The Vegas Voice 7-20



Spring Market in the Summer?

The housing market saw a decline in buyer traffic and showings in mid-March,

which caused great uncertainty about the future of real estate in the months to

follow. However, we are now seeing positive signs that potential buyers are

returning to the market - and they need homes to purchase! Good news for

both those wanting to buy and those wanting to sell a home.

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Internet online traffic to home listings has been steadily increasing, and is now

comparable to past Spring numbers. That is the precursor to actual in-person

showings increasing (which we are already seeing as well). In fact, both virtual

and in-home showings have been increasing weekly since about the third week

of April. Proof, if you ask me, that we are turning the corner.

So, with potential buyers returning to the market, are you ready to sell your

home? The inventory of homes for sale is gradually increasing as

homeowners desiring to sell their home get them on the market. With the

pent-up demand from the "delayed" Spring market and the still amazingly low

interest rates, home buyers are ready to make their dream of home-ownership

a reality. What does that mean? Reasonably priced homes are selling every

day, sometimes with multiple offers. What does it also mean? If you want to

sell, this is a GOOD time to do so.

It's not hard to see that the combination of low inventory, increasing buyer

demand, and very low interest rates is getting our real estate market going

(even while certain parts of the economy remain frozen). Whether you are

interested in selling your current home, purchasing a new home, or both, I am

here to answer your questions about the process and guide you through your

real estate transaction. My office is open 7 days a week for your convenience,

and I'm looking forward to hearing from you today!

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July 2020


394 Giocoso Ct.

CADENCE Very upgraded & like new 4

BR/2.5 BA, 2048 SF home on a premium,

oversized corner lot. Fully landscaped with

gated courtyard & backyard with extended

patio. Island kitchen with quartz counters,

stainless appliances, large walk-in pantry

& white shaker style cabinets. Upgraded

flooring & fixtures, 2-tone paint, raised

panel doors, ceiling fans & alarm system.

Spacious master with tons of storage, 3

generous secondary BRs & 2 car garage!


2963 Viking Rd.

CUSTOM HOME Old Vegas charm in this

unique 6 BR/5 BA/6263 SF home! Fabulous

indoor pool/spa, extensive use of marble &

custom cabinetry. It’s like stepping back in

time! Formal living room currently set up as

theater, sunken family room with gas

fireplace, wood flooring, wet bar. Huge

MBR with retreat & 2 walk-in closets.

Master bath with large round jacuzzi tub,

bidet, shower, linen storage & 2-way glass

window overlooking the pool, oversized

garage & more! $798,000

2512 Corvus St.


1768 SF Franklin floorplan w/ huge great

room, formal dining & a beautiful kitchen that

features corian counters, upgraded cabinets

with pull-out shelves, dual pantry, recessed

lighting & breakfast nook. Plantation shutters,

2-tone paint, raised panel doors, upgraded

carpet & tile on diagonal. 2 Car Garage &

more! 55+, age-restricted. $365,000

2437 Antler Point

GREEN VALLEY Gorgeous golf course

frontage home features 5BR/3 BA in 3465 SF.

Island kitchen w/ granite counters. Breakfast

bar, recessed lighting, w/I pantry, and nook.

Formal sunken living room w/ gas FP. Formal

Dining room. Separate family room w/ CF &

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FP & Luxury Bath. Bed and Bath down. Large

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2368 Kalkaska Dr.

SUN CITY ANTHEM Upgrades galore!

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surround sound. Fenced yard with covered

patio, 2 car garage & much more! 55+,

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9601 Crystal Cup

POLO GREENS Adorable single story home on

premium corner lot w/ 3BR/2BA in 1259 SF.

Spacious great room w/ vaulted ceilings & gas

fireplace. Step-saver kitchen with pantry,

breakfast bar, nook, and recessed lighting.

Master suite w/ bay window, vaulted ceiling,

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2224 Merrimack Valley Av.

SUN CITY ANTHEM Upgraded 2 BR+den/2.5

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plantation shutters, tile on diagonal & ceiling

fans. Island kitchen w/ granite counters, SS

appliances, cherry cabinets w/ roll-out shelves

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& formal dining area. Separate family room.

Generous master w/ sitting area, W/I closet,

garden tub, shower & raised vanities. 3 Car

Garage. 55+ age restricted. $560,000

4962 Perrone Av.


Updated 3 BR/

2BA/1405 SF 1-story home. Kitchen features

New gray quartz counters, white shaker

cabinets, SS appliances, breakfast bar &

recessed lighting. Living/dining room combo

with ceiling fan & separate family room with

ceiling fan. Master suite with ceiling fan, bay

window & walk-in closet. Secondary BRS with

ceiling fans. 2-tone paint. Covered patio & 2 car

garage! $317,900



July 2020














Pat Alexander

Adrea Barrera

John Bielun

Yvonne Cloutier

Dianne Davis

Sandi Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

Howard Galin

Susan Goldfein

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Linda Gomez

Ali Guggenheim

Morris Heldt

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

Heather Latimer

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Kyo Mitchell

Liz Palmer

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

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 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


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

There’s a sucker born every minute – P. T.


Congratulations to Family Court Judge William

Voy. His actions (along with the silence of the judiciary) serves as a

future roadmap for those seeking judgeships in Clark County.

Let’s recap: In the primary contest

last month for District Court, Family

Division, Department A, incumbent

William Voy faced an unexpected

challenge for his job. Voy had run

unopposed in previous elections and

no doubt he fully expected the same


But along came former Family Court

Judge Gayle Nathan, who filed around

noon on deadline day. Now with just

two candidates, the law states that a

primary will not be necessary, and the

election would be decided in November.

Lo and behold however, in addition

to his last-day opponent, out of the

blue, within (literally) minutes of the

deadline another person filed for his

job – Chery Ann Wingate.

Ms. Wingate, from the moment she

filed did absolutely nothing in her bid

to be judge. No campaigning, no policy

statements, no reason as to “why” she was running, no website, not

even a headshot.

She even refused to attend the Las Vegas Review Journal’s judicial

debate as well as reply to my telephone calls and email requests for

information. It was as if she placed her name to seek the job and

immediately entered the witness protection program.

She became a “ghost.” She is also the sister-in-law of Judge Voy.

Can you imagine how “shocked! shocked!” Voy must have been that

he drew a 3 rd opponent - and to add insult to injury, a family member.

Oh, the shame, the embarrassment, the anger the judge must have had

over a relative trying to take away his robe and gavel.

Can you just picture what that family Thanksgiving dinner would

be? Anyway, now with a 3 rd candidate, the primary was “on.”

You see, under the law if a candidate receives 50% + 1 vote in the

primary, no general election will be held. You think Wingate filed

solely to split the women’s vote so that her brother-in-law receives the

majority vote?

And the worse part about the family conspiracy and scheme? It

worked perfectly.

The two women candidates were just about equal in votes while the

judge received just over 50% of the vote

– hence no election in November.

The judge’s goal was to treat the

public like suckers and (at last count,

Ms. Wingate received 66,772 votes,

24.57% of the vote) it worked to


You really think those voters knew

who she was? You believe that those that

marked their ballot for Wingate did so

based on her integrity, her positions, or

her connecting to the voters?

Come on, like 99% of the population,

you have no knowledge and even less

interest in the judicial race. And with

the coronavirus pandemic sucking all

the air out of life who wants to spend

their time on this?

Now make no mistake, the judicial

insiders – judges, lawyers (even the

Review Journal) knew about this BS

scheme and said nothing. They also

played the public like suckers.

P. T. Barnum would have been proud.

This is just another example why Rana and The Vegas Voice is so

passionate and dedicated to cleaning up this judicial cesspool. And

per my PILL’s (partner in love & life) article on page 22, you can

understand why we need to start NOW – beginning with the dumping

of fellow Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin.

Abraham Lincoln famously stated: You can fool all the people some of

the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all

the people all the time.

Well in this election, William Voy fooled 66,772 people. Are you

willing to be one of them come November?

What Do You Think?

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Happy Eclipse Season

By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight

Eclipse season is upon us and people are

feeling it! A Lunar Eclipse takes place when

the Earth moves between the Sun and a Full

Moon, whereas a Solar Eclipse takes place when

the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth.

The upcoming Lunar Eclipse on July 5 th will wrap up a two year cycle

of eclipses on the Capricorn-Cancer axis which kicked off on July 13,


Eclipses act as a wake-up call or ‘AH-HA’ moment, so what people

learn or say under this energy usually sticks! It can be something big

such as quitting a job or wanting to go back to school or as small as

saying I’m no longer going to engage with a friend or activity.

Either way, the effects of an eclipse can last 6 months to a year after

the event.

Although everyone is impacted by the eclipse, some may feel it more

than others based on their astrological birth charts. If you know your

birth chart, see if you have any personal planets sitting around 13

degrees of Capricorn or Cancer.

As a hint, if you were born between January 2- 4 or July 3-5 this

Lunar Eclipse will activate your Sun placement.

If you don’t know your birth chart, go back and review July 2018.

What were you working on at this time?

Do you recall launching, starting or manifesting something? It is

common for plans, goals or work to wrap up as we close out this series.

A few things to note about this eclipse when it comes to the USA:

1. This eclipse takes place at 13* Capricorn which will activate the

Sun in the birth chart of the USA.

2. The Capricorn-Cancer axis rules security, roots, ancestry, structure,

government and perseverance.

3. A Lunar Eclipse rules ending - suggesting we will witness history

as the structures, government and power that relate to our identity get

an over-haul.

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


July 2020

Covid-19 Top 10 Final

(Hopefully) Thoughts

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs


. Coronavirus has turned us all into dogs.

We wander around the house looking

for food. We get told “No” if we get too close to

strangers and we get really excited about going for walks and car rides.

2. Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended. Not

so much to stop the coronavirus, but to stop eating.

3. I hope they give us two weeks’ notice before sending us back out

into the real world. I think we’ll all need the time to become ourselves

again. And by “ourselves” I mean lose 10 pounds, cut our hair and get

used to not drinking at 9:00 a.m.

4. I stepped on my scale this morning. It said: “Please practice social

distancing. Only one person at a time on scale.”

5. Shelter-in-Place Day 72: The garbage man placed an AA flyer on

my recycling bin.

6. Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go up to a

bank teller wearing a mask and ask for money.

7. If there is a second part of this quarantine, do we have to stay with

the same family, or will they relocate us?

8. The dumbest thing I’ve ever bought was a 2020 planner.

9. Not to brag, but I haven’t been late to anything in over 2 months.

10. They can open things up next month, I’m staying in until August

to see what happens to you all first.

And finally: When this virus thing is finally over with, I still want

some of you to stay away from me.

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at:

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The Statler Brothers

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

In 1948, The Statler Brothers were four

young men and formed a singing quartet

called The Four Stars, first singing in their

hometown of Staunton, Virginia. They mixed comedy with country,

gospel harmonies, and barbershop music.

Harold Reid said, “We took gospel harmonies and put them into

country music.” Gospel harmonies are religious and can be very


They sang at least one gospel song in each of their performances.

The Blackwood Bros were a big influence on their harmonies.

Beginning members were Harold Reid, bass and comedian; Phil

Baisley, baritone; Joe McDorman, lead singer; and Lew DeWitt, tenor.

They changed their name to The Kingsman. The group became very

popular from 1964-1972 as Johnny Cash’s opening act and backup


None had the surname of Statler. It was a name they found on a

tissue box in a hotel room. They changed names because another

group had a name similar to The Kingsman.

Harold Reid had the idea to form the group. Joe McDorman quit

in 1960, replaced by Harold’s brother, Don. Phil Baisley remained a

member throughout their career,

Jimmy Fortune joined the group in 1960, replacing Lew Dewitt who

became ill with Crohn’s Disease. DeWitt performed solo afterwards

before dying in 1990. Harold died in 2020.

Phil Baisley continued in music for a while after the Statler Brothers

retired. He lost two sons in accidents and his wife in 2014. He was

known as “the quiet one.”

Don Reid was married and had several children. He still lives in

Virginia. He has written seven books including Sunday Morning

Memories and was the lyricist for the group, and co-writer for 40 of

their 66 hits.

The Statlers were one of the most successful and awarded country

harmony groups. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of


Some of their greatest hits from their 40 albums plus singles were:

The Class of ‘57, Flowers on the Wall, How Great Thou Art, Daddy Sang

Bass, Bed of Roses and Do You Know You Are My Sunshine.

The group seemed to know “when to hold them and when to fold

them,” and disbanded after a successful tour in 2002.

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and

reports about music on Alive! You can

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July 2020

The Sweetest Lady

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

wanted to write about a lady who was one of

I the most famous child actors of all time. She

also was one of the top 10 box office stars in 1937

and 1938.

Her name is Jane Withers and I had the honor of first meeting her

in 1956. It was at an Easter Parade in Beverly Hills, where this photo

was taken.

She truly was and is, one of the absolute sweetest ladies I’ve ever

met. Her big “Hollywood break” was playing opposite Shirley Temple

(at the age of eight) in the movie “Bright Eyes.”

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as her

handprint and signature at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Her career spanned decades.

We Know

It’s Only Rock ’n Roll

(But we like it.)

After 27 years on the

job lighting up the Hard

Rock Cafe, this sweet

Gibson Les Paul guitar

has a new home at the

Neon Museum. Dig it.

And in the mid-60s she became “Josephine the Plumber “ in the

well-known TV commercial for Comet Cleanser.

She was married twice. Sadly, her second husband, Kenneth Errair

(who was one of the famous Four Freshman singing group) was killed

in a plane crash.

Today Jane (as she likes to be called) is 94 years young. I had the

pleasure of seeing her again a couple of years ago at an autograph

show in L. A.

I marveled at what a joy and how “fan friendly” Jane was. She had a

long line of people wanting to get her autograph even though the event

was ending.

Many of the other celebrities were tired and wanted to leave since it

was closing time. Not her! She stayed until every last one of them got

her autograph so they wouldn’t be disappointed.

Jane gave me a big hug and when I commented on how wonderful

she was to her fans (sad to say some “celebrities” are not) she smiled

and said, “Without fans, none of us would have a reason to be here.”

My sentiments exactly!

I truly love this woman and it’s my honor to know her and share with

all of you what a precious, kind-hearted and loving person she is. The

world needs more people like her.

Until next time, remember: Don’t start your day with broken pieces

of yesterday.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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



Alien Abductions

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Alien abductions refers to the real

experience of secretly being kidnapped

by extraterrestrial (non-human figures) for

the purpose of physical and psychological

experimentation. Though some claim this started in the 1940s and 50s,

there are reports dating back decades.

For most, the concept of an alien abduction is so unfathomable

that it’s easy to dismiss it as crazy and unbelievable but try convincing

the millions of people worldwide that claim to have experienced this


Most abductees report they were merely lying in bed when an eerie

feeling overcame them. Then out of nowhere, alien beings appeared.

We’re Back!

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

We’re back! Yes, not only is Vegas on the road

to entertainment recovery but so is The

Vegas Voice. We already have two shows scheduled

and are working on finding new venues to bring

our first-rate entertainment to the Vegas Valley.

We have a new video/TV web site (, and I’m

hosting “Celebrity Corner”, which will bring you a front row seat to

“behind the scenes” interviews with Vegas’s top performers. You must

see the impromptu interview/podcast with Vinny Adinolfi of the Bronx

Wonderers and John DiDomenico, Emmy nominated actor, comedian,

and impersonator (Donald Trump, Austin Powers, Jay Leno and many


You can find it on The Vegas Voice web page, our YouTube page,

streaming on Roku through the Golden Network TV and my web site.

My web site is also the link to my calendar of local entertainment that’s

happening now:

Typically, they’re transported to a spacecraft for experimentations

and returned to their bedrooms unharmed. Although it seemed like

hours, it was only minutes.

In 1985, while I was at Ann Wigmore’s Natural Health Institute

located in Union City, Michigan, my ex and I were assigned a secondfloor

room with a skylight. Around midnight I was awakened by a huge

light hovering over our skylight. When I told my ex in the morning, he

suggested I don’t mention this to the others.

Of course, walking into the communal dining room that morning I

sing-songed, “you didn’t see what I saw,” a couple of times. Suddenly

an elderly lady shrieked out, “Thank you for sharing this.”

Addressing the others, she yelled, “See, I told you it wasn’t a dream! It

really happened!” Then she proceeded to retell her story.

The woman, a polio victim since childhood couldn’t walk without

braces. She was totally helpless and petrified when around midnight a

bright light filled her room and these unidentifiable beings approached


All she remembered was passing out as they carried her away. Her

story coincided with many other stories shared by abductees through

the years, worldwide.

It is impossible to share the endless information available. One

anecdotal note worth mentioning was when Jimmy Carter, during his

1976 campaign for president described, “the darndest thing he and

others had ever seen in the sky” outside a Lion’s Club meeting.

He vowed “never again to ridicule anyone who claimed to have seen

a UFO.”

To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email:


July 2020

*The big show rooms are on hold for now, but the lounges are back.

Local entertainment is going on in the Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany.

The Bootlegger Bistro has solo entertainment seven nights a week.

And you can find sporadic entertainment at Monzu’ Pizza, Chianti

Italian Restaurant, Bobby Mao to name a few.

There is a grand re-opening happening on Friday July 10 th for the

Italian American Club. Some dinners will be served in the showroom,

as well as the dining room before Jimmy Hopper opens the club’s


Genevieve will be performing in the lounge that Friday and Michael

Ross Nugent will be there on Saturday night. There will also be other

shows rounding out the month. Limited seating and reservations are

a must.

There are a few clubs, or shall I say entertainment venues on the

strip, that have opened. Mayfair Supper Club at the Bellagio and the

piano bar at Harrah’s. Drive-In Drag Show at the Dreamland Drive-In

and hopefully the opening of The Bronx Wanderers in July.

However, with things changing daily, you must check before you go!

You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive

his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.

com. Email him at:


By: ARenee Riendeau / Movie Revelations

bout seven months ago, Publisher Dan

asked if I’d seen “The Irishman” on Netflix.

I said, “I don’t have Netflix. His retort was, “How

can a movie critic not have Netflix?!”

So, my Christmas present to myself was Netflix. What a bonus to have

this service at my fingertips during our “shelter in place.”

I guess 8 out of 10 of you are already enjoying having hundreds of

movies and TV options, but some of you are still dragging your feet to

enroll. Let me remind you of some of the benefits:

1. You can watch from the comfort of your own home in your favorite


2. You can dress in a comfortable outfit or just stay in your pj’s , sans


3. You can press “pause” for bathroom breaks or trips to the

refrigerator without losing your place.

4. You can fit your selection into your own time schedule 24/7.

5. There are many categories/options to choose from whether a

movie or TV series.

6. Each selection has a summary to review.

7. The length of the film is posted.

8. Netflix will remind you by text and e-mail if you completed your

selection, plus remind you of new releases when they become available.

Have I convinced you to sign up for Netflix? If so, a few of my

quarantine selections:

Sweet Magnolia’s - Best friends, big dreams. They believe in each



Back in the Day

By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.

think it is fair to say that a lot of us are feeling

I like we have been trying to drink water out

of a fire hose. I am not going to regale you with

my opinion, as my opinion is no better, or

worse, than all of yours.

However, I will share with you what I

do when I get inundated with so much

negative news…and watching the utter

chaos of lawlessness and restrictions we

have all been bombarded with.

It was 1976 on a late Saturday

afternoon/evening and we were

doing some post work on our 35mm

documentary film at the old legendary

MGM studios. We were scheduled at such

an unusual time because the bigger productions were not working,

and the editing bays were available to small production companies like


As my partner, who was also our editor, was working on our film, I

seized the moment to explore the famous movie studio lot and leisurely

soak up the history. Since we had been cleared by security and had the

July 2020

other and meet for regular margarita nights. Anyone says otherwise?

Marcos-Mexico - Corruption made a drug king untouchable until

a focused DEA agent threatens to topple his empire.

The Music of Silence - Based on the life of Andrea Bocelli from his

bumpy children to his international fame.

Dead to Me - A hotheaded widow searching for the hit and run

driver who mowed down her husband, befriends an eccentric optimist

who isn’t quite what she seems.

Orange is the New Black - A sentence of 15 months is given

to Piper Chapman for a crime committed in her youth, leaves her

supportive fiancé Larry for her new home in a women’s prison.

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

appropriate passes I was able to walk freely around the entire lot and

explore many of the soundstages I had never been on before.

This included the stages where Busby Berkeley shot those movies with

the enormous dance scene sequences. I was taken aback at the size -

they were so huge you could literally store

a blimp in them. Unfortunately, most of

those stages don’t even exist any longer.

I stood in those huge stages and

thought “back in the day” when famous

MGM actors did such wonderful work in

such classic movies. Even when I walked

into the restrooms, where they had the

old latrines for the men, I imagined the

famous people that stood there before me.

So, for me, instead of getting “pissed”

over things I cannot control, I think back

to a day that puts a smile on my face.

Incidentally, that film we made (Photographs) was chosen as one of

the best films in its category in the 1977 USA Film Festival.

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.


Let the Games Begin

By: Liz Palmer / NSG

For the past several weeks all of us have

been working hard to “flatten the curve.”

Now we’re starting to see government and health

officials putting together plans to help us get back

to work and life.

Nevada has entered Phase 2 of our re-opening. These discussions and

efforts give us hope that better days lie ahead.

The Nevada Senior Games still plan to hold their Games in September

and October and we will continue to

monitor our state’s reopening plans as

they progress. We are putting a Health

& Safety protocol in place for all

participants, spectators, volunteers and


The well-being of all is our primary focus and we keep that firmly in

mind as we plan ahead for our fall Games. All of us feel strongly that

our games will be a positive experience that will help cheer and bring

us together at this very trying time.

Our registration numbers look good, which tells us that you are as

anxious to participate and experience “Fitness For The Fun of It” as

we are eager to organize and run our Games. We do realize that there

are still factors in play, such as government orders and availability of


If any sport is cancelled, we will offer you a full refund for that

competition, so you may register with confidence! You will find

more information and can register online at our website www.

Continue to stay safe and healthy. We look forward to welcoming you

to the Nevada Senior Games competitions later this year!

Liz Palmer is the Executive Director of the Nevada Senior Games.

For more information on how you can participate, contact Liz at:

702/242-1590 or by email:

Playing Golf with Pain

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

As a senior, I know most of us feel some pain

during golf. But for me, I’m tired of my knee pain.

Last month, I took care of that problem by having

my right knee replaced with a “custom” state of the art arthroplasty

(fancy name for a metal knee).

By the time this article is published, I’m hoping to be well along the

way to recovery with plenty of rehabilitation (so I’ve been told). Those of

you who have gone through this process know more than I do about what

it’s like and how I should feel after the fact.

I’ve heard some horror stories but have also heard a lot of positive

feedback such as “you will love it when the pain is gone” and probably

will wish you had done this sooner. We’ll see.

Enough however about my sad story. I just hope I have a better swing

when I return to playing.

Senior golfers need to keep in mind that we often don’t reach par 4’s

and 5’s in regulation (as we used to do), so we have to compensate for

that with something. And that something is:

1. Keeping the ball in play at all cost; and

2. Short game - limit your approach shot to one chip and try to get in

position for 2 putts max.

Doing this keeps us in the game and makes golf fun - even if we don’t

drive it as far as we use to (remember we drive for show and putt for

dough). Another thing we can do is move up to the senior tees.

Summer is upon us and that means we will enjoy lower rates at several

golf courses. We also need to stay hydrated during play by drinking lots of

fluids - and not just water.

I recommend some Gatorade or similar products that contain electrolyte

to replenish what you sweat out. Otherwise, you could experience cramps

in your legs.

Until then, hit “em” straight!


July 2020

Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a

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





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Fashion Under Quarantine

By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”

It has been so long since

I have worn anything

remotely fashionable, or

thought about what to wear, that I feel like a

child. Remember when, as a child, you just pulled

on what was on the top in your drawer and that

was it for the day?

Since late March, my every day clothes are

“the uniform”, as my husband calls his everyday

attire. You most likely have that same uniform.

Pull on pants, and a tee shirt. (Do I have to wear

a bra?) Or, what the heck, get out of bed, stay in

my PJs, robe and slippers, brush, undress, shower,

and repeat with clean PJs, robe and slippers.

Now that it is warmer, I do have some simple

sun dresses, aka “house dresses” that feel a bit

more fashionable. But, with my nails now down

to nubs, and my hair a bit raggedy, dressing up

to go and get the paper or the mail seems futile.

But I occasionally try to do it anyway. Try it yourself, and if you do,

send me a picture.

Now that things are starting to open, I look at my closet and wonder

what goes well with my required mask?

I recommend when you get out of the house,

please dress up. You will feel better. I know I do.

If you are considering jewelry, forget earrings,

as they may get mixed in with the straps on the

required facemask and there is the potential to

lose one. Instead, wear great chunky or elaborate


And a tiara. (I just had to put that in; I do not

own a tiara, but a girl can hope.) Makeup: the

rule right now is: N.L.R. “No Lipstick Required.”

That mask will rub the lipstick off anyway.

Instead, go bolder on your eye makeup. One good

thing about the facemask is that it hides some

wrinkles. One bad thing is that it hides smiles.

Oh well, this too shall pass.

Dress up to feel better and smile even though it

cannot be seen yet.

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


Make-up with Facemasks

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

As the world starts to open, we have new

things to think about as we go out. While

masks are not mandatory everywhere, they are in

many places.

Wearing make-up while wearing a mask may require a few changes.

Especially in the heat.

