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Where do you want to retire?
Aside from determining how much you can spend in a month, the location of where you want to
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Serious issues are thoughtfully
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May I Take Your Order?
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
I did it! I did it! I shouted to the startled
restaurant patrons while my Rana lowered
her head in embarrassment for my antics.
First and foremost, my PILL (partner in love & life), yours truly and
everyone at The Vegas Voice hope that you and yours are staying safe
and well during these unprecedented times.
We can make jokes and even laugh, but make
no mistake, the pandemic is real and deadly.
I recognize that we should stay home as
much as possible, however to my surprise, I
am the one always pushing us to get out of the
house to eat. My Rana is content staying home
and “cooking” whatever has to be placed in
And while I normally have no problem firing
up the grill, staying outside in the summer
heat of 115 F is just crazy. Hence my dilemma.
Now while wearing our facemasks (by the
way, how many do you have? My Ladylove has
at least a dozen in all shapes and colors – and
she hates them all) as we go out in public, we are faced with a new
problem – how to get a menu.
Who would believe or even think there’s a new normal for obtaining
Under the “old days” a hostess would give you one. Unfortunately,
like shaking hands, those days are apparently gone.
Now you have to play a game,. It’s called “Click the digital menu.”
And you need your cell phone to participate.
The “fun” begins when you take your phone and, using the camera
icon, you aim for the chicken scratch (it’s officially called a “QR Code”
– who knew…or cared?) and then, in theory, some banner magically
appears on your cell. Once you click that, the menu appears.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I detest this. Is it just me or have
you noticed that when getting the appropriate shot, your hands are
And how stupid do we look spending time and moving around the
table and chairs to aim correctly?
Make no mistake, this is “ageism discrimination.” No doubt
millennials can do this without giving this a second thought, but for
my fellow seniors?
Due to the above, I hope you can now appreciate my joy and delight
in telling the 50% capacity crowd that I was able to accomplish this in
under 5 minutes. And then I ordered a hamburger.
Notwithstanding my new skill, make no mistake – as soon as the Las
Vegas temperature dips below 105, I’ll be back
to the Bar-B-Que.
* It has been over 5 months since our Vegas
Voice Spring Home Show was postponed due
to the coronavirus. We were sure that our
rescheduled date for a Fall Show on September
12 th would go off without any problems and be
a smashing success.
We tried… we really tried, and still cannot
believe what has transpired. In a million years
I would have never imagined that we would
still be under the COVID-19 grip.
While we have no doubt that it will not be
a “shock” to anyone, The Vegas Voice sadly
announces that our Home Show, once again,
will be postponed. We have rescheduled the event for Saturday,
March 21, 2021.
** On a positive note, while The Vegas Voice had to cut-back its
distribution around town due to the coronavirus, we are proud to
announce that our commitment to “age-qualified” communities
continues. We welcome Ardiente in North Las Vegas and Cactus Valley
Living in Henderson to our mailing/delivery programs.
Last but certainly not least, if anyone has any comments, suggestions,
and/or ideas how to resume life under this “new normal” (or more
importantly if they have a cure for this damn thing) please let me
know. Until then, stay safe, have some (more) patience and know that,
sooner or later, life will resume.
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By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
1. I often wonder who “Pete” is and why we do
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2. At my age, rolling out of bed in the morning is
the easy part. Getting off the floor is a whole other
3. You know you’re getting old when you can’t walk past a restroom
without thinking, “I might as well go while I’m here.”
4. One way to find out if you’re old is to fall down in front of a lot of
people. If they laugh, you’re still young. If they panic and start running
to you, you’re old.
5. Some days I amaze myself. Other days, I look for my phone while
I’m holding it.
6. When you’re dead, you don’t know you’re dead. The pain is only felt
by others. The same thing happens when you’re stupid.
7. Brains are awesome. I wish everybody had one.
8. The main function of the little toe on your foot is to make sure that
all the furniture in the house is in place.
9. I find that these days, that most of my conversations start out with
“Did I tell this already?” or “What was I going to say?”
10. And finally: A police officer came to my house and asked me
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By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
thought I’d write this month about a
I wonderful actor I had the pleasure of working
with in 1958!
He played Trail Master Major Seth Adams on a well-received series
called Wagon Train which ran for 8 seasons. Yes, I’m talking about
The episode I’m referring to was “The Tobias Jones Story.” I played
an orphan and it was one of my favorite roles.
On our last day of filming he gave me this photo with that inscription.
I have it proudly displayed in my office and I am so honored to have it
as it means the world to me.
Ward Bond will also be remembered from such films as It’s a
Wonderful Life, The Maltese Falcon and Gone with The Wind, to
name a few.
He had a reputation of being an arrogant man of little tact, but I can
tell you from my experience, that underneath his tough, rather gruff
demeanor, he was a big Teddy Bear. He was what you’d call a “man’s
He also had a habit of swearing endlessly, without (I believe) even
realizing it. And because I was a minor, there was a welfare worker on
the set sent by the Los Angeles Board of Education.
I was required to have 3 hours of schooling on the set and she was
basically there to look out for my welfare, meaning - those hours
schooling, no overtime, one hour lunch, etc.
At one point, she
went to the director
and said if he used
one more word of
profanity, she would
pull me from the set.
The welfare worker
had the authority
to do just that,
which (of course)
would have held up
To his credit, Ward
He never even said
“darn” after that!
He played football with John Wayne at USC in 1926 and remained
lifelong friends. Wayne also did the eulogy at his funeral. Ward died at
the young age of 57.
I feel blessed to have known him.
Until next time, remember - It’s hard to be happy when we refuse to
let go of the things that make us sad.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
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The Man Across the
By: Dianne Hahn / Back in the Days
When I was growing up, there was one
person I’ll never forget - the man across
the street. Mr. Lazar wasn’t your typical neighbor.
He wasn’t married with kids. He wasn’t social, and he didn’t have a
job. In the summer he sat on his front porch every day drinking coffee
and looking up at the sky.
I rode my bike by
his house, and I’d
wave and call hello!
He never waved
back; he always
acted like he didn’t
The seasons came
and went. My steps
became faster while
Mr. Lazar’s grew
slower, but one thing
There was always
flashlight in his
hand. At night he’d
turn it on and off
and point it at the
sky. What was he doing?
I got used to the flashing light. I’d watch it as I did my homework at
the desk in my bedroom on the second floor of our house.
One night the flashlight didn’t shine. An ambulance arrived. “It’s old
Mr. Lazar,” the neighbors whispered.
I never saw Mr. Lazar again, but a nun came to the house occasionally.
She began to clean and fill huge trash cans with unwanted stuff. I
waved when I walked the dog. She always smiled and waved back.
One day in April a cleaning crew came to the house, and then a
realtor hung up a For Sale sign. The nun sat on the porch drinking tea
while they worked. I stopped to say hello.
“Did you know Mr. Lazar?” I asked. She smiled. “Ian was my older
brother. We were both raised in this house. Now it’s time to sell.”
“What happened to him? He never smiled or said hi to me.”
“He was wounded in World War I. Ian was shell shocked from
firefights. Are you the little girl across the street?”
I nodded. “What was he doing with the flashlight every night?”
“Oh, the flashlight.” She took another sip of tea and her smile
broadened. “He was watching for enemy planes. One day he told me it
was to protect the little girl across the street.”
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
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They all made history. Our history.
Come take a walk through it.
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A former schoolteacher, Dianne also writes for children. Presently
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By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
For most songs, the public is well-aware of
composers are forgotten, and the music is
credited to the performers who made the
song so popular. We should of course, always
remember the composers, since without them,
we have no songs.
Such is the case with the production of
a simple, happy song called Sentimental
The melody was written by Les Brown,
leader of his “Band of Renown” and Ben
Homer with lyrics by Bud Green. The song
was not published until 1944 because of a
musicians strike, though it was performed as
early as 1942.
For the vocalist in the recording, they used a 17 year old girl named
Doris Day. It became her first No. 1 hit in 1945 and her most popular
recording with the composers being (almost) an afterthought.
The song became the unofficial song of reminiscing young soldiers
returning to their beloved hometowns after World War II. The song
begins with the words: Gonna take a sentimental journey. Gonna
set my heart at ease. Gonna take a sentimental journey to renew
The Cooking Gene
By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining
Do you ever wonder about attributes that
run in a family? We know those which can
easily be seen - hair color, eye color, body type,
Intelligence is often passed down, as is personality; some people are
serious, and some are funny. Some families have the cooking “gene”,
and some get the eating “gene” instead.
I come from a family of cooks. We pride ourselves on our food, setting
a beautiful table, and the parties we give. The gift had been passed
down through most of the family, but not all - or so it seemed.
