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Thinking of Refinancing?
With the interest rates being so attractive, many people are asking me if they should
refinance their home. The answer is maybe! Factors such as how much longer you plan to
live in the home, and what the monthly savings will be versus what the cost of refinancing
will need to be considered. The benefit needs to outweigh the cost. Reasons for
refinancing may include getting a lower interest rate, getting a different type of mortgage
than you currently have that has terms more favorable to you, to stop paying mortgage
insurance, or to tap into your home's equity.
There are several questions that you need to ask your mortgage banker prior to making a
1. Does the quote I'm receiving include Taxes and Insurance? Always request a
breakdown of all closing costs, the rate, and any other costs related to the loan.
2. How much money will I need to bring to closing? Closing costs can include a variety of
fees such as origination fees, appraisal, underwriting, and processing fees.
3. What are my out of pocket costs? Is the lender requiring you to pay the fees up front
and/or what fees are they adding to your mortgage balance?
4. Do I have any equity that is eligible to "cash out"? Depending on the amount of equity
you have, you may have the ability to "pull out" money (which will increase your loan
balance) to pay toward other debt, or to do home improvements.
5. What is the term of the loan? Mortgage loans can be 10 to 30 years (or even 40) and
the costs and interest rate will vary depending on the loan program. The loan program
that you choose should align with your personal financial goals.
When you refinance your mortgage, you are applying for a new loan. This means that you
will have to complete an application and provide documentation to verify your income,
assets, debt-to-income ratio, credit score, and job (or income) history. Your home will have
to appraise for a high enough value to support the mortgage refinance, and you will have
to prove that you can afford the new monthly payments. If it is financially advantageous to
you, it's worth the effort. The key is to make sure up front that is the case by getting all the
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The Doctor Will See You Now
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
That’s it! I’m outta here.” I said as my Rana
grabbed my leg, told me to “knock it off”
and to sit my butt (Full Disclosure: it was
actually another word) down.
My latest temper tandem? After complaining about not feeling well
for a few weeks, I gave in and allowed my Ladylove to schedule an
appointment with my (whoever he is) primary physician. Big mistake.
I don’t do doctors. Over two years ago, I wrote about my “mandatory”
colonoscopy; that being my only visit to a medical office in nearly 35
years. Since then, nothing.
I was (and thankfully) remain a health insurer’s delight. Faithfully
paying the monthly premiums without using any of the services.
But after my PILL (partner in love & life) grew tired of my
complaining, she scheduled the appointment. My new complaint,
however, is with the follow-through in “scheduling.”
The first available appointment was for three weeks. “Forget it” I
replied when she told me the future date. “If I wanted an appointment
in 3 weeks, I’d call two weeks from now.”
Rana was not amused and lovingly (yet with that ominous tone)
“volunteered” to accompany me. Another big mistake.
Anyway, per the doctor’s office instructions, we arrived 10 minutes
earlier than the “scheduled” time so I could complete the required
Now, I freely admit that I am not the smartest guy in any room (even
if I’m the only person in the room) but it’s my contention that there
is something fundamentally screwed up with our healthcare system. I
cannot believe what I experienced is “standard practice.”
Let me add that I completely understand the required documentation.
But in those nine pages, why do they constantly ask the patient to fill
out your name, address and telephone numbers on each page? Couldn’t
they just staple the entire thing?
Wait there’s more.
Even though they photostat your driver’s license and Medicare
card(s), why do they make you write down the same information?
“Rana, I didn’t bring my glasses. What’s my group id number?”
I cried out as I stretched my arms as far as possible so I could read the
Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of my frustration. There
was this question: “In case of emergency, contact: _____.
I wrote: “911.” Once again, my Rana was not amused.
After crossing out that appropriate (in my mind) response and
placing Rana’s name (and, once again, address) the next question
asked: “Relationship.” Rana hit the ceiling when I answered: “Very
“What?” I exclaimed as her looks-could-kill conveyed her annoyance.
“You want me to change it to Excellent?”
Eventually, after turning in the completed paperwork, we waited…
and waited …and waited. After thirty-five minutes elapsed past the
“scheduled appointment” I had it. I got up to leave.
With Rana’s admonishment and “look” I correctly surmised that
walking out would definitely be worse for my health than any ailment
I might have. I meekly sat down and waited some more.
Twelve minutes later (yes, I was checking) I squealed in delight when
someone finally called my name. I didn’t realize that my “patience”
was to be rewarded by being placed in solitary confinement.
Rana told me later it’s called an exam room and after 22 minutes of
my “time-out” (yeah, I kept checking) the doctor came in.
The physician told me to lose weight (Hell, Rana tells me that every
day. I needed that advice after waiting an hour?) and to come back in
four weeks after I give a blood, urine and stool sample.
Rather than go through this again, I started to drop my pants
and provide the requested items right then and there. The doctor, in
rejecting my offer, was not amused either.
No way was I going to play the waiting again and I insisted on the
first appointment of the day. I got it – it’s the 2 nd Tuesday in February.
Sun City MacDonald Ranch Events
The annual Sun City MacDonald Ranch Craft Fair will be held on
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2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson.
The Craft Fair is sponsored by three clubs: The SCMR Ceramics Club,
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The Craft Fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Interested
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There will also be a Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 to 11:30 a.m., which
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Pace of Play
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
The weather is turning really nice which will
attract more players to their respective golf
courses. That’s a good thing and after overseeding,
with cooler weather, courses around town will be in good shape.
I believe that pace of play is paramount to better golf. Good pace
equals good rhythm, equals better scoring.
When someone in a group is slow, it affects all players. And when the
group fails to keep up with the group in front, it frustrates everyone -
especially the group behind you.
So what can be done?
By observing the new rules of golf, (such as putting with the flag in,
taking a drop from knee high) this should improve pace of play. And I
believe that in most cases it has.
But there are still slow golfers that can hold up a group. What can be
done if this situation happens in your group?
Inform the slow player just how important pace of play is and stress
the need for your group to keep up with the group in front. Ask each
player to go directly to their ball so they can access the situation and
be ready to play when it’s their turn, instead of milling around with the
group watching one golfer hit his shot.
Take it from me – if you say something to the slow player, he/she
will get it. If you don’t, the group will continue slow play - and that is
Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a member
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By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
The first piece of luggage on the carousel
never belongs to anyone. George Roberts
If God had intended us to fly, he would have
made it easier to get to the airport. Jonathan
The only reason they say, “Women and children first” is to test the
strength of the lifeboats. Jean Kerr
The best cure for sea sickness is to sit under a tree. Spike Milligan
Having more money doesn’t make you happier. I have
50 million dollars but I was just as happy when I had 48
million. Arnold Schwarzenegger
I’m not a paranoid, deranged millionaire. Dammit, I’m a
billionaire. Howard Hughes
As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind -
every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder. John Glenn
America is the only country where a significant proportion of the
population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon
landing was faked. David Letterman
If life were fair, Elvis would still be alive today and all the
impersonators would be dead. Johnny Carson
Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is. Jimmy
When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a
new wife. Prince Philip
I don’t believe in astrology. I am a Sagittarius and we’re very
skeptical. Warren Tantum
I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for
it. Robert Benchley
And finally: Men are like linoleum floors. Lay ‘em right and you
can walk all over them for thirty years.
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
did a show many years ago called Playhouse
I 90. It was a “live” weekly show at the CBS
Studios in Los Angeles.
It ran from 1956-1960. It had a wonderful reputation as being TV’s
most distinguished anthology drama series and received many Emmy
The year was 1959 and I was in an episode called “In Lonely
Expectation.” The story was about unwed mothers and each girl had
her own little story line.
I was to be the youngest girl in the home and my character didn’t
know how I got pregnant! Obviously, the character I was portraying
wasn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier! It was a fun show to be
working on. Here’s the “backstory” on this episode.
One of the actresses decided she wanted to wear spiked heels. She
claimed it would help her “get into character.”
Her “baby” of course, was a doll wrapped in a blanket. The director
told her not to wear high heels since her feet wouldn’t show and it
would be too dangerous if she should fall while carrying her “baby.”
However, she insisted on wearing her high heels. And you guessed it
- she tripped and the baby went flying! The cameraman did his best to
turn the camera, but it was pretty obvious as to what happened.
