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Understanding 1031 Exchanges– Step by Step

Laura Harbison

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Under section 1031 of the US International Revenue Code, a taxpayer may defer recognition of

capital gains and related federal income tax liability on the exchange of certain types of property, a

process known as a 1031 exchange. Understanding the process up front is important to your success.

First you must decide if a 1031 Exchange is right for you. With all the costs, requirements, and time

deadlines, simply paying the tax and moving on may be advantageous in some circumstances. A 1031

exchange is a way to defer tax and potentially eliminate taxes in the long run. Long term planning is

key in deciding whether an exchange is right for you, so be sure to consult your tax planning

professional!

You then list your property for sale, as you ordinarily would. Your Real Estate Broker will include

language in the listing paperwork regarding your desire to do a 1031 exchange and the buyer's

requirement to cooperate. Be sure to choose a real estate professional with experience in 1031 Tax

Deferred Exchanges!

Next, start looking for a replacement property. Keep in mind that the moment the relinquished

property is sold (closed), the 45-day countdown to formally identify your replacement property

begins. Therefore, your Real Estate Broker should help you start looking for a replacement property

immediately.

You will also need a qualified intermediary to facilitate the exchange. Look for a solid, professional,

reputable company. Be careful!

When someone agrees to purchase your property, you will need to make sure the paperwork clearly

states that you will be participating in a 1031 exchange, and that the Buyer agrees to cooperate (at

no cost or consequence to them - but there is paperwork they will be required to sign). The title

company will handle the closing, as with any other real estate transaction, except that your qualified

intermediary will be actively involved in the process, and the funds will transfer to their bank

account, not yours. You are NOT allowed to "touch" the money (as that would invalidate the

exchange.)

Within 45 days of the closing of your relinquished property you must officially designate the property

you intend to purchase. Keep in mind, you can identify up to three properties, or more if you close

on 95% of them or the total combined value of the identified properties is less than 200% of the sales

price of your relinquished property. You have up to 180 days to close on the replacement property

(including the 45 days) and complete the exchange from the date that your relinquished property

closes escrow.

You will need to get a property under contract and open escrow, making sure the Seller knows you

are purchasing through a 1031 exchange (and that they agree to cooperate with the process and sign

the necessary paperwork). You do not have to wait until your relinquished property closes escrow to

begin this process, as long as your Real Estate Broker includes the proper contingency language in

your offer. You, your Real Estate Broker, and your qualified intermediary will work with the title

company to make sure that all of the paperwork is completed properly.

The qualified intermediary will wire your money to the title company, and the property will close as

in a normal transaction, deferring your need to pay the taxes. You can repeat this process over and

over again on properties and continue deferring taxes indefinitely.

Sharing your goals,

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

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Volume 16, Issue 10

OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS

PROUD

MEMBERS OF:

Ali Guggenheim

Morris Heldt

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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.


You Got Mail

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

Rana, you’re going to hurt yourself

carrying all that stuff.”

That’s was my daily (except on Sunday)

admonishment to my PILL (partner in love & life) as she checked

our mailbox. It’s unbelievable but true. Since

Halloween, she has been swamped with catalogs

and brochures.

The catalogs don’t discriminate, she gets them

all. From clothing to cosmetics, from travel

options to holiday gift ideas, my Rana has been

receiving, on average, 8 a day. Frankly, it’s been

overwhelming.

“Don’t throw them away,” she implores me.

“I might want something” is her standard reply.

The clutter was so massive that I eventually took

them off the kitchen table (so help me, we ran

out of room, but no problem, I discovered 3

catalogs on kitchen appliances and tables) and

placed them all in a shopping cart.

“Look how absurd this is!” I confidently stated,

but I should have known better than to challenge

my Ladylove’s logic. “What’s ridiculous is you”

she shot back. “How am I going to reach the bottom ones?”

You got to admit, she had a point. Luckily for the Goodman-Roberts

household, I came up with another brilliant solution.

I volunteered to get the mail every afternoon. “Remarkably” once

the assignment was all mine (and so long as she does not catch me)

the number of catalogs have been drastically reduced.

Rana is still uncertain as to what happened

but when she questioned me, I suggested that

the paper avalanche was coming to the end. And

so long as I take out the recycle trash can (thank

God, it has wheels) from the garage to the curb

every week, I’m in good shape.

Besides, she has plenty of regular junk mail to

keep her busy.

***On a lighter note, I, along with our entire

Vegas Voice family want to wish you and yours

a very happy, joyous and healthy holiday season

and New Year.

When The Vegas Voice did its year-end review,

even we were surprised by our achievements.

From entertainment editor Evan Davis’ fantastic

16 shows, to my Rana’s 15 guardianship

seminars, to our 11 national journalism awards,

it’s been quite a year.

Make no mistake, growing older is not for

sissies. Hopefully The Vegas Voice, through our publication, weekly

radio programs, monthly video podcasts, entertainment shows,

seminars and events can make your life a little easier.

And as you can imagine, we have big, big plans for 2020. Our goal

however remains the same; to serve you – our readers.

The Vegas Voice will continue to do just about anything and everything

to provide important information, meaningful insight regarding our

“mature years” - and even a smile (or two) as we welcome a new year.

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Christmas Wishes

By: Carol Chapman

As we welcome the holiday season, we send

you our heartfelt wishes of good tidings

and great joy. Throughout the year, we have been

fortunate to provide for so many of our close

friends and family members who have utilized the numerous free

services our organization is able to provide.

We have had an amazing year with all of you at the various events

throughout the Las Vegas Valley and cannot wait to share all of the

wonderful things we are planning for the new year. In the midst of

reflection of the year, we understand that this time of year can also

come with uncertainty surrounding gifts.

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Give a gift that has the power to save a life this season. We are honored

to have saved seven lives through this program since its inception and

know it provides a sense of security.

From our organization to yours, we wish you Season’s Greetings and

a Happy New Year!

December 2019

Bill Blurb’s Christmas Spirit

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

The Salvation Army realized that it had

never received a donation from Las Vegas’

most successful lawyer. So a volunteer paid the

attorney a visit in his lavish office.

The volunteer opened the meeting by saying,

“Our research shows that even though your annual income is over ten

million dollars, you don’t give a penny to charity. Wouldn’t you like to

give something back to your community?”

The lawyer thinks for a minute and answers: “First, did your research

show that my mother is dying after a long, painful illness and she has

huge medical bills that are far beyond her ability to pay?”

Embarrassed, the volunteer mumbles, “Uh . . . no, I didn’t know

that.”

“Secondly,” says the lawyer, “did it show that my brother, a

disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair and is unable

to support his wife and six children?” The stricken volunteer begins to

stammer an apology but is cut off.

“And finally, did your research also show that my sister’s husband

died in a dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage

and three children? The now humiliated volunteer replied, “I’m so

sorry, I had no idea.”

The lawyer added, “And if I didn’t give any money to them, what

makes you think I’d give any to you?”

**Joe bought his wife a beautiful diamond ring for Christmas. After

hearing about this extravagant gift, his friend said, “I thought she

wanted one of those sporty four-wheel drive vehicles.”

“She did,” Joe replied. “But where was I going to find a fake Jeep?”

***And my annual wish to Santa: This year, please give me a big, fat

bank account and a slim body. Once again, you mixed them up.

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at: bill@thevegasvoice.net.


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Clarence, We Need You

By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.

Help! Help!” Clarence shouted from the

rushing river below as George Bailey stood

on a bridge overhead feeling sorry for himself.

When hearing the cry however, and without hesitation, George jumped

into the freezing water and saved Clarence.

It was a few minutes later that George Bailey learned that Clarence

was his angel.

Many of us now are rushing around preparing for the holidays,

traveling, or unfortunately fighting seasonal depression. I have

been told by many of my fellow seniors they reminisce more about

celebrating holidays of the past and less about making new memories.

For those people I suggest you call out for Clarence.

We all have a Clarence in the form of our inner voice that allows us,

if only for a moment, to embrace our Christmas spirit. So maybe we just

need to take a moment and listen to some traditional Christmas songs,

or watch children enjoy meeting Santa Claus for the first time.