To explain, we had a celebratory dinner at my niece’s home. This was
a matter of concern because the cooking gene was definitely not in her
DNA. For years, the family joke was that her best dish was toast.
As they say in the south, bless her heart. Since she was around good
food all her life, and she liked to eat, we just thought she couldn’t cook.
This time, though, she came through with a bang. She made
something I call Lynne’s Incredible Salmon, because not only was it
incredible that she made it, but it was incredibly good to eat.
As it turns out, it was not that she couldn’t cook, just that she didn’t
want to cook. As she finally explained, “You all enjoy it so much, I
hated to spoil your fun.” We’ve been had! She has the gene! Next year
Les Brown revised the music of Sentimental Journey to include the
clicky-clack sound of a train on a railroad track and adding the sound
effect of a train’s whistle’s wail “as the train
leaves at seven.”
The lyrics of Sentimental Journey were
developed from a travelogue by an Englishman
while traveling through Europe. The song
lasted 23 weeks on the Hit Parade, following
Doris Day’s hit recording of My Dreams Keep
Getting Better All the Time.
Doris Day was a singer, actress and animal
welfare activist. Her singing ability lasted 73
years. Her original name was Doris Mary Ann
Kappelhoff. She was still singing until she died
at age 90.
Several singing artists recorded Sentimental
Journey, including Frank Sinatra. It was on many country and foreign
albums, also becoming a Big Band instant hit.
Sentimental Journey, a classic, will forever be associated with Doris
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music
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she gets to do Christmas dinner.
Here’s the recipe for the salmon.
It’s easy and delicious. I hope you
Lynne’s Incredible Salmon
Combine ¼ cup orange mango
juice (or pineapple in a pinch),
2 tbs. lemon juice and four 6-oz.
salmon fillets in zip lock bag.
Marinate in refrigerator one hour,
turning occasionally. Preheat oven
to 400 degrees.
Remove fish from bag, discarding
marinade. In a small bowl, combine
2 tbs. brown sugar, 4 tsp. chili powder, 2 tsp. grated lemon rind, ¾ tsp.
ground cumin, ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon. Rub into fish.
Cover fish with paper thin lemon slices. Place in 11x7 baking dish
coated with cooking spray. Bake for 12 minutes or until fish flakes
when tested with fork.
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By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
was looking back at my article from last
I September, and realized how many shows
were going on, and how many shows The Vegas
Voice and I were producing. Guess what? There
still is quite a bit of entertainment happening on
the local scene.
Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t want anyone to think that Vegas is
back to any normalcy when it comes to entertainment, but I do want to
give you a quick rundown on who’s out there entertaining and where
you can go to see and hear live music.
Let’s start with just a few of the entertainers and then I’ll name some
venues that will provide you with food, drink and music.
George Bugatti, Michael Ross Nugent, Mark Giovi, Skye
Dee Miles, Rick Arroyo, Doug Taylor, Carmine Mandia, Rita
Lim, Randy Anderson, Jonathan Karrant, Laura Shaffer,
Vinny Adinolfi, Vin A., Janice Sands, Kelly Clinton, Kelly
Vohnn, Mama’s Wranglers, Genevieve, Kenny Davidson,
Janien Valentine, Ian Ward, Kent Foote, Jimmy Hopper…
well,you get the Idea!
So where do you go? Bootlegger Bistro, Italian American Club, Piazza
Lounge in the Tuscany, The Vegas Room, Hanks Steakhouse in Green
Valley Casino, Skyline Casino, Ichabod’s, Prosecco’s Italian Kitchen,
Chianti Restaurant, Saddle and Spurs Saloon, Trattoria Italia, La Casa
Cigar Lounge, Belle Vita, Firelight Barn, Bobby Mao’s along with some
Strip lounges in the casinos. There’s also a few places Downtown, like
Don’t Tell Mama and Notoriety.
And for all the folks that are staying home, we have a plethora of
online entertainment from Frankie Scinta, Ned Mills and Sally
Olson, Gary Anthony, Keith Thompson & Tony Arias, Craig
Canter, Jimmy Hopper, Chadwick Johnson, Vinny Adinolfi
and Vin A., Chase Brown, Bill Fayne, Jamie Hosmer, Jim
Hitte, Billy Stritch (from his New York apartment) and of course
The Composers Showcase hosted by Keith Thompson and featuring
some of the best singer/songwriters in Vegas.
If you want the calendar of where and when these talented entertainers
are performing, send me you email address and I’ll gladly include you
in my weekly email providing you with all the details.
Mask up, social distance and stay safe.
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By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
In the early days of the coronavirus shutdown,
when only the most essential businesses
could remain open, a produce purveyor for Bronze Café called general
manager David Mozes. With casinos dark, produce had piled up and
avocados were ripening.
The supplier offered Mozes bargain prices. Mozes jumped at the
opportunity, immediately turning to social media - passing those
bargain case-lot prices on to his customers.
“Oh, by the way, would you like any sandwiches?” he asked each,
with over 60% success rate.
Those suppliers also had
stockpiles of undeliverable
toilet paper earmarked for
the casinos. That prompted
another social media
marketing blitz. Mozes
estimates that he gave away
700-800 rolls of toilet paper, one free with each sandwich order.
Out-of-the-box thinking has been the hallmark of Mozes and partner
Peter Bastein since before arriving in Las Vegas in 2008. Mozes was in
the midst of a downtown multi-million dollar real estate project when
the market crashed.
It left him with nothing but time which he used to assist in Bastein’s
private chef catering business.
An opportunity to utilize a community center’s commercial baking
equipment came with the caveat that they also operate the coffee and
sandwich bar. The quirky nature of the operation quickly became a
favorite of the downtown legal community and a significant catering
The pair extended their footprint several times before opening at
2380 N. Buffalo in late 2018. Their goal was to be “the next great thing
that contributes to a community: food, service, quirkiness.”
The industrial-look Bronze developed a “Cheers-like” atmosphere.
“For some we are their social outlet for the day.”
Catering breakfasts and lunches for groups of 20-50 sustained them.
That business evaporated with the March work-at-home directive.
That’s when the avocado-toilet paper programs went into effect.
The carry-out business has flourished. “We’re surrounded by
thousands of homes fully occupied by people who aren’t going to work.”
Their menu of healthy salads, cold “sammiches” and sweets has
helped sustain the business.”Our “cold” food tastes just as good three
The partners recently introduced their menu inside the Juice Box LV,
7150 S. Durango.
Mozes encourages customers to challenge them with dining and
catering requests. “The answer is never no.”
Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to
hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:
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Alaskan Bermuda Triangle
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
The Alaskan Triangle is the state’s most
unforgiving and pristine wilderness. It
connects Alaska’s largest city of Anchorage in the
south, to Juneau in the southeast panhandle, to
Barrow, a small town on the state’s north coast.
There are actually a number of places like the Bermuda Triangle
where people are known to dissolve into an abyss, but none more than
Alaska’s Triangle where a staggering amount of people, boats and
planes disappear without a trace.
Despite government warnings regarding the environment, weather
conditions, wildlife, Bigfoot sightings, etc., tourists still flock to
experience these lingering mysteries.
One of the many theories surrounding these disappearances is a
belief that dates back 11,000 years to the native Tingit (people of the
tides) about a shape-shifting demon named Kushtaka, that lures lost
people to their doom by portraying distressed screams of women and
children in order to steal their souls.
An additional theory for disappearances has to do with alien
abductions. The pilot of a Japanese plane flying from Iceland to
Anchorage (1986) encountered three UFOs, one of which was twice the
size of an aircraft.
They followed the plane for approximately 400 miles right through
Alaska, appearing, disappearing and stopping abruptly. This was
witnessed by air traffic controllers on their radar screen for 32 minutes.
One astounding theory is that on May 22, 1992, the Chinese set
off their biggest nuclear explosion weapons testing program. A huge
underground pyramid was identified during this test.
There have been many other claims that the Alaska Triangle is
located on extreme electric, magnetic and electromagnetic anomalies
and vortexes (or “vile vortices”) which are electromagnetic currents.
Energy vortexes can cause instrument malfunctions.
People can be effected positively or negatively, emotionally, mentally,
and/or physically. Some experience disorientation, hallucinations,
and/or visions and acquiring healing powers.
Other examples of such vortexes are Giza Pyramid, Easter Island,
Stonehenge, etc. Therefore, locating this ancient pyramid is not that
unusual since it is believed that well-known monuments were built on
vortexes whenever possible.
It’s also believed that vortexes can open doorways to the spiritual
world (or another realm) which could possibly explain why so many
people disappear in those regions.
To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops
and readings, email: email@example.com.
Thoroughly Modern Grandma
By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit
Did you know that the Sunday after Labor
Day is National Grandparents Day?
