few months and take

everything into consideration and support multiple causes to the best

of our ability.

We even donated for a cow or goat to enable a 3 rd world country

family to have milk. They didn’t assault me in the grocery store to get

my attention. I read about it and liked what I read.

If I get too many mailers with “gifts,” that tells me they’re possibly

spending an awful lot of my donation money on marketing and not

helping. I suppose I should thank them for the thousands of address

labels we’ve received.

In the end, we do our part and are very grateful for the privileged life

we lead. But for heaven’s sake, leave me alone!

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

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

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Doggie Deposits

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox


I always pick up after my dog” she said

with indignation. No, you (apparently but

unfortunately) don’t!

There have been many days when I walked my dogs near my home

that I couldn’t help but notice other “pet parents” with their “best

friend” minus the little “poop bag” we all should be carrying.

Thus, when I received a telephone call from a friend and neighbor

asking if we have community rules mandating that we clean up after

pets, I thought this reminder might be appropriate.

Although there are dozens of Pet Stations all around our Sun City

community, I often see residents walking their dogs who neglect to pick

up “that package” their dog deposited in someone’s yard or along the

landscape areas on the streets.

Not only is this habit totally inconsiderate of a neighbor’s or

community property, it also spreads germs, attracts flies, roaches, foul

odors and heaven knows what else in our beautiful neighborhood.

It was suggested a few years ago that some Homeowners Association

were considering getting DNA tests

done on some “doggie deposits” to

match up with test results taken at

move in-time of those residents who

owned canines. Of course, the idea

went nowhere fast; especially since

owners in that community resented

such an expense coming from their

assessments.

Here is, perhaps a better idea:

drop off a small roll of “doggie poop

bags” at the homes of the offenders,

preferably empty. Let us send a

message to our neighbors to be

friendly and considerate when it comes our “best friend” - not to foster

a hostile community.

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

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

Anthemtoday.com

For those of you who have followed our four plus years odyssey

through the guardianship scandal, you might recall us writing

and speaking about Rudy & Rennie North. Her daughter Julie Belshe

had originally reached out to Dan and I asking that we meet with her

to help.

She stated that her parents had been “kidnapped” from their home

in Summerlin by private guardian April Parks. It was that meeting that

showed us how scandalous the guardianship industry was.

It took Julie and lots of volunteers over two years to free them.

It greatly saddens me to tell our readers that, although Rudy and

Rennie were able to watch Parks handcuffed and sent to her new

residence (called prison) the joy of being free didn’t last that long.

Rennie North, the feisty tiny lady who fought back; who yelled at

Parks to “get out of my house” in the award winning documentary,

“The Guardians”, passed away last month. Our Vegas Voice family

extends our deepest sympathies and condolences to Rudy, Julie, and

the entire family.

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Rest in Peace Rennie

August 2019

“The Guardians” in Siena

Former Senator Becky Harris joined our political editor Rana Goodman

for the presentation of the documentary “The Guardians” at Siena last

month. It was our 12 th guardianship seminar this year.

Joining Rana and Becky are Vegas Voice president Ray with his “better

half” Vacation Editor Crystal Sarbacker.


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Practice With Purpose

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

When you practice, do it with a purpose.

What do I mean?

Since I play golf once or twice each week and

practice 3-5 times per week, I have the opportunity to watch golfers

on the range. I see them with huge buckets of balls hitting one golf

ball after another without taking the time to line up or make any

adjustments.

In my opinion, this is a waste of time. If a golfer is hitting 20 balls

before the start of his round, that’s not a problem as they are simply

loosening up.

Driving Range - I think golfers should have a plan and know what

they are going to work on before getting to the range. Maybe it’s a drill

from a coach during a recent lesson or a YouTube video but whatever it

is, make sure you practice with a purpose.

If its alignment, step back and make sure you are lined up properly

with your target using alignment tools. Check your position after each

ball.

If it’s your follow through or balance that’s causing issues, study your

finish. Take time between each golf ball to analyze how you did and

make corrections along the way.

Chipping – Same thing applies. Don’t just pitch 100 balls from 30

yards and call it good. If you have a weakness in your short game, work

on that and improve by trying different things.

Practice pitching to a tight pin over a bunker or practice pitching

out of divots. Work on different angles and different grass thicknesses.

Practicing these shots will boost your confidence next time you’re on

the golf course.

Putting – Practice with a purpose by figuring out how to read each

putt. Practice putting to the high side of the hole, so you don’t miss

your putts to the low side. Practice your speed, alignment, short and

long putts.

While practice may not guaranty perfect shots every time, it will

improve your confidence on the golf course and that’s so important to

playing better golf, and a major factor in lowering your scores.

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

August 2019

Various Psychic Abilities

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Most people have a tendency to lump all

psychics into the same category. The word

Psychic tends to trigger visions of a woman gazing

into a crystal ball, palm reading, or card reading.

However, the majority would be surprised to learn that there’s quite

a variety of different types of psychic powers and different applicable

purposes for each.

Different psychics receive intuitive guidance in different ways - much

like an invitation that can be delivered by mail, via the internet, by

phone, etc. Though, some psychics may only receive information by

one form of delivery, others may receive transmissions by multiple

means.

The following are some minimized descriptions of different types of

psychic transmissions, some more common than others, described by

“The Guide to Psychic Abilities.”

Astral Projection: Can will out of body consciousness.

Automatic Writing: Channels spirits to write messages from the

beyond.

Clairaudience: Hears beyond normal human perception.

Clair Cognizance: Clearly knowing without any previous knowledge.

Clairgustance: Can taste a substance without contact.

Clairsentience: Psychic ability to sense or feel something

supernatural. Can instantly know people’s name, birthday, emotional

state, life details.

Clairvoyants: Can see and communicate with spirits or ghosts. Can

also see the future.

