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There is more to an offer than PRICE!
No maer how many homes you have purchased in your lifeme, the one thing that all think about
when it comes me to negoate is wiggling that price down as much as possible. And price IS
important, but it certainly isn't the only negoable part of the sale. There are other ways to
The overall inventory of homes for sale in the Las Vegas Valley is relavely low, so some Sellers are
receiving mulple offers right now (ie GREAT me to sell). Even when the market is favorable to
sellers, there are opportunies for buyers as well. Ulmately, the transacon can be a "win‐win"
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All home buyers should have a home inspecon to verify the condion of the systems of the home
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on this can be reached. Regardless, it's important to know exactly WHAT you are buying (or not
The closing schedule is oen important to one party or the other. If you can be exible and work
with the meline that is important to the other party, that can be a valuable point of negoaon.
Closing costs are another item that may be negoated. Somemes rather than playing "hard ball"
on the sale price, you may be beer off working part of the closing costs into the deal to reduce the
"cash to close" needed. Considering today's low interest rates, it can be far more valuable to the
Buyer to have $7000 in assistance with their closing costs rather than $14,000 off of the price (and
much more aracve to the Seller as it is far friendlier to their boom line.)
Furniture and decorave items can oen be negoable. Maybe you love the couch that ts
perfectly in the family room, and maybe the Seller is trying to gure out what to do with it because
it won't t in the home they are moving to, doesn't hurt to ask!
There are many ways to approach the negoaon process and one size does NOT t all. I had one
Buyer ask me if they could ask for the Seller's dog in the offer. I told them they might be geng me
thrown out of the Seller's house for asking, but it certainly wasn't "illegal". So, into the offer it
went. It turned out that the Seller was moving somewhere they were not allowed to have the large
dog, and they were happy for the dog to stay with the home and have a new loving family to care
for him. Everyone was happy, even the dog. Win‐win!
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About The Vegas Voice
In 2020 The Vegas Voice received six national awards from the North
American Mature Publisher’s Association. The awards were for our investigative
articles, front-page design, editorials and columns.
As the judges stated (and we humbly agree): The Vegas Voice gets
credit for pulling no punches, striking hard… with its articles.
It’s unequivocal style leaves no room for readers to wonder where
it stands on senior issues.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
It could be worse. I could be there.”
That was the same, exact statement I
cheerily gave to my brother Jeff and our Vegas
Voice travel editor and my buddy of over 40+ years Stu Cooper.
Both Stu and Jeff are riding out the pandemic quarantine at their
Long Island residences where yours truly called home many, many
years ago. When my family moved to Las Vegas, I admit that along
with a few other items, leaving them behind were indeed things that
Snowstorms, however, were not one of them. And their respective
pictures last month brought chills that had me shiver – but thankfully
for only a moment.
While I still believe that the sight of those initial white flakes can be
beautiful, once that thought wears off (in less than a minute, I might
quickly add) reality kicks in. And I am truly grateful that no snow
shovels are needed in Sun City.
I don’t know about my fellow former New Yorkers, but I definitely
do not miss dressing up like the “Michelin Man” walking in the white
(and eventually grey) slush while making sure you don’t slip and fall.
As I watched the television news programs showcasing the various
traffic accidents, I remembered my various “white knuckle” car trips
on the Long Island Expressway during a blizzard. I realize now that I
must have been out of my mind.
Perhaps I’m showing my advanced age, but the idea of shoveling
out and hoping to avoid that potential heart attack is a thought that
no longer enters my mind. And while I “might” ( I take that back,
no “might” to it) laugh at the stupidity of living in frigid conditions
with windchills and snow accumulations, I will continue to advise
brother Jeff and Stu that we’re no longer “20 somethings” and that
most importantly – it’s just not worth it.
Travel editor Stu
Cooper without his
“No need to shovel.” I happily told them. “Just remember, snow
melts – eventually.” They found no humor in my guidance.
Make no mistake, I’ll still be prepared for Stu and my brother
laughing at me for living in the desert come July. But when they gang
up on me, I can guarantee that I won’t be wearing boots, gloves, a wool
scarf and two layers of heavy clothing while gripping a snow shovel.
*Our Vegas Voice family wishes you and yours and all families a very
happy and healthy New Year. Last year was indeed a disaster and our
hope is that 2021 will be the best year ever for everyone!
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Everybody Loves Raymond
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures
Many of us remember this TV show from
a few years back. Just to refresh your
memory, the premise of the show was that
Raymond’s family (wife and three children) lived right next door to
Ray’s mom and dad.
