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Volume 17, Issue 7
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ABOUT The Vegas Voice
In 2019, The Vegas Voice received 11 national awards from the North
American Mature Publishers Association. The awards were for our
guardianship special efforts, editorial and columns, front page graphics,
overall design and “General Excellence.”
The judges found (and we humbly
agree) that The Vegas Voice puts
a premium on well-informed
columnists who cover a lot of bases.
Serious issues are thoughtfully
discussed, but there’s enough fun
to lighten the mix.
A Promise Kept
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
And if you want, you can bring the other
guy.” That was his name for me.
Forgive me if this column is “another family
story” but I cannot begin to tell you how much I miss Marty Allen.
Our relationship began in 2007 when wife Amy and I resumed
publishing The Vegas Voice. Through a
friend of a friend we were invited to have
lunch with him.
No doubt, everyone remembers Marty
Allen. Through his “Allen & Rossi” comedy
routines, TV game shows and Ed Sullivan
appearances (Note: For those under 50 and
never heard of Ed Sullivan, “google him”)
he was only a handful of performers that
could make all generations laugh.
While I was thrilled (and have to admit
slightly intimidated) having lunch with a comedy legend, Marty was
everything you saw on television. Beyond funny, witty and extremely
friendly - it was like being with a favorite family relative.
Marty and Amy instantly hit it off. Amy called him Uncle Marty and
he always smiled when she asked him “What’s new?”
That initial lunch soon became a standard event.
Marty was the one who initiated the lunches. He would call The Vegas
Voice and when I answered the phone would, without hesitation state:
“I didn’t call for you, put the better one on.”
To my amazement they would have a 10-15 minute conversation
about everything and nothing. When we greeted each other, he would
hug Amy, stare at me, turn to her and say: “You brought the other guy?”
Even with that nickname, it was always wonderful to be with him.
And then in September 2011, Amy died. To say I was devastated,
depressed, and destroyed would be an understatement. No need to
rehash this period of my life. Regular readers know full-well my
Anyway, eight months after Amy passed, I received a telephone call
from Marty. I remember being shocked when he called me “Dan”
instead of “the other guy.”
Marty asked me to join him for lunch since he wanted to discuss
something “very important.” I declined saying that I was in no mood
to go out.
Not only did he ignore my wishes but absolutely insisted that I meet
him. I reluctantly agreed.
Marty’s “very important” message was that he wanted me to know
that he knew exactly what I was going through. He talked about his
first wife “Frenchy,” how he fell into a deep, dark hole when she died
and how his life resumed when he met, fell
in love and married Karon Kate Blackwell.
“You’re still a young man,” he remarked.
“You’ll find someone.”
I was indignant and for the first and
only time raised my voice at him. I was
I bluntly told him he had no idea what
he was talking about. Amy was in my life
since I was 15 and it was not like losing
a pet dog that can be replaced with a
substitute. “My life will never return” I
To my everlasting gratitude, Marty just listened. He then (honest-togod,
with tears streaming from his face) placed my hands in his, and
“No, no” he softly stated. “Nobody’s going to replace Amy.”
As my tears matched his, he continued: “ Dan, you’re going to meet
somebody. And with that person by your side, your life won’t be better…
or worse than what you had. It will just be different.”
“And I promise you, you’ll be happy again.”
Three months later I met Rana Goodman.
It’s now been almost nine years since my Rana become my PILL
(partner in love & life). As for Marty? He’ll forever be in my heart for
keeping his “promise.”
What Do You Think?
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Unique Equipment for
Seniors & Veterans
By: Carol Chapman
During the challenges in recent weeks, The Foundation Assisting
Seniors has responded to more than double the usual number
of requests for durable medical equipment. We’ve provided this service
to seniors and veterans in addition to maintaining our HowRU
wellness check program, all because of our dedicated volunteers.
We’ve also been fortunate to have companies step forward to sponsor
our Gala (October 3 at The M Resort) and provide other support. In
particular, I’d like to mention Jonathan Miller, President, In-Step
Mobility Products, who recently donated a U-Step 2 walker. This unique
equipment is designed specifically for neurological conditions such as
The Foundation has built an inventory of special equipment over
the 18 years since our inception. You may see our vans around the
Vegas Valley as we deliver equipment throughout southern Nevada. It
is our intention to continue expanding deliveries statewide when our
donation levels return to capture the momentum we experienced prior
to the pandemic.
As a reminder, FAS is the only local organization of its kind to clean,
disinfect and sanitize its equipment with MicroShield 360, keeping our
clients protected from infection.
If you have the ability to help us continue these crucial services, I
invite you to donate online or mail your check to our office at 2518
Anthem Village Drive, Henderson, NV 89052.
Corporate sponsors, such as In-Step Mobility, are critical to our
mission. If you know of a business that would like to align with us,
contact us at 725/244-4200.
Sun City Retirees
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
Questions & Answers concerning Sun City
Q. When is a SCR’s bedtime?
A. Two hours after they fall asleep on the couch
or favorite chair.
Q. What is the biggest gripe of SCR?
A. There is not enough time to get everything done.
Q. Why don’t SCR mind being called “seniors”?
A. The term comes with a 10% discount.
Q. What is considered “formal attire” for SCR?
A. Tied shoes.
Q. What do SCR call a long lunch?
Q. Why do SCR count pennies?
A. They are the only ones who have the time.
Q. Why are SCR so slow to cleanout their garage?
A. They know as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to
store their stuff there.
*Why, Why, Why:
1. Do we press harder on the remote control when we know the
batteries are getting weak?
2. Do banks charge a fee due to insufficient funds; when they already
know you’re broke?
3. Is it that when someone tells you that there are one billion stars in
the universe you believe them, but if they tell you there is wet paint you
have to touch it to check?
Q. Bob has 36 candy bars. He eats 29. What does he have now?
***And finally: Speaking of math – another day has passed, and I
still didn’t use algebra.
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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My Life in No Particular Order
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
We’re living in very strange times right now
where nothing seems to make sense.
Between Covid-19, politics, racism and school
violence, it’s hard to find something to watch that isn’t upsetting. The
news is like a rerun, day in and day
out, and all the chores I wrote on a list
have not inspired me to lift a finger,
even though I have the time.
Then I looked at all the cartons
of photos and memorabilia I have
stashed in the closets. What a mess! It
dawned on me that if anything were
to happen to me, all those memories
would be a big pile of chaos.
I’m not sure how interested my
heirs will be but maybe I will feel
better if I create my own photo diary
of my life. I can enjoy doing it and
they will not have to deal with the
Now I’m deep into assembling it all; having everything scanned onto
USB drives and making digital photo books of my life. As I’m doing it,
I laugh and cry.
I am amazed at how much fun I’ve had. I even remember how I felt
as each picture was taken.
It keeps me busy and I can get about 1,000 photos into a book. Some
are in miniature and some full size.
Putting everything in its proper order would be preferable but that
would also be impossible, so I call the books “My Life in No Particular
Order” with parts 1, 2, etc.
What started out as a planned
distraction has turned into a great
adventure through my past. I highly
recommend it for anyone who is
overwhelmed with memorabilia
And, of course, there’s always the
chance that I may have to change
my living arrangements as I age, so
having something like this with me
will always be a joyful reminder and
There are many sites that advertise
scan services so if you’re thinking of this, price check and do a test run
first for quality. And wait for photo book coupons!
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
Back in the early ‘70s, actor Darren McGavin
roamed Las Vegas streets as rumpled
newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak, hunting down
a mythical vampire in TV’s Night Stalker.
Chronicler of everything entertainment, a dapper John
Katsilometes of the Review-Journal walks the Vegas beat too,
stalking lounges, night clubs and showrooms as the new decade’s
Walter Winchell, reporting on the people, shows and behind the scenes
news of the city’s entertainment scene.
forced the closure of all
entertainment venues last
March, the award-winning
writer (2013 Nevada Press
Association Journalist of
the Year) refocused. “I’m
very much into playing
the hand I’m dealt. The
people who make the news
are still around.”
Kats Responds to Coronavirus
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
reported their efforts -
whether it be the big super shows or the intimate lounge performers
whose predecessors kick started Las Vegas in the ‘60s.
He feels ”smaller, no cover shows will lead the comeback,” pointing
to his self-defined “cool hangs”: Bootlegger, Pizzeria Monzu and
Dispensary as examples. “They’re uniquely built to survive,” adding,
“South Point, Station, other local casinos need to lead the recovery.”
Kats credits the resourcefulness of the town’s entertainers. “Online
shows have become a component of live entertainment.” He referring
to Facebook and Cameo, a fee-based service that allows fans to order
personalized messages from celebrities.
Before the large venues welcome audiences, “people need to be
comfortable in groups.” Katsilometes, who tested positive for the virus,
is one of 45 members of the Vegas Events Covid-19 Committee that
meets weekly to chart a recovery course.
The future though, looks murky for now as the virus has been
unpredictable. He points to December’s upcoming National Finals
Rodeo. “With events all over town, if that can come off as scheduled, I
think we can come out of this all right.”
The deserted Strip presented unique opportunities for Katsilometes:
bicycle rides down Las Vegas Blvd. with Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton
and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.
As R-J readership moves to electronic media, Katsilometes maintains
his “responsibilities in print. I do stories that I think make the city
distinctive. People need to open the newspaper and get reassurance that
life is still going on.”
Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to
hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:
always come here
looking for a sign.
Gangsters, pranksters, vixens,
visionaries, rascals, ranchers.
They all came, along with thousands
of ordinary people, with either a
fortune to find or nothing to lose.
They all made history. Our history.
Come take a walk through it.
BOOK A TOUR
Remembering Jane Wyman
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
As I sat down to write my Vegas Voice
column, I realized that I have been doing
so for 10 years, and yet I never wrote about the
lovely Jane Wyman. I had the pleasure of working with her when I
was 6 years old.
It was in a movie called “Here Comes the Groom” which also
starred Bing Crosby and was directed by Frank Capra. It also won
the Oscar that year for the best song “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the
Evening,” written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer.
At the risk of being redundant, I must say that although I loved her,
I didn’t really know how famous she was. It wasn’t until I became an
adult that I realized how fortunate I’ve been to have worked with so
many wonderful stars.
Wyman also gave me a beautiful dress of which there is a photo
in my book, Reel Tears, Take Two. She was so dear and kind to me
and as the photo shows, sitting on her lap during a movie break was
something I did quite often. I was a lucky little girl.
She won an Oscar for her performance in Johnny Belinda and
will be remembered for her stellar performance in such films as The Lost
Weekend, and Magnificent Obsession. Jane will also be remembered
for her popular TV series Falcon Crest. She also has two stars on The
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Her real name was Sarah Jane
Mayfield but was changed to Jane
Durrell when she was known as a
radio singer. Then in 1936, Warner
Bros. changed her name to Jane
Jack Benny nicknamed her
Minnie Mouse! She was also
friends with Loretta Young and
Barbara Stanwyck and was the first
wife of Ronald Reagan.
As I reflect back on my life as a
child actress, I feel so very blessed, and although I didn’t realize it at the
time, I now count my blessings every day. During this pandemic, we all
have blessings, but sometimes we just have to look for them .
Until next time, remember... Be thankful for the bad things in life, for
they can open your eyes to the good things you weren’t paying attention
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.
first met Stacy Keach in 1987 when he
I was interested in a property that my writing
partner and I had written. We had many meetings
over the following months to rewrite
and work the story to the point that
Stacy was comfortable with pitching
the script to one of the studios.
I have continued to be in touch
with him over all these years. I can
honestly state he is one of the nicest
people in Hollywood that you could
Here is an example: My father
passed away in 1993 and my mother
was really feeling the loss. She was a
huge fan of Stacy’s and a very loyal
follower to his series, Mike Hammer. Of all the celebrities I had met,
and worked with, none impressed her, but Stacy Keach.
Every time I would call home she would ask, Have you talked to
Stacy Keach? I asked my mother if she would like an autograph picture
of Stacy. Can you do that? She enthusiastically asked. He would sign
a picture just for me?
Stacy was doing a play on Broadway and not to digress, but if you
ever get a chance to see Stacy Keach on stage, do it. He is one of the
More Than Just a Great Actor
finest American stage actors this country has produced.
Now back to the story: I called Stacy in New York and explained
the situation and how I was trying to cheer up my mother. Without
hesitation he responded and told me not to worry he would sign a
picture today and have his secretary
get it in the mail.
My mother began greeting the
mailman every day to check if the
picture had arrived. As life goes there
was a snafu and the picture was
returned to Stacy. He called me and I
gave him the correct address and he
quickly Fed-Ex the picture to her.
When the special delivery man
knocked on her door and delivered
the picture her face lit up. The man
asked her if this was from the famous
actor Stacy Keach. She said it was
and proudly said “Stacy knows my son.”
For the rest of her life she had that framed picture of Stacy Keach, and
the note he sent, displayed in her living room. She would always swear,
with a huge smile, regardless of where she was in the room Stacy’s eyes
would follow her.
Morris Heldt is a retired award winning film and television
producer and published author. He and his wife moved to the Las
Vegas valley from the beach in 2004.
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Mars in Aries
By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight
Mercury definitely takes the spotlight when
it comes to retrograding, but did you know
all planets retrograde?
Mars is a fast-moving planet, only spending
roughly six weeks in each sign. Unlike Mercury which retrogrades
several times a year, Mars retrogrades the least out of all the planets,
making this upcoming 6-month cycle in Aries something to talk about!
Mars rules action, aggression, competition, desires, and motivation
which is fitting for the red-colored planet! Mars moved into Aries on
July 27 th .
Not Born Yesterday
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Judy Holliday (1921-1965), stood 5’8” tall
and was an incredible actress, comedian
and singer. She was incredibly smart (IQ of 172)
although her career was noted for her distinctive voice and playing
endearing dumb blondes on stage and in film.
She started her career in nightclub acts and eventually performing
on Broadway. She won many awards on Broadway and in movies for
her acting abilities.
While Mars is in Aries, it will make a square to Jupiter, Saturn and
Pluto; the three planets that joined forces in January of this year. What
did you birth during the initial quarantine period of Covid-19? It may
give you a hint of what action needs to take place on a personal and
On September 9 th Mars will retrograde at 28 degrees of Aries, making
its way back to 15 degrees of Aries on November 13 th . This retrograde
could pose as a challenge if you have any personal planets sitting
between 15-28 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn.
The last Mars retrograde in Aries was 1988! That’s 32 years ago! What
happened that year that made you “get mad”, “push back” or initiate
Aries rules new beginnings, determination, bursts of energy and
wields power; making the latter half of 2020 to be a great time to make
a change! Mars is fiery, so feelings of anger and frustration may rise up
during the retrograde.
Though this may not sound fun, it’s these feelings that will initiate
the needed change or adjustments in your life!
If you have been putting off starting a project, hiring someone or a
potential move, Mars in Aries will give you the extra burst of energy to
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
No doubt many readers remember her from her role in Born
Yesterday. She used a squeaky high voice as Billie Dawn, the “dumb
blonde wife” of Broderick Crawford.
One of her famous lines to Crawford was: “You an’ your big
numbers. You don’t watch out; you’ll be wearing one across your
In her last movie, Bells Are Ringing, Holliday gave a glowing
performance as a telephone operator who meddles in clients’ lives.
She received further positive reviews as Ella Peterson in the movie The
There was also glowing reviews when she played Doris Attinger in
the romantic comedy, Adam’s Rib with Spencer Tracy and Kathryn
Hepburn. One of the famous scenes in this movie occurred when Judy
was asked in a trial: “And after you shot your husband, how did you
feel?” Her reply was “’hungry.”
During the Communist political “cleansing” of actors during the
1950s, she convinced the United States Senate, (using her characteristic
squeaky voice) of not being a Communist, thus saving her career and
not identifying nor naming other fellow actors.
A funny story about her should be noted in light of the “MeToo
Movement.” It concerned actresses in dealing with a producer’s
A friend had given her “stuffings” to be placed in her bra when she
was going to an appointment with a prominent movie producer who
was a sexual abuser. When he tried to place her on his “casting couch”
she took the stuffings out, threw them at him, while shouting many
She married David Oppenheimer a clarinetist, conductor and
composer and had one son. She divorced David after ten years.
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music
background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and
reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can
contact her at www.mytimeisragtime.com.
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Marriage Can Be Murder
- On Zoom!
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
You want to see a show, but don’t want to
go to a show? Marriage Can Be Murder
will come to you – online.
The show, which celebrated 21 years in Las Vegas is a comedy, a
mystery, and a killer! And you can watch it from the comfort of your
home (or anywhere) on your computer, laptop, tablet or iPhone
It was a dinner show, but these days you’ll have to provide your own
meal. But you don’t have to worry about tipping.
You saw it a few years
ago? Not to worry, there
are new murderers and
new victims every few
You’ll have the
chance to put your
sleuthing skills to the
test as this interactive
show on Zoom
challenges you to
figure out who-dun- it.
Not once, not twice, but
four times. Yes, this show is drop dead delicious entertainment.
The jokes are corny, the clues are fun, and the chase to find the
murderer is the mystery that you can hope to solve. If you guess right,
you can win a prize.
If you guess wrong, hey, you had a lot of fun interacting with the
actors and other audience members. At any given performance there
will be a bunch of others playing along and being entertained by the
energetic shenanigans on screen.
When you register (and pay in advance) you’ll receive downloads
to help you play detective. Jayne Post, the ditsy looking blonde, will set
the stage (so to speak) at the beginning and you may be called upon to
help by playing a doctor, part of the band, or a cheering section. Trust
me, it’s fun.
You never know who you’ll meet at this event as the audience is not
confined to locals. Hey, get your friends from New York or Florida to
come to the show with you by signing on for the same performance.
There are ten minute breakout rooms following murders. Subjects
there include what weapons would you use to commit murder and why.
It is possible that someone in your breakout rooms could be the
murderer – or the next victim. The show is fun, and you know you’ll
have a good seat.
Find out more at https://ivorystar.com/shows/marriage-can-bemurder-online-show/.
Dianne Davis is also a reporter for Sun City Anthem TV (SCA-
TV) specializing in entertainment, and LV Associate Editor of
lasvegassplash.com. She hikes, travels with her husband Burt, and
works on her stand-up comedy.
By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry
Have your estate plan reviewed before it’s too
late. Many people think they are on safe
ground when in fact they have climbed way out
on a limb or are walking on a high wire.
Most people discover their
estate planning is poorly done or
inadequate to their needs only after
it’s too late to correct the errors. A
few examples from the last few
First, a couple that has been
together more than 40 years has
done only a Will. One spouse loses
capacity due to disease and the
other spouse needs to sell their
family home but finds in order
to do the sale, they need a court
order (guardianship) or a Durable
Power of Attorney for their spouse, which they can no longer get.
Second, a spouse is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; the healthy spouse
has COPD but wants to do some advanced planning for his spouse. They
have a trust and a durable power of attorney for financial matters, but
when you look at the details within the power of attorney, the spouse is
not allowed to create or fund irrevocable living trusts.
This means no advanced planning is allowed. No advanced planning
means the spouse was going to have to live out their golden years
impoverished, without financial options.
Third, a family’s three adult children were all special needs and
on disability and government assistance. Their trusts did not have
adequate Special Needs provisions.
When the parents passed, all
three children had their assistance
disrupted. Had the parents done
proper planning the children could
have gained benefit from their
inheritance without interrupting
their disability assistance.
Proper skilled nursing planning
or memory care planning can
result in saving people hundreds
of thousands of dollars. If your
estate planning did not include
a discussion of paying for a
skilled nursing or memory care facility, you are way out on a limb, or
unknowingly walking on a high wire.
The simple way to avoid these tragic outcomes is to have your Trust or
Estate plan reviewed by an attorney who specializes in Estate Planning
or Elder Law.
Drink More Water
By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
Many people believe they don’t need to
quench their thirst if they don’t feel
thirsty. Not so!
Learn from Fred Avri who fainted in his kitchen due to heatstroke, fell
against a knob on the cooker that turned on a slow leakage of gas. If his
daughter hadn’t visited later, found him unconscious and rushed him
to the hospital, he probably would have died.
Think of it! That life-threatening experience was brought on by
something as simple as dehydration. It could have been avoided by
simply drinking more water.
According to Fitness Director Kristie McWhorter “the elderly are
especially vulnerable to the effects of hot and humid weather. Drinking
plenty of water is the speediest means of offsetting the resulting
dehydration. It’s used by the body to transport nutrients and oxygen
to cells, regulate temperature, moisten mouth, eye and nose tissues,
lubricate joints and flush out waste products.”
Take heed! If you are thirsty, your mouth is parched, or you’re passing
dark yellow urine you’re already dehydrated. The Mayo Clinic advises
that “there’s no single formula for everyone but drinking eight 8-oz
glasses a day is easy to remember and a reasonable goal.”
If you make it a habit to sip one glass upon awakening, two glasses at
lunchtime, one at bedtime, and more during and after exercising, that
should get you started. If it’s insufficient to relieve the above symptoms,
increase your intake to 12 glasses a day - or better yet, see your doctor.
Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making
difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. See amazon.com/
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By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
Hard to believe that it’s been over a
decade since we began playing with our
smartphones. No question these hand-held
miniature computers have become our lifelines while we work, play,
Unfortunately, as technology has
become a major part of our lives,
we often forget that there’s always
bad that goes with the good. The
bad I’m talking about is how we are
distracted by our toys while behind
the wheel - and forget that we need
to concentrate on driving first.
AAA’s Foundation for Traffic
Safety conducted a study about
dangerous driving habits. It looked
at recent crash data and found that,
while drivers believe anyone who
drives aggressively, is distracted, or
even impaired are dangerous on
the road, many of those questioned
admitted to engaging in at least one of these actions in the month
before the study.
The survey reported that half of those from the study were involved in
a recent crash, and the cause was talking on a hand-held device while
driving. Slightly fewer study participants involved in a recent crash said
they were texting while driving.
What are You Doing Behind the Wheel?
Another 39% admitted to running a red light. And almost all of the
respondents said that driving while tired and when typing a text was
extremely or very dangerous - yet they still did it.
So how do we reduce these types of crashes? It’s not that hard; common
sense will do more to save lives than
any safety device manufacturers
have installed in your vehicle.
First, put the phone away where
you can’t reach it when driving. Or
put it in Do Not Disturb or Airplane
Second, just slow down. You have
to drive 100 miles to save 5 minutes
if you’re going 75 vs. 70 mph. Is it
Third, stay alert. Fatigue impairs
judgement, similar to being drunk.
Fourth, drive sober. This includes
alcohol, marijuana, and even
prescription medications. A great
site to visit to see if your medication
impairs your driving is roadwiserx.com.
Finally, wear your seatbelt. That’s the easiest way to keep yourself
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
My Celebrity Corner
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
As COVID-19 puts a detour on Las Vegas
shows, let me tell you about The Vegas
Voice Celebrity Corner, which I host. I am
bringing you a front row seat to “Behind the
Scenes” interviews with Las Vegas’ performers and entertainers.
You can check out my numerous interviews with these top performers
by going to: www.vegasvoicetv.net.
My most recent one was with “Reckless In Vegas” himself, Michael
Shapiro. Before that, there was a very entertaining, funny, and
informative interview with both Vinny Adinolfi (from The Bronx
Wanderers) along with John DiDomenico, the award-winning Donald
Then facing the cameras were Rich Natole, our Vegas Voice radio
host, and before that was Craig Canter. I also interviewed George Grove
(Folk Legacy Trio) and detailed Chase Brown’s tale of success, along
with many earlier interviews.
By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations
’m still in” lock-down”, still in a bathrobe,
still sitting in my comfortable chair with
snacks handy. Last month, I wrote about Netflix,
this time I’m reviewing Amazon Prime.
Let’s start by reviewing the benefits of viewing movies from your own
home. You don’t have to shave or put on make-up; you can leave on
your P.J.’s or favorite robe; you have various categories to choose from:
drama, comedy, thrillers, documentaries, children’s movies, etc.; you
can fit your movie into your own time schedule, each selection has a
summary so you can choose whether you want to see it or not. In short,
the benefits are endless.
I have chosen just 2 selections with Prime summaries and my
comments and ratings. There are many, many more.
In my years with The Vegas Voice, I’ve seen it go from a newspaper
format to a magazine publication. From a web site to YouTube and now
to Vegas Voice TV along with streaming on ROKU through the Golden
Did you know that we are the only media company that produces
professional entertainment shows and performances around the Las
Vegas Valley? The shows that I will be producing and bringing to Sun
City MacDonald Ranch’s community center in September and October
are still a (hopeful) go, with top singers, comedians, and musicians.
There still may be social distancing, so make your reservations early.
My crystal ball is a little cloudy now but sooner or later we’ll have
more shows around town. I’m not sure exactly when that will be, but
they will re-appear.
And if you want an up to date list of what’s happening on the
entertainment scene, call, text or email me and I will include you in
my weekly email newsletter that will have a current calendar to what’s
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: email@example.com.
Michael Shapiro was my guest
Rambo: In a deadly journey of vengeance, Rambo must confront
his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a
final mission. Rambo is still in great shape but difficult to understand
The story line is weak, and I gave it 3 out of 5 boxes of popcorn,
although it was good seeing him again.
Saints and Sinners: The prodigal son returns to Greater Hope
Baptist Church, dodging fallout of Insider Trading investigation only
to find the hometown of his past swallowed up by greed, lust, and deceit.
If you ever lived in a small town, you’ll be able to relate.
It’s life in a nutshell and I gave it a 5 out of 5 rating with boxes of
As of this writing, movie theaters have not yet opened up, and
there seems to be much debate on how they will handle the seating
arrangements (with social distancing still in place). And/or should
“masks” be required or not.
There are indeed many advantages of Netflix, Amazon Prime and
many other programs. You save on gas, sit in your favorite chair, no
mask needed and get snacks at the Dollar Store.
I never realized how much money you can save and still choose from
hundreds of movie and TV selections!
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
THE ROAD TO
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.
Everyone Old is New Again!
By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit
Perry Mason has been resurrected! For 40
years, beginning in 1933, the character
created by Erle Stanley Gardner, appeared in
more than 80 novels and short stories.
Like my favorite police procedurals, the stories followed a formula.
A client was wrongly accused of murder, but during the trial, Mason,
aided by sidekicks Della Street and Paul Drake, would uncover the true
guilty party, who would then confess.
Beside the novels, there was film Perry Mason, radio Perry Mason, TV
Perry Mason - all recognizable and consistently dependable. Until now.
HBO Perry Mason is not the Perry Mason of The Case of the Velvet
Claws, and the rest of The Cases of.... This Perry Mason isn’t a lawyer,
but a melancholy, shell-shocked WW I veteran who is a gum shoe, a
flat foot, a tail. In other words, a private detective in noir-ish 1930s Los
Angeles. That’s not right!
But wait, I get it. Matthew Rhys is prequel Perry Mason, the character
before he became a lawyer. Should I surmise by the end of the series,
we’ll witness Perry taking the California bar exam?
On reflection, I find the reinvention of the character inspirational.
Which leads me to my current project.
What if we took other iconic TV characters from the late 50s-early 60s
and rearranged them? How might this play out?
I LOVE LUCY. Lucy Ricardo is a young widow. Ricky has died of
the Cuban flu, leaving her to care for their child, little Ricky. To make
matters worse, she’s lost her job as the Vitameatavegamin Girl, leaving
her financially destitute.
Landlord Fred Mertz, who has had his eyes on Lucy for years, tiring
of dowdy Ethel, tells Lucy he won’t evict her if she’ll grant him sexual
favors. Seeing little choice, she agrees, until one day she’s had quite
enough of lecherous Mr. Mertz.
Lucy rebels, and along with Alice Kramden, (who’s grown sick and
tired of Ralph’s threats to send her to the moon) joins the #METOO
Movement and becomes its vice-president.
MARCUS WELBY, MD. For his birthday, this kindly California GP
receives a gift from his adult children. It’s a membership in Ancestry.
Marcus is thrilled that he can finally search his family tree, and
discover if, with a name like Welby, he was destined to become a doctor.
He cancels his appointments for the next day, telling his patients to take
two oxycodones and call him in the morning, and logs on to begin his
He is elated to discover that he’s a third cousin of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
He’s so excited by this information that he gives up his practice, moves
to Washington, D.C. and joins the COVID-19 task force.
Henceforth, he can be seen at the podium during the briefings. He’s
the one wearing the colorful tie carefully chosen to compliment Dr.
Deborah Birx’s scarf of the day.
If anyone is interested in backing these concepts, please don’t
hesitate to contact me. Story lines for Gilligan’s Island and Batman
are already in the works. Until then, I’ll continue watching new Perry
Mason, and wondering when he will finally apply to law school.
Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s
Nothing to Complain About, is available at Amazon.com, BN.com,
Read her blog at: www.SusansUnfilteredWit.com. Email Susan:
All in the Family Hoskin
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
am sure you will all find comfort in knowing
I that while Nevadans are struggling to keep
businesses open and bills paid, two of Judge
Charles “Chuck” Hoskin’s family members are getting
steady paychecks working for the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family
Yes, this is the same courthouse where Judge Hoskin currently works
and previously served as the Presiding Judge for Guardianship.
For approximately four years, Courtnie Hoskin, who is Judge
Hoskin’s daughter, has worked in the Family Court Clerk’s office. She
first obtained part-time employment at the court while her father was
serving as the Presiding Judge.
Courtnie is now a full-time courtroom clerk working with Judge
William Voy. You remember Judge Voy. Publisher Dan’s article last
month exposed his family connections.
I guess these repeat “honorable” offenders
look out for each other. As The Vegas
Voice has claimed: The Family
Court system is not broken –
Anyway, in 2019, another
Hoskin mysteriously appeared
in a supervisory role for the
Family Court Clerk’s office. This
Hoskin is none other than
Judge Hoskin’s wife, Teresa
Hoskin. How can this happen you
The individual “responsible for
personnel and fiscal services” is Steve
Grierson who is the Chief Executive Officer and
Clerk of Court for the EJDC. Mr. Grierson is beholden
to the pleasure and whim of every sitting judge.
After all, it was the judges that collectively voted Mr.
Grierson into the top court position and provided him with an overly
generous pay raise which the judges convinced the Clark County
Commissioners to ratify.
While there is a Human Resources (HR) division of the EJDC, the HR
Manager works at the pleasure of the judges too. Let’s face it, everybody
in the Court system gets and stays employed at the pleasure of the
judges - and the judges resoundingly get what they want.
The moral of this story about the three Hoskins of Family Court
is: Nepotism is alive and well in our Family
Court system. Do you really believe the judges and
court management would turn a blind eye to
any transgression of either Courtnie or Teresa
to the detriment of other employees and
the public? I think the answer is clear.
It’s time for us to start draining this
cesspool. It is readily apparent that
the Nevada judiciary (from judges to
lawyers to all “insiders”) cannot or
will not do so.
In the November election Judge
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.
We will have a lot more to say about this
judge and the failure of the judicial system in the
Let’s tell CHUCK the Hoskin family taxpayer BUCK stops here! THROW
THE CHUCK OUT - once and for all!
You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also
check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:
By: Liz Breier / Guest Column
recently attended a virtual class and the name
I and source will not be identified to protect
the innocent (or ignorant). However, the facilitator really got me so
distracted by his butchering of the English language and his failure to
speak properly in a public setting, that I was encouraged to express my
times in any
period (over a
did I hear, “um”,
“you know” and
his most favorite
Where Has Our
“right”? In one
I counted 16
“right” and 4
It’s true this
is just one
individual (who by the way is practiced at giving classes in person
and virtually, so no excuse for lack of experience) but then I started to
notice how badly our language is butchered by the real professionals.
News reporters, writers and TV talking heads that repeatedly say
“like” and butcher the English language to the detriment of their
reputation and the bleeding ears of the listeners. If you are old enough
to remember Edwin Newman, Strictly Speaking, he must be rolling
in his grave and his concern that America could be the death of the
English language seems to be coming to fruition.
I must aks (common cringeworthy pronunciation of ask) – is
anyone teaching public speaking in high schools and universities? Is
there no time to educate our youth on the difference between to and
too or not to end a sentence with a preposition?
How about explaining that when speaking, take a breath, rather
than “umming” their way through a speech or lecture?
I suggest that if anyone is going to speak publicly, or write an article
or expound on social media, that they take a moment to edit, spell
check and by all means practice what you will be saying so they can be
confident enough not to fill it with unwanted, extraneous verbiage that
has absolutely no meaning or bearing on the topic at hand.
I’m sure that if examined closely by a professional, there are
grammatical and punctuation errors in this article too. It just shows
that even those of us cognizant of the abuse, are not without fault.
I will therefore request forgiveness now and try to do better in the
Liz Breier is a Sun City Anthem resident and a very nice person.
Enough is Enough!
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
The Henderson Mayor and City Council are
learning a tough lesson. When the people
(that’s you and me) get riled up about an issue
– like the Henderson Pavilion fiasco they had better listen or there will
Remember the so-called “credible survey” they conducted a couple
of months ago whereby they surveyed 400 residents and they said 72%
supported the Arena at the Pavilion location? Well, what about the
3,000+ voting residents who signed a petition saying NO to that Arena?
Also, what about that $40 million+ bond they’re floating to pay half
the cost of the Arena? What’s the sense in doing that when every other
governing entity in the state is slashing budgets due to the COVID-19
What a crock! As we went to press, the City Council had scheduled
a meeting to consider the petition to not place the hockey arena on
the November ballot. City staff concluded that it was invalid, which is
total BS; though a predictable conclusion that I warned in my previous
column would happen.
The petitioners have pledged to file a lawsuit to force the politicians
to do what they should have done on their own accord – follow the lead
of the people they are supposed to represent and put it to a vote.
If that effort fails, I strongly suggest the petitioners follow through
with a recall petition of the Mayor and all of the council members who
supported her position. Councilman
Daniel Stewart (at least initially)
was the lone exception as he voted
against the Arena proposal.
That changed last month
when he joined the other Council
members to reject the petitioners’
appeal! A turncoat to say the least!
As far as I know, recalling
four sitting members of a single
governing body has never been
done before. But, it certainly is an
Recall them, beginning with the
mayor! A formidable task but, because the issue is such a thorn stuck in
the voters’ rear ends, it just might get the traction to work!
This is a wakeup call to YOU the voting public! Do not let these
misguided and totally incompetent politicians get away with
committing your financial resources and adding serious congestion in
a densely populated area of the community under the pretense of “new
We deserve better!
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VEGAS VOICE SPECIAL REPORT
What happens here only happens here...
But should it?
The story thus far-a recap of Parts I & II
In our June and July issues, this publication described how a
man named Thomas Moore has acquired control over hundreds
of dead people’s estates in the Las Vegas area under unusual
provisions of Nevada probate law. As a court-appointed
“independent administrator,” Moore is empowered to dispose
of estate property with minimal supervision, involving a
series of opaque transactions. The process circumvents interests
of potential heirs and other parties in ways that probate
experts across the country find bizarre and disturbing. Even
as Moore faces challenges from Clark County’s elected public
administrator, Robert Telles, as well as from families claiming
harm from his activities, he and his attorneys have denied
A Vegas Voice
by Judy Polumbaum
1. Nevada looks mighty whacky!
Senior citizens are often told: Make a will. Designate
beneficiaries. Name an executor.
The coronavirus pandemic reminds us that life is
tenuous, more so for the elderly and marginalized, but
for everybody. The videos of brutal killings that have
sparked protests across the country remind us that
death can strike precipitously and prematurely.
Less obviously, Thomas Moore’s activities in Clark
County under Nevada’s Independent Administration of
Estates Act underscore the need to make arrangements
for the afterlife.
Prior installments of this investigation describe how
Moore took over hundreds of dead people’s estates
with surprising ease. This part introduces the state
law that enables someone with no relationship to the
deceased to administer probate, the legal process by
which a person’s assets pass to heirs and/or creditors
Not that this process is always squeaky clean elsewhere.
Probate has long had a bad reputation, say
scholars in the field, because lots of money may be up
for grabs in estates without obvious fiduciaries.
In recent decades, however, experts across the country
have endeavored to clarify and simplify an often
cumbersome and expensive process, while also ensuring
safeguards. These efforts have produced a kind
of model law, the Uniform Probate Code, under the
umbrella of the Chicago-based Uniform Law Commission.
That organization drafts legislation in complex
areas for use by the states. To date, 19 states have
adopted or adapted the model provisions for probate.
Nevada is not one of them.
In bygone days, say scholars familiar with the history,
a main source of probate corruption was a kind
of pay-to-play scheme, in which those seeking a piece
of the pie made contributions to candidates for probate
judge, who then appointed their donors guardians
over estates. Stricter campaign reporting rules,
closer supervision of guardianship, and increased
regulation of the probate process have pretty well
eliminated this sort of dealing.
So what’s going on with all these Las Vegas cases?
Half a dozen experienced practitioners and scholars
contacted by phone for this report expressed various
degrees of amazement at the seeming ease with
which an individual can gain an independent administrator
appointment here. They were taken aback at
the evident lack of thoroughness and protections in
Nevada’s probate law and practices, and dismayed by
the murkiness of real estate dealings that may take
place without court supervision.
2. A benign idea gone astray?
The concept of independent administration itself is not
unusual or even problematic, according to David English,
University of Missouri professor of law, who was
one of the major authors of the Uniform Probate Code.
Numerous states have such provisions.
Typically, however, a court will appoint an independent
administrator only if everyone on a long list of other
candidates with higher priority has signed a waiver, “or
sometimes if a case comes up long after a death,” English
And typically, the appointee is the relevant public official
in that jurisdiction – someone like Nevada’s public
administrators, elected officials at the county level. As
readers of this series know, Clark County’s public administrator,
Robert Teller, has endeavored to assert this
responsibility by challenging Moore’s dubious takeovers.
On occasion, a creditor will step into the administrative
role – the bank, perhaps, (Continues on next page)
(Continues from previous page)
...if the house is underwater and nobody wants to deal with it.
“This is like a last resort, and it’s not a common thing,” said
English, who has 40 years of expertise in the field.
Probate rests on a basic bulwark, the assurance that anyone
seeking authority must prove their standing “before you are entitled
to mess with a decedent’s estate,” according to John Langbein,
professor emeritus of law
at Yale. That safeguard
seems to be absent here,
said Langbein, who began
teaching probate law 50
years ago, and also helped
draft the model code.
“I’ve never really heard
of anybody doing this; this
is a new script for me,”
Langbein said of Thomas
Moore’s multitude of appointments
as an independent
strikes me as so curious is
that this fellow doesn’t seem
Yale emeritus, Probate expert
to bear any relationship to
the heirs; nor is he in a
“It’s almost like a bountyhunter
machine,” exclaimed another scholar. “It’s so illogical, so
corrupt, so bananas.”
VEGAS VOICE SPECIAL REPORT
3. Legislative Origins
Thomas Moore’s ability to gain authority over hundreds of
estates in Clark County rests on legislation dating back nearly a
A couple of years into the housing crisis, the Nevada legislature,
in its spring 2011 session, took up a package of proposed
changes to state probate law, including the addition of a lengthy
section known as the Independent Administration of Estates Act.
[Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapters 143-147]
Valerie Wiener, then a state senator, and Tick Segerblom, an
assemblyman (now a Clark County commissioner), co-sponsored
the bill. Segerblom admitted in a committee hearing that
he didn’t actually understand the changes, and would leave the
explanation to the experts.
In committee hearings on the proposed changes, advocates
said the independent administrator provisions would reduce the
costs of probate and burdens on clogged courts.
With few questions, and no significant objections that appear
on the record, the bill handily cleared both houses (21-0 in the
senate, 28-14 in the assembly). That June, in his first term as
governor, Brian Sandoval signed the changes into law, effective
October 1, 2011.
The results proved to be a slippery slope.
Stay tuned for-
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Our “New Normal”
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
Since “Rona” hit we’ve been adjusting our lives.
That goes from “hunkering down” to avoiding
crowds, wearing a mask and continually washing
or sanitizing our hands.
Some friends have ventured out to restaurants, casinos, large crowds,
etc. Some even dare to NOT wear a mask. Sorry, folks, but I’m abiding
by wearing my mask as soon as I leave the house (except in my car),
avoiding large crowds and NOT going to casinos or restaurants. I carry
my hand sanitizer with me at all times.
Also, since my beloved Smith Center is dark right now and we don’t
know when we will be back to work, I’ve had “Smith Center withdrawals.”
The beloved shows’ cast, crew and fellow co-workers are missing from my
I miss ushering all the fantastic shows that I’ve enjoyed for the past
8-1/2 years. But we will re-open again! And it’ll be safe, secure and
Have you gained a little weight? I managed to maintain my weight
- but believe me, it’s been tough. Without teaching my beloved Zumba
classes (while the fitness centers are closed) I’ve taken virtual classes.
Not the same as “live” but at least it’s something! Soon I’ll be able to
teach “live” again.
Do you prep all your vegetables when you get home? I wash the celery
stalks and cut them into bite size portions, so they’re ready to nibble when
I have a snack craving.
One helpful hint is to shave off a pound a week by cutting just 500
calories a day. But do be careful to eat enough – otherwise your body will
start to store energy as fat.
You can also drink lots of water. This helps to make you feel a little
fuller and helps with digestion.
Rule of thumb: Take half your body weight – divide it by 2 and that is
your “normal” amount of ounces per day. If you exercise or are outside
for any amount of time, additional ounces of water are needed.
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 email@example.com.
When it Becomes Too Much
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
I have practiced medicine for 20 years and I have
never seen anything like this. Our lives have been
held hostage by COVID-19 for months now.
Beyond the infectious effects of the virus and how it can become a
potential threat to the body, we are now seeing the effects of shutting
down and isolating from each other. Patients that usually come in for
other complaints are now seeking treatment for stress, anxiety, depression
One of the biggest concerns is that this is creeping up on many people
slowly. They do not even see it happening to them until they suddenly find
themselves anxious, depressed and not sleeping.
It is important to understand what is happening and why. Our nervous
systems are designed to handle and adapt to a certain amount of stress.
It was not, however, designed to handle a threat that lasts months on end
with no clear resolution in sight.
Add on top of this the protests, riots, concerns about equal treatment,
what is happening and may happen to police departments and it becomes
the proverbial straw that can break the camel's back.
The sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) becomes
overused and the body forgets how to relax - resulting in anxiety,
insomnia, digestive issues, headaches, etc. The unending strain on the
body eventually overwhelms its resources resulting in fatigue, depression,
moodiness or the exacerbation of current medical problems.
What’s the solution? There’s no easy answer in these times.
Social distancing is necessary to decrease the spread of COVID-19 but
at the same time, we are a social species. We require interaction and
support with family, friends and people to stay healthy.
Taking a walk with family (when it is not too hot) or exercising with
friends while still maintaining social distance may help. Eating healthy,
getting enough sleep, laughing, and engaging in activities the promote
personal growth will also ease the burden of these times.
If you are feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed, please seek
medical attention. There are many modalities and strategies that can
help you feel better and assist you through these difficult times.
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
Wait Till Next Year
By: Liz Palmer / NSG
It’s 2020, the 40 th anniversary of the Nevada
Senior Games, but our celebration will have to be
postponed until next year.
Sadly, our Board of Directors voted to cancel
our 2020 Games – the COVID Monster was simply
too much to overcome. We did our best to “control the controllables”
by preparing a sanitation protocol for athletes (and volunteers) and
designing disinfecting procedures for our competitions, as well as
securing personal protective equipment for all participants.
But Nevada’s mask directive caused us to cancel all indoor sports.
Combine that with climbing infection rates for Nevada and surrounding
states (we get a lot of out of state athletes) along with several of our venues
being in jeopardy regarding our usage – and suddenly the decision was
simply out of our hands.
This was tough. All our Board of Directors, Executive Staff, and Sports
Coordinators were keenly disappointed that we would not be able to
promote and advocate health and wellness for our senior community
through our Games this Fall. Obviously, the safety and well-being of
everyone remains foremost in importance.
We will extend a 100% refund on registration and events fees to all 2020
registrants. If you are a registrant, please check your email in the next few
days for all relevant information.
The National Senior Games Association has likewise taken into
account the cancellation of games for many states. Since this is a
qualifying year, they have implemented qualifying standards based upon
previous year’s participation.
Chances are you are already qualified for the 2021 Nationals next
November in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Please see their website at www.
nsga.com for qualifying information.
The Nevada Senior Games will plan for a bigger and better Games in
September and October of 2021 and we will do it with YOU, our friends
and supporters! We’re already looking forward to designing a new athlete
t-shirt, ordering medals, securing our venues, and making sure that next
year’s competition has everything illustrated by our motto “Fitness For
The Fun Of It!”
Put the Nevada Senior Games on your calendar for 2021! We’re looking
forward to welcoming you.
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: Nevadaseniorgames@outlook.com.
The Pain of it All
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
Well it’s over – my knee surgery was a success
and now I’m on my way to recovery. This is one
experience that I wish I could have skipped in my
life, but that wasn’t to be.
The boredom of sitting around with ice on my knee several times each
day and going from my bedroom to my recliner is making a path in the
carpet. The pain I feel during the day is tolerable and getting better each
day, but the night is different.
I only get about 4-5 hours’ sleep before I wake up with pain and forced
to the recliner and more ice. The physical therapy is going great, my knee
is quite functional and I’m walking very well with no help from a cane
After 35 days since the surgery, I went putting for 30 minutes and did
some chipping for the first time. I chipped just like before. I sure hope for
the same results when I finally pick up my irons.
But enough about me!
As a result of being laid up, I watch more PGA golf than ever before. The
golf I watched is nothing short of excellent – even without spectators, it’s
still good to watch.
What do you all think of Bryson DeChambeau and what he’s doing to
the game? It is exciting to watch golf right now with DeChambeau driving
the ball 364 yards…are you kidding me?
I must say he works hard and is totally dedicated to taking his game to
another level. He’s shaking things up on the golf scene by doing things
never done before – such as all his irons being of the same length and
his decision to put on a weight.
Whatever he’s doing seems to be working and the doubters out there
are beginning to quiet down. During the first 5 rounds since the restart of
the 2020 season, he’s finished in the top 10 all five weeks and winning last
week. All I can say is “Wow!”
Until then, hit “em” straight!
Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a
member of Winterwood Men’s Golf Association.. He can be reached
Gained a Few Pounds?
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
While this pandemic has far more serious
concerns than our waistline, it’s not gone unnoticed
by many that the lockdowns have also resulted in
our clothes fitting a bit more snug.
For lots of us, our weight seems to easily settle around the middle and
never seems to spread out evenly. While an overall loss of weight might
help, I decided to see what options might be available for my waistline.
If I was dedicated, I’d try to get “abs”, but the truth is, I’m not that
motivated. After just turning 65 I’m happy to settle for just a little less
around the midsection!
For a pricier and more hi-tech option, med spas have options like
Emsculpt. It uses Hifem technology to produce super maximum rapid
contractions to shape your abdominal muscles.
They claim they can reduce and sculpt your abdomen, giving you the
very sought after six pack. There are 4 treatments, usually a week apart,
and runs about $3,000.
While a bit (okay a lot) more than I personally want to spend, this is
an interesting option for those really wanting a more toned look.
There are also other procedures like Coolsculpt, which basically freezes
the fat cells and melts them away. It doesn’t sculpt your abs, but it gets rid
of that stubborn surface fat. This is usually two treatments a month apart
Your Fashionable Mask
By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”
Good morning, good
afternoon, and good
evening. It all seems to
be running together, doesn’t it?
I’m thinking about what to wear at home
today, or perhaps which mask to wear when I
go to the grocery. Is this fashion? Considering
the climate and that a mask is a social
distancing requirement, I am saying YES, it
No shoes, no shirt, no mask, no service. Big
Sigh? BUT WAIT - Maybe not.
Disposable blue, online purchased with
an air vent, or the big “cover your face”
plastic one that makes you feel like a welder.
Remember Jennifer Beals in Flashdance? I
loved that movie.
Maybe I can forget about how weird it looks
and just pretend I am her. Do I need the torn
I was wondering how many of us rely solely
on the disposable blue masks for convenience.
That’s good but let’s amp it up.
I did make my own mask, and several readers have asked about it. A
running about $2,500.
I decided to go an entirely
different route and try a home
workout with…a hula hoop
device. It is designed not to fall
down which should help.
I purchased a YouTen 2020
weighted hula hoop at a cost
of $59.97. I’ll see just how long
and how hard it is to use. Much
cheaper to be sure, but will it
Next month I’ll give an
update and share how often I
use it - and if it works. There is a good chance I won’t make it past day 3,
as that is my normal dedication level to exercise, but desperate times call
for desperate measures.
I’m staying pretty much at home, so there are no excuses for lack of
time. We shall see!
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company
based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty
products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or
through her website www.fullips.com.
picture was posted with my column where I added my rhinestone lip pin
to the outside. And it is fashionable.
I am going to make more because I want to
have the straps go around my head instead of
over my ears, so when I am wearing glasses or
hearing aids it does not interfere. And I may sew
on earrings, too.
I have a reader, Caroline, who shared with me
pictures of some unique masks that she wears.
Functional but also attractive and fun. They are
from the Wassa Wear Boutique. I’m intrigued
and looking forward to visiting the Boutique.
So now I am on a mission to discover
other masks to wear. They must be functional
because we cannot forget WHY we are wearing
the masks. But they can be fashionable too.
Of course, now I must see what outfit goes
with my mask, rather than the other way
around. And I think any mask would enhance
a pair of Louboutin sandals. Now if I only had
Let me know your thoughts readers. Send me
your mask pictures. Be safe and MASK UP!
Sandi Davis is the Fashion Style columnist and Behind-the-Scenes
Research Analyst for The Vegas Voice. She welcomes all questions
and opinions. You can contact her at Sandidavis@cox.net
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Mysterious Crop Circles
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
Historically people have been perplexed by a
phenomenon many claim to have been around
for centuries. Crop circles, as we know them, are
usually only spotted by airplanes because of their
size and inaccessible locations.
Their unexplained patterns are found worldwide in fields, sides of
mountains, etc. Although, there are no definitive answers as to how they
are created or why they appear, theories suggest they are formed by dust
devils, waterspouts, supernatural powers, etc.
Hoaxers Bower and Chorley confessed that from 1976-1991 they created
some 200 crop circles in England’s countryside. They demonstrated to
reporters how they created them using boards, ropes, balls and wires.
That’s when many of the mainstream sources considered the case of
crop circles closed. Yet, this didn’t explain the crop circles that appeared
elsewhere on the same night or the other thousands of designs that
appeared in over 60 countries - before, during and since those years.
Researchers claim that 30% of the crop circles are man-made. There’s
also evidence differentiating the hoax circles from the authenticated ones
that become increasingly more complex and intricate.
To date there is no known technology that can duplicate their
characteristics, nor have they been able to reproduce the same quality.
Eyewitness claims include seeing bright lights and the astounding fact
that the circles would appear in 20 seconds or less.
The authentic crop circles are found on earth’s electro-magnetic
locations, such as Stone-Hedge. Additionally:
1. The plants ’cells are always altered,
2. Their apical nodes were lengthened, due to some kind of electromagnetic/microwave
3. The seed embryos are distorted and subjected to intense heat from
the inside out. This softens the plant stems which forces them to drop
to 90 degrees above ground where they re-harden undamaged into this
The symbols are holograms similar to the Egyptian hieroglyphs. It is
believed that this is the language of the Soul that apparently activates the
consciousness of the observer. Their energy is understood on a level far
higher than one’s mind or personality.
Therefore, the human intellect cannot contaminate their real meaning
To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops
and readings, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
August Heat & Your Garden
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
In August, because of extremely high
temperatures, prolonged daylight and minimal
humidity, keeping our gardens healthy and
attractive can be quite a challenge! I have listed four areas that require
your garden attention.
1. Keep adequate moisture levels around your plants. While many
native plants have adapted to our August conditions, many non-natives
that have been introduced into our neighborhoods require more TLC.
As I tour neighborhoods, I see numerous flowering shrubs and bushes
that are heat and moisture sensitive. Roses, for example, require moist
soil and moderate temperatures to blossom.
Excessive sunshine reflecting on rock mulch can raise the ground
temperature to levels above 160 F severely damaging or killing many
plants. In order to protect these non-natives, it is important to create an
“organic mulch” buffer around these plants extending from their base to
the width of their branches.
This will prevent heat reflecting off of the ground and burning leaves,
flowers and stems. Organic (wood) mulch also retains the moisture and
can lower ground temperature by 60 degrees!
2. Keeping plants healthy. The hot and dry conditions put stress on
your plants. This encourages diseases and insects to invade.
Be vigilant when signs of disease or insect infestation appear. In
addition to visible insects on many plants, if you have agaves, keep in
mind that during August, the agave weevil lays eggs underground that
will hatch and eat the roots and kill these plants in the future.
To prevent this, I recommend
using a “systemic” insecticide
poured around the plants
and absorbed by the roots. In
August, Opuntia and Cholla
cactus are attacked by cochineal
bugs (resembling small cotton
balls) that cover these plants
and suck their juices, scarring
and killing the plants. Spittle
bugs (resembling little pearls)
attack rosemary doing the same
3. Pruning. With the
exception of palms and plants
such as lantanas, I would refrain from any extensive pruning since
pruning stimulates new plant growth.
4. Should you add new plants in August? Except for palms and cactus,
the answer is NO! New plantings need milder temperatures and less
sunlight in order to establish strong roots and to protect young leaves
Have any gardening questions? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@
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
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Families on the Front
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
When a G.I. goes to war, the family goes to
war as well. When he or she is wounded,
the family is wounded as well.
I salute the families that endure their own kind of pain and suffering
while their loved ones are in the line of fire. It is another side of serving
in the military that rarely gets acknowledged.
I believe that every man and woman that goes to war gets wounded
in one way or another, and the soul becomes an early victim. Souls are
connected first through family, and each wounded soul affects the rest
of the system.
Just as individuals are systems of physical, mental, emotional, and
spiritual interconnected parts, families are systems as well. For example,
when one part of us is out of balance our entire system is affected.
When we have a sore throat or broken nose, we do not function at our
best. Likewise, our family. When a warrior is separated from them (and
worse yet, becomes physically wounded), the family ceases to function
as well as it should.
When I was in Vietnam, I knew little of the degree of emotional pain
it caused my family. Only when I got home did I find out.
Since it was the first televised war in American history, the horror of it
all being broadcast daily into living rooms across the country brought
a lot of stress to families...mine included. The killed-in-action list was
posted like some kind of tally sheet, and my folks suffered high levels of
anxiety for the entire year I was in the war zone.
They waited helplessly and could only hope and pray that I would
It is through love that families are tied together. It is also through
that same love that we become vulnerable to the wounds of our loved
ones. And perhaps through that same love and connectedness, we can
find some newfound healing.
It is good for us veterans to stop and consider how much our families
were affected by our service; it helps us heal in unexpected ways. I
believe that by turning ourselves inside out and focusing on what our
loved ones suffered can lead to another level of healing for ourselves.
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.
Why Do I Have
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
Sound like a silly question? Well, in some
ways it is, but the real purpose of insurance
as it was originally developed has been lost over
Here is the reason you should have insurance: To mitigate the
severe impact that a loss might have upon you financially and/
You should only have insurance to mitigate (lessen) the impact of a
loss from which you could not easily recover.
Example: If you own a vehicle valued at $40,000 and it is stolen or
is a total loss in an accident, can you afford to spend $40,000 out of
pocket to replace it? If you can’t, then you should insure it.
This example is hypothetical of course since most people finance
large asset purchases (houses, cars and boats, etc.) and the finance
company “requires” that you protect the asset with insurance.
The key is that you insure assets because you are either:
1. Required to by a finance agent that holds the title or deed, or
2. Because the total loss of the asset would cause severe financial
damage to you.
That’s the key to understanding insurance. The question really is:
Can you afford not to insure?
And that is where our contemporary societal norms have broken
down. The fact is that most people will file insurance claims for minor
occurrences simply because they have insurance and are convinced
that is the reason they have it.
A broken window, a minor dent, or even a minor accident will send
people rushing to their insurance company to be compensated when
they could easily have suffered the loss without a severe impact on their
life. The litigious nature of our society is no help either.
Seems like the first words out of the mouth of someone who thinks
they have been wronged is, “I’ll sue!” The fact that our societal norms
have eroded to the point that we rarely think of “healing ourselves” but
instead, look to insurance companies (and the courts) to do it for us.
Every minor insurance claim that could have easily been handled
personally will have an impact on the industry and every frivolous
lawsuit that should have been handled outside the court system will
only exacerbate the problem.
For now, stay healthy and safe.
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.
Hot August Nights
By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining
Our hot August days remind me of living in
North Carolina where the days are long
Every Saturday morning was spent in the same way. My friends and I
would meet at the Farmers Market in the early morning and browse the
stands of fresh, beautiful fruits and vegetables.
The tomatoes were always fat, red and delicious. The corn was
reaching its end, but the small ears with the yellow and white kernels
were still the sweetest. We’d touch, sample and select, always trying to
be close to the fans that circulated at each stand.
The flower tent with its glorious colors and fragrances was always
our last stop. Afterward, we’d stow our finds in our coolers and head to
We’d sit in air-cooled luxury, drink our iced beverages and talk and
talk. They were truly the lazy days of summer and we enjoyed each
other’s company and conversation as only good friends can.
We’d make our plans for the evening and head home to refresh
ourselves and unpacking our purchases. Later we would meet at one
home, have a light dinner and play cards on that most coveted feature
of a southern home, the screened-in porch, while the fan circled lazily
I loved those evenings and miss them still. The hostess made cold
dishes, as no one wanted to cook in the oppressive heat. And pie from
the Farmers Market and ice
cream were always the dessert of
choice, the only variation being
My favorite cold dish was
always antipasto served with
crusty Italian bread and chilled
white wine. There are so many
variations of this, but here is
my favorite. It’s simple and
Try it. I think you’ll enjoy it.
ANTIPASTO: Layer a rimmed
platter with thinly sliced genoa
or hard salami. Cover with a
layer of sliced crisp celery.
Top with marinated red pepper strips, yellow or red peppadews,
marinated mushrooms, artichoke hearts and small mozzarella balls.
Add a can, drained, of black olives and a jar of drained green olives
Add strips of anchovies. Pour ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil over top
and let marinate for an hour (or mor)e before serving.
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.
Jan's Olympics Inspired No-Brainer Column (Part 2)
By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute
s I wrote last month, the Olympics, which would've run through August 9th, have always
inspired us to be more fit. Since we're quarantined for the most part, we need to get
exercise AND we need to reduce our stress. According to Brain Fitness: The Easy Way of
Keeping Your Mind Sharp Through Qigong, by Dr. Aihan Kuhn (see below), doing Qigong will
exercise our body AND mind. What on earth is Qigong you ask? It's a more gentle exercise
than Tai Chi, it stretches and strengthens the body, improves balance and reduces stress.
Qigong for Health & Longevity
upper arm. Take a
breath and hold.
Slowly move to
repeat this on
Place hands on your lower
back. Slowly rotate your
hips as if you using a hula
hoop. Switch direction.
Slowly lift hands & one
leg. Take a deep breath.
Lower hands & foot.
Repeat with other leg.
1. In one minute, name
places where you can
2. Make an alphabetical
Any room in your home,
Backyard, City park, …
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