In 1957, the show transitioned to video tape which made it easy
for them to edit out any mistakes. I often wonder if this incident had
The Peanut Butter Falcon
By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations
Hollywood has finally made a terrific “feel
good” movie. Directors Tyler Nilson and
Michael Schwartz should be applauded for their
time and effort in producing a unique PG-13 film.
The movie centers on “Zack” who is a Down syndrome 22 year old
young man who wants to become a professional wrestler, like “The
Saltwater Redneck” he sees on television advertising a wrestling school.
During my previous career as a teacher, I spent 25 of my 30 years
as a Special Education teacher; teaching learning disabled students,
including Down syndrome pupils, like Zack. Their characteristics
include; a distinct facial appearance, slant eyes, intellectual disability,
and developmental delays.
The back story for this movie is quite interesting, Directors Nilson
and Schwartz visited a camp for special needs children and while there,
interviewed Zack and asked him what he wanted for a career. He did not
hesitate, “A famous movie star.”
Surprised, they started giving him reasons why it was impossible,
blah, blah, blah, including that there would not be many movie roles
for him. He immediately answered, “Then why don’t you make one for
Nilson and Schwartz were startled, liked the idea and decided to give
it a chance. They also wrote this excellent script.
The casting is superb with Zack Gottsagen playing himself with Shia
anything to do with
In the photo, I’m
with (also playing
one of the unwed
Maxwell who was
a co-star with Elvis
Presley in Blue
in 1981 she and
her husband were
gunned down in
their Beverly Hills
condo during an
She was a
and friend. It makes us all realize just how fragile life can be.
Until next time, remember: Do not regret growing older. It’s a
privilege denied to many.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, as well as
other strong actors, including Bruce
Dern, and John Hawkes.
The movie begins when Zack runs
away from a care facility leaving
everything behind but the “tidy whitey” underwear he had on. He has
the goal of becoming a professional wrestler.
Rather than tell you what happens next, suffice to say, it is well-worth
your while to watch and cheer him on. Just a wonderful, wonderful feel
I happily give “The Peanut Butter Falcon” 5 boxes of buttered
Renee Riendeau is the movie critic for “Renee’s Revelations”
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The Greatest Legend
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Paul Robeson lived one of the great lives of
the 20th century. He had many talents and
accomplishments in sports, singing and acting – all while fighting
He will be especially remembered as Joe the stevedore, for his powerful
bass voice singing Ol’ Man River, in Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein
musical Show Boat.
The song expressed
his views - comparing
the Mississippi River to
rich people indifferent
“colored people” with
the words: “Dere’s
an ol’ man called de
Mississippi, Dat’s de
ol’ man dat I’d like
to be; What does he
care if de world’s got
troubles; What does he care if de land ain’t free…”
Paul Leroy Robeson, (pronounced Robe-son,) was a highly
intelligent, charismatic, courteous, handsome gentleman. He won
a scholarship to Rutgers University, graduated Phi Betta Kappa, and
even became a lawyer. He excelled in sports and was inducted into the
College Football Hall of Fame.
Robeson lived from 1898-1976; the son of a runaway slave, preacher
and a Quaker mom, who died in a fire when Paul was six. His father
then raised Paul and his 4 siblings.
Paul grew up singing spirituals in his father’s Presbyterian Church.
He quit the law practice, when a white secretary refused to type his
He married Eslanda Cardozo Goode in 1921. She became his personal
assistant and persuaded him to work in music and dramatics.
Robeson starred in Eugene O’Neill’s play All God’s Chillun Got
Wings, electrifying critics and audiences. His acting career was born
and eventually he performed in over a dozen movies.
Because of his views on human rights, his politics led him to sing and
act where race didn’t matter; namely Europe and Russia. In England,
he was the first black Othello, but never did this role in America because
blacks were not allowed to do a love scene with a white woman.
Robeson believed and urged peaceful coexistence with other societies
regardless of race, color or religion. He gave numerous speeches, wrote
many articles and authored his biography, Here I Stand.
Joseph Dorinson, history professor at Long Island University claimed
Paul Robeson was “the greatest legend nobody knows.”
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.
All-Star Benefit at Orleans
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
The music at the Route 91 Harvest Festival
ended prematurely when a gunman broke
out a Mandalay Bay window and reined bullets
down on the celebration at 10:05 PM that Sunday evening. By 10:30 the
phones at Las Vegas’ Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) had begun
ringing and volunteers were hustling to hospitals throughout the city.
In a town whose reputation has been built on gambling, glamour
and entertainment, tourists and other visitors can easily overlook the
compassionate side of Clark County that 2.2 million call home.
The TIP volunteers “provide assistance on the scene of tragedy,”
explained TIP’s local CEO Jill Roberts. Many of TIP’s calls are from first
responders…often the coroner’s office who recognize TIP’s resources
are needed; “95% are death related,” said Roberts.
Among the service TIP provided for Route 91 victims was guidance
to victims and their families for transport home and offering emotional
support to medical staffs that had never experienced the magnitude of
such an event.
With TIP’s 25 th anniversary approaching, a celebratory show, The
Bridge, an Orchestral Benefit Concert, has been scheduled with all
the “Las Vegas” that anybody could wish for.
(L to R) Ariana Martinez, Tyriq Johnson, Frankie Scinta,
Mariano Longo, Kent Foote
Joining organizers Mariano Longo, Kent Foote and producer/director
Jeanne Bavaro in the October 13 show at the Orleans Casino are Las
Vegas legend Frankie Scinta; Serpentine Fire (the touring band playing
the funk and soul of Earth, Wind and Fire), Ariana Martinez (the
newcomer whose tribute to Gloria Estefan has taken the town by storm)
and Foote’s band, the Vegas Good Fellas. Longo will also be conducting
a 32-piece orchestra.
Also benefiting from the show is Nevada Health Centers, a non-profit
providing a variety of health care programs throughout the state,
including mobile units.
Scinta’s comedy and music first hit the Las Vegas Strip in 2000 and
he remains an in-demand performer locally and nationally. Longo’s
30-year career includes performing with Lesley Gore, Bobby Rydell,
Roy Clark and others. Foote’s band, Vegas Good Fellas, celebrated their
seventh anniversary performing Thursday night’s at Siena Italian Deli.
Showtime October 13 is 6:00 PM with Red Carpet at 5:00 PM; VIP
reception 9:00 PM. Tickets, $35-$60, www.orleanscasino.com.
Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to
hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:
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By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
Have you ever looked at professional photos
used on business cards? Since I’m in real
estate, I’ve had my picture taken many, many
times over the years.
I refuse to stand in a ¾ stance and fold my arms with a slight smile. I
have pissed off many photographers to be sure.
You don’t get a whole lot of posing choices and resolution is important
- so they tell me. I can sit at a desk, in front of a green screen and fill in
the background later, look business-like with my glasses and a folder,
smile sheepishly (which never works well for me) or just plain smile,
face forward and look phony.
As you can see from my column’s head shot, I chose the face forward
posed smile. I wish I could use the one when I burst out laughing at
my dogs or felt content on the deck of a ship at sunset. Nope. It’s not
professional and no business attire.
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If you’re in banking and mortgages, you absolutely face front, appear
sincere, honest and very authoritative. After all, you’re being trusted
with a client’s assets and looking like an idiot won’t build your business.
These days whatever you do will ultimately wind up on social media.
And as we all know, social media can be a very dangerous playground.
Posting a vacation picture says you’re not home and you can afford a
vacation. Obviously you don’t need to attract business with your photo.
Now social media says if you are posting for business, you must create
another page specifically for that purpose. OK I’ll go along with that for
But what do you do when your old friend of 40 years posts the one
where you got drunk at Senor Frogs in Mazatlán in the 80’s and
everyone danced on the table singing Wooly Bully?
Either way, professional page or friend page, this is me. Dual
personality and all.
I’m not sure there’s a solution and once again go back in time when
only important people had business cards with no pictures.
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
Eplie Maneuver Cures Vertigo
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
Through the years, I have heard of people
suffering from vertigo. However, I never
understood the severity of how debilitating or
agonizing this could be until I experienced it.
Therefore, whether you know someone that has suffered from this,
or not, I would recommend that you brand this relief method in your
brain and regard this article about Eplie Maneuver, a public service
The Eplie Maneuver involves a series of movements that help to
reposition crystals in a person’s ear that may cause feelings of dizziness.
Repositioning the crystals helps to relieve the person’s dizziness and
Recently I fell in my kitchen and hit my head so hard that it required
ten staples. But that wasn’t the worst of it.
The vertigo that resulted from the fall was nauseating. My head felt
like I was upside down on a roller coaster that wouldn’t stop going
around at a hundred miles an hour - in both directions. I couldn’t even
call for help for 5 hours.
I had hit my head so hard that the crystals shot these equilibrium
sensors out of my inner ear. The Doctor explained it would take six to
eight weeks before I would be able to function normally. And don’t even
think about driving.
This was beyond depressing and totally unacceptable. How would I
feed my cat?
Luckily I was assigned an amazing home nurse that knew about the
Eplie Maneuver. She was able to get an Eplie Practitioner to my home.
Although the treatment was horrific, in less than 5 minutes I was
80% better. Two days later, again, in less than 5 minutes I was back to
being myself. Ten days after my accident I drove myself to the hospital
to remove the stitches.
There are videos on YouTube that show you how to do this maneuver
yourself. However, as simple as it may seem, and as unimaginable as it
can be, you could make it worse. Therefore, I would highly recommend
hiring a trained professional.
To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops
and readings, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Play by Susan Shear
A Super Summer Theatre &
Speeding Theatre Present:
House of Tomorrow
This production weaves together believable, humorous, and touching
stories about seniors facing life with vigor, keeping their lives (their
houses) open to remodeling, their dreams big, their hopes high!!
December 5,7,12, & 14 at 7 pm
December 7, 8, 14 & 15 at 2 pm
At the Super Summer Studios
4340 S. Valley View Blvd, Suite 208,
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Tickets: $20 at Box Office
(Mon.-Thurs. 10am-2pm; 702-579-7529)
$22.50 on supersummertheatre.org
This performance is made possible by ArtAge Senior Theatre
Resource Center, www.seniortheatre.com
Nothing is more rewarding to me than seeing
people with Parkinson’s dancing, painting
and boxing (no contact) their way to a better life. Helping those with
Parkinson’s lead richer, more fulfilling lives in an important part of
That is why the upcoming benefit concert, featuring Neil Diamond
impersonator, Jay White, is so important. The October 5, 2019 benefit
concert at The Venue is part of the “Sweet Caroline” tour which White
conceived to pay tribute to Diamond, whose legendary career was cut
short by Parkinson’s.
White will perform Diamond’s classic songs to raise money and
awareness for those living with the disease. That money enables Friends
of Parkinson’s Inc. to conduct support groups, medical symposiums
and a host of art and movement courses at no cost to Parkinsonians.
I encourage you to help us help those who are living with the
pain, stiffness, tremor, slow movement and slurred speech that often
accompanies this incurable neurological disorder. You can make a
meaningful difference in the health of our community by purchasing
tickets to the event.
You can join The Vegas Golden Knights, Palm Mortuary and others in
making a positive impact on the lives of some of the 12,000 individuals
Our Year End Shows
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
Over 250 (retired) hippies joined our
entertainment editor and host Evan
Davis in The Vegas Voice Woodstock 50th
Anniversary Show. What a great, fun show with
That was the headline I read somewhere. Since I was one of those
retired hippies, I don’t really remember where I read it. (Editor’s Note:
It was on our Vegas Voice website).
It certainly was an exciting August and September proved to be just
as electrifying with Genevieve Dew and Michael Ross Nugent
astounding the sold-out crowd at Sun City MacDonald Ranch. But why
talk about the past?
Let’s see what The Vegas Voice has in store for you the remainder of
the year. You probably just missed Chase Brown’s country show at
Sun City Summerlin’s Starbright Theatre, but you can look forward to
the “Disco Nights” show at the Italian American Club on November 8 th .
Autumn Grayce Johnson, Nieve Malandra and Nellie Norris
(from Concerts and Legends) will have you dancin’ in the isles to songs
like: It’s Raining Men, Celebrate, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”
and much, much more. Ned Mills, our musical director, knows exactly
how to keep the show rockin’ to those wonderful, fantastic Disco Songs.
And our special guest, Sonny Charles will be performing some of
his hit songs from when he was the lead singer with the Checkmates
plus the 7 years that he sang with the Steve Miller Band.
Sweet Music Raises Money
By: Jamillah Ali-Rahman / Friends of
Genevieve Dew, Michael Ross Nugent and yours truly will
bring the entertainment to our New York New Year’s Eve party
We round out the year by having a Holiday Show on December 7 th at
Sun City MacDonald Ranch and cap off the year in the same place on
December 31 st . That’s right, New Year’s Eve.
It will be an east coast, or as we will call it, New York New Year’s Eve.
It will be a dinner show that will start at 6 pm with the ball dropping
from Times Square at the stroke of midnight in New York, but 9:00 pm
There will be champagne, noise makers, lots of food and plenty of
music. The entertainment will be supplied by Michael Ross Nugent
and Genevieve Dew. I promise you it will be a night to end - and
begin a great new year!
You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive
his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.
com. Email him at: email@example.com.
in Las Vegas living with Parkinson’s. We are truly fortunate to live in
such a giving and caring city.
Come and enjoy an enchanting evening of Neil Diamond music,
wonderful food and festivities. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Individual tickets start at $39 and are available by contacting us at
702.381.4141 or visiting our website at www.friendsofparkinsons.
Jamillah Ali-Rahman is the Founder/CEO of the Friends of Parkinson’s
Inc, a Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit. www.friendsofparkinsons.org.
Hans Klok: The World’s
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
Hans Klok: The World’s Fastest Magician” is
a family friendly entertaining show at the
Excalibur. In 70 minutes you will see about 50 illusions.
The Divas of Magic dancers – men and women are on stage as this
internationally renowned award winning magician takes a breather or
changes his outfit. It is Vegas - clothing changes are mandatory.
I’ve seen many of the illusions before. But most theater goers
don’t attend quite so many magic shows. And this Dutch born 50ish
entertainer is very good to look at too.
The 425 seat renovated Thunderland theater means you aren’t far
from the action. You’ll see the traditional illusions, such as stuffing an
attractive woman into a small container and sticking swords in one side
and out the other. Hans does it with flare and theatrical charm.
Hans also chats with folks in the room. He says half the audience
simply wants to be entertained while the other half wants to know how
the tricks are done. Relax and be part of the first half.
The show is a combination of close up and big magic. Cards appear
in hands and come out of his mouth. The wine bottles transfers are
Then there’s the big illusions. Hans stands on top of a huge box and
in the blink of an eye, as he moves a cover in front of him, POOF, he’s in
the box and a dancer is standing on top where he was.
There’s a devil queen who does a bit of magic and the dancers present
some enjoyable ballet sequences. Video projections add to the feel of the
Hans credits other magicians with some of the great classic illusions.
The floating table - a traditional illusion but is still amazing.
And the suspended lightbulb that flies out over the audience. It’s a
trick from the Blackstone days and still a head scratcher.
Hans Klok is face-paced, family friendly fun.
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.
Reverse Mortgage Basics
By: Nick Flores / Loan Educator
What Is a Reverse Mortgage? A reverse
mortgage is a mortgage loan for
homeowners 62 or older that enables them to
access their home equity.
This type of loan does not require a monthly mortgage payment.
This benefits the borrower to continue to live in their home without
The loan is repaid when either of the following occurs: borrower
sells the home, finds another primary residence to live in, or passes
away. The legal term for a reverse mortgage is Home Equity Conversion
Could You Benefit from a Reverse Mortgage? Enjoy your retirement
with this flexible solution, since a reverse mortgage lets you:
1. Access to your property equity to do home improvements, take an
extended vacation, reinvest or save for the future;
2. Gain access to non-taxable cash without affecting your Social
Security or Medicare eligibility;
3. Live in your property without monthly payments and without
losing the title to your home;
4. Finance your loan with minimum out-of-pocket expenses;
5. Choose your loan proceeds in the form of a lump sum, monthly
installments, a line of credit, or opt to combine these forms;
6. Reverse as a purchase loan: Buy a new primary property without
a mortgage payment.
Are You Qualified?