So close that everyone was back and forth between houses and
“Grandma and Grandpa” were always meddling into their children
and grandchildren’s lives.
Well welcome to my world! Wife Sharon and I have started living this
sitcom in real life.
As of January 1 st, we
moved right next door to
our daughter, son-in-law
and two grandchildren.
The move from Long
Island to a house right
next door to children and
grandchildren in Queens.
I never thought this could happen under any circumstance. A
reasonable distance from family I think, is a good idea. At least enough
time so that I can put some pants on before the grandkids show up at
the front door.
Covid-19 has caused many people to rethink standards we never
thought would be tested. It turns out, that in an effort to help our
daughter’s family, we, (mostly Sharon), have been taking the half hour
ride from our house to our daughter to help with the children.
Both parents are working full time and on days when the kids are
zooming at home for school, they need supervision. It’s hard to justify
leaving a four- and six-year-old to their own devises.
I am always looking for the silver-lining. And being able to live next
door to our children and grandchildren in my way of thinking is a true
Being able to help them is important. But more important will be the
grandstand seats we will have to watch our grandchildren grow up. It
doesn’t get any better than that.
We moved our office home as well. Moving into a three-bedroom
house will give us more space than we have now, and we’ll have a
dedicated office/room for The Vegas Voyagers.
As 2021 starts, we’re looking forward to traveling again and our
Vegas Voyagers Travel Club meetings.
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
My Self-Isolation Quarantine Diary - Month
Day 1: I can do this. Got enough food and wine
to last a month.
Day 3: Opening my 8 th bottle of wine. I fear that
my wine supplies might not last.
Day 5: Went to a new restaurant called “The Kitchen.” You have to
gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how
this place is still in business.
Day 6: Strawberries – Some have 210 seeds, some have 235. Who
Day 9: 8:00 pm. Removed my day pajamas and put on my night ones.
Day 12: Today, I tried to make hand sanitizers. It came out as Jello
Day 14: I get to take the garbage out. I’m so excited, I can’t decide
what to wear.
Day 16: Struck up a conversation with a spider today. He’s a web
Day 18: Watched a bunch of birds fight over a worm. The Cardinals
lead the Blue Jays 3-1.
Day 19: I finding myself laughing way too much at my own jokes.
Day 21: I now realize why dogs get so excited about something
moving outside, going for walks or car rides. I think I just barked at
Day 23: I wonder if I’m the only one who feels like they’re cooked
dinner about 395 times this month?
Day 25: I just discovered that if you keep a glass of wine in each
hand, you can’t accidentally touch your face.
Day 28: I put liquor bottles in every room. Tonight, I’m getting all
dressed up and going bar hopping.
Day 30: I’m beginning to think that isolation is hard. I swear I heard
my fridge just say, “What the hell do you want now?”
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
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By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight
The time has come to close the door on 2020.
January 1 st always acts as a restart button,
allowing us to clean the slate and start new! Use
this forecast to guide your focus and priorities for
Aries: The focus is on work and home life balance. You may ask
yourself, “Am I in a supportive environment?” Challenges will force
you into a new community, new support group or new group of friends.
Taurus: 2021 prepares you for a new challenge. You are putting all
of your time and talents into something new and big! It’s time to shake
yourself out of plateaus and prove your skills. Changing your title and
redefining interests are supported.
Gemini: 2021 prepares you for your thought process to change! You
may start withdrawing from long-held beliefs, asking yourself “why,
not?” Licenses, accreditations, and travel dominate so be prepared to
expand your mind and your travel checklist.
Cancer: 2021 puts focus on long term wealth. Money, savings, and
investments are priority. You will be truthful about money habits. You
have an awareness around mortality and crisis, so walking yourself or
others through transition in expected.
Leo: 2021 puts relationships in the spotlight! Are the people around
you supportive and on the same page? If so, commit and if not, move
on! You will be sensitive to people and environments that are not
providing a balance of recognition and responsibility.
Virgo: 2021 is about work and health! You will be discriminative
about what’s going on in the workplace and what’s going into your
body. So much so, that you redefine how you work and how you eat. New
rules, a new location or new management may affect the structure of
your daily life.
Libra: Saturn has been changing your home life for the past 2.5
years, so this shift should bring about a nice change! 2021 brings VIP
and exclusive invites. This energy supports social activities so you
may start showing up more! Turning an idea or hobby into money is
successful. You should feel a payoff for past efforts.
Scorpio: 2021 will bring changes to the home. Big changes are on
the horizon. Work and home will be redefined, signaling the end of an
era. Major events such as moving, parental issues or separations may
surface. On a smaller scale, home improvements and changes in and
around the home are likely.
