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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
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!”
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.
1THE VEGAS VOICE
THE VEGAS VOICE
DOES IT AGAIN!
The Vegas Voice
received 11 awards –
“First Place Awards.”
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
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
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For your Health, Wealth,
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For your Health, Wealth,
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NIGHT LIFE EDITOR
Volume 16, Issue 9
OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS
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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.
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: email@example.com.
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
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 SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can
contact her at www.mytimeisragtime.com.
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
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
Join my friend Bill Fayne
and his friends for our
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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
is considered a major
figure in the technically
difficult be bop style of
jazz developed in the
Jerry Goldstein added
lyrics to Freeman’s mid-
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.
fact, a member of the
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
lasvegassplash.com. 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
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
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
The Question That Never Gets Answered
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
Roommates” out of her home and can be reached at
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Amazon.com. 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
books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.
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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 YouTube.com 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
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.
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: email@example.com.
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
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.
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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
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
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.
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: www.lasvegas.score.org. 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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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.
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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. www.friendsofparkinsons.org.
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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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 supersummertheatre.org
This performance is made possible by ArtAge Senior Theatre
Resource Center, www.seniortheatre.com
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
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 Amazon.com, BN.com,
Read her blog at: www.SusansUnfilteredWit.com. 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
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
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: email@example.com.
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Climate Change - Take 2
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
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 –
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
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.
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.
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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.
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!
1. In one minute, name as many
card games as you can.
2. Make an alphabetical list.
Asian game of Court Piece,
A No-Brainer Pick
What You Can Do to
Reduce Your Risk
Kenneth S. Kosik, M.D.
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