NIGHT LIFE EDITOR
Volume 17, Issue 1
OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS
Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist
Success City Online
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.
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
Anything else you want to take on?” I
Her response was “the
look” that can put any man in fear.
I was sitting with The Vegas Voice political
editor and my PILL (partner in love & life) at our
annual Valentine’s Day dinner date. After a few
loving words and expressions, my Rana wanted
to get right down to business.
No, not that kind of business, but rather
her continual (and never ending) attempts to
protect seniors and to save the world. She quickly
rattled off “causes” one-by-one that she “gently
requested” (full disclosure: it was more
rhetorical than a request) that we pursue. They
are as follows:
1. Toss Chuck off the Bench: In the course
of The Vegas Voice’s crusade, our Guardian
Gladiator can look back and see what was
accomplished. From former private guardian
April Parks spending the next 16-40 years in the
“Big House” to our reform bills being enacted
into law, one glaring “hole” still exists –
Guardianship Judge Charles “Chuck” Hoskin.
Hoskin was THE presiding judge who was
responsible for this scandal. And despite being
removed from guardianship cases, not only is he
still Judge, but he has the gall and arrogance to
No doubt he is fully supported by those
guardianship lawyers and individuals who made
a fortune ripping off and destroying seniors. His
condoned judicial actions clearly demonstrates that “the judicial
system is not broken but fixed.”
We must finally clean out the judicial cesspool that allowed this
disgrace to take place. This might be our only chance to do so. Seniors
must toss Hoskin from the bench by voting in the next election (page
23). And there’s more.
2. Scams: The Vegas Voice has (and we thank you) been
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:
Stopping Evil Doers Everywhere
overwhelmed by readers’ responses. We have begun collecting all of
your scam emails and started a data spreadsheet for those bogus and
It’s still not too late to assist us by sending your
listing (see below). And did you see my interview
with FBI Special Agent Ray Johnson? (page 10).
We discussed why it is so difficult to catch these
“You do understand Rana that this
scam clean-up venture alone is a full-time
endeavor?” She (almost) even agreed with
me but while sharing her dessert of chocolate
strawberries, she advised that there may one
3. New Investigation: As Rana writes in her
article (page 22) The Vegas Voice received “inside
information” from a highly credible source as to
a brand-new guardianship-type scandal. To be
honest, I hope it does not pan out but (naturally)
Rana is ready to jump in with both feet.
Assuming her hunch is correct (“and when
is it ever wrong?” she quickly asked) it will be
another investigation to play with.
So as I finished my dinner, I wondered what
happened to our “taking it easy” philosophy.
I also mentioned that we’re getting up there in
years and inquired as to whether a “heart attack”
is in our future. “Have no concerns,” my Rana
confidently said. “We don’t get heart attacks; we
give them to the bad guys.”
Just another day for my Ladylove to save the
world. Stay tuned. There’s more to come.
Gala to Assist Seniors
By: Carol Chapman
Seniors (FAS) is
hosting its Annual Gala, The Spirit of Spring,
at the M Resort Spa and Casino on March 28.
Festivities begin at 6 pm and cocktail attire is recommended. The event
will include entertainment by Mark OToole, dinner, and silent and
Auction items include experiences such as a wine tasting for 20
courtesy of Total Wine, a staycation at the M Resort, two golf trips to
Torrey Pines and St. Andrews, in addition to travel stays at locations
varying from wine country to Bali. Jewelry and gifts will keep the silent
auction fun for bidders.
The pinnacle of the evening is the naming of the Nevada Senior
Citizen of the Year. This recognizes someone 65+ who has helped
seniors and veterans in any of Nevada’s communities statewide and is
voted on by a panel of previous award recipients.
The Foundation has a mission to assist, at no charge, seniors in
times of illness, recovery, confinement at home, coping with the loss of
a loved one and other challenges they face while staying in the home
they love. The Foundation provides many services including loaning
out durable medical equipment, optional daily medication reminders
or wellness calls, and even small household maintenance. The funds
raised at the Gala go towards supporting these services throughout the
Sponsorships, advertising opportunities and tickets to the event are
available online at: www.foundationassistingseniors.org.
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
Two Sun City residents are talking over
lunch. The first guy says, “You wouldn’t
believe what happened this morning. A young
woman rode up to me on her bicycle, took off all
her clothes and said, “Take whatever you want.”
So I took the bike.
The second guy responded: “Good choice. Her clothes probably
wouldn’t have fit you.”
The Funeral Procession: Joe was leaving a convenience store with his
morning coffee when he noticed a most unusual funeral procession
approaching the nearby cemetery. A long black hearse was followed by
a second long black hearse about 50 feet behind the first one.
Behind the second hearse was a solitary man walking a pit bull on a
leash. Behind him, a short distance back, were about 200 men walking
Joe couldn’t contain his curiosity. He respectfully approached the
man walking the dog and said, “I am so sorry for your loss. I know
now is a bad time to disturb you, but I’ve never seen a funeral like this.
Whose funeral is it?”
The man with the dog said: “My wife’s.”
“What happened to her?” The man replied, “My dog attacked and
Joe inquired further. “Well, who is in the second hearse?” The man
answered, “My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my wife when the
dog turned on her.”
A poignant and thoughtful moment of silence passed between the
“Can I borrow the dog?” Joe inquired. The man answered: “Get in
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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Vegas Voice TV
By: Dan Roberts / Publsiher
The Vegas Voice is extremely proud to announce our affiliation
with the Golden Network. Their mission to provide a variety of
television senior content – including segments on lifestyles, humor,
travel, health, and more is a natural fit to our
goal of being the “voice for your health, wealth
& good times.”
Our “Voice” will now be seen on
GoldenNetwork.TV. And through the ROKU
platform and/or the various websites
(including YouTube or our respective
websites) this new global streaming
services can be watched on
television, your computers, iPads
and even your iPhone.
I cannot begin to tell you how
thrilled and exciting it is to expand
our reach to the senior community. Not only is
The Vegas Voice the first “senior publication” to be on
television but now our columnists and their reporting goes far
beyond the Las Vegas Valley.
We now have the opportunity to reach all seniors, not only statewide,
but nationally and (dare I say it without smiling) even globally! And
By: Temma Hammond
Being raised in
Hollywood with a
mother and father part of
the entertainment business, I followed in their
footsteps. My purpose has always been to be
involved in bringing projects to life and delivering stories that are also
interesting and entertaining.
Moving to Nevada in the early nineties, I was asked to build a film
studio that would have the same quality facilities as in Hollywood. My
family had been successful doing that for over forty years in Los Angeles.
I built a soundproof stage and production studio. My first client
Martin Scorsese - his movie Casino. As you can imagine, from there,
the clients continued to grow.
As the years past, I also found new challenges. When I moved to the
Summerlin area I understood the needs of the senior communities.
That’s when the idea of creating a Network focused on seniors became
an exciting adventure.
My thought process is not conducive to technology but rather to
develop creative projects. After several years of educating myself about
the new streaming television, I jumped in with both feet, (Well not
jumped, I too am a senior, so careful with jumping).
After all the years in the entertainment business, my professional
contacts were a great list to choose from in assisting and building a
Creating the Golden Network.TV
the best part about the Golden Network TV streaming services is that
it’s FREE with no contracts required.
Our plans (and we have a million of them) include entertainment
editor Evan Davis’ “Celebrity Corner.” He’ll be interviewing all the
wonderful singers, comedians and performers that make Las Vegas the
entertainment capitol of the world.
And I get the opportunity to interview and chat with all the remarkable
seniors – each and every one has a story. You’ll meet “ordinary and
regular” seniors who have, in their own quiet
way, contributed to society and made our
world a better place.
Plus we’ll be expanding our Vegas
Voice “Scams, Schemers & Senior
Safety” investigation and reporting
on how to stay safe from those elder
scams. Our first interview was a good
one – discussing senior scams with Special
Agent Ray Johnson from the FBI.
