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Adrea Barrera

John Bielun

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Dianne Davis

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Ali Guggenheim

Morris Heldt

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

Heather Latimer

Joey Kantor

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Kyo Mitchell

Dan Roberts

Ray Sarbacker

Debbie Landry

Rana Goodman

Evan Davis

Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist

Michael Roberts

Ross Roberts

Matthew Moore

Bill Caserta

Aaron Phillips

Judy Polumbaum

Mary Richard

Renee Riendeau

Crystal Sarbacker

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Vicki Wentz

About The Vegas Voice

In 2018, The Vegas Voice received 9 national awards from the

North American Mature Publishers Association for our publication

- including our guardianship special efforts, editorial and column

reviews, front page

graphics, overall design

and “General Excellence.”

We proudly agree with

the Judge’s decision

that The Vegas Voice

is “a brisk, bold,

upbeat and effective


My Dog Days (and Nights)

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

No, no. Give them the other treat” my Rana

commanded. In disbelief, I just stared at her

as she took the task away from me.

It’s been nearly seven years since my PILL (partner in love & life) and

this publisher have become a forever couple. She “found” me at the

lowest time of my existence and has brought a joy and happiness that I

believed would never occur again.

I must admit however, it came with one drawback. She loves her

(and everyone else’s) dogs.

That’s perfect for my grown sons when we have “family night.” And

while I barbeque, they and their canines (especially the canines) have

the run of the house and backyard.

Now I have co-existed with animals all my life, but on this issue my

Ladylove has turned my world upside down. Her unconditional belief:

We don’t train our pets, they train us.

I was incredulous the first time I had dinner at Rana’s house. There

she was making a “home-cooked meal” not for me but for her two

dogs. I thought she was crazy.

(By the way, that wasn’t the only time that I thought Rana was

“insane” but we’ll save those stories for another day.)

Anyway, all these years later, I’ve sadly recognized that her “furbabies”

(I can’t even begin to tell you how much I hate that term) are

equal members of the family - sharing food, space and as the photo

shows, even sleeping arrangements.

Yes, I am extremely grateful that my children and Rana have bonded

and understand that they agree with her thinking over their old man.

But family dinner now consists of six (6!) dogs running all over the


It drives me up a wall. While at my wit’s end, Rana calmly and

A Fantasy Come True

genuinely enjoys

how “exuberant” the

animals are together.

“How can you not love

this?” she exclaims.

She finds no humor

in my “bucket-list”

desire to spend our days

following that bumper

sticker philosophy:

“Life begins when the

last child leaves for

college…and the dog


Rana remains

“shocked, shocked!”

that anyone (starting

with myself) can feel

that way. And this is

a disagreement I will

never win.

I once read that you can tell the character and compassion of a

person by how they react to animals. Under this guideline, my Rana

has the soul and heart as big as the outdoors.

So as she scolds me for offering the dogs the “wrong” treat (we now

have 3 different types to please their ever-changing palates) I know it’s

best to stay silent while she takes charge of her loyal posse.

But make no mistake. I draw the line in providing them bottled water.

Some men fantasize about unlimited wealth; for others it’s having their

own harem. For Publisher Dan it was an 86 inch HDTV - and thanks to his

PILL (partner in love & life) Rana, his fantasy has come true.

Are you ready for some football? Bring it on!

Director Billie Mintz

Another Award for The Guardians

As we previously advised, the articles and actions by The Vegas Voice

were cited by various national publications; including documentary film

director Billie Mintz.

Mintz’s documentary “The Guardians” has received national and

international acclaim and awards; including Best Director and Grand

Prize as the Best Documentary Feature at the: Social Justice Film Festival,

IndieFEST Film Festival, Alameda International Film Festival and the

Nevada Silver State Film Festival.

Last month The Guardians was (once again!) awarded Best

Documentary at the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival in

Washington, DC.

Congratulations Billie. We are so proud to call you our friend.



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Upon set-up of the program, individuals designate emergency

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

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

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not reached, the Foundation Assisting Seniors coordinator will contact

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

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

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

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September 2019

You Gotta Laugh

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Why I Love My Husband: I couldn’t find

my keys. They weren’t in my pockets. I

suddenly realized I must have left them in the car.

Frantically I headed for the parking lot. My

husband had previously “lectured” me many

times for leaving my keys in the car’s ignition. He was worried that the

car could be stolen.

As I looked around the parking lot, I realized he was right. The

parking lot was empty. I immediately called the police. I gave them my

location, confessed that I left my keys in the car and it’s been stolen.

Then I made the most difficult call of all to my husband. “I left my

keys in the car and it’s been stolen.”

There was a moment of silence. I thought the call had been

disconnected, but then I heard his voice. “Are you kidding me?” he

shouted. “I dropped you off.”

Now it was my turn to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, “Well come and

get me.”

He replied: “I will - just as soon as I can convince this cop that I

didn’t steal your damn car!”

Signs of Menopause:

1. You sell your home heating system at a yard sale.

2. You change your underwear after every sneeze.

3. Your husband says, “Hi honey, I’m home.” And you reply, “Well, if

it isn’t Ozzie freakin’ Nelson.”

4. Your husband jokes that instead of buying a wood stove, he’ll use

you to heat the family room this winter. Rather than just saying you are

not amused, you shoot him.

And finally: I just had a physical. The doctor said: “Don’t eat

anything fatty.” I said, “Like bacon and burgers?” He replied: “No fatty.

Don’t eat anything!”

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny

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School is back, the temperature has gone

down 3 degrees, but The Vegas Voice is still

hot and there are 4 months of shows to go. We just

finished a rockin’ Woodstock show and will ease

into Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. How diversified is that!

On Saturday, September 14 th Mark Giovi and Genevieve Dew

will be highlighting the songs of Sinatra and Ella. Giovi continues

to impress his listeners with his varied styles and vocal range, while

Genevieve takes you on a journey through the early to late Ella era.

Of course,

there’s so much

more going on in

town. Let’s start

with “ANYWAY”

featuring Philip


and Jacquelyn


at the Smith Center

on September 6 th

at Myron’s Cabaret


There is also the

Vegas City Opera

on September 14 th

at the Charleston

Heights Arts Center or Jimmy Hopper in the Italian American Club’s

Sinatra Room on September 25 th . If you are in Summerlin on Sunday,

September 22 nd and want to spend the afternoon in an air conditioned

theater, hit the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Theatre to celebrate

Latin Jazz with Jonathan Karrant.

Maybe catch a group called Soul Town in Addison’s Lounge at

the Rampart Casino or go see Comedy Tonight on September 11 th in

The Independence Lounge presented by Mistinguett Productions.