As senior citizens, we unfortunately have had many disappointments

in our lives - lost loved ones, businesses, etc. Perhaps some even felt

at the time they could not go on; yet something inside of us pushed

through the valley of depression and allowed us to climb back upon

the mountain.

I propose it might have been your Clarence that helped you.

He reminded you that although things looked bad you did have a

wonderful gift to enjoy - your life.

As Clarence showed George Bailey how he touched many people in

his life, we should think about all the people we have had an influence

on in our lives. So I recommend, if you’re feeling depressed, for this

holiday season you ask to speak to your Clarence, because even with all

the immorality that is happening It’s Still a Wonderful Life.

Morris Heldt is a retired award winning film and television

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

Vegas valley from the beach in 2004.

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You’ll Want to Visit the Linen Closet

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

When my children were little and Christmas

was approaching, I, a single, exhausted

mother, would begin to panic. I had no teaching

job yet, so our income came from substitute

teaching, babysitting and working the corner by the Senior Center!

This allowed very little for Christmas presents...or food! So, I began to

give creative homemade gifts.

One summer I made crabapple jelly (I do NOT recommend this and

will never do it again in life!) and it was yummy. I froze it for Christmas

presents, but when thawed in December, it became quite liquidly - so,

I stuck a bow on each jar and called it an ice-cream topping. See?

Creative!

The next summer, I saw a recipe for cranberry liqueur. I bought a

big plastic garbage can with a tight lid, threw in a ton of cranberries

and gallons of vodka, put the lid on and stored it in the linen closet for

four months.

I did peak occasionally, thrilled with knowing my Christmas

shopping would be almost nil. (And, during those four months, when

my children gave me, say, a blinding migraine that would kill most

people? - I’d climb into that plastic bin for a blissful visit during their

naps...just kidding; that was only a dream...I think.)

In December, I bought lovely glass bottles to put the liqueur in, and

it was this rich, ruby color…it was a gorgeouth preshent (hic!) if I do

shay sho myshelf!

The following year, I made three kinds of nuts - one sweet, one

smoky and one with ground red pepper that gave you a sort of…um...

afterglow. And I packaged some of each concoction in a little Christmas

baggie with a ribbon, then tied them all together as an adorable gift for

family and friends - some of whom thanked me later with that wideeyed,

stunned expression one gets when one’s mouth is in flames.

One year I decided to make oyster stew and give it to everyone on

Christmas Eve, when (according to Catholic tradition) you’re supposed

to eat only fish. I followed an old, delicious recipe: lots of oysters, rich

cream, Worcestershire and Tabasco.

I then put some stew in each glass container and topped it with a

ribbon. Astonishingly imaginative, inexpensive, heartfelt and lovingly

presented!

You know, it’s amazing how many people don’t like oyster stew. Like,

seriously don’t like it, as in making those gagging noises when they spy

an oyster in their soup. (Ok, no one actually gagged in front of me...

except my sister, who gags regularly at stupid stuff...but I heard the

reports.)

This year, it’s fudge sauce for my friends. My mother made the most

STUPEFYINGLY PHENOMENAL fudge sauce that really should be

marketed! (In fact, I would like my personal moment of death to be

at the same instant that this fudge sauce is poured directly into my

mouth.) But, my family can make the fudge sauce themselves, so what

can I make for them?

Cookies? Please, we’re all up to here in cookies! My basil pesto?…

never mind. I broke the food processor with that cauliflower I was

chopping to make

a cauliflower

pizza crust, which

is, I now realize,

an actual crime

against nature!

Well, what

if I build them

something? Like,

how hard can it be

to saw and hammer

together a little

stool? Of course,

that would likely

end up giving the

gift of me in the From everyone in my family to yours, merry,

emergency room. merry Christmas and a very happy New year!

Guess it’s back to

the liqueur…although, I think Walmart has a system-wide alert on

me for buying all those plastic bins and cranberries every year…could

be terrorist-related? Especially the 7 gallons of vodka.

Merry Christmas to y’all!

Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North

Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s

book! - by visiting her website at www.vickiwentz.com.

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Happy Holidays

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

With Thanksgiving now behind us and the

holidays approaching, I would like to

wish each and every one the happiest of holidays.

On reflecting on Thanksgiving, I want to thank The Vegas Voice for

allowing me to share my memories with you and letting me be a part

of such a prestigious publication. I also want to thank you, the readers,

for actually reading my column!

Last month my dearest friend, Sharon Baird (who was one of the

original Mouseketeers on the Mickey Mouse Club TV show) came to

visit me. We also had the pleasure of having lunch with publisher Dan.

Afterwards, Dan told me that he was amazed at how Sharon and I have

been friends for 63 years.

He found that to be rare and wonderful and mentioned that not

many people can say that they have had a friend for that long. Dan

was so impressed with that fact, he suggested I should write a column

about it!

For those of you who have been reading my column, you might recall

that I already wrote about Sharon, but it is with great pleasure that I

write again. Hearing Dan talk about our friendship, I came to realize

Jingle Bells

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

The world-famous song, Jingle Bells, did

have a composer. He was James Lord

Pierpont, 1822-1893, a financially poor American.

Interestingly, this was the only song he ever wrote. Pierpont was also

a novelist, poet, and organist living in New England and Savannah,

Georgia.

The song was said to have been written in the Simpson Tavern in

Medford, Massachusetts in 1850; however, since he was the music

director of his brother’s Unitarian Church in Savannah at copyright

time, it was copyrighted as One Horse Sleigh in 1857.

Then in 1859, after Pierpont’s friend, Mrs. Otis Waterman, called it a”

merry little jingle,” the title was copyrighted as Jingle Bells. According

to the Medford Historical Society, Jingle Bells was inspired by the town’s

popular sleigh races during the 19th century when jingling bells on

that it has been

something so real

and natural, that

I’m not sure I even

recognized how

blessed I truly am.

It’s easy to take

things for granted

and be complacent

and not really think

about our many

blessings. Sharon is, and always will be, a blessing in my life. Thanks

Dan for actually making me realize that even more.

So in this glorious holiday season, let’s not forget to take time to

appreciate all of our many blessings, to love one another and most of

all - don’t be afraid to let them know!

Wishing each and every one all of life’s many blessings and peace.

Until next time, remember: If you want to be happy... Be!

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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

hotmail.com.

horses’ harnesses warned people when coming into sound-muffling

snow.

The song started out as a drinking song, then meant to be a

Thanksgiving song, but it slowly became associated with the December

holiday music. There are many original verses and parodies to Jingle

Bells. Some of the original words were too racy for children’s programs.

Jingle Bells had even gone into outer space. It was the first song

broadcast from space. On Gemini VI, the astronauts said they saw

something red traveling from north to south in a polar orbit. The

astronauts then performed (on a smuggled harmonica, with sleigh bell

accompaniment - all on display at the Smithsonian,) a broadcasted

rendition of Jingle Bells.

Jingle Bells became one of the most performed, recognizable,

recorded secular holiday songs ever written. For Jingle Bells, Pierpont

was placed in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, naming it amongst the

best 25 most recorded songs in history. And did you know that Jingle

Bells is in most every piano beginner’s lesson books?

Some other facts of note:

1. Pierpont and his family also wrote extensively against slavery;

2. Over the years, different family members with copyright renewals,

claimed to be the composer of Jingle Bells;

3. Pierpont made very little money on Jingle Bells and

4. Jingle Bells has now passed into public domain.

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and

reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can

contact her at www.mytimeisragtime.com.


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Travelling Trio Brightens

The Strip

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

For many, a trip down the Las Vegas Strip

tops their “Bucket List.” For Jacksonville’s

Doug Baim, his List demanded that he include his two best friends,

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blake Bortels in the sidecar of his well-travelled

motorcycle.

Baim lived out that dream for 18 days late this past October with

his travelling companions: Skynyrd, a husky 10-month old St. Bernard

and Bortels, a golden retriever. Onlookers cheerfully waved and snapped

phone photos of the trio.

But perhaps the most joy came from Baim himself. “It’s been my

dream to drive The Strip with my dogs. It’s like driving around two

movie stars.”

Rock and roll band Lynyrd Skynyrd claims Jacksonville as their

hometown. Blake Bortels sizzled then fizzled as quarterback for the

Jacksonville Jaguars football team.