Enjoy the benefits of
a reverse mortgage in
your golden years. The
requirements are as
1. The borrower
needs to be 62 or older
(spouses could be
younger) and must be the titleholder of the equity.
2. The borrower must be able to repay their current obligations, such
as homeowners’ insurance and property taxes with no serious late
payments within the past 24 months.
3. All existing loans/liens must be paid off with reverse mortgage
proceeds, or with some other funds during closing.
4. Your home must be a single-family home, 1-4-unit home, a
condominium, a planned unit development, or modular home. A
manufactured home is in some cases eligible.
5. The Federal Housing Administration wants you to understand
the process and receive a certificate upon counseling completion with
third-party counseling; then you can bring the certificate to the lender
and start the process.
Consult with your tax consultant for additional information. Find out
if a reverse mortgage is right for you by attending our free educational
seminar. Details are below.
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
There is one kind of husband that invariably
causes a longing envy in virtually every
woman on the planet. He’s not necessarily the
hottest, smartest, funniest, tallest or the most
romantic. No, this husband can actually fix stuff.
I say “husband” not because a single guy can’t fix stuff. (And not
because a woman isn’t capable of fixing stuff herself, if she’s into that. I
know women who like to do that kind of thing...we aren’t close).
But if you find a single one ladies, invite him over immediately: bake
lasagna, turn on ESPN, mount a keg in your living room and stake a
claim on that boy as quick as you can!
Now, I don’t mean the man who uses seventeen tools to change a
light bulb, or the one who tackles the broken toilet with masking tape
- declaring it functional even as water streams across the floor, or the
man who’s trying to replace the batteries in the smoke alarm that has
been going off every 23 minutes since he did it last month.
Then there’s the one who says he can fix the sprayer hose on the
garage sink where you wash the dogs, and we are NOT calling a
plumber, and after 20 minutes on his back underneath it muttering
threats of retaliation against the manufacturer, he orders the part and
when it comes (two weeks later) he gets under there again and the part
doesn’t fit because it’s the wrong part and he swears he ordered the
right part, and he swears...well...he just swears...so he sends it back with
a descriptive letter to the company about his intentions towards their
We Are NOT Getting a Plumber
The Rose Bud Auxiliary
“Having Fun Raising Funds”
A variety of wonderful fundraising events are
planned to support St. Rose Dominican Hospitals,
including our Inaugural Gala November 2, 2019.
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mothers and their dogs.
Finally, the right part arrives and
after another couple of hours down
there, the sprayer hose is restored!
The faucet is still messed up, but he’ll
take care of it and we are NOT getting
No, it’s none of these guys. It’s the magnificent, colorful and rarelyglimpsed
man who says he can fix something - and then does.
Repairing the bathroom door that comes off the hinges from the
children slamming it repeatedly. Taking on the bathtub that keeps
backing up and using a plumber’s snake to retrieve the Legos that
the children have stuffed down the drain. (Sensing a theme?)
Anyway, this man is a treasure. This man is golden.
One of the stove burners won’t work - he gets it operational. Her car
is making a burping sound - he raises the hood (and actually knows
what he’s looking at) and puts it right - no fuss, no muss, no muttering.
Can you imagine?
Most of us can only dream. Most of us have the “other” kind of
husband. My advice to all you single gals: call a plumber...and start
Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North
Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s
book! - by visiting her website at www.vickiwentz.com.
Annual Basket Raffle
By: Carol Chapman
It’s that time of
year again! The
Seniors is holding its annual Basket Raffle on Saturday, October 12, at
1:30 p.m.in the Ballroom at Green Valley Ranch Resort.
The Foundation Assisting Seniors was founded with the mission of
improving the quality of life for the senior community by assisting
them in times of illness, recovery, confinement at home, copying with
the loss of a loved one and other senior challenges, as well as to provide
assistance with everyday tasks such as household maintenance and
The Basket Raffle is a time to enjoy the ‘goods’ in life while supporting
a wonderful cause. The Foundation will raffle a total of 125 baskets, of
all sizes. The holidays are right around the corner and winning one of
these baskets is a great gift for the holiday season.
The Foundation is expecting a large number of people, but only
a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase. The $10
admission fee includes 20 raffle tickets and extra tickets will be
available at the door.
Tickets are also available for purchase at the FAS/NAN office or
from any Foundation Assisting Seniors trustee or “Friend of the
Foundation.” For more information, call 725-244-4200, or visit www.
“A New York
New Year’s Eve Celebration”
Celebrate the New Year with a great buffet dinner,
a fabulous show, a champagne toast- all for $45. 00
and still be home by 9:30pm
Fantastic Entertainment by:
2020 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy.
Tue, Dec. 31, 2019
Doors at 6:00 pm.
Dinner at 6:30 pm.
Show begins at 7:30pm.
At the Clubhouse
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Remembring Louis Prima
By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective
Louis Prima Jr. is an ambassador of good
times, Vegas-style. The son of a man
famous for his swinging ways and songs like Just
A Gigolo and Jump, Jive and Wail, travels the
country and the world doing what daddy-o did,
but for an entirely new generation.
Some of those in his audiences may have never even heard of the
man’s father, who is widely venerated and has been re-recorded by
some of the most famous musicians in the world.
Louis Prima Jr. was born in 1965 in Las Vegas because his father was
a local lounge favorite. Dad’s sessions at the Sahara Hotel/Casino were
a late night Vegas favorite frequented by all of the notables of the Old
Louis Prima Sr. and his raucous band, The Witnesses, which included
sax great Sam Butera, jammed their sets with fun, fury and grace
through the late night howling hours when everybody was gussied up
for a night on the town.
In the show there was always the beauty to counter Prima’s beast;
originally, singer Keely Smith, and then Louis Jr’s mother Gia Maione
took up singing honors for The Witnesses.
Like his father before him, Prima Jr’s job is apparently to make people
smile, and it is hard not to with his trombone player bwah-bwah-ing
away freestyle, while the sax man goes crazy on that, with singer Kate
Curran bringing it beside Louis Jr. who is blasting away on his trumpet
when not on the mic.
Sadly, Louis Prima Sr. bip-bopped
to the Other Side in 1978 and that was
the end of the signature Prima grand
show. But Louis Jr. is doing a swell job
keeping his father’s music alive and
gets to actively pay homage to his
deep musical roots.
I knew Louis Jr. in high school. I
had been over to his house with my
brother a few times as his sister, Lena,
Louis Prima, Jr.
was dating my brother’s best friend,
John Bertza, who, I kid you not, rivaled Mark Slaughter as the greatest
young guitar god in Las Vegas in the early 1980s.
Turned out it was Slaughter to win the ultimate prize of fame and
fortune, but Bertza went on to get a record contract with a Hollywood
metal band right out of high school.
That was the world that Louis Jr. and I shared by the time I met him:
Clark High School, rock gods, music. So no matter how many countries
Louis Jr. visits preaching the gospel of good times Vegas-style, he is just
another Vegas kid, but now one also with a mission: to keep his father’s
musical legacy alive.
Joey Kantor is a journalist and novelist. He writes fiction
under the name Fargo Kantrowitz. His Las Vegas based novel,
Babybirds, is available at Lulu.com.
I’m Getting Old - So What!
By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.
Are you a member of the “Baby Boomer”
generation? I am, and I still remember
playing with my dad’s army backpacks, canteen
and army issued eating utensils and even a real army pup tent. Every
summer my brother and I would erect the pup tent and spend days
playing in it.
I imagine I was like most of you growing up; I questioned myself as
I followed the rules and relied on my friends to give me the confidence
that I was doing the right thing and was accepted. As I’ve aged, I’ve
become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself - becoming my own
The years continue to roll by and I watch loved ones leave this world
too soon. However, it has caused me to understand there is a great
freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it if I choose to stay in my pajamas all day and just
read, or stay on the computer until 4:00 am, or sleep until noon? So
what if I put on old home movies of giving parties at the beach house
and dancing until the wee hours of the morning knowing that might
bring heartache as I see people I loved - and realize they are no longer
here. Nonetheless, I feel broken hearts are what gives us strength and
understanding and compassion.
It’s easy to speak about the pitfalls (especially physical ones) about
getting older. A lot of us fight weight as our metabolism slows down and
our desire for the wrong food increases. Conversely, the wonderful thing
about getting older is you grow to realize you care less about what other
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning
gray, (thank God I still have some). So many have never laughed, and
so many have died before their hair could turn gray.
I am grateful to have laughed and dreamed as much as I did. And
though some of my dreams did not come to fruition, what a gift I had
just to have had them.
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.
The first question I asked my friend when she
came to me for help was “tell me about
your children.” At the time, she related how great
they were and she was sure that they would never to anything to hurt
The problem was that her two children happened to be her guardians.
They convinced her to sign papers approving them with that status
since they “only wanted to take care of her after a stressful divorce.”
I had to remind her about the powers of a guardian. They have
control of absolutely everything the “ward” (now called “protected
person”) owns. And I really mean everything.
She told me that the children had hired a lawyer to represent her and
that was a good sign until I asked who the attorney was. On hearing the
name, I recognized it was one of the infamous former private guardian
April Parks’ lawyers.
My advice was to steer clear and insist on getting someone else. It
sent the children into a frenzy of threats since she was “failing to
It didn’t take long before those same children convinced my friend
that she had Alzheimer’s and they would need to be her guardians full
time. Even without a medical degree, I knew the diagnosis was wrong.
How do I know? Because the day she called me, I asked to see the
guardianship papers and all other related documents. When she
arrived, everything was in order; each document filed in folders in the
most organized fashion.
She had detailed notes of every meeting and incident that had
happened over the past few months. I really doubt that anyone with
Alzheimer’s would be able to do that.
As the days ticked by, the threats became more frequent. The latest -
their threat to sell her rental properties.
Her only solution is to use the guardianship reform laws The Vegas
Voice assisted in getting passed. This would free her from this horrible
situation. To do that, we need to prove to the Family Court that this
Guardianship: Sometimes it’s Family
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
“The Guardians” in Church
Pam Wandel and Pastor
Robert Rossow from the
Senior Adult Ministry (SAM),
Faith Community Lutheran
Church in Summerlin. SAM
hosted the documentary “The
Guardians” last month and
even provided notaries for
members to complete the
It was the 14 th showing/
seminar provided by The
charming lady is not in need of any guardian protections.
Next month, I will give you the conclusion after her day in court.
Cross your fingers and say a prayer for this awesome Sun City lady.
You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also
check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:
Las Vegas Councilwoman Seaman
hosts “The Guardians”
Las Vegas City Councilwoman Victoria Seaman sponsored a
Guardianship seminar with the showing of “The Guardians”
documentary last month at the Sahara Library. With the Councilwoman
(L to R) is Vegas Voice Guardianship advocate Sandy Lewis, Ward 2 Senior
Citizens Advisory Board member Vito Galati along with publisher Dan
It was the 15 th showing/seminar provided by The Vegas Voice.
Editor’s Note: Last month, our “Timeless
Beauty” columnist, Linda Gomez wrote about
her experiences of starting a small family-run
company. Despite having “Intellectual Property” protection, her
company’s success was nearly destroyed by Chinese counterfeiters.
Everyone at The Vegas Voice is so proud of what she accomplished
that we are re-running her initial column along with the second part
– her Hmeeting at the White House.
ow 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
From Mom to the White House
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
Mesa, Arizona) then to real estate ventures, politics, charity and grief
support for SIDS families, (even co-writing a grief book) life kept me
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
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.
This June, Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President and Director of the
Office of Trade & Manufacturing Policy, invited us to the White House
to share our plight ahead of the upcoming Congressional hearings. By
July, along with my youngest daughter Ashley and youngest son
Hunter we headed to the White House.
There were important decisions to make - like what to wear! It was
Made in America week, so the color scheme was easy.
Then the serious work. Everyone pulled together; gathering data,
numbers, laws, issues and timelines with written documentation.
Although I have a terrible fear of public speaking, my kids felt
strongly that I tell my company’s story. When Dr. Navarro extended the
invite, we weren’t sure what to expect. While I have been to the White
House several times (even invited for tea by Laura Bush) this was the
most nerve wracking - and best experience ever.
The security checks (and the dogs) were numerous as my children
and I passed through various secret service checkpoints. We eventually
received our passes and made our way to a busy front office.
We were then escorted to another office with a conference table and
after some polite exchanges, I had the floor.
Once I started speaking, I never looked at my notes, I just shared our
company’s story. We had examples of counterfeits and packaging from
China. I offered insight from a small company perspective.
When I was done they asked questions. I was prepared and easily
addressed all their concerns.
At the end of our meeting, White House personnel asked if my family
would consider sharing this story on television. We were also asked and
did submit a statement for the Congressional hearings.
I have no idea if what we did that day will make a difference. But for
me, it already has.
At 64, I found an inner confidence I didn’t know existed. More
importantly were the accolades and conversations with my kids after
The text from my attorney daughter says it all: “The reality of what
you did just hit me. You had a meeting at the White House and
crushed it! Very, very few people in the world can say that.”
Even if my involvement doesn’t change anything with China, my
kids were really proud of me. Hopefully this will be another example
for them to always try and make a difference - even if the odds are
SCA Chicago Club - Chi-Waii Luau
With my son and daughter after our meeting at the White House
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.
Chicago Club Board Members
By: Sheila Gillis, Chicago Club VP
From the moment people came through the doors of the lobby, dressed
to the nines in their Hawaiian gear, a friendly, high-energy buzz was in
the air. It was filled with pictures of the Chicago Club’s past events.
When the doors to the Ballroom opened, everyone was transported into
a whimsical atmosphere as they gazed upon “Mighty Mount Chi-Waii”
standing tall on the stage; a sea of colorful tables decorated with huge
blow-up Palm Trees and Pink Flamingo drink holders - and a Tiki Bar/
President Bill Beckman welcomed everyone, and, as at every event, the
crowd sang the Chicago Club’s “Spirit Song.” Hilariously, a faux pig was
carried through the crowd, an excellent meal from Dickey’s was served
and then, beautiful Hawaiian dancers from “Hula Halau Na Manu O
Kaiona shared their culture, stories and Aloha.
As everyone in SCA knows, you don’t have to be from Chicago to be a
member. It is the Club’s mission to Welcome Everyone to their FUN and
The welcoming, fun and friendly atmosphere has made the Chicago
Club one of the most popular Clubs in SCA, reaching a membership of
480. (At the Chicago Club, you are NEVER a Stranger!)
The 30/30/30 Rule
By: Aaron Phillips / Healthy Voice
When we last met, I shared with you the
basis of my story. “Choices, Decisions,
Consequences” sort of wraps everything neatly
with a bow as to why we feel the way we do both physically and mentally.
My mission is to share easy things anyone can do to achieve better
One of the first things I was taught by the nutritionist for my gastric
sleeve surgery, was something called “The 30/30/30 Rule.” My postsurgery
regimen includes getting 90-100 grams of protein and at least
120 ounces of water a day in my body.
Everyone knows the basic ways of obtaining protein: meat (but don’t
overdo red meat), fish, chicken, nuts etc. But what happens when we
bring these good proteins and nutrients into our body?
Growing up, I was told that if you want to lose weight you should
drink at least 8 ounces of water before a meal, as this will fill you up,
so you don’t overeat. The problem with that is about 30-60 minutes
later - you go to the bathroom and release the water you ingested and
you’re hungry again.
The 30/30/30 Rule
(1) Stop drinking fluids 30 minutes before your meal. This
allows the body to have as much space to take in all the good nutrients
your body needs.
(2) Your meal should take between 20-30 minutes to eat. Slow
down, enjoy the food. Eat with the salad fork so less actually goes in and
will slow you down. Plus: Do not drink any fluids while eating. This will
“dilute” the nutrients your body needs.
(3) Wait 30 minutes to drink again. It takes at least that long for
those proper nutrients to be absorbed throughout your body.
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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One for the Road
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
just learned that a career Army Major,
I decorated for combat action in both Iraq
and Afghanistan, lost his retirement pension
because he has a job working in a (legal) medical
It defies logic, and only confirms that there is a “right way, a wrong
way, and the Army way.” Even though the Feds still have the herb listed
as a Schedule 1 substance, it just seems like a cheap shot from some
very closed mindsets that abound in our leadership - mindsets geared
to ruin the lives of a veteran and his family.