Starting with the eyes, since they will be noticed more than ever,

consider enhancing your shadow and liner if you use it. Additionally,

eyeshadow primer will help keep your eye makeup looking fresh longer.

Eyebrows will also become an area of attention. If you don’t have your

eyebrows professionally done (I don’t), you can easily do maintenance

at home.

A good mirror with proper lighting makes it easier to see strays and

also tame the ones that need minor trimming, cutting in the direction

of growth, or towards the outside of the face. You can also use a

waterproof liner to carefully color any gray brows. The fine tips work

great for individual hairs and a brow setting gel can help too.

Next, lips! Yes, we will have a mask on but if you go out to eat or

somewhere that will require removing it, you still want lips! What you

don’t want is lipstick smeared on your mask or face. So, consider a stain

which is designed to color but not rub off, or even a good matte.

Using lip liner to do the whole lip can also work as they also tend to

stay in place. Best to line it and then smudge to the rest of the lip. This

is not as good as a matte or stain but will do the trick!

July 2020

And last, foundation. Although the bottom half of our face is covered

for the most part, summer is here and we still need our sunblock. Using

a tinted one that is waterproof may help protect and not come off as

easily on your mask, especially if you sweat from the heat.

If you already have a favorite foundation, no need to change it up.

You can also try a lighter application to avoid ending up with a lot on

the mask if removed to eat or drink.

As always, the goal is to stay healthy and safe!

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Summer Heat Gardening

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

Welcome to Summer! For many residents

of Southern Nevada, getting used to this

season’s high temperatures and low humidity can

take some time and effort.

We have in the Las Vegas area two main growing seasons. March

through June, and September to February. July and August are too hot

and dry to permit most non-native vegetation from growing. During

this time non-native plants and delicate native plants can go into a

period of dormancy.

Non-natives, without major gardener intervention, can even die off.

With the proper attention, however, many flowering plants, as well as

fruits and vegetables, will continue to grow. Your goals are to reduce

soil heat and excessive sun damage.

In mid-summer, it is not unusual to find that the rock mulch that

surround your landscaping reaches temperatures in excess of 150F!

This can cause vegetation to literally burn up and die.

In order to mitigate this danger, make sure that rock mulch is pushed

away from plants that are located in direct sunlight for long periods of

time. Surround these plants instead with wood mulch or peat moss.

This will lower ground temperatures by almost 60 degrees as well as

keeping moisture in the soil around the roots.

Plan for the actual location of the plants that make up your

landscaping. Remember that homes are painted light beige; a color

that is meant to reflect heat and sun away from your home.

This reflection will bounce off your outside walls and onto any plants

in close proximity to your home. Indeed, the soil temperatures directly

by your outside walls can average 5-10 degrees higher than soil further

away. Move plants away from your house or consider planting heat/sun

resistant plants such as agave, yucca, cactus and flowering plants like

lantana nearer to your house.

Another way to prevent heat and sun damage is not to water when the

sun is shining. Water droplets act as magnifying glasses that intensify

the sun’s ray onto the leaves, flowers, fruits and vegetables causing

plant damage.

Have any questions? Contact me:

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



July 2020

Hip, Hip Hooray

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

On a personal note: The online Oxford

dictionary defines good customer service:

providing timely, attentive, upbeat service…

making sure…needs are met in a manner that

reflects positively on the company…

I define customer service as Hang Lam, a petite lady who sits in a

cubicle in the lobby of St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson. She

walks patients through the reams of paperwork prior to surgery.

The job, I imagine, can be approached as indifferently as dispensing

a movie theater ticket

or with understanding

for the trepidation that

patients feel. Hang Lam

chooses the second


For a year and a

half, my get-up-and-go

suffered as I dealt with

disabling pain from a

hip needing replacement

and an underperforming

insurance provider. I

changed insurance

companies and physicians.

Two months after remarkably successful surgery the pain subsided

but the second hip became even more debilitating. My orthopedic

surgeon, Dr. Mark Allen, scheduled the second surgery like the first, at

St. Rose.

There’s an overwhelming defeat that accompanies long-term pain.

At pre-registration, I parked in a nearby No Parking zone, unable

to walk the distance from public parking. I was directed to Mrs. Lam’s

desk and together we reviewed the prerequisite documents with me

doing the electronic signing. But then…Disappointment!

Mrs. Lam discovered that the surgical order had not been received

from the surgeon’s office. She called and left a voice mail then asked

if I wanted to wait.

“No, it could take several hours for them to get the message and

respond.” I fought through the ache and painfully returned to my car,

sitting dejected, licking my emotional wounds for a moment fearing

that the surgery would be delayed.

In my rearview mirror, there was Mrs. Lam, shuffling as fast as she

could to my car. She had received the surgery order and could complete

my registration. She worked through her lunch hour to insure that my

surgery would occur as planned…as hoped.

And the day of my discharge, Mrs. Lam came to my room to check

on me and wish me well. St. Rose should be proud of Mrs. Hang Lam.

Thank you.

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

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



July 2020


Live Entertainment in Las Vegas? Who

knows? I’d love to say that as of July 1,

shows are open. But you know the protocols

change according to the latest reports. It won’t

be like the old days.

I checked in with SPI Entertainment CEO Adam Steck, one of the

movers and shakers in the Vegas entertainment world. Human Nature

enjoyed four years at the Venetian but fell victim to the pandemic. But,

according to Steck, “Human Nature is not done. We are waiting for

some sort of normalcy, waiting to see how Vegas unfolds.”

Two of Steck’s other shows,

Thunder from Down Under

and the Australian Bee Gees

are scheduled to reopen July

15 th at the Excalibur but

double-check. Speck said,

“From a show perspective,

we are 100% ready to go at a

reduced capacity.”

He added that there will be

multiple sanitizer dispensers

in the theater, the rest rooms,

and the back of the house

where the performers are.

Spray disinfectants will be used

between shows. Performers

will be tested regularly.

Steck emphasized that, “We

What Will Be?

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Kelly Clinton

want customers to have the confidence that we have done everything

we can to make it the safest environment possible both on and off the

stage.” That attitude is echoed all over town.

Over at David Saxe Productions, Saxe reported that, “We plan on

and hope to reopen all of our shows as soon as the Governor allows us

to do so. We have been working hard during this downtime to develop

new safety measures, policies and procedures for our employees and


Saxe has also been busy writing and developing new content for

his shows and “I just hope that the Governor gives us as much notice

as possible (1 month) so we have time to implement everything. It’s

almost like starting from scratch.”

Kelly Clinton Holmes reports that shows are going on in the Piazza

Lounge at the Tuscany, but behind plexiglass. Performers are wearing

masks, sanitizers are available, and seating is at 50%.

In the meantime, check out shows that are online, including Kelly

and Lena Prima in “Coffee Time.”

And hang in there. This too shall pass.

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.


Over the past 6 years, The Vegas Voice has

investigated and reported about the guardianship

scandal in Nevada. Our efforts culminated in

several changes of the law, such as removing the restriction that a person

(the ward) placed in guardianship required a Nevada resident as their

guardian as well as the establishment of the guardianship nomination

form specifying who that person wants to be their guardian should it

become necessary.


Time to Clean the (Juducial) House!

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Stupid Scam of the Month

Editor’s Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to put

various projects (as well as our entire lives) on hold. As we work

our way to this “new normal” we want to re-start our anti-scam


And take a look at our “Scams, Schemes & Senior Safety” video

broadcasts on our new Vegas Voice TV website: www.vegasvoicetv.


Once again, thanks to those who

forwarded their scams emails to The

Vegas Voice.

Here’s a more clever (unedited) email

scam received last month. It sure looks

good at first glance since about everyone

has an Amazon account.

But here’s where it fails. Notice exactly

“who” it was sent to and “who” sent it.

As always, think before you click on

those attachments. If in doubt, don’t!

Subject: Action required: Your payment card on file has

been declined

From: “Service@ Amazon Prime” t4ap87usuqzf7snuqoj@


Dear customer, Your Amazon Prime Membership is set to

renew tomorrow. However, we’ve noticed that the card

associated with your Prime membership is no longer


To update the default card or choose a new one for

your membership, Please find the document attached

and follow the on-screen instructions. To prevent

interruption of your benefits, we will try charging other

active cards associated with your Amazon account if we

can’t charge your default card.

If we can’t process the charge for your membership fee,

your Amazon Prime benefits will be suspended.

Sincerely, The Amazon Prime Team.

July 2020

However, we have

witnessed the complete

failure of the judicial

system to clean up

its act. It’s business

as usual. Protect

themselves at any and

all costs - and justice

be damned.

We have seen firsthand

the greed and the

evil in people and have met many more who simply “closed their eyes”

or walked away, knowing full-well the financial and emotional hardship

that resulted to innocent seniors. Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin is

most assuredly one of these individuals.

Due in no small part of our Vegas Voice efforts, Judge Hoskin was

eventually removed as the presiding judge over all Clark County

guardianship cases. This in itself was another small victory for reform.

A full victory for all the damages he caused would have been removal

from the bench entirely. For him to still be called “Your Honor” was and

remains a disgrace to the judicial system.

A few years ago, Judge Hoskin had the audacity to file an application

to the Appellate Court of Appeals. As I read his application (all 40 pages)

I was appalled that nowhere in the application did he ever address or

acknowledge his work in the guardianship court. When questioned about

that by the judicial committee, he simply replied that there had not been

enough room to include it.

Let’s be clear - It was under his “oversight” that the abuse and scandal

flourished. From his total malfeasance in failing to require private

professional guardians to file the required annual accounting, to his (at

best) “willful ignorance” of these guardians destroying individuals and

families as they plundered their estates, it is abundantly clear that Judge

Hoskin is unfit to be reelected judge.

Even the Las Vegas Review Journal opined in its editorial that Judge

Hoskin is just one example of those in positions of power who failed

miserably to protect guardianship victims. The editorial concluded that

a: “stench still fouls the air.”

It’s time for the Nevada judiciary (or at least us) to begin disinfecting

the air.

In the November election Judge Charles (Chuck) Hoskin is once again

asking the public to return him to the (Family Court, Department E)

bench. We are hoping that our readers, “we the people” will make sure

that does not happen.

And for those “insiders” - those who know him or those that appeared

before him, feel free to talk with us. My email:

Yes, we will have a lot more to say about this judge and the failure of

the judicial system in the upcoming months. Let’s THROW THE CHUCK

OUT - once and for all!

You can contact Rana by email: Also

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




At The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, we can’t share our stage with you now. When we

went dark in March, no one could have imagined the postponement of over 300 performances,

totaling more than $7 million in ticket revenue, a significant setback for The Smith Center. With

your help we can return to the stage, please donate to our Road to Reopening Fund.


July 2020



July 2020


Non-Stop Services for

Seniors and Veterans

By: Carol Chapman

This year is one for the history books. The Foundation began 2020

with hope and enthusiasm, on track to expand statewide and

surpassing previous records for the number of assists we provided.

Our Gala volunteers had planned for a bigger Annual Gala at The

M Resort late in March. Sponsors, ticket sales and donations for our

silent/live auctions were in place.

We all know what happened in the middle of March, just weeks before

our Annual Gala. Activities ground to a halt, events were canceled, and

many volunteers, like all Americans, were quarantined, unable to

perform their usual tasks.

Yet, through a small team of willing and able volunteers, The

Foundation’s work continued.

As life slowly returns to a new normal, we look ahead to picking up

where we left off. Our Gala has been rescheduled for October 3. This

provides a terrific opportunity for additional sponsors to step in and

tickets to the event to be purchased. Call us at 725/244-4200 if you’d

like to take advantage of that.

We’re grateful for our community and their support. As we recover, I

invite you to help by donating online at www.foundationassistingseniors.

org. Checks can be mailed to our offices at 2518 Anthem Village Drive,

Henderson, NV 89052.

Please give where you live. It’s because of the generosity of people

like you that make our work possible. The seniors and veterans we

serve thank you for it.

Past, Present & Future

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

If you are a senior now, you were a youngster

or young adult during the height of the 1960s

civil rights movement. My father, photojournalist

(and World War II veteran) Ted Polumbaum, took

this picture while covering Freedom Summer in Mississippi in 1964.

Amidst the protests for racial equity now sweeping America, the image

of a firebombed black church alerts us to how the past resonates in the

present, into the future, and across what we hope can truly become the

great land of liberty.

Henderson Pavilion

Fiasco - Take 2

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

My article last month condemning the

stupid actions of the Henderson Mayor

and City Council to proceed with replacing the Henderson Pavilion with

a minor league hockey team arena struck a nerve with the readers!

The overwhelming response I received not only agreed with my

position but expressed such deep outrage that it resulted in concerned

voters circulating a petition requiring a vote of the people in the

November election, BEFORE construction can begin!

As we went to press, I’ve been told that they have received well over

the 2,200 signatures required to force such a vote! I hope they’re right!

The signatures must be validated, and as history has taught us, many

a petition has fallen short because they did not meet that criteria. In

the event this occurs, it begs the question: what further action can be

taken by citizens?

Sadly, the alternatives are few and face formidable obstacles. They

can begin another difficult “recall” of the Mayor petition process. And

if successful, she can be removed from office.

If that effort proved successful, you could begin a similar process to

remove the Council members who supported her position. To make

either or both happen, they would need to more than double the 2,200

needed for a Pavilion vote. Not impossible but certainly improbable!

The other is to vote her, and the other Council members out of office

when they are up for re-election! The politicians know this, and are

banking on YOU the voting public, to have a short memory.

They realize that while the Pavilion is a lightning rod issue, by the

time they seek your vote again, other issues will replace this one in your

memory banks! One way to not let that happen is by being vocal at

every City Council meeting during the Public Comment period.

DO NOT become complacent on this issue! Keep up the fight and

don’t be sidetracked by other less meaningful issues!

Once and IF, the Arena is built where the Pavilion now stands, the

long-term negative impact will be endured by us for many years to

come! YES! This issue is THAT important!


July 2020

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He can be reached at:

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Pantyhose, Watermelons & Tire Irons

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

We’re sitting at dinner with friends and the

subject of home gardens comes up. We

live in the blasted desert and our friend is growing

a supermarket full of veggies and fruit!

Apparently there are a zillion tricks to everything. I found a few more

here and there.

Yes, our friend is right about the pantyhose and watermelons. Believe

it or not, by putting the watermelon in pantyhose it keeps it free of

bugs. People also keep them suspended from the ground that way too.

(I looked it up to be sure.)

So, the next time you see “hanging” watermelons, look a little closer.

They might be dressed up and wearing pantyhose.

As for the tire irons, we learned that burying one in the ground next

to a tree emits something to make the tree grow bigger and stronger. We

did that and the tree went nuts.

We had one problem though. The second time, we also used it to

keep the tree steady. However, the tip was showing and the HOA came

and ticketed us.

Whoever was marching around the neighborhood had to really work

hard at finding it buried in the lawn, so we just pushed it in further

and ignored them. Some people just don’t have anything important to

do so they creep around looking for things. I never saw that rule in the


Next are bunny issues. You can spend weeks looking up desert

friendly flowers that rabbits don’t eat or building chicken wire fences,

tall garden stands or hanging baskets. I found all sorts of sites listing

rabbit resistant plants, but they don’t all agree.

I picked some gazanias and found out I was wrong however, if you

put rosemary sprigs around, they don’t get eaten! Problem is the sprigs

dry up so every week you need to cut fresh ones if you’re that committed.

I think we’re down to lantana now. I searched for color varieties and

have learned to like them. I don’t have any patience, so the veggie thing

is out.

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

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


July 2020

Hard-line Training

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

Remember those PT tests that we endured

routinely? Passing them was a requirement

to serve in the Armed Forces.

No one was exempt. Some liked doing it; mostly the jocks - those

soldiers that got off on physical punishment and some hated it.

Everyone had to pass regardless if your job was shuffling papers or

running across battlefields.

It was probably the hell of paratrooper jump school that pointed

me toward a daily “physical maintenance” regimen. I got hooked and

have worked out regularly since.

Nowadays, my mind is still 19 while my body is 76, and it’s easy to

forget that. When I do, I usually end up nursing an antique body that

has lost touch with reality.

Before the pandemic shutdown I went to the gym every day. I’ve

done that since my Army days began in 1963. “It” (daily exercise) has

become a part of who I am.

Now I’m confined to my exercise bike and some yoga in the backyard.

At this stage however, our bodies are not as pliable and durable as they

once were, so be careful in your attempt to beat father time.

Even active duty youngsters have trouble keeping up. A recent Army

study revealed that for every 100 soldiers, there are 25 annual injuries.

The cause is not bullets or IEDs; it’s exercise! Going too hard with

ultrarunning, endless pushups, sit-ups, and long marches weighted

down to the extreme is a terrorist on the loose.

I’ll bet I’m not the only senior vet with a 19-year-old mindset. And

if you’re one, just know that overdoing rigorous training can spell


Some advice: heed your limitations and do what you CAN, instead of

trying to run down the horse in front of you. When I’m not shelteringin-place,

my workouts have looked like this: Light weights, lots of

repetition. Rowing machine, easy resistance.

