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By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

Last month, my Rana and I flew to Memphis

to attend the North American Mature

Publishers Association (NAMPA) annual

convention. NAMPA is the only non-profit association of “senior”

publications in the United States and Canada. Its member publications

cover 37 states and two provinces in Canada with 98 editions.

The Vegas Voice has been a member for the past three years. We would

have joined sooner but when yours truly first heard of the organization,

I believed it was a trade group of pornographers. My bad, my stupidity.

Anyway at its gala dinner, the organization announced its top awards

for publishing excellence. The senior newspapers/magazines were

judged by the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism – widely

considered one of the top journalism schools in America.

On behalf of our magazine, this publisher was extremely proud

receiving 11 NAMPA awards (see next page). With this in mind, let me

explain my “backstory” and our monthly goal in putting together The

Vegas Voice.

In 1975, when and where I first met our travel editor Stu Cooper

(his involvement has nothing to do with any of this, but he’d be

disappointed if I did not mention him), we were in a pre-law class. My

first assignment: A two page paper on a subject long forgotten.

Trying to impress my teacher with my abilities and knowledge, I spent

hours writing it up. Once completed, I confidently handed the paper to

Professor Elliott Landau. He advised me to return that afternoon.

I arrived as scheduled and he was waiting for me with a look

and expression that still gives me nightmares. The professor’s only

statement, “Is this the best you can do?”

I was stunned. I mumbled “perhaps not” and he allowed me to resubmit

the paper the next morning.

As you can imagine, I spent that evening re-writing, re-editing,

revising a paragraph here and there, adding or deleting a sentence and

changing a word (or two). I approached him the following morning

and as before, was told me to come back that afternoon.

Upon my arrival, his manner was even more glaring and ominous.

While shaking his head, he demanded to know if what was in his hands

were really “the best I can do?” The professor (against his “better

judgment” he scornfully told me) gave me one last chance.


Is This The Best You Can Do?

The Vegas Voice Goes Country

Chase Brown and the Rockin’ Country Band take to the stage at Sun

City Summerlin Starbright Theater in October. As for the performance

– “Beyond Fantastic!”

November 2019

With NAMPA Executive Director Gary Caligas

I was terrified. My hope and dream of being a lawyer was shattered

even before I ever attended a law class. If I couldn’t write a simple two

page composition, how would I ever submit anything to a judge?

I remember calling my parents in tears and informing them of my

overwhelming predicament. And you can imagine the time and effort

I spent the rest of the night (and very early morning) changing a

phrase, re-wording every paragraph and making sure I had the correct

adjectives and adverbs to support my contention.

I meekly returned that next morning to face him. I will never forget

his tone when the professor asked that same damn question: “Is this the

best you can do?” he roared.

I was beyond freaked-out. Angry and scared out of my wits, I

stammered: “Yes, it’s the best I can do!”

“Good” he replied with a smile. “Now I’ll read it.”

My jaw dropped and after a few seconds (although it felt like hours)

my mouth began to move. I blurted out: Are you telling me you never

read the first two submissions?

His answer stayed with me all these years. “Are you telling me you

submitted something less than your best?”

Talk about a teachable moment.

It remains our goal at The Vegas Voice that we write and publish our

editions the best we can do. While the judges’ awards and national

recognition are wonderful, the only “judge” that matters is you – our


By the way, when Professor Landau finally read my paper, he wrote

this comment: “Keep up this good work and one day you’ll be a very

fine lawyer.” It was the greatest complement I ever received.






The Vegas Voice

received 11 awards –

including five

“First Place Awards.”

Awards included:

1. General Excellence (For

the entire Vegas Voice family)

2. Special Sections

(Political Editor Rana Goodman)

for her work and efforts

on guardianship reform in

Nevada; it’s the 3rd consecutive

year The Vegas Voice was

recognized and applauded for

our reform efforts.

3. Editorial/Opinion (Publisher Dan Roberts)

4. Column Review

(our Yvonne Cloutier’s Musical Moments columnist)

5. Senior Issues (our Jim Valkenburg’s Insurance Insights columnist)

6. Travel Column (our Vacation Editor Crystal Sarbacker’s Out & About


7. Overall Design

(our Graphic Editor Michael Roberts)

And to cap off the ceremony, Vegas Voice

President Ray Sarbacker pretty much

swept the graphic awards categories -

winning the following:

8. Front Cover Illustration (for

his 100th Vegas Voice front page)

9. Self- Promotion Award (for

last year’s graphics on winning the

NAMPA awards – guess he’s going to

have to “top this” for these awards!)

10. Best single color ad (for

his Vegas Vacationers Tuscany ad)

11. Best Banner (for his front

page display which was thereafter

copied by the Las Vegas Review


Winner of

9 Awards!

Winner of

9 Awards!

Our 1OOth cover designed by

our President, Ray Sarbacker

F O R T O D A Y ’ S A C T I V E S E N I O R S

F O R T O D A Y ’ S A C T I V E S E N I O R S

with apologies to

my hero, Norman...



For your Health, Wealth,

and Good Times!






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For your Health, Wealth,

and Good Times!

Political Editor Rana Goodman and Nampa Executive

Director Gary Calligas



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Adrea Barrera

John Bielun

Yvonne Cloutier

Dianne Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

Howard Galin

Susan Goldfein

Linda Gomez

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Ali Guggenheim

Morris Heldt

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

Heather Latimer

Joey Kantor

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Kyo Mitchell

Dan Roberts

Ray Sarbacker

Debbie Landry

Rana Goodman

Evan Davis

Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist

Michael Roberts

Ross Roberts

Matthew Moore

Bill Caserta

Aaron Phillips

Judy Polumbaum

Mary Richard

Renee Riendeau

Crystal Sarbacker

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Vicki Wentz

About The Vegas Voice

In 2019, The Vegas Voice received 11 national awards from the

North American Mature Publishers Association. The awards were for our

guardianship special efforts, editorial and columns, front page graphics,

overall design and “General Excellence.”

The judges found (and we humbly

agree) that The Vegas Voice puts

a premium on well-informed

columnists who cover a lot of bases.

Serious issues are thoughtfully

discussed, but there’s enough fun

to lighten the mix.

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Why We are Grateful for


By: Carol Chapman

Look around you and notice that the world

is getting grayer. You can count your

blessings for this, as seniors add richness to life

and contribute so much to the community around us.

This month, as your family sits around the dining room table,

articulating their “gratefuls,” you might gently, gracefully remind

them to add seniors to that list, starting with the seniors at your table.

Here are a few reasons why:

1. Parents have limited time off, and when their little one decides to

come down with the flu, who gets to take care of them while they stay

home from school?

2. Who sends cards and presents for birthdays and other holidays and

expects nothing in return?

3. When adversity strikes, such as a job loss, an accident, or a

financial hurdle, who prays for the one in trouble and bails them out

when they’re able?

4. Car troubles hit on occasion. Who gets the call when the children

need a ride to soccer, Girl Scout meetings, or playdates with friends?

5. Who are the most loyal fans, attending band concerts, peewee

football games, debate tournaments, and other events?

If you answered Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Great Aunt or Uncle

to any of the above, you’ve counted your blessings and acknowledged

the value and quality of life they bring to your family. Give them an

extra hug and thank them this holiday season.

November 2019

You Gotta Laugh

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Top 10 Reasons to Stay Positive When You

Burn the Turkey

1. No one will overeat.

2. Everyone will think it’s Cajun Blackened.

3. Salmonella won’t be a concern.

4. Uninvited guests will think twice next year.

5. Your cheese broccoli lima bean casserole will gain new found


6. Pets won’t pester you for scraps.

7. Carving the bird will provide a good cardiovascular workout.

8. You won’t have to face three weeks of turkey sandwiches.

9. The less turkey Uncle George eats, the less likely he will walk

around with his pants unbuttoned.

