The Vegas Voice 3-20



March 2020



March 2020














Adrea Barrera

John Bielun

Yvonne Cloutier

Dianne Davis

Sandi Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

Howard Galin

Susan Goldfein

Volume 17, Issue 1




Linda Gomez

Ali Guggenheim

Morris Heldt

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

Heather Latimer

Joey Kantor

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Dan Roberts

Ray Sarbacker

Debbie Landry

Rana Goodman

Evan Davis

Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist

Michael Roberts

Ross Roberts

Matthew Moore

Success City Online

Bill Caserta

Kyo Mitchell

Judy Polumbaum

Mary Richard

Renee Riendeau

Crystal Sarbacker

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Vicki Wentz

Kate Wind

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

sarcastically asked.

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

seek reelection.

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

unwanted robocalls.

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

bad guys.

“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

more thing.

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

The Foundation


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

live auctions.

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:

March 2020

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

single file.

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

killed her.”

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

two men.

“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:

Unlock Your Home Equity

with a Reverse Mortgage

With a reverse mortgage from Finance of America Mortgage, you put your hard-earned

home equity to work, so that you can maintain or elevate your lifestyle during retirement.

By leveraging the strength of your greatest asset – the unlocked equity in your home, you

can look forward to all of the possibilities that await you in retirement, such as:

• Paying off your current home loan and

eliminating monthly mortgage payments*

• Supplementing your retirement income with

tax-free funds**

• Funding home improvement projects

• Purchasing a more suitable home to better

fit your lifestyle

• Establishing a line of credit to offset any

future expenses

• Fulfilling your travel dreams

• Covering medical or long-term care needs

We are your trusted,

local reverse

mortgage team,

with over 35 years

of combined reverse

mortgage experience.

Doris Batty


George Lagarde


Sandy Rhody


To get the simple facts about reverse mortgages – call or email us today for a free,

confidential, no obligation consultation in your home.

(702) 620-4005 |

This material is not from HUD or FHA and has not been approved by HUD or any government agency.

* The borrower must meet all loan obligations, including living in the property as the principal residence and paying property charges, including property taxes, fees, hazard insurance. The borrower

must maintain the home. If the borrower does not meet these loan obligations, then the loan will need to be repaid.

**Not tax advice. Please consult a tax professional.

©2019 Finance of America Mortgage LLC is licensed nationwide | EHL Logo | NMLS ID #1071 ( | 300 Welsh Road, Building 5, Horsham, PA 19044 | (800) 355-

5626 | AZ Mortgage Banker License #0910184 | Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act | Georgia Residential Mortgage

Licensee #15499 | Kansas Licensed Mortgage Company | Licensed by the N.J. Department of Banking and Insurance | Licensed Mortgage Banker -- NYS Banking Department | Rhode Island

Licensed Lender | Massachusetts Lender/Broker License MC1071.


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

March 2020

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,

traveling, family

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.



A new global entertainment service bringing streaming content

to the senior community with Travel, Health, Finance, Science,

Adventure, Humor, Classic Television,

and Great Lifestyle..., Join us!

Just plug it into your TV, connect to

the internet, set up a Roku account,

and start streaming your favorites!



These and hundreds more

of your favorite shows are


Welcomes GoldenNetwork.TV

For additional information, please contact:

“Golden Programming for your Golden Years”


Golden Network is a new secure global streaming service

backed by Vimeo and delivered through ROKU and the Internet.

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

internet-connected screen.

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

Senior Society as a digital department store selling extraordinary

products for all ages.

AMAZING EXPERIENCE: Who doesn’t love stories? Phenomenal

interviews presented by an award-wining broadcaster; showcasing


How to Watch Golden Network TV


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

5. Once selected, click on image and start watching (starting with

classic movies, and shows)

II. Via Website -

1. Enter 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 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

4. Enjoy.

Still cannot get on? Call The Vegas Voice at 702/251-4441 or

ask your grandchild.

March 2020

Introducing Golden Network TV

fascinating stories

from the world of


sports, and people

and events that are



Bug is specialty


produced to

enhance the lives of

grandparents and

their grandchildren; providing storytelling, games and instructional

information to bring this incredible relationship to the forefront.

MOTHER EARTH: Programming dedicated for the healthy lifestyles!

