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Volume 16, Issue 7
OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS
Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist
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.”
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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
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
“Life begins when the
last child leaves for
college…and the dog
that anyone (starting
with myself) can feel
that way. And this is
a disagreement I will
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
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Congratulations Billie. We are so proud to call you our friend.
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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
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
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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!”
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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.
there’s so much
more going on in
town. Let’s start
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can
contact her at www.mytimeisragtime.com.
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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
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
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: email@example.com.
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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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
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
lasvegassplash.com. She hikes, travels with her husband Burt, and
works on her stand-up comedy.
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.
he was dressed as a
I was mesmerized
with him and he
picked me up,
asked my name,
and then asked me
At the time,
I had done
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.
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.
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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
“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.
By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
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?”
immediately, “Oh, no! Did Phil
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.
and someone he could learn from. However, as Phil said many times,
“Jimmy was one of the most undisciplined stage actors I have ever
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
(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
(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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
of the body,
those who are
middle aged or
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 www.friendsofparkinsons.org 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.
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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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
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: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. 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
It was our 13 th guardianship seminar this year. Joining Rana and our
Sandy Lewis (far left) are the officers of the two clubs.
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 TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or
through her website www.fullips.com.
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warranty with all manuals. If any newer would still be in
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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
“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 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
gives us the
ability to see
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
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
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.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
Mary Richard is a long term supporter of senior fitness. She
teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las
Vegas Valley. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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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
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
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
Worst case: Hang
on to that baggie
until you get back
to your own garbage
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
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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: email@example.com.
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
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So that’s what I have been doing these last two months. My wife
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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.
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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
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
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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
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
Develops the jaw.
But celery stewed
Is more quietly
• 1 head celery
• 1 onion
• 1-2 carrots
• 1 quart
(Optional: 2 -3
Add spices to
taste, such as
turmeric, salt &
20 oz. can of
Cut into chunks
& add the last 15
1. In one minute, name
things to do and/or
make with celery.
2. Create an
Apple & celery salad,
Creamy casserole, …
have just 4 ingredients
(plus spices) so they
are quick & easy nobrainer
Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS the
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