Another show she is presenting is called Lady Luck which features

Nicole Kaplan, Rachel Tyler & Heidi Webster. Three very

talented and stunning women performing in the Freedom Hall Theatre

on September 13 th .

The First Ladies of Las Vegas Entertainment, Kelly Clinton & Elisa

Fiorillo, will be appearing at the Starbright Theatre on September 21 st .

Look for Craig Canter performing his Dean Martin in Rat Pack


What else do you want to do? How about going to the Barrymore to

see Laura Shaffer on Fridays or Nieve Malandra on Sundays. And

don’t forget Chadwick Johnson album release party on September

29 th at the Smith Center.

So please, don’t tell me there’s nothing to do tonight.


Entertainment Around Town

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

Elisa Fiorillo & Evan shined at

our Woodstock show

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:

September 2019

Ready for Football?

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Football season is approaching and fans

are getting ready to cheer their teams. The

purpose of a fight song is to inspire emotion in

the teams’ hearts and bodies, filling them full of adrenalin, all fired up,

ready to compete.

There are many NFL and college sports team fight songs. They are

often the state song, or marching songs. The songs are often accented

with “rah, rah, rahs, and hoorahs.”

Let’s delve into the history of some of our most famous inspiring

college football and marching songs. The most well-known is On


On Wisconsin was written by William T. Purdy in 1909 for the

University of Minnesota football team, but Wisconsin needing a song

too, talked Purdy into using it for Wisconsin.

John Philip Sousa, the well-known bandleader, called it the finest of

college marching songs. Over the years, the lyrics were modified. The

song is in the public domain, but the international rights are not clear.

The University of Michigan’s football song, The Victors was the

favorite of President Gerald Ford since he played football for them.

He preferred The Victors to Hail to the Chief, which is the one that

announces the president. The Victors was played by the Michigan band

during Ford’s funeral procession.

Notre Dame’s fight song is called Victory March. The Rev. Father

Michael Shea, a 1905 Notre Dame grad wrote the music. His brother,

also a Notre Dame grad wrote the original lyrics.

Some movies in which it is heard are: Knute Rockne All American,

Rudy and most memorably, Airplane. Knute Rockne was their most

famous and colorful coach, known for coaching their most winning

teams in history.

Texas A&M War Hymn has an interesting history. Supposedly

written during World War I by soldier J.V. Pinky Wilson on the back of a

letter from home. It is one of the more dramatic fight songs in college


After the 2nd verse, Aggie fans link their arms and legs, swaying left

and right to replicate the motion of a saw blade, to mimic the act of

cutting off the horns of Texas’s mascot.

UNLV has a fight song, too. It is called Win With the Rebels.

Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and

reports about music on Alive! You can

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Genevieve Dew & Mark Giovi Together Again

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

If love was money, singers Genevieve Dew

and Mark Giovi could retire rich. The two

meshed vocally and shared a commitment to

community; appearing at endless fund raisers and charitable events as

they grew an enormous loyal fan base.

From their first duet at the iconic Bootlegger to the night the final

curtain fell at the Tap House 15 years later, Dew and Giovi blended their

voices to a musical inventory that ran the gamut from the Righteous

Brothers’ Unchained Melody to Motown and opera. They developed a

chemistry that produced their duet album From Our Hearts to Yours.

The longed-for hope for reunion will be realized when they reunite

for a one night tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra September

14 th (See next page).

In 1990, the Society of Singers presented Sinatra with their Ella

Award named for Fitzgerald. That night, the pair performed Lady Is

A Tramp. The Society’s founder, Ginny Mancini, widow of composer

Henry Mancini wrote, “A moment that will not be relived again. It was

American history.”

Dew and Giovi became featured performers and hosts at the Tap

House which opened its doors to music Mondays in 2012. Los Angeles

Times columnist John Glionna captured the unique vibe crediting it

as a “weekly open-mike that’s known for attracting an impromptu

collection of seasoned performers. At one point, many of them…have

touched the big time.”

Dew, a St. Louis native, spent long

hours with her grandmother’s friend,

Mahalia Jackson, absorbing a culture of

operatic gospel. Her singing career began

at 17 with the St. Louis Symphony before

moving to jazz.

Her versatility was reflected in her work

with Andrea Bocelli and as a soloist at

Rev. Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral.

She has also appeared as Billie Holiday in performances at the Smith

Center. Vegas PBS profiled her tireless efforts to bring performing and

visual arts programs to autistic and Down syndrome children in the

special, Our Chest of Dreams (currently available at no charge on


Giovi grew up in his father’s supper club handling management

and maître d responsibilities. He performed with dad Lou for banquets

before transitioning to rock bands.

The singer, whose left side is locked and somewhat debilitated from

cerebral palsy, headed to the western climates to relieve the condition.

He landed the lead role in the Stratosphere’s long-running vampire

musical, Bite and became a familiar face at local casinos and lounges.

Dew and Giovi’s tribute begins at 7:00 pm September 14th at Sun

City MacDonald Ranch, 2020 W Horizon Ridge, Henderson.

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

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

Sun City MacDonald Ranch Events



September 2019

The annual Sun City MacDonald Ranch Craft Fair will be held on

Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the MacDonald Ranch Community Center,

2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson.

The Craft Fair is sponsored by three clubs: The SCMR Ceramics Club,

Creative Crew and SCMR Sewing Craft Club. There will be close to 40

tables with various handcrafted items for sale.

The Craft Fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Interested

vendors will have a six-foot table and two chairs for only $35. Further

details can be obtained by emailing:

There will also be a Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 to 11:30 a.m., which

will consist of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and

coffee. Only $6.00. Advance tickets are available at the Willows Restaurant

and can be purchased at the door.

So, come on down! Enjoy a hearty breakfast and get a head start on

your holiday shopping. Find that perfect gift for each one on your list.





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Sat., Sept. June 22, 14, 2019

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Marriage Can Be Murder is Delightful Fun

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Marriage Can Be Murder at the D is a

dinner show, a comedy-murder mystery,

and a laugh riot. This hilariously entertaining

interactive experience is a “who-dun-it” and the

answer could be the guy or gal sitting next to you!

If that guy isn’t the killer, he could be one of several murder victims.

If you have special talents, you may be enlisted to be part of the show.

Have a medical background? You could be asked to pronounce the

murdered one dead. Or asked to help remove the body.

Have musical training? They may ask you to play one of those

silly blow up musical instruments as the body is removed, like a New

Orleans style send-off. Sounding silly? It certainly is - but in the best

possible way.

That ditsy looking blonde who seated you before the show and that

funny policeman - they are Jayne and Eric Post. They wrote the show

20 years ago!

You’ll see him running around in his short shorts trying to identify

the murderer. It gets worse - a bunch of bodies will be dropping from

various methods of murder.