Sagittarius: 2021 focuses on proving your skills! Whether you are
being thrown into something new or running toward it with arms wide
open, this is a great time to lead with new strengths and talents. While it
may suggest a learning curve, you are laying the groundwork for your
Capricorn: 2021 is about money and income so get ready to
focus on your financials! Whether you are up for a settlement, been
saving up for a house or coming into a large raise, money is on your
mind! Saturn can be strict so don’t be surprised if you are thinking
more responsible than usual such as eating at home, investing or
Aquarius: 2021 the spotlight is on you. It is time to break out and
be seen! This should be a year of tangible structural changes such as
a new handshake, relationships or project. Structure dominates so
address the floorplan of the home and structural issues in the body.
Pisces: 2021 brings privacy and healing. This is the time for
reflection. It is supportive of therapies, yoga, and getaways to improve
your mind and ways of thinking. Think of it as routine check-up.
It requires hard work and dedication but don’t let that discourage
you! The reward is at the end!
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
know we’re all happy to say goodbye to
I 2020. Now let’s pray that 2021 will be a happy
one for all of us and may we all continue to count
I previously wrote about the residuals I receive and how I even got a
check for one penny.
What I didn’t mention, is that there are also foreign residuals.
I have no idea who or how anyone keeps track of them but if you
thought getting a one cent check was strange, let me tell you about the
Last month I received a foreign residual payment for 24 different
shows. They were shown in Columbia, Denmark, the Netherlands,
Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.
Not much in foreign residuals but always grateful for the fan mail.
Some of the shows were for my performances in Star Trek, Murder
She Wrote, and Scarecrow and Mrs. King just to name a few. All of
these shows are dubbed in with their native language.
I’m sure it must sound odd to see Captain Kirk (and myself ) speaking
Portuguese or whatever they speak in Denmark.
Now the funny part is the check comes from the Screen Actors Guild
in L.A. and they actually itemize each show with the title and where it
was shown. However, rather than sending 24 different checks, they add
them all up and send one check.
For the 24 total shows, the amount of the check was...are you
ready? $11.93! Yep, the decimal is in the right place. Eleven dollars
and ninety three cents!
Almost comical in some ways when you realize the work behind
keeping track of which shows and which country - not to mention
all the paperwork, salary for the person who is doing it and then the
postage. If they never sent it, I wouldn’t even know. And yet they do!
I’m just one actress, however when you think about all the people,
shows and countries, it›s really remarkable. So there you have it. Just a
little behind the scenes info I wanted to share with you.
Until next time, remember: When your arms can’t reach the people
who are close to your heart...hug them with your prayers.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
Don’t Sweat It
By: Liz Breier / This & That
When I reflect on my life, I’m amused by
how serious some things seemed at the
time, that in retrospect, were not life-changing.
Recently, talking to a friend, I was reminded of
a flood we had in our home in Florida and all the ramifications that
came with it - including a worker losing part of a finger during the
While it was no one’s fault, putting that piece of finger in my freezer
until the paramedics arrived (along with 90% of my home being
flooded) was traumatic. At the time, I was sure I could not manage
through the turmoil (along with two young children) but we survived.
That’s the point. We always survive. Otherwise, I would not be here
writing this nor you reading it.
Life is full of bumps and bruises and it is interesting to think back
on what we have come through. I am not referring to the national
tragedies, although those certainly affected all of us.
I’m more interested in taking time to think back over the issues we
faced, be they flood or fire, hurricane or blizzard or financial strife.
Illness and accidents certainly can cause terrible worry and strife.
Anyone break a bone just before a family event, reunion, or wedding?
My husband tore his Achilles tendon and had emergency surgery just
before our daughter celebrated her 13 th birthday. But there he was at her
catered affair in white jacket dancing with his crutches.
My point is not to be morbid, but rather to be hopeful. All of us can
Bending, Sitting &
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / Senior Moments
am noticing those subtle changes that
I happen as you grow into seniorhood. Some
of us do it gracefully, some hardly show it at all, and others get caught
up in the little annoying things. I’m
part of the last group.
Straws with plastic wrapping
drive me nuts. If you slam it down
on the table to break the seal on the
wrapper, the straw bends and it’s
still closed. If you try to tear it, it’s
a 5-minute process but eventually it
will split open.
Shrink-wrapped cucumbers are
another packaging problem because
you have to use a knife and then peel it away. What if you want to keep
half the cucumber? Give it a chop and hope for the best.
Pull-top cans have always been an issue. I once sliced my hand open
and now I am terrified of them. I can insert the handle part of a utensil
and then wrap the top in a towel before pulling.
look back on their lives and remember events that they thought would
be the “death of them.”