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Baim’s 10-month expedition mixed business with pleasure. As owner

of Puppy Avenue, a Jacksonville pet shop, Baim visited breeders who

specialized in pure breeds.

Since childhood, Baim’s hobby has been raising and showing St.

Bernards. Ten years ago, the “love of my life” encouraged him to

abandon past careers in insurance and medical equipment and follow

his dream of opening the pet shop.

The dream continued; the “love” didn’t. Baim however has no

regrets.

“I was 65 th out of 69 in my high school class,” Baim said. “With

college and hard work I feel like I’m living in the top of my class

because of the quality of life I lead. I’ve achieved my dreams.”

Those dreams, he explains, includes enriching lives. “It gives me

privileges I might never have,” he says of the receptive smiles. “I plant

positive seeds for people.”

Sam the Sunglass Man at the outdoor stand across from The Strat,

in true Vegas fashion, comped shades for Lenny and Blake which they

proudly wore on their trips down The Strip.

Baim, a gregarious spiritual man, considers the trips as his mission.

Readying his motor home for the trek back to Florida’s east coast, he

commented, “It makes people smile and that’s what keeps me going.

It’s really rewarding watching people’s reactions.”

Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to

hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:

LasVegasHomeTeam@Gmail.com.


Judy

By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations

Judy Garland! Movie star at 13 and obituary

at 47. We remember her for The Wizard of

Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, and A Star is Born.

Rather than a star is born, it’s more like a star

burns out. Get your hankies ready. Few Hollywood star careers are as

beloved and tragic as Judy Garland’s.

This film is graphic in showing the unforgivable treatment of

Garland’s childhood; forced to take uppers to lose weight and downers

to fall asleep. In her adult years - depression, alcoholism and substance

abuse.

When she visited London for five weeks (to raise money for a custody

battle - she couldn’t keep her children for lack of funds) she staggered

around the stage in a stupor and fell in front of the audience. Due to

her alcoholism her vocal chords were shot and her voice would often

crack. She was a train wreck!

The Talk of the Town nightclub, where she was performing booed her

off the stage. This is almost unbearable to watch.

A former Oscar winner, Renee Zellweger was chosen to portray

this fading star. Critics rightfully state: “There hasn’t been a female

performer to touch her performance in “Judy” this year.”

Renee’s elfin haircut, red smudged lipstick, fabulous flamboyant 60s

outfits were Judy down to every detail. Zellweger has some terrific lines

which she delivers with wit and panache.

She’s charming, a diva, believably incoherent, and ultimately

sympathetic; she melts into her role. Renee sings “For Once in my Life”,

“Come Rain or Come Shine” with conviction and an extraordinary

vocal achievement.

The tension Zellweger generates between Garland as a performer and

her aching need and vulnerability as a person has us hanging on to her

every word. She gives a dazzling performance that’s destined for the red

carpet, if not The Yellow Brick Road.

I give her five boxes of buttered popcorn - plus an Oscar nomination!

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

rriendeau@aol.com.

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Can you believe in a few weeks it will be

2020? But 2019 is not over yet.

On December 7 th , The Vegas Voice will be

presenting our Holiday Show at Sun City

MacDonald Ranch. There will be a myriad of entertainers, under the

musical direction of Bill Fayne.

And then, a New Year’s Eve Dinner Show also at MacDonald Ranch.

But don’t worry about staying up too late as this New Year’s Eve Dinner

Show will be a New York style NYE.

The celebrating starts at 6:00 pm

with a big screen watching the ball

drop from Times Square at 9:00 pm

Vegas time. Dinner, show, ball drop and

home (if you like) by 9:30 pm.

It would be a little crazy to try to

give you the year in review, since there

are so many venues, performers and

shows. Every day and night there are

numerous listings of entertainment in

every genre.

Get out and catch a few shows and support local entertainment.

That’s the only way to keep the shows coming.

There were plenty of awards show throughout the year. We just

finished the CMA awards and I was privileged to attend the 2019

Producer’s Choice Awards.

Producers Billy Barnes and Al Bowman put on a Hollywood class

awards show; honoring such stars as Pia Zadora, Mary Wilson and

other celebrities with music from about a dozen bands and introducing

Larry Wayne’s new country songs.

You may know Larry Wayne as Larry Liso. He uses “Wayne” for his

country image. You’ll be hearing more from Larry Wayne and his

country album in 2020.

Let’s start the new year off on the right track. Check my calendar of

events for the upcoming shows.

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End of Year Entertainment

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

Always Working!

December 2019

Join my friend Bill Fayne

and his friends for our

Holiday Show

Entertainment editor Evan Davis working hard with the disco ladies

before our Vegas Voice Disco Nights show last month. Evan is joined by

(L-R) Nellie Norris, Autumn Grayce Johnson and Nieve Malandra.

Terry Bradshaw Scores a

Touchdown

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Terry Bradshaw and Las Vegas are a darn

good match. The legendary pro football

player and entertainer is wowing audiences in a show, produced and

directed by Emmy Award winner Anita Mann.

The production in the 320 seat Atrium Showroom at the Luxor includes

songs, comedy, storytelling and a bit of dancing. The 70 year old’s 70

minute show features popular songs such as “Bye Love” and Terry’s

1976 hit, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

The guy ain’t half bad. Translation: He is a gosh darn legitimately

good singer.

I don’t know much about football, but I had seen Bradshaw on the

reality show “Better Late than Never” and he was a hoot. The four

time Super Bowl champ and Pro Football Hall of Famer was also a

contestant on “The Masked Singer” (The Deer).

The charismatic fellow with down home charm has the audience

laughing and smiling and singing along. He says, “I’ve never done

anything normal in my life.” and “Dumb is what I do best.”

Ya gotta love a guy who stands on stage in Vegas and says, “I made my

living by putting my hands on other guys’ butts” Besides his stories of

football days, he does a question and answer session with the audience.

Terry could not have two more talented ladies with him. Lorena

Peril and Anne Martinez delight Luxor audiences with their singing

in FANTASY, but here they wow the attendees as Terry’s back-up singers.

They have it all - looks, charm and talent. Their voices blend

beautifully, but luckily for the audience, they each have a time to

shine alone as well.Sax player Smokin’ Joe Excriba is the musical

director. Terry’s closing song sums up how he is viewing life these days

- “It’s a Wonderful World.”

And it is a wonderful evening when you spend it with Terry

Bradshaw at the Luxor. See him in a limited engagement on

December 10 th and December 17, 2019.

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.


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Oh, You Shouldn’t Have!

By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit

Know what’s #1 on my holiday wish list? I

really wish you wouldn’t get me anything.

It’s sweet to be asked, and I get it about the joy

of giving. But I must recuse myself as recipient.

I’m currently committed to downsizing.

I know, ‘tis the season and all that. Nevertheless, I can’t ignore that

I’ve reached the point in my life where I have all the stuff I will ever

need.

My fantasy is to live the rest of my days ready for an emergency home

evacuation. I don’t want to be troubled deciding what to take with me.

If I’m successful, everything I own will fit into one suitcase, preferably

a carry-on.

Have I convinced you of my need to simplify? Perhaps not. In that

case, I’ll be more helpful by offering a brief list of some of my favorite

un-gift ideas.

Hostess Paraphernalia. I have all the trays, cheese boards, brie

servers, crystal pieces, nut holders and popcorn bowls with seed sifters

that I’ll ever need. And no more space to fit another of anything.

Jewelry. Please don’t go to Jared. Or Kay. Or any store of that ilk.

I have only one neck and two of other body parts which typically

accommodate jewelry. So I’m anatomically limited in the number of

watches, bracelets, necklaces or earrings I can wear at any given time.

Lingerie. Sweetheart, I hope you’re listening. Remember last year

when you gave me that clingy red silk nightie with matching robe? I

actually breathed a sigh of relief when they didn’t fit.

While I adore being the object of your fantasy, I’ve always felt silly in

skimpy intimate apparel. And now that I’m an “older” woman, I’m an

even stronger proponent of less is more: reveal less and leave more to

the imagination.

Scents. Don’t even think about getting me perfume, toilet water,

vanilla candles or sachet for my drawer. The latter is sure to induce

a sneezing fit when I reach for a pair of undies. If you simply cannot

resist, please be so kind as to include a box of Zyrtec.

Small Appliances. I will not be grateful for a bread maker because

you think in my retirement I need a hobby. I promise it will join the

sewing machine gathering dust in my closet.

That was a surprise from my husband, who didn’t know I almost

failed home economics. He has no idea that the rag he uses to wipe his

car was supposed to be a skirt.

Woolens. When you live where “Frosty the Snowman” doesn’t stand

a chance, one has no more need for scarves, hats, or mittens.

Before you accuse me of dampening holiday spirits, please know I’m

not a complete humbug. I love giving gifts to others, especially my

grandchildren.

But if you still insist on getting me something, consider these. A gift

certificate for a restaurant that isn’t noisy. Or, make a donation to my

favorite charity? And, do you happen to know a nice girl for my son?

What I really wish at this time of year is what I wish every year – that

my friends and family be happy and healthy. And may we live in a

kinder, gentler world, one in which we can all feel safe. Happy holidays

and a fulfilling New Year!

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:

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December 2019


New Year Traditions

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Most people celebrate holidays with family

traditions that were handed down through

their ancestors. We parrot these rituals year after

year, never realizing the significance of these

practices that actually stem from superstitions.

New Year’s is just another one of these fun celebrations with people

typically getting drunk, kissing at midnight, singing Auld Lang Syne

and making a lot of noise. But why?

Generally, the activities associated with New Year’s Eve and some

lesser known New Year’s Day customs supposedly engage in setting the

pattern of our destiny for the upcoming year. These superstitions have

to do with attracting good luck, good fortune, happiness, and to ward

off evil spirits.

Below are some things that people do in order to attempt to manifest

their best lives. The first tradition, though less practiced, begins before

midnight;

Opening all the Doors in your home assists the old year to escape

unimpeded. And the three most common practices start at the stroke of

midnight.

Kissing, which started during the masked balls that were held on New

Year’s Eve was to ensure warm affections throughout the coming year.

Loud noises were not merely celebratory, but rather to scare away evil

spirits and singing Auld Lang Syne, (meaning the good old days) is to

acknowledge the past and then move on.

New Year’s day superstitions include:

1. Bills paid prior to the New Year is good luck for upcoming year;

2. Keeping your Cupboards & Wallets full ensures prosperity.

3. Traditional Foods such as Black-eyed peas (attract good luck and

financial good fortune), Lentils (to receive coins) and Pork (because it

roots forward).

4. Wear new clothes (to get more) however do not wash Laundry (or

someone may be washed away and die).

As for the Weather: Southern winds bring in fine weather and

prosperity. Northern winds depict bad weather. Eastern winds: famine

and disasters. Western winds; plenty of milk, fish and death of a VIP;

AND

NO WIND is what I wish for us all since it brings a good year and

prosperity for all!

To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email: alivegasvoice@yahoo.com.

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By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

This year’s Presidents Cup will be played

at the Royal Melbourne Golf Course in

Australia starting December 9 th . This event is one

of my favorites to watch. The defending American Team will be looking

to retain the Cup they won two years ago.

As of deadline, the Captain’s picks have not been announced by

Captain Tiger Woods. Predictions are that Tiger will pick himself

and that will leave 3 other picks which could go to Finau, Na, Fowler,

Woodland (won US Open) or Reed.

Any of these players would be good picks. One player who has played

on each of the Presidents Cup (since its beginning in 1994) will surely

not be named is Phil Michelson.

Phil has appeared in all 12 Presidents Cup to date. I will miss him

as he is fun to watch around the greens with his incredible short game.

The US Team has competed for the Presidents Cup at the Royal

Melbourne GC twice in the past and have won one and lost one. The

US Team has dominated the Presidents Cup, winning 10 of the last 12

events while the International Team has just 1 win and a tie to their

credit.

The format: Thursday, 5 Foursomes will play Four-ball matches,

Friday, 5 Foursomes will play Four-ball matches.

Saturday morning: 4 Foursomes will play Four-ball matches, and

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Presidents Cup

Don’t Mess With My Soaps

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

Think what you will but I depend on my soap

opera to reassure me that the more things

change, the more they stay the same.

Forever in my memory is the

first week of General Hospital

that I watched on a small black

and white TV in the girl’s dorm

at my boarding school. Jesse

and Dr. Steve were making cow

eyes at each other but ultimately

he married her younger sister

Audrey. And of course Jesse

married the heartthrob of the

story played by Roy Thinnes as

Phil Brewer.

That was the early 60s and

maybe the sequence is a bit off

but 50-something years later their stories continue every day through

multiple generations.

In my opinion, all the criticism about serial dramas is misplaced. In

a world of insane political antics, financial ups and downs, marriages,

divorces and the uncertainty of the future, these keep going.

Every day, 5 days a week, they’re loyal and don’t argue with you. They

don’t love you but that’s why we have dogs so it’s not a requirement.

December 2019

that afternoon, 4 Foursome Four-ball matches. Sunday is the grand

finale with 12 Single matches.

All matches are worth 1 point for a total of 30 – each side receives ½

point in the event of a tie. There are no playoffs in the event of a tie. The

winner must take 15 ½ points to take the Cup home. Since we won the

Cup the last time, we would retain the Cup with 15 points.

Good luck to our American Team.

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

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

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

Sometimes it’s a little hard to follow because people skip from one

soap to another, as in the case of a “Nina” character once on All My

Children. Then she popped up on One Life to Live and now she’s on

General Hospital. I’m not sure even now where she originated or if

they just had multiple Ninas,

but it hardly matters.

And then the stories are

insane like the Cassadine

crazies freezing the world only

to have Luke and Laura save the

planet at the last minute. Now

that Luke is gone and Laura is

back, the new stories are about

memory transfer and cults and

Laura is the mayor. Whew!

So here’s the deal ladies and

gentlemen: Don’t mess with

my soaps. They have kept me

company for decades and once in a while they even take on some

serious subjects quite intelligently such as harassment, cancer and

bullying.

We all need constants in our lives - no matter how stupid they may

seem. I love my soaps!

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.


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Marianne Update

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

So many people have asked for an update on

Marianne (Blaha) Chiang’s guardianship

situation. This is what we know now.

At the November court hearing, her attorney told the judge that

Marianne had filed an application to have her removed from

guardianship held by her son. However, since it had not yet appeared

on the court docket, the judge was unable to hear it that day.

On December 4 th there will be a hearing to validate the annual

accounting all guardians must file. Previously the guardianship

compliance officer rejected the figures and asked for clarification of

some items listed.

On December 17 th the judge will hear arguments for Marianne’s

involuntary relocation and the removal of the guardianship. As the

judge stated, if the guardianship is terminated, her removal and

placement in an assisted living facility in California becomes moot.

Sadly, at the November hearing, Marianne’s other son testified. He

claimed that he loves his mother, but said he was told she had been

diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and as such, needed the care his siblings

could provide.

Obviously, he had not been shown the copies of the latest medical

reports from a respected physiatrist stating that she did not have

dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Adding another sad twist to this is the latest court papers that arrived

right before Thanksgiving from the law offices of Marianne’s other

son who is the guardian. He is

requesting permission to bring

(from Arizona) an “expert

witness” to dispute the findings

of the psychiatrist who examined

Marianne two years in a row and

found her to be competent.

This so-call expert has never

examined Marianne, nor met,

saw or even spoken with her but

has apparently read the report

and claims that the psychiatrist Marianne with Governor Steve Sisolak

is wrong!

It is heart breaking to see what lengths a person will go in order

to grab another person’s assets. It is one thing to battle a stranger

appointed to be a guardian, but when it is a child (or children) of the

person involved, it defies “the natural order of things.”

It is beyond shameful and the perfect example of “greed.” You

really believe that Marianne’s children are looking to “protect” their

mother…or grab as much money as possible?

Make no mistake, removing anyone from an enjoyable and active

life, let alone their parent enjoying her senior years is a travesty. I ask

all readers - would your children do this to you?

I will be in court in December and hopefully this nightmare will

end for Marianne and she can get on with her active life in Sun City

Anthem.

Wishing all our readers a Happy, Healthy, WONDERFUL holiday

season filled with joy and GOOD HEALTH.