As The Vegas Voice begins its 17 th year (and 11 th on
the radio) we finally add TV to our resume. It is with a great
deal of pride for this publisher to state that readers can now read, listen
and watch The Vegas Voice. From our community “throw-away paper”
to global streaming TV broadcasts, it’s been an exciting journey. And
we’re just getting started!
The needs and wants
of seniors today range
from health issues,
situations, legal issues
and having programs
that are fun, entertaining
and escaping from
daily loneliness. The
TV was created to give
seniors (and their
families) those programs
on a daily basis.
Vegas Voice President Ray Sarbacker
and Temma Hammond
We’ve created this global streaming network that can be viewed
through ROKU and the internet and if you have a cell phone, tablet,
computer or Smart TV, you can watch us 24/7. When we released the
network, we already had four hundred of the Classic TV shows - from
Groucho Marx, Betty White and Red Skelton to award winning
documentary shows like Victory at Sea and wonderful old movies.
I hope and believe that new ideas from all areas of the world will be
knocking at our door. What a wonderful experience it will be for me to
share that future.
Temma Hammond is the CEO & Founder of The Golden Network.
You can watch all their great programs on ROKU.
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Golden Network is a new secure global streaming service
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It’s dedicated to bringing back the classics, from iconic TV series like
Red Skelton, Groucho Marx, Victory at Sea, Betty White,
Topper and hundreds more.
It will also present documentaries and feature films across a wide
variety of genres. Golden Network will entertain all ages! Members can
subscribe to watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any
In addition to Golden Network’s classic programming available for
our subscribers, our dedicated team is excited to announce several new
and exclusive programming. Here’s a sneak peek!
ENTERTAINMENT PLUS: Wow! In addition to all the classic
shows, Golden Network will premiere Events, Game Shows, Concerts,
Live Sports, and Lectures!
SENIOR SOCIETY: Programming for today’s senior that will
showcase important topics such as medical, legal, travel, and fashion
along with comedy and drama entertainment.
LET’S GO SHOPPIN’: This exciting series will be premiered in
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I. Via ROKU
1. Purchase your Roku from most any store that sells TVs.
2. Install per instructions.
3. Once Roku installed and showing on TV screen, look for image
with plus sign to add a channel
4. Search for Goldennetworktv
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classic movies, and shows)
II. Via Website - www.Goldennetwork.tv
1. Enter www.goldennetwork.tv into your browser to bring up the
2. Click on “Watch” at the top of the screen
3. Start watching (starting with classic movies and shows)
And to watch our Vegas Voice television shows
1. Enter www.thevegasvoice.net into your browser to bring up the
2. Click on “Our TV” tab at top of the website.
3. Click on Celebrity Corner, People & Places and/or Senior Scams
Still cannot get on? Call The Vegas Voice at 702/251-4441 or
ask your grandchild.
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WOW (WINDOW ON OUR WORLD): And what a world it is!
Let’s explore our history with an exceptional tour guide - Fred Peters a
Lecturer at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNLV.
Mr. Peters is retired from NASA as Chief, Schedule Analysis Branch,
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command and service module, and Systems Engineer.
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Senior Scams Television Broadcast
FBI Assistant Special Agent Ray Johnson with Publisher Dan on The
Vegas Voice “Senior Scams, Schemers & Senior Safety” Golden
Network TV broadcast. Agent Johnson had some fantastic tips on how to
stay safe and avoid those elder scams.
We thank Mr. Johnson and FBI Public Affairs Officer Sandy Breault
for their assistance. It was the first time Publisher Dan met with the FBI
without any mention of his Miranda rights.
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By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
Every month I write about where to go, what
places to explore, and who to see in the
entertainment world. This month I’m going to
tell you about what The Vegas Voice is doing in
the world of entertainment.
Let’s first take a step back about 6 years ago when The Vegas Voice
came to me and asked if I would like to be one of their columnists and
write a monthly article on local entertainment. I was already doing
that on my Blog “Evan Davis Jazz” and wanted to continue with my
A few months later when Publisher Dan said: “We’d like you to be our
Entertainment Editor and produce all our shows”, that was an offer I
Since then we’ve had shows in the East, West, North and South parts
of town. From Hotels to Clubhouses to Showrooms and Libraries. We
have radio shows and podcasts, but The Vegas Voice does much more
And now, 2020 has brought us into a whole new era.
The Vegas Voice, and Temma Hammond, CEO of Golden Network
TV, have entered into a “Global Media & Television” agreement. Now
you’ll be able to watch “The Vegas Voice Celebrity Corner”, hosted by
yours truly along with other Vegas Voice interviews and programs.
We will be STREAMING WORLDWIDE on the Golden Network TV
ROKU is similar to NETFLIX except it’s FREE. No subscription to
buy, only purchase of a ROKU stick or have a smart TV that has the
ROKU app. We will be filming our shows, interviews and “Celebrity
Corner Television” and then you can watch all or part of, The Vegas
Voice, on your TV.
All smiles as The Vegas Voice and Golden Network TV enter into a “Global
Media & Television” agreement.
Adjusting to Inconveniences
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
When I broke a bone in my hand a few
months ago, I learned I am a bad patient
and somewhat of a control pain in the you-knowwhat.
Then I looked around and started to
feel really selfish and stupid. Me in my
pink cast and limited movement with
my left hand really had nothing to
There was very little pain and my
dominant hand was fine. I could still
grab things here and there with my
left fingers and overall, nothing lifethreatening
was going on.
It turns out I don’t heal quickly
so I have to learn new tricks to stay
How do you squeeze out a wet washcloth? Push it with all your might
against the side of the sink with your good hand and roll it around a
How do you take laundry out of the dryer? Ask your husband to do it
but when he’s not available, lay each piece over your cast till you can
hug your arm to your body and waddle to the folding table. Then go
back and do it again.
Folding a sheet just isn’t happening. Period.
Showering with a plastic sleeve over a cast isn’t too awful but it does
The real challenge is drying your hair. I bought a new hair dryer with
a roller brush built in and tried that with
one hand. The bristles on the brush were
too soft and I have lots of hair. That was
So I balanced the old hair dryer and
rolled my head around and I could
use my good hand to style. It was an
interesting look. I miss the days of perms
when you could shower, shake and go.
Then there are dishes you can’t wash,
jars you can’t open, groceries requiring
one bag at a time, jackets that don’t go
over the cast, itches you can’t scratch,
food you can’t cut, and you absolutely
cannot drive a manual transmission car. Yes, we have one.
It’s very humbling realizing minor inconveniences don’t matter.
They’re just annoying.
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
For those of you who are my loyal readers
(and I thank you for that), you know that
my column is based on my memories of growing
up in Hollywood as a child actress.
It’s funny that as we get older we are all able to joke about how many
times we might walk into a room and forget what we went in there for!
I include myself in that group and yet for most of us, or perhaps even
for all of us, there are always certain memories that are imbedded in
They are forever memories that we hold dear and will always cherish.
I know I have many fond memories and I thank you for allowing me to
share them with you each month.
I think that is one of the things we must always be grateful for - OUR
memories and how blessed we are to have warm and tender moments
that we will never forget.
On March 25th at The Space Theater in Las Vegas, I will be speaking
of many of my fondest memories and even showing some clips of a
few favorite old television shows that I was fortunate enough to be in.
(Please see ad below).
My terrific host is Jay Nagle who is very talented, not to mention
what a wonderful human being he is. He is instrumental in helping
seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia at the Ruvo Center. He also
sings, dances and has a long impressive resume.
The best part is that the show will be in conjunction with Helping
Hands; a wonderful
charity that helps the
homeless and people in
need. The cost of the ticket
is tax deductible and will
help enable Helping
Hands to be there for so
many people who are not
as fortunate as we are.
I would love to see you
there and if so, please
come up to me afterwards
so I can meet you in
Until next time
cannot come from
without. It must come
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
"That was You?!"