Its nuts because alcohol destroys more lives than marijuana ever did
(research indicates that marijuana may actually control many PTSD
symptoms). Alcohol could never make that claim.
Every week at our base camp in Vietnam, each soldier was issued a
six-pack of beer, either Black Label or Budweiser, compliments of the
U.S. Army. When we finished the free, we drank the local stuff…a lot.
They also handed out two cartons of cigarettes each month. Alcohol
consumption is an acceptable vice in our military, and binge-drinking
is on the rise.
The military culture has always been supportive of drinking, and
excessive consumption has been regarded as normal. However, the
impact of alcohol abuse continues to take its toll.
Excessive drinking is estimated to cost today’s Defense Department
$1.1 billion per year in lost productivity and medical treatment. It is
also thought to result in the loss of roughly 320,000 workdays a year,
and it leads to roughly 34,000 arrests per year. Recently, two Marine
Corps commanding officers have been fired for driving under the
In a 2015 Rand Corporation survey, it was found that 30 percent of
active troops reported being binge drinkers, and one in three service
members met criteria that indicated they engaged in “hazardous
drinking or possible alcohol use disorder.” The outcome: The U.S.
military is America’s heaviest-drinking profession, with heavy
I’m not on a soapbox debating marijuana vs alcohol (I did enough
of that in the ‘60s), but I would like to see a bit more parity and a
lot less ignorant bigotry from people whose decisions so heavily affect
innocent people - especially veterans.
Take it easy this Octoberfest.
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.
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Climate Change - A Proposal
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
No one can disagree that climate change
is a major topic for discussion. Whether
you are a proponent that climate change is
real and action must be taken or you are an
equally passionate opponent that climate change is pure fantasy, the
conversation itself invokes a great deal of emotion!
So, who’s right? Let’s explore both possibilities.
If climate change is not real, I have one question – What If You’re
Wrong? Answer: Every living person and thing on this planet will cease
to exist. The question is only when, NOT if!
To be fair, the other part of that question should be, what if the
supporters of climate change are wrong? Answer: We Still Thrive!
My proposed solution to satisfy both sides is to state quite emphatically
– there is nothing wrong with making money and saving the planet at
the same time!
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By enlisting private business (as opposed to the government) investing
their assets in creating new and innovative technologies and then
deploying those technologies through their existing infrastructure, a
new business paradigm shift can be created that can raise the standard
of living for millions of people.
There are currently over 750 million internal combustion powered
vehicles travelling on the roads. Those vehicles are powered by carbon
footprint emissions that are contributing heavily to climate change.
How? By spewing carbon monoxide, sulphur and diesel matter into
the atmosphere unchecked, the poisonous fumes are slowly, but surely,
killing the planet.
Oil companies can be blamed because they produce the fuels that
are causing the problem. But, they are also the solution. They can
immediately deploy “clean burning” fuels such as natural gas and
biodiesel through their already existing pipelines.
And they can do so quickly. I know that because that is what I spent
17 years of my career focusing on – developing and deploying clean
burning fuels in the transportation sector!
On the other hand, the politicians who support government
intervention claim that we must spend at least $17 trillion dollars to
mitigate the carbon footprint. If they do that, they will bankrupt the
planet and subjugate billions of us to abject poverty!
That is no solution, even if they’re right. Save the planet and starve
Let business intervene and eliminate the problem. They also will
create new high paying jobs that currently do not exist. They just may
give us our cake and let us eat it too!
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due Diligence for the Great Beyond
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
don’t have a bucket list.
I I traveled a great deal as a child, young
person, and academic scholar. Wanderlust
satisfied. Ethnic eateries, live theater and Red Rock Canyon fulfill my
modest impulses to explore.
I’m a wuss. No desire to zip-line or bungee-jump, no hankering for
a pilot’s license. The public library system endlessly feeds my curiosity.
My Chinese husband and I have attained what I consider our greatest
achievement: our contribution to the mongrelization of the human
So my single remaining ambition is to not leave a mess for the
kids. Meaning mess, not in the sense of the world’s condition (already
beyond the pale) but rather in terms of how to avoid complicating
whatever faces our two sons once we’re gone.
I asked Natasha Pace, owner of Silver Lining Estate Sales &
Liquidation, for pointers. She started her business after getting out
from under the ridiculous volume of stuff her father left behind.
He died in his early 50s, and Natasha suddenly was in charge of his
estate. He turned out to have numerous residences, from upstate New
York and Montreal to Boston, New York City, the Carolinas.
He collected old church pews, stained glass, and other antiques; no
sooner did Natasha think she was done than another packed storage
unit would materialize. Making matters harder, a cousin in cahoots
with her late father’s sketchy
girlfriend tried to steal her identity.
Natasha finally hired an estate
liquidator, who was “wonderful,”
she recalls. Realizing she’d enjoy
this line of work more than the
corporate jobs she’d always held, she
set up her company about five years
I asked for recommendations beyond the usual – current will, health
proxy, power of attorney, executor, and so forth. Here are a few:
1. Have a conversation with those who will be there when you are
2. Put important documents (birth/marriage/death certificates,
vehicle titles) together in one safe place.
3. Put lists of all your accounts, all passwords, storage locations, etc.,
with those documents.
4. Periodically tidy up; don’t keep paper beyond what’s necessary.
5. Unload things via donations, auction, whatever.
6. Write down any specific wishes regarding what goes to whom.
7. If you’re hiding anything valuable, or anything very embarrassing,
tell someone you completely trust.
Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to
Las Vegas from New England via China, the West Coast and the
Can Your Car Save Your Life?
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
You’re driving down the highway by yourself
to visit some friends in your new car.
Suddenly you feel faint, and you are having sharp
pains in your chest.
You are able to pull to the side of the road, but that’s about all you
can do before you collapse. Now what?
In the not too distant future, your vehicle will be able to save your
life. No, it won’t have arms that reach out and perform CPR, but it will
have a feature called “Active Health Monitoring”, where it will be able
to monitor your pulse rate, blood sugar level, blood pressure and other
Once it recognizes that your body is in distress, it will be able to call
emergency services - even if you are unconscious. This may sound a
little creepy, but we are already seeing some of this technology in the
new Apple Watch. Which means it won’t be long before it migrates to
Not only will your car be able to monitor you, but if you did happen
to pass out behind the wheel, the car would be able to maneuver safely
to the side of the road by itself as well. Think of how this might help
save a bus full of children if something happens to the driver - or to any
of your elderly friends and relatives.
Mercedes-Benz and Ford are just two of the car manufacturers that
are experimenting with this technology and testing it on vehicles. The
monitors are located in the seat and can gather biological as well as
behavioral data on the driver.
Some of these systems will be able to monitor the driver’s vital signs
before the vehicle can start to make sure the driver isn’t impaired. This
can stop drunk driving and will save lives.
While some will lament the loss of privacy, rest assured that the
manufacturers are working to make sure the HIPAA rules will be
followed. Just one more way your car can bring you peace of mind.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
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When The Body Goes Awry
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Technology is great - except when it does not
work right. The same could be said for the
body. Sometimes, in an effort to treat a problem,
the body can make the matter worse.
Let’s use an example most people can relate to – back pain. The pain
in your back may be due to a disc, a facet problem or arthritis. These
alone can cause a great deal of pain. The body in its effort to deal with
the problem, however, can actually make the pain worse.
One way it does this is it tightens the muscles around the problem
area. This is called splinting. The idea behind this is that if the problem
area cannot move due to it being splinted, there will be less pain and
decreased ongoing damage.
Time to Exercise
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
Fall is here! What a tough summer we had,
and did anyone lose any weight? You don’t
have to admit it. You know who you are!
What’s the best way to lose fat? How do you get rid of flabby arms?
How do you get a flat stomach?
There is no easy way to lose fat. Each person responds differently to
a training program.
However, activities that incorporate many muscle groups help to
reduce fat. For example, fast walking uses more calories per minute and
therefore better suited for fat loss than non-weight bearing activities
that do not use many muscles.
For flabby arms, there is a myth that you can lose fat in an area
of the body by exercising that particular body part. The truth is that
“spot reducing” does not work because you cannot choose where your
body will get the fat it uses for energy, nor can you change the fat into
muscle. However, any exercise that decreases your body fat percentage
will help you lose fat on your arms as well as other body parts.
While this strategy may work over the short term, it can create long
term problems. The muscles get locked into this mode over time and
add to the pain. Now in addition to disc pain, nerve pain or arthritis,
you now have what is called myofascial pain.
If the underlying cause of the back pain is effectively treated, the
myofascial pain may or may not resolve on its own. Many times, it
must be treated separately to help it resolve.
The lesson here: To completely resolve pain, it may be necessary to
not only treat the primary cause but also any other affected tissues.
Another example of how the body can make a bad problem worse is
what the nervous system does in instances of chronic pain. Different
neurons (nerve cells) are designed to pick up different sensations.
You have different neurons which allow you to feel temperature
(hot/cold), light touch, strong pressure, etc. When the body endures a
condition in which there is continuous damage and chronic pain, the
surrounding neurons can change.
Neurons which were once responsible for other sensations are now
restructured and reprogrammed to serve as pain sensors. The newly
reprogrammed nerves may also further infiltrate the damaged tissue
making it more sensitive to any type of pressure or movement.
The lesson here: resolve pain as soon as possible so it cannot progress
and become worse.
Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle
and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell
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Should you do cardiovascular training or strength training to burn
fat? Both types of exercise decreases body fat percentage.
Aerobic exercise, however, appears to have a greater impact on fat
loss than strength training does. A combination of endurance and
strength training results in more fat loss than either exercise program
alone - possibly because those that do both activities spend more time
As always, before any extensive exercises, check with your doctor. It is
better to start off with lighter weights and increase to heavier weights as
you progress when doing weight-bearing exercises.
The holidays are right around the corner. It is never too late to start
an exercise program to get ready for all those holiday goodies.
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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Seven years without a cold?
By: Doug Cornell / To Your Health
More and more people are saying they just don’t
get colds anymore.
They are using a device made of pure copper,
which scientists say kills cold and flu viruses.
Doug Cornell invented the device in 2012. “I
haven’t had a single cold since then,” he says.
People were skeptical but EPA and university
studies show repeatedly that viruses and bacteria die
almost instantly when touched by copper.
That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyptians used
copper to purify water and heal wounds. They didn’t
know about viruses and bacteria, but now we do.
Scientists say the high conductance of copper
disrupts the electrical balance in a microbe cell and
destroys the cell in seconds.
So some hospitals tried copper touch surfaces like
faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA
and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives.
Colds start after cold viruses get in your nose,
so the vast body of research gave Cornell an idea.
When he next felt a cold about to start, he fashioned
a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his
nose for 60 seconds.
“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold never got
going.” It worked again every time.
He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said
it worked for them, too, so he patented CopperZap
and put it on the market.
Now tens of thousands of people have tried it.
Nearly 100% of feedback said the copper stops colds
if used within 3 hours after the first sign. Even up to
2 days, if they still get the cold it is milder than usual
and they feel better.
Pat McAllister, age 70, received one for Christmas
and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little
jewel really works.” Now thousands of users have
simply stopped getting colds.
People often use CopperZap preventively.
Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to get colds after
crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried it several
times a day on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen
flights and not a sniffle!”
Businesswoman Rosaleen says when people are
sick around her she uses CopperZap morning and
night. “It saved me last holidays,” she said. “The
kids had colds going round and round, but not me.”
New research: Copper stops colds if used early.
Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney
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said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more
Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness
if used just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep
I’ve had in years.”
Copper can also stop flu if used early and for
several days. Lab technicians placed 25 million live
flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses were found
alive soon after.
Dr. Bill Keevil led one of the teams confirming
the discovery. He placed millions of disease germs
on copper. “They started to die literally as soon as
they touched the surface,” he said.
Copper even kills deadly germs that have become
resistant to antibiotics.
The EPA says copper still works even when
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Failure to Print
By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit
Did I really need another reminder that
I was old? I thought I paid my dues with
a few more wrinkles, deeper frown lines and a
couple of extra sunspots.
So, did I have to suffer yet another indignity of aging; in front of a
complete stranger no less? No, I didn’t lose bladder control. I lost my
My husband and I had applied for the Global Entry pass that is
supposed to make air travel easier. If you have this card, you can bypass
lines at security and immigration by checking yourself in or out using
a special kiosk.
Part of the process of qualifying for this privilege is an in-person
appointment at an office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
There, we were interviewed by a friendly officer (I think they’re called
“officers.” Or maybe they’re called “agents.” In any event, he was
We responded to routine questions and had our pictures taken. So
far, so good.
Also required was a set of fingerprints. They don’t use inkpads
anymore. Instead, fingerprints are recorded biometrically using
computers and a scanner.
It’s really simple. You place four fingers on a piece of glass and the
computer reads your prints.
Reads your prints, but unfortunately not mine! The nice gentleman
tried again. Then once again. But neither my left nor right hand would
yield a set of readable prints.
Naturally, I became concerned. Had I contracted some exotic disease
that was slowly stripping away my identity? But then this man, who I
mistakenly believed was nice, tells me not to worry. This frequently
happens with old people. Old people!
He explained that as we age, our skin loses elasticity. The ridges that
form our prints get thicker, the height between the top of the ridge and
the bottom of the furrow gets narrow, so there is less prominence.
The problem was eventually solved by applying lotion to my fingertips,
which magically allowed the scanner to take its impression. The nolonger-nice-man
also advised me to apply lotion to my fingertips when
I use a Global Entry kiosk. Otherwise, it might not read my prints.
The card that was supposed to eliminate some of the stress of travel
has just added a new anxiety.
So now, not only am I member of the Social Security set, but I’m also
part of a new sub-culture of people with impaired ridges. But having
this knowledge is not very helpful. I’m still left with the sorry news that
I’m now an old person with one less distinctive feature and wondering
what comes next.
Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s
Nothing to Complain About, is available at Amazon.com, BN.com,
Read her blog at: www.SusansUnfilteredWit.com. Email Susan:
All Year Long!
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /
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When I was a little girl, the Holiday Season seemed to begin in
October. Whether it was a scary costume, a delicious turkey, or
presents under the tree, everything was special right up to New Year’s. In
fact, at my house, New Year’s was especially exciting because we lived in
Pasadena, California, the home of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl.
It was our family tradition to spend the entire night on New Year’s
Eve sitting on Colorado Boulevard’s sidewalk, where we staked out a
spot for viewing the Rose Parade the next morning. My mom would
bundle me, my little brothers, and assorted visiting relatives in sweaters
and coats, which she topped with heavy quilts to keep us all warm.
Then she passed an iron kettle filled with fried chicken. No fast food
here - this was home cooking at its best.
Throughout the night we’d try to sleep but the anticipation was so
great, we settled for quick naps instead until the sound of marching
bands heralded the start of the Parade and countless colorful floats
passed by spreading the scent of roses everywhere.
I cherish these memories and was almost a teen before I realized
the Parade was the lead in for the Rose Bowl, a huge college football
championship that was always sold out. Like other major athletic
events, I soon learned that tickets were typically unavailable except
through private drawings and allocations to players, team leaders,
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First Crush Lead to Sixty Years of Marriage
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
Since I was 15, I wanted to spend the rest of my
life with my first love, John. For more than
sixty years we have done that.
John and I were married June 27, 1959. I was
seventeen. He was nineteen and had been in the United States Air Force
less than a year. John and I we went directly to Travis Air Force Base,
California, where John had just been assigned.
The two of us leaped into the unknown, stepping into the adult world,
mostly filled with confidence and the dazzle of love. Marrying young
and becoming a military wife taught me resilience and resourcefulness.
As a military family, our son and daughter and I followed John
to different assignments, but he was also away from home for long
periods. During the Vietnam War era, John was a flight crew member,
requiring him to often be in Southeast Asia. John was assigned in
Taiwan 19-months unaccompanied before our children and I joined
The mystery to staying interested in one another for life is due to
being friends and companions while doing interesting things together.
It was accepting John’s military career - which wasn’t a lifestyle for
sissies. While making homes in Taiwan and the Philippines, our
children were reared and schooled internationally.
John’s long illness with pancreatitis in 1991 left me with the prospect
of early widowhood. With time, he made a full recovery.
Have you ever had a wet swimsuit, wooly
sweater, even a simple top, become so
bundled up under your armpits you were forced
to become a contortionist in trying to remove it?
Did intense shoulder pain strike as you flexed one arm back, then the
other one, in an effort to pull the garment heavenward?
Whenever this happens, if there’s a living breathing stranger within
earshot I suggest you give them a shout.
If there’s no one around it’s frightening. However, instead of
attempting to pull the article of clothing upward, as instinct tells you,
reach back and try to grab the back hem. Once you get ahold of it, pull
downward. It should unfurl and be ready to remove as usual.
To put your garment on, and it becomes bundled up at the back,
reverse the procedure. Find the hem on the back of your garment, pull
it upward until it loosens. Then pull it down.
You’ll probably need to make several attempts each time until you
become adept at this procedure. Hence, it’s a good idea to make it a
habit so you’ll be ready for occasions when there’s no one around to
Physical Therapist, Terry Taylor, MSPT, said “If you have one arm
that is painful and the other is reliable, put the painful arm into its
Garment Stuck Under Your Shoulders
By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
We’ve had experiences that I never thought were in my future when I
married my high school crush. The years have sailed by.
Now both in our seventies, we live comfortably among furnishings
bought while living and traveling abroad. And as you can see with my
monthly “Around Our World” columns, we continue to travel frequently.
Just don’t ask me the secret to a long marriage. Other than placing
focus on our next great adventure, there is no secret because all lives
and personalities are different. Good relationships are, however, built
on truth and won’t survive without it.
Anything less is play acting. With this, I have told you how my first
crush lead to sixty-plus years of marriage.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making
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It Wasn’t Meant To Be
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures
be. As I write
this article, our intrepid band of
Vegas Voyagers just returned from a
two week trip to Israel.
It was hosted by Bruce Ewing, choir master at Lutheran
Community Church. From all the indications and reports I received,
including hundreds of pictures on Facebook, it was a truly outstanding
experience for all.
As many of you know, I was scheduled to escort this trip. And as many
of you also know, I did not go because I had mitral valve open heart
What was thought to be a two month recover period has turned out
to be more like three to four months. I am grateful to report that I
am much, much better and about to start my 12 week cardio rehab
But as I said, my participation on this trip was not meant to be. For
me, the disappointment is palpable. Israel is my favorite place to visit
in the world.
In one small country (about the size as New Jersey) you can see
Vegas Voyagers at the Western Wall in Israel
the origin of the western world’s religious history. You can also see big
metropolitan cities, old world cities, lush farmland and arid desert. It’s
However, the disappointment for me was also that, along with Bruce, I
did all the daily planning for this trip. I handpicked the sights we would
visit. I selected the hotels and special events for our Vegas Voyagers.
Bruce worked on the religious, spiritual and healing aspects of the
trip. I worked on the modern day Israel aspect of the trip. It was a labor
And then I didn’t get to go. Oh well, next time.
I tell you this because for me, the fun is in the planning. I enjoy
planning the numerous trips for Vegas Voyagers. I get such a kick out
of looking at all the options for the trips I plan and then giving my
Please feel free to give me a call and ask for suggestions and ideas
about your next trip. I love to talk about travel and the places I’ve been.
As always, Happy Adventures.
By: Richard Berman / Guest Travel
The August issue of The Vegas Voice included
an invitation that read “feel free to send me
your vacation story.” Here’s mine:
My wife Rosemary and I boarded the “Viking Sky” on August 1st to
sail from Bergen, Norway to Reykjavik, Iceland on a 12- night cruise.
The ship was gorgeous, the food divine, the service impeccable and the
ports were stunning.
But this little tale is not about the cruise. It is about the people we
met on the ship. We had some friendly and amazing coincidences.
Before moving to Henderson we lived in Michigan for 31 years. When
we noticed a fellow guest wearing a University of Michigan jacket (boo,
hiss – my wife is a graduate of rival Michigan State University), we
initiated a conversation.
When she learned that we lived in Sun City Anthem, she asked if
we knew Joseph & Ellen Palumbo. There are 312,000 folks that live in
Henderson which includes over 7,000 homes in our community. What
are the chances that we knew her friends?
But we do know the Palumbos! I served on a committee with Joe, and
we walk occasionally on Anthem’s indoor track with Ellen. That was
the first coincidence.
On to the next coincidence. I have known Richard Mann for 78
years. Our mothers were friends.. I was born 10 days before Richard.
Richard and I have been friends ever since our mothers pushed their
baby carriages in the Bronx together. Richard and his wife live in Ponte
No, Richard and his wife Linda were not on our cruise. We did,
however “bump” into a couple whom we had never met before who live
five houses away from them! We enjoyed coffee and a meal with them.
Finally, among the 930 passengers on this magnificent ship, we
met another couple from Sun City Anthem as well as two Sun City
Anthem women who were traveling together. We were told that there
was another couple from Sun City Anthem aboard. Unfortunately, we
never met them.
The old tattered and worn cliché is right. It is a small world. A small
Climate Change and Our Landscapes
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
This summer we had many 100+ degree
days and the weather services predict that
we may be experiencing even more blistering days
during future summer seasons. Climate change has become apparent
and how these changes will impact our landscapes should be of great
concern to us.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority released a study: Climate
Threats to Urban Landscapes in the Las Vegas Valley - Initial
Findings that deals with this issue. It predicts that the Las Vegas Valley
will see that the number of high heat days (86+ degrees) will increase
from an average of 157 to 172 days by 2025, and to 187 days by 2055.
This will mean not only a significant increase in days but also higher
temperature nights. Many of our native plant species depend upon cool
evening temperatures to recover from high temperature stress.
Increased high temperature periods, combined with minimal rainfall
(4”), low humidity (7% -20%), high winds, and bright unfiltered
sunshine will cause even greater stress on many of our most common
plant species in our landscapes.
This study predicts that by 2025, 16% of these species will either
experience stressed-related decline and premature death or complete
“die-offs” with present day popular species no longer appropriate for our
landscapes. Plants at risk include Euonymus, Lavender, Pyrocanthia,
Hawthorne and Purple Plum.
It is further predicted that by
2055 the percentage of plant
species “at risk” will increase
to 38% and will include Golden
Barrel Cactus, Mock Orange,
African Sumac, Autumn Sage and
Interestingly, this study suggests
that increases in future winter temperatures might allow some present
day “cold sensitive” species to survive during future winter seasons,
assuming that they survive the warmer summers!
What can we do as desert gardeners?
1. We can identify and introduce more climate-resilient plants.
2. Enrich soil with compost and fertilizers.
3. Move away rock mulch and replace with organic mulch to retain
moisture and lower soil temperature.
4. Place drips in appropriate areas and irrigate at appropriate times
to maximize water intake for roots.
As The Bob Dylan song states: “The times…. they are changing”
Have a question? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.com.
Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC
school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his
time to communicating with and lecturing about our native
Is it a Brain Warning Sign? Get Help IMMEDIATELY!
By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute
y friends, who have been married 30+ years, are the perfect couple. He's a macho male
& she's a strong-willed wife. One day he said to her "My head feels like it's going to
explode." His plan was to tough it out. Her plan was to get him to a doctor. Happily she prevailed.
After medical testing, the doctors found an aneurysm. The neurosurgeons performed an endovascular
procedure for the brain aneurysm and my friend has been fine ever since. (He was told
it would have been fatal if he had waited.) This can happen at ANY age!
Signs & Symptoms of a Possible Brain Aneurysm
• Sudden W.H.O.L.-- Worst Headache Of Life
• Sudden Sensitivity to Light
• Sudden Stiffness of Neck
• Sudden sharp pain behind/above one eye
• Sudden Blurred or Double Vision
• Sudden numbness/tingling in facial area
• Sudden Loss of consciousness
• Sudden Confusion /Change of Mental Status
• Perceived "Gun Shot" noise or
extremely loud "BOOM"
• Drooping Eyelid
• Nausea and Vomiting
“Brain Aneurysm Signs”
1. In one minute, name signs
that come on SUDDENLY.
2. Make an alphabetical list
A perceived loud “BOOM”
or noise, Blurred vision,
Change in mental status, …
A No-Brainer Pick
To learn more about risk factors
& ways to lower risk, go to The
Lisa Colagrossi Foundation:
Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS the
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