10. You’ll get to the desserts quicker.

A Family Thanksgiving: A man in Sun City, calls his adult son in

New York in early November. The father says to the son, “I hate to tell

you, but we’ve got troubles in the house. Your mother and I can’t stand

each other anymore, and we’re getting a divorce.

The son hangs up and immediately calls his sister in Florida and

tells her the news. The sister says, “I’ll handle this.”

She calls her parents and says: “Don’t do anything till we get there!

We’ll be there Wednesday night.” The parents agree.

The old man hangs up the phone and tells his wife, “Okay, they’re

coming for Thanksgiving. Now what are we going to tell them for


And my wish to all readers: I hope your turkey is moist and

fluffy - and when you’re done you’re nice and stuffy.

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at:

The Grandfather of Rock ‘N’ Roll

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Little is known about the life (1911-1938)

of Robert Leroy Johnson. He lived only 27

years. His mysterious death has been attributed to

poison placed in his moonshine liquor by a jealous husband of one of

Johnson’s mistresses.

He was born into a poor family in

Mississippi and during his life was a

wanderer. Johnson was a self-taught

guitarist - who played out of tune, not

knowing how to tune his guitar.

It was years after his death with the

advent of rock ‘n’ roll that he became

one of the most famous musicians of

legend - a lost prophet epitomizing

Mississippi Delta blues.

In Hoodoo folk belief, popular at the

time, it was said his talent developed after a visit by the devil. It was said

that he made a deal with Satan in exchange for help in guitar-tuning.

Notwithstanding the Hoodoo belief, Johnson took lessons from

“Ike” Zimmerman in the solitude of cemeteries, where they practiced

undisturbed. This was after the releases of Cross Road Blues and Me

and the Devil Blues.

Sadly, musicians discovered his many innovations after he was gone.

Johnson was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the

Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He was ranked as 5th in Rock ‘n’

Roll magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Johnson was known for his complex guitar technics and “corner

loading,” (which is facing a corner to enhance the guitar’s sound)

including a dazzling six-string

technique assimilating Delta slide and

rhythmic attack. His I Believe I’ll Dust

My Broom is such example.

His lyrics were continuous floating

blues lines amongst his poetic creations.

Johnson’s accomplishments were

building blocks for the generations of

musicians like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton

and Led Zeppelin - making him an

early influence on Rock ‘n’ Roll and

earning him the title of Grandfather of

Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Robert Johnson died with only 12 recordings. Nothing was written

about him before his death. He has only existed in his records. His life

became a chasm between the man he was and the myth he became.

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and

reports about music on Alive! You can

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We made it through Halloween and now

we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving.

So, what does that all mean in the world of

entertainment? I have no idea except to tell you

that there’s plenty going on in November.

You can go to Rocks Lounge in the Red Rock Casino, South Padre

Showroom at Texas Station, Addison’s Lounge in the Rampart Casino,

Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany, Club 172 at the Rio, The Commissary at

the Downtown Grand, the Barrymore in the Royal Resort Hotel, or Vino

Del Lago Wine Bar in Lake Las Vegas. I think you get the idea, there’s

plenty to do this month.

From Jazz to Blues to R&B to

Pop and, Oh Yeah, how about

some Disco? Get over to the Italian

American Club on November 8 th to

boogie for “Disco Nights.” Singing

the songs from the Club 54 Disco era

will be Sonny Charles – the former

lead singer with the Checkmates

and 7 years with the Steve Miller


Musical director Ned Mills will

accompany the Disco Ladies: Nieve


November Entertainment

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

Malandra, Autumn Grayce Johnson and Nellie Norris (of

Concerts and Legends) and yes, the dance floor will be open. You can

always call The Vegas Voice hotline for tickets at 702/755-3799.

With Hanukkah, Christmas and all the other Holidays in December,

don’t miss our Holiday Spectacular at Sun City MacDonald Ranch (see

page 21) on December 7 th. It will feature Bill Fayne and his wonderful


And to end 2019, join us for our New York New Year’s Eve Dinner

& Show (page 25) at Sun City MacDonald Ranch. Performing and back

by very popular demand will be Genevieve Dew and Michael Ross

Nugent. The festivities will start at 6 pm with the New York Times

Square ball dropping at 9 pm (Vegas time) on our big “live” screen.

Happy Thanksgiving ya’all.

Entertainment editor Evan Davis with The Bronx Wanderers’ Vinnie

Adinolfi. Vinnie was our guest for our monthly Vegas Voice Celebrity

Corner podcast.

November 2019

Join my friend Bill Fayne

and his friends for our

Holiday Show

Vegas Voice Podcast

LV Suite Honors Jazz Great

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

The legacy of jazz great Russ Freeman

will again be presented this month

when Nathan Tanouye, Clint Holmes and the

32-piece Las Vegas Jazz Connection present the Las Vegas Jazz Suite,

a masterpiece composed under the inspiration of Freeman’s late

widow, Carolyn. Although not Freeman’s work, his inspiration is the

foundation for the Jazz Connection.

Freeman, a classical

jazz pianist/composer

is considered a major

figure in the technically

difficult be bop style of

jazz developed in the

mid-1940’s. Songwriter

Jerry Goldstein added

lyrics to Freeman’s mid-

1950’s composition,

The Wind, which was

recorded by singers including June Christy and Maria Carey.

(L to R) Carolyn Freeman with Clint Holmes & Nathan Tanouye

The Guardian newspaper eulogized his death: “Freeman’s subtle

pressure made (Chet) Baker play better, Baker’s intuitive improvising

on the pianist’s original pieces surprised and delighted the composer.”

Upon Freeman’s death in 2002, his widow Carolyn approached

UNLV’s Nathan Tanouye to memorialize her husband’s work. The pair’s

efforts produced five CD’s - two of Russ’ works and led to the formation

of the Las Vegas Jazz Connection.

The Las Vegas Jazz Suite, now submitted for Grammy consideration,

was Carolyn’s initiative, Tanouye recalls, designed to be her tribute to

the city that the Freeman’s called home. Tanouye, a UNLV graduate

and current Associate Professor of Jazz Studies credits Freeman, “She

trusted my artistic judgment and helped qualify me to teach at a major


The work, which was in development for three years, explores

Tanouye’s and Holmes’ impressions of Las Vegas and its culture in five

movements: Springtime in the Desert; The Boulevard; The Hustle;

After (which Tanouye describes as “after the day after”) and Holmes’

edgy The Heat.

“I wrote the music and handed it over to Clint,” Tanouye explained.

“He’s just a genius. His lyrics are so perfect. He knows how to bring out

the whole vibe.”

The three years of work were completed shortly before Carolyn

Freeman died last July. “It’s a way to pay homage to Carolyn for her

years supporting the band,” said Tanouye.

Proceeds of the performance will help fund UNLV scholarships.

The performance will being at 2:00 pm Sunday, November 10th at

the new Notoriety Theater inside Fremont Street’s Neonopolis. Tickets:

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: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

Last month, I was invited to the Gene Autry

Museum in Glendale, California to celebrate

what would have been the 70th anniversary of

The Lone Ranger TV series. The Lone Ranger was seen on ABC from


Although I was never on the TV series, I did play the little girl in the

1956 Warner Bros. movie, simply titled “The Lone Ranger.”

In the role, I get kidnapped by Indians and… guess who comes to

my rescue? Ok, that was easy. Of course it was The Lone Ranger, who as

usual, saves the day.

I was so thrilled to have been cast in that role because although I

didn’t know who Clayton Moore was, I certainly knew who the Lone

Ranger was! Little did I

know that one day, 63

years later, I would have

the honor of meeting

his daughter. She’s the

beautiful lady in the

photo with me.