Divination: Gathers evidence from the spiritual world to interpret

the physical world. Most common headings includes; Bibliomancy,

Clairvoyants, Coffee Grinds, Crystal Balls, Dowsing, ESP, Ouija Boards,

Pendulums, Precognition, Scrying, Tarot Cards, Tea Leaves. Also uses

many other tools to translate messages from the ethereal world.

Mediums: Communicate with dead relatives.

Post Cognition: Sees the past.

Psychic Channeling: Relays messages to and from the spiritual

world.

Psychic Empathy: Senses another person’s emotions.

Remote Viewing: Receives visions or impressions related to distant

objects.

Telekinesis: Is the ability to move objects in the physical world with

their mind.

Telepathy: Human (or animal) mind-to-mind communication.

To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email: alivegasvoice@yahoo.com.


Reverse Mortgage Seminars

By: Nick Flores / Loan Educator

Have you been to any reverse mortgage

seminars? If your answer is “no”, what

are you waiting for? It’s free education!

A Reverse Mortgage Seminar will provide you the knowledge,

facts and tools to fact check the information you’ve been given. The

seminar should take only forty-five minutes to an hour. The goal of this

seminar is to provide facts to the common myths that surround reverse

mortgage loans.

Of course, each individual senior’s situation is different from the rest.

That is why we provide a one-on-one approach to explore whether a

reverse mortgage is a right fit for you.

The key is to think about your “want” and your “need.” What is it

that has you considering some alternative to the course of action you

are in now?

Your “want” and “need” will play a critical role in determining if

the reverse mortgage is right for you. That is what a Reverse Mortgage

Seminar is about.

Finding out more about you and how a reverse mortgage can benefit

you today - while you’re alive. The Reverse Mortgage Seminar will

educate you on ways you can tap into your equity to plan a dream

vacation, or simply to supplement your income.

And a reverse mortgage allows you all the benefits without having to

pay a monthly payment until you are done using the loan. Only when

you pass away or move to another primary residence will the reverse

mortgage be due.

The Reverse Mortgage Seminar will also advise that one can

refinance an existing reverse mortgage loan. You are able to use the

reverse mortgage loan for a purchase on a new home.

Remember - the benefit of coming to the Reverse Mortgage Seminar

is to learn and to be educated with your options.

A reverse mortgage is for seniors sixty-two and up. Come join us and

empower your knowledge, explore your options, and get the tools to fact

check for yourself.

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Stopping the Aging Process

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

turned 64 in June and there are days when

I I look in the mirror and think, yikes! How

could I feel 35, but look 65?

While we try to take care of ourselves, the aging process continues

and genetics plays a huge part in the process. Fancy creams and healthy

food may help, but very few people escape some sign of aging.

Every magazine and beauty site have all the latest options - invasive

and non-invasive. I was curious as to how many men and women

would consider a procedure to help fight the signs of aging, so I did a

quick Facebook poll and the results surprised me.

Two to one people said no to a facelift, fillers and Botox. It was however

the reverse as to whether people would consider laser treatments.

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August 2019

CoolSculpting was one treatment some wanted to try on their body,

as it’s considered a non-invasive way to eliminate fat around common

problem areas. I know people that have done this and liked it. There

is minimal discomfort and down time, but it is costly and needs a few

treatments.

Laser and treatments like micro-needling (with PRP) have come

a long way, but reviews seemed mixed. While laser doesn’t replace a

facelift, more people seem open to trying it.

It is expensive and has some downtime (depending on which laser

treatment you get and can be painful) but the consensus was it is still

less invasive than a traditional facelift. The reviews about the results

vary also; some finding it beneficial, others saying the final result was

not worth the money.

With any of these treatments, there’s always the risk of side effects.

Check sites like RealSelf for honest reviews. Many people are wonderful

about sharing every detail and it’s important to understand everything.

Additionally, before/after photos on a doctor’s web page may not be a

patient he/she has worked on but rather photos shared by the company

that owns the machine. You should see examples of work your doctor

has done. If you decide to try any treatment, go to a certified expert and

ask questions!

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.


Goodbye, Old Friend

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

It was 1949, and the baby boom was in full

swing. It was also the year Volkswagen

introduced the Beetle to America. Few cars have

reached the same status icon as the affectionately known “Bug.”

I’ll bet many of you have either, at one point in your life, owned a

Beetle or had a friend who owned one. They could float, the air-cooled

engine could be fixed with a rubber band and a stick of chewing gum,

and one even beat Ferraris in a fictional movie (we love ya, Herbie!).

The VW Beetle comes close to the cockroach as the only bug who

would survive Armageddon.

But the time has come, once again, to bid farewell to one of the most

popular cars ever created. While the Beetle’s history is more infamous -

commissioned in the 1930s by Hitler as the people’s car (volks wagen)

the Beetle was designed by Ferdinand Porsche of 911 sports car fame.

After the war, the British took over the factory and continued to

produce the popular hardtop coupe. By 1972, the Beetle had sold over

15 million units, and replaced the Ford Model T as the best-selling car

in the world.

The Beetle ceased production for a while, then reappeared as the

“New” Beetle in 1998. The third-generation Beetle ran from 2012 until

this year, when the car will be retired yet again. Total sales of the Beetle

are upward of 22 million.

The 2019 Beetle will be the last in a long lineage. Over the decades,

the styling has remained, but, thankfully, safety, interior features,

performance, and technology have not.

Today’s Beetle is better in every way yet retains all of the reasons why

people fell in love with it in the first place: affordable, adorable and fun

to drive. A testament to the love for the Beetle can be seen in myriad

car clubs around the world, as well as never-ending adulation from

Hollywood filmmakers.

Will there ever be another Beetle produced from Volkswagen?

According to Hinrich Woebcken, former President and CEO of VW,

“Never say never.”

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

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By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit

Are you reluctant to share your age? Are

you reluctant to share your email address?

If you answered “yes” to the first question, and

“no” to the second, and are an AOL user, you’re

screwed!

According to popular wisdom proffered by millennials, if AOL appears

after the @, you’re fat, over 80, a technology dinosaur and live in the

suburbs. Furthermore, AOL users are clinging to an antique and should

never be taken seriously.