RETRACTION: In the November issue, I wrote that Dara

Goldsmith, Esq. represented former private guardian April

Parks. That was incorrect. Neither Goldsmith nor anyone

from her law firm, Goldsmith & Guymon represented Ms.

Parks. However per the LVRJ, she did represent private

guardian Jared Shafer – a/k/a the one that got away.

You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also

check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:

Anthemtoday.com

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By: Dan Roberts / Publisher

What else would you expect?” That’s what

I said to my Ladylove as she jumped on her

soapbox with another “Rana’s Rant.”

The cause for her latest outrage? She was reading the Las Vegas

Review-Journal’s “judging the judges” section last month. Rana was

in disbelief when she read the review and score given to Family Court

Judge Charles Hoskin.

Hoskin received a 75% retention recommendation by the 92 responses

(out of 5,200 inquiries sent to Clark County attorneys).

Let’s begin by stating the obvious. For the R-J to even publish such

results as valid statistics is at best misleading. Based on our simple math,

that equates to less than 2% of the Bar that answered the “judging the

judges” regarding Hoskin.

The Vegas Voice wants to be very clear: The idea of Charles Hoskin

receiving anything but an “unacceptable and throw him out” rating

is a joke. It’s a disgrace to the entire judicial system – starting with the

attorneys (and private guardians) who profited from his guardianship

proceedings. Maybe that’s why those lawyers that responded want to

keep him.

Hoskin was THE judge who was responsible for the guardianship

scandal. His February 2015 television interview that “I have 8,500

active guardianship cases and I only have a very few that are

disgruntled and I think that’s a very positive spin on what’s going

on our system” only showcased that his ignorance is matched only by

his arrogance.

And when the Nevada Guardianship Commission looked into

questions from reform advocates (starting with our Rana) it concluded

that as of June 1, 2015, there were approximately 8,700 designated

open guardianship cases of which 4,000 should have been marked

“closed.” As and for the remaining 4,694 cases, 4,069 failed to have

the annual reports.

That’s an 86.6% non-compliance rate – which begs the question:

where did the money go? Perhaps that’s why he was booted out of

guardianship court. Wait there’s more.

Last year Hoskin had the gall to request that he be promoted from

Family Court to the Nevada Court of Appeals. Notwithstanding his

extensive application listing his accomplishments, NOT ONE WORD

was ever mentioned about the guardianship cases.

What happed to the 8,500 cases he proudly boasted to the TV

reporter? That omission alone speaks volumes about his abilities…

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A Complete Sham

What Do You Think?

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:

dan@thevegasvoice.net.

December 2019

and his character.

A 75% retention rate?

Absolute nonsense.

You want some true

“judging the judges”

- some real justice

when you enter Family

Court? Throw Hoskin

off the bench.

Believe me, Rana

and The Vegas Voice

will do everything

possible to do just that.

We hope you agree and

join us.

Vegas Voice Editorial

Climate Change No. 3

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

The controversy continues! Normally, I don’t

submit articles on the same topic three

months in a row. However some recent comments

from readers are so argumentative and in my

opinion flat-out wrong, I am compelled to respond.

A reader sent this: “...Earth determines its own surface and

atmospheric temperatures and the earth’s core is what is probably

responsible.” Really? How does he know?

Did he make an excursion to the core and take its temperature? At best

this is nothing more than conjecture. What the naysayers are ignoring

is what negative impacts the human race has had and continues to

have on our planet.

How about the world population of 7 ½ billion people who operate

850 million internal gasoline automobiles, diesel powered trucks and

ships spewing noxious and deadly pollution into the air along with

the millions of tons of garbage released into the atmosphere from coal

producing plants? You think that has had an impact?

When are we, as custodians of this planet, going to wake up to the fact

that we are the fundamental cause and effect of climate change? The

longer we spend time arguing about who or what is responsible, the

more the planet continues to slide into an environmental abyss that, at

some point in the near future will be too late to counteract!

We need to talk less and take action! It really is that simple!

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He can be reached at: dhyde9@cox.net.


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Who Can Get A Reverse Mortgage

By: Nick Flores / Loan Educator

There are several qualifications that you

need to meet to get a Reverse Mortgage.

They are:

1. Only one individual on the title of the home must be at least 62

years old.

2. The home must be your primary residence.

3. Your home does not need to be paid off to get a reverse mortgage.

If you have a traditional mortgage on your house, you need to be able

to get enough from the reverse mortgage to pay it off and traditional

closing costs.

4. Your house must be a single-family residence, two to four-unit

home with at least one unit occupied by you, condominium, townhouse

or manufactured home that has been converted to real property.

5. The home must be constructed entirely and have a certificate of

occupancy.

6. Your home’s condition cannot be below HUD’s minimum property

standards.

7. You must complete counseling with a HUD-approved counseling

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Hope for the Warrior

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

Sometimes it can be hard to have hope that

life will get any better. After military service

and serving in a war zone, many of us have had to

face great challenges to “get back into the swing of things.”

Even though most of us think it will be, life isn’t the same as it was

before we left. That realization alone can drastically diminish our hope.

Like many eras before, this one is difficult simply because we are in

the longest war in America’s history and deployments are an endless

revolving door. My heart goes out to the troops that are enduring such

difficulties.

We see a country embroiled in the worst political factions in many

years. It is very hard not to get lost in the current chaos and it takes

strength not to dwell there. We can HOPE to become one people again,

united in our national efforts.

As vets, we see a lot of foolishness in the civilian quarter and it is easy

to feel that hope for a better world is not possible. We feel torn and think

that perhaps remaining hopeful is a useless place to put our energy. But

I know one thing - none of us want to be hopeless.

Hope is often more about how we want the world to be more than

anything else. When I realized I was being bummed out because things

didn’t happen as I expected, it became easier to just let things go and

find some peace.

Striking balances is a good exercise. Balance levels things out and

reminds us that what is happening in front of us is not the end of the

story, it is just what we can see. This, too, shall pass.

Finally, there’s a great sense of hope to be found in community. A

support group with other vets experiencing and bearing the tough

times with each other is my favorite therapy. When you bond, you know

you are doing the best you can with what you have.

Have a great holiday season filled with hope.

Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and

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The Unsung Heroes

By: Jamillah Ali-Rahman / Friends of

Parkinson’s

This

holiday

season I

encourage you to join us in celebrating a

group of unsung heroes - Caregivers. They

are the people who sacrifice their own lives

to care for the ill and elderly.

Some people make it a career, but many

are mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers

who do whatever it takes to help loved ones. They soldier on when the

physical and psychological demands of care giving take their toll.

That is why during this holiday season we at Friends of Parkinson’s

celebrate caregivers. We do this by hosting a Caregiver’s Christmas -

an evening of food and festivities for those who care for people with

Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.

It is our privilege to allow them to enjoy a night off and shower

them with appreciation for the often thankless work they do. As the

population ages and people are living longer many of us will rely on

caregivers to care for us when we can’t care for ourselves.

Caregivers give so much. They deserve to be cared for in return. Not

just at the holidays, but all year-long.

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

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

Accountability

By: Aaron Phillips / Healthy Voice

Courtesy of Dictionary.com, the word

accountability is defined as “the state of

being accountable, liable or answerable to.”

So, what does this mean?

I recently recorded a podcast where my co-host and I were talking

about New Year Resolutions. We all make them or at least many say

they make them with the best of intentions to keep them.

But let’s face it. Most

of us fall off the track

in about a month’s

time - unless you have

an “accountability

partner.”

Basically, this is

a person (could be

a friend or family

member or whomever

you like) to basically

hold your feet to the

fire and make sure you

achieve your goals.

This works well when it comes to your health goals. This is someone

who shares your goals and wants to help you achieve them. I have been

lucky that my accountability partner is my spouse of over 30 years.

I have previously outlined my health transition; however I may not

have shared this previously - but do so now. My wife went through the

same health journey as I did by having the gastric sleeve procedure 12

days after me.

Your partner gives you the drive and motivation necessary to stay on

track. They will also kick your backside to help you get going again

when needed.

So, who can you ask to be your “accountability partner?”

Aaron Phillips is a member of The LV Entertainers Hall of Fame,

podcaster, producer, author, emcee, broadcaster, and talk show host

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Goodbye 2019 - Hello 2020!

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

Are we getting into the “holiday” theme

and snacking? Oh boy, with the upcoming

holiday goodies, the average person gains 5 to 7

pounds! Shocking, isn’t it?

I found that even with exercising prior to the holidays, I still may

gain a few pounds and they are all located in one spot! Where did that

come from?

Here are some low caloric snacks that you can indulge without

having that “guilt” feeling. These are for “cheese lovers” – of which I

admit I am guilty!

PARMESAN POPCORN: 1 cup air-popped popcorn, tossed with ¼

teaspoon garlic powder and 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese – 56

calories per serving! One of my favorite snacks and very easy to make!

MINI CHEESE PLATE: 2 Rosemary crispbread crackers, 1/3 ounce

Gouda cheese and 5 red grapes - 64 calories per serving.

EASY HORS D’OEUVRE: 1 Pillsbury Savoring Frozen Appetizer,

Cheese and Spinach - 65 calories per serving.

2 CREAMY SALMON ROLLS: For each roll, wrap ½ ounce smoked

salmon around 2 teaspoons 1/3-less-fat cream cheese and 1 watercress

sprig - 74 calories per serving.

BRIE & ROASTED PEPPER TOAST: Half ounce Brie cheese melted

on thin baguette slice, topped with 1 small strip roasted red pepper - 64

calories per serving.

I also microwave some crackers with low-fat cheese for 10-15 seconds,

then put salsa on top. This concoction is very filling and helps me get

rid of some hunger while I’m waiting for dinner to cook.

Also other snacks that help – keeping string cheese handy. One stick

can also help to cut down on snacking urges. When I purchase carrots

or celery on a weekly basis, I cut them into bite size and place them into

a Ziplock bag to grab whenever hunger strikes!

So think “outside the box” and create some low-caloric snacks. I try

to eat some snacks before going out to holiday parties so that I am not

“famished” when I arrive! It’s tempting to try all the goodies, but at

least you won’t be gobbling them all up and having that guilt feeling

afterwards.

Enjoy the holidays – one of the pleasures of life!

POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!

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

teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las Vegas

Valley. She can be reached at zumbaqueen@cox.net.

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The Tyranny of Technology

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

You know those days when you want to take

all your technological gadgets and grind

them into the dust?

Your cell phone is misbehaving. Files mysteriously vanish from your

computer. That sort of thing.

You start muttering like an old fogey about the good old days before

life was so complicated.

But darn, you depend on these things. So, you call the help line.

The other day, I was on the line for the software program that keeps

my laptop hard drive spic and span. The subscription had expired.

I wanted to ask about a discount for the renewal. The polite fellow

at the other end, identified only as Tech4005 in the chat window on

my screen, turned out to be sitting in the Ukraine. And yes, he was

Ukrainian.

I complimented him on his flawless English. He said he’d spent some

time in Miami.

I told him my mother’s father came from Ukraine; so I’m part

Ukrainian! Then I said I wished our president would stop meddling

in his country’s affairs. But we didn’t have to talk about that. “Yes,” he

said, “we’re not supposed to talk about that.”

Sure I could get a discount I considered a really deep cleaning with a

better program. A new window popped up on my screen, with payment

options. Instead of $40 a year, I could get the super-turbo-charged

variant for $1200 a year.

I could buy a new laptop for that! Fugheddaboudit!

Then it occurred to me: This nice compatriot of my grandpa was

serving double duty – along with tech support, he was expected to do

sales.

I envisioned his script: DON’T discuss politics. DO peddle the more

expensive product - the fancy designer version. It was simply the

protocol.

An unwary computer moron like me could easily fall into the trap.

Luckily, I stayed alert and stuck with the cheap gateway drug, which

works fine.

But I relearned a lesson that day: buyer beware. All the more so in

the digital age.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to

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

Midwest.

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Read the Directions!

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

Directions...who needs them? That seems to

be a very normal attitude for many of us,

including me.

What we often forget is that instructions are there for a reason and

often contain warnings so we do not end up with unintended results. I

found this out the hard way on a few different occasions.

My most recent regret came with (luckily) a non-permanent hair

color. It has no peroxide, no ammonia and I have used it for years.

While I have always seen the warnings about not using it on eyelashes

or eyebrows, I decided one day if I was really careful, I could try it on my

brows. What could go wrong? A lot.

It was a disaster! Not only was the gray in my eyebrows not covered

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up, the skin on my brows held the color so much that I looked like

Groucho Marx for days!

This same product suggested testing a spot to check the color, but

again, I decided I didn’t need to test out what was just a slightly darker

color. Well, it does make a difference! I learned the hard way that you

should always do a test spot.

My hair resembled Morticia Addams for weeks. I washed and washed

but to no avail and naturally the gray was the first thing to show back

through. It was almost comical - every time I would wash it, my little

Granddaughter would inform me, it was still black!

Testing new face creams or masks? Try a small area first and read

the labels.

Even the best creams may cause a reaction on your skin. Many of us

have allergies and would never suspect an ingredient we are allergic to

being in a product.

Bottom line: warnings and directions are usually there because there

are indeed things that can go wrong. It only takes a few minutes and

will be well worth not looking like part of the Addams family - like me!

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.


The Future is Now!

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

You may not believe all the high-tech car

features. Some of us will need our grandkids

to help us figure out all the new “techy” things

that are already in some of the new vehicles and

some that will be available soon.

But the cars will also be smarter than the grandkids! Can a car read

a street sign? Can our vehicles react faster than we can to a sudden

traffic change?

These are just a couple questions that the automakers say “yes”

to. Below is a list of just a few of the driver assisted systems we will

eventually have or already have in our new cars. Let’s hope all these

safety features will be factored into our insurance rates!

1. Adaptive cruise control will automatically adjust the speed of your

car to maintain a safe following distance. These can be set manually

from 1-2 to 3-4 car lengths.

2. Automatic high beams will switch between high and low beams as

other vehicles approach or in changing light conditions.

3. Forward collision warning will alert the driver to an imminent

forward collision with audible beeps and flashing lights.

4. Automatic emergency steering will help us steer our car out of the

way of an oncoming object in order to avoid a collision.

5. Automatic emergency braking applies the car’s brakes without

driver input if a collision is impending. Some of these systems can detect

pedestrians and

some of these

systems will

work when the

car is in reverse.

6. Rear crosstraffic

alert

will warn us

of oncoming

perpendicular

traffic from

behind the car

when backing up.

7. Semi-autonomous driving systems are offered by some automakers.

These systems combine adaptive cruise control and lane centering to

allow the car to just about drive on its own.

Many automakers are combining some of these features in a safety

package and have their own “name” for that package such as Toyota’s

Safety Sense, Subaru’s Eyesight or Nissan’s Safety Shield 360. When you

are ready to buy a new car, be prepared for some “nifty” features to help

protect you.

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.

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Solo Dancing at Home

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

As we age our mobility diminishes. Yet too

many seniors scoff at the idea of exercising

at a fitness center and balk at dressing, undressing

and getting wet to take a dip in the pool.

“That’s disastrous” says physical therapist Julie Dendy, who

specializes in home based outpatient therapy. “Sitting around too

much can destroy flexibility in your limbs and cause your brain and

memory to go into decline.”

You don’t want that to happen, so how about making a New Year’s

resolution to increase your participation in one or both activities? You

can also have fun augmenting those sports by dancing at home.

It’s not advisable to jiggle and jive alone in the open space in the

center of your room where you could fall. Therefore:

1. Find a place on a wall where there’s sufficient space on the floor in

front of that wall for you to jump about.

2. Purchase a grab bar 5” in diameter and 18” long from Bed Bath

& Beyond - one with screws to secure it, not suction cups – to be affixed

vertically on that wall.

3. Choose tunes with a strong rhythm from a TV channel in the 900’s,

or from CD’s.

4. Use one hand to take ahold of the bar and never let go whilst you

fling out the other arm, stamp your feet, raise your knees, and twist

your hips. Don’t exhaust yourself.

Cut out any painful move and, of course, seek your doctor’s approval

before you commence.

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

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

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

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

heatherlatimer/howtoovercomeonceeasy.

Automotive Holiday Gift Suggestions

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

It’s December, which can only mean it’s time

for our Down the Road annual automotive

holiday gift suggestions.

One of our favorite go-to online stores is WeatherTech. And while we

may not get the most severe weather for months on end in the Vegas

valley, there’s plenty of products besides rubber floormats.

Everything from pet accessories to auto detailing products to

floormats can be found here. Visit weathertech.com for on-the-go

goodies.

No one likes to stop just for coffee while on a road trip. The good news

is you don’t have to anymore, thanks to portable one-cup expresso

makers that you plug into your car’s power port.

It makes a cup of espresso in about two minutes and uses pods just

like the one-cup maker. Just add water.

While it’s fast, we never recommend doing it while driving. Prices

range from $100-$200, depending on brand.

Jealous of your friend’s new car with a Head-Up Display (HUD)? Now

you can have one as well, with Hudly.

The HUD system gets power from the car’s power port, and you

position it on your dashboard to match your line of sight. Then you

connect it wirelessly to your phone, and you’re ready to go.

No more looking at your phone while driving. Use any map app from

your phone. It’s full color and easy to see (day or night) and has builtin

speakers so you can hear your directions.

Visit gethudly.com to see a video of how it works, as well as pricing

and ordering information

Although the world may be online, there are those who still love

holding a book in their hands. The best source for anything related to

books (or aviation, for that matter), is Autobooks-aerobooks.

It’s a hidden-jewel bookstore located in Burbank, California that

carries anything and everything related to vehicles that fly in the air

and on the ground. The also do a Saturday morning cars & coffee show

if you’re looking for a quick road trip.

Check out the amazing selection of books and magazines at

autobooks-aerobooks.com.

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

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

bjkdtr@gmail.com


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By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective

One thing about being from Vegas when over

50 is that you remember what Vegas really

is. You know that all the hype you get from the

Summerlinians and Green Valley-ans, (which

is actually Henderson) is nothing.

They’re standing on dirt where horse dung used to be. Henderson

of old was joked about as a backwater outpost and Green Valley didn’t

exist for a good portion of our lives.

When you’re one of those people, you know who Sergio Franchi is,

how he was one of the biggest stars on the Las Vegas Strip year after

year. You know that Buddy Hackett always played the Sahara. You know

that “tomorrow” was when the diet would take place at one of the first

Vegas buffets - The Silver Slipper.

You remember the fountain at the Tropicana and always looked when

you drove by Caesars to try and see the exact location that Evel Knievel

crashed his motorcycle into a wall after jumping over the fountains.

You remember the heyday of high kitsch, the world-famous and

never to re-appear 99 cent shrimp cocktail, the free cigarettes at the

21 tables and the understanding by the world that Las Vegas (in the

poorer quarters anyway) was filled with blue-haired grandmothers

with cigarettes dangling from their lips and blackened fingertips.

Back then you could tell a stranger that you live in the penthouse

of Caesar’s Palace and they would believe you because nobody really

believed that somebody (anybody) was actually from Las Vegas. With a

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Sweet Enough Dreams

December 2019

professional football team coming I suppose we don’t have to convince

anyone of this anymore.

You know and still probably love Gus Guiffre who was always on one

television channel or another. You remember the giant Sultan on the

Dunes Golf Course overlooking the cars on I-15. You are one of those

people who remember that the original MGM showed old films where

you could sit on couches and order cocktail service while watching

Clark Gable or Jean Harlow.

You remember how freezing cold it used to get at UNLV football

games at the Silver Bowl; something that is unimaginable today which

should be an eye opener for people.

In this simpler time there were many more unobstructed views of the

strip from a distance. You would spend summer nights watching the

spotlights go back and forth across the sky.

If you were to go out to dinner as a local you might first consider The

Venetian, Chateau Vegas, The Golden Steer, Battista’s Hole in the Wall,

or if you wanted to really do it up we all knew that you would go to The

Dome of the Sea at the Dunes.

Neon was the bringer of the message back then. Neon tube-benders

turned the Las Vegas Strip into an exhibition of Americana that is now

recognized as being important as evidenced by the Neon Museum today.

The digital displays now are definitely impressive, but at the same

time they also feel somewhat elitist. Half of the thrill that comes from

watching them is that such a giant TV sure must be expensive. Neon

simply said “welcome” in a warm and fun way.

We were always in the public eye. We even made it into story lines in

the cartoons like The Jetsons and The Flintstones. The Rat Pack were

kings and Elvis was the king. You could see any of them perform solo

throughout the year.

Us locals, of course, were turning off our lights as the stars came out

at night, as the old song said, and dreamed sweet enough dreams.

Joey Kantor is a journalist and novelist. He writes fiction

under the name Fargo Kantrowitz. His Las Vegas based novel,

Babybirds, is available at Lulu.com.


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MAJOR

AWARDS

THE VEGAS VOICE

DOES IT AGAIN!

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

articles)

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

Journal).

Winner of

9 Awards!

Winner of

9 Awards!

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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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

with apologies to

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December 6, 1939

By: John Beilun / Time Traveler

Chicago, January 1939. The Great Depression

continued unabated.

Despite having graduated Phi Betta Kappa

from Dartmouth College thirteen years earlier, Robert May toiled as

a poorly paid copywriter for a department store. He, his wife Evelyn

and their four-year old daughter Barbara lived in what was essentially

a hovel. It offered scant respite from Lake Michigan’s bitter winds. To

make matters worse, Evelyn was dying from cancer and spent her days

in agony.

Robert’s employer, Montgomery Ward, had a custom of buying and

giving away coloring books at Christmas. In 1938, their number had

grown to two million.

To cut expenses, Robert’s supervisor recommended that the company

produce its own book and give that out in the future. Management

loved the idea. And, indifferent to Evelyn’s condition as well as Robert

being Jewish, they told him to create one in time for next Christmas.

Robert didn’t think he could do it. However, not having been steeped

in Christmas tradition was actually an advantage. Robert could, and

did, think out of the box.

He reflected upon his childhood, when he had been picked on for

being small, shy and far from athletic. He also thought about how

much his daughter enjoyed animated animal stories - especially the

one about an ugly duckling.

With this in mind, Robert decided to write a story about a cartoon

animal. But he couldn’t figure out what kind. Not until he remembered

how much Barbara loved to visit the deer during her trips to the zoo.

He didn’t think that your garden variety deer would do. No. It had to

be a different kind of deer. A reindeer.

And, like Robert, it had to be an underdog. Then, recalling the tale of

the ugly duckling, he also felt that

his protagonist should have some

sort of deformity.

Robert then toyed with names.

He initially considered Rollo, then

Reginald, before finally settling

on Rudolph.

Now it was time to work on

the story. Because Barbara loved

nursery rhymes, Robert decided to use rhyming couplets.

Then, he began writing and re-writing, and reading and re-reading

his efforts to his daughter. Slowly improving with each attempt.

All the while, Evelyn’s cancer continued to spread until she mercifully

passed away in July. Awash in tears, Robert made an all out effort to

perfect his poem; not only in memory of his wife but also for the sake

of his daughter.

By August, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was complete. However,

because of its connotation with insobriety, it took a lot of arm-twisting

for management to accept the red nose.

And, it was not quite the same story that Gene Autrey and Burl Ives

have led us to believe. You see, Rudolph didn’t grow up at the North

Pole. Instead, he was raised by his mom and dad in a forest, where they

lived in a reindeer “village.”

Santa didn’t come onto the scene until one very foggy Christmas Eve.

He discovered Rudolph by accident when, while delivering presents, he

noticed a glow coming from the reindeer’s room. Concerned about the

weather, Santa asked Rudolph to light the way.

Montgomery Ward began distributing booklets about Rudolph on

December 6, 1939. It issued two and a half million before running out.

And that marvelous reindeer has been with us ever since.

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Piedras Blancas -

An Inspiring Respite

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Whipped cream foam waves wash onto the

Piedras Blancas beach. A gentle breeze

whispers and seagulls fly by. The tang of the ocean is in the air.

What makes this stretch of California beach remarkable are the

hundreds of elephant seals sunning and sleeping in the sand. They can

be seen, appearing like abandoned logs in the sand, for as far as the eye

can see. Except for nursing pups, elephant seals fast during their time

in the rookery and for that reason, slumber much of the time to avoid

excess energy usage.