In the meantime, you’ll be dining on a delicious salad followed by

your choice of tasty beef, pork or vegetarian. Drinks are available for

purchase. The dessert could be a real killer.

The show is family friendly, a great spot to go with a bunch of friends

as you can sit at long tables. If you don’t know the folks at your table,

by the end of the evening you’ll be one big happy family - unless one of

you gets killed or turns out to be the murderer.

Marriage Can Be Murder is the longest running dinner show in

Vegas. If you’ve seen it, go see it again. Jayne and Eric rewrite it every

three months with new victims and new murderers.

The show can be seen seven nights a week at the D Las Vegas. Doors

open at 6, and bodies begin to drop at 6:30.

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

TV) specializing in entertainment, and LV Associate Editor of She hikes, travels with her husband Burt, and

works on her stand-up comedy.


September 2019

It Started With Jock

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

When I was four years old, I always went with

my sister Audrey to various shows since she

entertained veterans at Hospitals. I would usually

get to sing a song.

At one show, one of the guests was Jock Mahoney. Some of you may

remember him as The Range Rider and also Yancy Derringer - two of

the series he starred in. He was also under contract to Columbia Studios

at the time.

At this

particular show,

he was dressed as a

handsome cowboy.

I was mesmerized

with him and he

picked me up,

asked my name,

and then asked me

to sing.

At the time,

I had done

some children’s

modeling but

never got an

acting part, as I

didn’t have any

experience. As fate

would have it, about 6 months later, I was on an audition for a movie

role when in walked Jock Mahoney!

He remembered me and asked what I was doing there. He then went

to the producer and said that I had “done this and I had done that..”

when in reality, I hadn’t done a thing!

He had some clout and I got the part! He lied to help me get the role.

Acting is always a “Catch 22.” They won’t give you a part if you

haven’t worked before, but how do you work if they don’t give you a


After I had that first speaking role, it was easy to go on from there. I

have to credit Jock Mahoney for getting me started in the business, and

for that, I will always be grateful.

In this photo, we reunited years later at the Hollywood Christmas

parade. It was so nice to be able to thank him for helping to give me my

start in show business.

He was also the stepfather of Sally Field. It was so rewarding to tell

Sally when I worked on “Gidget” with her, that her stepfather was the

one who got me started!

He was a wonderful, kind man, and I owe him everything.

Until next time, remember: Nothing we do makes sense if we don’t

touch the hearts of others.

We Know

It’s Only Rock ’n Roll

(But we like it.)

After 27 years on the

job lighting up the Hard

Rock Cafe, this sweet

Gibson Les Paul guitar

has a new home at the

Neon Museum. Dig it.


Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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


Patients often remain in a wheelchair all

day, every day. Many times the individual in

charge of the disabled one finds it quicker and

easier than transferring the person to a walker

and then enduring insufferably slow trips to another destination.

Be warned! Constantly using this speedier mode of transportation

may backfire. Patient’s shoulders, back and tailbone pains, along with

pressure sores will need lengthy treating.

If you’re the caregiver for the patient you’re likely to try to relieve

those pains by producing a cushion. Don’t! It can be dangerous. S/he

can slide out of the wheelchair and land on the floor.

A caregiver at a Memory Care facility said “I’m happy to do anything

to increase a resident’s comfort - but it must be safe. Regarding a

cushion, I use a grip-easy liner to secure it.” (Sold in rolls for shelves

and drawers.)

“First I stick it on the underside of the cushion and then, only if I’m

sure the liner will never touch and irritate bare skin, I wind it all the

way around to cover the top of the cushion as well.”

Remaining in a wheelchair for prolonged periods also causes legs

to weaken and become incapable of support for walking, standing or

rising from a chair. To counteract those outcomes, seat the patient in

an armchair or recliner from time to time and transfer him/her to a

walker for making shorter trips.

And, of course, see s/he performs strengthening exercises regularly.


Wheelchair Usage

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

September 2019

It was 64 years ago this month that James

Dean was killed. On that evening of

September 30, 1955 the telephone rang in Madelyn

& Phillip Pine’s home. Madelyn had not heard from her husband, Phil,

for a couple of days and was anxiously waiting to speak with him.

Phil was in New York doing a

Broadway play. Madelyn quickly

answered the telephone and was

greeted by an old friend’s familiar

voice. “Did you hear that James

Dean was killed?”

Madelyn responded

immediately, “Oh, no! Did Phil

kill him?”

In 1952 Phillip Pine and Dean

were both cast in the play, See the

Jaguar. Phil and Jimmy, as Phil

called him, shared a dressing

room during the run of the play,

which included breaking it in on

the road, and then on Broadway.

With Phil being professionally

trained, and a couple of years

older than Dean, it created a

scenario causing Dean to look up

to him as sort of a “big brother”

Did Phil Do It?

By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.

Phillip Pine

James Dean

and someone he could learn from. However, as Phil said many times,

“Jimmy was one of the most undisciplined stage actors I have ever

worked with.”

This became an increasingly difficult problem for Phil as many of his

scenes were with Dean.

Phil recalled one time Dean stopped the rehearsal and yelled out to

the director, “Why is it you’re always treatin’ Phil and the others like

adults and you treat me like some kid?” “I treat people as I see them,”

Michael Gordon, the veteran stage and movie director yelled back.

Phil became more and more troubled with Dean’s performance as

he would deliver his lines with a different cadence or even a different

spot on the stage. Phil was relieved when the show did not receive good

reviews and closed after only a few performances.

In one of my last conversations with Phil he still remembered James

Dean, which included Dean enjoying Phil’s family gatherings, but also

some very intense moments on stage. Phil always envied Dean a little as

he wished he would have had the opportunity to work with Elia Kazan.

Phillip Pine had a very distinguished career on the stage, in television

and the movies. I shall always be grateful to him for adopting me as a

surrogate son in 1971 and helping me out with my journey. He passed

away in 2006.

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.

Overseeding is Upon Us

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

Late August and early September is the time

of year when local golf courses normally

overseed their tee boxes, fairways and greens. So

by the time you read this article, overseeding will be in full swing.

If you wondered why golf courses go through the trouble and expense

of overseeding, it’s simple. It’s a necessary evil in places such as our

desert southwest where the summer grass is Bermuda.

Since most golf courses in the valley use Bermuda grass (which

goes dormant during the cold season and turns yellow) golf courses

go through the trouble and great expense to keep their courses lush

during the winter by planting Rye grass. Rye grass grows very well in

our moderate winter climate and is a common theme this time of year.

You have options during the overseeding period and I would


(1) Contact the golf course before you drive out there to see if they

are open and if so, does the course require carts to remain on the cart

path only;

(2) Book a tee time on a course that does not overseed or one where

they have 27 holes and only seed one green at a time and 18 holes

remain open;

(3) Find a golf course that does not overseed at all because they have

grass other than Bermuda.

When golf courses reopen, cart path only is the rule for another 2-3

weeks, so plan on a lot of walking. For some senior golfers this can be

a challenge.

For this reason I offer the following: There are a few golf courses that

don’t overseed: Boulder City Muni, Las Vegas GC Muni, Mountain Falls

in Pahrump to name just to name a few. Boulder Creek is one course

that features 27 holes and normally overseed one 9 at a time giving

golfers the opportunity to still play 18.

“Hit em” straight!”

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:



It is often said that education is power. That

adage is true for those who have been

diagnosed with a progressive, uncurable condition such as Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s disease impacts thousands of people in the Las Vegas area.

It is best described as a progressive disease of the nervous system

marked by nerve cell damage in the brain that causes dopamine levels

to drop leading to symptoms such as tremor, muscular rigidity and

slow imprecise movements. Rigidity and slowness can lead to aching

and pain in some people with the disease.


the disease

mainly affects


of the body,

other problems

- including


may occur.

The condition

mainly impacts

those who are

middle aged or

elderly. Given

the growth in the retirement aged population in Las Vegas, the quality

of life for people with Parkinson’s is relevant to all of us.

Helping those suffering from this complex and often cruel disease

is one of our top priorities at Friends of Parkinson’s. We are a nonprofit

organization that offers no-cost support groups, innovative

therapeutic programs, such as art and dance, medical symposiums

and other forums designed to promote education for Parkinsonians,

their families and caregivers.

We also support researchers developing treatments and ultimately

a cure for the disease. All of the money we raise stays here in our


Recently we brought together the top doctors, physical therapists,

social workers, art therapists and more to discuss the benefits of a

holistic approach to Parkinson’s. We are proud to be leading the

discussion and championing help and hope for people with Parkinson’s

in our community.

We have found that by understanding their disease, treatment

options and ways to manage their symptoms, Parkinson’s patients feel

empowered and make better decisions about their care. Our motto is

never stop teaching and learning.

To learn more about our programs and services, or to volunteer,

please visit our website at or call 702/381-



What We Do

By: Jamillah Ali-Rahman / Friends of

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

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

September 2019

Goals of Healthy Voice

By: Aaron Phillips / Healthy Voice

Have you ever heard the phrase “Choices,

Decisions, Consequences?” Of course, you

have. We have been living this way since the day

we were born.

Nap? Clothing? Colleges? Career? Get out of bed? To go or not to go?

However, there is one “Choice, Decisions, Consequences” category

that I left out, Food Choices & Nutrition. Here are some of the things

we think about when it comes to our food and nutrition: What to eat?

Skip breakfast? When to eat? Should I “clean” my plate? And so on…

Some of the things we think about are: Calories, Proteins, Sugar,

Sodium, etc. Our bodies are as different to each other just as each day

is different when we wake up.

My articles will be a combination of sharing my experience when my

maximum weight was at 354 pounds in 2015 to my current 215 pounds

today. I will share my thoughts and some information that could help if

you “choose” to put this knowledge to use in your life.

I promise I will not preach to do one thing or another. Ultimately it

is up you, to make the “decision” as to what to do with it and then deal

with the resulting “consequences.”

Let me set the stage. Type 2 Diabetes has been in my family for 4

generations. I felt that it was only a matter of time before I get it.

I did the Glucose Tolerance tests and blood work over the years to

monitor it. Each time, I was told “you are BORDERLINE Diabetic.”

I’m here to tell you there is no such thing as “borderline.” You either

are or not diabetic. It’s like being borderline pregnant? Sure, it is…

I will leave you with this thought, “August 26 th , 2013 is the day that

will live in infamy” in my life. Until next time…

Aaron Phillips is a member of The LV Entertainers Hall of Fame,

podcaster, producer, author, emcee, broadcaster, and talk show host

on Vegas The Network. Feel free to contact him Aaronphillipslv2018@

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September 2019

The Guardians

By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations

Recently several hundred residents at Sun

City Anthem sat spell bound during the one

hour forty minutes viewing of “The Guardians”,

a documentary movie. Billy Mintz, the producer

narrated this “horror” film.

It’s the story of private guardian April Parks who orchestrated

appalling practices with her collusion team of judges and physician

assistants, enabling her to subject elderly victims into shocking, ghastly,

and horrible circumstances.

Imagine such a vile person and her team - kidnapping the elderly to

the point of abuse; placing them in a psych ward and medicating them

to despondency. The next step was taking full legal access of all their

possessions: home, car, bank accounts, trust funds, etc.

You say, “How is this terrible experience possible in Las Vegas?” Well,

it has happened and is still happening!

It’s called dirty politics, predators, disgusting policies, greed, illegal

practices. The list is endless when money, especially large sums of

money are involved. Outrageous!!

When Dan Roberts, publisher of The Vegas Voice and political editor

Rana Goodman were contacted by one of the victims to come to her

rescue, things started to change.

This is a frightfully emotional film. The audience sat quietly trying

to absorb the hideous acts being performed under our judicial system.

April Parks was arrested and sentenced to 16-40 years but several of

her cohorts are still involved shuffling illegal paperwork and carrying

out illegal procedures regarding guardianship.

I was asked to review this film and give my honest assessment. I was

very impressed with the thoroughness of the guardian information, the

detailed case studies and the conclusion of several victims and their

peaceful life today - although they all have been damaged.

Billy Mintz should get an

Oscar for his terrific film.

Through this process,

Dan and Rana have

revealed their true nature

and have given us a look

into their hearts. They are to

be congratulated over and

over for their time and effort

in exposing this scandal.

Therefore, I give this

“horror” film, “The

Guardians” five boxes of

popcorn due to the hideous

nature of this exceptional

documentary movie.

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

Personal Care Assistants

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Over the last few months we received a

number of calls asking for referrals for

in-home care givers. There are two things to

consider in hiring someone to care for your loved one, or yourself since

care givers don’t need to be licensed under law.

Many are private and unlicensed and they will usually do everything

from light housekeeping, taking their patients wherever they need to go

and take care of their basic health and personal needs.

The other is through a licensed agency There are many in Las

Vegas and Henderson. The agencies check references and many do a

background check before placing them on a job. The care givers work

for the agency and are assigned to you.

My mother hired an unlicensed lady to care for my father before he

passed away; after that I asked her to continue and help me care for my

mother five days a week.

If you are interested in a private type of arrangement there is one

thing you must do for your own safety; check their references and if

possible, check with the police department to make sure there have no

criminal record or complaints filed against them.

You need to have someone you can trust when giving free access to

your home and personal belongings. And as Ronald Reagan once said,

“trust but verify.”

The beauty of this arrangement, (after you have done your

homework) is that you remain in your home, have plenty of freedom

and far less expense than moving into an assisted living facility.

*I have previously written about Supported Decision Making (SDM)

as an alternative means of caring for a senior rather than going into

a guardianship. Of course this depends on the senior’s ability to live in

their home and perform their usual routine.

SDM became law on July 1, 2019. It is a course of action I became

involved with as soon as Washoe County Judge Francis Doherty made

me aware of it.

It works much like a will, but you don’t need to file your SDM with

the court. The concept is simple.

You chose one or two people who you trust completely to assist in

important decisions - such as buying a car, buying or selling your

home and anything else which would affect your estate.

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is working

on a statewide form to be used for supported decision making. I have

been advised by state officials however that so long as the following

information is included in your document, you can create your own


A supported decision making agreement must:

(a)Be in writing and dated

(b)Designate one or more supporters;

(c)List the types of decisions with which the supporter is authorized

to assist the principal;

(d) List the types of decisions, if any, with which the supporter is not

authorized to assist the principal; and

(e) Be signed by each party to the agreement in the presence of at

least two adult witnesses.

I will have more information in future editions.

You can contact Rana by email: Also

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

“The Guardians” in Sun City Anthem

Members of the Sun City Anthem Silver Foxes & New York Metro

Club joined our Rana Goodman in the presentation of the documentary

“The Guardians” last month. More than 175 residents were present for

the film.

It was our 13 th guardianship seminar this year. Joining Rana and our

Sandy Lewis (far left) are the officers of the two clubs.



September 2019


From Mom to the White House - Part I

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

How do you go from college dropout at 20, to

giving information about illegal trade and

Chinese counterfeits to the White House at 64? It

was a zig-zagged path.

Graduating high school in 1973, I started college, then left to join

United Airlines as a stewardess, moving to Chicago in 1975. Ah, Chicago

in the 70s, the clubs, the parties… but I digress.

I married in 1979, and had six children, but lost our oldest son in

1986. As no doubt most of you did, my husband and I dedicated our

lives to our children.

The next 30 years were busy. From the bright lights of Hollywood,

(Hunter, our youngest child was in major television/films) to the sad

reality of the homeless, (I opened the first homeless men’s center in

Mesa, AZ) then to real estate ventures, politics, charity and grief support

for SIDS families, (even co-writing a grief book) life kept me busy.

And to top it all off, in 2007 my husband, Ernesto and I were

recognized and awarded the title as the 2007 National Parents of the

Year by the National Parents’ Day Council.

By 2008, the children were grown and I was in my 50’s with thin lips.

Armed with a crazy idea, zero knowledge, but help from family, friends

and Google, I invented, patented and manufactured a lip plumping

tool called Fullips. In 2013, we were placed in Skymall Magazine -

the crazy airline magazine.

In 2014, we went viral. Fullips was strange and it worked. Finding

its way to the lips of Kathy Lee and

Hoda, news teams, stars, music

videos and films. Worldwide press

followed and we were featured in

People, Cosmo and Vogue.

We were living the American

dream...and creating jobs! Little

did we know, this path would sadly

spiral downward and lead me to

the White House.

By 2015, Chinese counterfeiters

nearly shut us down overnight.

Luckily, those years focusing on

our children’s education paid off.

All of my children have

graduate degrees, and two of our

three daughters are attorneys. Fortunately during my inventing stage,

they made sure we had “Intellectual Property” protection.

The IP includes Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights. In reality - all

of the original work that we created for Fullips.

Unfortunately we were forced to play whack-a-mole with China for

5 years, trying to enforce our IP worldwide. Knowing we couldn’t win;

our hope was to keep the company open.

There were no options; simply fight or quit. We knew that even the

large companies can’t stop counterfeiting, but neither would we quit,

so we fought.

We tried everything, technology, lawsuits, even the political route, to

no avail. But what we lost in time and dollars, we gained in knowledge.

We were the focus of news articles on counterfeits and continued

reaching out and telling our venture to the public for years. Then one

day, a White House invitation, to share our story.

That part, next month.

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company

based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

products. Contact Linda at or

through her website

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September 2019

Reverse Mortgage Explained

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 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


“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 and the property must

be your primary residence.

You can also refinance your

existing Reverse Mortgage to

take advantage of the increase

in value of your home’s equity.

Most seniors are unaware of

that, but when they find out,

they gladly refinance their

existing Reverse Mortgage to

take advantage of the increased value of their home.

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

that the FHA Reverse Mortgage is more expensive than any other

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

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

homeowner to complete a counseling session with Housing Urban

Development (HUD).

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

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

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

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



Shedding Light on the Subject

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

As we age, our eyes are one of the first senses to

betray us. According to the U.S. Preventative

Services Task Force, vision loss affects 37 million

Americans older than 50, and one in four who are older than 80.

Which is why, as we age, we find driving at night less enjoyable.

In addition, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

acknowledges that almost 50% of all traffic-related fatalities happen in

the dark, despite only 25% of traffic travels during nighttime.

As time marches on and our eyesight gets weaker, technology is

improving lighting technology in automobiles so we can see better

when driving after dark.

Headlamp technology has evolved from candles to Acetylene lamps

to halogen bulbs to Xenon gas to LEDs. We’ve seen vehicles with one

articulating headlamp (Tucker 48) to four individual lamps to hidden

lamps to combined lamps.

Even the headlamp covers are an ever-changing design. The

standardization of headlamps now is part of the U.S. Federal Motor

Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to make sure all manufacturers are

meeting the required specifications for intensity, glare and height from

the ground.

The headlamp industry is growing, and all the better for older drivers.

New technologies include dynamic curve light that illuminates the

corner as you turn, or even static bending light that doesn’t physically

move, but illuminates different lights as you turn the steering wheel to

put the most

light on the



o n / o f f


are standard

on many


and active

night vision

gives us the

ability to see

animals and

other objects

Photo credit:2019 Lexus LC

better than ever before. Another technology is pulsed marker lighting,

where the road marker pulses as light illuminates it.

Fog light aren’t included on new vehicles because the lighting

technology is so well designed that automatic low/high beams can see

in almost any condition. The bottom line is, if you are too afraid to

drive at night, check out the lighting systems in new vehicles. You’ll

gain the confidence and the freedom to drive again in the dark.

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

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


September 2019

Smoke Detectors & Fire

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

One of the insurance companies provides

their insured homeowners 9-volt batteries

annually. They wanted their customers to

understand the importance of working smoke

detectors and to help prevent injury or death in residential fires.

Some of the residential “fire numbers” are staggering:

1. Working smoke alarms cuts the risk of dying in a home fire by


2. There are almost 400,000 fires each year.

3. Number of deaths by home fire is 2,500 annually.

4. Annual property losses by home fires is $6.6 billion.

5. You have only 2 minutes to escape once your smoke alarm sounds.

The answer is to be prepared!

a. Install smoke alarms outside bedrooms and make sure they are

located away from air vents.

b. Test the alarms regularly and change the batteries (at least) every

year – the newscasters always remind

us to change them when we go on

Daylight Savings Time.

c. Never leave burning

items unattended -

including those candles.

My wife is so afraid of fire

that we never use candles,

but then, she has seen the

devastation of what total

fire losses can do to her


The last one she dealt with was

when the family dog’s wagging tail

knocked over a candle left burning during the holidays. The clients

and dog lived but their home and contents were completely destroyed.

d. And finally, never disable a smoke alarm by removing the batteries.

When you hear that “awful” beeping, immediately replace the battery

rather than say “I’ll get around to it.”

Always practice prevention measures. Never overload an electrical

source – if that circuit “pops”, have it checked immediately or have a

larger one installed.

Turn off all appliances before going to bed or leaving the house –

especially when you go on vacation. I make a vacation “check-list”

to make sure I’ve turned off all the appropriate water and appliances.

There are many more, but my favorite is to never leave the kitchen

unattended when cooking. We’ve had so many clients with claims for

fire above the stove just for that reason.

Did you realize that smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10

years? When did you buy new ones?

Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.

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

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

that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.



I Survived Another Zumba


By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

survived a full week of Zumba trainings and

I workshops in Orlando during the end of July.

How in the world did I keep my energy up?

Although this was my 12th year attending the weeklong convention,

each year as I get older my thoughts turn to how to keep my energy

level going and to “recharge my batteries.”

I have followed this solution throughout the years. A great breakfast

with black coffee, protein, fruit and carbs. Yes, carbs!

Those who eliminate carbs

from your diet are doing yourself a

harmful dis-service. You really need

carbs as a “building block” to your


The breakfast kept me going

throughout the mornings and then

a sandwich and/or salad at lunch.

A full dinner followed at night with

meat or fish, vegetables and more


In between snacks included fruit or protein bars. And yes, lots of


I found my energy level persisted throughout the week, even though

I was burning several thousands of calories. I admit that I did indulge

in an alcoholic beverage once in a while! After all, I burned off the

calories, so I did deserve a “treat!”

I did see some instructors’ energy levels diminish toward the end of

the week, but they had not learned to pace themselves and especially

eat nutritionally.

Getting plenty of sleep also helps. Lack of sleep contributes to weight

gain. Try not to eat too late in the evening, giving your digestive system

enough time to use up those calories before sleeping.

I found myself eating too late in the evening while I was at another

job. Coming home hungry, I was tempted to grab something “quick.”

I have now taken time to eat something earlier in the day to

suppress the hunger that I experienced at night. Drinking a hot cup of

chamomile tea helped to make me sleepy, as well as helped to fill me

up before bedtime.


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

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September 2019

When Your Elbows Hurt

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

As many people retire, they partake in

physical activities, such as golf, tennis

or pickleball to keep themselves in shape and

healthy. As enjoyable as these activities may be, they can sometimes

lead to injuries - including elbow pain.

Tendonitis is a common injury to the elbow for individuals who play

golf or some form of game involving a racquet. Tendinosis basically

translates to pain of the tendon.

Tendons are the means by which muscles attach to bones. To

understand their structure better, think of tendons as a big rope made

up of smaller strings. The rope itself is fairly strong but the individual

strings are much more vulnerable.

When a person returns a tennis serve or drives a golf ball, the impact

trauma of these motions is felt at the tendons crossing the elbow. Small

fibers within the tendon begin to become damaged. The tendon as

a whole is still intact but some of its fibers are now damaged. This is


One of the symptoms an individual experiences with tendonitis

is pain. This is a protective measure by the body. Pain will dissuade

an individual from using that body part, keeping them from further

damaging the tendon while the body attempts to heal it. Healing,

however, takes time.

Unlike muscle tissue which has a rich supply of internal blood

vessels, tendons, ligaments and certain other body structures have no

direct blood supply. All materials needed for tendon repair must reach

the damaged tissue via diffusion. This characteristic means that it will

take them much longer to heal.

While there are certain medical procedures and aids which can

decrease healing time, activities which may further damage the tendon

should be avoided until it has had time to heal.

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


Following up my last column: What Can $5

Buy? I was gratified and disillusioned with

the responses I received. Gratified that at least

one person committed to contributing $5 per month to one of the four

charities I listed.

Disillusioned by a reader who said, “ALL charities are ‘criminal

scams’ and should be banned from existence!” I realize there are con

artists who masquerade as good Samaritans and provide convincing

stories as to how they feed the needy.

They are, however, the exception and NOT the rule! The charities

I mentioned - Goodness Gracious Ministries, Meals on Wheels, Three

Square and Catholic Charities - are all very worthy and have proven

track records of success!

They all are under the watchful eye of the federal government and

the press and have never been accused of any malfeasance whatsoever!

That’s a FACT!

Also, before I contribute any money to a charity, I always investigate

them and determine how much of what I contribute goes to those in


If less than 95% goes to “feeding the hungry” I will not support

them! Each of the charities I mentioned meet that threshold.

Answering the question: “Can 17 cents Save a Life” – the answer is


Please Explain

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

Given the crucible of major dilemmas in

which we stew – health inequities, gun

violence, the existential threat of climate change,

and so on, the issue of scofflaw pet owners might seem minor.

But I agree with our Vegas Voice political editor Rana, per her

admonition in last month’s issue about scooping poop. These seemingly

small things do matter.

So file this under things you should have learned in kindergarten:

People who don’t clean up after their dogs shouldn’t have dogs.

You grew up in pre-leash law days, you say, when dogs roamed free

and did their business out in the woods where nobody cared? It’s organic

matter that eventually decomposes, you say, so what’s the big deal?

Yet you know the rules; Rana just reviewed them. You know the

threatened fines for defying them. And you aren’t happy when others

transgress them.

No baggie at the moment? No excuse for that. Along our walkways,

in our parks, and just about everywhere else we stroll with our canines,

doggie bag dispensers abound. Every dog owner should have a stock


No pockets? Tie a few to the leash.

As for dog-walkers who manage to bag their pooches’ waste yet

cannot manage to lug it away, instead leaving behind lumps of knotted

plastic on the ground - Have a little patience; a trash can will appear.