The Lone Ranger’s

sidekick was Tonto

portrayed by Jay

Silverheels. Jay was in


Hi Yo Silver

The Atomic Saloon Show is a Blast

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

The Atomic Saloon Show. If you saw Absinthe

or Opium, the Speigel World productions,

and loved them, then run, don’t walk, to this

hilarious show in the Venetian’s Grande Canal

Shoppes. If it isn’t your cup of tea, if you don’t like over the line humor,

if profanity doesn’t work for you – then run the other way.

I loved this raunchy bawdy, absurdly entertaining show. Your first

clue might be the initials. Atomic Saloon Show: A-S-S. Over the line!

This is an amazingly talented collection of performers – some of the

best I’ve seen, with singing, dancing, comedy, acrobats, hula hoops,

a singing cowboy (with a practically bare butt), a naughty nun who

juggles ping pong balls out of her mouth and plays the xylophone with

the balls, Irish folk-dancers, hand tappers, – the usual Vegas Variety


Well, not entirely the usual. I’m not even going to tell you what else

the nun does.

Great period costumes (many on the skimpy side) bring the old Wild

West to life as the buxom Boozy Skunkton, the madam of this madhouse

- actually another kind of house. You know, the kind cowboys visited

with a few bucks in their pocket.

Get the picture? Boozy tries to control the absurd activities that are

practically in your face in the 236 seat theater. This is chaos at its finest.

It is the Wildest Wild West I’ve seen.

November 2019

fact, a member of the

Mohawk Aboriginal

People in Canada.

I loved working with

him also. From my

memory, I can tell you

that, not just in “reel”

life, but in “real “ life,

they actually seemed

to have that “special

bond” and it came

across so well on screen. I truly believe it was because their friendship

was the real thing.

Today, Clayton Moore would be 105 years old, so finding someone

who is still alive and could talk about him on stage wasn’t an easy task.

Somehow (and thankfully) Dawn Moore had them track me down.

It was my privilege and honor to do so. In today’s world, we have

many “Superheroes,” but for me, I will always smile as I realize what a

lucky girl I was to have worked with the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

Until next time remember... the most valuable possession we can

own is a kind heart.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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

Eric Kabik for Spiegelworld

The London Times said in its five-star review, “It’s like Blazing

Saddles with sex on the brain. A ridiculously enjoyable show.” The show

previewed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was a huge hit.

Leave some time to check out their creative liquid libations. Or look

into a dinner and show package with Smith & Wolinsky.

If you enjoyed Absinthe and/or Opium, this is for you. Leave your

inhibitions at home and go see the Atomic Saloon Show.

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

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

works on her stand-up comedy.


By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

What is the one question I ask my husband

every day? It’s always the same and the

answer is always the same.

No matter how prepared I think I am,

we go through this over and over and

over again. You would think at our age

we could get it answered. “What do you

want to do for dinner?”

There are no less than 20 restaurants

around us and we know every menu item

by heart. Some servers actually know I

hate garnish on my food too.

Whether or not we eat at home hardly

comes into play with my schedule. I’m

never prepared to cook, he doesn’t cook

and if I buy things to cook, they spoil

in the fridge waiting for one of us to do


But if I go to the market on the way home to buy something to

make, it’s too late to cook because the desired eating time passed an

hour before I got home. Kind of defeats the whole purpose of being a

domestic goddess.


Downtown Abbey

By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations

Downton Abbey is PBS’S highest rated series

of all time! By season three, PBS reported

twenty four million viewers, beating out broadcast

and cable news.

The actors have a ball with fun and games, and you will too, unless

you and the TV series have never had a chance to cross paths. I have

never known anyone who started watching and didn’t continue to

finish the series.

It was mesmerizing and each episode couldn’t come fast enough.

Such a disappointment when the sixth seasons ended in 2016!

Twenty of the original actors made it to the big screen. Absent was

Lily James, but the other prominent actors were Hugh Bonneville, Jim

Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, and the incomparable

Maggie Smith.

Director Michael Engler and screenwriter Julian Fellows recreate the

chemistry of the show. The movie picks up where the PBS series left off.

The movie exceeds all expectations by doing what the combo has been

good at: passion, patience, and perfect timing.

A partial thumbnail sketch of this story: A century ago, the wealthy

Crawley family and their servants lived in an enormous British country

house. As the movie opens, they receive a letter announcing King

George V and his wife are taking a grand tour of Yorkshire using the

houses of aristocracy as free hotels.

You can imagine the uproar in the Crawley house when they discover

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that the King and Queen

travel with their own set of

servants and that much of


their food had already been


This is where the plot

thickens and you must see

for yourself how all of this

plays out. I give this film, five boxes of buttered popcorn.

And, as always, I hope to see YOU at the movies.

Renee Riendeau is the movie critic for “Renee’s Revelations”

on Anthem Alive SCA-TV. As a dog sitter she operates “ Renee’s

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The idea of calling a delivery service is not appealing unless you’re

stuck home sick and absolutely must have chicken soup from the deli.

Anyway, that process takes over 1-2 hours and by then we’ve landed on

the couch for the nightly TV marathon.

My friend suggested living by crock

pot. Not happening. After a few of those,

they all taste the same and the urge for

Mallomars or Baskin-Robbins takes over.

Then there are frozen dinners. So

many advertise healthy alternatives and

yet, dried up string beans and no-salt

saucy chicken in a microwave is good for

you because you can’t stand to eat it and

therefore you involuntarily diet and get

healthy. (Reminds me of “alternative

facts” but that’s a whole other article.)

Rummaging around the fridge is that

last resort and by that time it’s 7:00 or

8:00 and old people don’t eat after 6:00

pm - or so I’m told. They snack and by definition, a snack has no

boundaries or requirements to be anything but tasty. Problem solved.

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The Decline in Golf

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

Playing golf is declining around the valley. I

know this on a personal level since I belong

to two golf organizations. Both have been steadily

losing members for years.

The Nevada State Seniors Golf Club (NSSGC) which I have

been a member for the past 18 years will close at the end of 2019. This is

not a decision that was taken lightly as this club had been in existence

for more than 45 years.

At one time, the club had between 350-400 members; a far cry from

where it currently stands. This year membership dipped to 50 as many

members aged and can no longer play as they once did.

For one reason or another, and unfortunately, new golfers just are

not interested in organized play. The club struggles to get 24 players to

sign up for each monthly tournament.

The NSSGC was once the pride of Clark County, but sadly, it will

disappear in just a few months.

The Winterwood Men’s Golf Association (home club is Boulder

City Muni) is doing a little better with around 100 members. About 50

players participate in each event every two weeks.

But this club is a far cry from where it used to be. When I joined the

club some 27 years ago, I was put on a waiting list for two years before

I was able to join. How times have changed!

Winterwood is still a great club and I urge all readers to give this

club a look if you want to play organized golf every two weeks. The club

is well run by the leadership who keep the play interesting and golf

affordable - which keeps golfers coming back.

The Winterwood Men’s Group welcomes all ages, and tournaments

are handicapped so winning is possible at any level – whether a 0 or

22 handicap player.

See you (hopefully) on the links!

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:


November 2019


For Guts or Glory?

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

In the mid ‘80s it was like a light came on. I

woke up to the reality of how spending a year

in a war zone affected you.

I had some new peculiarities, but since I didn’t understand what

was going on, I chalked it up to “that’s life, and let’s get on with it.”

However, I learned that if you put garbage into a can, no matter how

tightly you clamp down the lid, it will pop off sooner or later.

That’s why it is called “POST-traumatic stress disorder” - which

means it usually comes along later on. And heaven forbid if you’re not

ready when that can explodes.

It happened that way for thousands of vets and many ended up in

prison, with broken marriages and shattered lives. For me, I was lucky

enough to find out before too much damage was done.

When I did wake up, I didn’t settle for just getting help for myself, but

was burdened for the sake of other vets who also struggled. That’s why

I began writing.

I wanted to get the word out to help vets avoid some unnecessary

grief. I certainly knew I was no Hemingway but I didn’t let that stop me.

I began writing simple explanations of PTSD and other transitional

challenges for vets to understand. I am not a professional therapist but

knew I could talk to vets in their voice and perhaps help them.

I began passing on information they may miss from complicated

literature from the VA. I did not begin writing for the glory of being an

author, I did it from the guts of being a vet that wanted to help others

make a better transition.

My first book “Nam Vet: Making Peace with your Past”, written in

1987, is still alive and well on It amazing to see where it

has landed over the years.

It’s been a humbling experience for a guy who barely passed his high

school English courses.

Welcome home and have a safe Veterans Day.

In the photo: Nancy Sinatra, General Myers, Joint Chief of Staff,

and Anthony Principi, the then VA Secretary.

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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Intimate Ghostly Encounters

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Spectrophilia is a sexual attraction to a ghost

or the phenomenon of sexual encounters

between ghosts and humans. Cultures such as

Arabic, Greek, Hindu and Celtic have folklores that

involve such encounters.

With a little research, you can actually find step-by-step instructions

on how to do so. You can also go to and see some of these

claims and encounters recorded.

I know this topic sounds more than a little odd and extremely

inconceivable. However, I decided to write this article since I have now

met a few people that spoke with me about such experiences.

One of these women came to me for a reading. I told her that she

would be breaking up with her then boyfriend and that she would date

a much older man. What I didn’t know was that he’d be in spirit form.

All of these people claimed they never knew the ghost they were, or still

are involved with, nor, did they seek them out. They also assured me that

they were not particularly vulnerable at the time of their encounters.

Some of them claimed the spirit was jealous when live potential

partners came around. Others were encouraging and considered their

relations infinite.

Although, there appears to be no documented scientific evidence

about this phenomenon, Travel Channel’s “Ghostly Lovers”, ghost

hunters and movies such as “Ghost” etc., address this topic frequently.

There are also Shamans that believe that these ghost entities are spirit

husbands or wives in the spirit realm and may even perform a marital

ceremony between the two souls.


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The people I spoke with expressed that they did not seek these

encounters. They also had no inkling as to why they were chosen.

They all shared the same belief that love is a feeling of great magnitude

that exists on both sides and that there are many ways you can love - not

necessarily in the traditional way of boy meets girl.

And… as we already know, the soul knows no time or physical


To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email:


Last month I told you about my Sun City

Anthem resident and friend who had been

tricked into allowing her two adult children to

take guardianship over her. Suddenly

the situation turned from bad to worse.

Although my initial article provided

this lady anonymity, she asked that I

share her name with readers so that

this story might be of help to others.

Her name is Marianne Chiang, known

to many of us as Marianne Blaha, a

very active member in SCA events and

social circles.

I ended my article as Marianne,

publisher Dan, myself and several of her

supporters headed to Family Court. We

had medical documentation supporting

her attempt to end the guardianship.

In a surprise move however, the

lawyer her adult children requested the

court to appoint to represent Marianne,

Dara Goldsmith, (a former attorney for

private guardian April Parks; yes that

April Parks) filed a motion to be excused

It’s Greed - Part II

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

My friend Marianne Blaha

from the case. Her reason: “lack of cooperation” from Marianne.

Ms. Goldsmith introduced another attorney, Dallas Harris from the

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and asked that she be allowed to

take over Marianne’s case.

I immediately reached out to former

Nevada Assemblywoman Barbara

Buckley. Buckley was the author of the

“Protected Person’s Bill of Rights”

which was part of our guardianship

reform efforts in the 2017 legislative


Ms. Buckley is also the Executive

Director of the Legal Aid Center. My

reasoning was to let Buckley know

of Marianne’s background and my

relationship and personal knowledge

with the “protected person”

I also wanted to make sure that Ms.

Harris, new to guardianship issues was

briefed and up to date. I am not willing

to let this case “fall through the cracks.”

Oh, and there was another “surprise.”

Marianne’s son, the primary

guardian, wants approval from the

Court to move her into a California

assisted living facility. Such court

authorization would end a very active social life Marianne has in our

community and would forcefully relocate her to a place she knows no


He also wants to sell her income property and home in Sun City


Forgetting for the moment how Marianne’s children could be so

callous, so mean and so greedy (you think they care more about the

welfare of their mom – or her money?) the fact remains that Marianne’s

future and life is now on the line.

Thankfully the Legal Aid Center is prepared to fight for Marianne.

It assured me “that we are on it. All of these issues are anticipated

to be heard on 11/5 which means all the pleadings will be filed in

advance of that date. We like our pleadings to be top notch and

don’t just throw something together.”

To her credit Buckley is personally taking an interest and assured

me, “We are working hard on excellent multiple pleadings which

will be filed.” Obviously, we will tell you the results of Marianne’s

November court hearing.

Do I have confidence in Barbara Buckley? The answer is “yes” but I

am well aware that she is up against a court system that is not broken

– but fixed.

For Marianne’s sake, let’s hope justice prevails.


November 2019

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Common Questions and Answers

By: Nick Flores / Loan Educator


: What if I have an existing mortgage


This will not affect your eligibility for a reverse

mortgage, however, at closing your mortgage balance needs to be paid

in full and you may opt to pay it off with reverse mortgage proceeds,

or with some other source. If your mortgage balance is greater than

your reverse mortgage proceeds value, you still may use proceeds from

a reverse mortgage to pay off the difference to eliminate monthly

mortgage payments.

Q: How much can I get out of my home’s equity?

The maximum loan amount is based on the home value and on

the youngest homeowner’s age because this is a loan based on life

expectancy. The expected rate also plays a role in how much HUD will

allow for you to borrow of your home’s value.

Q: Will I still own my home?

Yes. You retain Title with the same rights and responsibilities with

a reverse mortgage. Maintenance on your home along with paying

property taxes, insurance and HOA are part of being in good standing.

The home must be your primary residence.

Q: Will I have to make monthly payments?

You are not required to make monthly payments until the loan is

due, however, you may choose to make a payment anytime. There is no

prepayment penalty.

Q: When will the loan become due?

Only if loan conditions are not met: your home is not maintained

properly, you failed to pay taxes and insurance or the home is no longer

your primary residence.

Q: What are my options when the loan becomes due?

When the loan is due, you or your heirs will need to repay the amount

owed. There is always an option to pay off the loan balance in full and

keep the home, and for this purpose other financed mortgage loans

could be obtained to cover balance if other funds are not available.

You can sell the home to pay off the reverse mortgage loan. In a

down market, your heirs can purchase the property at 95% of the

current appraised value if the loan balance exceeds current appraised

value to keep the home.


November 2019

Thanks for the Experience

By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.

We are entering the season to be thankful

and to give. I am thankful that I am

retired from “Hollyweird” and I moved to

Henderson where I had the pleasure of working part time for several

years under the guidance of Bob Cooper and Jeff Leake, who managed

the Economic Development Department for the City of Henderson.

I helped with the creating and assisting of writing brochures, letters,

etc. to entice companies to relocate to Henderson. Both Bob and Jeff did

a great job in soliciting many new businesses to settle in Henderson and

adapt their business to the motto: A place to call home.

Now Bob, Jeff and I have fully retired. Though Jeff is still a relatively

a young man, (early fifties) he still believes in growing the Las Vegas

Valley, and more importantly, giving back.

I learned a few weeks ago after having dinner with Jeff and his funloving

and also civic minded wife, Debbie, that Jeff was volunteering

with the group SCORE. It is a wonderful organization that provides

free and confidential business advice to entrepreneurs on starting a new

business or growing an existing one. They do this by providing one-onone

mentoring and group seminars.

I bring this information to readers because I’m sure many of you

have experience in business and would love to share your knowledge

with people that are hungry for someone trying to learn. This is a way

to give, or “pay it forward” if you will.

With that in mind, and entering the season of giving, I suggest you

please take a look at the SCORE website: This is

one place where one person can make a difference.

What is common knowledge to you through your many years of

experience in your fields of endeavor might just be the lighting of a fire

under a new company, or individual, which will make life a little better

for all of us. And in my thinking, that has to be the ultimate gift. So,

please think SCORE for the holidays.

Morris Heldt is a retired award winning film and television

producer and published author. He and his wife moved to the Las

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The Public in Public Radio

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

If you aren’t helping to “save” Nevada Public

Radio, consider it. Senior (and student)

membership starts at a mere $30 a year. KNPR is

facing a fiscal crisis.

Public radio stations pay for national programming based on

listenership, while relying financially on member dues, corporate

sponsorship, and a bit of federal money. Growth in listeners has outpaced

growth in members. Revenue has fallen behind expenses.

We want public radio to endure. Upon moving to Las Vegas from Iowa

City two years ago, I joined at the basic level of $60 per year.


November 2019

To be frank, I’ve been disappointed with my new station. It’s my

essential portal to the National Public Radio programs I came to know

listening to Iowa Public Radio. But KNPR needs to kick up its local and

state coverage.

Nevada’s public radio station should be gushing original news –

about gaming, tourism, labor, mining, ranching, arts and culture,

and above all, politics. We get one hour per weekday (two, counting

the repeat) of solid local programming: “State of Nevada,” the 9 am

(rebroadcast at 7 pm) interview show. That’s it.

Iowa holds the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. New

Hampshire’s primary comes next. Nevada caucuses are the third test.

Nevada and Iowa each have about 3 million residents, New Hampshire

some 1.5 million. Nevada has by far the best claim to representing

America: Hispanics, Asians, African Americans and other minorities

constitute half the state’s populace, whereas minorities account for just

8 percent in New Hampshire and 13 percent of Iowans.

In Iowa, presidential wannabes vie for public radio time. “State of

Nevada” finally has begun interviewing Democratic candidates. That’s

a start. But not nearly enough.

According to their websites, IPR has a news staff of 28, and 12 to

generate and handle money, while KNPR lists 11 individuals gathering,

producing and hosting news, and 17 in fundraising.

KNPR’s 2018 operating budget was about $7.6 million, with nearly

$2.4 million directed to fundraising. IPR’s budget of about $6.2 million

put $1.2 million into fundraising.

There’s a saying: “Content is king.” Maybe less begging and more

journalism will bring bigger rewards. The station has my minimal

loyalty, but not yet my love.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to

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


Medicaid - No Longer a Benefit

By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry

Can you have Medicaid pay the high price of

a skilled nursing or memory care facility

and keep most of your Nest Egg intact? Yes, with

proper planning.

A brother and sister came to my office. Mom had passed years earlier

and Dad, dying from Parkinson’s disease, was entering hospice. He had

been in a skilled nursing facility for the last ten years.

The two kids had worked extra jobs to keep dad’s house hoping for

him to return home one day. Worst case the kids figured, when dad

died, they could recover their funds by selling the house.

Medicaid has changed and went from being a benefit to a loan. Every

dollar spent by Medicaid on you is tracked and when you die, Medicaid

expects to be paid back from your Estate.

In addition, the rules to qualify for Medicaid changed so that instead

of 200,000 people on Medicaid in Nevada, we now have over 600,000.

In effect, while reducing the Estate Tax, they created a huge hidden tax,

without politicians calling it a tax - simply a “recovery” so more people

can benefit from the program.

I had to explain to the brother and sister that Medicaid was no longer

a benefit, but a loan. In their case, Dad was in a skilled nursing facility,

$8,000 a month (average cost in Nevada), 12 months a year, $96,000

for 10 years or $960,000.

End result - Dad’s home was sold to pay Medicaid back. The kids

received no inheritance and had lost years of work.

Few people can afford the $8,000 monthly cost of a skilled nursing or

memory care facility. In order to qualify for Medicaid assistance, a single

person is allowed to keep $2,000 in assets and, if both spouses need

assistance, the amount increases to $3,000. If you can’t pay the $8,000

a month, you’ll be forced to reduce your life savings to impoverishment

levels and have no safety net in order to receive Medicaid’s help.

There is a better way.

Had this family met with an Elder Law attorney much earlier, the

house could have been saved for the two children, and probably half of

the remaining community property could have been used to improve

their father’s quality of life while still having Medicaid pay for the

expensive care.

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Contact and Elder Law attorney



Goodbye, Old Friend

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

It was 1949, and the baby boom was in full

swing. It was also the year Volkswagen

introduced the Beetle to America. Few cars have

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

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

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

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

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

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

would survive Armageddon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in the world.

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

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

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

are upward of 22 million.

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

About That Hair Color

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty


’m still not quite ready to go the all-natural

route and sport grey locks but am trying to

avoid monthly appointments for a permanent dye

session. I am therefore continuously in search of products that allow

me to disguise the grey until I can’t get away with it any longer!

Since finding colors that don’t contain peroxide or ammonia are no

longer easy to find in the USA I have been ordering a version of Clairol

online as it is still sold in the UK.

I stumbled on a new product at Ulta called dpHUE gloss. It is a

semi-permanent hair color and deep conditioner that is available in

several colors.

It was much pricier at $35 a bottle than the UK Miss Clairol, but I

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

performance, and technology have not.

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

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

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

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

Hollywood filmmakers.

Will there ever be another Beetle produced from Volkswagen?

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

“Never say never.”

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

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

had a coupon and decided to give it a try. Anything I can buy right off

the shelf is certainly a bonus - especially if shopping online is not your


I bought 2 bottles as it had a light brown and dark brown and I

wasn’t sure which would be best. I looked up the information online

first, as I do with almost anything I buy now for user warnings and saw

the heads-up about getting it in on your hands. Take note: wear gloves

and old clothes with this stuff because it does stain.

I followed directions and having used both the brown colors I must

say that I am pleased with the results. It is definitely a more permanent

color than the Clairol and it has left my hair really nice and soft.

A bonus of this product, compared to many others on the shelf, is that

it has no ammonia or peroxide and it smells nice. The color does last so

test a small area first in case you don’t like it.

The downside is that it is expensive compared to other drugstore


And the reviews for the red hair color were not good, so I would likely

not use that color if that’s your shade. Otherwise, it is definitely nice to

have a new go-to for my hair coloring trials.


November 2019

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based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

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Bedroom Safety

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

Do you have a picture hanging above your

bed? Take it down! If an earthquake or

other tremor occurs it could crash and cut your

face, knock you out or even kill you.

Another hazard that you might like to guard against is falling out of

bed. You may believe it couldn’t happen unless you occupy a narrow

bed. But what about a California King if you toss and turn about whilst

you are sound asleep?

Here’s a quick and easy way to counteract that possibility. Obtain

two lengthy pool-noodles from a sports store. Place one on each side of

your bed. When you turn in your sleep and touch those creepy-feeling

squeegees you’ll draw back in a hurry and save yourself from landing

on the floor.

Physical therapist, Teri Taylor MSPT, recommended solving that

problem by purchasing a bed rail from Walgreen’s Online Store. On

their website, you’ll see many versions of a product that reaches along

the whole length of the bed.

Teri ordered a “Standard Home Bed Rail” for $79 for one of her

patients. She needed a grab bar to hold on to for a few minutes to

regain her balance before heading to the bathroom at night.

Medicare does not pay for what are described as “adaptability items”

whether purchased via computer or in a store. However the online price

is non-taxable and includes free shipping direct to your home.

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:


Imagination and Creativity

By: Pamela Winger / Guest Artist

That is what my art is to me. My pieces are

very personal. Each and every piece I do

speaks to me.

I use acrylic and mixed medium on canvas or

watercolor paper. My art is always evolving and color is very important

to me. When I am working on my

art, I am totally involved.

There is no space or time – I am in

joy and the world becomes peaceful.

I dream of my creations and the

enhancements I use in my work. I

am always creating - whether it is

in art or in my personal life.

Please contact me if you are

interested in my art or if you would

like a special art piece to be done.

My contact is pamelawinger@


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Give Where You Live

By: Jamillah Ali-Rahman / Friends of


As we enter this season of

giving, I encourage you

to reflect on what matters to you and what you can

do to make a positive impact on the city we all call

home. Give where you live is our mantra at Friends of Parkinson’s

because it makes sense and it truly makes a difference.

Every dollar you give to us stays here to help your neighbors,

colleagues, strangers and friends.

As head of this non-profit, my mission is to help Parkinson’s victims

move, write, laugh, sing and dance their way to a better quality of life.

However, while raising awareness and money for Parkinson’s is my

purpose, I know it may not be yours.

I am striving to grow the culture of donating in Las Vegas. My

goal is to inspire you to experience the joy, satisfaction and personal

enrichment of giving your time, talents and dollars to a cause that

touches your heart.

So look around, do some research, ask some questions and give,

give, give where you live. When we live in a community of givers, we

all prosper. As the saying goes, no one has ever become poor by giving.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

To learn more about our mission or to make a donation visit: www.

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

Inc, a Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit.

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

By: Aaron Phillips / Healthy Voice

At my one year gastric sleeve anniversary

appointment with my surgeon, he shared

some sage advice. He said that the only way to

the benefits of the gastric sleeve surgery was to stay compliant to the


Makes sense, doesn’t it? Any successes we have had in our lives,

we tend to continue to do regularly in order to maintain the level of

success that was achieved.

In order to make changes in your life, you need to start crawling

before you can walk. So, when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, pick only

one thing that you can easily change and stick to it for a week.

For instance, instead of having a bag of candy in the house, exchange

it for a bag of pre-sliced apples to have at the ready. By the end of that

week, that one small step has become a habit.

Then going into the next week, select another nutritional step to be

changed to build upon that first step. Step 2 can be drinking six 8-ounce

glasses of water a day. This is important to protect against dehydration

as well as keeping your kidneys healthy.

Then add another step the next week and so on. After a month of

habit building, you will be surprised as to how easy it was to start a

healthy life. And more importantly, to continue building on your

healthy foundation by staying compliant.

The answer to the headline is well known: “One bite at a time.” The

same can be said for healthy living.

You cannot get healthy overnight. It takes one “step” or one “bite at

a time” to become healthy and to “eat the whole elephant.”

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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November 2019

10 Home Security Tips

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

We all need to be aware of the many types

of security actions we can take to prevent

home burglaries. Here are a few ideas:

1. Landscape with safety in mind. Walk around

your property and see if there are any potential areas a thief could hide.

2. Lighting is important! Outdoor lights can be the difference

between a robber targeting your house – or not. Motion sensor lights,

LED (bright) lights and automatic lights at strategic parts around your

house can encourage the thief to move on.

3. Protect outdoor

valuables – be sure to

secure your grill, bicycles,

etc. And for heaven’s sake

don’t leave your garage

door open. Some folks

open their door a foot

or two for ventilation

which makes it easy for

a thief to go under, open

the door and walk away

with valuables from the


4. Always lock your

home, even if you are

out for only a few minutes. Many burglars just walk in through an

unlocked door or window.

5. A spring latch lock is easy prey for burglars – they can just merely

slip a plastic credit card against the latch tongue, depress it and unlock

the door. A deadbolt stops this.

6. If you lose your keys, change the locks. If you have given a key to

anyone and they no longer need it, change the locks. Employ the same

idea if you have keyless entry – change the code.

7. To keep your tools or other items from being stolen, paint the

handles. Thieves don’t steal anything that can be easily identified.

8. You can burglar-proof your patio door by setting a pipe or metal

bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide – or just cut a broom

handle to the correct length.

9. Install a peephole in the door separating the house from the

garage. This way, if you hear something suspicious in the garage, you

can check without opening the door.

10. Purchase a “Ring doorbell” or similar device for both the front

and back of your home. This gives you cameras and alerts to your

phone if anyone approaches your home.

There are so many things you can do to provide home security and

many are free or inexpensive. Protect what is probably your biggest

asset – your home.

Super Summer Theatre &

Speeding Theatre Present:

House of Tomorrow

A Play by Susan Shear

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.-Fri. 9am-3pm; 702-579-7529)

$22.50 on

This performance is made possible by ArtAge Senior Theatre

Resource Center,

Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.

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

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

that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.


Another Year Almost

Done - Any Progress?

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

November 2019 - another year coming to a

close. How much exercise have you done?

Have you lost weight… or gained?

Don’t fret. If you feel good, don’t feel that the scale rules your life.

As I approach my 75th year on earth, I am in a very good place

in my life. I have great friends and family, a home, two beautiful fur

babies, great jobs at The Smith Center and my aerobic classes. I live in

a beautiful community which offers so many activities.

If you do not feel you are getting as much exercise as you think you

need, it’s never too late to start. Our weather is cooler now, so walks

around the community or a park is a great beginner.

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

lot of people snore.

A In the back of your mouth and going down

your throat, there are three soft tissue structures

which can interrupt the airflow. They are the soft palate, the tongue and

the epiglottis.

As we age, these tissues lose their rigidity and when you lay down, they

can cover the airway and obstruct air flow for a period of time. Snoring

is the passage of air past these structures creating sound similar to how a

wind instrument works.

“I get all the exercise I need.” That phrase is spoken frequently, yet

those words can describe different scenarios.

I hear that from people I have met at the Fitness Center where I live.

They may play billiards, walk the dog, play cards or do some other type

of activity.

They say, “I am on the go all the time. I take care of my spouse and

house, do some gardening or…..(fill in the blank).” These people do

indeed move around a great deal during their waking hours.

They may rarely sit, but they may never go to a gym or for an exercise

walk. They may be physically active, but they don’t exercise.

Doing something is always better than not doing anything. However,

we need to have a combination of both – physical activity and exercise.

Being more physically active has positive health benefits, however,

exercise best ensures a balance of fitness.

Aerobic exercise is probably the most common form of exercise.

It improves cardiovascular endurance - the body’s ability to take in,

transport and utilize our oxygen level at the most efficient method.

It strengthens the heart, allowing us to breathe easier and helps with


Start out slow and gradually build up. You will benefit tremendously

and feel better for it!

Positive attitude and good health to all!

Mary Richard is a long term supporter of senior fitness. She

teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las

Vegas Valley. She can be reached at


November 2019

Mild obstruction is not a problem but when these structures cut off the

air flow as you sleep, this is called obstructive sleep apnea, an unhealthy

condition. There can also be a problem with your brain in which it does

not regulate your breathing in a healthy way called central sleep apnea.

This air flow obstruction causes a number of problems. Obviously,

your body is not getting oxygen properly. Oxygen is necessary for human

beings, because without it, our cells cannot make the chemical energy

needed to function and survive.

One of the most vulnerable types of cells to a low level of oxygen are the

neurons in the brain (brain cells). This is why a person with sleep apnea

becomes less sharp mentally.

Where most people think bringing in oxygen is the most crucial aspect

of breathing, over the short term, it is not. When a person breathes out,

they breathe out carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide is one of the end products of the process by which cells

make energy. The carbon dioxide also regulates the pH of the blood.

For those who never took chemistry, what this means is that the

inability to properly breathe out carbon dioxide will make your blood

more acidic quickly. This changes the environment in the cells.

Structures begin to break down. Chemical reactions do not happen

like they are supposed to and if allowed to progress, the condition can

become serious - even lethal.

The breathing process is a very dynamic function. Your body

consistently monitors your blood pH and changes your breathing pattern

to keep conditions within very tight parameters.

Sleep apnea disrupts this function. That is why it needs to be addressed

before it damages your health.

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

Withering Heights

By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit

Once upon a time there was a girl, who, at

age 13, reached her adult height of five

feet-six-and-a-half inches. She towered over her

friends, who had achieved only five feet-two or


As a result, she felt BIG. Like Gulliver surrounded by Lilliputians.

BIG was not a good thing to be at that age. Standing last in line with

two other “tall” girls was one thing but standing behind the boys made

her feel as awkward as Wilt Chamberlain at a Little People’s convention.

When they socialized with the boys, her friends looked cute. She did

not look cute. She was too tall to be cute.

But cuteness was what she craved. She hated her height.

Fortunately, as the girl emerged from her self-loathing teens, she

learned to embrace her tallness. Standing erect replaced her roundshouldered

posture. Her height gave her confidence, a certain strength.

Now she was glad not to be petite. (Not that there’s anything wrong

with petite; some of her best friends were).

She no longer considered “cute” complimentary when applied to

her. In fact, she wished she was taller, maybe five-eight, or nine. She

wore high heels and no longer minded if she was taller than a male


The girl, now a woman, eventually crossed that point of no return

called middle-age. In order to foster wellness, physical check-ups were

now a required annual event.

She would fast for two days before the appointment to lessen the

devastation of the ever-increasing number on the scale. And why did

the nurse always weigh you before you took your clothes off?

Height measurement? Never gave it a second thought. That is, until

the year that same nurse told her she was five-feet-five.

“No I’m not,” she responded with indignation, “I’m at least five-six.”

“Sorry dear,” the nurse replied, “like the scale, the ruler doesn’t lie.”

Fast forward to the present. Obviously, the girl in the fairy tale is

yours truly.

Now well past middle age (unless the life span increases to 140

years), I’m victim of that malevolent force that each year causes weight

to go up and height to go down. But where are the inches going? I’m

fairly confident my legs are not


Therefore, it must be my torso

that’s disappearing. If this trend

continues, will my boobs one day

get caught in my belt?

I wonder if I’ve been inflicted

with a biblical punishment for

being a whiny teen or an adult

with too much tall pride? Or is it

simply time that is compressing

my spine?

Does it matter? I’m doomed to

spending my final years looking

up at my granddaughters.

I know the secret to successful

aging is accommodation, so I will adapt. I will learn to be happy with

my new, smaller stature. I’ll also avoid standing near tall women.

But I warn you, when I’m 90, if I hear anyone call me a “cute little

old lady,” I will lift my walker and beat them over the head. Or whatever

body part I can reach.

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

Nothing to Complain About, is available at,,

Read her blog at: Email Susan:


By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

Last month’s column on Climate Change

where I suggested that private business

should be the catalyst for mitigating the impacts

of the worldwide carbon footprint (and I should

have added greenhouse gas emissions pollution) sure hit a raw nerve!

I was gratified to receive a litany of responses; over 30 in writing (see

Guest Column as but one example) and in-person - both pro and con

to my proposal. To my amazement, the opinions of the majority were

that climate change is a “naturally occurring phenomenon” and that

“alarmists” are making matters appear worse than they are!

Further, they contend that over the

estimated 4 billion year lifespan of this

planet, changes in climate are not only

“normal” but to be “expected.” They further

claim that the “doomsday naysayers” are

creating such an atmosphere of hysteria

that any rational dialogue to discuss any

possible solutions is impossible.

They are certainly entitled to their

opinion and I respect that even if they’re

“wrong.” Any suggestion that the current

climatic condition of our planet is

“normal” and should be “expected” is

pure poppycock!

Mankind has, without question, been

the root cause of climate change or, at the

very least, accelerated its pace. Coal fired

power plants (that have been around for

decades spewing millions of tons of garbage in the air that we have all

been forced to breathe) internal combustion automobiles and diesel

trucks (that number over 850 million worldwide emitting poisonous

greenhouse gas emissions powered by filthy oil produced diesel fuel

and gasoline into the atmosphere such as carbon monoxide) is,

without any doubt, THE cause of the rapid climate change we are all

experiencing today!

My proposal to engage the business community as opposed to

government intervention is a solution worth exploring. You don’t have

to bankrupt the planet to save it!

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He can be reached at:

Do you agree with our columnists?

Did anyone get you angry, make you

think or simply put a smile on your

face? Please tell us by forwarding

your comments, thoughts or

suggestions to Publisher Dan at:


What Do You Think?

Climate Change - Take 2

November 2019

Climate Change - Another Theory

By: Stephen Commander / Guest Column

few years ago I attended a seminar on

A Global Warming. Several hundred attended.

We were informed about the roughly 4.5 billion

years of Earth’s climate conditions, such as ice

ages and their disappearance.

The 4.5 billion years compared to the hundreds of years proposed by

current “experts” on their Climate Change “theory” is like a grain of

sand versus an entire beach.

One explanation for these Climate Change events is the earth,

over millions of years, changes its orbit around the sun. That change

probably results in earth’s elliptical orbit - resulting in extreme distance

from the sun.

This appears to result in an “Ice Age.”

Millions of years of continuing change in

earth’s orbit brings it to a circular rotation

around the sun and eliminating the Ice


During those billions of earth years,

there were NO Humans, NO Pollution, NO

Factories, NO Cars, NO Airplanes and NO

Cows to justify the claims of those about

earth’s demise in twelve years due to

climate change.

Let me remind everyone of Al Gore’s 10

science predictions. These items and the

following quote were obtained by Googling

Al Gore’s Climate Predictions.

“On January 26, 2006 the Washington

Post stated Gore “believes humanity may have only 10 years left to save

the planet from turning into a total frying pan.” His predictions:

1. Rising Sea Levels – inaccurate.

2. Increased Tornadoes – declining for decades.

3. New Ice Age in Europe – never happened.

4. South Sahara Drying Up – untrue.

5. Massive Flooding in China and India – didn’t happen.

6. Melting Arctic – false

7. Polar Bear Extinction – they are increasing.

8. Temperature Increases Due to CO2 – no significant rising.

9. Katrina a Foreshadow of the Future – false.

10. Earth Would be in a “True Planetary Emergency” Within a

Decade Unless Drastic Action Taken to Reduce Greenhouse Gasses –

never happened.

Some current seers proposed theories envision a catastrophe in

twelve years via centuries of climate change which is insignificant to

billions of earth years. Shorter time frame predictions appear to reflect

erroneous conclusions.

Climate Change probably exists mostly via natural causes. LONG


Stephen Commander is a Sun City Summerlin resident and The

Vegas Voice thanks him for his guest article.


Getting Back in the Saddle

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

So my new


after my four

month post open heart surgery has

changed. Thankfully my only major

lingering effect is regaining my full sense of stamina.

Slowly but surely I am getting back to 100 percent. I’ve started cardio

rehab and go to the rehab center three times a week for the next three

months. This rehab routine of tread mills, ellipticals, stationary bikes

and the like is just wonderful.

However, it still is a process and I do get tired towards the end of the

day and sleeping is a minor issue as I still have some discomfort in my

ribs and chest where the surgery occurred. My music and headphones

is a big help in calming things down in the evening.

Now that you know more than you ever need to know about my

recovery, I will tell you why I’m telling you this. I have had a lot of time

to think and to plan the next phase in our Vegas Voyagers upcoming


We, of course, will continue to provide our “Bus to the Boat” schedule.

Our next trips being December 4-19 on the Star Princess to Hawaii, and

January 25-February 1, 2020 on the brand new Carnival Panorama to

the Mexican Riviera with Bruce Ewing and Philip Fortenberry. We still

have space on both of these fantastic cruises.

Starting next month, we are hoping to announce some new ideas

about cruising. Don’t get me wrong - I love the big mega ships of

Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines, but as I get older, the hustle and

bustle of these ships can be overwhelming.

With this in mind, it’s time to feature smaller “destination-oriented

vessels.” How about ships that hold no more than 350 passengers?

Interested in Mississippi River cruising? And how about small yacht

or sailing vessels cruise options - all over the world? Be sure to look

in the December issue as we kick off these new and exciting vacation


As always feel free to contact us at 800/698-1101 with any questions

you might have. Happy Adventures to all.


November 2019

A Hero of World War I

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Restoring Veterans Day – Remembering

America’s warriors is often an

afterthought for many Americans. It’s about

time November 11th is paid its proper respect.”

VFW magazine November 2010.

Despite remarkable combat decorations, Marcelino Serna is

historically obscure. Serna came to the United States from Mexico in


Two years later, he was threatened with deportation. To validate his

goal for U.S. citizenship, Serna volunteered for the army.

Although barely speaking English, Serna completed basic training

and was sent to fight World War I in France. When his command

discovered Serna’s rudimentary language skills and that he was a

Mexican citizen they offered him a discharge. He declined.

As his unit moved north toward the Meuse River and Argonne Forest,

a German machine gunner killed 12 Allied soldiers. Serna advanced.

“I jumped up and ran about 10 yards and then hit the dirt,” he told

the El Paso Times in 1962. “I kept this up until I was on the machine

gunner’s left flank. He hit my helmet with bullets twice during the run.

When I got close enough, I threw four grenades into the nest. Eight

Germans came out with their hands up.”

Serna later captured 24 German soldiers, then “shot a sniper at 200

yards and tossed three grenades into a trench. The survivors came out

with their hands up.”

Days before the Armistice, Serna was shot in both legs. His rifle as a

crutch, Serna hobbled to safety. He spent months in a French hospital.

General John J. Pershing awarded Serna the Distinguished Service

Cross. France presented Serna two French Croix de Guerre with bronze

palm medals, an Italian Croce al Merito di Guerra, a French Medaille

Militaire, French Commemorative Metal, World War I Victory Medal

with five stars, St. Mihiel Medal, Verdun Medal and two Purple Hearts.

Serna is among World War I’s most decorated soldiers, nonetheless,

denied the Medal of Honor “due to his limited English” though he

spoke neither French nor Italian when awarded their highest metals.

More than 2-million U.S. troops fought in World War I. On this

Veterans Day, we stop to honor the more than 22-million veterans who

have served our country.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.



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Pushing Up Daisies!

By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /

Out & About

Seniors often talk about trips they want to

take, but they forget we are all running out

of time. It is amazing how many seniors decide to make travel plans

for a year or two in the future, because they are feeling really well now.

They rationalize they need to save enough to get exactly the perfect

itinerary, the right stateroom or hotel, and the best time of year. On the

surface this sounds like an intelligent plan, but in reality it denies the

inevitable and puts the trip of their dreams in jeopardy with the very

real possibility that it will never happen at all. In fact, over 25% of the

seniors who book trips with me end up cancelling their vacations due

to unforeseen health issues.

In my opinion, when planning a trip of any kind, the most important

thing to decide is whether you are healthy enough to travel, and can

you meet the demands of the trip you are considering. If the answer is

yes, then my recommendation is to get out your trusty credit card and

go as soon as you can.

Of course, I am not suggesting you do something crazy and blow

your entire savings or estate, but don’t wait until next year unless you

really have no other choice. That’s just tempting fate, and time is the

most precious thing you have.

Besides there are many exciting events that can’t be planned very far

in advance. Is your team going to be in the playoffs? Is your favorite

going to win the race?

Have you always wanted to chant “USA” at the Games? These are

experiences that may occur with little notice but might provide once in

a lifetime memories.

We are all close to pushing up daisies and nothing will change that.

But hopefully we’ll have no regrets when our time comes, and we’ll

have permanent smiles on our faces for all the fun we’ve had.

For more information on upcoming games and special events,

see page 42.

Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is the Vacation Editor and

the President at Vegas Vacationers. She can be reached at

Reducing Water Consumption

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

During this time of year, we are urged to

reduce the amounts of water used to

irrigate our gardens. From six to three days, and

finally to one day per week.

These changes reduce water consumption as well as saving us money

on our water bills. Reaching these goals can be carried through and

greatly expanded into the warmer Spring and Summer months by

implementing a proactive approach of switching to desert landscaping.

By removing turf and plants requiring large quantities of water, we

can take significant steps towards reducing water consumption, and

at the same time save us money. These steps can be taken both on a

community level (through an HOA or community association) as well

as on an individual basis by homeowners.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority will pay homeowners

and community associations $3 a square foot to remove turf from

their landscapes. This rebate can cover the cost of turf removal and

replacement with rock mulch.

Sun City Anthem has taken on this approach with positive results.

This association authorized selected turf removal as well as replacement

of existing vegetation around the main parking lot and two recreation

centers with drought tolerant species.

As a result, in the last nine months, SCA saved over 21 million

gallons of water when compared to the same period last year. This

water reduction translated into a financial savings of over $72,000.

Since desert landscaping requires less maintenance as well, future

labor cost savings can be expected as well.

Therefore, now is the time for community associations to move in

this direction. Imagine how much water and money that could be


On an individual basis, moving towards desert landscaping on your

property can reduce your water bills by 60% during the summer months.

It can also have a residual effect of reducing required maintenance

such as landscapers, exterminators, and irrigation repairs.

By doing this, you and your community will be both “water smart”

and cost efficient. A “Win-Win” proposition!

Have any questions? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.


Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC

school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his

time to communicating with and lecturing about our native



Play Your Cards Right and You’ll Ward Off Dementia

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute


kay. So I am not really playing bridge with Warren Buffet and Bill Gates (below). A girl

can dream can't she?! These men say playing bridge keeps them mentally sharp. And

in Dr. Kosik's book (below right) he confirms it. He says playing bridge and other card games,

and even video games with one or more other players, may ward off dementia and other

brain diseases. His research-based book is easy to understand. And it offers multiple

prescriptions that are simple, low-cost choices giving you the power to reduce

the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and improve your well-being.

Outsmarting Alzheimer's

Some of Kosik's Prescriptions:

• Never stop learning.

• Play games with others.

• Socialize. (Throw dinner parties!)

• Cook your own fresh, whole food.

• Avoid aluminum foil/plastic wrap.

• Have a purpose. (Help others.)

• Count your blessings.

• Sleep on a regular schedule.

• Exercise, Exercise, EXERCISE.

• LAUGH any chance you get!

Mental Minutes

“Card Games”

1. In one minute, name as many

card games as you can.

2. Make an alphabetical list.

Asian game of Court Piece,


Canasta, …

A No-Brainer Pick

Outsmarting Alzheimer's:

What You Can Do to

Reduce Your Risk


Kenneth S. Kosik, M.D.

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

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Speaking to and for Las Vegas

Valley Seniors since 2003

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PERMIT #3235

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