About anything. Because we’re blithering idiots.

Back in the day, if you wanted an email account and internet access,

AOL was it. Their disks were everywhere, free for the taking.

So we took. It was simple to establish an account, and soon the little

yellow man was running across the computer screen, assuring you that

your dial-up was working.

That’s when I began using AOL. I did have a free “Hotmail” account

for a while, but true to its name, it flooded my inbox with enticing ads

for penile implants, pills to enhance my sexual prowess, and numbers

to call if I was interested in a three-way. Eventually, Hotmail left me

cold.

Despite the fact that AOL email shaming is rampant, I won’t be

intimidated. So to people who say, “Why do you still use AOL?” I say,

“Why not?”

If something’s been working for 20 years, why change? Why go

through the trouble of contacting every person and entity you know or

have been doing business with for two decades?

AOL has good security, adequate storage, spam protection, friendly

interface, and access to mail on my other devices. Do I really need

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

An aged lady complained to me that she was

forced to ask a neighbor to get her mail

from a cluster box at the end of the dead-end road

on which she lives. I promised to look into the

matter and thereafter inquired at the post office on her behalf.

The postmaster informed me that there is a Hardship Mail Delivery

Program. This may be made available to someone who is disabled,

lives alone and has difficulty collecting mail due to a steep driveway or

faraway location of the box.

There is no preprinted application form so you must follow the below

procedures instead:

1. Ask your doctor to write a statement confirming your mobility

problem and why it makes access to your mailbox unsafe.

2. Write your own note giving the location of the offending mailbox

plus your name, address, phone number, and email (if you have one)

and attach it to the doctor’s letter

3. Place both in an envelope with a stamp on it and send to the:

Postmaster, United States Postal Service, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Is Your Email Address Telling on You?

Mailbox Out of Reach

August 2019

more? If someone invents an email account that vacuums and washes

windows, I might consider switching.

I am aware that cooler alternatives to AOL do exist, like the popular

“gmail.” But I find Google so pushy. They always want to know where I

am and are constantly offering to store my passwords.

Frankly, I think they’re up to something. And what makes Google so

cool anyway? Big deal that everyone shows up for work wearing T-shirts.

And there’s “Yahoo.” But do I really want an email address that has

the resonance of a drunken cowboy slapping his horse?

Therefore, I will stand up to the derision, keep my AOL and continue

to take comfort from the familiar voice informing me that I’ve got mail.

But I can foresee a time in the future, perhaps when I meet my

maker, that I might have to switch. Because in heaven, the only choice

may very well be the “Cloud.”

Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s

Nothing to Complain About, is available at Amazon.com, BN.com,

Read her blog at: www.SusansUnfilteredWit.com. Email Susan:

SusanGoldfein@aol.com.

A postal official will visit to determine if your condition warrants

Hardship Service. Also s/he will check the exterior of your residence to

determine a suitable site for a personal mailbox to become a fixture.

Those details will be relayed to the USPS regional office and, if approved,

installers will mount a mailbox close to your door.

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. Her biography, and

latest non-fiction “How To Overcome Once-Easy Tasks That Are Now

Pains In The You-Know-What,” can be found at: amazon.com/

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Big Vinny & Friends Rock Chicago

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Dreams of his young life surely came true for

23-year old Keith Bondi when he took the

stage, guitar slung over his shoulder, backing the

Bronx Wanderers’ Vinny Adinolfi at Chicago’s Oakley Street Festival.

Stretching back more than a decade, the Wanderers performed as many

as ten shows annually for promoter Ron Onesti, a schedule that was

whittled to 3-4 when the group landed their Las Vegas residency. Actor

and mutual friend Chazz Palminteri introduced the pair.

Father’s Day weekend saw a jammed schedule for the Bronx

Wanderers (six shows in four days) including the round trip to

Chicago. With his two sons down for the count (musical director, son

Vin A, on medically required vocal rest and youngest son, drummer

Nick on maternity leave) Adinolfi made the executive decision: he’d

rest the band and head to Chicago on his own. A call went out to the

young Bondi.

Ten years earlier, Bondi’s father Tony approached Adinolfi at a Windy

City appearance “and asked me if his 12-year old son can join us on

stage for Johnny B Goode. He said his son was really good. Turned out,

he was right. For the last ten years he has come up to join us on stage.”

Not only did the young Bondi jump at Adinolfi’s newest offer, he

suggested his bass player and drummer as band members. “It’s a really

full circle kind of twist, how this little kid from ten years ago saved me.”

Proud Papa Tony Bondi posted that Adinolfi “provided a great role

model for him,” adding “this man, his family and this band (are) first

class all the way.”

Adinolfi boarded an early flight with Vegas subs piano-man Jeffrey

Neiman and sax-man Keith Brennaman. Together with the newly

acquired Chicago talent they blew the imaginary roof off the outdoor

arena to the delight of an estimated 3,000 exuberant dancing-in-thestreet-and-rain

fans.

Keith Bondi (L) & Vinny Adinolfi Photo courtesy

Amara Riccio

Without the usual Vegas contingent, “It was a different show,”

producer Onesti noted, adding that it returned more to its original

“oldies” roots. “Vinny brought that warmth he’s known for. The crowd

was very enthusiastic.”

Recapping the evening, Adinolfi commented, “I couldn’t have done

it without him (Bondi).”

Longtime fan Mary Lee, a member of the Chicago fan club Front

Row Ladies, has travelled to Milwaukee, Florida, New Jersey, New

York, Las Vegas and Kansas City to see the group. “It goes back to

the beginning…when the boys (Vin and Nicky) were young. It was

exciting to see everybody dancing to the finale, Copacabana,” she said.

The Bronx Wanderers are in residency at the The Linq’s Mat

Franco Theater. Showtimes and tickets are available at www.

TheBronxWanderers.com. A local’s discount is available by entering

the code BWLOCAL.