I reluctantly admit to being a grandparent for
25 years, and only
recently learning of this occasion.
When our first grandbaby was three,
I delighted in hearing her call me
“Grandma.” Now that she’s 25, I sweetly
request that, as honored as I am to be her
nana, she refrain from addressing me as
such in public places.
It took another nine years, but we were
eventually blessed with four more grandkids, now ages 10 through 16.
I don’t yet have a problem with any of them yelling “Grandma” in a
crowded movie theater, but as soon as the 16-year-old grows one more
inch, and starts using eye liner, I shall look around quizzically and
pretend not to notice that she’s referring to me.
Love them all as I do, I have to confess that my grandparenting
may fall a little short. I don’t bake cookies (or bake anything for that
I attend only one out of three Little League games and have avoided
extensive babysitting gigs by moving to Florida. Besides, I spend a
considerable amount of time writing these articles instead of imparting
wisdom to the next generation.
But, there is something that I have passed on to my young crew, at
least the four out of five who are female. They inherited my shopping
Over the years, for birthdays, and back-to-school, we’ve spent
quality time browsing through racks. And
I have delighted in watching my young
granddaughters defining their own sense of
style and individuality.
I was known as the “Shopping Grandma.”
The one who’d drive them to their favorite
retail establishment, and patiently look on
as they assessed the inventory, tried on their
selections, and asked me for an opinion.
We’d return home, and they’d proudly model for their parents, who
occasionally frowned because a skirt was too short. But, hey, Grandma
was entitled to be the spoiler.
It’s September again, and back-to-school time. Sadly, there are no
more shopping sprees. They’re older now and prefer shopping with
I must admit I miss our ritual. But now that I’ve discovered
Grandparents Day, perhaps they’d like to take me shopping?
Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s
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Nevada State Seniors Golf Club
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
In December 2019, the Nevada State Seniors
Golf Club (NSSGC) members played their
last tournament at the famed Stallion Mountain
Golf Course. It was a bittersweet occasion marking the end of the club’s
45 years in existence.
Sadly, there would be no new games scheduled for 2020 as the club
was forced to cease operation due to a declining number of members.
It’s a shame that after working so hard to keep the club going, we
could not muster enough participating players to continue to provide
meaningful tournaments for our members.
Why should readers care? Well, many of you, at one time or another,
were members of this club. I live in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and I
know a number of past members that live here.
I was a member for 20 years and served as Vice-President during the
past two. I can say we gave it a “gentleman’s try” to keep the club going
- but it was not to be.
During our hay days (not that long ago) the club had over 350
members. When we shut down in January, there were fewer than 50
and participation was down to the mid 20’s.
We even had members from Pahrump, Havasu, Mesquite and Utah.
The club was well known in for its organized tournaments which were
played monthly at various golf courses around the valley.
Several times each year the club would travel to Mesquite, Saint
George, Laughlin, and Bullhead City for 3-day events. What I really
miss is not seeing the members I have known and played with during
the past two decades – that part hurts.
The good news (if there is any in this situation) is that, in keeping
with the club’s by-laws, our President Bob Genzer entered into an
agreement with the SNGA to donate the money that remained in the
club’s treasury after its closure to create the “NSSGC High School Golf
Program” to support junior golfers throughout Southern Nevada.
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
By: Liz Palmer / NSG
At the Nevada Senior Games, we’ve absorbed
the disappointment of having to cancel our
Games due to COVID-19. It was
a very difficult decision to
make but ultimately one
that was made in the best interests of our
athletes, volunteers and officials.
So, what’s next, now that the 2020
Games won’t happen? Would be you
believe we’re already looking forward
The Nevada Senior Games started in
1980 so 2020 was to be our 40 th anniversary.
We had a great athlete shirt design for 2020
and we plan on keeping that for 2021.
If you qualified for the National Senior Games in 2018 or 2016,
you’re in luck. The National Senior Games Association has extended
qualifying to those athletes who qualified those past years to compensate
for our state’s games being cancelled.
Consider a visit to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in November 2021 to
participate with other qualified athletes at the National Senior Games
Association competition. Their website is www.nsga.com.
Looking Forward to 2021
And in case you aren’t in the mood for a national-level competition
and just want to keep it local, our state games will take place in
September and October 2021. We anticipate approximately 800 to 1,000
athletes from Nevada as well as other states to visit Las Vegas, soak
in our sunshine, enjoy participating in their favorite
sports (over 20) that we will offer, and partake in
everything that Las Vegas has to offer.
What could be more fun? And you
can be a part of it. Just follow my
articles to keep up with everything the
Nevada Senior Games is planning.
You can also keep an eye on our
website, nevadaseniorgames.com to
insure you stay up to date with all our
In future articles I’ll feature, not only
upcoming news about the Nevada Senior Games, but I’ll also feature
area residents who participate and support our Games. Look to them
for inspiration to target the 2021 Nevada Senior Games in order to
enjoy Fitness For The Fun Of It!
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By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”
am still masking up and social distancing.
I Even daring to go out in small groups or to
a venue with properly
As you can assume, it is now my habit to
mask up. Heavier eye liner and mascara,
and instead of lipstick, I am using a lip liner
to color my lips.
This does not rub off on the mask too
much. I tried lip stain, but that tends to
leave my lips dry.
But what about the hair? I prefer to wear
a mask with ties that goes around my head,
rather than ones with the ear loops.
I have Meniere’s disorder in my left ear.
I wear a specialized set of hearing aids that
transmits the sound from my affected left
ear to my right in order that I can discern what’s being said.
Anyway, that means not only do I have a small hearing aid behind
my ears, but I also wear glasses when not wearing contact lenses.
Now, when I add a mask loop behind my ear, what happens? I tend to
loosen my hearing aid or get hair tangled in my glasses, or both. Messy.
This means that the mask with the loop or ties behind the head is
By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight
The coolest things about astrology is studying
the patterns of the planets. Identifying
patterns in the
sky, can be passed
directly down to my client’s lives to offer
This can bring comfort to clients
hearing about upcoming energies as they
are able to look back into their lives and
reflect on how they lived it out previously
based on a specific date or year.
We all have a chart full of themes, but
an easy pattern to track is our Saturn
Our Saturn Return is when Saturn
returns to the same degree and sign it was when we were born. Saturn
takes approximately 28 years to travel around the sun, so reflect on
what happened between the ages 27-29. (I throw in 27 for the early
During our Saturn Return, it is common to experience large
structural shifts or pivotal decisions, such as marriage, divorce, big
moves, children or new career paths. The decisions made at this time
desirable, but not perfect. With behind the head ties, I am left with the
inevitable (drum roll please) MASK HAIR! Yes, it does exist.
I have considered the cat/teddy bear buns that has been popular, But
I do believe I am a bit old – no; correct that
to: “I am a bit mature” to wear my hair in
I found this picture on the internet, and
I thought “Why Not!” Two buns, lower on
the back of the head, and I can hook my
ear loop masks to them. Call them Princess
Leia Buns in the back.
And the mask will not interfere with
hearing aids, glasses or earrings. What do
In the future I am planning to attend a
few smaller fashion shows and will write
about what looks good for the Fall, and
what the latest trends are for the mature
fun loving woman in all of us.
And of course, if you have any questions or ideas, I will enjoy hearing
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
most likely affect all aspects of life - from your home, to your name, to
In astrology, this is what we consider the end of youth and beginning
of adulthood. It’s a classic time to break away from the tribe and go off
on our own in some way.
Most of us will experience two Saturn
Returns in our lifetime, maybe even
3! Typically, the first one catches us off
guard and it’s not until years later that
we realize how pivotal our decision was.
Our second Saturn Return happens
between 56-57 years of age. This
experience may feel a bit more spiritual
than the first.
At this point, we can really identify
what is most important in our life and
Saturn assists in ushering us out of situations that no longer serve us.
Depending where you are in your life, this exercise can cause
reflection or anticipation for what’s to come!
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. Her podcast, Mom and Me
Astrology can be found on any of the major podcast apps.
By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations
Apple Films released a new Tom Hanks movie
in July, called “Greyhound.” It’s based on
the novel “Good Shepherd” written by C.S Foster.
It was an exciting 90 minutes of ships, U boats
(German submarines), torpedoes, bombs, and planes. Director Aaron
Schneider made this an intense, thrilling World War II story inspired
by actual events.
Captain Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) leads an international convoy
of 37 ships across the Atlantic to deliver thousands of soldiers and much
needed supplies to Allied forces in February 1942. Their destination:
Liverpool, England, with Great Britain supplying an air escort.
The film however starts two months earlier in December 1941 at
a hotel lobby in San Francisco. Captain Krause meets a woman to
exchange Christmas gifts; she gives him some leather slippers, and
he gives her an inspirational Christmas tree ornament inscribed,
“Yesterday, Today, and Forever.” Both gifts play a significant part later
in the story.