From cooking programs, to nutritionist to exercising professional

instructors and authors will present and educate viewers of all ages.

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,

Project Engineer, Spacecraft Project Engineer for Apollo spacecraft

command and service module, and Systems Engineer.

GOLDEN NETWORK will deliverer all of these programs through a

private, secured cloud, which is only seen by those who subscribe to the


For additional information, contact:

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.





MARCH 6–29






Turn your points into cash,

free slot play, dining & more.





Fantastic Plans

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

own thing.

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

couldn’t refuse.

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

then entertainment.

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

through ROKU.

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.


March 2020

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

complain about.

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

take longer.

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

a bust.

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.



March 2020



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

our hearts.

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

remember: Happiness

cannot come from

without. It must come

from within.

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

3460 West

Cavaretta Ct

Las Vegas, NV




March 2020

Harry James

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

started with.

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

record demand.

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 Alive! You can

contact her at




T O A P R I L 1 2


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

different times.

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


March 2020

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

member of Winterwood Men’s Golf Association.. He can be reached





Cooling &


and save a little cash too









Yes, it’s that time of the year again! Winter is coming to an end and your AC will be turning on fo


So now you can take advantage of our pre-season TUNE-UP SPECIAL! Get your system

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! Winter is coming to an end and your

you turn it on and ensure you’re system is running at its peak before the warm weather hits.









AC will be turning on for the first time in months. So now you can take

advantage of our pre-season TUNE-UP SPECIAL! Get your system

checked out before you turn it on and ensure you’re system is running at

If your heating and air conditioning its peak system before the is warm over weather 8 years hits. old, chances are that a new high effi

save you 40-60% on your energy costs. Today’s systems may be twice as efficient as the one you

If you are not ready to replace, then schedule a spring precision tune-up to make sure your system

If your heating and air conditioning system is over 8 years old, chances

are that a new high efficiency system could save you 40-60% on your

energy costs. Today’s systems may be twice as efficient as the one you

have in your home. If you are not ready to replace, then schedule a spring

precision tune-up to make sure your system is ready for summer.

Call us for a FREE In-Home Estimate to replace your old cooling and heating system.

Call us for a FREE In-Home Estimate to replace your old cooling and

heating system.


Ask About Utility Rebates Available In Your Area!

Las Vegas, NV

NSCL #0068707

(702) 780-6225




* Based on purchase of a qualifying RUUD system. See dealer for complete details and qualifying equipment. Some restrictions may apply.


CALL TODAY (702) 780-6225


suncity-letter-2020-ruud.indd 1

2/14/2020 9:43:30 AM

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 She hikes, travels with her husband Burt, and

works on her stand-up comedy.


March 2020


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

T.C. Boyle.

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,

another Harvard

PhD, father of two

grown daughters,

he retained his

Texan drawl and

love of bourbon

while swapping

his Southern

Baptist roots

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

the movie.

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

this scandal.


The Guardians at Las Ventanas

March 2020

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: 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.


Mr. Clement Chanclu

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.


March 2020


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

and more.

Go to 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

our community.

ADA Compatibility

Grab Bars + Ramps

Curbless Showers + More


March 2020

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

and dates.

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:


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.

Urinary Incontinence

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


March 2020

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

major problems.

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 or

through her website

Bathroom Remodeling

$450 OFF

Tub or Shower Remodel

Not to be combined with any other offer. Expires 03/31/2020

Schedule your free in-home design consultation today.


Complete Bathroom Remodeling • Tub & Shower Updates • Aging & Accessibility Solutions

3655 E Patrick Lane, Las Vegas, NV

NV Lic # 81688, 81689, 81690


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

the country.

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


March 2020

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

White House.

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

Your Space

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

March 2020

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

will come!

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

need of.

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

Raffle Drawings

and Prizes by

Show Vendors!




Saturday, March 14, 2020 • 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Community Center Ballroom, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89012

Come See:

• Home



• Windows

• Landscape

• Lighting

• Insurance

• Home Security

• Home Décor

• Flooring

• Financial Planning

• … and more

Show Sponsor

Produced by

Bag Sponsor


Call or email Debbie Landry: 702-592-4818 |


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.

March 2020

on a much grander scale, nothing will change. I have in previous

columns outlined several solutions to consider. First and foremost is to

collaborate together.

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:

“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

the jungle.”