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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HOWRU Program

By: Carol Chapman

If you have ever had the thought “I’m a senior

living alone and need someone to check on

me every day,” the Foundation Assisting Seniors

has a free resource available to meet this need. The HOWRU TM program

is available nationwide to anyone over the age of 50 and provides

invaluable peace of mind to seniors and their families.

Upon set-up of the program, individuals designate emergency

contacts and make arrangements for a house key to be safely stored in

case it’s needed. The service works through a daily call sequence that

starts with the participating senior.

If the subscriber does not answer, a second call is made 15 minutes

later. If that call is not answered, previously designated emergency

contacts are called for follow up. In the event that those contacts are

not reached, the Foundation Assisting Seniors coordinator will contact

local police services for a 311 well check on the senior.

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The Foundation Assisting Seniors is able to offer this service free of

charge due to donations, sponsorships and grants. Currently there are

55 members of the local community taking advantage of HOWRU TM .

Since its inception, the program has saved the lives of seven seniors.

The Foundation Assisting Seniors supports seniors in times of

illness, recovery, confinement at home, coping with loss of a loved one

and other challenges. Since 2002, The Foundation’s volunteers have

responded to more than 260,000 requests for assistance services in the

Las Vegas Valley.

For more information on the HOWRU TM program, please call

725/244-4200 or visit: www.foundationassistingseniors.org


Summer Fitness

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

So Summer is here and almost over. The heat

is still on and dang - if you haven’t lost an

ounce! Don’t fret. You’ve enjoyed your summer,

right?

It is never too late to work on that tummy bulge. One helpful hint to

shave off a pound a week is by cutting just 500 calories a day. But do be

careful to eat enough – otherwise your body will start to store energy as

fat.

You can also do the following:

1. Log Your Meals, Snacks & Drinks. You can use a notebook,

calendar, or anything that will assist you in keeping track of what you

eat and drink. You’ll be surprised when you start tracking how many

calories you are consuming!

2. Have a Little Protein with every meal and snack. This helps stabilize

your blood sugar level, helping to stave off your hunger pangs. Nuts, eggs,

lean meats, chicken, fish, tofu, and low-fat yogurt are all good sources.

3. Avoid Tummy Fatteners like foods high in sodium and sugar and

carbonated beverages. They can make you gassy and “pooch” up your

tummy.

4. Eat Your Veggies. They are fiber-rich and can help you feel fuller

faster. Eating lots of fiber-rich foods will assist in digestion.

5. Drink Lots of Water. This makes you feel a little fuller and helps

with digestion. Rule of thumb: Take half your body weight, divide it in

half and that is your “normal” amount of ounces per day. If you exercise

or are outside for any amount of time, additional ounces of water are

needed.

An exercise for tummy-flattening: Using a 2 pound weight, stand

with feet shoulder-width apart, hold the weight above your head with

both hands. Pulls abs in tight, then lift arms straight overhead, actively

reaching as high as you can for 10 counts. Lower arms; repeat five times.

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.

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Did you know? According to Cleveland Clinic’s Healthy Brain

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1. Your brain processes about 70,000 thoughts each and every day.

2. Your brain works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

3. The human brain continues to grow and change throughout life.

4. The human brain, while so powerful and efficient, is very gelatin

like with a tofu-like consistency, and it’s very fragile.

5. You can power a small light bulb with the electricity created in

the brain.

6. The human brain requires 20% of the entire body’s blood flow and

the brain holds over 400 miles of blood vessels.

7. The human brain is the most powerful learning tool in the world.

It is an intricate and complex network comprised of 100 billion neurons

that meet at over 500 trillion synapses that travel 300 miles per hour.

8. Like the human body, the brain ages by shrinking in size, slowing

in speed and becoming less adaptable to change.

9. When something new is learned the structure of the brain changes

and new brain connections are created with each new memory.

10. Music triggers dopamine and pleasure centers in the brain, just

like sex and drugs.

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Strategies for Treating

Atrial Fibrillation

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Last month, we discussed what happens to the

body when a person has atrial fibrillation. To

recap, the electrical impulses do not reach all of the muscle cells in a

section of the heart (the atrium) in a coordinated manner.

As such, the atrium does not contract as a single coordinated unit,

but rather different parts contract at different times. This makes the

heart’s ability to pump blood far less efficient.

Because blood is being pumped out the body less efficiently, the body

works less efficiently showing a number of different symptoms. The

cardinal symptom is fatigue, especially with exertion.

Atrial fibrillation is not an easy medical problem to treat but there

are a number of medical interventions that may help the heart work

more efficiently and ease symptoms. To start off with, your cardiologist

may prescribe an antiarrhythmic drug such as Norpace, Rhythmol,

or Betapace.

These drugs work by blocking the dysregulated electrical impulses

that can give rise to atrial fibrillation. While these work on most people,

the effect is lost over time and different antiarrhythmic drugs work

better for different people. Therefore, your doctor may have to prescribe

and test various drugs over time to see which work best for you.

In China, complex herbal formulas such as Wen xin ke li made up

of eleven different substances are used to treat atrial fibrillation. This

formula works on the cells which send the electrical impulses in the

heart and helps the atrium pump in a more coordinated fashion.

Because the heart is not pumping in a coordinated fashion, there

is an increased probability of developing blood clots. Because blood

clots can lead to serious medical condition (including stroke) many

patients with atrial fibrillation will be prescribed an anticoagulant

drug such as coumadin or warfarin.

There are also surgical options. A cardiac ablation is the intentional

scarring of specific tissues in the heart as a means of stopping aberrant

electrical signals from travelling through the heart and creating a discoordinated

contraction.

The bottom line is that atrial fibrillation can be managed so the

person can lead a productive, healthy life.

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

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

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Inadvertent Hilarity

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

The brilliant software engineers who invent

cell phone apps and the crafty corporations

that monetize them cannot possibly anticipate

what those deceptively innocuous little tools will become.