The German U Boats were very aggressive, attacking the Greyhound
from every direction. Most torpedoes missed the ship but one hit
causing three deaths.
Those sailors were buried at sea with a ritual ceremony. It occurred
36 hours prior to the safety of Allied air cover.
The movie maps its course by Tom Hanks’ steady hand. Some of his
facial expressions are readable, but at other times he seems distant,
blank, and lost in thought.
Much of the film is contained in the claustrophobic world of the
bridge with the Captain shouting all manner of naval jargon. It
accurately details the loss of ships and lives of the heroic sailors.
Hanks’ character prayed before eating or drinking, and begins his
first and last days in battle, by kneeling in prayer. The inscription,
“Yesterday, Today, Forever” hung by the door of his cabin.
At the end of this movie, real footage of the battle was shown. This
gripping movie is well worth 5 out of 5 stars.
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
Hula Hoop Tales - Part II
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
As Covid-19 continues to cause concerns,
staying healthy is more important than
ever. So, as promised, here’s my feedback on the
weighted hula hoop!
Full disclosure: my 30 minutes a day didn’t happen. I got off to a slow
start, not because it was hard, but because I just couldn’t get motivated.
Once I did however, I actually liked it! It’s kind of fun to use.
You need a wide area because the ball spins around your waist. Our
little French Bulldog Reid thought it was a new way to play catch.
You can put it
snap it on, give the
ball a spin and a little
movement is all you
need to keep things
going. It’s also small,
so it’s easy to store.
Using it is easy,
but for max effect,
how you stand
and how much
effort you put in
or not you start to feel
Initially, it didn’t
seem to work the
waist area I was aiming for. My daughter suggested changing my
stance and as I experimented more, I realized it was giving me at least
a minimal workout.
After a few days, my problem was boredom - and watching the clock.
A friend suggested I play music, which made all the difference! I put
on my favorite songs and instead of watching the clock, I counted how
many songs I could make it through. It became more like dancing,
with specific movements focused on my core.
I stopped thinking about time and enjoyed the music, all fast and
upbeat. If you don’t have a playlist, pull up music on YouTube.
Upbeat music makes exercising easier and elevates your mood. We
could all use that right now!
I found it easy, fun and not physically stressful. If, however, you have
a bad back, the movement may not be optimal. Make sure and stretch
prior to starting any exercise.
One last tip: keep the hoop where you can see it. It’s easy to “forget”
about using it if it’s not out just begging you to put it on.
I’m going to keep at this as I do think it has potential! And, it beats
the chair dancing I usually do at my computer!
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.
By: Liz Breier / This & That
Did you ever go to Summer Camp? Not day
camp, not a bungalow colony but a real,
pack a trunk, sleep in a cabin, spend the summer
with friends and counselors camp? As summer
draws to a close I waxed nostalgic for those days.
Those memories are priceless and there are social media groups
solely dedicated so the alumni can reunite and share memories.
Memories of jacks on a bunk floor, color war, inter-camp competition,
Friday night socials, morning flagpoles, parents on visiting day, raiding
the boys or girls camp and, if you went to the same Camp I did, stories
of Chesty and his waterfront cabin.
Sleep away camp was an experience unlike any other. Living in
one room with 7 other girls and 2 counselors (barely more than kids
themselves), a “back room” with rows of cubbies in which we stored
We were each assigned a bed “bunk”, which we were expected to keep
neat. We all shared in the responsibilities of cleaning – which usually
meant sprinkling water on the floor in order to sweep and not have the
dust fly everywhere.
I know this sounds a bit military, but Camp is where you learned to
play all sorts of sports; including some no one else heard of - like deck
tennis, (where you learned to get along in close proximity with various
personalities), made lanyards, how to make something delicious out of
rye bread, ketchup and lemons (don’t ask), drank bug juice (definitely
don’t ask) and most importantly, learned to appreciate what you left
behind for 8 weeks in the summer.
Here I am, more years later than I care to admit, and can still sing my
Camp song which we belted out with pride as an opposing camp arrived
to compete against our members in various activities and sports. “In
strong array the Blue and Gray again….”
The memories of summers in the country provide a treasure of
experiences to share. If you too had eventful summers, I hope this
jogged your memory to remind you of good times.
Liz Breier is an ex-New Yorker who retired to Florida for 24 years
before deciding that Nevada means home to her. You can contact
Liz at: email@example.com.
By: Carol Chapman
your biggest disappointments as a teenager?
Maybe you were gearing up for your big softball tournament, increasing
your batting average weekly, and three days before the championship
you took a freak fall off your skateboard and broke your shoulder.
Or perhaps you’d beetn hoping for months to be asked by “a certain
someone” to the prom, and when he finally approached you with the
invitation, it became the highlight of your senior year. Then the week
of the big dance, you came down with mono and had to sit the night
You stared at the beautiful dress hanging in your closet while your
date took the girl who sat next to you in English class.
That’s how I feel when I think about the six fundraisers The
Foundation had to cancel or postpone because of the pandemic.
We’ve missed out on an entire year of active fundraising, which puts
a significant strain on operations. Seniors and veterans with needs
don’t take a year off. I’m grateful for the volunteers who show up daily
to help us fulfill the mission.
If you want to get involved or donate, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit us at www.foundationassistingseniors.org.
Come Join Us
By: Temma Hammond
Our senior community has such a wide
variety of folks that have skills in so
many ways and artistic abilities that sometimes
they themselves are surprised. I have given workshops in acting for over
forty-five years at colleges and studios and the greatest enjoyment I’ve
experienced is watching my fellow seniors have fun with their own and
collective creative strengths.
I also started an Improv group within the senior community where
I lived and for several years they’ve worked together learning the skills
of improvisation and performing. The ability to speak freely with
confidence, in “improv”, is simply wonderful.
Now with Golden Network TV available on Roku and working with
The Vegas Voice, I wonder if any of you reading this might be interested
in doing some local interaction through our streaming service.
Improvisation is what we do every day in our lives - no script is needed
to go shopping, talking on the phone or any daily communication, so
we all can improv. Working in a group doing improv is learning to trust
your own abilities and expand your communication skills.
I would enjoy hearing from you if you have any interest in being part
of such a group. I promise you, it’s a lot of fun.
Temma Hammond is the CEO & Founder of The Golden Network.
You can watch all their great programs on ROKU.
Recall All of Them!
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
have the dubious distinction of over 45 years
I experience dealing with politicians. Seldom
have I come across a collective group of elected
representatives so thoroughly inept!
The Henderson Mayor and City Council have clearly demonstrated
a complete lack of compassion for those afflicted by the pandemic. As
infections continue to escalate and more people are dying from
COVID-19, this Mayor and Council choose to ignore realities.
Aside from the Hockey Arena fiasco what else are these misguided
politicians enamored with? Last month’s Las Vegas Review Journal
story summed it up perfectly: “Henderson Using Coronavirus Relief
Money to Remodel City Hall Entry,” to the tune of $2 million.
The GOOD news: only after widespread complaints was their
misguided action reversed.
At this challenging time, their priorities should be to use every
available resource to eradicate this virus and provide support to those
in need. It certainly begs the question, why are they not coming to the
same conclusion that any sane person would?
Clearly there is a tragic disconnect between these elected officials and
mainstream thinking. It should never take a groundswell of anger to
alter very questionable policy directives by this Mayor and Council.
A building, whether an Arena or any other inanimate object, doesn’t
eat, sleep or visit the doctor when ill – PEOPLE DO. So, the obvious
question is, who or what do these politicians represent?
If ever there was a need to get rid of these shockingly incompetent
politicians the time is now! Recall the Mayor and entire City Council by
floating a petition to force them out of office.
A formidable task? Yes. But, when over 3,000 voters signed a petition
to place the Pavilion Arena on the ballot that the City defiantly rejected,
I’d say the odds are promising.
Contact the organization that authored the Arena Petition, the
“Henderson Coalition for Responsible Government” to initiate the
process. I believe, (as I am certain most of you do) a human life is far
more important than any building anywhere at any time - especially
during a pandemic.
It’s time these elected representatives get a wake-up call!
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
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Time to Review Trust Documents
By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry
In this pandemic we have a lot fewer options
about what to do with our time each day.
I suggest that if you have a Trust, one afternoon
take it out, blow the dust off of it and make a list of all your assets over
10K in value. Now ask yourself are these assets, owned and controlled
by the Trust?
Simply having a Trust is a good start on estate planning, but if you
haven’t “fully funded” your Trust, the job is not complete. You see,
Trusts only work if everything is put into the Trust or name the Trust
as a beneficiary.
Those items not in Trust either operate by contract or add up together
and go through probate. Probate is bad, costly and time consuming.
It’s silly to spend the money on a quality estate plan and then not
finish the work so your estate goes through probate. If only one lesson
is learned from this pandemic, it is the importance of not delaying
If the need arises, will your durable powers of attorney allow your
agents to make crucial medical decisions or worse yet, if you need
memory care or a skilled nursing facility, will your agents be able to do
the needed advanced planning or care for you?
Two free things I’m offering for the month of September. First, it’s
easy to put off getting around to funding your trust so I’m developing a
system to keep it on top of your mind.
If your Trust isn’t “fully funded” I can send you a Funding Tracking
form. Simply fill out the items you need to fund and return the
worksheet to me.
I will send you email reminders each month. When you complete an
item, follow the instructions on the email reminder and it will come off
the list for next month (six-month duration).
Second, has it been more than 5 years since someone has reviewed
your Trust? Have you moved from another state to Nevada? Has your
marital status changed, or have you included long term care planning
as part of your estate planning?
It’s time for a free 30 minute Trust review. Please give me a call to set
up the appointment.
Each of these services normally run $500, but for September they are
free. My way of saying “Thanks for TrustingJerry.com with your estate
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Get the “Chuck” Out!
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
8,500 active guardianship cases
and I only have a very few that are
disgruntled, and I think that’s a very positive
spin on what’s going on in our system. – Judge Charles Hoskin in
his TV interview on KTNV (Channel 13) with reporter Darcy Spears,
February 2, 2015.
Over the past 6 years, The Vegas Voice has investigated, reported
and exposed the guardianship scandal in Nevada. We have seen the
failure of the judicial system to protect those innocent and desperate
for assistance – especially seniors.
We have witnessed first-hand the greed and the evil in people. We
have met many more who simply “closed their eyes” or walked away,
knowing full-well the financial and emotional hardship that resulted
to these totally innocent citizens. Charles Hoskin is one of these
How bad was it? As the Nevada Guardianship
Commission (which I was proud to serve as a
member) reported on December 15 th of that year,
On or about June 1, 2015 ...there were
approximately 8,700 designated as open
guardianship cases... Roughly 4,000
have been closed and removed and that
out of the remaining 4,694 cases, 4,069
had annual reports due. (86.6% noncompliance
It was no wonder that Hoskin was
subsequently removed as the presiding judge
over all Clark County guardianship cases when
the scandal became public. This scandal was and
remains a disgrace to the Nevada guardian and judicial
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, it is abundantly clear that Judge Hoskin is unfit to be reelected
to serve as judge in the District court, Family Division, Department E.
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
It’s time for us – Vegas Voice readers,
to begin disinfecting the Family Court
air. We need to “throw the Chuck off
Take a look at our sample ballot. I even
suggest you cut out the ballot and save for the
* In last month’s “Soapbox” I set forth how
Chuck’s wife and daughter proves it’s “not what
you know, but WHO you know” to work in
the Family Court. The Vegas Voice demonstrated that
nepotism is alive and well in the Hoskin family.
In response, did you see the denial from Judge Hoskin? Neither did
You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also
check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:
VEGAS VOICE SPECIAL REPORT
What happens here only happens here...
But should it?
The story thus far-a recap of Parts I, II & III
Prior issues of this publication have introduced strange
doings in Clark County Probate Court, and the Nevada state
law that enables a stranger to take over estates of dead
persons with little supervision and questionable results. One
individual in particular, Thomas Moore, has gained control
of hundreds of estates in recent years, with homes sold and
resold and benefits accruing to the same cast of people. Given
a surge in deaths due to coronavirus and the expiration of
moratoriums on rent and mortgage payments, more estates
may become vulnerable to this sort of hijacking. Here, we further
explore Nevada’s odd law, and how it came to facilitate a
scheme that one expert calls “bananas.”
A Vegas Voice
by Judy Polumbaum
PART FOUR: UNRAVELING
THE LEGAL MINUTIAE
1. The distressed housing backdrop
A Nevada law enabling a total stranger to assume control of a
deceased person’s estate seems to have delivered more than state
legislators bargained for. Although they actually didn’t bargain at all.
As described in earlier installments of this investigation, Nevada’s
Independent Administration of Estates Act, adopted in 2011,
allowed one individual to gain authority over hundreds of homes
whose owners had passed away.
Back when the act was proposed, advocates of the change
voiced only the best of intentions. Nobody seems to have considered
where the road paved with good intentions might lead.
Reno attorney Julia S. Gold, who represented the Nevada State
Bar Association at committee hearings, told legislators the independent
administration proposal was designed to “expedite the
probate process, reduce the burdens on the courts and reduce
the administrative costs of probate by allowing a personal representative
to act more independently from the court in noncontested
Gold said courts would allow such a representative to proceed
under the act only in certain circumstances, and only with concurrence
of beneficiaries: “Essentially, everyone has to receive
notice and agree.”
Unmentioned back then, but certainly on many minds, was the
foreclosure frenzy that had peaked in 2009 and had yet to subside.
Las Vegas was experiencing what one study described as a
“dramatic increase in real estate transactions” driven by investors
seeking bargains in the distressed housing market.
The proliferation of mortgage defaults put added stress on the
probate courts, increasing the incidence of estates burdened by
debt, and swelling the throngs of bargain hunters chasing deals
wherever they might be found.
signs a bill
Previously in Nevada, any real estate sale within probate
required court approval and review. A sales contract, along with
a formal appraisal of the property, had to be submitted to the probate
court in the appropriate county before a sale could occur,
and that anyone could offer a higher bid in an open hearing.
Under the new law, for estates valued at under $300,000, an independent
administrator could gain full authority to handle such
sales according to rules of “summary administration,” without
court monitoring. This system, it was thought, would ease pressures
on the courts, shorten the time frame for settling estates,
and reduce legal expenses.
2. Revisiting the statute a decade on
Of course, the Independent Administration of Estates Act was
premised on the absolute honesty of independent administrators
and impeccable ethical conduct on the part of their attorneys.
These assumptions do not appear to have been questioned as the
act took effect.
Nearly a decade later, critics say the law is seriously flawed.
They want state legislators to fix it. Their Exhibit A is Thomas
Moore, Clark County’s most prolific court-approved independent
administrator of estates.
Gold, the Reno attorney who helped get the act passed, remains
a strong proponent. In a phone interview, she said she believes
the legislation generally works as intended, alleviating burdens on
the system, reducing time in court, and lowering legal costs. The
law serves what has always been her goal, she said: “to get as
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much money as possible to heirs and beneficiaries.”
To Gold, Thomas Moore’s dealings with hundreds of estates in
Clark County sounds like “a complete abuse of the statute,” but
not cause to thoroughly revamp the law. “One bad actor should
not cause the law to change [entirely],” she said.
However, Gold did support amending the statute to provide
additional protections, such as a mandate that the public administrator
be notified whenever a non-relative seeks authority over
an estate of someone who died without a will.
As currently written, the law specifically requires petitioners to
send notice of intent to administer an estate to the state’s director
of Health and Human Services (for purposes of Medicaid recovery)
and any identified heirs. More generally, it requires notice
to others with an “interest” in the estate. Once appointed, the
administrator also must notify creditors, who under summary administration
have 60 days to file claims. [NRS 145.030, 145.060,
In addition, Nevada law mandates notification about any
“proposed action,” such as real estate sales, requiring that the
administrator send “a reasonably specific description of the
action” along with contact information to known heirs, others
whose interests might be affected, anyone who has filed a request
for “special notice” about the case, and, if state interests
are involved, the state attorney general’s office. [NRS 143.700,
Dana A. Dwiggins, managing partner in a sizeable Las Vegas
trust and estate law firm and also active in the state bar association,
affirmed that a move is afoot to “firm up checks and balances”
related to independent administration. She said members
of the bar’s probate section support adding the public administrator
to the list of mandatory notifications.
Dwiggins noted that although the act was supposed to alleviate
the overload on the state’s probate courts, those courts remain
backlogged. In her view, the act is “underutilized” – for whatever
reason, she said, few attorneys she knows use it, or even have
much awareness of it.
3. A not necessarily awful idea gone bad?
Others see deeper problems with the law. Sources familiar with
probate proceedings in Clark County, Nevada’s most populous,
say the Independent Administration of Estate Act actually invites
misconduct. The growing number of critics includes attorneys,
property investors and realtors, and, of course, individuals faced
with a strange kind of hijacking of their deceased relatives’ homes.
It’s probable that many of the Clark County homes turned over
to independent administration actually are behind in mortgage
payments, or even underwater. But documentation that would
clarify the details of equity and debt does not seem to be obligatory
for smaller estates under summary procedures.
It’s surely true that some of these homes are in poor condition
and require substantial investment to rehab for resale. However, a
VEGAS VOICE SPECIAL REPORT
study of the Vegas housing market in the wake of the last recession
states that “the great majority of distress sale properties
coming onto the market do not need more than modest, largely
cosmetic, repairs to be saleable.” There is no reason to believe
that the housing stock is in worse shape now.
It’s likely that sales and even resales of these properties don’t
always produce profits in every single case, or that proceeds may
be moderate. But collectively, an independent administrator who
takes on a volume of cases must have something in mind. Thomas
Moore, asserts one observer, has been “running a mill.”
In theory, especially in a community with the volatility and
transience of Las Vegas, the idea of the independent administrator
is not necessarily terrible, according to experts. When houses
are underwater and heirs don’t want to deal with them or live out
of state, independent administration may help get abandoned or
neglected properties restored and inhabited.
The problem is that, when it comes to relatively low-value
estates, those worth less than $300,000, Nevada’s independent
administration allows transactions to take place “under the radar,
[so] nobody knows what’s going on,” in the view of one critic.
Lacking explicit requirements for documentation and transparency,
the act permits what another
observer characterizes as “sloppy
and greedy and negligent” handling
of a subsector of estates.
This flies in the face of what veteran
probate scholar Sheldon Kurtz,
professor emeritus of law at the University
of Iowa, says are fundamental
expectations in court. “We assume
people are telling the truth,” he said,
“unless someone else shows up to
Another scholar observes that
our legal heritage tolerates decep-
University of Iowa
tion where no challenges exist. “American courts function on
an adversary tradition,” this expert said: Courts weigh evidence
and arguments on opposing sides, then make a decision. “The
Anglo-American paradigm is two parties slugging it out. When
there’s only one party, they’re not likely to question.”
Moreover, these tendencies disproportionately afflict the less
affluent, those who leave modest estates, and whose surviving
family members likewise have limited means. Wealthy people
usually are better prepared for the afterlife, putting their plethora
of assets in trust, which avoids probate altogether. “These are
not wealthy people,” said one observer. “They are middle-class
people who truly may have nothing but the house.”
Stay tuned for-
Sheldon Kurtz. Professor
emeritus of law at the
A Very Busy Month
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
September is a very busy and important
month for desert gardeners. As we move into
more moderate temperatures and decreased direct
sunshine, many of our plants in our gardens emerge from their heat
induced “summer dormancy” and begin to grow once again, bringing
about a second surge of growth.
We should begin to prune away
sun/heat damaged foliage from our
landscape. This will stimulate new and
hardy growth and flowering of roses
and fruiting plants.
Many varieties of tomatoes and
peppers can be heavily pruned leaving
approximately 3”-5” of stem remaining. This will promote new flowers
and fruits forming during the coming months, giving you a second
crop right around Thanksgiving!
September is also an ideal time to fertilize the soil again. This will
stimulate new foliage and strengthen your plants for the winter months
by making them more resistant during the oncoming cold and windy
In addition, September is a good time to use “systemic” insecticide
around agave, yucca and aloe to “kill off” weevil eggs that have been
buried underground that would hatch in the early spring months
feasting on the plant roots and killing off your desert landscaping.
At this time sulphur can be added to the soil in order to lower the pH.
This will reduce alkali levels that have built up during the hot and dry
Rock Mulch usually lasts about five years before it needs to be
supplemented. The end of September will be a good time to add rock
mulch to freshen up your landscape’s appearance. Keep in mind that
rock mulch costs about $25-$30 per
ton, so budget accordingly.
September begins our second
planting season, so nurseries will
have fresh supplies of plants, trees and
shrubs. And seasonal plants such as
“Winter Decorative Cabbage” and root
vegetables become available after Labor Day.
During September, the temperature is moderate while the soil
remains warm. These are the perfect conditions for new plants to take
root and establish themselves for life in our desert neighborhoods.
Have any questions? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.
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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So, the “new normal” is seeing friends,
families and taking classes, etc. by ZOOM
(or some other media). I have been doing lots of
classes through ZOOM and it keeps me happy to see friendly faces.
Being “hunkered down” for so
long, we social creatures long for
companionship. My two cats are
great company, but I don’t speak
cat language. Sometimes I long to
speak with a human!
I’m not promoting ZOOM, but
it sure has become so popular and
many trainings have appeared on
social media. It really is pretty easy
to navigate once you learn the basics.
Even some of my beloved Zumba classes have been through ZOOM.
Having not being able to teach or participate at my fitness center since
March, I found that by participating in online classes has been a blast!
I’ve been taking at least 4-5 classes a week through ZOOM. Even my
annual Zumba convention was held this year on ZOOM.
Several instructors worldwide participated. It was fun to see
instructors in Europe, Canada, Australia and South America.
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
When Nausea Strikes
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
periodically have cancer patients come in for
I help with nausea and vomiting while they
are undergoing chemotherapy. Most people know
the unpleasant feeling of being nauseous or worse yet, vomiting. Yet
few understand and appreciate the purpose behind these physiological
Your body is designed to protect itself from harm. One of the most
vulnerable systems in your body is your nervous system.
The nervous system is usually kept isolated from the circulatory
system by what is known as the blood brain barrier. Think of this as
a filter which keeps potentially harmful substances in the blood away
from the brain and nervous system.
There is, however, a few places where this filter does not exist. Within
your brain stem is a segment of nervous tissue called the area postrema
that is in direct contact with the blood stream.
The area postrema has a very important role. It samples the chemical
compounds in the blood stream and if it finds something it deems to
be toxic, it makes an effort to expel this toxic substance before it can do
the body irreparable harm.
Through the nervous system, the area postrema is connected
to the nerves that go to and control movement in your esophagus
(throat),stomach and intestines. Usually these nerves are responsible
for a process called peristalsis which causes coordinated muscular
Considering the difference in so many time zones, it made sense
to accommodate as many as possible by varying the class times. This
allowed me to dance and avoid the refrigerator calling me so frequently!
Even my beloved Smith Center, which has been dark since March,
enabled us to take some trainings and communicate with other
employees through weekly ZOOM meetings. Oh, how I miss The Smith
Center! It appears that it may be
quite a while until we can return
to work and enjoy all the fabulous
performances that were cancelled or
For those who long for the human
companionship, exercise while still
keeping it safe, I would suggest
searching for classes online. There
is such a variety that you should be
able to find something to your liking.
Stay safe, wear your mask, follow social distancing and wash your
hands. Let’s get through this together!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
contractions in the walls of the gastrointestinal system, moving food
down your throat and then through your stomach, small and large
However, when the area postrema detects a toxic substance in the
blood stream, this coordinated movements of the muscles in the
gastrointestinal tract now reverses and tries to move any ingested
substances up and out.
This was originally designed when we ate plants directly from nature.
If the plant had toxins, the body attempted to vomit it out before it
could be absorbed by the intestines and do damage to the body.
Although chemotherapy is not ingested, it does reach the blood stream.
The area postrema senses the toxins within the chemotherapeutic
compounds and this elicits the nausea/vomiting response.
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For you movie buffs, can you remember
when we watched movies about how gangs
of youths took over? Marlon Brando’s 1953 The
Wild One, 1955’s Blackboard Jungle . . . and let us not forget 1968
Wild in the Streets, starring Christopher Jones.
I was lucky
inasmuch as I
had done my
Reel to Real
By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.
the service and
back in college.
I did however have empathy for that movement as I saw up close
what was happening to our young men.
Back to the reel, (movies), how many of you have seen Star Trek
or Star Wars or any futuristic story about space travel? How many
believe that one day that will exist, or is possible?
I began to wonder after writing my first script how writers could
visualize and create such scenarios that created fictional chaos like
in Wild in the Streets. That scenario went beyond a simple protest
movie to a movement to take over the United States government.
Back then, I was a young man and did not relate to the senior
population fearing as they watched a much younger and immature
generation take over their republic – destroying the history of their
The disrespect and contempt for the older generation was without
parallel in that movie.
When a writer creates a story for the reel its entertainment, but when
people’s “group think” manifesto becomes real, it can be frightening.
Especially for us seniors, who don’t move as quickly as we once did, nor
think as fast as we once did.
As a senior I wanted to let people who are worried about the future of
this country know that you are not alone. Unfortunately, I have learned
over these many years in reading and watching movies is if we can
think it, fortunately or unfortunately, it can come true.
If you believe in a God, continue to pray. If you don’t have faith,
continue to try to figure out what is best for you. And, if you simply
believe in destiny, pour yourself a drink, sit back and watch the show.
Personally, watching what I am watching, I think I want a rewrite.
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.
Insurance Concepts - History Part 1
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
believe that the history of insurance is an
I important part
concept. But even a brief history lesson
would far exceed my article.
This may take a few articles and even
then, will only scratch the surface of
First, you must understand that the
concept of insurance is based on “shared
risk.” That is the key.
If you own something of value and
there is a chance of losing it, then you are
undertaking a risk just by owning it. Today
that “something” could be a house, car, a
valuable painting or a wedding ring, etc.
The risk of losing any of those things is
often too much of a financial burden for an
individual to undertake alone. So, we share the risk through a concept
we call insurance.
In other words, we insure our home so we would not be solely
responsible if our house burned down and it would cost $350,000 to
rebuild it. In order to “share the risk” we pay a monetary premium to a
company to undertake part or sometimes all the risk.
In our contemporary society that concept is well known and virtually
everyone uses it. But it hasn’t always been that way.
The first methods of transferring or distributing risk in a monetary
economy were practiced by Chinese and
Babylonian traders in the 3 rd and 2 nd
millennia BC. But we don’t need to go that
far back for this brief history.
In the late 17 th century there was a coffee
house in London called Lloyd’s where
prominent businessmen would share risk
in exploration of the globe by splitting up
shares in ships, cargo, and crew. Hence,
Lloyd’s of London was born. But even that
is too far back for our purpose.
Have you ever heard of or seen a “fire
mark” on a building? Fire insurance marks
are metal plaques marked with the emblem
of the insurance company which were
affixed to the front of insured buildings as
a guide to the fire brigade.
These identification marks were common in the 18 th and 19 th
centuries in many larger cities in America. To be continued.
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.
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Getting Into Jars &
By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
There’s nothing more exasperating than to
buy something you need and then, upon
returning home, finding you cannot open it. Several arthritis sufferers,
whose grip has weakened, have asked me what to do. Hence I’ve been
scouting around to find solutions.
Jars - Jam jars or others that are vacuum packed. Get ahold of a
sharp instrument, like a screwdriver and a hammer – and punch a
hole in the lid. It will immediately loosen and be easy to remove.
Tubes - Lotion stuck at the bottom of a tube and no longer comes
out when you squeeze. Some people cut the bottom off with scissors and
use the lotion from the open end. Others say their hands cannot control
the scissors enough to cut the tough material.
I experimented and eventually settled on old-fashioned wooden
clothes pegs – the ones with a slit in them (from Michaels). I slipped
one over the bottom of a tube, pushed it up and up and toothpaste
Nail Polish Bottles - Manicurist Tikki uses an old-fashioned metal
nut-cracker with two handles (from Etsy on the internet). She gives the
bottle-top a couple of twists and it comes off.
Ice Cubes - It’s especially infuriating during scorching temperatures
when cubes refuse to emerge from the automatic dispenser on the
refrigerator. Bob, a Sun City resident, told me “use your hairdryer, direct
it to where ice is stored. Cubes will soon tumble out and you’ll save
yourself a service call.”
Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making
difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. See amazon.com/
heather latimer/how to overcome.
A Little Parking Help
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about
autonomous and semi-autonomous cars lately.
Mostly because we’re getting to the point where
the technology has trickled down to affordable vehicles.
I test drove the new Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan, and realized
that for about $35,000, you can have a vehicle that will stay within the
lanes, keep its distance from the vehicle in front (including braking
and accelerating, depending on what the vehicle in front does, and
coming to a complete stop if necessary) at highway speeds, and even
park itself in some situations.
On the highway, the Sonata, with these Advanced Driver Assistance
Systems (ADAS) easily maintains a set cruise control speed. It also
follows the lane markings, and even takes curves easily - all the time
staying in the center of the lane.
You can take your hands off the wheel, but after a few minutes, a
reminder comes on to tell the driver to keep hands on the steering
wheel for safety. It’s both terrifying and impressive.
These systems however can vary between manufacturers. I also drove
a Mazda CX-30, and while it had the same Lane-Keeping System, it
didn’t recognize the lane markings as well as the Sonata did.
The Sonata’s newest technology is called SMART Park, where it can
drive itself into a parking space. Sounds great in theory, and it works
well, but the problem is the time it takes to accomplish the task.
I tried it in a parking lot, but realized I had to get out of the car in
the middle of the lane before operating the feature. It’s fun to watch the
car maneuver, but the driver still controls the vehicle via the remote
In the time it took to accomplish this, I could have parked the vehicle
in many other spots and been in the store. No question the technology
is impressive, but how many will actually use it?
Right now, it’s a novelty, but when we go fully autonomous with our
cars, it will be a welcome feature. We’re just not quite there yet.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
The Devil Made Me Do It
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
There is no excuse for bad behavior. If going
off to war becomes an excuse to act badly,
it’s an irresponsible drumbeat.
Bearing my soul, when I got back from ‘Nam I had no clue that my
deep dive into the drug culture, drinking like a fish, always toting a gun,
and multiple divorces had anything to do with my wartime experiences.
It never occurred to me that being exposed to life-threatening situations
in an unpopular war had anything to do with how I was behaving.
I was home! Vietnam was behind me! I just figured that I was just a
hedonistic scoundrel. The truth however has strange ways of surfacing.
It took someone from the outside to suggest that my war may have
something to do with how I was behaving. Bottom line: I was incapable
of seeing the forest from the trees.
Then, about the time I was thinking of doing harm to some jerk that
had pissed me off, a good Samaritan luckily showed up and ushered
me to the VA. The mental health staff helped me straighten things out.
I was shocked to find out how much the Vietnam experience had
defined what my life had become.
In all those years of being bad (not badass, just bad) I was unaware
of being affected by my past. In many ways I’m thankful that it was
that way because I didn’t make the mistake of blaming my condition
on some outside source - like a war.
However, I have known veterans who have acted out, and when
called on it, the first thing they do is use the war as an excuse. They are
convinced it exonerates their bad behavior.
Abusing a spouse, lashing out with uncontrollable temper, or
conducting oneself irresponsibly, and then declaring, “the war made
me do it” cannot serve as a license to continue such behavior.
Sadly, untold thousands of war veterans suffer with PTSD, and yes, it
can cause some terrible reactions in everyday life, but we do not have
to be enslaved to it. We can educate ourselves, and practice good coping
Making peace with our past is much better than continuing a fight
that already ended.
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.
A Traveling Trio
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /
Out & About
If Ben Franklin was alive today, he’d probably
be on a book tour hyping “Poor Richard’s
Almanac”, an annual pamphlet he printed for almost 25 years. With
a yearly print run of 10,000 copies,
Franklin was certainly a literary guru
in colonial America, where he was
known to share many of his words of
wisdom with his cronies in Boston and
Amazingly, much of his advice is still
pertinent, and one of his most famous
lines, “A penny saved is a penny
earned’, is just as appropriate today
as it ever was - especially if you’re talking about all the great travel
bargains now offered by almost every company in the travel industry.
Everything from luxury cruising to domestic land tours is currently
offered at once-in-a-lifetime rates.
Plus, in the mid-1800s, Horace Greeley, a very influential
newspaperman is credited for writing, “Go West, Young Man”, which
captured the imagination of the nation. That was great advice then
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
Wyoming, famous for Yellowstone National
Park is also known as the “Cowboy”
state. It’s celebrated for its outdoor ethic culture
and Jackson Hole (originally called Jackson’s Hole) is located in a
remarkable valley flanked by the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros
“Hole” was a term for the great mountain valley with close rivers and
streams once inhabited by early fur trappers; men who lived hard lives,
relying entirely on their abilities for survival. The valley however wasn’t
developed solely by trappers, mountain men and cowboys, but upon
wit, will and works of courageous men and women with characteristic
freedom of spirit and mind.
Jackson’s Town Square features arches made of shed antlers from the
nearby National Elk Refuge. The National Museum of Wildlife Art has
works by Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Nearby are three ski areas: Jackson Hole Mountain, Snow King
Mountain and Grand Targhee. Old time chuck wagon dinners can still
be enjoyed by taking a covered wagon ride to a local ranch.
Jackson is clean with plenty of sky overhead, attracting tourists
worldwide who enjoy walking the streets, shopping and dining. All
while soaking up the western culture.
North of Jackson are the peaks of Grand Teton National Park, as well
as Yellowstone National Park where at dusk we spotted a doe and two
fawns drinking from a stream. Soon they capered silently away.
Historic Jackson Hole
and it still is.
Only now, both men and women can choose from almost unlimited
vacation and travel destinations. Que bella!
And if Mark Twain was still walking among us, there’s little doubt
he would have remarked that reports of the travel industry’s “demise
are greatly exaggerated.” After all, in his lifetime he was exposed to
everything from Western uprisings to
His fascination with travel inspired
him, and his adventures were
immortalized in many of his most
famous writings. Mark Twain may not
have realized it at the time, but he was
actually one of our earliest and most
influential travel writers.
So, if you’re even a little bit inspired by this trio, it’s comforting to
know there are still extraordinary travel opportunities. And this just
might be the right time for you to fill out your bucket list and call us at
702/463-0966. We’ll be happy to help!
Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is a travel agent and the owner of
Vegas Vacationers Inc. She can be reached at:
While there is
much to do and
see, the Jackson
wants you safe.
They passed a
face masks in
After a lull,
rise. To remain
open to tourism, they decided to make masks mandatory.
People are often surprised to learn the mixture of individual and
cooperation that underwrites Jackson Hole culture and residents want
to preserve it. Jackson is a capsule of history, in a place where locals
liken their state to “a small town with really long streets.”
So, while visiting Jackson in 2020, wear a face mask.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
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Exploring the Falkland Islands
By: Burt & Dianne Davis / Our Vacation
The Falkland Islands have no major
monuments or cathedrals, but in March, we
saw hundreds of penguins there! The Falklands
are a British territory of two primary and 776 smaller islands.
The archipelago lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 300 miles east of
South America and 750 miles from Antarctica. As part of our cruise,
we spent a delightful day exploring West Falkland Island with local
Our tour to the Bluff Cove Lagoon passed stark scenery reminiscent of
Scotland. Locals have British accents and are proud of their heritages.
Along the Bluff Cove beach were what seemed like thousands of
penguins. There were rookeries of both king and gentoo penguins.
King penguins have orange spots near their ears and necks.
Flamboyant red-orange beaks, white-feather caps and peach-colored
feet make the Gentoo penguins stand out against the surroundings.
While respecting the tourists’ flag and line boundaries, we still got
some cool pictures. Most of the penguins stood motionless to conserve
The king penguins had several newborns. Their grey color contrasted
with the black and white of their parents. A strong cold wind whipping
along the beach was a small price to pay to be up so close.
At the Sea Cabbage Cafe, we enjoyed pastries and Scones, the house
special. Then on to explore Port Stanley, the capital of this territory of
There were quaint cottages, a historical church and tourist shops.
At the Waterfront Kitchen Cafe, the local favorites are roast lamb and
fish – very British!
Then on to Gypsy Cove, a wind sheltered beach populated by a variety
of land birds, sea birds, marine mammals, insects and plants, some
found only in the Falkland Islands. And more penguins!
We walked along a protected path overlooking the beach, focusing
on the hundreds of penguins standing on the beach and sometimes
jumping into frigid waters. Local guides said sometimes penguins stay
in the water for weeks hunting for food.
We returned to the ship after an enjoyable memorable day seeing the
penguins and exploring the Falkland Islands.
Thanks to Dianne and Burt Davis who continue to travel the
world and share their adventures with our readers.
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures
For long-time loyal readers of The Vegas
Voice, do you remember when we first
started the Vegas Voyagers Travel Club? Believe
it or not, it was when publisher Dan and wife Amy started the magazine
in March 2003.
Did anyone attend our first meeting? We did get some readers at our
initial meeting. It was held in a conference room at the publication’s
first office. We got a crowd of 18 people.
Our first tour operator partner Collette Tours made a presentation
about Australia and a few month later our first group of Voyagers
No pun intended, but our club took off from there. Do you remember
all of the great meetings we had at the Palace Station? We would get
anywhere between 100 and 200 folks.
Presentations were made by every major cruise line and tour operator.
We brought the most current and informative travel information to our
Most importantly, do you remember all the wonderful trips we had?
Our first theme cruise with the late Tony Sacca was a huge success.
And who can forget our Wes Winters cruise and the wonderful time
we had? More recently, our Phat Pack array of cruises were spectacular.
Our biggest group of almost 200 Voyagers sailed, sang and danced
our way to Mexico with the Phat Pack a couple of years back. And let’s
not forget the great Holy land trip to Israel lead by Bruce Ewing this
The lyrics from country artist Alan Jackson’s song “Remember
When” says it all: “Remember when we said that when we turned
grey, when the children grow up and move away: we won’t be sad,
we’ll be glad, for all the life we’ve had; and we’ll remember when.”
We’ll have more “Remember When” to make. Our Vegas Voyagers
pledge is to build our club back bigger and better in the future. And I
guarantee, that it will.
Please feel free to call us at 800/698-1101 for any travel questions
you might have.
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Charges Against Bet Knesset Bamidbar
By: Steve Commander / Advertorial
Editor’s Note: This is a paid advertorial
by Steve Commander. His views and
opinions do not necessarily reflect the position
of The Vegas Voice. Steve was BKB President from 2016-2018 and he
can be contacted at: email@example.com.
The 2019 and 2020 Bet Knesset Bamidbar (BKB) Board of Directors
did not provide 2020 membership to two long term congregants - my
wife, and me, a former BKB President.
I made a myriad of emails and phone calls, over a very long time,
to BKB BOD members asking for renewed membership. There were no
responses from the BOD, including the Membership VP.
However, a BOD member recently replied, “You were not a member
in good standing with all your antics.” “Antics”? I do not believe G-d
has Temple membership rules about “ANTICS.”
I think the BOD members are really concerned about the following:
All the financial discrepancies identified during my three years as
BKB President apparently “rocked the boat.” In the first year of my
Presidency an outside auditor was hired because the long-time treasurer
could not provide years of audit documents, even though he claimed
the audits were “OK.” The outside auditor identified the following:
1. Accurate financial statements were not provided,
2. Same check numbers were used for different payees and different
3. Fifty-nine check numbers were missing,
4. Multiple checks were processed without the required two signatures,
5. Excessive amount of financial changes were made to transactions
in the previous year,
6. Money market and credit card accounts were not reconciled,
7. The treasurer wrote the checks and also reconciled the bank
8. Eleven expense accounts were added after the fiscal year ended,
9. There was no procedure in place to handle cash.
Additionally, a $13,255.99 expense, with a congregant’s name, was
on the financial report along with other financial concerns. This
amount, and many others, disappeared from the financial reports after
they were identified them.
The 2018 financial audit was done in-house and overseen by the
husband of the BKB President. This husband was the treasurer noted
His statement to the 2018 in-house audit at the May 2019 annual
meeting was, once again, it’s “OK The detail financial reports were not
provided to the congregation.
As BKB President, I was also extremely concerned about adherence
to the Temple bylaws which were violated numerous times by BOD
members. One instance - there was an illegal member for years. He
received High Holiday Honors while legal members did not receive
those Honors. He is the son of the former Executive Vice President who
established the Honors each year.
BKB must provide the detail annual audit report and complete
financial statements to members every year for review and comments.
Congregants must closely oversee BKB via a BOD that fully adheres to
its bylaws and their fiduciary responsibilities.
My wife and I love BKB and desire our full and complete membership
restored for all of 2020 and hence forth. All these issues must be
accomplished immediately or the BKB IRS Tax Free Status could be
revoked and BKB may cease to exist.
you are welcome
our doors are open (again)!
pastor paul block
join us for
Join us for Church In-Person or Online.
We have taken precautions to create a safe
worship space. Come to hear the Good News
of God’s love for you! Our In-Person Worship
Services start back up September 12 th .
Saturdays In-Person at 5:00pm
Sundays In-Person at 8:30am and 10:00am
Online Sundays at 8:30am and 10:00am
New Song Church is located at 1291 Cornet Street
in Henderson. Call us at (702) 492-1771 or visit us
online at www.NewSongAnthem.com
Walk for Brain Health--Head to a Gym, a Park & Alz.com
By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute
t’s autumn. The perfect time to walk outdoors. According to The End of Alzheimer's by
Dale Bredesen, M.D., Director of Neurodegenerative Disease Research at UCLA Medical
School, exercise is great for brain health and "... sitting is the new smoking!" Also, the best
thing we can do to ward off or possibly reverse Alzheimer's is to dramatically change our diets &
lifestyle. The book gives specific steps to follow. Check it out at your local library. (See below.)
Alzheimer's Association says:
EARLY DETECTION MATTERS
Know the 10 SIGNS
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images
and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in
speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the
ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work/social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Every year the Alzheimer's walks
occur in September, October or
November depending on where you
For your health & safety, this year
you're invited to walk in small teams
of friends & family while others in
your community do the same.
Find a walk near you at
“Walking in Autumn”
1. In one minute, name
places you could walk
this autumn season.
2. Make an alphabetical list.
Around the block for Alzheimer's,
Back & forth in a hallway,
A No-Brainer Pick
"The End of Alzheimer's:
The First Program to
Prevent & Reverse
Cognitive Decline" by
Dale E. Bredesen, M.D.
Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS September 2020
the No-Brainer Brain Games series. Please check out her website at www.JanFair.com
Speaking to and for Las Vegas
Valley Seniors since 2003
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