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

limits you?

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

said YES!

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.


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


March 2020

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

prescribing drugs.

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

High Maintenance

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

the dentist.

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,,

Read her blog at: 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

raise animals.

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

March 2020

of bird

and other

wildlife. Instructional

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.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.


A swinging, spirited and intimate live music club filled with phenomenal musicians,

hand-crafted cocktails, tantalizing eats and a vibe you can’t find anywhere else in Vegas.























702.749.2000 | TTY: 800.326.6868 or dial 711 | Group Inquiries: 702.749.2348 | 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106


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

Vegas 800/698-1101

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

Voyagers meeting

we also had a great

presentation on

European River

cruising. We are

offering a number

of river cruises

er person,



towards the end of

this year and in 2021.

We will also have

an upcoming Vegas

Voyagers meeting

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

a state of the art impressive vessel.

Here’s the great news; the cruise itinerary. This is a round trip cruise

from New York City with ports of call, including Halifax and Sydney in

Nova Scotia, Charlottetown P.I.E and an overnight stay in Quebec City.

The ship then returns to New York City.

The cruise only rate with all taxes starts at just $929 per person for

an inside stateroom. Balcony staterooms start at $1,189 per person. Air

fare is additional. Just think a 10 night cruise rate for under $100 a

day. WOW!

Please feel free to call us at 800/698-1101 with any questions. As





10 Nite Canada Cruise,

Round Trip from NEW YORK!

Oct. 12-22, 2020


Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, Quebec, Canada

$929 pp

$1,029 pp

Call Stu


BALCONY $1,389 pp

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and subject to

availability. Price includes your cruise, all port charges, taxes and fees.

Airfare to New York is additional. A deposit of $250 is due at the time

of booking and is fully refundable until July 5, 2020 when the final

payment is due.

DATE Ports of Call ARRIVE DE-


Mon. 10/12 New York 8:00 pm

Tue. 10/13 AT SEA

Wed. 10/14 Halifax, Canada 7:00 am 5:00 pm

Thu. 10/15 Sydney, Canada 9:00 am 5:00 pm

Fri. 10/16 Charlottetown, C. 9:00 am 4:00 pm

Sat 10/17 AT SEA

Sun. 10/18 Quebec, Canada 9:00 am

Mon. 10/19 Quebec, Canada 1:00 am

Tue. 10/20 AT SEA

Wed 10/21 AT SEA

Thu. 10/22 New York 7:00 am


March 2020


BUS to the BOAT!





Price also includes Round Trip bus transportation

from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

MUST Book By Feb. 29, 2020

Book any other Princess Cruise by Feb. 29, 2020

and price includes premier beverage package

with tips, free unlimited wifi and full gratuities.


April 25, 2020

7 Night Coastal California

Royal Princess

from $

1,289 pp

May 30, 2020

14 Night Alaska Cruise Rt

from LA, Golden Princess

from $

2,399 pp

October 31, 2020

7 Night Coastal California

Royal Princess

from $

1,209 pp




A non refundable deposit of $100. per person is due at time

of booking.

December 6, 2020

15 Night Hawaiian Island

Star Princess

from $

1,999 pp

Jan. 23, 2021

7 Night Mexican Riviera

Royal Princess

from $

1,079 pp



2020 Collette

Spotlight Tours

Prices shown below are land only, pp dbl. occ.

Air and transfers are available

Unpack Just Once!

Tuscany, 9 days from $1549

Paris, 7 days from $1999

Rome, 7 days from $1499

New York City,

5 days from


New York City Holiday,

5 days from $2499

Washington, D.C. $1899

6 days from

San Antonio, $1399

5 days from

San Antonio Holiday,

5 days from $1499

New Orleans, $1299

5 days from

South Dakota, $1849

7 days from


March 2020

There’s still

time to make

2020 reservations!

Call Now!

Wow! Local professional

airport transfers provided

by Vegas Vacationers for

every Collette Vacation

with air!

Call Ray or Crystal at:


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


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

to cry.

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.


March 2020

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

humongous guilt.

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

hands here…?)

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,

we’ll sue!

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

colleague’s bonus?

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


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

watering schedule.

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:

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




March 2020


Speaking to and for Las Vegas

Valley Seniors since 2003

#####ECRWSS EDDM#####





PERMIT #3235

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines