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Volume 16, Issue 11
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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.
Scams, Schemes, & Senior Safety
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
Well, if we’re going to do this, then we need
to be all in!”
That was my response to our political editor’s
new “soapbox” civic cause. Like she did in our Vegas Voice crusade
in investigating, reporting and ultimately advocating for reforming
Guardianship, she now has a new cause, a new crusade – stopping
Trust me, I warned her that this is probably not a “winnable” war –
those windmills can only be tilted so far – but my Don(na) Quixote is
sure going to try.
Our goals are as follows:
1. Eliminate those damn “robo” and
unwanted telephone solicitation calls,
2. Expose current and new (they seem
to pop up daily) scams against seniors,
3. Discover what (if anything) our
local, state and federal authorities are
doing about it.
Based on our initial review it appears
that the only solution for these unwanted telephone calls and emails
can be summed up in 4 words: Hang up or delete.
By now, we are all aware of the Federal Trade Commission’s “Do-Not-
Call” registry. You know the drill – you place your telephone number
in the system and that’s suppose to eliminate the unwanted calls. Our
question: How’s that working out?
Since Rana and I listed our respective cell, home and office numbers,
we have been inundated with even more unwanted calls. As for emails,
such deluge can only be summed up in one word: fuhgeddaboudit.
From the Nigerian Oil Minster (and for the love of god, anybody really
believe that he is going to give you $10 million? – and how about, at
the very least, sending emails in proper English; but I digress) to the
“Granny, I’m in a Mexico jail and need your help – and money”
telephone calls, it’s clear that this daily aspect of our lives will continue
(and only get worse) unless and until the senior community screams
ENOUGH and demands action.
The Vegas Voice is prepared to do everything possible to assist
our readers. We are planning (besides our monthly editions) radio
segments (on our Listening to The Vegas Voice program every Tuesday
from 11am-12 noon on KSHP 1400AM), emails blasts with our new
newsletter and even video podcasts to get the word out.
Government Responses: Besides our plans in stopping the
“bad guys” we also want to know what (or if) our state and federal
governments are doing about this epidemic.
Are they also advising “hang up or delete” as their responsible
response? Are they claiming that they are helpless to do anything?
Rana and I have already been in contact with the Nevada Attorney
General, Department of Business & Industry – Nevada Consumer
Affairs, Better Business Bureau, Las Vegas City Council and even the
FBI – and we’re just getting started.
The results? Stay tuned.
However we can only be as effective as YOU want us to be. Obviously
we need your help. If you agree with our goals, we are requesting that
that you send us your listing of such unwanted calls and scam
Want to help when you receive the scam emails? Send it to us at
our new email address: email@example.com. Be sure NOT to
click on any attachments. Just forward and delete.
As for those phone calls; yes, you can notify the FTC and even the FBI,
but do you think it will do anything?
But what if we collectively send them
hundreds (if not thousands) of phone
numbers and emails - with a copy to our
Nevada representatives as well as our
Congressmen and US Senators? You think
we will get a response …especially during
an election year?
For the record, the last person
who doubted what a collective senior
community can do was private guardian
April Parks - and you all know where she
That’s why we are asking those that are fed up as much as we are
to start a diary of documenting the phone calls (see sample). We just
need the date, time, phone number (as identified in your caller ID) and
a very brief description of the scam.
You can mail your listing to The Vegas Voice (2880 Bicentennial
Pkwy, Box 100-244, Henderson, NV 89044) or scan and email the listing
to our new scam email address.
Make no mistake: Hell has no fury and there is nothing more
frightening than determined, angry seniors on a mission. (See
Rana’s column on page 24). Let’s stop this! You with us?
We support your efforts to eliminate robo/scam calls.
Below is a listing of the unwanted calls we have received.
My NAME: John & Mary Smith
My ZIP CODE: 89123
DATE | TIME | PHONE NUMBER | SCAM REQUEST
12/24 | 8:25 am | 702/555-1234 | computer Virus
12/26 | 4: 45 pm | 461/555–5908 | credit card offer
12/26 | 5:30 pm | 702/555-1234 | computer virus (again)
You get the idea.
Diary of a New York Winter
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
une 15: Just moved to New York from Las
JVegas. No more Vegas heat! We’re going to
love living here.
December 8: The first snow of the season
and the wife and I sat for hours by the window
watching the soft flakes drift down. So romantic,
I love snow!
December 9: We woke to a beautiful white blanket. What a fantastic
sight! Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had! Shoveled for the first
time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the
This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the
sidewalk and driveway, so I had to shovel again.
December 12: The sun melted all the snow. Such a disappointment!
My neighbor tells me not to worry - we’ll definitely have a white
Christmas. He’s such a nice man, I’m glad he’s our neighbor.
December 14: Lovely 8 inches of snow! The temperature dropped
to 12. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the
driveway and sidewalks. This is the life!
The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything
again. I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling,
but I’ll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn’t huff and
December 15: More snow forecast. Bought snow tires for the
wife’s car and 2 extra shovels. The wife wants a wood stove in case the
electricity goes out. I think that’s silly.
December 16: Ice storm this morning. Fell on my ass on the ice
in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for
December 17: Still way below freezing. Roads too icy to go
Swimming with the Dolphins
Vegas Voice Vice President, Debbie “Redhead” Landry last month
visited the Grand Caymans and checked off another “bucket list” item.
How many other people can say they swam with the dolphins? Way to go
anywhere. Electricity was off
for 5 hours. I had to pile the
blankets on to stay warm.
Nothing to do but stare at
the wife. Guess I should’ve
bought a wood stove but
won’t admit it to her. I hate
it when she’s right. I can’t believe I’m freezing to death in my own
December 20: Electricity’s back on but had another 14 inches of
the damn stuff last night. More shoveling! Took all day. The damn
snowplow came by twice. Neighbor says I have to shovel or the city will
have it done and bill me. I think he’s lying.
December 22: 9 more inches of the stuff fell today, and it’s so cold,
it probably won’t melt till August. Tried to hire my neighbor who now
has a plow on his truck, but he says he’s too busy. Now I know he’s
lying. Beginning not to like him.
December 23: “Only 2 inches” of snow today. And it warmed
up to 0. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this
morning. What is she nuts?! Why didn’t she tell me to do that a month
ago. She says she did but I think she’s also lying.
December 24: 6 inches and the snow now packed so hard by the
snowplow; I broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I
ever catch the SOB who drives that snowplow, I’ll drag him through the
snow and beat him to death with my broken shovel.
I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish
shoveling, and then he comes down the street...at a 100 miles an hour
and throws snow all over where I’ve just been! Tonight the wife wanted
me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents...but I was
too busy watching for the damn snowplow.
December 25: - Merry freakin’ Christmas! 20 more inches of the
damn slop tonight - snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood
boil. God, I hate the snow!
Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit
him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude.
I think she’s a fricking idiot.
December 26: Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here?
She’s really getting on my nerves.
December 27: Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze;
plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him. He only charged me
$4,400 to replace the pipes.
December 29: 10 more inches. My lying neighbor told me I have
to shovel the roof or it could cave in. How dumb does he think I am?
God, I hate him.
December 30: Roof caved in. I beat up the snowplow driver, and
now he is suing me for a million dollars. The wife went home to her
mother. Nine more inches predicted.
December 31: I set fire to what’s left of the house. No more
shoveling. Happy New Year! Anybody know a good lawyer?
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
Well, it’s finally over. The holiday chaos,
the Christmas rush, the wrapping and
unwrapping, the oohing and aaahing over Aunt
Betty’s gag-inducing gelatin salad (and jello was
never meant to be a salad or they’d have called it SALAD).
The cookies are gone, the tree is in the fireplace, and of course,
you’ve gained a little holiday weight and are the approximate size of a
The traveling is finally over. You’re home, stretched on the couch,
sipping the very last of the eggnog with the very last of the bourbon,
huddled under a warm afghan and beginning your post-holiday
Going “home” for the holidays is sort of like deep-sea diving: sounds
beautiful in theory, but the instant you enter the water (or your relative’s
house) you’ll ask yourself, “Why am I doing this, when I could simply
stick a ski pole through my head?”
As you sink into the depths, you’re surrounded by some interesting
plankton (like your Aunt Julia’s new boyfriend, the priest; or your
cousin Tony’s girlfriend who once modeled for Playboy; or, best of all,
the moment when the priest is introduced to the model!) but the longer
you stay “down” there, the more panicked you’ll become, until you’re
clawing your way to the surface and the safety of your own “boat.”
You pay no attention to warnings against coming up too fast,
maniacally heaving your clothes into the suitcase and sprinting for the
car. You forget that you need to decompress slowly.
Otherwise, going home for the holidays - followed by the feverish
scheming to get the hell out of there can definitely cause the “bends.”
Now, being the kind of fun gal who can take a metaphor and beat
it into a coma, I think of post-holiday “bends” as those pangs you get
while driving through West Virginia. If there’s nothing but preaching
and bluegrass on the radio, you will inevitably begin to have painful
flashbacks that will stab your heart like a thousand teensy machetes.
Like your Mom’s hearing is starting to go (stab!); the Christmas
Eve family luncheon tradition is a thing of the past (stab!); your son
is changing professions for the 812th time (stab!); and your sister is
looking…well, aged and tired - and she’s younger than you (stab!
Yes, diving into family and resurfacing too quickly is a dangerous
combination. Preventing serious injury requires the aforementioned
eggnog, bourbon, afghan, and cozy couch.
In the safety of this “decompression chamber” you can slowly replace
those knife-like thoughts with others that at least validate your choice
to live far away.
Yes, maybe your mother’s hearing is getting bad, and that’s sad…
but, when she asks you to set the table for Christmas dinner, and you
“idiotically” fold the napkins instead of using the napkin rings, and
don’t choose to wear the turquoise snowflake-covered sweater she gave
you…well, that little hearing deficit covered a few distinctly non-
Christmas-like observations on your part.
And sure, you can choke back tears remembering the Christmas Eve
luncheon, a tradition for forty-five years, everyone gathered together,
laughing, talking, exchanging gifts. Or you can recall the toast your
mother gave one year to all thirty-seven of you seated at the long table:
“A good friend of ours just died a couple of weeks ago. She was
fine one day, and the next day she had a stroke, and died. She
never had a chance to say good-bye and that’s so sad. So, just in
case anything happens to Daddy or me – good-bye!”
Naturally, after that toast, we started every conversation with her by
saying: “Good-bye, Mom!”
I guess you see where I’m going with this. Meanwhile, I’m joining
“23 and Me” in case there’s the tiniest sliver of a possibility that I’m
adopted. Happy 2020!
Neon Museum Shines
Neon Museum Shines
Neon Museum’s Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer Dawn
Merritt with Publisher Dan at last month’s Vegas Voice video podcast –
Senior Matters. Dawn explained all the great things (beginning with the
Tim Burton exhibit) happening at the Neon Museum.
Happy to Say Goodbye
By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.
January 2019 started off with my wife, Sue
Pam, having a huge blood clot logged
near her heart. After a week in ICU, and the help of Eliquis, it finally
dissolved enough that she got her strength back.
Most importantly, I got the love of my life back. For awhile I was
afraid I was going to lose her.
Then in October, I was given an MRI to check the arthritis in my hips
and determine if I might need a hip replacement. However, after the
orthopedic surgeon reviewed the MRI with me and gave me the good
news that my hips were not in that bad of shape, he gave me the bad
A huge mass, (tumor) was discovered near the base of my spine and
in my left buttocks. He told me that it was serious and I should see only
one doctor, in the entire state, that was experienced enough to handle
my condition, an oncologist and orthopedic surgeon.
After a two and one half hour cancer surgery the huge mass (the size
of a large sweet potato) was removed. The doctor informed me it had
Sue Pam and I hope you make 2020 the best year yet!
So, as you might appreciate, my wife, Sue Pam, and I are sure glad
2019 is over. I bring this to the attention of our Vegas Voice readers to
emphasize that we seniors often times are faced with adversity in our
lives. It is worth fighting through and continue to live instead of giving
Not only is life a little sweeter with each day, but it also helps the
people around you. Although we are older, slower and don’t think as
quickly as we once did, we still have a lot of wisdom to share.
So I encourage all of you to live each day and share as much as you
can with loved ones, friends, or even just people who pass through your
life on your journey. Make 2020 the best year yet!
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.
Old Yeller Lives On
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
’d like you wish all a happy, healthy, safe and
prosperous New Year. I’d also like to take this
opportunity to thank my loyal readers. When you
take the time to stop me when I am out and about and tell me you read
my column, it always means so much to me.
I guess the heading of this month’s column might be a bit misleading
because, of course, Old Yeller himself doesn’t “live on” since this movie
is 63 years old - but what just happened was such a sweet surprise.
I was notified that Old Yeller was inducted into the National Film
Registry of the Library of Congress!
I know I’ve written
about Old Yeller before
and I have also written
about my friend Tommy
Kirk. He is the boy who
“shot” Old Yeller.
Tommy and I are the
only two people who
are still alive from the
making of this movie.
He also lives in
Las Vegas and we get
together often to have
I am blessed to call
him my friend and we are both
honored to have been a part
of such an iconic film. Now
that it’s a part of the Library
of Congress, it will forever be
registered and will live on
Recently I was at an
autograph show and was
talking about Old Yeller. I
mentioned that Tommy and I
are still friends after all
these years, when a little
girl in the audience
raised her hand to ask a
She said, “Isn’t that
the boy who shot Old
Yeller?” I answered,
“Yes, Honey” to which
she replied, “Well then
how can you still be
friends with him??!” Out
of the mouth of babes...
Until next time
remember, If you can rise above the storm, you will find the sunshine.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
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New Decade, New Shows
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
With the start of a new decade, let’s see
what’s in store for entertainment. Have
you been to The Composers Showcase? It’s an
entertainment forum that allows local composers
and songwriters the opportunity to present original music. It’s hosted
by Keith Thompson.
By now, I hope all readers realize that The Vegas Voice provides
entertainment featuring the best singers and musicians in town. We
also take pride in introducing many new and upcoming stars.
As “Host” I try to bring quality entertainment to all four corners of
Las Vegas and Henderson. Unfortunately, there are many communities
around town that have their HOA board members dictate who they will
allow (and won’t allow) to bring entertainment to their communities.
I’m not too concerned about being politically correct, as I won’t be
running for public office in the near future, so why won’t Sun City
Anthem allow The Vegas Voice to put on shows for their community?
Why did Sun City Summerlin refuse to give us any dates for shows
when we requested them eight months ago; yet SCS apparently finds
dates for other performances?
Some community restrictions just make it impossible to bring in any
entertainment. This is the entertainment capital of the world, so why
not act like it?
On a happier note, we just finished a SOLD OUT New Year’s Eve
show at Sun City MacDonald Ranch, (which has a very supportive staff
and community who truly enjoy and appreciate fine entertainment).
On Saturday, January 18 th , we will be bringing back the Folk Legacy
Trio to MacDonald Ranch.
And for a sneak peak, February brings Craig Canter with special
guests Janien Valentine and Jennifer Lier to MacDonald Ranch
in our “SINATRA to TOM JONES and Everything in Between”
I look forward in seeing you at our shows in 2020.
Best Holiday Show Ever!
Best Holiday Show Ever!
Entertainment editor Evan Davis with musical director Bill Fayne
and all the performers at our tremendous Holiday show in December. A
capacity crowd at Sun City MacDonald Ranch will no doubt remember
this performance for many more holidays to come. Photo credit – Ed
Topless Shows in Las
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
You’ve got visitors who want to see a topless
show? These productions are not just for the
guys. Females enjoy and appreciate the dancing, singing and acrobatic
talents of the women who entertain these diverse audiences.
I love Sexxy at the Westgate. Jennifer Romas, who put this show
together in three weeks’ time, five years ago, stars in this sexy content.
Jennifer’s pole dance and bathtub scenes are legendary. Gabriella
Versace’s singing and comedy add more fun as she works the audience
while the ladies change their scanty costumes.
Crazy Girls, at Planet Hollywood, led by Dani Elizabeth, is America’s
longest running Burlesque show. 31 years! It includes everything from
topless contemporary boot-stomping to bawdy burlesque classics.