Can 17 Cents Save a Life?

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

September 2019

Worst case: Hang

on to that baggie

until you get back

to your own garbage


Perhaps neglected

dog poop is merely

a symptom of the

ages – civilized

behavior be damned.

I’m not my brother’s

keeper nor my sister’s

protector nor even

my dog’s custodian. If those at the highest levels of the body politic can

get away with disdain for social obligations, well, then, so can I.

Obviously we cannot blame the dogs. We are at the mercy of the

humans who purport to be responsible for their pets.

Who are these people? They cannot possibly be the sophisticated

readers of The Vegas Voice. Nor their children or grandchildren, who

learned their kindergarten lessons well.

One thing seems clear: Even the dogs who never attended kindergarten

are far more reasonable than humans.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to

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


YES! That $5 per month you commit to one of the above charities will

and does feed a hungry child, adult and/or senior citizen.

I believe that anyone with an open heart and mind should explore

the possibility of determining how they may be able to help remedy a

social problem. Having personally prepared the food and serving the

hungry, I know what a positive impact it has had on my life.

For anyone to paint with a broad brush that “All charities are scams”

is a lie. I feel sorry for that person who responded to last month’s


To have such resentment about something that does not exist is a lot

of misdirected energy that, if redirected, can not only help someone in

need, but would enrichen that person’s life!

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Middle Ground - The Process

of Conflict Resolution

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

Resolving conflicts peacefully and

productively is, or should be, a good thing

for all of us. However, as many veterans can testify,

finding that mysterious area called “normal” in civilian life can be a

huge challenge after serving in the Armed Forces.

Dealing with confrontational issues while in uniform is very different

because of the nature that the duty calls for. Learning to resolve personal

conflicts on a civilian level can be new territory.

As combatants we trained to eliminate opponents, or to evade them,

but rarely did we ever receive instruction on bringing personal conflicts

to peaceful conclusions. The military’s answer to force and adversity

has always been to overpower or avoid it. However, this doesn’t work in

most civilian settings, especially to promote peace in our lives.

The art of “massaging” relationships is not a silver bullet or some

magical cure; like everything else, it’s a process. One that demands

climbing from our trenches and moving out into “no-man’s” land -

perhaps to a place we’ve never been.

It’s called the de-militarized zone of our lives and requires that

we walk squarely and honestly into the face of another person and

peacefully reconcile. Beginning with “I’m sorry” goes a long way.

If fighting or fleeing is not good for civilian relationships, then what

options are there? Perhaps we need to find out what tools or skills we

missed in our military “upbringing”- tools that will help us successfully

settle matters when someone differs with us. These may help:

1. Get to know your own personal de-militarized zone. Discover

the tripwires you have subconsciously established to keep people at a


2. There has to be a first step in reconciling a relationship. Stand

up and take a step to resolve a difference or disagreement. You be first!

With open hands, meet in the middle to peacefully resolve the issues.

Try initiating with the open hand.

3. Establish perimeters. Before you venture out to “no-man’s land”

decide just how far you will go and still feel comfortable. Determine

how close you will allow others to approach you. No ambushes, please.

Give it a try and see how it goes.

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.


September 2019

What is Your Mahpu?

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

We wear the mask that grins and

lies. It hides our cheeks and shades

our eyes. This debt we pay to human

guile; with torn and bleeding hearts we

smile - Paul Laurence Dunbar.

On the radio, a woman was talking about her alcoholic mother and

how for seven years the mom received an annual “sobriety birthday

cake” from AA. Unfortunately her mother was rushed to the hospital for a

seizure where they found alcohol in her blood.

When asked, the mother explained she couldn’t share her secret for

fear of letting the family down, and especially AA. Summing up how most

people would rather “mask” their truth and suffer in silence to “save


The daughter, a correspondent in Malaysia explained Mahpu;

meaning; “mask or cover-up” and is a behavior that is handed down

in the U.S. and worldwide; yet, in English there is no translation for

this word. She stated that many times, even when not understood, the

Malaysians she met would nod and acknowledge what she said, rather

than ask questions.

Their attitude; everything is fine as long as you can “mask” your

vulnerabilities. Different masks for different situations.

Historically, we too were told to “put on a happy face”, “not to hang

our dirty laundry for others to see”, or “not to wear our heart’s on our

sleeves” in order to avoid societal scrutiny. The façade we were taught

to live reinforced our inadequacies, enhanced inferiority complexes, selfdoubt,

feelings of hypocrisy and dissatisfaction with our lives.

While envying another’s perfection, we become so self-absorbed with

our “shadows” that we’re blinded to the fact that everyone, although

different, is masking their own broken parts.

She told about a man that is changing the face of AA in Malaysia.

Today, his rehab philosophy is being considered for our country where

relapses are quite high.

At his centers, addicts are still “users.” However, they are taught and

monitored while re-engaging in society. They eat well-balanced diets,

exercise regularly, are socially active and have mental guidance.

They live without shame and scrutiny as they choose to wean

themselves off of their addiction. Truly exhibiting the meaning of “To

thine own self be true.”

To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email:

Technology Gone Mad

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

If you’ve ever had an account, email or credit

card hacked, you already know what an

absolute nightmare it can be to straighten things

out. But we experienced something even more frustrating.

One credit card fraud department actually reported on the wrong

transactions! It is amazing to me how a fraud alert turned into endless

phone calls lasting over 3 hours each. It really happened and I watched

the timer on my phone register 3 hours and 17 minutes. That was just

the 1 st day.

This sets off a series of events that are impossible to correct once

the mistake is made. Everyone is connected to credit bureaus and your

reports are instantly filled with bad information so other vendors get

spooked and change the terms of other accounts.

If you try to go back to report the original problem to correct your

record, the computerized response says no because the report came

from another computer that told the first computer.

There are no humans involved in any of this. But rest assured

computers have friends! Remember the old commercial “They told 2

friends, and they told 2 friends….?” It took about 8 to 10 months for

things to smooth out and then I looked at all the different accounts

using fraudulent information to rate me.

Now we come to the passwords. What an adventure that is! I keep

a list of them in a secret place because I can’t even trust these apps

to guard my information. If my dogs ever get that piece of paper, I’m

completely out of business.

Another personal favorite (I always have personal favorites) is the

double and triple levels of verification when they text you another 6 to

10 digit code to pay a bill.

In our home, I do the bills and naturally on my husband’s accounts

they list his phone number. So the rush is on to request the code and

then run all over the house to find his phone, look at it and get back to

the computer before it expires and we have to call all over again.

That process always gets interrupted because he wants to know why

I’m snooping through his phone. Next step is to change the phone

number on his accounts to mine and avoid the question.