When back then, we could not see the light at the end of the tunnel,
only to now realize it was only faded memories; some of which we can
even laugh about.
It shows how resilient we are and how much weight we can carry on
our shoulders because here we all are. If you are reading this, then you
too are a survivor.
And hopefully we have all have come to realize: don’t sweat the small
stuff - and it’s all small stuff.
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.
That’s a project just for a tuna sandwich but I like tuna. Now they
have some gadgets to help but I can’t find the ad. It’s somewhere in
What if your doctor says “no seeds” for your dietary guidelines? Try
explaining that in a drive-thru burger place.
Fork-split English muffins? Someone told me to cut it but then the
nooks and crannies are gone. I must be clumsy because they all come
out thin on one side and fat side gets
stuck in the toaster.
And last is the problem when
something falls on the floor. Lord
help me if it rolls under the bed!
The first challenge is getting there
before the dog. Then when I have to
get on the floor, it requires strategic
planning to get back up again.
Bending and sitting are still
relatively intact for now. Still dealing
with smoke alarm battery changes,
yard work, garage clutter and air filters on my own. What used to be no
big deal now calls for supervision or caution.
I admit, I wasn’t ready for this!
Adrea likes to opine and find the lighter side of life as a senior.
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
By: Dianne Hahn / Back in the Days
Once upon a time, I was a fine figure of a
woman, young and fit. Nowadays, aches
and pains catch me unaware. Today, my knees
are creaky and tender.
Funny how that aging thing works. You look in the mirror daily
when you brush your teeth. Everything is okay ...well, if not exactly
okay, at least status quo.
Then one day the mirror plays tricks on you. You think you’re
standing in front of one of those weird mirrors at the local fair. You’re
either long and skinny or roly-poly. Personally, I’ve never been long
To add a touch of insult, a closer look shows that Mother Nature has
been busy. She’s sprinkled wrinkles at the corners of your eyes. They call
them laugh lines, but you don’t find them the least bit amusing!
Look closer, there are (not so little) pouches under your eyes,
too. Some days there’s even an off-tone hue to the pouches. They make
your complexion look...well, never mind.
I hate the word sallow. It’s an offensive sounding word, isn’t it?
Mother Nature never sits idle. Soon she sprinkles pale brown spots on
the back of your hands. While you’re squirting lemon juice on the spots
to fade them, you notice your fingers. OMG! Arthritis in your knuckles.
You think of your grandmother’s hands. Tomorrow, blue veins will be
sticking out under your brown spots!
Now that you’re aware, you begin to check out the rest of the saga.
A serious look at your neck almost brings on an attack of the vapors.
And is that the beginnings of a double chin? You dive through your
bureau drawers looking for a turtleneck sweater.
Hubby walks into the bedroom. “What’s going on? It looks like a
tornado swept through here.”
Tears in your eyes, you babble about the wrinkles.
He wraps you in his arms and murmurs,” It’s okay. You’re still
beautiful, and I love you.”
Thank goodness you married a smooth talker! You snuggle in and
relax. It is what it is. You’ll just have to learn to work with it.
A former schoolteacher, Dianne also writes for children. Presently
she has six kid’s books available on Amazon.com. You can also
see her on SCA-TV.
Entertainment for 2021
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
As you’ve heard before, “this is not a dress
rehearsal.” 2020 has been one memorable
year and it might not be until the Summer or Fall
before we all get back to normal - but we will.
I’ll tell you what you missed in December and give you a little taste
of what’s coming this month to kick-off the new year.
December brought entertainers out, such as Rita Lim, Jimmy Hopper,
Kelly Vohnn, Chadwick Johnson, Randy Anderson, Jonathan Karrant
and many more. They played in Bars and Restaurants like Prosecco’s
Italian Kitchen, Chianti Restaurant, Bootlegger Bistro, Italian American
Club, Saddle and Spurs, and that’s to name a few.
Let’s take a look at January. There are a few places that need
mentioning. How about Jimmy’s @ Madison’s? A new place that
performer Jimmy Emerson has opened with everything from Drag
Shows to Bingo Night.
Then there’s The Vegas Room whose Entertainment Director, Jassen
Allen, has put some wonderful talent on stage for the dinner shows.
Both places are near the strip.
There will also be about a half a dozen shows at the Italian American
Club with performances by John Anthony, Jimmy Hopper, Jassen Allen,
Lou Gazzara, The Bronx Wanderers and Chadwick Johnson. Ticket
prices for these shows at the IAC include an all you can eat buffet.