There’s audience interaction. You could be part of the show.
X Country at Harrahs and X Burlesque at the Flamingo are
themed topless shows. At X Country, I was clapping to the spirited music
and loving the costumes. It’s a down home country-themed good time.
If you like country, visit this one.
Fantasy at the Luxor has been entertaining visitors for 20 years. This
is a variety show with dancing women, beautiful costumes, enjoyable
music, great comedy by Sean Cooper, and the fabulous singing of
You’ve got the amazing Isabella doing aerie acrobatics on the silks.
The music includes country, romantic, and frantic.
The women are a combination of hot, sexy, girl next door, slender,
and well endowed. They dance, move, entice, entertain, titillate, and
engage. The bedroom scene is a highlight.
These are adult only productions - not for everyone. But if you’re
going to do Vegas, you (or your visitors) should check out at least one.
You can be sure of a few things. You will see bare bosoms, attractive
ladies moving around and you will be entertained by the singing,
dancing and visuals. Don’t be shy. Go see the ladies of Las Vegas.
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: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations
Rich, exciting, important - the phenomenal
life of Harriet Tubman! That’s what the coauthors
Kasi Lemmons and Gregory Allen Howard
stress along with this tiny woman’s unerring faith
It’s a showcase movie for Cynthia Erivo who plays the role of a scared
slave girl, named Araminta Ross, “Minty” married to a free slave,
Tubman. They both worked for an overbearing and power-hungry
plantation owner in 1849.
Over a dispute that would affect the ownership of all the plantation
slaves, “Minty”, at 27 escaped alone - leaving her husband and other
She didn’t get far when the plantation men corned her at each end of
a bridge. She was forced to make a decision: “be free or die.”
She jumped off the bridge into the rapid waters below. This leap was
both physical as well as metaphorical. Her faith allowed her to press on
during a harrowing journey to freedom
In Philadelphia she met William Still, (Leslie Odom Jr.) a freed slave
who was organizing free slaves. He suggested they change their name to
represent their new life as they registered as new free slaves.
Minty chose Harriet, her mother’s name. And Tubman, her husband’s
name as she signed “Harriet Tubman” in the book.
What I liked about the film is that director Lemmons evoked the
experience of slavery through the voices of former slaves and didn’t
use exploitive imagery of torture or sexual violence to drive home the
horrors of slavery.
The film “Harriet” is a start, but there’s a better, bolder story to be
told. This is a deeply spiritual film. Harriet’s faith in God expands her
faith in herself and her own power.
The scared girl Minty, becomes the empowered woman Harriet
through sheer will and desire for justice. Her escape from slavery,
crossing over state lines, through dangerous missions, leading 70 plus
slaves to liberation as conductor of the Underground Railroad changed
the course of history.
I give the movie, “Harriet” 4 boxes of buttered popcorn.
Renee Riendeau is the movie critic for “Renee’s Revelations”
on Anthem Alive SCA-TV. As a dog sitter she operates “ Renee’s
Roommates” out of her home and can be reached at
Guy Lombardo & the
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
He was called Mr. New Year’s Eve.
From 1924 until 1977, we looked forward
to hearing Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians Orchestra on radio,
then on TV (starting in 1956) playing music to Scottish poet, Robert
Burns’ 18th century poem, Auld Lang Syne.
It was the longest running special produced on radio, followed by 21
years on TV. I will also remember the orchestra’s flashy red blazer band
What seemed to make people connect with his music is that it was
nostalgia personified - playing songs his audiences wanted to hear,
always in strict tempo, always recognized as his music, and always
“danceable.” “I don’t play for acrobats” he stated. Hear that Dancing
with the Stars?
As he said, “Keep on doing what people tell you they like.” His father
said people should be able to sing, hum and whistle his music.
His music was identifiable with its sweet, orchestral sounds of
exaggerated sax vibrato by his brother Carmen punctuated with
string. Guy played violin and clipped brass phrases of traditional pops
arrangements mixing jazz, classical and bebop - and never forgetting
Born Gaetano Lombardo in 1902 in London, Ontario, Guy Lombardo,
only 5’4”, was the oldest of 7 children (5 boys and 2 girls). He formed
his first orchestra, The Lombardo Brothers while in elementary school.
The orchestra started as a family and hometown affair - 4 brothers, two
sisters, (who became his female soloists). Amongst their 300 hit songs
and 100-300 million sales, were: Charmaine, Boo Hoo, and Red Sails
in the Sunset. Their sales record has never been broken.
Eventually Dick Clark’s New York Rockin’ Eve gave him
competition, as is when a new generation takes over. Guy Lombardo, at
77 died of a heart attack with his lifelong wife by his side. Broadcasters
continued to play his midnight specials for 2 years afterward.
His recordings of Auld Lang Syne are still played as the 1st song
of New Year’s Eve on Times Square. Guy Lombardo and his orchestra,
became an institution, fulfilling dreams with their self-named “sweetest
music this side of heaven.”
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.
Dixieland Swings at IAC
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
One of the longest running shows in Las
Vegas is the off-Strip production that packs
the Italian American Club the first Thursday
of nearly every month, a throwback salute to
bathtub gin and speakeasy days. Hostess Jeanne Brei, for more than a
decade, has taken time from her busy schedule as trade show magazine
editor to produce The Swanky Supper Club Soiree with her band, The
Brei’s love of Dixieland, swing and jazz and her fellow performers
inspired her. “I get to invest in and keep the music alive…and keep
my musicians working,” she explains. The sextet is anchored by Las
Vegas Hall of Fame musicians Dick Jones (bass), Bob Chmel (drums),
Steve Johnson (saxophone), Bill King (trumpet) and Charlie Shaffer
Saxophonist Don Hill retired from the band three years ago, at 94, but
remains an audience member. Hill, who performed with the legendary
Treniers for 55 years until they disbanded in 2003 told Brei when he
joined the band at 81, “I’m too young to retire.”
Brei’s early life abruptly changed after her father, an Air Force pilot
who was in the original astronaut training program, developed polio
and spent the rest of his days in an iron lung. “We had a piano my
whole life,” she recalled, “and I took tap lessons beginning at eight.”
Summers, on a Midwestern farm, Brei and her brothers wrote and
Getting a New Bed
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
It’s a new year and we’re guilty of resolutions
never kept from the year before. More
concentrated effort is promised for this year but
not much changes.
We go through the same old
promises of diets, budgets and closet
cleaning. So we made a bold move
and decided to buy a new bed.
There are all sorts of warnings
about new beds, when and why
to buy them, how healthy or not
healthy they are after a few years
and prices that are so confusing you
might want to just keep sleeping on
the old one another 10 years.
The first serious discussion was
the size of the bed. Can we manage a Queen with 2 dogs that get first
right of position every night? The King crowded the bedroom so my
choice was to scale down a little.
I figured the dogs would have to adjust. After all, they’re dogs!
Then came the new headboard and whether or not to hang something
over our heads on the wall. Coming from earthquake country, I have
produced shows. “We
played the animal circuit.
Lions Club. Elks. Moose.”
provided Brei the
opportunity to pursue
theater and journalism
but a busy work schedule
allowed limited stage time.
“I worked three jobs. I
didn’t even have money for
toothpaste,” she smiles.
Journalism barely sustained her after college, working off-hours
entertaining on lunch cruises and piano bars before landing a role
touring with Phil Ford and Mimi Hines in No No Nanette on her road
to Las Vegas.
Brei’s monthly themed shows continue to draw loyal audiences with
a true Las Vegas vibe that includes an intermission with the showgirl
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hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:
a thing about things over my head while I’m asleep. Been there, done
But I was ready to compromise and buy a tapestry for the wall. Not a
big one but just enough so it didn’t look bare. It’s 23” X 54” and looks
awesome in great jewel tones.
I forgot one thing. It hangs on a
curtain rod affixed to the wall and if
that comes down on my head, I’m
not going to be happy. So much for
my great idea.
New colors on the tapestry call
for new colors on the bed. We have
a new comforter, sheet sets, europillow
covers and shams with a new
side rug by the bed. Not sure I saved
The bed goes up and down at the
head and the foot. We never agree
on which way we really like it and one night the puppies slid down the
pillow because the head was too high. I wound up with a tail in my eye.