Stationary bike interval training, which is very slow for two minutes

and all out for 20 seconds; repeat for 20 minutes.

It’s way too easy to settle for a long tour in the recliner binge watching.

So, take command of your body and do it right.

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.


On the Road Again!

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

It’s summertime. We are coming out of our

quarantined homes to participate in the

world again. But there’s still a sense of wariness

about getting on a plane and traveling.

Which means for those who are ready to go somewhere (anywhere!),

vacations and summer travel will involve a lot more driving than ever

before. Traveling by car gives a lot more peace of mind because you can

control the cleanliness.

If you’ve only been driving your car to the grocery store and back for

the last few months, making sure your vehicle is travel ready should be

a priority. Before you hit the road, here’s your get-ready checklist:

1. Put a fresh tank of gas in the car – it will help with fuel economy.

2. Check your tire pressures.

3. If you haven’t changed the oil in a while, do it now.

4. Check your wiper blades. Summer storms happen and your blades

are important for visibility.

5. Verify your insurance. Make sure payments are up to date and

check your policy.

6. Review or sign up for a roadside-assistance program. Before you

do, if your car is four years old or newer, your manufacturer may provide

roadside assistance at no extra charge. Check your vehicle information

or owner’s manual.

7. Clean out your trunk. Don’t take non-essential items since you

will be loading luggage. You never want to overload your vehicle as it

may affect the ride, handling and fuel economy.

8. Keep in the trunk and/or glovebox and inside storage areas: extra

water (which you always should have when traveling in the desert),

small blanket, flashlight (put in fresh batteries), first-aid kit, snacks

that don’t melt, tire pressure gauge, spare car charger for your phone

and if you have an older car: extra container of coolant, a can of oil,

and jumper cables.

9. If you have small grandkids, take a few extra toys, diapers and

baby wipes.

I know we are all excited to get back on the road and have some

summer fun. Enjoy the drive and travel safe!

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

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


July 2020

Better Than Take-Out?

By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining

My father declared Sundays a day of rest for

my mother. As a result, we ate out each

week and would often go to a nearby Chinese

restaurant and order our favorites, fried rice, shrimp Cantonese, egg

rolls, chow mein and spareribs.

My dad particularly loved Chinese food because of his no chew rule:

if it required effort to chew, it wasn’t worth eating. No steak lover, he!

Since she was adventurous in everything (including her cooking)

my mom started experimenting in making her versions of all our

favorites. Not surprisingly, as she was an excellent cook, her food was as

delicious as that in most restaurants.

I still compare many Chinese restaurant dishes to my mother’s and

they always fall short.

I love fried rice and along with egg rolls, it was often on my party

menus. My favorite was to have an “egg roll” party.

The wrappers and filling (prepared in advance) were laid out, and

everyone got to work filling and shaping, trying to individualize their

creations. We always had a first prize for the best looking egg roll, and

competition was fierce as everyone wanted to win.

Lots of chilled white wine made it very difficult to identify individual

egg rolls as they came out of the fryer. With shouts of “that’s mine”,

everyone tried to claim the best looking egg rolls as theirs. It was loud,

a little rowdy and lots of fun.

I made Chinese food last week with fried rice (but no homemade egg

rolls). Still so good! Try the recipe. I think you’ll like it.


In wok or large high sided pan, heat 2 tbs. vegetable oil. Add 1 cup

chopped onion, brown lightly. Set aside. Add 2 tbs. oil to pan, heat, add

2 beaten eggs.

When set, remove from pan and cut into sheds. Heat 1 tbs. oil, add ½

lb. diced pork and brown. Add ½ lb. chopped raw shrimp and browned

onion and stir until shrimp turns pink.

Add 3 cups cold cooked rice, 7 chopped green onions, 2 cups fresh

bean sprouts, 1 cup frozen peas, stir 3 minutes. Fold ¼ + cup soy sauce

and egg into rice mixture, stir another 2-3 minutes. Best to reheat on


Pat Alexander writes about all things home. She is well known for

her cooking, parties and interior design, and consults on kitchen

and bath remodels.



By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit

Since the onset of Covid-19, society has been

experiencing a Zoom boom! The company,

which has existed since 2011, has suddenly

become everyone’s favorite

vehicle for virtual social contact.

It’s the go-to app for flat screen, two-dimensional

relationships. And you don’t have to wear a mask.

Everyone’s doing it. Businesses, book groups.

Cousins’ Clubs, Uncle Leo, even Great Grandma

Bessie. Zoom has become the people’s chat room.

I, for one, am grateful for Zoom. I can talk to

someone face-to-virtual face without concern that I

haven’t yet brushed my teeth. Or applied deodorant.

And I find some of the Zoom options very enticing,

particularly the ability to silence someone who talks

too much. Live people don’t come with “Mute”


Which brings me to my main point. Are there

rules for the new social order? Do’s and don’ts for

Zoom encounters? I’ve done some research and am

prepared to share with you what I’ve uncovered so far.

1. Wear Pants – or at the very least, make sure you’re wearing clean

underwear. Since you’re seated during Zoom chats, it’s reasonable to be

shirt-focused. But remember your mother’s warning. It applies to Zoom

calls as well as accidentally getting hit by a car.

2. Floss – especially if you’ve had salad for lunch. The distraction

of a piece of lettuce caught between your front teeth has been known to

waste the entire 40 minutes of a free Zoom hook-up.

3. Calls of Nature – it’s tempting, but don’t take your device with

you to the bathroom due to FOMO (Fear of Missing Out, for those of

you who don’t speak iGen.) Make sure you turn off the camera and the

sound. No one wants to hear you flush!

4. Consider Your Surroundings – while Zoom does provide

some interesting backdrops, no one will believe that you’re actually at

the Grand Canyon or that you own the Picasso behind you. But you can

select a home space that reflects who you are. And if that doesn’t work,

try being someone else.

For example, if you’re very neat, but don’t want to be seen as having

OCD, randomly toss some papers around your workspace. Definitely

remove all plants that haven’t been watered in three months.

5. Flaunt your Intellect – stack your shelves with the complete

works of Shakespeare, volumes of poetry, the lives of German

philosophers, and all three books in the Hilary Mantel Cromwell series.

Then sit in front of your bookcase, and smugly take your call.

6. Leave Vanity Outside the Chat Room – Although you see

yourself on camera, avoid the temptation to adjust your hair, seek your

best angle, or move from room to room in search of optimal lighting.

There’s nothing more distracting than a swishing ponytail, or a face

that appears to be following a tennis match. In most cases, makeup is


7. Abide by Time Limits – while it’s adorable to show off your

precious pets and cute babies, 30 seconds is long enough. Make that 20.

Following these simple rules will avoid a Zoom Fail. But most

important, as you prepare for your meeting, don’t forget to floss!


July 2020

Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s

Nothing to Complain About, is available at,,

Read her blog at: Email Susan:


Insurance Commercials

Part 3

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

For the last few months, I have been telling

you about the way insurance is being

marketed on TV, radio, and in print. I talked

about “catch phrases” last month.

How about this one: “Safe drivers save 40%.” Now there’s a catch

phrase that gets your attention. It doesn’t matter that it makes little


What is a safe driver? I bet you think you are. In all our years in the

insurance business, my wife and I rarely met anyone that admitted that

they are not the safest driver on the road.

And 40% sounds like a lot. But 40% of what? You are left assuming,

and that is the real purpose of the ad. Remember the catch phrase, get

hooked by the promise and then buy from that company.

You’ve seen the commercial that touts “Accident Forgiveness” as a

reason to buy from us. Like they are the only company that has it. Truth

is that almost all preferred companies offer accident forgiveness.

And can you really save money by “bundling” all your insurance?

Maybe. Maybe not.

I am going to get off my campaign about purposely deceptive

commercials and start a new theme next month aimed at telling you

why you have insurance in the first place. Here are a few thoughts:

1. Insurance is not a commodity. You know, like oranges. It doesn’t

really matter what brand it is or where you buy it. Oranges are oranges.

That’s a commodity.

2. Insurance is a service. And it does matter where you buy it and

from what company. Ask yourself these questions: Am I paying a fair

rate for the service I’m getting? Is my agent truly knowledgeable? Can

I reach someone when I need them? Am I comfortable?

3. And here is a real kicker. Have I actually ever used this service? If

so, did I get satisfaction?

You know most people have insurance and never actually “use” it for

its intended purpose.

I’ll tell you why next month. And why it is actually a blessing that

you don’t have to use it for its intended purpose.

Remember my “catch phrase:” Find an agent you trust and then

trust him/her.

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.


July 2020

July 3, 1863

By: John Beilun / Time Traveler

On the morning of July 3, 1863, a scruffy

looking soldier stood atop a hill. His ill

kempt beard and mud splattered uniform – a

government issued flannel shirt covered by a threadbare unbuttoned

greatcoat astride worn trousers tucked into unpolished boots – belied

the fact that he was a Major General.

While puffing on a cigar he raised his binoculars and scanned the

nearby fortress city. A white flag appeared on the battlements! After

forty-six days, the siege was over.

The heretofore impregnable citadel had once been called the

“Gibraltar of the Mississippi.” It was strategically located on an eastern

bend of that river and for the past two years its massive array of heavy

artillery prevented the Union from traversing her.

With time becoming an issue, the General ordered two direct assaults

upon the fortified town. Its inhabitants, the Rebels, readily repelled

both at great loss of life and limb to the Federals. Not wishing to waste

any more troops, the General decided that his only recourse was to lay


Union gunboats, including newly invented ironclads, came down the

river and bombarded the town day and night with thousands of rounds

from their naval guns and mortars.

In the meantime, the General commandeered additional troops

from neighboring corps and surrounded the city. His men went to

work digging mines and trenches, all the while slowly advancing their


Although the Rebels had munitions aplenty, food was another matter.

When the last horse, dog and shoe leather were consumed and his men

no longer strong enough to fight, their leader realized that the battle

was lost and sued for peace. Vicksburg had fallen!

General Ulysses S. Grant accepted the surrender. Thirty thousand

Rebels were captured, the Mississippi River was now controlled by the

Union and the South was literally cut in two!

On that very same day, Confederate General Robert E. Lee conceded

defeat at Gettysburg. Whether it’s because battles are more dramatic

than sieges or that there were countless more reporters at that small

borough in Pennsylvania than at Vicksburg, Gettysburg has forever

been branded into our national psyche.

Even though it was Grant’s victory at Vicksburg that had more of an

impact on ending the civil war!


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Rest Whilst Standing

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

You never dreamt that one day a worldwide

virus would cause you to visit your doctor’s

office or go shopping wearing a mask and rubber

gloves. Or that, upon reaching your destination, you’d be required to

stand in line – 6’ from the next person before being permitted to enter

those premises.

Medical authorities have always advised elderly persons to refrain

from staying in any fixed position for more than 8 minutes and, as you

know, standing for even a shorter period usually increases the aches,

pains, stiffness and fatigue that you possibly endure no matter what

you are doing.

Do you remember pictures in Butterick pattern books and elsewhere

where fashion models appeared? Those glamor girls customarily stood

with one foot pointing forward with the other foot diagonally behind it.

That pose not only slenderized the model’s hips but had a much

more practical purpose. That was to enable the model to stay still

whilst the photographer took a seemingly endless time adjusting his

camera, props and overhead lighting.

To maintain her position, the model bore down first on her left

buttock (the diagonal one) in order to “sit” on it. That was to take

weight off her right knee and calf and ease pressure on her right hip.

Next she reversed the procedures in order to rest her left leg and hip.

Be a copycat! You’ll relieve some of the pain and discomfort of long

term standing.

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. See

heather latimer/how to overcome.

How it Began

By: Temma Hammond

Being part of the


community all my

life from Hollywood to Las Vegas, I thought

it would be fun to share with readers a

little of my history.

My father was fifty-years old when I was born. He started in silent

movies and was the original stand in for Charlie Chaplin. When Charlie

couldn’t get to a personal appearance event, he would send my dad

because he looked exactly like Charlie.

As a result, I got to share in all the old stories of how Hollywood

became so famous.

Growing up, I watched my dad produce and direct motion pictures

in his own studio. He built his studio in Hollywood across from the

Chaplin Studios, which is still there.

Seeing how movies were made and how the actors changed with the

times was very educational and entertaining. My mother was a drama

coach and writer, and being an only child, it was like a three-person

team making our lives a 24/7 exciting family in show business.

Coming to Las Vegas in the early 1990s, I designed and built two

film studios with such wonderful clients as George Clooney, Jackie

Chan, Martin Scorsese, Whoopie Goldberg and many more. Now as

President and CEO of GoldenNetwork.TV, I’m focused on the fifty plus


And working with The Vegas Voice to share stories is fantastic.

Entertainment is so important now and sharing experiences can be

extremely rewarding.

Hopefully, you who might want to share your stories with us. Contact

me at:

Temma Hammond is the CEO & Founder of The Golden Network.

You can watch all their great programs on ROKU.

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 website

2. Click on “Watch” at the top of the screen

3. Start watching (starting with classic movies and shows)


May 2020


How Did You Survive the


By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

How do we keep ourselves “fit” throughout

the summer and especially surviving

COVID-19? Did you make several trips to the refrigerator when the

fridge constantly called to you? Did you become a couch potato?

I purposely made an effort to take virtual aerobic classes to get some

exercise. When it became too hot to take a walk during mid-day, I

made sure to walk either early or later in evening. And I always carried

a water bottle!

Luckily, I didn’t gain any weight during these “hunkered down”

weeks at home, but I do admit the weight shifted a little - much to my

dismay in trying on some clothes. Funny how the clothes shrunk over

those weeks?

I found that by bedtime I wasn’t really tired but made it a point to

get to bed about the same time each night in order to keep somewhat

of a normal schedule.

Many of our local artists began performing virtual concerts and

watching from my home became the norm. I really miss ushering at

The Smith Center and have no idea when we will be returning to work.

I miss the smiles, laughter, shows, my fellow co-workers, staff, crew

and the patrons. Eventually we will return to work at this Las Vegas

treasure and the stage lights will glisten once more.

My two fur babies, Pierre and Andre have become used to my being

home daily, but I’m sure they are wondering why? Will they have

separation anxiety when I return to work?

I even learned to become creative with cooking skills, trying various

new recipes. My closets are now organized, and charities welcomed

the additional donations of clothing and household items no longer


For all those who were affected by the pandemic, keep eating healthy,

exercise and know that bright days are ahead. Businesses are slowly

recovering, Las Vegas will survive, and we will become stronger.

Positive attitude and good health to all!

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

teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las Vegas

Valley. She can be reached at


July 2020

The Ringing in Your Ears

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Many people suffer from tinnitus commonly

called “ringing in the ears.” This sound

(which may be high pitched) sounds like the

white noise of a TV or like crickets chirping.

It can just about drive a person crazy. No surprise that long term

tinnitus has been linked to depression.

Although tinnitus is called ringing in the ears, the problem is actually

in your brain. Research in the neurological sciences is beginning to

shed light on what happens to cause tinnitus.

The ear has what are called hair cells. Each specific hair cell

responds to a different frequency of sound coming into the ear.

With very rare exceptions, tinnitus starts when certain hair cells

within the ear become damaged and die. This is usually due to being

exposed to very loud sounds.

These hair cells are connected to an area of the brain that processes

all incoming sounds. When a hair cell in the ear dies, the area in the

brain that corresponds to that specific frequency no longer receives

input and shrinks from disuse.

The surrounding areas of the brain, which are still receiving input

from the ear begin to grow and fill in this newly vacated space. The

sound heard from someone suffering from tinnitus is a misfiring of the

nerves that have filled in this space.

The analogy given to explain the process is that of “phantom limb

syndrome.” After a person has lost a limb, they may feel as if sensations

are coming from that limb - including sensations of pain.

At times, a person can feel these sensations in the lost limb when you

touch their face because the neural connections have been rewired -

and rewired incorrectly to the nerve cells coming from the face rather

than the lost limb.

This “incorrect rewiring” is what is happening to people suffering

from tinnitus. While there is no cure for tinnitus at this time, this

understanding of the cause is giving scientists ideas of how to work

towards a solution.

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


The “New Normal”

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

Las Vegas is getting back to a “new normal.”

Strip hotels are open. You can walk into a

restaurant and have a meal.

The more interesting question is: When will you be able to leave Las

Vegas to go on vacation? That is a more complicated question.

COVID-19 has affected the world differently and each U.S. state

and country has different policies about opening up. Here are some

examples of what we are facing when planning your next vacation -

whenever that may be.

We have a lot of Vegas Voyagers who love to cruise. And it seems

cruising won’t be back for a while.

There are a number of hurdles that must be cleared before the first

ship sails out of port. First of all, the CDC must clear the industry from

a health point of view to start up.

And of course, that depends on the procedures the various cruise

lines implement regarding ship cleanliness. Then the cruise lines must

receive clearance from the various ports of call they visit to be allowed

to dock in the many ports of call. It is not a simple procedure.

What I believe will happen is that when cruising resumes, it will just

be a few ships per cruise line. They will start by going to relatively local

ports of call.

For example,

Princess Cruise

Lines might start

with their most

famous “Love Boat”

itinerary to the

Mexican Riviera or

possibly a Coastal

California cruise. These cruises are easy to control and local in nature

to west coast cruisers.

As for land vacations, we are all under the edicts of the various

countries. The Caribbean and Mexico popular “All Inclusive” vacation

spots are opening on a case-by-case basis. Each country has different

rules, but it is safe to say that many countries are hoping to open

sometime in the next three months.

And then finally once your preferred destination opens up, we have

to hope there are airlines flying to that destination. Remember flights

throughout the airline industry were reduced by as much as 95%.

Obviously, leaving Las Vegas to go on vacation will be a challenge

and a bit complicated. Please feel free to call us at VEGAS VOYAGERS

at 800/698-1101 and we will help navigate through these interesting

travel times.

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

The wildest roughs from all parts of the

country are congregated here, as one may

see by glancing into numerous dancehouses and

gambling halls. Men who carry on the trade of robbery openly and

would not scruple to kill a man for ten dollars.

“This class decidedly the majority

and they have carried matters with a

high hand for some time past. Strangers

robbed, honest traders leaving the city

with their mule teams are often waylaid

and rendered penniless at a moment’s

warning.” Declared Jesse Chisholm,

Chisholm Trail creator, to a Chicago

Tribune correspondent.

Whenever boomtowns flourish, they

become magnets for bad elements

waiting to make trouble. There, bordering the foothills of the Rockies

is Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Dubbed “Magic City of the Plains,” Cheyenne was once known as

Crow Creek before being named Cheyenne for the Indians bearing that

name. Ironically, the railroad’s arrival nearly annihilated the Native

American way of life and the area’s nomadic buffalo.

During Cheyenne’s territorial days, it was a railroad town, known

as the west’s toughest township. When there wasn’t railroad hiring,


Cheyenne Offers Capsule into History

July 2020

thousands of men sat around with nothing to do but live wild and

pursue trouble.

The Reverend Joseph W. Cook observed upon his arrival in 1868, “The

activity of the place is surprising. The wickedness is unimaginable and

appalling. This is a great center for gamblers of all shades, rough with

troops of lewd women, and bullwackers. Almost every other house is a

drinking saloon, gambling house, restaurant or bawdy.”

Railroad enthusiasts won’t want to

miss the Cheyenne Depot Museum.

The transcontinental railroad brought

thousands of mule wagon teams,

groaning with camp equipment

headed toward Sherman Summit, the

highest point on the rail line, 8,235


Cheyenne was the transcontinental

railroad’s terminus. The Union

Pacific arrived in the summer of 1867,

choosing Cheyenne as a prime location for a depot. Their new two

story sandstone depot was boldly carved with the words “Union Pacific

Railroad” over the frontage doors.

Today Cheyenne is a quiet town and when driving through, watch for

any and all animals, as it is rich with wildlife.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.



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By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /

Out & About

A few decades ago, people who were handicapped rarely went out in

public. Our society had a narrow out of sight, out of mind mentality, and

even though it was a depressing existence, those who were visibly different

were expected to live their lives as shut-ins.

Now, it’s a very different world, and even those who are lucky enough to

be healthy are living as shut-ins. The pandemic has changed everything

so much that the preferred accessory of choice is now a face mask which

comes in countless colors and patterns.

Seniors are finding

there’s a world out

there that needs to

be put on hold. But

in the meantime,

there are some

special values which

can be explored

and considered -

even though they

may have some

limitations and fluctuating departure dates.

Once you find an itinerary that’s worth waiting for, it’s really important

to safeguard that exciting trip by securing travel protection for you and

your traveling companion. And it’s especially important to find out what

special incentives the company may be offering to protect your reservation.

As we all know, unforeseen things really do happen and cancellation

costs before or during a vacation can be devastating. So, see if the

company is offering full travel protection at no cost to you.

That might make the dream trip of your lifetime a real bargain. There

are several reputable travel protection companies like AIG Travel Guard,

Chubb Travel Protection, and Travel Insured International.

They may be offering special coverage at reduced rates. And of course,

there are cruising and land touring companies that sell insurance too.

In this crazy world, be sure you are fully protected. Then regardless of

the company, look for cancel for any reason coverage.

Although the travel provider may cancel on you, if you encounter a

problem a few days before their cancellation they may argue the point

with you and claim they can keep the deposit, etc. While cancel for any

reason coverage still may be the priciest insurance, usually it›s the best

and easiest to use in an emergency.

And be sure to read the fine print even though it’s boring. Then when

you’ve purchased your selection, make a couple of copies of your policy

so you can take one in your carry-on and leave one with a trusted friend

or family member.

Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is a travel agent and the owner of

Vegas Vacationers Inc. She can be reached at:

Life’s a Funny Thing

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

You know, life’s a funny thing. I was sitting

outside on our deck yesterday, overlooking the

mountains and thinking about that.. and other

huge and deep questions that I often have while

sitting on decks.

You know, like, why are we here? Or if no one is around, does a falling

tree really not make a sound? Or is there life on other planets (and

would they appreciate a “well-rounded” woman...just asking)?

And, yesterday, those intriguing questions led me to pondering

additional aphorisms that pertain to my life and may spark some

contemplation of your own. Because, although my genre is humor, never

let it be said that I shy away from life’s deeper issues!

For instance, if life is a “funny” thing, then why are there wars and

upheavals? I mean, shouldn’t we all wake up every morning laughing

hysterically - which should put a crimp in most folks’ assassination or

bombing plans?

Say you’re really offended by some asinine anarchist video... or simply

because your brother got the last Pop Tart (which he always does because

he’s a sissy mama’s boy) wouldn’t you just shrug it off and say, “Oh, IS a funny thing!”

Here’s another one: “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Okay, that’s fine, as far as it goes.

But, say you’re having a crummy day, dropping things, tripping,

forgetting stuff, and then you get your new bathing suit in the mail,

and it’s not only the wrong color AND size, but the entire frickin’ wrong

bathing suit!

So, filled with exasperation, you go to the kitchen to make lemonade,

but you have no lemons, so you make limeade (we are never out of limes

- please, it’s gin-and-tonic summer!) and as you’re finally pouring it into

a glass, you knock the glass off the counter, and as you try to catch your

glass before it hits the floor, you drop the pitcher into the sink, where it

shatters and all the limeade - and lots of glass - goes down the disposal

(not that I’ve ever done that) but, on this day, are you actually making

lemonade out of lemons (or, limeade out of

limes, as the case may be) or, will the whole

citrus event cause you to get your hatchet and

take out every fruit-bearing tree in a twentymile


And now my favorite adage: “Early to bed,

early to rise, makes a man (or woman - Ben

Franklin was so sexist!) healthy, wealthy and wise.” Okay, even in my

teen years, I was never one to go to bed late, and I was never allowed to

sleep late while growing up, so I continue to rise early to this day.

But, healthy? While my health is generally good, I remain severely

allergic to exercise of any kind. Sure, I enjoy a good water aerobics

class now and then (especially if they play country music) but weight

machines induce depressive thoughts, and just the sight of a treadmill

causes loss of consciousness.

Wealthy? I was a schoolteacher for 25 years, raising two children on my

own who thought they were entitled to food, clothing and shelter. Enough


And wise? Please. Right now, I’m getting ready to make another pitcher

of limeade and try to order the same bathing suit online again.

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



(Don't forget your face mask) Books by John J. Ratey, M.D.


& Eric Hagerman:

around your


• Drive to a

nearby park


• Buy a small

treadmill &


Happy 4th !

Jan's Olympics Inspired No-Brainer Column (Part 1)

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

es. The Olympics has been cancelled. It was supposed to be held in Tokyo, July 24

through August 9. It always has been an inspiration for us to get into better shape.

While we could only walk a 'fast' 20 minute mile (maybe?!) we would push ourselves further after

watching Olympic events. And now, being self-quarantined, our sedentary behavior & low levels of

physical activity can have negative effects on our health & well-being. John J. Ratey, M.D. and

Eric Hagerman (below) offer great information & advice. And they say WALK, WALK, WALK.

Walk! It's a great exercise

No-Brainer Picks

• Spark; The Revolutionary

New Science of Exercise &

the Brain

• Go Wild: Eat Fat, Run Free,

Be Social, & Follow

Evolution's Other Rules for

Total Health & Well-being

• A User's Guide to the Brain:

Perception, Attention & the

Four Theaters of the Brain

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

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

Mental Minutes


1. In one minute, name

ways to get physical


2. Make an alphabetical


Aerobics, Backyard

bowling, Climbing

stairs, …

July 2020


July 2020


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Valley Seniors since 2003

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