I consult the app Nextdoor almost daily. You, too, may have that

greenhouse icon on your phone, symbol of a network enabling

households in a defined area to share everything from garage sale

listings and carpentry endorsements to restaurant recommendations,

physician referrals and crime alerts.

The app reunites people with lost pets, keys and iPhones. It explains

when a road gets blocked off – usually some horrible accident.

The app illuminates what most concerns people. Traffic topics prompt

lengthy exchanges. Dog defenders and detractors go on endlessly. A

complaint about an HOA invites a string of additional grievances.

The app opens windows on the natural world: Coyote sightings or

hawks capable of carrying off small dogs. Tales of centipedes coming

up the drain or scorpions haunting the yard elicit extermination advice.

The educational functions are manifold: I’ve learned about the

calming properties of traffic circles. And that dive-bombing magpies

are merely defending their nests.

The entertainment functions aren’t bad either. One recent

conversation read like a rogue offshoot of Comedy Central.

It started with an inquiry, accompanied by a picture of a little furball

clinging to a stucco wall. Was this a bat, taking up residency by a front

door? And what to do?

Respondents confirmed that, yes, this was a bat, just a baby. Most

advised doing nothing. “It will help keep bugs away and won’t hurt

you,” wrote one. It probably wouldn’t stay long.

The original writer came back with, “I don’t like it there.”

“We love our bats,” someone replied. “Bats are cool and fun to watch

swooping around at dusk, catching flying insects,” another offered;

“just think of them as nocturnal sparrows and enjoy.”

The initiator was trying, unsuccessfully, to appreciate the live-andlet-live

approach. “I DON’T WANT TO. I WANT IT GONE.”

Others persisted: “It is adorable!” and “How lucky you are.”

“It’s not a bat,” wrote another. “It’s a blood sucking vampire! YOU

NEED A STAKE… GARLIC CLOVES, SILVER, AND HOLY WATER!”

And so on. Who needs cable when you have this?

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to

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

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Our Champion is Gone

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

The man in our corner is gone. H. Ross Perot

has passed in review and marched on. He

died last month after a five-month battle with

leukemia.

Most people knew Mr. Perot as the man who ran for president in 1992

and 1996, but some of us also knew him for his unwavering love and

support for the cause of veterans. He was a tireless advocate for Vietnam

veterans.

Although admired for his entrepreneurial skills (he founded

Electronic Data Systems Corporation and became a self-made

billionaire), some of us got to witness his legacy as a deeply patriotic

American.

Mr. Perot was not the typical politician, only mouthing promises to

get votes; he preferred action over time-wasting BS. When he financed

a private commando raid in 1979 to free two of his EDS employees

being held prisoners in Iran, the whole world knew he was a person to

get things done.

My meeting Mr. Perot in 2005 was nothing short of supernatural.

In 2004 the U.S. Army asked my friend Dr. Bridget Cantrell and me to

conduct re-integration training with the 173rd Airborne in Italy after

their tour in Iraq.

After returning home, we wrote the book “Down Range: To Iraq and

Back” and a couple of months after publishing it I sent Mr. Perot a

short note with a copy of the book. A week later he called and asked

how he could help.

I explained that I would like to send every warrior in the war zones of

Iraq and Afghanistan a copy; that perhaps it would help with PTSD and

their transitional challenges after the war. Without hesitation he came

on board and financed the printing of 250,000 copies. Within weeks all

were shipped to troops around the world.

It was as though each day I was living in the middle of ongoing

miracles. Our paths crossed at a special moment in time, and I will

cherish the memories always.

Thank you, Mr. Perot, you good and faithful servant.

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.

amazon.com/author/chuckdeanbooks

Veterans Court Graduation

“Leave no man behind” is one of the most important phrases our troops learned in the

military. Judge Mark Stevens, a former United States Marine is living by this creed.

In 2009, Judge Stevens began Veterans Court in Henderson. The court is designed to help

veterans, that are first-time offenders of misdemeanor crimes get back on track.

Last month, on behalf of The Vegas Voice, I attended the Veteran’s Court Graduation Ceremony.

As a former Marine, (I served in Iraq twice) I was pleased to hear about this program.

I watched veterans from

different ages, military

branches, and nationalities get

a second chance. Judge Stevens

understands that helping

rehabilitate our veterans who

are struggling with different

issues due to their time in

service, is more effective than

punishing them. Semper Fi.

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August 2019

By: Jessica Vargas


A Country of Hypocrites?

By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.

Hypocrites have been with us all our lives.

We all knew them in school as we grew up.

Being an adolescent, with human frailties, I’m

confident some of us have been one at some point in our life. Ideally it

happened only a few times, and inherently most grew to know they were

going against their moral compass.

However, now I find myself questioning if our society has grown

to accept hypocrisy as a national character trait. After all, more than

a majority of the media has designated itself a political party and

therefore one of the biggest hypocrisy of our times as they pretend to

deliver their audience with unbiased views of the political landscape.

Is it possible that it is no longer expected that we distinguish between

truths or lies, and are expected to rationalize emotional outbursts as

fact, so we can continue with “group think,” bringing to life the end

justifies the means.

At one time our political leaders campaigned for our trust and

expressed their deep concerns about our nation’s policies. They loved

this country and had strong convictions; with solid ideas and promised

to make life better.

Now they campaign only for our vote - telling their audience what

they want to hear. Is this not hypocrisy?

From Washington D. C., to the smallest town in this country, I sense

the media is attempting to homogenize this nation by telling us all men

are equal in this country, but also telling us not to listen to a man that

is too candid, perhaps even offensive in his behavior.

They don’t want us to listen to what he is saying, but how he is saying

it. Is that not hypocrisy?

That is why I suggest to you that the hypocrisy in this country better

be dealt with. If we do not, I suspect that the time is getting closer when

a naked Emperor, on horseback, will ride into our lives and tell us to

succumb and to simply walk in lockstep.

And, at that point perhaps we deserve no more.

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.

What Can $5 Buy?

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

It may shock you to discover that 43.1 million

Americans go to bed hungry every single day!

That’s 13% of our population.

In this land of so-called “plenty” this is an absolute, despicable

abomination! What’s more, the solution to the problem is surprisingly

simple. For less than 17 cents per day or $5 per month, YOU can play a

decisive role in eradicating hunger in our community.

Here’s how: The estimated population of Clark County is 2.3 million.

If 4% of us (92,000 people) donate $5 per month on a continuing basis,

that translates to $5,520,000 per year.

That money, earmarked to one or more of the four non-profits would,

in fact, feed virtually anyone who has heretofore gone to bed hungry.

Every single child, adult and senior would be able to live a life free from

the agony of lack of proper nourishment.

Isn’t that a worthy

enough cause to

commit to? I believe it

is and for that reason

I have continuously

contributed money

and my time to these

charities whose focus

is to feed the hungry

and they do a damn good job of that.

My life has been richer for watching the faces of the needy light up

when they are handed the most basic of human needs, FOOD! And for a

pittance of money that all of us fritter away every day can literally save

a life! Isn’t that a worthy enough cause to motivate you?

If so, please consider supporting the following charities: Meals On

Wheels, Catholic Charities, Three Square and Goodness Gracious

Ministries.

I hope you share my vision of a hunger-free community and do your

part in solving the problem.

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

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

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She Painted the Town Red - The Story of Katherine Gianaclis

By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective

am an artist’s child. When Dr. James Mann,

I former curator of the now defunct Las

Vegas Art Museum, was asked where my mother,

Katherine Gianaclis, stood in the hierarchy of the

most important artists in Las Vegas history he

simply said, “one or two.”

Gianaclis moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles in 1959 and began

her family. Her art was surely driven by a love of story - a perfect fit for

a burgeoning young Las Vegas.

When she was “discovered” by Dr. Mann in 2000, one year after her

death, he proclaimed that her works from the 1960s were confirmation

that, “this zoo animal called Las Vegas had the potential to generate

great art and it did so, and nobody knew it. It’s like vindication, almost.”

He proclaimed her an “artist of the highest order” and twenty years

ahead of her time; her 1960s style pre-dating its popular emergence

during the 1980s. He also said that the discovery of her was the

highlight of his career.

But these 1960s masterworks weren’t all that she had in her arsenal.

She had a town to paint red as she had told the Los Angeles Times when

interviewed as a mere fifteen-year old.

She hadn’t been discovered but re-discovered by the Las Vegas Art

Museum. The Las Vegas of the 1960s already knew her art well. She was

everywhere.

By the late 1960s, she had become the foremost muralist in Las Vegas.

She was our hottest working

artist, painting murals in The

MGM, Caesars Palace, The

Desert Inn, The International,

The Sahara, The Dunes, The

Showboat, The Aladdin, Circus

Circus and others.

She lay down her brushes in

1973 after the death of her father

spurred a religious renaissance

for her. She operated a Bible,

book and art store, Alpha Omega,

for twenty-three years, donating much of her profits to a local church.

In 1995 she discovered that a disease she had battled thirty years

earlier had returned. Once again, she was facing breast cancer. Painting

called out to her. She began the third phase of her career.

At 70 she no longer delved into dark subject matter as she did in

her often surrealist paintings of the 1960s. The new works were

stupendously bright and beautiful, the closest academic description

favoring Fauvism and Orphism which highlight color and form. She

loved painting beautiful women, often in the form of angels.

Beauty kept her spirit alive. The bright colors kept her cheerful. The

contemplation of beauty while facing a possibly dimming light brought

home to her what she had professed all those years in the Bible store -

that there is another world after this one and it is truly wonderful.

Gianaclis left the world 150 of these beautiful paintings dated

between 1996 and 1998. Her desire was that others would appreciate

them also. To gain from them the spiritual uplift that they had provided

her during their creation.

At the very end, she had relegated herself to painting in bed with

a homemade easel over her lap. She passed away on March 7, 1999

surrounded by her family.

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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By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

There are many types of RV’s and in this

article I will address both the motorhome

(self-contained motorized vehicle) and the

various trailers, including conventional travel

trailer, fifth-wheel, pop-up and mounted, all of which I will refer to as

“trailer.”

RV insurance is, in my opinion, the best method to insure your

trailer or motorhome versus adding it to your auto policy. If added to

your auto policy, you will get the same liability, uninsured motorist and

medical coverage if you have a motorhome.

RV’s can cause considerable damage to other vehicles or property so

I would recommend high limits. It provides all the normal coverages

of a typical auto policy such as uninsured motorist, medical payments,

comprehensive and collision coverage.

RV insurance is

designed to provide

more comprehensive

coverage that is

tailored toward the

specialty needs of

the RVer! If you own

a motorhome, it is

registered just like a

personal vehicle and

must have liability coverage.

However, an RV policy can give you so much more. Some of the

extras carriers offer are:

1. Replacement coverage – If you purchase a new RV and it

is totaled in the first 4-5 years, you would be able to purchase a new

model year of comparable quality.

2. Personal Effects coverage – This is for all the personal items

not attached to the RV which could include furniture, linens, kitchen

items, clothing etc. Policies typically come with $1,000 deductible but

you can raise the limit much higher.

3. Emergency vacation expense - If needed, this would

normally pay up to $750 for transportation or living expenses if your

RV is damaged.

4. Roadside assistance – An RV policy can provide more coverage

than a limit such as $50-$75 on an auto policy. Motorhomes and

trailers are expensive to tow to the nearest facility - especially if you are

camping away from civilization.

5. Vacation liability – This is like personal liability found in your

home policy. If a guest or visitor is hurt while you are camping, your

RV policy can respond. The typical limit is $10,000 but can be increased

with most companies.

Happy trails!

Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.

He and his wife owned and operated their own insurance agency for

over 16 years. His primary purpose is to give out real information

that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.

The Vegas Voice on the Air!

The Vegas Voice proudly kicked-off its monthly video podcasts.

Entertainment editor Evan Davis will host our “Celebrity

Corner” and publisher Dan Roberts has the same duties for “Our

Vegas Voice Family” and “Senior Business” segments.

To now “see” The Vegas Voice and to catch the latest podcasts, visit

our website: thevegasvoice.net.

Pictured: Evan interviews the beautiful, talented Sandy Kastel

while Dan does likewise with the equally beautiful nightlife editor Sam

Wagmeister.

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The sounds of summer fill downtown. I have

somehow escaped my house, the dogs, and

the ever-present nagging of the ironing board,

and have come to sit in the shade on the bench

outside Ben and Jerry’s, sip a cold lemonade, and just listen.

A young couple walks up, hand in hand: He says, “You want a cone?”

She replies, “Sure, if you do?”

He says, “Well, I will if you will.” She says, “Well, it is awfully hot. A

cone might be good.”

He asks, “Or, maybe a cold drink?” She answers, “That sounds good,

too.”

He states, “Which one do you want?” She says, “Well, which one do

YOU want?”

An older man sitting beside me on the bench lowers his newspaper

and blurts, “Oh, for Pete’s sake, get the girl a cone!”

I snort into my lemonade and manage to make it sound like a

cough. The two young people stare at him, shocked and affronted,

before walking – still hand in hand – into Ben and Jerry’s. The man

and I roll our eyes and go back to reading and sipping.

An SUV filled with arms and legs, swerves around the corner, and

abruptly brakes in front of me. The back door crashes open, and out fly

five young children, all screaming their flavors as they lunge for Ben

and Jerry’s.

Mom’s exit is slower, even though we can hear Dad yelling, “Hurry!

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The light’s gonna turn!” But, she’s carrying another little one, and

she’s hot, and wilting, and NOT IN THE MOOD. (Whoa, six children

and he hasn’t processed “the look” yet?)

She steps onto the curb as Dad pulls away yelling, “Get me mocha

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Our eyes meet, and she shakes her head, giving me that woman-towoman

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to kill spiders, I’d drop him off a bridge. I smile my understanding and

then glance almost wistfully at the baby, who’s drooling down the front

of Mommy’s sundress.

She kisses his downy head and follows her mob into the store. (We

watch the SUV come around at least 8 times before the whole crew

erupts from the ice cream parlor and piles back into the car.)

A group of teens saunters by; too cool to be hot, too cool to do

anything other than snort their superiority over the lame adults who

pass them. When they stop to talk, I turn and recognize two former

students and I grin,

“Dan, honey, I know you’re bigger now, but if you light that cigarette,

I’m gonna call your Mama!” and “Natalie, I love your purple hair,

but I haven’t seen that much make-up since the circus came to town!”

They are frozen in stunned humiliation for an instant, but then

they recognize me and break into smiles. Dan drops the cigarette and

Natalie rubs her sleeve over her face, and both of them bend to hug me,

and I remember again that there’s good stuff about teaching.

After a while, my lemonade is gone and I’m about to leave, when a

lovely older lady walks up, shopping bag in one hand. She stops beside

the man still sitting on the bench beside me, and he reaches up to take

the bag from her as he stands. They smile at one another.

He says, “You want a cone?” She replies, “Sure, if you do.”

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

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Do You Have the

Grandkids This Summer?

By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /

Out & About

When my daughter was barely four her dad and I took her on her

first cruise. The stewards in the Island Princess dining room

fussed over her like she was Shirley Temple, and brought her dainty

plates heaped with all her favorite foods.

Between mealtimes, there were costume parties, movies, and games

with prizes, and she loved everything. But this ship was nothing

compared to the seagoing wonderlands that are offered by cruise ships

today.

Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, MSC, and many other cruise

lines offer activities for all ages. And this can be a terrific way to bring

families together in fun and shared environments.

Modern amusement parks also offer lots of experiences and

excitement to share with your children and grandchildren alike. “E”

tickets disappeared long ago, but they’ve been replaced with countless

rides and events featuring lifelike characters which are sure to delight

adults and kids of all ages.

New for 2019 at Disneyland and California Adventure is a celebration

of Mickey and Minnie Mouse who are turning 90 years old this year. And

for a more modern twist, you’ll soon be able to enjoy the “Guardians

of the Galaxy” in an all new story based on Marvel Comics characters.

This ride will offer everything from free fall sensations to a variety of

ride experiences presented in time to the motion picture’s soundtrack.

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And if you have friends or family on the East Coast, you can enjoy

Florida’s Disney World, where a 14 acre “Star Wars” attraction has been

under construction since early 2016. And speaking of Florida, this is a

great place for real life experiences where you and your grand kids may

swim with dolphins and sea turtles.

For more information go to seaworldparks.com. If you want true

excitement, plan to spend a day in Orlando at the Kennedy Space

Center Visitor Complex, modestly called the “Greatest Space Adventure

on Earth.”

Plan to spend a full day, because the Complex does not disappoint.

This is where our US space program really takes flight, and if you’re

lucky you might even see a real rocket launch. My husband, Ray, and I

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columnist Dianne, love to travel. The below was their

recent adventure. What’s yours? Feel free to send me your

vacation story.

Spectacular mountainous scenery surrounds Petropavlovsk-

Kamchatsky, Russia’s far eastern outpost, reportedly the home of its

Pacific submarine fleet.

In addition to many major tourist attractions, our cruise from

Hong Kong to Vancouver included visits to less traveled locations in

Far East Russia and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. The cruise also included

destinations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Alaska.

Kamchatka Peninsula: The ship docked at the southern tip of the

Kamchatka Peninsula in Far Eastern Russia. In May 2019, we visited

the recently completed Trinity Chapel, a classic Russian Orthodox

Church with white walls and gold domes on a hill overlooking the city.

Locals told us that it is the go-to-place during frequent earthquakes

as it was designed to withstand the tremors.

The surrounding volcanoes which give the peninsula a stark and

dramatic beauty are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town square

contains huge statues; one of Lenin, another of three bears. By the way,

the bears outnumber people in this region.

Dutch Harbor Alaska: After sailing across the Bearing Sea, we

docked at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. It’s a small (population 4,761) fishing

village on tiny Unalaska Island in the Aleutians. The town does not

offer the spectacular Alaskan scenery we would see a few days later, but

it gave a great sense of life in this remote barren region.

The general store we visited sold everything from fishing tackle to

washers. Bald eagles perched on the store’s roof and most everywhere

else in town.

The Museum of the Aleutians was fascinating, showcasing the area’s

history and the Aleut or native people. The indigenous population was

virtually enslaved by the Russians who arrived in the 1750s.

The people became American citizens when Alaska became part of

the USA, but during WWII they were forcefully evacuated and sent to

camps in Southeastern Alaska.

At the war museum, we learned that Dutch Harbor became a major

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Mission Santa Ines a

Hidden Gem

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

The rolling central California mountains

and valleys outside Mission Santa Ines are

a picture of tranquility, partly as it is situated on some of the most

splendid inland acreage in Santa Barbara County.

The superb panorama is of the Santa Ynez River Valley, the Santa

Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges. The mission land once produced

abundant harvests and possessed livestock in the thousands.

Founded in 1804 to serve the Chumash Indians, Mission Santa Ines

is the nineteenth

of twenty-one

California missions

established by

Franciscan priests

between 1769 and

1863. The missions

run near the Pacific

coastline from San

Diego north to San

Francisco.

Mission Santa

Ines is named for

fourth century

Christian martyr Saint Agnes. Ines being Spanish for Agnes, thus the

mission name. Besides named for Spanish saints, California Spanish

missions are recognized for their smooth stucco surfaces and red tile

roofs.

During the early 19 th century, California missions were at the height

of their agriculture productivity. Mission Ines registered its largest

Indian population with 920 Native Americans belonging.

In 1843, a land grant was used to establish California’s first seminary

college. Originally located within the Mission Ines compound, the

college relocated to Santa Ynez to educate both priests and the general

public before closing in 1881.

Mission Santa Ines has survived financial hardship, intensified

fractious political mayhem and natural disasters - such as earthquakes

and weather adversity, to emerge a successful active mission many

consider California’s most attractive. It is also the holder of an

irreplaceable collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts

and other artifacts.

A gem of early California history, there is an air of serenity and peace

about Mission Santa Ines. Upon entering you feel at once that you have

stepped into a page from times past.

Open daily, the mission is both an active parish and a visitor stopover.

Visitors are always welcome to stroll through the Mission Santa Ines

and its gardens.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.


Killing Those Multi-Legged Creatures

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

Our gardens can provide us with a great

deal of beauty and enjoyment. Keep in

mind however, that our landscape can also be

a welcoming host for unwanted multi-legged creatures such as ants,

spiders, palmetto bugs (American cockroaches), scorpions and many

other bugs of varying shapes and sizes.

Many come both hungry and thirsty! Cockroaches and scorpions can

go without food for months and water for weeks at a time and see your

garden as a Las Vegas Buffet.

The first step in keeping these visitors away is to be proactive in

making your garden less inviting. Cleanup your trash after spending

time outside. Decomposing organic materials such as lawn cuttings,

dead leaves and flowers, and wood also provide a smorgasbord for these

creatures as well.

Make sure that you keep your landscape clean by frequently raking

debris from your garden. In addition, make sure that your night-time

watering schedule is not too late in the evening so that you are not

leaving wet spots in the soil where insects will congregate.

There are many “natural” ways to keep insects out of your garden.

Planting marigolds, chrysanthemums, mint or lavender will keep these

intruders out of your landscaping.

Sprinkling cinnamon around your plants and near doorways and

windowsills will repel scorpions and roaches. Eucalyptus oils sprayed in

these areas or placing a

fabric softener sheet will

also act as deterrents.

Boric acid is deadly

to cockroaches. It is

important that you mix

it with something that

they like such as flour,

cocoa, oatmeal, corn meal or citrus pulp as bait. This is necessary

because cockroaches first “taste” their food before eating it.

Boric acid is the “gift that keeps on giving.” The roach eats the bait

mixture, ingests it and dies. Other roaches eat the dead one; they die

and they get eaten as well!

Diatomaceous earth, which can be purchased in any garden store

is made from finely ground seashells and it is totally harmless to

humans, pets and the environment. It can be sprinkled anywhere in the

garden or near doorways and windows. Any insect will get covered when

walking over this powdery substance, causing cuts in its exoskeleton

leading to dehydration and death.

Happy Hunting! Have any gardening questions? Contact me:

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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Multitasking Myth -- Inefficient & Dangerous! (Part 2)

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

Last month we talked about how multitasking makes us demonstrably less efficient. And,

as you'll see below, multitasking while driving makes it absolutely more dangerous!

The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World by University of California professors/

researchers Adam Gazzaley & Larry D. Rosen, point out that we've not evolved for media multitasking and

"... a multitude of new daily challenges face us from a high tech world.” They suggest how we can learn to

live the mall. with Muiuiuiu technology in a more balanced way. (Yes. I get it. It's hard. However, I now realize I

could’ve xxxx xxx read their book a lot faster AND remembered a lot more if only I'd turned off the TV news

AND my cell AND my iPod music ... and had focused solely on reading. Just sayin'!)

Dangerous Distractions While Driving

• talking on cellphone

("handsfree" talking is

still DANGEROUS)

• talking to passengers

• texting

• reading (including maps)

• grooming

• eating & drinking

• using navigation systems

• pets

• listening to radio/podcasts

• daydreaming

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

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

Mental Minutes

“Driving Distractions”

1. In one minute, name things

and actions that distract

us while driving.

2. Make an alphabetical list.

Adjusting air & audio in auto,

Background music,

Cellphones, …

A No-Brainer Pick

https://neuroscape.ucsf.edu

August 2019

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