We’re getting used to it.
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
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Everyone Needs Ho’oponopono
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
Reflecting the true spiritual essence of living
in harmony with themselves, family and
community was how every Hawaiian once strived
to live their life. While being guided and protected
by their Kupuna (elders) and Aumakua (ancestors), practicing the
Ho’o.po.no.po.no process – meaning reconciliation and forgiveness,”
explains Pali Jae Lee, “was what helped them achieve this state of
Ho’oponopono is a unique, simple, effective and powerful four step
practice that originated in ancient Hawaii. This technique has been
proven to work with individuals, as well as on a collective consciousness.
Hawaiian courts order juvenile and adult offenders to work with
court-approved, native elders who conduct traditional Ho’oponopono -
without any court interference or psycho-therapy as a form of alternative
dispute resolution for them and their families.
Dr. Phil repeatedly says that, “you are either part of the solution or
part of the problem.” This is no different.
“Because we see ourselves as separate and things happening outside
of ourselves, we tend to think we are absolved of any responsibility, but,
the opposite is true,” explains Dr. Hew Len. “Even if it sounds harsh,
whether we’re conscious of it, or not, just by listening to the news, we feed
into what we hear and then act out accordingly.”
Demonstrating its powerful effects, Hawaiian therapist, Dr. Hew
Len, cured an entire ward of criminally insane patients without ever
meeting any of them. He did so by healing himself, using “Self-I-Dentity
Ho’oponopono (SITH), with astounding results.
He revealed that the secret to this is that we are all connected and that
nothing is ‘out there’ without residing within us too. He claims, “If we
think or experience it, we own it.”
When doing Ho’oponopono, it is not important who you are speaking
to - God, your body, partner, situation, whatever. The order of these four
steps is also unimportant. The pertinence is in your desire to clear your
mind of any negativity and in your sincerity.
The four steps are: (1) I’m sorry, (2) Please forgive me, (3) Thank
you, (4) I love you. When we allow ourselves to heal and release, we
make room for what we really want - love, joy and freedom.
To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops
and readings, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
If you’re like me, you’ve taken golf lessons in
the past that may, or may not have helped
your game. I’m not saying that golf instructions
from a professional are not necessary – it just depends on your situation.
If you want to improve your game, there are some self-help ideas that
won’t break the bank. With the advent of the internet and specifically
YouTube, there is unbelievable free content out there that can help
If you have not done so, I encourage you to check out YouTube for
golf instructions and find tips that could help your golf game. If it’s
chipping, then type “chipping” in the search box and you’ll see videos
pop up by greats such as Phil Michelson, Lee Trevino and others.
If slicing or hooking the ball is a problem, type “how to stop slicing
the golf ball” and you’ll find videos that say, “Fix Your Slice.” More
helpful videos that you can possible view and digest will show up. All
you have to do is click on the videos to get started.
So what’s a golfer to do? Take the tips you’ve seen in the video to the
practice area and put these new thoughts and ideas to work.
Practice as instructed in the video until you can see some difference
and feel comfortable to take your new swing or chipping method to
the golf course. If the tips help, continue down that path but if the
instruction doesn’t work for you, then nothing is lost but some time
Many of us use to rely on Golf Magazine instructions and while
some of those were great, we didn’t get to see the tip in action as we do
with the videos. Like everything else however, a “buyer beware” sort of
mentality applies as you will find not all instructions will be great or
work for you.
Keep in mind that no two swings are alike and yours is surely different
than mine. Remember: At our age, we play golf for fun!
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: email@example.com
Trashing My Friends
By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit
Another holiday season has drawn to a close
and it’s time to think about clearing away
the last celebratory vestiges. Christmas lights and
tree decorations to be placed in their cotton-lined
cartons, safely stowed for another year.
Wrapping paper and ribbon that wasn’t decimated by greedy hands
placed in drawers to be recycled for future gift-giving. The last of
the sour egg nog poured down the drain, and the dreaded fruit cake
pulverized in the waste disposal.
If you celebrate Chanukah (or Hanukkah, if you can’t gargle), it
leaves its own detritus. The lingering aroma of fried potato pancakes
can last up to two weeks and require a gross of air freshener. (I’m
never sure what’s actually more desirable – eau d’ Used Canola Oil or
Southern Magnolia Bouquet?)
Then there’s the labor of chiseling the hardened wax from the
menorah, the candle holder which burns a total of forty-four candles
over the eight nights of the holiday. Would dripless candles be a
I guess tradition is tradition, so we stand over the sink with small
sharp objects, and jab at the little candle holders until they’re empty
and ready to embrace next year’s lights.
So no more “Frosty the Snowman” coming through the speakers at
the pharmacy, and no more tinkling bells outside the supermarket. It
appears that time has indeed moved on.
But one lingering holiday-related issue remains, at least for me.
What to do with the greeting cards that contain the beautiful smiling
faces of my friends and their families?
I’m not talking about those cards from the dry cleaner or newspaper
delivery man that can be guiltlessly tossed in the recycle bin. But the
family photo cards? Not so easily trashed.
Why, it must have cost the Clarks a small fortune to assemble all
twenty-eight children, grandchildren and dogs on that Hawaiian
beach. Not to mention the photographer’s fee.
And look at how lovely and happy they are, healthy white teeth
displayed for the camera. What do I...? How can I…? But on the other
hand, do I really want to keep a family portrait of the Clarks?
Next come the Berkowitzes. There are enough people in this group
to qualify as a tribe.
And Papa Berkowitz didn’t fail to include his annual family-update
letter, with each person discussed cross-referenced with the photo. Now
I understand the little numbers on their chests.
And here’s one from Betty. She has no children but look at those
adorable dogs. I do love dogs. I would never trash a dog. But yet…
What about this one? They look familiar. Oh, they’re my grandkids.
Not the best picture, and I have so many others.
So here I stand by the garbage pail, with the photo cards in hand,
immobilized by agonizing indecision. Dear friends, you have to help
me solve this annual dilemma once and for all.
When you send the new family portraits, may I suggest they selfdestruct
after New Year’s Day? If not that, then please include an
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:
January 10, 1776
By: John Beilun / Time Traveler
On January 10, 1776, seven months before
the Declaration of Independence, a minor
Philadelphia printer published an anonymously
written 48-page pamphlet. The author, a recently arrived Englishman,
was essentially penniless. Nevertheless, because he so much loved
his newly adopted home the writer donated all his royalties to the
The pamphlet sold very well for a myriad of reasons. Unlike most
publications of its time, it was written in a style common people
Structured like a
sermon, it helped
make its case via
Above all else, it
laid out the rational
and necessity for an
In fact, it has often
been described as “the
most incendiary and
used the book to
motivate his troops;
often reading it to them
when they encamped.
It also inspired the
to issue the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson constantly referred to it while writing that beloved
document. John Adams is noted as having said, “Without this book and
the pen that wrote it, the sword of Washington would have been raised
The pamphlet was originally going to be called Plain Truth. However,
Benjamin Rush, one of our founding fathers, convinced the author to
re-name it Common Sense.
As for the author: his name was Thomas Paine. At times referred to
as a pamphleteer, a radical, an inventor, an intellectual and a rabblerouser.
However, more often than not: The Father of the American
Having lighted the revolutionary flame with Common Sense, Paine
stoked the blaze with additional pamphlets such as Rights of Man and
The American Crisis Series, which began with that haunting sentence:
These are the times that try men’s souls.
Had it not been for Common Sense it is unlikely that there would
have been an American Revolution.
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New Year, New Beginnings
By: Samantha Noelle Riviero / New Heights
The hustle and bustle of the holiday rush are
finally over as the season’s festivities come
to a close. It’s 2020 and the exhaustion of keeping
up with the fluidity of our modern era begs us to
take a breath and reflect. You suddenly have a minute to fine-tune your
thoughts and reminisce.
After visiting mom and dad over the holidays you remember some
subtle changes during your visit that make you question their ability
to care for themselves. You’ve noticed that since last year, the home
is now covered in a frenzy of hoarding behaviors, the cleanliness is
overlooked, or maybe mom and dad frequently repeated themselves
throughout holiday dinner.
No matter the change, your
instinct tunes in to the fact that
perhaps the next stages of life
are unveiling itself.
In an age of modern technology and advertisements abound, I still
find families struggle with locating resources. To start, I would suggest
having a conversation with mom or dad, if communication is an
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Don’t demand, bargain or assume they will be ready for change;
after all, they have memories built into the foundation of their home.
Start with clear communication with your loved one, compromise and
Try and be patient as you guide them to the next steps. To help aid
in search of a Senior Living community, families can locate a Senior
Guide at most local grocery stores or can research online Assisted
Living communities in their area.
I would suggest narrowing it down to no more than three contenders.
Ask questions when touring each property. You’ll want to find the right
fit that matches your loved one’s financial goals and preferences as this
will allow for a more organized and less stressful process.
New beginnings don’t have to be uncomfortable or scary. Entertain
the positive objectives your loved one would gain if a decision has been
made for them to transition.
Always remember, that it is a process that deserves compassion when
navigating finding the appropriate care for your loved one and living
their best quality of life.
Samantha Rivero is the Community Lifestyle Director at Coronado
Heights Senior Living. You can contact Samantha at 725/200-3300
By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry
Have your estate plan reviewed before it’s too
late. Many people think they are on safe
ground when in fact they have climbed way out
on a limb or are walking on a high wire.
Most people discover their estate planning is poorly done or
inadequate to their needs only after it’s too late to correct the errors. A
few examples from the last few months.
First, a couple that has been together more than 40 years has done
only a Will. One spouse loses capacity due to disease and the other
spouse needs to sell their family home but finds in order to do the sale,
they need a court order (guardianship) or a Durable Power of Attorney
for their spouse, which they can no longer get.
Second, a spouse is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; the healthy spouse
has COPD but wants to do some advanced planning for his spouse. They
have a trust and a durable power of attorney for financial matters, but
when you look at the details within the power of attorney, the spouse is
not allowed to create or fund irrevocable living trusts.
This means no advanced planning is allowed. No advanced planning
means the spouse was going to have to live out their golden years
impoverished, without financial options.
Third, a family’s three adult children were all special needs and
on disability and government assistance. Their trusts did not have
adequate Special Needs provisions.
When the parents passed, all three children had their assistance
disrupted. Had the parents done proper planning the children could
have gained benefit from their inheritance without interrupting their
Proper skilled nursing planning or memory care planning can
result in saving people hundreds of thousands of dollars. If your estate
planning did not include a discussion of paying for a skilled nursing
or memory care facility, you are way out on a limb, or unknowingly
walking on a high wire.
The simple way to avoid these tragic outcomes is to have your Trust or
Estate plan reviewed by an attorney who specializes in Estate Planning
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Our Plans for 2020
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
As we welcome the New Year, The Vegas Voice
will be writing a series of articles about the
many scams seniors are constantly subjected to,
what our government agencies are doing about them, and ideas of how
to handle them.
Those annoying phone calls usually pop up at mealtime or early in
the morning. Blocking the phone numbers is one way to avoid them,
but alas, the scammers seem to just
call back cloning a different phone
number that pops up on your caller
I.D. to fool you.
The “Do Not Call List” is a total
waste of time. Although many
numbers and complaints are filed,
these people keep calling numerous
times a day.
It seems local, state and federal
agencies don’t really do much to
stop these calls, yet it seems to me that a heavy financial penalty might
curb those coming from the U.S. The threatening calls that claim to be
from the IRS, Social Security and such are especially dangerous.
Speaking of scams, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to “play” with
one of these callers when he told me I had just WON the Publisher’s
Clearing House Sweepstakes. He claimed I would be receiving my
$3,150,000 prize along with a brand-new Mercedes. (He didn’t mention
the roses, I love roses).
As I was playing along, I walked into Dan’s office with the caller on
speaker. I was told that 90% of the taxes would be paid for me - all I
had to do was have the rest of the money ready for the man making
When I said I could only come up with $4,000 right away, he claimed
his people would then accompany me to the bank and we could make
Suddenly he asked, “I just heard someone else on the line.” I said
yes, that’s it’s my husband who is a federal agent working in the fraud
division. CLICK, the man abruptly hung up.
I guess I don’t get the money, the
car, OR the roses!
*As promised, an update on
Marianne Chiang’s quest to the
Family Court to terminate her son’s
guardianship over her, which if
successful, would stop her children’s
from forcing her to move into an
assisted living facility in California.
If successful, she will be FREE to
enjoy her life as she has always done.
The hearing held December 17 th was unlike any I have witnessed
before in a guardianship case. The attorneys were allowed to call
witnesses and due to the length of the hearing, only Marianne and her
daughter made it to the stand. The final round, hopefully, is scheduled
for December 30 th .
You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also
check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
Nationally, there are an estimated 500,000
people who call the streets their “residence.”
In Clark County the estimate is between 8,000-
10,000. I believe that both estimates are woefully
The federal government working in partnership with the states and
their local entities, have invested literally billions of taxpayer dollars
over the years to eradicate the problem, but the problem still persists
and continues to grow. How can that be? Where did and does all that
Having been associated with several local entities over the years, I
can offer an explanation and, perhaps a solution. Just throwing money
at any problem does not guarantee a desirable solution.
What is needed is a coherent, regional approach working together
as a collective team. Part of the problem is that most governing bodies
operate independently and separately, thus duplicating costs. Those
costs can be drastically reduced by working in collaboration.
The plague I mention is because more and more homeless are using
Homelessness - A Growing Plague
the streets as their
By doing so
they are creating
a resurgence of
Health specialists are
action be taken.
In Las Vegas a visionary, Arnold Stalk, created a viable, cost-effective
transitional housing facility called Veterans Village. Converting old
railroad box-cars (300-500 square feet) with a bed, stove, A/C and
Heating and placing them together with bathrooms facilities available,
he has created an excellent use of taxpayer dollars.
They are cost effective, safe, secure and, most importantly sanitary. I
think this idea should be replicated everywhere, don’t you?
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking Forward to a Great 2020
By: Carol Chapman
As we move forward in 2020, I would like to
remind you that the Foundation Assisting
Seniors continues to help seniors and veterans to
remain in their homes. Our services are free but
we do depend on donations to continue to operate.
This year, we are holding the The Spirit of Spring, our 2 nd Annual
Charity Gala, in association with the National Silver Haired Congress,
honoring the Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year, on Saturday, March
28, 2020, at 6:00 pm, at the M Resort. We are excited to have Mark
OToole as our emcee and performer for the evening. In addition to our
entertainment, we will be having both Silent and Live Auctions.
If you know of a
senior citizen in your
community who might
be a candidate, call the
Foundation at 725-
244-4200 to obtain the
requirements and an
application. To date,
all six previous Nevada
Senior Citizens of the Year
have been from Clark
County. We are anxious
to receive nominations
from all over the state.
Equal Opportunity Chicanery
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
Jimmy Carter pretty much stuck to his promise
to tell the American people the truth. I’m not
the first to note that he was the last US president
to make that mistake. The people turned him out after one term.
Lying, dissembling, obfuscation and hypocrisy have become the way
of the world of politics.
I cannot figure out how Donald Trump convinced so many that he
stands for the little guy. Is it because he was little when he made it big
as a preteen, on his real estate mogul father’s payroll to the tune of a
quarter million a year?
scene as a Liberty
activist. He won
US House and
Senate seats as
He calls himself
socialist. He’s aiming for president on the Democratic Party ticket.
The newest millionaire presidential candidate, Michael Bloomberg,
was a Democrat, then a Republican, then an Independent, and now is
a Democrat again.
Nobody seems to mind the political mood swings when it’s the guys.
Yet Elizabeth Warren is criticized for switching from Republican to
Democrat a quarter century ago. With decent reason: her own research,
showing that individuals who declare bankruptcy are not deadbeats, as
she’d expected, but rather people who’ve hit a hard patch.
Poor Warren - still taking flak for claiming that drop of Native
American blood. Meanwhile, scarcely a word about Joe Biden’s little
issue with plagiarism, which caused him to drop his first run for
president. Not to mention misrepresentations about his past political
positions, which quickly disappear in denial.
Trump, who changed his party affiliation half a dozen times up to
his Republican coronation, is the undisputed Teflon champ. (Teflon, by
the way, is poisoning us all, as the new movie “Dark Waters” reminds
Fact-checkers counted more than 13,400 false or misleading
statements by Trump as he approached his 1,000th day in office. Plus
he has all the Republicans in Congress marching in lockstep, parroting
his assertions that he’s never done anything wrong.
Alas, this sweet land of liberty is also the land of duplicity and double
standards. Not all evils are equal, however; there are degrees of iniquity.
The American people need to decide how much they can stand.
Meanwhile, we’re in for another rocky year. Happy 2020 to all.
Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to
Las Vegas from New England via China, the West Coast and the
Reverse Mortgage Information
By: Nick Flores / Loan Educator
Qualifications: In order to qualify for a
Reverse Mortgage one of you must be 62+.
Your spouse can be as young as 18.
The spouse who is younger than 62 will be a “non-borrowing”
spouse on the loan but will still be listed on the Title of the home while
maintaining the same benefits of a Reverse Mortgage.
The home must be your primary residence. You can own multiple
homes, but the home with the Reverse Mortgage must be your primary
home and your home can be paid for or not.
A lot of people tell me they did not think they could do a Reverse
Mortgage because they had a mortgage on their house. Many people
who do the Reverse Mortgage have a mortgage on their house. It is
becoming more and more common.
The home can be a detached property, attached property, condo,
townhome or manufactured home. All of these properties fit the singlefamily
residence requirement of the Housing Urban Development
Reverse Mortgage used for Purchase: You may also use the
Reverse Mortgage for purchase of a new primary residence. Typically, in
order to not have a mortgage payment you would pay cash for a home.
With a Reverse Mortgage for purchase, in most cases the down
payment requirement is 40%. This will allow for you to keep the
remaining liquid cash in your bank account to save, reinvest, or to
The Reverse Mortgage for purchase will not require a mortgage
payment ever. The Reverse Mortgage for purchase can also be used to
buy a duplex, triplex or fourplex.
You must live in one of the units, because remember, the property
needs to be your primary residence and you can rent out the other units
to supplement your retirement income. It’s a wonderful strategy.
Call us now so you can get the facts straight and retire better.
Medicare & Social
By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
Volunteer Barbara Mirman said, “I’m
amazed at the number of people who do
not keep their medical cards in one specific safe place and do not make
copies in case they are lost or stolen.”
They can be replaced, of course, but it is a wearisome timeconsuming
The Social Security office at 1250 South Buffalo Drive, is the place to
apply in person. It’s open Monday-Friday from 7am to 7pm. To replace
your Social Security and Medicare cards you’ll be asked to produce
your driver’s license to verify your age and identity.
The internet could also be used. You can type SSA.gov/forms/SS5
into the address line of your browser. You won’t arrive right there.
You’ll be confronted with many other sites eager to fulfill your
request. Those are the commercial firms charging for replacement
cards that Social Security and Medicare provide free.
Scroll down to SS-5 Form with attached explanation – Social
Security History. On page one of that listing, ignore the preamble and
click onto “IT IS AVAILABLE HERE.”
You’ll be faced with four pages of instructions; plus the form you
are required to complete on page 5. The only drawback is that you’ll
be supplying a lot of personal information, plus a copy of your driver’s
license that could possibly be accessed by hackers.
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By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
Creams helps to soften the look of the
wrinkles and the surrounding skin. I’m
always on the hunt for the latest product and can
get caught in the hype - usually just to be disappointed. Recently I saw
a new neck cream online called Dr. Brandt’s Neck Sculpting Cream.
It was very pricey at $95 so I
waited until they had a sale and got
it for $66. The reviews on their site
were “too good to be true” and while
I never expected for my “loose skin
to disappear” as one review said,
I thought even if I got half those
results, it would be money well
I liked the cream and, as with
most other creams that I have tried,
my neck looks better once applied. However, after a month of use
nothing changed drastically.
To compare this higher priced cream with a drug store purchase
that also had high ratings, I bought the L’Oreal Revitalift Face and
Neck/Visage Cream for $18 at Ulta.
Happily, I like this cream better than the more expensive cream.
It’s thicker but not greasy and smells nice. I have used it as my daily
moisturizer without makeup.
Has my turkey neck disappeared? Nope! But do I think for the price
and what it does I would still use this over the $95 alternative.
I think the key, as with most products, is to use them consistently
which admittedly I often forget. But for the sake of this comparison
test, I was glad I committed to trying it out and I do think it did
improve the look of the skin on my neck. If you don’t have a cream
you like, the L’Oreal Revitalift might be worth trying!
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Another Year Attained!
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
WOW! January 1 st and another new year
already! Where did 2019 go? I turned
a magic 75 years young last month and love
it! I have great friends, family, a home,
wonderful jobs, health and two beautiful
I’m on to new goals this year. I don’t
make resolutions – just new goals. One
thing that I did in 2019 was to put an
empty jar on my kitchen counter, put happy
thoughts or events into the jar and then in
January 2020 – take out all the happiness
that has transpired throughout the year
and read them.
Did you gain a few pounds in 2019? Don’t
stress about it. Just take it easy. It’s better to
lose a few pounds slowly than to crash diet.
Try to enjoy goodies if you must – but
in moderation. I try not to deny myself of any of the wonderful sweets,
chocolates, etc. I even indulge in a holiday drink or so.
I found one secret to keeping your alcohol in moderation is to have
a sip of water every so often when drinking wine or cocktail. It sure
helps! I also try to nibble on some veggies before venturing out to a
party. Then I am not so famished when I get there and eat more than
Life is shorter than we think! Make 2020 a year to reflect on what we
did in 2019. Set some goals (not resolutions!) to try to attain what you
didn’t do last year.
Make a conscious effort to exercise more, try to lose those added
pounds that suddenly appeared around the middle, eat healthier, enjoy
your friends and make new friends. Enjoy each and every given day. Be
thankful for all that we have.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
Mary Richard is a long term supporter of senior fitness. She
teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las Vegas
Valley. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Helpful Hints for a New Year’s
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Many individuals will make a New Year’s
resolution to increase their health and
quality of life. To help you fulfill these resolutions, a few helpful hints.
Losing Weight: Obviously a healthy diet and exercise are paramount
here. You should strive to lose about a pound a week.
Experts believe that weight loss at a rate faster than this may be
deleterious to the body. Tea leaves (the plant Camellia sinensis)
are used to help treat obesity, type II diabetes, high cholesterol and
Studies have shown that the herb decrease the body’s ability to make
lipids (fat) and also decrease absorption of fat in the gut. It also helps
lower blood sugar, insulin concentrations and triglycerides. Drinking
tea may help your weight loss goals.
Decreasing stress and anxiety: When most people think of
stress, what they are referring to is the nervous system in a state of
fight or flight. Where drugs such as Xanax are given for such problems,
meditation and yoga are ways to slow the body down and transition
from a state of fight or flight to one of relaxation and being centered.
Eating healthier: Do you know how you may crave certain
unhealthy foods? It may not be you that is actually craving them.
You have billions of bacteria that live in your body; a large proportion
living in your intestines. Most of these bacteria are beneficial. Some,
however, may not be.
These non-beneficial bacteria also have dietary needs which may be
contrary to your health. By releasing certain chemicals which affect the
nervous system, these bacteria can make you feel good by eating food
that nourishes them but actually harms you.
The best way to kill these bacteria is to eat a good clean diet for a few
weeks. This causes these bacteria to die off due to lack of nourishment.
Resolving Pain: Acupuncture and been used for thousands of years
to treat pain and the underlying cause of pain. When done correctly, the
procedure is not painful at all.
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: Why did my rate go up when I removed
a vehicle or a driver from my auto
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You now lose the multi-vehicle discount
which can be as high as 25%. If the vehicle
that was removed was an older vehicle with
minimal coverage, removing that vehicle can
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Another reason is divorce or death. When
that person is removed from the policy, the
remaining driver will then be rated as “single.”
And still another - if there is a young driver
also listed on the policy and there are now 2
vehicles, the young driver will be rated as a
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Q: Can I add someone else’s vehicle to my auto policy?
