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“ASK LAURA ABOUT REAL ESTATE”

Laura Harbison

Broker/Owner— B.0026537.LLC

Seniors Real Estate Specialist ® (SRES)

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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

decision.

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

facts.

Have questions? I'm here to help! Please call or email me today with your real estate

related inquiries. Whether you need to sell your home, are thinking of purchasing a home,

or just have general questions that I can assist with, I will be here for you.

Sharing your goals,

Laura Harbison, ABR, AHWD, BPOR, BS, CDPE, CRS, DRB, GRI, RSPS, SRES

Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

Broker/Owner License # B.0026537.LLC

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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

paperwork.

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

small print.

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

Good.”

“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

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: lynne.herndon21@gmail.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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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

unacceptable.

Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a member

of both the Nevada State Seniors Golf Club and Winterwood Men’s

Group. He can be reached at: airmikel1@cox.net

October 2019

Great Philosophers

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

Winters

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

Durante

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: bill@thevegasvoice.net.


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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

nominations.

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

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Playhouse 90

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

me?”

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

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anything to do with

it.

In the photo, I’m

with (also playing

one of the unwed

mothers) Jenny

Maxwell who was

a co-star with Elvis

Presley in Blue

Hawaii. Tragically,

in 1981 she and

her husband were

gunned down in

their Beverly Hills

condo during an

attempted robbery.

She was a

wonderful actress

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@

hotmail.com.

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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

good movie!

I happily give “The Peanut Butter Falcon” 5 boxes of buttered

popcorn.

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

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The Greatest Legend

Nobody Knows

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

racism.

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

to hard-working

“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

dictations.

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.

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October 2019

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:

LasVegasHomeTeam@Gmail.com.


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Professional Pictures

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

now.

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

announcement.

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

nausea.

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: alivegasvoice@yahoo.com.

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

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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

our mission.

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

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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

talent galore!”

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

Parkinson’s

October 2019

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

Vegas time.

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: evan@thevegasvoice.net.

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.

org.

Jamillah Ali-Rahman is the Founder/CEO of the Friends of Parkinson’s

Inc, a Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit. www.friendsofparkinsons.org.


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Hans Klok: The World’s

Fastest Magician

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

well done.

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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

scenes.

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

this cost.

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

Mortgage (HECM).

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

follows:

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.

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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

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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.

For more information about the gala or to join, contact:

rosebudauxiliary.sherry@gmail.com

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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

a plumber!

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

that lasagna.

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

Foundation Assisting

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

transportation.

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.

FoundationAssistingSeniors.org.


2020

PRESENTS:

“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:

Sun City

MacDonald Ranch

2020 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy.

Henderson, 89012

Tue, Dec. 31, 2019

Doors at 6:00 pm.

Dinner at 6:30 pm.

Show begins at 7:30pm.

Tickets:

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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

Vegas scene.

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.

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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

friend.

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

people think.

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.

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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

her.

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

cooperate.”

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

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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

Guardianship Nomination

forms.

It was the 14 th showing/

seminar provided by The

Vegas Voice.

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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:

Anthemtoday.com

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

and Rana.

It was the 15 th showing/seminar provided by The Vegas Voice.


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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

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From Mom to the White House

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

October 2019

Mesa, Arizona) 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.

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 meeting.

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

against you.

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/

Dessert Table.

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

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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

health.

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

marijuana warehouse.

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

influence.

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

consequences.

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

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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

us all?

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: dhyde9@cox.net.


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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

race.

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

ago.

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

gone.

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

Midwest.

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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

vital signs.

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

automobiles.

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.

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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

practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or

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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

exercising.

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

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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

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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

fingerprints!

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

friendly.)

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.

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Holiday Excitement,

All Year Long!

By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /

Out & About

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

him.

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

help.

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

armhole first.”

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Garment Stuck Under Your Shoulders

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

October 2019

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

with enthusiasm.

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

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

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

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

heatherlatimer/howtoovercomeonceeasy.


It Wasn’t Meant To Be

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

It

wasn’t

meant to

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

surgery.

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

program.

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

amazing.

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

of love.

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

recommendations.

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.

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Friendly Coincidences

By: Richard Berman / Guest Travel

Column

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.

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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

Vedra, Florida.

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

world indeed.


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

even Roses!

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

plants.

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Is it a Brain Warning Sign? Get Help IMMEDIATELY!

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

M

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

• Seizure

• Perceived "Gun Shot" noise or

extremely loud "BOOM"

• Drooping Eyelid

• Nausea and Vomiting

Mental Minutes

“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:

TLCFound.org

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

No-Brainer Brain Games series. Sign up for her FREE newsletter at www.JanFair.com October 2019

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