With all the levels of so-called security, I have never experienced so

much fraud and confusion over just paying life’s expenses! Once in a

while a check was lost but you called the bank and wrote another one.

No one “washed” my checks or re-routed my credit cards to Miami.

There was one experience that made me smile recently when I

discovered we were getting automatically charged for something not

once, but twice. The credit card company called the vendor for a 3-way

call. They listened and got so annoyed because the vendor could not

even see the charges so he hung up on them and credited the whole

thing, blocking them from our account.

A giant step for the consumer!

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

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

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A (Temporary) Hold on Travel

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

I am never

at a loss for

words when I

write my articles for The Vegas Voice.

The words come easily and I always

find some interesting travel or Vegas Voyager happening to talk about.

But this month it’s different. As you read in Publisher Dan’s last

column, I had a pretty serious health scare. Emergency, unintended

open heart surgery was not on my radar.

All my travel plans were put on hold. And as Dan accurately

reflected, I missed my first article placement since the inception of this


Resting now, but planning on more cruises with

Sharon, Rana & Dan

When the doctors tell you it’s a three month recovery from open heart

mitral valve repair surgery, they mean it. And they mean it when they

say the only thing you need to do is focus on getting your strength back.

So that’s what I have been doing these last two months. My wife

Sharon and children Jessica, Jonathan, son-in-law Craig, sisters Elise

and Stacey and even my 91 year old mother have been nothing short of

amazing in helping me in my recovery.

They are the heroes, not me. All I have to do is get better. They had to

put up with my nonsense… and complaining.

But there’s more, My friends have stepped up and been there as well.

And Dan once again, has accurately defined our relationship.

Yes, we know each other for close to 45 years. Yes, he never listens to

me. And yes, our families have been through the good times and the

not so good times.

I was so greatly appreciative when Dan and Vegas Voice Project

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were doing in Vegas to come to New York and help (really babysit) me.

Believe it or not, they too put up with my nonsense.

But this is why I am at a loss for words. In this time of difficulty, I

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September 2019

Hearst Castle

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Tucked along California’s Santa Lucia

Mountains sits a large estate ringed by oak

and rolling grassland. Vast swaths of undeveloped

country suggests space; cattle graze across sunbleached

hillsides, and beyond is the piercing blue Pacific Ocean. This

is the Hearst property.

The dwelling, known as Hearst Castle, is haunted with history.

Construction began in 1919 and continued for more than twenty years.

Only the finest materials were used. The assembled artwork and

tapestries are rare original works that are occasionally loaned to

museums. Much of the

hand carved furniture

was imported from

around the world and

were antique when


Decades before

municipalities began

installing underground

electric lines William

Hearst designed this

method to avoid having

power lines distract his

view. His kitchen was

fitted with compressor driven refrigerators in an era when most people

were fortunate to own an ice box.

Hearst installed four refrigerators - one held food for guests, one for

staff and two for the family. Fruit and produce grown on the grounds

that was not used in the main house was given to staff and to families in

the nearby community of San Simeon. This tradition continues.

The Hearst guest list included politicians such as Winston Churchill

and Hollywood movie stars like Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Humphrey

Bogart and Bing Crosby. With his longtime companion Marion Davies

acting as hostess, Hearst entertained often.

Once completed, the cost to maintain the Hearst estate has been

estimated at $5,000.00 a day. This was not a problem since his

publishing empire was earning $50,000.00 a day.

William Randolph Hearst had five sons and left the bulk of his estate

to them, though he provided an income for Marion Davies. The Hearst

Family deeded 100-acres and the mansion to the State of California.

The more than 3,000-acres remaining are still owned by the Hearst

Family. The cattle raised on the ranch property are sold to Ruth Chris

Steak House. The zebras and other zoo animals on the grounds are also

maintained by the family.

The community of San Simeon has a natural, spectacular beauty

and Hearst Castle, its magnificent jewel is open daily to the public as a


Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.

Ask a Desert Gardener

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

September is a very busy and important

month for desert gardeners. As we move

into more moderate temperatures and decreased

direct sunshine, many of our plants in our gardens emerge from their

heat induced “summer dormancy” and begin to grow once again.

Now is the time to freshen up our gardens to prepare for a second

surge of growth that can continue well into the autumn months and

beyond! Even annuals can survive through a “mild” winter into next

year if we take steps now to encourage their growth.

We should begin to prune away sun/heat damaged foliage from our

landscape. This will stimulate new and hardy growth and flowering.

This is especially true of flowering plants such as roses and fruiting

plants. Many varieties of tomatoes and peppers can be heavily pruned

leaving approximately 3”- 5” of stem remaining. This will promote

new flowering and fruits forming during the coming months giving

you a second crop right around Thanksgiving!

September is also an ideal time to fertilize the soil again. This will

stimulate new foliage now and strengthen your plants for the winter

months by making them more resistant to the cold and winds we

experience during that time.

In addition, September is a good time to use “systemic” insecticide

around agave, yucca and aloe to “kill off” weevil eggs that have been

buried underground that would hatch in the early spring feasting on

the plant roots and

killing off your

desert landscaping.

Also Sulphur can

be added to the

soil in order to

lower the pH and

reduce alkali levels

that have built

up during the hot

and dry summer


September marks the beginning of the Fall planting season. Many

nurseries will have fresh supplies of plants, trees and shrubs. In

addition, seasonal plants such as “Winter Decorative Cabbage” and

many root vegetables become available right after Labor Day.

Fall is a great time to plant since the temperature is moderate while

the soil remains warm. These are the perfect conditions for new plants to

take root and establish themselves for life in our desert neighborhoods.

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



Savory Celery Stew in September -- It's Brain Healthy!

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute


ith apologies to Ogden Nash (below-left), "A celery refrain. It's good for your

brain." This recipe has the option of adding jackfruit. I only recently learned

about this tropical fruit. It's used as a replacement for meat and has a mild taste so it takes on

the flavor of whatever it touches. It has lots of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

*Good-4-U Savory Celery Stew w/Jackfruit Option

Celery raw

Develops the jaw.

But celery stewed

Is more quietly



Ogden Nash


• 1 head celery


• 1 onion


• 1-2 carrots


• 1 quart



(Optional: 2 -3

minced garlic


Add spices to

taste, such as

minced garlic,

parsley, mint,

turmeric, salt &


Cook on




(about 1


Optional: Drain

20 oz. can of

Green Jackfruit.

Cut into chunks

& add the last 15


Mental Minutes


1. In one minute, name

things to do and/or

make with celery.

2. Create an

alphabetical list.

Apple & celery salad,


Creamy casserole, …


Good-4-U recipes

have just 4 ingredients

(plus spices) so they

are quick & easy nobrainer


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