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2020 Consumer Electronic Show
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
One of the biggest conventions in the U.S.
is held every January right here in Las
Vegas: the Consumer Electronics Show, or
CES. What’s fascinating about the show is the depth of technological
goodies introduced that covers everything from home appliances to
Since technology is the future, every company is working hard to
deliver products that make life easier for everyone. Some companies
understand the growing need to address aging Baby Boomers and are
offering an assortment of items, that not only are innovative, but truly
will make a difference in the lives of many seniors.
One company, WHILL, has been working on an autonomous
wheelchair that will come to you at the touch of a button. It drives itself
using front and rear cameras and can be used at places like malls,
theme parks, and airports.
Or ElliQ, a voice assistant that helps live-at-home seniors. It’s a mini
robot that lights up, nods, talks, and has a camera so seniors can make
video calls to family and friends. It can play music, read messages, set
reminders, play games, share photos, and more.
Hearing aids also are advancing at a rapid pace. Widex offers a
battery-free hearing aid powered by a miniature fuel cell that can
reenergize in 20 seconds versus three to six hours to recharge.
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In addition, multiple
companies are showcasing
wearable devices, such as
watches that track medical
information like heart
monitors and exercise
reminders, or fabrics
integrated with pain-relief
electrical stimulation. Even
a walking stick that tracks
its users as they move and
can alert someone if the
It can record how the
owner walks and sends messages to interested parties if those habits
change drastically. And we haven’t even touched on all the different
phone apps that can control a variety of home functions for those who
have mobility issues.
While many of us lament that technology negatively has affected our
lives, there are a lot of positives that will go a long way toward helping
us age with dignity.
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The DMV requires that the proof of insurance sent by the insurance
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member moves permanently into your home, you can either change
the registration so you can insure together, or
the family member must maintain his/her own
Q: My homeowner’s policy includes
something called “additional living expense”
(or loss of use). What is it?
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you will find Additional Living Expense as
Coverage D on your policy. If you own the home
or condo, your insurance company will pay for
you to live elsewhere while the property is being
repaired or rebuilt after a loss.
If you are a renter, the carrier will pay for you
to live elsewhere for a period sufficient for you
to find another place to rent. This is extremely
valuable coverage for the homeowner because
it can take many months to get you back into
you home; particularly if it is a total loss.
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
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By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective
It’s not like I don’t understand change. Cities
grow cities over the top of them, but people
are most edified by the relics of previous eras.
Boston is a city that preserved much of its
history. To see old graveyards with headstones
that actually have skulls and crossbones on them makes you privy to
little philosophical secrets you can’t quite name.
You expand your worldview and can relax when you see that there
are places with meaning in this world. The enemy of history is order
We have a million little stories that matter yet were never told.
Because our unique western relics are aged they are characterized as
ugly and we are ready to wipe them away.
I’m not just talking about the classic old hotels like the Landmark
and the Sands and the Desert Inn, but the humbler places of Vegas
itself. My own property is a good example.
It is the story of a naïve sap, a well-intentioned lover of history and
soul, brought to his knees by the stern thumb of the governmental
I inherited what is now a historical property on the Boulder Highway.
It is historical, for one, because it is one of the few properties whose full
history, eighty years, is known.
It was built in 1940 as Bob’s French Dips, a small restaurant. It was
taken over in 1960 by my grandfather who renamed it The Country
The Sad Tale of Bob’s French Dips
He also had a lumber yard on the acre out back. When my mother
inherited it she opened a Bible store, Alpha Omega, that she ran for 23
My mother, Katherine Gianaclis, is a big part of its historicity. She has
been noted as one of the most important artists in Las Vegas history by
the now defunct Las Vegas Art Museum.
She was the “go to” girl for murals and was tapped by nearly every
major hotel in Vegas during the 1960s and 1970s. When I got the
property in 1999 I opened The Katherine Gianaclis Park for the Arts
in my mother’s honor.
We quickly got this art thing that is now burgeoning in Vegas
humming. CityLife Magazine said we “helped kickstart” the arts
movement which is wholly true. Just another little known fact that only
enhances the property’s historical value.
People loved the park for both its freedom to create and humility. It
My mother had dragged a 1949 Fruehauf semi-trailer on to the
property for frame storage. It became a venue called Club Mack. Never
underestimate the abilities of the creative class.
Old sheds and classic trucks were not junk but art, and everybody
knew it. Odd how that is, downright psychological, but you have to
believe that psychology is real.
The property was condemned as a visual nuisance in 2004 and
everything was removed.
Labors of love are often lost when unbending governmental codes
are put in charge of our history. A place of soul becomes just another
dirt lot. The old is ugly. The old is evil and must be destroyed.
But aging things are actually pure gold, invisible gold, really. If the
humble gems of our neighborhoods can survive the strains of time our
great, great grandchildren might actually have a city with real history,
a condition that produces pride.
But we worship the gods Cleanliness & Youth. Neighborhoods peel
off and die because soulless, are winnowed away by codes when they
should be allowed to age like fine wine.
They can become fearless places, humble, dignified and important.
If we can keep them, we can have something to collectively call our
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.
By: Aaron Phillips / Healthy Voice
Show of hands…who enjoyed the many
holiday food offerings at the end of the year?
Thanksgiving? (Check). Hanukkah with Latkes?
(Check). Christmas dinner? (Check). New Year’s cheer? (Check).
After the consumption of all the things
that you enjoyed, how many of you felt
guilty? Now are you asking yourself
“How do I get back onto my healthy
When we took our first steps as a child,
we had to crawl first. You likewise started some good habits before the
holidays hit. I do not want to oversimplify things but, you got to just
get back up on the bike! You fall off things, you dust yourself off and
The nice things about the holiday treats is if you planned right by
eating as best as you can before a party then you have given yourself a
nice treat for “being good.” It’s okay that you did that but now it is time
to get back to business.
Water, proteins, healthy snacks and exercise is the formula to get
back on track for a healthy 2020.
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@
What’s Up Doc?
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
As we all adjust to the new Mission Act for our
medical care (rather than at VA facilities)
there is something I need to pass along.
The Mission Act (or Choice Program) was designed to get more
immediate care for veterans - since some have died in very long waiting
lines. It’s a good thing, and hopefully will be the right answer to that
However, I just ran into something that you should heed. I encourage
you to check out any doctors that Tri-West Healthcare Alliance schedules
you to see. (Tri-West is the organization that locates community care
providers for veterans).
In June, I had an internal G.I. procedure done, and since the G.I.
department at the VAMC in Las Vegas was booked up, they asked if I
want to go to the community for a follow-up procedure. I agreed and
got the appointment scheduled.
I began however to have gut feelings that wouldn’t go away. I was
feeling some trepidation about the upcoming procedure and couldn’t
identify just what was eating me, so I went to Google and typed in the
After wading through all the promotional “BS” about how good the
doctor and his clinic are, I then found an investigative article in the
Review Journal titled “State medical panel files complaint against
endoscopy center doctor.” I went on to discover that this doctor had
malpractice suits filed against him for careless procedures that resulted
in dozens of his patients being infected with Hepatitis C.
At one time he actually had a restraining order placed on him by
the Nevada Medical Board. Needless to say, I called Tri-West and rescheduled
with a different doctor. And you better believe that I’ll do
the same with any other doctor, namely - I’ll check out their past
We only have one life, so do your due diligence before going under.
Happy New Year.
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.
Our New Feng Shui Columnist
By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight
When I mention I’m a Feng Shui consultant,
I’m often met with comments like, “Oh,
that’s having a red door,” or “That has something
to do with the position of your bed, right?” And
while these responses have validity, Feng Shui is
so much more than furniture placement and colors!
Common practices, such as Feng Shui, suggest that our homes and
personal spaces are a reflection of ourselves. Whatever you place and
honor on your walls, you are asking the universe for more of. I’m
adamant that your home is the largest vision board you will ever create!
Take a moment and think about this. What is on your vision boards?
No, seriously. Put this article down, walk around the house and note
what you see.
Unlike our magazine vision boards that change every year, we have a
tendency to place items in our homes or on our walls with the intention
of making the placement its forever home.