The Piedras Blancas elephant seal population is about 23,000, but

not all are found on the beach at the same time. How many are ashore

at one time is dictated by the season. In July and August the population

is in the hundreds, while in January through August, they can number

in the thousands.

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Elephant seals aren’t typical seals. As the name implies, they are

enormous.

A male at 16 feet long can weigh 5,000-pounds. He will fight for

dominance over the portion of the beach he desires. Though their

battles rarely cause serious bodily harm to their opponent, they can

and often do cause bloody injury.

A female is usually 12 feet long and can weigh 1,800-pounds. Only

the males grow the long nose, known as the “proboscis.”

Birthing takes place in January and February and pups are 3-4

feet long and average 70-pounds. While the mother seal is fasting,

newborns will quadruple their weight in four weeks.

At 28-days, pups are abruptly weaned and the mother seal returns

to the ocean. When the pups are three months old, they are capable

of diving and staying down longer than an adult seal lion and harbor

seals.

Elephant seals began arriving at Piedras Blancas, near Hearst Castle,

in 1990. Other rookeries are located on the California Islands; the

largest on the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara.

Piedras Blancas is an inspiring respite - both for visitors coming to

watch from elevated viewing decks and the elephant seals who call this

beach theirs.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.


My “Bucket List” Cruise

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

I just

returned

from what turned out to be

a “Bucket List” cruise. In

the span of ten nights, while

escorting a group from my hometown of New York, we visited England,

France, Portugal and Italy.

It got to the point where I didn’t know whether to say “thank you”,

“gracias” or “merci” when thanking someone for their service provided.

And therein lies the “Bucket List” moment or moments. To visit

London. Vigo, Spain,

Lisbon, Portugal,

Gibraltar, part of the

UK commonwealth,

Barcelona, Spain,

Marseille, France and

Florence, Pisa and

Rome certainly provides

unforgettable moments.

This itinerary was all

accomplished in 10 nights.

So if you want to see a lot,

get a great overview of a

large geographical area

than this type of cruise is

for you.

Think about it. I saw the Tower of London, Westminster Abby,

(among others in London). Lisbon afforded wonderful visits to Santa

Maria de Belem and the Almada area. The iconic Rock of Gibraltar and

the Barbary Monkeys are just classic.

Barcelona and all of the Gaudi architecture plus a visit up the Majica

(Magic Mountain) and a stroll in the Gothic area are all a “must see.”

As for Marseille, a visit to Notre Dame de la Garde with its beautiful

overlook is quite impressive.

Finally walking around Rome and all the highlights, including the

Vatican was just the cherry on top of the cake. And I left out much,

much more.

This was a truly remarkable trip. Lots of walking and eating local

foods. But I lost two pounds, so my doctors are happy.

We have done trips like this with the Vegas Voyagers. And we are

setting trips up like this now.

*Please save the dates for our next Vegas Voyagers Travel Club

meetings. On Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10:00 am our

meeting will be at the Revere Country Club in Anthem and the next

day, Friday, January 24 at 10:00 am we will hold our Summerlin

meeting at the Suncoast. We will have more information in January’s

edition. We look forward to giving you up to the minute details on all

upcoming trips.

As always, happy adventures.

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It’s The Most Wonderful

Time Of The Year

By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /

Out & About

The above musical holiday favorite is enjoyed nationwide. But

it especially describes New York City, where you can find all

the traditions of the season. Everything from “chestnuts roasting” to

“eggnog toasting” is readily accessible in this city that pulls out all the

stops to dazzle visitors and residents of all ages.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade launches the Holiday Season with

an annual morning display of countless floats and giant helium-filled

balloons. Now celebrating its 95 th anniversary, the parade was basically

a local event until the debut of the 1947 classic film, “Miracle On

34th Street”, which catapulted it into one of America’s dearest holiday

extravaganzas.

Now modestly claiming to be the biggest parade in the world, this

event features top performers from Broadway musicals who dance and

sing their way down the parade route to please the cheering crowds. It’s

fun on TV, but even the cold November weather doesn’t dampen the

excitement of being there.

If you plan carefully, you can catch the Radio City Christmas Show

during your New York visit. This live stage show features the high

stepping Rockettes as well as Santa Claus in a sleigh pulled by living

reindeer.

If that’s not enough to dazzle you, there are wild live animals on

stage during a living nativity presentation. This holiday favorite

regularly sells out, but the real star is the Radio City Theater with its

versatile stage.

If you have the time and budget to take the backstage tour, you’ll get

a fascinating look at this historic theater. And if you have a few days to

stay over, you might want to head for Rockefeller Plaza for the lighting

of their Christmas Tree. It’s always a big celebrity-filled show, and the

tree, is spectacular.

Plus, across the street are the window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue

with beautiful, lifelike, animated holiday scenes. And for a change of

pace, drop by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see their Christmas

tree. Decorated with exquisite antique Italian porcelain angels, it might

be one of the most moving and memorable displays you’ll ever see.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Travel professional, Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker, has visited all

50 U.S. states and over 40 countries. She was awarded 1st Place for

her 2019 Travel Writing by the North American Mature Publishers

Association. She can be reached at Merryman2@aol.com


Protect Plants in the Winter

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

Our Las Vegas winters, although usually

warm, can have brief but intense cold spells

in December and January. With this in mind,

there are preventative measures that should be taken in order to protect

our landscaping.

Check your irrigation tubing, making sure that the narrow

“spaghetti” hosing is buried at least 2” below the ground to prevent

freeze splitting and leaks. Check the valves under the irrigation box and

place insolated “mitten” covers (available at gardening stores) over all

spigots and exposed irrigation piping.

This is also a good time to replenish both inorganic (rock) mulch

as well as organic (wood) mulch in order to protect the soil and roots

from freezing. Any remaining pruning should be completed at this

time. When dealing with deciduous trees, wait until all leaves have

fallen.

With “cold hardy” plants such as lantanas, wait until they die back

and prune to soil level. Roses can now be pruned removing about 1/3

of the top and side branches.

The same holds true for other flowering plants - such as Texas

Rangers, Jasmine and Hawthornes. Proper pruning will stimulate a

more robust regrowth once the growing season begins.

Adhere to the winter watering schedule but try not to water after

the sun goes down in order to prevent residual water from freeing.

There are certain plants that should

receive no water during the cold

months (December through January)

such as cactus, euphorbia, yucca and

agave. Native trees such as Mesquite,

and Joshua Trees should have their

irrigation turned off as well.

Larger delicate plants, such as cactus,

should be wrapped with burlap. Small

or young plants can be protected by

placing Styrofoam cups over their tops.

Another way to keep plants protected

is to wrap them with outdoor (non-

LED) Christmas lights that can be turned on during cold winter nights.

Even an old blanket thrown over delicate bushes and shrubs can protect

them from frost damage.

Potted plants need to be hand watered during the warmest time of

the day when the soil is dry. If possible, place them close to one another

in the sunniest part of your garden or close to your house in order to

take advantage of the sun and reflected warmth.

Have questions? Contact me: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.com

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

school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his

time to communicating with and lecturing about our native

plants.

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Boost Your Brain on "Giving Tuesday" & All Year Long!

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

C

elebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, "Giving Tuesday" kicks off the charitable

season when many of us focus on our holiday and end-of-year giving. And according

to the book we talked about last month, Outsmarting Alzheimer's: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk by

Kenneth S. Kosik, https://www.meetup.com/Ladies-Making-a-Difference/

M.D., "... helping others and 'giving' is good for your brain!"

LOOK below. See the homeless mats that I and others across the country are crocheting out of

plastic bags. Yes. Those bags from grocery stores that CANNOT be recycled and are polluting

our oceans. It's fun to join a group making these mats. (See below-right.) Your brain will love it.

Making Mats for

the Homeless

Mental Minutes

“Giving”

1. In one minute, name

charities and good causes.

2. Make an alphabetic list.

Action Against Hunger,

Breast Cancer Research,

Children's Hospitals, …

A No-Brainer Pick

To find others making mats near

you, just GOOGLE:

"(your city) group making

plastic bag mats"

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

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

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