March 25th - 7pm
Proceeds to Benefit
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By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
His father was a director and featured
trumpeter in the Mighty Haag Circus. His
mother, a trapeze artist. His full name was Harry
Haag James, getting his middle name from this circus.
Harry was born in 1916, in a show-business hotel.
At 5, he learned the trumpet from a book preceded by playing drums
at 4. At 15, after winning a State high school trumpet competition, he
auditioned for Lawrence Welk. Welk liked his playing but wanted a
musician who could play more instruments than drums and trumpet.
Harry James was “discovered” by Benny Goodman’s brother, Irving.
James was playing with the same band, Ben Pollack’s, Benny Goodman
James as a Goodman band member, “played a hot, exciting trumpet
on such tunes as Sing, Sing, Sing, and One O’clock Jump.” His success
came when he included romantic songs depicting World War II times
and the separations it caused.
You Made Me Love You was his first hit - a trumpet version of Judy
Garland’s. In 1939, after two years with Goodman, Mr. James left and
started his own band.
An interesting anecdote: While his new band was playing in New
York, he heard a radio vocalist with a band in New Jersey. The singer,
actually the master of ceremonies, was Frank Sinatra. James hired him.
After 8 months, Sinatra, needing money because his wife was
pregnant, and with the band not doing well, left. James replaced him
with Dick Haymes
Ciribiribin, an Italian folk song, became Harry James theme song,
after he did a memorable jazz arrangement of it.
Other hits were I Cried for You, I Don’t Want to Walk Without You.
His famous jazz pieces for trumpet were: Concerto for Trumpet and
Flight of the Bumblebee. He appeared on radio and TV. At one time,
he was so popular that Columbia Records couldn’t keep up with his
In 1943, Harry married his second wife, Betty Grable, the movie star
whose pin-up pictures adorned every G.I. barracks. He also had several
movie contracts. They divorced in 1965.
He was married three times and had 5 children. Harry James
remained popular for 40 plus years, dying in 1983 at age 67.
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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Ford v. Ferrari
By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations
There’s strong reviews for both Matt
Damon and Christian Bale in James
Mangold’s racing drama, “Ford v Ferrari.” It’s
the dramatization of the Ford Company’s push to
unseat Ferrari’s 24 hour Le Mans race in 1966.
Evidently Matt Damon spent a lot of time studying the personality
and characteristics of Carroll Shelby. Shelby is one of the greatest
names in the history of Motorsports.
He is known all over the world as an icon in the automotive industry.
In 1960 the doctors gave him 5 years to live when he gave up racing
but they were off by 47 years.
He became a car designer for the Super Snake GT 500, Shelby Cobra,
Daytona Coupe, Mustang GT350 and the Ford GT40 Mark 11. He
was named Sports Illustrated driver and car designer of the year two
Ken Miles, journeyman, driver, mechanic, played by Bales was not a
big name but Shelby was only concerned with talent. Their relationship
survived its ups and downs as revealed in the film.
The goal of the film was for the Ford Motor Company to undertake
and drag the Ford racing team across the finish line ahead of Enzo
Ferrari’s motor sports dynasty.
With all of this speed, the movie was fast moving, and it involved the
audience to the point of believing we were the drivers. Both Damon and
Bales were excellent in their roles.
It was exciting, engaging, exhilarating, and makes you want to see
the movie again. The movie was tops on the box office list the first
week it was released earning $31 million and a cinema score of A+. I
couldn’t agree more.
In my research, I came across a few more interesting facts about
Shelby. After his heart transplant he was known as “Second Chances”
as he became a world class car builder.
In later years he became friends with Richie Clyne, developer of the
Las Vegas Motor Speedway and took on a big part in promoting the
racetrack. Today, the Shelby American Company is located across from
Town Square where they currently build trucks.
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
World Handicap System
(WHS) - Part 2
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
In last month’s article I explained why the
WHS system was created. I will now attempt
to demonstrate some of the more important changes that came about
as a result of this change.
As you know the USGA and the RNA have come together to make
sweeping changes in the rules of golf and this year they brought us a
new handicap system. This new system requires golfers to input their
scores in the GHIN system the same day the round is played.
No longer can a golfer input, say ten scores in a row and expect to see
a fair handicap. The new changes have brought a way of entering your
9 hole score if that is all you played or you may enter your score for a
full 18 holes if that’s what you played.
Golfers no longer have to be concerned with ESC scores in the GHIN
system as the new rules now limits your score entries for handicap
purposes to a maximum of “double bogey” plus any stroke that you
receive on any given hole based on your handicap index.
Explanation: If a golfer’s handicap index is 18, the golfer receives
one stroke on every hole on the golf course. So on a par 4 the maximum
score for posting would be a double bogey plus the “one stroke” 4 + 2
+ 1 = 7.
On the other hand if the golfer’s handicap index is a 12 and the
golfer does not get a stroke on that hole, then the max score for posting
would be a double bogey 4 + 2 = 6.
For the golfer who does not play organized golf or doesn’t play
very much, this is pretty boring stuff. But for those of us who play in
organized tournaments and events, the handicap index is required and
is the most important thing as it allows players to compete on a plain
and level field.
It’s pretty cool when golfer compete against each other from “0” to
“35” handicap index and a winner can be determined on any given day
with the use of the handicap system.
Remember make a “Smooth Swing.”
Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a
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The Magic of Jen Kramer
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
Want to see a good show before the sun goes
down? The Magic of Jen Kramer is
a delightful 5:00 pm show. Mentalism, comedy,
audience participation and fun in the Shimmer
Cabaret Theater at the Westgate.
Jen has impressive credentials. A Yale graduate who got bit by the
magic bug when she was 10.
She interacts with audience members, bringing some on stage,
speaking at close range to others. And she always calls them by name.
No lions or tigers or bears, but you’re going to wonder - how did she
do that? She starts with a change of wardrobe! She asks the audience
what color she should wear. A few seconds behind a screen and she has
obliged with their choice.
Her props are simple. A mixed up Rubix Cube which she fixes with
one hand behind her back. How did she do that?
I’ve seen other magic shows with many of the illusions that Jen does.
But she carries it with her charm and positive spin. A cell phone from
the audience is seemingly destroyed. It ends up okay. It’s magic, right?
Then she’s blindfolded and tells us she has linked taste buds with an
audience volunteer who picks one of four drinks and tastes it. Jen tells
us which drink it is. Magic!
The Facebook profile - A man is brought on stage behind a life size
Facebook page. The audience decides how many friends he has and
what he wants us to know. Then the lowering of the box that’s been
hanging over our heads. Every answer matches what the audience
decided. Seen it before. Yes. Mystified. Yes.
One of her most interesting tricks involves prerecorded video.
Audience members randomly select numbers which are then multiplied
by each other. Then we go to the video done on Fremont street where
she displays cards with the same numbers the same order.
This is a kid friendly show to be enjoyed by all ages. Go see The Magic
of Jen Kramer.
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: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
Living up to its reputation, February was a
gloomy month. Not two weeks in, three dear
people from different periods of my life passed
Krishna Vaid, a novelist from India, arrived in the US on a Fulbright
grant in 1960, and went on to earn a Harvard PhD. He and his wife
Champa became my parents’ lifelong friends.
My sister and I played whirling dervish games with their daughters.
As a professor of literature and creative writing in upstate New York
and New Delhi, Krishna mentored many aspiring writers, including
He and Champa moved back to the US to spend later years with
children and grandchildren. Champa died three years ago. Krishna
continued to write, read, ramble, and rail against the world’s outrages.
After a stroke, his health declined, and he slipped away on February 6.
Jeff Cox was my
colleague at the
University of Iowa.
A history professor,
PhD, father of two
he retained his
Texan drawl and
love of bourbon
for the Quakers The young writer Krishna Vaid, circa
and progressive 1960, photo by Ted Polumbaum
When Bernie Sanders was exploring a presidential run in 2015, Jeff
and his law professor wife hosted the senator’s first Iowa house party.
Jeff caucused for Bernie in 2016 and again last month.
On a Saturday night, he went to the theater. Early Sunday, February
9, he was gone.
Cindy Amatniak was my teen counselor apprentice at a summer
camp in Vermont. On a canoeing trip in Maine with a batch of campers,
the weather turned nasty.
We battled ocean-scale waves in a normally placid lake, got marooned
on an island in the rain, and made it to shore far from our prearranged
pickup point. Cindy was delightful throughout.
She became a neurologist, focusing on finding remedies for
Alzheimer’s and other afflictions. Brain cancer took her from her
husband and daughter on February 11.
Krishna was 92. Jeff was 72. Cindy was 61. Thus does life hang by a
gossamer thread. Treasure every moment.
Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to
Las Vegas from New England via China, the West Coast and the
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
Dan and I have stumbled upon a possible
new outrage against seniors who are alone
that is possibly equal to guardianship. Our
investigation of this topic will be a warning to readers to make sure
your documents clearly state what you wish to happen to your estate
when that time comes.
Many people know that when your estate (regardless of size) is in a
trust and you name a person to be executor of that trust, it will not go
into probate. However, if a person dies with no will or trust documents,
the Probate judge will have to get involved and decide what becomes
of that estate.
But what happens when you pass away without a will or trust? Is it
even possible that, like the guardianship scandal, a complete stranger
takes over the administration of your assets?
The information we have received sure sounds suspicious and as Dan
stated, “It sure doesn’t pass the smell test.” And believe me, The Vegas
Voice will follow-up.
*In my January column, I wrote about a book one of my
daughters gave to me called I’m Dead, Now What? Important
information about my belongings, business affairs and
wishes. The book is available on Amazon and is a great idea for many
of us - especially those who don’t often see their children or other family
members. I suggest you check it out.
*On another topic, I received many emails asking me the outcome of
Marianne (Blaha) Chiang guardianship case. Believe it or not, her last
hearing was January 31 and as of this date, Judge Linda Marque still
has not decided what her fate will be.
For those of you who have not been following our story about
Marianne Chang’s plight, here is a brief “catch-up.”
Vegas Voice political editor Rana Goodman with Las Ventanas
Director of Hospitality Sandi Anderson last month. The Vegas
Voice showed the documentary “The Guardians” and held a Q & A after
It was the 2nd guardianship presentation of the year and 48 th since
the “Guardian Gladiator” made it her mission to clean up and reform
The Guardians at Las Ventanas
Marianne is one of the most active
ladies in our Sun City community.
She was talked into a guardianship
arrangement by two of her children. It
didn’t take long for her to realize that this
move was far more than “just watching
out for our mother.”
They convinced her that she
had Alzheimer’s - which she does not.
Her “loving” children filed to sell her
home and place her in an assisted living
facility in California and as of last month
notified the tenants in their mom’s rental properties that the homes are
being sold and they need to vacate the premises and move.
She is still waiting for the judge to decide here fate although there is
ample proof that this is not what Marianne wants nor needs.
Lastly, Marianne’s son’s attorney has submitted a bill for $250,000
for legal services and this lady has no idea if the judge will rule,
“You must go to California and leave the life you know behind” or take
the enormous weight off her shoulders and let her reman here as a free
You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also
check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:
Stupid Scam of the Month
Editor’s Note: Thanks to those who
forwarded their scams emails to The Vegas
Voice. Here is our “winner” this month!
To our readers: Can you believe that
anyone would ever reply to these?
To the scammers: Seriously, you got
to do better than this!
Subject: Good News For You!
Greetings, How are you doing?
Your Compensation Fund has been
APPROVED by the Board for immediate payment. So sorry for the
past delay, this was due to mismanagement and poor service by the
Authority. The Board is fully aware of your Fund which is valued at
$2,500,000.00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars). I currently await your e-mail to give you further instructions
on how to proceed.
Meanwhile you are advice to select from the options below, the
means by which you will like to receive your Compensation Fund:
Diplomatic Delivery or Bank Transfer
Feel free to contact me for further explanation. Thanks for Your Cooperation.
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Supervisor - Financial Service Authority
Conventional HELOC vs. Reverse Mortgage HELOC
By: Nick Flores / Loan Educator
Conventional HELOC: It is a secondary
lien on your house. It is not insured. Banks
are willing to give them to you in good times. It’s
cheap, easy money.
They only charge and require you to pay interest on the amount
you borrowed for the first ten years, and at the end of 10 years, you are
required to pay principal and interest. If that 10-year period happens
to coincide with a downturn in the real estate market, the banks can
freeze your HELOC.
And if it gets a little bit worse, they will reduce the amount that you
have, and if it gets as bad as last time, they will simply call the HELOC
due and payable immediately. Why? Because they can.
If you are upside down on the home, you are liable for the difference.
If you pass away and you are upside down on your home, your heirs are
liable for the shortfall.
Your heirs will not be protected, and the bank has recourse to come
after your heirs for the shortfall difference in what you owe on the
Reverse Mortgage HELOC: Can never be frozen, reduced, or
called, even if the home value goes to zero and even if it puts your
home upside down. You are 100% FHA Reverse approved and insured.
Remember a FHA Reverse Mortgage is Non-Recourse; which means
that the property satisfies the debt even if the debt is more than what
the value of the property is. You and your heirs are protected if there is
a downturn in the real estate market.
The banks will not hold you or your heirs liable for the shortfall
difference in a down market.
In order to qualify for a Reverse Mortgage HELOC, one of you needs
to be 62 or older. Your house can be paid for or not. And your property
must be a primary residence.
Call us now so you can get the facts straight and retire better.
Messages From Your
By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
Several grandparents have confessed they’ve
have been taken by this scam. They are
obviously loving people who would never fail a grandchild.
When received by telephone the speech was blurred, frantic and
fearful. It was easy to be tricked.
The faraway version claims s/he is in some distant place, or foreign
country and needs money for bail, or money to bribe a violently angry
gangster that must be immediately wired to avoid dire consequences.
In the local version, there’s a deadly car crash at a nearby location
and s/he will go to jail if bail is not paid right away. This scam is to
force you to vacate your home so it can be burglarized during your
Hear ye! It’s not difficult to thwart these threats by getting your
grandchildren to cooperate for their own safety. Assign code words!
Either choose the same words for everyone or give each child a
different but related one that can easily be remembered. Above all,
emphasize the importance of keeping it secret - especially from best
Insist this greeting be used every time they call, so it’s not forgotten.
Here’s one example: “Hi Grandpa. This is Audrey, your blue bird.” Or:
“Hi Grandma this is Johnny blackbird.”
In that way a fake call will be instantly recognizable because the
code is missing.
Funny Bunny for Parkinson’s
By: Jamillah Ali-Rahman / Friends of
Sometimes a song pops into
your head for a reason. For
me, it was a song by gospel singer, Oleta Adam, called
“Get Here.” I don’t care how you get here, just get
here if you can”, she sings.
Those lyrics keep playing in my head as I plan for next month’s
Funny Bunny Run/Walk/Hop for Parkinson’s. This fundraiser
features something for the entire family.
I encourage you to come join us for fitness, fresh air, fun and
philanthropy in North Las Vegas’ Craig Ranch Regional Park on
Saturday, April 11, 2020. The event coincides with World Parkinson’s
Day, a day when events are taking place all over the world to raise
more awareness and vital funds for research into better treatments and
ultimately a cure.
Registration is $30 to walk, $40 to run and $10 to hop and the money
we raise stays here in the community we call home. In addition to the
main event, there will also be Easter eggs, a carnival, petting zoo, food
Go to www.friendsofparkinsons.org to sign up. Whether you
are walking/running or hopping for yourself (or a loved one) we
thank you for raising money for and awareness of this chronic
neurological disorder that impacts the lives of some 15,000 people in
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The Age of Aquarius
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
The times they are a changing!”
The concept “dawning of the Age of
Aquarius” was initiated into pop culture, by the 5 th
Dimension’s song, from the Broadway hit “Hair”
(1967). “When the moon is in the Seventh House. And Jupiter aligns
with Mars. Then peace will guide the planets. And love will steer the
stars. This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”
There is no definitive answer for what the Age of Aquarius really
means. Many people believe, as stated in the Bible, this is the “coming
of the end of times,” others believe it’s a “new world order”, while
astrologers and astronomers disagree on all their different theories
However, its relevance is strictly in how these changes will impact
our planet’s future. Similar to the way people are under the influence
of one of 12 Zodiac signs that change every month.
The Age of Aquarius is one of 12 successive 2,150-year periods - each
of which corresponds with one of the Zodiac signs that is based on
the Precession of Equinoxes. Astrologers and historians tend to believe
that these periods are under the influence of what the governing
Zodiac sign represents.
We exited the Piscean Age that was dominated by hierarchy and
power. People adopted a belief system and were told how to conduct
their lives accordingly.
Whether it was religion, a political ideology, a charismatic leader,
work, gender roles, etc., the secrets were hidden within the dominating
forces and the rest just followed the leaders blindly.
“This shift is bringing out the best and the worst in mankind,”
explains Elle’s astrologer. “While, some people are opening their minds
and hearts and embracing this ‘new age’, others are intimidated by the
changes that they don’t understand and want to return to a ‘golden
age’ in the past. They trust only those who are like themselves.”
Transformation is never a painless process. When you fast or cleanse
to purify your body, at first you feel worse. Now imagine that every
person on planet Earth is going through this radical shift.
The more understanding and flexibility you have, the more you’ll
be able to maintain your equilibrium. Only you will determine your
To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops
and readings, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our New Column - Fashion “Cents”
By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”
Welcome to my Fashion Cents Column.
I’d like to introduce myself in this first
article and share my concept for the column. I
am Sandi Davis, Las Vegas resident since June 2008 and wife of Vegas
Voice Entertainment Editor Evan Davis.
I never owned a rhinestone or sequined item until moving here. Now
I have a closet that I refer to as my Glitter Closet, which my friends
happily borrow from me.
As a child I wanted to look like everyone else. I even wished I was
Irish, so I could celebrate more on Saint Patrick’s Day! After all, being
of German descent, the Oktoberfest celebration really wasn’t fun for a
child. But I appreciate it now.
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
Looking our best is always easier when we
feel our best. Sometimes we face age related
challenges that no one can see, but that greatly
impact our daily life.
One problem many face (but no one wants to talk about freely) is
urinary incontinence. While not necessarily a pleasant topic, it is often
a worry and fear for many women.
I wanted to be tall, have long straight hair, perfect teeth and perfect
eyesight. And of course, great outfits like everyone else. When I asked for
things just like my friend MaryAnn wore, my parents would always say
“…and if she jumped off a bridge, I guess you would too!”
I recently came to the realization that the phrase they used has
become my mantra. The fact is, while I want to be accepted, I also want
to be unique and look good without being too weird.
Budget is always a consideration, which is why I named my column
“Fashion Cents” (Get it - a homophone: Sense/Cents). We can be
sensible about what we wear, while spending as little cents as possible
to look good.
How happy do you feel when you put together an outfit with something
old from your closet, and something new, and people comment on how
great you look? That’s the feeling I want to inspire.
I have a basic recommendation now for your closet: a black tank
or camisole and black tees, both long and short sleeved. The neckline
depends on what you prefer, vee, crew or square.
This column will be fun, and I hope enlightening. And I will always
welcome your questions and suggestions.
Sandi Davis is the Fashion Style columnist and Behind-the-Scenes
Research Analyst for The Vegas Voice. She welcomes all questions
and opinions. You can contact her at Sandidavis@cox.net
Imagine heading out for the day or night looking your best, knowing
that a cough or sneeze or not being able to find a restroom fast enough
could result in leaking? Not only ruining your outfit, but perhaps the
The fear is real. Many women wear panty liners and, depending on
how severe the issue is may be a fine solution. Yet for others, between
aging and childbearing, their bladder issues may require incontinence
Luckily, these have come a long way over the years in their ability to
be worn more discreetly.
Bladder repair surgery is still one option for a more permanent
solution, but not a guarantee and has all the usual risks of surgery.
Kegel exercises have been the least invasive option, but not effective for
Recently I had the chance to try one of the latest new treatments, a
fantastic new option called the Emsella chair!
Emsella is a non-invasive treatment where you simply sit on this
specialized chair, fully clothed, and using Electromagnetic technology
to create rapid pelvic floor contractions (basically quick Kegel exercises)
for you. In a matter of minutes, you are done. It is not painful and it’s
truly as easy as just sitting there.
At 64, while this is not a major problem for me, I have had 6 children,
so from time to time, I have noticed that laughing or coughing can be
a problem. I decided to take preventative measures before it got worse.
I have only gone to one of the 3 recommended sessions, so I won’t
know for a while how well it works. I will certainly report back since I
know this could be a life changing solution for some.
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.
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Vehicle Service at Your
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
While many luxury manufacturers are
catering to customers by offering free
pickup and delivery services to perform maintenance on a vehicle,
Ford is cutting out the middleman and bringing service right to
your doorstep. In a program called Ford Mobile Service, specially
outfitted Ford Transit vans will come to your home and do basic
maintenance services like oil changes, multipoint inspections, tire
rotations, and more.
The program is in its infant stages for now, with only a handful of
dealerships around the country set up to provide these services right
now. Ford is in the process of rolling it out to other dealerships around
Unfortunately, it’s not yet available in the Las Vegas area, but you
should be seeing it soon, as this is a great idea for those who don’t have
luxury vehicles or can’t make it to the dealership for service because of
health or mobility issues.
It’s also a great idea for those who can’t (or prefer not to) spend
hours waiting in the customer lounge but still need their vehicle to be
on a regular maintenance routine.
Ford Mobile Service also can come to your office during the day
instead of your home, provided there is some space nearby for them to
perform the service. The technicians are trained at the dealership and
promise to be courteous and conscientious.
Another benefit is that they can do basic maintenance on other
vehicles as well, so if you have a Ford vehicle and maybe a Nissan or
any other brand that needs an oil change, just let them know.
While there are other third-party companies that do this same thing,
mobile service coming from your Ford dealership definitely provides
peace of mind that the job will be done correctly. And while the price of
might be a few dollars more (prices are set by the respective dealerships),
you have to think about what your time and the convenience is worth.
Mobile Service is a great way to show that, to Ford, customer service
is a priority.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
Smoke Detectors & Fire
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
Why is it that smoke detector batteries
always “die” at 2:00 am? Of course,
that’s not true; it just seems that way.
I recently remembered what one of our major
insurance companies provides their homeowner insureds. They mail
out 9-volt batteries to every
customer annually. They
wanted their customers to
understand the importance
of working smoke detectors
and to help prevent injury or
death in residential fires.
A good time to replace
batteries is when we go on
Daylight Savings Time
in the Spring. And that is
Sunday, March 8 th ! If you
haven’t done it already,
replace those batteries now
and avoid that early morning beep!
The losses suffered in residential fires create staggering data. Here
are just 4:
1. There are almost 400,000 fires each year.
2. The number of deaths by home fire is 2,500 annually.
3. The amount of annual property losses by home fires is $6.6 billion
4. You have only 2 minutes to escape once your smoke alarm sounds.
You can prevent the possibility of a home fire with just a little bit of
awareness. Make sure you:
1. Install smoke alarms outside bedrooms and make sure they are
located away from air vents.
2. Test the alarms regularly and change the batteries at least every
3. Never leave burning items unattended including those candles. As
insurance agents we saw our share of devastating fire loss. The last one
we dealt with was when the family dog’s wagging tail knocked over a
candle left burning during the holidays. The clients and dog lived but
their home and contents were completely destroyed.
4. Never disable a smoke alarm by removing the batteries.
5. Never leave the kitchen unattended when cooking. We’ve had so
many clients with claims for fire above the stove just for that reason.
6. Never overload an electrical source – if that circuit “pops”, have
it checked immediately.
7. Make a vacation check list and make certain all electrical
appliances are off or even unplugged before you leave.
And finally… did you realize that smoke detectors should be
replaced every 8-10 years? When did you buy new ones?
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.
Meet Sonny, born and raised in Washington
DC and who served in the Vietnam War
from 1955 to 1962. He sits stoically, gazing
around the dining room, perfectly situated to watch
the dine and dash of residents’ comrade.
Sonny prefers his own table; a peaceful sanctuary in
disguise, a place he can marvel at the conversations
and ponder in quiet thought.
Without a breath of hesitation Sonny invites me
over to his table, resolved by an endearing smile and
handshake. I quickly learn about his life living near
the center of our country’s democracy - the iconic
His father served thirty years as a courier for the
White House; working alongside presidents Roosevelt,
Truman, Kennedy and Nixon. His mother worked as
quarter master supplying the United States Army. With the country
in shock from the assassination of President Kennedy, Sonny’s father
spent four days in lockdown while the entire staff mourned with a griefstricken
Although Sonny’s memories run a lifetime far from Las Vegas, he has
never forgot the many celebrations within the walls and outdoor lawns
A Story at Mealtime
By: Samantha Noelle Rivero / New Heights
By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight
Let’s talk about your physical space.
Imagine sitting at a restaurant with
a full glass of water in front of you. Now,
imagine the waiter walking by several times, not
acknowledging you may need something.
How frustrating, right? Remember, you have a full glass of water in
front of you. What type of signals did you give that would let the waiter
know that you were actually interested in a soda? Your cup is full so it
appears you are satisfied, correct?
This may seem like a silly analogy but we can apply this to many
situations in our present life! I want you to think of the Universe as
your ultimate waiter. The one who presents you with opportunities.
Let’s apply this same concept to the space in your home or office.
Most people operate under the keep the old until you find the new.
But what if I dared you to toss or donate the old item BEFORE the new
item showed up.
By doing this, I am suggesting the new item may find you or be easier
to obtain! Similar to the water example, by getting rid of the item before
the new item showed up, you would be showing the universe you were
ready for the new!
We can apply this to opportunities, clients, physical stuff and even
For example, if you are in search of new clients yet your drawers are
stuffed with old client info and papers, let the universe know you are
of the White House
as a child. Neither
has he forgotten his
commitment to our country.
Three patriots - a father, mother and child who lived in the nation’s
capital and served in different sectors of government
would always share their unbreakable unity.
Before our conversation commenced, Sonny chuckles
to himself, a sweet memory of euphoria embedded into
yesteryear and present time. He recollects working as a
bus operator, his route passing the White House daily,
while curious travelers alluded to silly questions.
“Is that the White House!?” one person shouted,
while another asked “What was Bill’s last name?”
referencing to the Bill of Rights. Sonny smiled. “I just
told the passenger his last name was Right.”
Sonny’s journey streams for miles, built by many
ups and downs, but still he has hope. Sonny overcame
segregation in the darkness of racism, fought for our country and
paved his legacy through the transformation of America, and that will
always live true in his heart.
Samantha Rivero is the Community Lifestyle Director at Coronado
Heights Senior Living. You can contact Samantha at 725/200-3300
ready for more by clearing some space. Create the space and the new
Maybe you have been searching for a couch. You are getting
frustrated that you can’t find the perfect one, yet there’s one in your
living room! Do you think it would send a clearer message if you tossed
the old one first? I do!
You can apply this simple method to anything you want or are in
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
her at: the email@example.com
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Take a close look at the picture. What do
you see? For me, I see a homeless veteran
calling the streets of Las Vegas home.
Someone who has been cast aside by society - that no one gives a
damn about! Sadly, thousands more just like him are going through
life on the streets.
To make matters worse, he, like many other homeless veterans, relive
the horrors of war that only they have experienced. The constant
re-runs of battle and death have becomes such a regular part of their
daily life, they can’t function or live what we call a “normal life.”
Their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is vivid and real. It has
driven many to end their lives by their own hand. The problem is not
abating, it’s getting worse!
Why? Because our illustrious elected officials aren’t doing enough to
fix it. Oh, they talk a good game about spending millions of dollars on
a transitional rescue location for the homeless in Las Vegas.
I’ll admit, that’s a start, but it’s not enough. What good is it if you can
only “rescue” 300 homeless, when you have thousands more looking
for shelter on any given night?
Until we hold the politicians’ “feet to the fire” and demand action
He’s Worth the Effort
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
A Salute to G.I. Jo
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
54 years ago, I stood in the dust looking up
at a chopper that came in from Saigon with
1965 Playmate of the Year aboard. None of us had
seen a “round eye” chick seemingly forever.
Lt. John Price, a platoon leader in the 173rd, who had purchased
a lifetime subscription to Playboy set out to hold Hugh Hefner to his
promise of having the Playmate of the Year personally deliver the first
issue. Here’s his letter to Hef:
“This is written from the depths of the hearts of 180 officers and
men of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne
Brigade (Separate) stationed at Bien Hoa, Republic of Vietnam. We
were the first American Army troop unit committed to action here
in Vietnam, and we have gone many miles—some in sorrow and
some in joy, but mostly in hard, bone-weary inches.
“We are proud to be here and have found the answer to the
question, ‘Ask what you can do for your country.’ And yet we
cannot stand alone - which brings me to the reason for sending
you this request.
“The loneliness here is a terrible thing and we long to see a real,
living, breathing American girl. Therefore, we have enclosed with
this letter a money order for a Lifetime Subscription to Playboy
magazine for B Company. It is our understanding that, with the
purchase of a Lifetime Subscription in the U. S., the first issue is
personally delivered by a Playmate. It is our most fervent hope that
this policy can be extended to include us.
on a much grander scale, nothing will change. I have in previous
columns outlined several solutions to consider. First and foremost is to
What a novel thought! Politicians working together to solve
countywide problems instead of posturing for power. Is that possible?
Look at that picture again. Isn’t “He Worth the Effort?”
(Photo by LVRJ photographer Benjamin Hager)
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
“Any one of the current
Playmates of the Month
would be welcomed with
open arms, but if we have
any choice in the matter,
we have unanimously
decided that we would
prefer the 1965 Playmate
of the Year - Miss Jo Collins.
“If we are not important
enough…to send a
Playmate for, please just
forget about us and we
will quietly fade back into
Deciding that only old
soldiers should fade away,
and deeply touched by the paratrooper’s plea, Hefner immediately began
drawing up plans for the successful completion of Project Playmate.
The one hitch to Price’s plan was that he got himself nicked while Jo
Collins was in route. Thanks, Lieutenant.
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.
We’re now handling
An Opportunity of a
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
No matter what your political affiliation is,
this column is of interest to everyone. Last
month I was invited to Washington, DC. It was a chance of a lifetime.
I was a guest of Congresswoman Susie Lee and asked to speak on
the exorbitant cost of prescription drugs. Let me explain how this came
When Pain Affects Your
Quality of Life
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
No one should have to endure chronic pain.
Having treated pain for decades, I learned
that it is not simply the physical suffering that affects the person’s
quality of life. It can go much deeper and can have far more profound
effects on a person’s life.
If you suffer from chronic pain, how many of the following apply to
1. Do you no longer participate in activities (golf, tennis, hiking,
travel) you once enjoyed because of the pain?
2. Do you spend less time with family and friends because the pain
3. Are you exhausted, frustrated or stressed from constantly having
to deal with pain?
4. Does the pain keep you from sleeping soundly, eating or simply
doing necessary activities such as shopping or cleaning the house?
While drugs may help “manage” the pain, for those suffering from
chronic pain, especially severe pain, is this all you truly want?
There are two principles which many people may not realize.
I’ve been a volunteer at AARP’s state office in Henderson. Last year I
was asked to video my personal story of the high cost of ear drops due to
a chronic ear infection. The cost: $100 for a week’s worth of drops - and
that was a generic brand!
As I need to visit my ear specialist on a regular basis, it would cost
me about $400 a month to keep the infection in check. My video went
nationally and the Congresswoman contacted the AARP office to
inquire if I wanted to join her in Washington as her guest. Of course I
Arrangements were made to fly me out to DC. My next day was
filled with a private tour of the Capitol, interviews at Susie Lee’s office,
another private tour of the Library of Congress, receptions meeting the
dignitaries of Congress, and then photos with House Speaker Nancy
The President’s State of the Union address began at 9 pm and
completed at 10:30 pm. I was then escorted back to my hotel and flew
back home the next day
The experience is one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I
walked the halls of Congress, feeling the vibes of our forefathers, viewing
authentic documents of our country and proud to be an American!
Should any reader want to add the visit to Washington, DC on the
their “bucket list” - I highly recommend it! My only wish is that I could
have had a bit longer to visit, but I certainly will return.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. The body is extraordinarily complex. No doctor fully understands
it and nociception (the sense of pain) is one phenomenon we still
cannot fully explain.
2. Each type of doctor will use the tools he/she was trained to
use to attempt to resolve a medical problem. However, they may not
understand all the possible available tools and approaches available.
A surgeon understands the benefits of surgery but may not
understand how chiropractic adjustments may correct the same
problem simply because he was never trained in that specialty. A pain
management physician understands how to prescribe pain killers but
may not understand how acupuncture can treat the same cases without
Similarly, chiropractors and acupuncturists may not fully understand
how certain surgical techniques may benefit a specific case. The bottom
line: When a doctor tells you there is nothing else they can do for you,
he/she is speaking within their area of expertise. There may be other
options to give you a better quality of life.
Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle
and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell
practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or
By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit
This will be short and sweet because I have to
run off to a doctor’s appointment.
I don’t remember if it’s the dermatologist or the
ophthalmologist. I’ll have to consult my calendar
so I don’t wind up waiting an hour in the wrong office.
I also have to check my wallet to make sure I replaced my insurance
card after the last doctor’s visit, and that I have cash, check, or credit
card for the co-pay. Oh, and I’d better verify the status of my underwear,
just in case today’s appointment turns out to be with the gynecologist.
It is now check-up season.
My car also receives regular check-ups. But I take it to one place
and they examine all the moving parts. People, on the other hand, are
required to see specialists. Hence, I’m spending the equivalent of an
entire month rotating among medical offices.
I don’t think it’s my imagination, but with every passing year the
maintenance lists seems to grow longer. This year, due to shoulder
surgery, I added an orthopedist.
Last year I added a retinologist, who, after the exam, suggested I see
my ophthalmologist who forwarded me to an optometrist. I also added
a cardiologist. Or was that the year before?
Some visits I don’t mind so much. For example, seeing
the dermatologist is definitely less stressful than a visit to the
gastroenterologist. After all, the only preparation required is that I
remove my makeup, rather than the contents of my intestines.
The radiologist’s office was kind enough to send me a letter to remind
me it was time for my annual mammogram. I’m not sure whether I
will squeeze that in (pun intended) before or immediately after I see
I also have a podiatrist on the payroll, but he had his turn last month.
The periodontist shall have to wait until next month. And I better get to
that orthopedist before he leaves for vacation.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining, only observing. I’m
grateful that, so far, all outcomes have been good. And I shall continue
to do what it takes to keep it that way.
I just don’t understand how someone who feels so young could have
body parts that are apparently so old. (Except for my left shoulder,
which is brand new!)
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:
A Diamond Forever
By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.
Back in the late 1970s I wrote a column for
a Ventura County California newspaper. I
interviewed local celebrities and wrote a profile
on them. I shall never forget one of my first interviews.
There was a time The Diamonds were one of the most popular
groups around. They recorded, “The Stroll,” “One Summer Night,”
“You’re A Thousand Miles Away,” and their biggest hit, “Little
John Felten was the wonderful bass voice in that group joining
them in 1959. His great voice was also used in many voiceovers and on
the soundtrack to the theme of Happy Days.
When I met John he was living in Ojai, California. He fell in love
with Ojai while attending college in Santa Barbara. It was his dream to
live there, and he did, with a beautiful home with acres where he could
We sat at his pool side and talked for several hours about the music
business, Hollywood and how quickly it was changing. We became
friends and I still smile when remembering John calling me at four
o’clock in the morning (so excited he could hardly contain himself)
to tell me that his calf was being born and I should drive up from the
beach and see this event.
We lost John, and his lovely wife, Linda, in 1982 when his small
airplane flew into
Mt. Shasta on his
way from Reno,
Nevada to Grant
Pass, Oregon. I
will never forget
John and the many
stories he shared
with me regarding
music and the early
days of rock ‘n roll.
One other thing
I will always
remember. He said,
“There was rock
‘n roll, with bands
like ours, at the
top, and then there
was Elvis.” However, most importantly, I will always remember John
Felten as a diamond of a man.
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.
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
Sounds of ducks and lapping water are
heard as birds amuse themselves at the
cool water’s edge. There are nine ponds in the
preserve. Waterfowl scoot back and forth as low waves surround them.
The nearly hidden Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is
managed by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation in affiliation
with the Southern Nevada Birding and Wildlife Trails Partnership
formed in 2006. The preserve is committed to conservation and
introducing birding and wildlife to the public.
The preserve’s trails are a picture of tranquility with park benches
scattered about. Some visitors come simply to unwind and read a book.
The pond’s shoreline and sun-speckled islands are ringed by water
grasslands. Palo Verde and other trees abound and vast swaths of
undeveloped land in the distance suggest space. At one point looking
east, there is an excellent unobstructed view of snow-capped Mt.
Doves frequently coo in a melancholy fashion on tree branches
above. Occasionally a roadrunner passes through, preferring to run
since roadrunners rarely fly.
A lizard may peek from under a bush and then dart to another
bush. Overhead a cyclone of ducks could rise and swoop out over the
The visitor center offers a classroom housing many good displays
Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
classes are offered to school
children and other youth
groups. Outside where there
is a sheltered bird viewing
blind, some viewing holes
are cut low for children to
easily peek through.
With Southern Nevada
temperatures warm, not
yet scorching, the question
may arise, “What shall we
do today in the middle of
spring?” The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is open year round and
March through May their hours are 6:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
During the summer they close at noon. Remember to bring water,
camera and a hat.
To reach this hidden oasis, that is wheelchair accessible and home
to hundreds of migratory birds and resident desert birds, take Galleria
Drive east. It is just east of Boulder Highway and west of Moser Drive,
tucked up near the Water Reclamation Facility.
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Future Cruising Plans
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures
We just completed another great “Bus to the
Boat” cruise with our good friends Bruce
Ewing and Philip Fortenberry on our Mexican
Riviera cruise on the Carnival Panorama. And, if I do say so myself, it
was another huge success.
Bruce and Phil’s outperformed their always flawless performances.
The ship is brand new and we used the intimate Piano Bar as our show
venue. This allowed for a cabaret style experience.
With that said, our October 31, 2020 Coastal California
cruise on the Royal Princess is filling up quickly. Our good
friends at Sun City McDonald Ranch Activities Department
is featuring this “Bus to the Boat” in conjunction with the
Voyagers and the sailing is proving to be very popular.
We will BUS hold TO an THE informational BOAT meeting at Sun City
McDonald Ranch on Monday, March 9 th at 10:00 am. Come
on over and we will answer any questions.
At our last Vegas
we also had a great
cruising. We are
offering a number
of river cruises
towards the end of
this year and in 2021.
We will also have
an upcoming Vegas
that will include a
presentation on a
trip “Down Under”
to Australia and New
Another popular destination is the East Coast Canada cruises in the
Fall. We have secured group space for a 10 night cruise on MSC Cruise
Lines brand new MSC MERAVIGLIA October 12 – 22, 2020.
MSC is cruising with a European flare. And the MSC MERAVEGLIA is
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Here’s the great news; the cruise itinerary. This is a round trip cruise
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George Washington, a
Handshake & the Coronavirus
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /
Out & About
When George Washington was planning his inauguration, he
balked at the idea of people bowing to him like he was a king.
According to historians, he suggested citizens of the new republic show
their respect for him and the presidency by shaking his right hand. The
symbolism of this gesture was quickly accepted and a tradition was
launched which has continued throughout American history.
Unfortunately our colonial forefathers had no idea that a simple
handshake would endanger US citizens for generations by spreading
harmful germs and a variety of diseases. When you are traveling in
the US or abroad, a handshake can expose you to everything from the
common cold to the coronavirus.
So how do you protect yourself?
The answer is don’t shake hands but be aware that avoiding physical
contact can be seen as rude or insulting. Instead, offer your friends or
associates a nod accented with a warm smile or a pat on the back.
If you can’t avoid touching hands, excuse yourself to go to the
restroom before getting involved in other activities. A good hand
washing with soap and water is still one of the most effective disease
And be sure to carry a pack of antiseptic wipes in your pocket or bag.
They can be used to sanitize almost everything, including restroom
facilities, stair railings, car doors, steering wheels and even foreign
exchange cash or credit card dispensers.
By the way, because of their continual handling, coins, paper money
and credit cards are disease-spreading culprits. And if you’re away from
home, don’t forget to protect your hotel room. Basically anything you
need to touch like doorknobs, TV remotes, light switches, phones, toilet
and faucet handles, should get a quick wipe.
By now, you may be feeling a little neurotic, but that’s better than
getting a contagious disease. Since we are all seniors, we have to work
at being healthy.
Next month I’ll discuss the recommendations of the US government
to avoid illness while traveling, and we’ll get some personal advice from
celebrities like Meghan Markle and Hillary Clinton.
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
If My Child Wants It, He Should Have It!
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
Okay, people, right now, in this country, more
and more children (from tots to young
adults) have a sense of entitlement unheard of
in previous generations. They “deserve” anything
and everything they want.
And, if it means taking something from someone else, well, that’s
tough. It’s about “fairness” right?
Wrong. Write this down: Life isn’t fair. Never has been. Never will
be. But life will reward hard work.
Where did this disconnect begin? My theory: A toddler clambers
laboriously into a toy box to find a certain toy, retrieves it and
triumphantly sits down to play with it. Child #2 sees the toy and wants
it, so he takes it. Child #1 tries unsuccessfully to take it back and begins
Child #2’s Mother:
(a) ignores the injustice and tries to distract child #1 with another
(b) sneaks the toy away from her child but gives him a sucker; or
(c) takes the toy from her child with a kind but firm statement as to
the inappropriateness of his actions - promising him his turn with the
toy eventually - and doesn’t apologize to (or buy something for) her
child when he furiously protests.
Most parents today will choose (a) or (b), but which is the proper,
School Holiday Dinner Program
School Holiday Dinner Program
By: Steve Commander
For nine years a group of wonderful volunteers, chaired by Steve &
Diana Commander, donated a December Holiday Turkey Dinner to
students of the Crestwood Elementary School. Fifty dinners were provided
this past December.
Each dinner contained a frozen turkey, cans of corn, carrots, potatoes,
cranberry sauce, two jars of gravy, one can of yams, and stuffing. A
separate package was presented to the student. It contained a December
calendar with each date containing chocolate, a coloring book, crayons,
candy canes, a chocolate Santa Claus and a box of hot chocolate mix.
The smiling children was the best satisfaction each volunteer could
imagine. The volunteers intend to continue this annual program.
Hopefully, additional volunteers will work with other elementary schools
in the future.
We thank school Principal Karen Kip and her associates for working
with us on this very worthwhile program. We thank all who volunteered
and donated to this terrific program.
moral, and most loving choice?
Say it with me - C! C! C!
(Some psychologists now
believe that many parents
choose wrongly out of a sense
of guilt; for example, society
tells mothers that daycare for
their child is simply presumed,
perfectly acceptable, won’t hurt
the kids at all, may even be good for them!
Let me put this as delicately as possible: That is a crock! And, leaving
your toddler for someone else to essentially raise, rather than take
that bewildered child clinging to you home…yeah, that can cause
In fact, at the risk of sounding OH so old-school sexist, the guilt
comes naturally to a woman, who knows instinctively she shouldn’t be
leaving her child…Wow, I guess I’m taking my columnist life in my
See the logical progression now? The child is left with someone
else, and when returned to his parents at the end of the day, he swiftly
discovers that Mommy and Daddy feel bad for leaving him (not bad
enough NOT to, but still...).
Maybe they won’t give him taffy for dinner, but if he doesn’t want to
eat his brussels sprouts, trust me - he’ll still get taffy for dessert.
And, this child grows up doing (and taking) what he wants when he
wants it. He puts vodka in his water bottle and carries it from class to
class until he passes out - well, kids will be kids, right?
Let’s not overreact; expelling him is totally unfair, and we’ll sue! He
cheats on a test - well, what do you expect? High school is hard and full
of pressure, and if you try to punish him, we’ll sue!
He “plays dirty” on the football team - hey, he’s gotta get noticed
and recruited by college coaches, which might lead to a professional
contract. Everybody does it, you can’t prove anything and if you try,
Eventually, the child becomes an adult, and is stunned that he
doesn’t get a standing ovation when he shows up for work on time.
And, if his colleague works harder and gets a bonus, that “adult” will
bleat about unfairness until the very trees quake!
Because if someone else gets something he wants, then he is entitled
to get it, too!
Doesn’t matter if he didn’t do the work. Doesn’t matter if his work
was inferior or if he copied the work someone else did.
He showed up! He was dressed! Doesn’t that merit half of that
Abraham Lincoln said, “Let not him who is houseless pull down
the house of another but let him work diligently and build one for
So, I took a chance here…(gulp)…let me hear from you.
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.
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
The month of March is the best time to plant
tomatoes. Because tomatoes are damaged
by daytime temperature above 90F and evening
temperature below 55F, planting early in March will ensure that your
plants have at least 50-65 days to mature and bear fruit before the heat
of summer sets in.
Here are some steps to help you to have a successful harvest:
1. To ensure that your plants flower and fruit, plant them in a
location where there will be full sun (initially) and partial shade as the
sun becomes more direct. Avoid afternoon direct Summer sun!
2. Make certain that the soil is rich in organic material, well-draining
and having a slightly acidic pH level (6.0-6.5). There are soil mixtures
available at local nurseries blended specifically for growing tomatoes.
3. Purchase strong looking plants from the nurseries. There
are numerous varieties but I recommend: Early Girl, Celebrity,
Champion, and Spring Giants.
4. Dig a hole for each plant approximately 6 inches deep, fill with
water and drain. This will provide moisture for the roots as they adapt
to replanting. Fill the hole with soil and gently water while tapping
down the soil to remove air pockets.
5. During March, water twice a week giving a deep watering and then
allowing the soil to slightly dry. In April, May, and June increase your
deep watering to 3 times a week during the early morning hours.
6. Fertilize your
plants in mid-March
and again in early April
and May. In March
use a fertilizer with a
higher nitrogen content
followed in April and
May by fertilizers with
a higher phosphorous
level to stimulate
flowering and fruiting. Stop all fertilizing when the tomatoes are fully
After the first harvest, keep in mind that summer heat and sun may
cause tomato plants to go into a “summer dormancy.” They will stop
producing fruit and will appear to be dying. Continue your summer
Then, in early September prune these plants leaving about 6 inches
of stem/leaves remaining. Because of warm Fall temperature, many
tomato varieties will begin to grow and fruit again providing a second
crop in time for Thanksgiving and even Christmas!
Have a question? Email 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
Speaking to and for Las Vegas
Valley Seniors since 2003
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