When was the last time you really examined what was on your walls?
Do the images in your home reflect your goals, the places you want to
visit or the energy you aspire to?
Many times, I find that clients have items on their walls that were
handed down in the family or belonged to an ex. Even though they
have little or no emotional connection to the artwork or item, they still
Or on the opposite spectrum, they have so much guilt connected to
the item, they can’t part with it! Can you relate to this?
We spend a good deal of time in our home, so shouldn’t the home
inspire us? Similar to the saying, dress for the job you want, I want
your house to reflect you and your goals for the future, not the past.
Kate Wind is second-generation Astrologer and Feng Shui
Consultant. She speaks on an array of topics, from astrological
influences, Chinese New Year, Feng Shui and Tarot. You can contact
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A New Year for Desert Gardeners
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
Now that the holidays are over; it is time to
focus on the 2020 growing season.
January is a unique month in gardening.
Although there is not much going on physically, we should be in “full
gear” planning for our new gardens.
I like to divide up this month into two parts. Part one consists of
evaluating the past year’s successes and failures, while the second part
consists of setting up and implementing a strategy for bringing our
future plans to fruition.
We should begin our evaluation by examining our soil. Although the
outward appearance of the soil may seem constant, the quality may
have changed. Does your soil lack the three basic nutrients of nitrogen,
phosphorus and potassium?
Now is the time to plan on having your soil tested. What about the
soil’s pH level? Has the increased rainfall led to a greater concentration
of alkali which will inhibit future plant growth?
Think back to last spring and summer; when did your garden start
to show the effects of extreme sun and high temperatures? Did your
irrigation systems handle these events?
Think about modifying your watering system by moving and/or
adding additional drips. Perhaps more drought tolerant plants may be
needed or maybe using more “organic” mulch would help?
Remember the “Great Grasshopper Invasion” last summer? Now
is the time to create
a proactive plan for
the inevitable “pest
problems” you may
experience in the
Now is also the time
to acquire gardening
books, seed and plant
catalogues and do some on-line research on plants that you may be
interested in growing. While it might be cold outside, stay warm inside
setting up a “mental blueprint” of what you want to grow and how
you’re going to grow it.
The second part of the month (with increased daylight hours and
warming temperatures) will be the time to implement ideas you have
formulated earlier. This is the time to transition from planning to
As January comes to an end, start visiting your local nurseries. This is
the time when new plants are starting to arrive. Before you know it…
Growing Season 2020 has arrived!
Have a question? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.com.
Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC
school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his
time to communicating with and lecturing about our native
The sunshine and warm azure water of Costa
Maya draws year-round tourists, most of
whom arrive for the day by cruise ship. Costa Maya was purposely built
to accommodate cruise ships; before then, this area of Caribbean coast
on Mexico’s eastern Yucatán Peninsula was scarcely known.
Costa Maya has been developed into a popular cruise ship stop
celebrated for beaches. It provides diving and snorkeling in addition to
world-class coral reefs.
runs from Punta
Xcala, close to
town of Bacalar,
and the City
Mahahual is the
town just outside
the cruise port
Costa Maya More Than a
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
tourists, Mahahual suggests the flavor of true Mexico; its cultural
values and traditions preserved for centuries. Because many of the
nearby communities still maintain their ancestral traditions, this is
an advantageous place to undertake alternative tourism and to get in
touch with Mayan culture.
A stiff breeze blew in our faces laden with the tang of salt as the
ship pulled into port and prepared to disgorge its passengers onto the
bustling concourse. We are looking forward to witnessing the reefs and
mangroves of Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve that are populated
by dolphins and turtles. Our revisit here will include the Sian Ka’an
Biosphere Reserve which shelters jaguars, monkeys and bird species.
The Mexican Caribbean offers rich warm waters and beautiful white
sand beaches. The land is blessed with a contrasting ecosystem that
includes not only beaches, but tropical forest, wetlands, coral reefs,
abundant wildlife and wonderful archaeological sites.
If you want to relax, Costa Maya’s incredibly beautiful beaches are
waiting. Having spent our day on land visiting the attractions, we
prepared to depart. Back on ship, we leaned against the ship’s railing
and can’t help but stare out across the harbor enfolding us.
The air is thick with the scent of the sea and the lack of air pollution
makes for spectacular sunsets. The glorious sunset did not disappoint.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
We’re Back at Palace Station
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures
happy and healthy New Year to all.
A We have a CHANGE OF VENUE for our
upcoming VEGAS VOYAGERS meeting. After an
absence of a couple of years we are headed back to PALACE STATION
for our next meeting.
It will be held on Thursday, January 23rd at 9:30 am in
the upstairs conference rooms.
This meeting is going to be packed with information. As always we
will discuss our upcoming “BUS TO THE BOAT” cruise dates. We also
will have preliminary information on our next Holy Land Tour to
Israel hosted by Bruce Ewing and tentatively scheduled for April 2021.
But the absolute highlight of the meeting will be a presentation
by a representative from MAYFLOWER TOURS. The name of the
company actually belies a large part of what they do. Yes, there will
be a presentation for a Canadian Rockies land tour scheduled for this
Additionally Mayflower Tours is also the company that owns SCENIC
RIVER CRUISES and EMERALD RIVER CRUISES and is one of the
biggest European waterway cruises in the world. Over the course of
the next year we will be offering a number of land/cruise packages for
cruises along the Danube and Rhine Rivers.
And here is the best news of all. All of the river cruises prices include
FREE AIR from Las Vegas. That’s right the prices include your airfare.
For those who have frequent flyer miles or just want the cruise (or
tour) only rate, there is a rate reduction for the package that does
not include air. Any way you choose to book these trips, the rates are
The representative from Mayflower Tours will explain the differences
between the two cruise lines. Scenic River Cruises is a five star cruise
line which includes “butler” service as part of its amenities.
Emerald River Cruises is a four star cruise line and is less expensive.
Simply put, working with these two cruise lines will afford opportunities
in all price ranges.
We look forward to seeing you on January 23rd at PALACE
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New York City
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /
Out & About
Every year Las Vegas visitors and locals alike fill the Strip to see
entertainers and fireworks on New Year’s Eve. It’s a good show,
but the granddaddy of New Year’s celebrations is still found in New York
City, where almost a million revelers celebrate at Times Square.
The crowds start gathering early so by mid-afternoon, the Square is
closed to auto traffic. The countless restaurants, bars and hotels that
line the surrounding streets fill to capacity and after dark, literally
thousands of people spill out into the Square.
Eventually, the blocked streets become packed with people who can
hardly move. Everyone is expected to stand for the entire evening, and
since there are no outdoor portable restrooms provided for this event,
the situation becomes embarrassingly uncomfortable.
The crowds, however, are undaunted by these minor inconveniences.
Top performers like Taylor Swift - the 2019 New Year’s Eve star, are hired
to appear on temporary outdoor stages to entertain the multitudes for
The New Year’s Eve extravaganza continues into the wee hours and is
traditionally a spirited event with lots of protection by New York’s Finest.
But if standing for several hours in the cold does not appeal to you, the
Big Apple has other ways to greet the New Year, because Times Square is
in the heart of the City’s theatre district.
How often do you get to see a play with its original cast or at least,
on its original stage? This is important because, the venue changes the
For example, a “Spectacular” version of “Phantom of the Opera”
had a successful run in Las Vegas by changing the title character into a
scary powerhouse so he could dominate the large size of the stage, and
the theatre itself. But in reality, much of the success of Andrew Lloyd
Webber’s haunting masterpiece is due to its intimacy and sensuality,
which is clearly seen on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre, where
“Phantom” has played to full houses for over 36 years.
By the way: It’s not too early to plan for 2021 New Years in NYC! Call
702-463-0966 for more information.
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
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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
F O R T O D A Y ’ S A C T I V E S E N I O R S
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
with apologies to
my hero, Norman...
For your Health, Wealth,
and Good Times!
“WE MADE IT”
For your Health, Wealth,
and Good Times!
Political Editor Rana Goodman and Nampa Executive
Director Gary Calligas
Speaking to and for Las Vegas
Valley Seniors since 2003
U.S. POSTAGE PAID
LAS VEGAS, NV