You can stay on the strip and hang out at Gilley’s or head downtown to
Notoriety for some entertainment. There’s Virgin Hotel and Cira Resort
& Casino, two new properties that will be taking room reservations soon
and will also host some entertainment.
The Vegas Voice has been taping interviews I’ve had with local
entertainers (take a look at the photo with the Bronx Wanderers)
and you can find them on our Vegas Voice websites, YouTube and my
website or emails. I will be producing shows again as soon as we get
the go ahead.
Expect to see the same top quality entertainment from The Vegas
Voice like you’ve seen in the past.
Happy New Year to all. 2021 will be a new year to happily remember.
You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive
his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.
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She Gave Us Fever
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Peggy Lee, called the greatest white, female
jazz singer of all times was also known for
her sex appeal and sultry songs. She was a multifaceted
artist and composer - her career spanning 70 years.
She was born Norma Deloris Egstrom, in North Dakota, in 1920,
and had exquisite Scandinavian looks. She was the seventh of eight
Her mother died when she was four years old. Her father then married
a woman who daily beat Peggy for 11 years.
Peggy Lee developed her soft, cool style during an engagement in
Palm Springs where she found that if she sang softly to a noisy audience,
they would quiet down and listen. This style became her trademark.
She wrote for
TV, films, acted
in The Jazz
for an Academy
Award for her
Pete Kelly’s Blues
poetry, jazz, chamber pop, art songs, and other genres.
She wrote the lyrics and did several voices for Walt Disney’s Lady
and the Tramp, the lyrics for Duke Ellington’s I’m Gonna Go Fishin’
in Anatomy of a Murder, and the theme music for movies Johnny
Guitar and About Mrs. Leslie.
She wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs and recorded over 600. She
worked with Bing Crosby, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, and
Disney paid her $3,500 for singing in Lady and the Tramp. In 1991
she won a lawsuit against Disney allowing her to collect royalties from
the 1987 video cassette release sales - estimated to be $90 million.
Miss Lee was discovered by Benny Goodman becoming his principal
singer but left the band when she married fellow band member Dave
Barbour. She and Barbour collaborated on the hit songs, Fever and
She credits her success to her big band experiences with Goodman.
Her first big hit was Somebody Else Is Taking My Place followed by
Why Don’t You Do Right?
Her awards included nominations for 12 Grammys, and Best
Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit Is That All There Is?
In 2002, at age 81, she died. Her cemetery marker is inscribed “Music
is my life’s breath.”
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.
Hollywood: Sane or Insane?
By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.
Not all of us who retired from “The Industry”
(Hollywood) had equal experiences
with their careers. Our Vegas Voice, Beverly
Washburn, tells wonderful stories about her career and working with
Beverly is one of the nicest women you would ever want to meet. She
didn’t really receive the acclaim she should have. But that’s Hollywood.
For me, Hollywood was a dream I had since I was a child. I went to
the movies most every Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday
I sat in those theaters and imagined how those moving pictures were
put together. Then came puberty, girls, sports, college, and then the
After all of the above, I found myself in Hollywood pursuing my
childhood dream. My first experience with how Hollywood really
worked was on a 20 th Century Fox soundstage.
It was 1969 and I had done my time in the service. I was now trying
to get a foothold as an actor.
My first manager had an idea that since M.A.S.H. was a war movie
being shot, he would take some of us young actors to the studio and get
the stars of M.A.S.H. to sign a scroll to show support for our troops. My
manager had many ideas - including changing my name many times.
He was not my manager for very long.
We were escorted to the sound stage where they were just starting to
shoot a scene with Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould. Robert
Altman, the director,
gave us permission to
be there and we quietly
stood and watched 26
takes of Hawkeye and
Trapper John simply walking
into the hospital setting. No
dialogue, simply stopping
and leaning over a patient.
I felt that every take was the
same. The actors did nothing
different however, Altman
would yell, “Cut” and then,
“Let’s do it again.” Altman
finally ended that scene by
yelling, “Let’s print the first
Oh, before I forget, Gould
and Sutherland refused to
sign the scroll as they were
against the Vietnam War.
That was my introduction to
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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By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
’ve heard people say. “ I’d rather boil water
in a saucepan than struggle with a stove-top
kettle.” I wondered what could possibly be wrong
with that product.
Then I realized the majority of kettles marketed these days have no
lid to open. One squeezes the handle, and the spout-cover lifts to allow
filling or pouring as required.
That’s obviously the bugbear! Applying pressure can be excruciating
for those who suffer with stiff and painful fingers and thumbs, or a
Also, that so-called “contemporary” design cannot be stood in the
sink whilst filling. Squeezing the handle must be continued whilst also
holding the weighty kettle under the tap to fill with water through the
I sought the advice of a good cook. She recommended a “classic”
kettle that’s suitable for an aged person to use without discomfort.
It bears the traditional shape and features with which we are familiar
from earlier days. Due to the lid being removable and replaceable
manually, it’s easy to open. When pouring, the kettle is merely tipped
forward for water to empty through the spout.
In addition, it has an elegant silvery finish and emits a pleasant
musical note when water is boiling instead of a shrill whistle. The
manufacturer has many models, some with bothersome features.
To make sure you obtain the correct item, order by its complete
name: OXO Good Grips Brushed Stainless Steel Tea Kettle. From Bed
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Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making
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The Costco Experience
By: Gayla Kalp / Life is Laughter
Need I even have to write anything? The very
name makes anyone envision a Cirque De
Solei of just about anything you could ever want
- or never thought you would want.
They constantly amaze me with new products. And how about those
chickens! They’re the size of turkeys and so juicy. I bet the juice alone
could cure “The Virus.”
And where can you get 60 rolls of toilet paper for only $5? Don’t even
get me started about the “Sample Pushers.”
You take your life in your hands if you happen to get in the path of
the trampling herd when a “Pusher” has just put out their sample. I
think our government should forget about capital punishment for our
felons. Just chain them in front of a sample station and let the rabid
herd take care of them.
The “Return Department” is also extremely entertaining. I have seen
people return a ¾ eaten pie, a pair of sneakers worn to where the canvas
is frayed and filthy, a two year old TV that was obviously dropped and
Their excuse was that it was like that when they took it out of the
box. Sure! My favorite: A woman wanting to return five pairs of pants
she bought a year ago because she gained weight and she does not fit
into them anymore.
Of course, all were given credit without a bat of an eyelid. Spare me!
How about the snack bar? The pizza, hot dogs, yogurt, etc. are so
good! I am surprised that they don’t cater weddings!
The produce department is a wonder also with 50 pound bags of
oranges, huge bags of avocados, 10 pound cartons of strawberries. It
amazes me that a family can consume that much fruit!
Perhaps, they are leaving Costco and selling it on the side of the road.
I go there many times just to look at the people and see what they have
in their baskets.
I go there for three items and leave with 57! It lifts my spirits to know
that there are so many people just as weird as I am.
Gayla is a speaker, author, psychologist and humorist. She has
been a guest speaker for television and radio programs, plus a
featured speaker for business and charity organizations. She also
happens to be Ms. Sr. California, Nevada and Universe England.
2021 is Going to be Great
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
It’s probably safe to say that we are all
looking forward to 2021! For this New Year’s
resolution, I decided to forego some of the typical
goals, and opt for a few different things.
First and foremost, so much of our attitude can really affect how we
look and feel, so I’m starting it off with very positive thoughts!
Next up, smiling more. 2020 has been one of worrisome faces hidden
behind masks. And while we may still be wearing the mask in 2021,
science tells us we actually feel happier when we smile.
We also show smiles with our eyes and the person on the receiving
end of it may need the positive vibes too. So, don’t hide behind that
Next, being grateful. Most of us do not have to look far to realize how
blessed we are. If you are able, giving in some way to those in need can
be a positive thing that will help someone else and also serve as an
Being grateful is reflected in our overall attitude and can change
how we feel about our purpose in life.
As you lay in bed at night thinking of your day, think of five things
that you were thankful for throughout the day - big or small. At the end
of 365 days, that will turn into 1,825 blessings.
Last, being kind to one’s self. Quarantine led many of us to pick up a
few extra pounds and while usually that would cause us to head for the
gym, keep in mind that it has been an unusually rocky year.
While losing any unhealthy weight is of course important, cut
yourself a little slack this year. Your emotional well-being is just as
important and getting through all of this has been difficult enough.
If we try to start the new year with both a happy attitude, and a
healthy but realistic fresh start, we will look and feel better! 2021 is
going to be a great year!
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company
based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty
products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or
through her website www.fullips.com.
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Remaking a Legend: The 2021 Ford Bronco
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
Much like the movies, where sequels are
the big money makers, automotive
manufacturers also love to reach back in history
to reintroduce nameplates that previously have been retired.
Volkswagen is doing it with the microbus, Dodge did it with Challenger
and Charger, Chevy with its Blazer, and now Ford is bringing back the
The first generation Bronco appeared in 1966 and stayed around in
some form or another until 1996, where it officially was sent to pasture.
For 2021, the Bronco is back.
While time has a way of remembering cars fondly, the love affair with
the Bronco has remained strong thanks to a rabid fan base that adores
showing off the classic SUV at numerous car shows across the country.
Ford’s original plan for the Bronco was to build a capable SUV that
not only provided excellent off-road prowess, but also the ability to
deliver a decent ride on paved roads. But the Bronco most likely will
be remembered as the vehicle involved in the low-speed police chase in
Los Angeles with O.J. Simpson inside.
That specific vehicle sold for $750,000 at auction, cementing the
Bronco’s legacy as an SUV, a Hollywood icon, and a participant in what
some have called the crime of the century. Which proves that a true
classic car always will have a storied history.
The new Bronco is creating the same level of interest, with production
close to being sold out the first year - even before its on-sale date. There
are more offerings than ever before, with a Bronco Sport and a larger
Bronco, available in seven trims, ranging from Base to the sold-out-inhours
First Edition, which is destined to be a collector’s vehicle many
years down the road.
Not only is there already a new fan base for Bronco, but Ford is also
creating playgrounds for Bronco owners around the country. It’s called
Off-Roadeos, which will help owners build driving confidence when out
in the wild.
Personally, I can’t wait to drive one. For more information, check out
thebronconation.com website or ford.com.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
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A Startling Statistic
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
54 million! That’s how many Americans are
suffering daily malnutrition!
No question the pandemic has exasperated the
problem but that doesn’t diminish the level of pain and suffering that
these families are enduring. To put this in perspective, the conservatively
estimated total number of people in our state who are “food deprived”
Every day, families are going to bed hungry. Local non-profits such
as three square.org, catholic charities.org and goodness gracious
ministries.org are doing their best in providing desperately needed food.
Problem is, it’s NOT enough! Resources are scarce and the problem
is getting worse!
Let me paint you a picture of what one family is experiencing and
then offer a surprisingly simple solution. An unemployed divorced
grandmother of six underage children in her 50s subsisting on a
weekly unemployment check of $330 after taxes.
They are living in a run down one bedroom apartment. Rent is $800
per month which, of course she can’t afford to pay.
Her daily ritual and main task is to stretch every dollar to give her
family the food they need to survive. A recent trip to the grocery store
was difficult for her as she was down to her last $17 for the month and
the next unemployment check wasn’t due for another 10 days.
At the checkout stand, she was asked by the cashier if she was willing
to donate to the food fund for those in need. Embarrassed to admit that
she was one of those in need, she took $1 of her remaining funds and
placed it in the jar saying to herself. “I’m not the only one suffering!”
Can you even imagine such an act of giving! The solution – YOU
& ME! Yes, it means we donate to one, or all the non-profits mentioned
If only 5% were to give $15 per month we can eradicate this problem
in 18 months! For those of us not going hungry, this is a pittance. I can
assure you that in this time of giving and helping those most in need,
your life will be the richer for it!
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
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including the legendary Hard Rock Café guitar.
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Stupid Scam of the Month
Looks like Publisher Dan hit the
jackpot. Anybody think it’s true?
Once again, those are NOT typos
but the actual email. We know
scammers need to only deceive one
(out of the millions) but we ask
again: Is anybody that stupid?
And take a look at our No BS Tip
of the Month. So many scams can
be eliminated if you just spend a few
seconds remembering to think, think,
think before you click! If in doubt, don’t.
My 2021 Thoughts
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
have no New Year’s resolutions to make as we
I entered 2021, only the fervent wish that we
will all see the end of this pandemic very soon, as
I’m sure all of you will agree.
Anyone who reads my column on a regular basis knows I have many
issues with some of the judges in Clark County - especially in Family
Court. Along comes our District Attorney, Steve Wolfson, who told the
Review Journal recently that he feels judges should be appointed rather
than let, we the people, vote them on or off the bench.
Subject: From Mrs Evelyn
From: Mrs Evelyn Griffin: Jensen_rolandxxx@xxxx.com
Date: December 24, 2020
I’m Mrs. Evelyn Griffin, 79 years old dying widow from
Australia. I was diagnosed of cancer about 4 years ago
and i got your details after an extensive online search Via
(Network Power Charitable Trust) for a reliable person, I
have decided to donate my late husband WILL valued of
($11,200,000.00) to you for charitable goals.
Get back to me if you will be interesting in carrying out
this humanitarian project, so that i can arrange for the
release of the funds in your name for the work of charity.
Contact me vie E-mail at :
firstname.lastname@example.org For Details.
Sincerely, Mrs. Evelyn Griffin
No BS Tip of the Month
Buying online? Here are 3 simple, absolute BS rules to follow:
1. Be Safe – Do not make purchases or give out personal
information to websites you are unfamiliar with until you have
printed out full contact information. Read the website’s money back
2. Be Smart - No kidding; if it sounds too good to be true, it
usually is. Do not visit websites you find in spam/junk email. Delete
all email you do not recognize.
If unsure of something contact the website by phone/email before
you give them your credit card or other personal information. You
can avoid being a victim of a scam by taking your time and making
3. Be Secure – When you are at the website page that requires
you to type in your credit card information, look at the address at the
top of the computer screen. A regular web page starts with: http://,
whereas a secure page starts with: https://. Pages like these are
encrypted and used for security and/or financial transactions online.
Be secure and look for the “S”!
District Attorney Steve Wolfson
I agree with Wolfson that the public generally does not research or
know much about the people running for judgeships. However, if you
think about it, how much do we know about the politicians running
for office? Most of us know only what we see on their TV commercials
or slick campaign material, but are those ads fact or fiction?
Thus, does our DA think that perhaps all offices should be appointed
by “those who know what is best for us”? Please indulge me while I
think about that for a moment.
During the time Publisher Dan and I worked to change the Nevada
guardianship laws, we lobbied both DA Wolfson and state Attorney
General Laxalt to have the “irrational” judges as well as hearing master,
Jon Norheim removed for treating seniors so unjustly - resulting in the
loss of their life savings and even freedom.
Eventually the Attorney General claimed it was not his jurisdiction
and the DA finally, after a few years of hounding put one private
guardian in jail.
Regardless, in my opinion, the vote cannot be taken away from “we
the people” but we most certainly can work to educate the public with
facts about “who, what, and why” before we vote for candidates.
We must find a way to vet them for truth and not fall for the way a
good public relations firm paints the picture to sway us into voting for
* As stated last month, The Vegas Voice is planning a statewide and
even national role in protecting seniors from scams. Check out this
one. Would you fall for it? And do you follow the 3 rules in protecting
A Thankful Survivor
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
Jim Saracino shares the exuberant persona
that the late Las Vegas headliner Rip Taylor
used to delight audiences he showered with
confetti. Sadly, the world lost Taylor in 2019 and almost lost Saracino
in 2020 to Covid.
Saracino was in his office at Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate last July,
fighting off the morning “ouches” that often accompany a man in his
early 60s. As he put the finishing touches on his quarterly magazine
highlighting the company’s roster of vetted contractors, Saracino
Luck was with the usually energetic Saracino. His doctor rushed him
into the busy office. Saracino was in bad shape.
An ambulance was summoned. Saracino was slipping away. His
oxygen plunged dangerously to 70 from a normal level near 95.
Efforts by the ambulance team to increase that level failed. Saracino
called his priest and received the Last Rights then phoned his family to
say goodbye. It seemed to all that the end was near.
Once at University Medical Center (UMC), Saracino was under the
care of his primary physician, Dr. Frederick Lippman and pulmonologist
Angelica Honsberg. “I was blessed to have them,” he said.
With no established treatment programs, doctors struggled to save
Saracino - struggled with the virus and struggled with their stubborn
patient who refused to be ventilated except “as a last resort,” he
d o c t o r s
regimen of high
became a game
Massive doses of
to fight Covid’s
blood clots. A
Covid diet elevated his diabetes to dangerous levels.
Today, five months later, Saracino’s energy level is abnormally low
as he struggles to regain his pre-Covid public image; sweat pours from
his forehead, he’s required to keep his legs elevated and he suffers from
PTSD, often considered a war injury. He’s labeled a “long hauler”, a
group whose symptoms remain long term.
Images of his 3-week hospital stay linger: the masked doctors and
nurses…two patients per nurse… carts of medications, portable
machines wheeled from room to room and the black body bags. Of his
experience he says, “I’m grateful, thankful and blessed,” adding “but I
can’t un-see what I’ve seen.”
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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End of Year Woes
By: Carol Chapman
Dear Vegas Voice Readers:
I am sorry to report that The Foundation
Assisting Seniors offices were broken into over the
Thanksgiving holiday, along with nearby offices. Valuables were taken,
including our safe, and our desks had been gone through.
Fortunately, no volunteers or staff were in the offices at the time,
so all are safe.
like you were not
affected, as those
are deposited very quickly after we receive them.
However, in a year that’s already been difficult because of the
cancellation of all our fundraising events, this is definitely a setback,
both financially and emotionally.
Some of our volunteers have taken it upon themselves to create
GoFundMe campaigns to help us in our recovery. If you’ve played a
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and wish you all the happiest and safest of holiday season.
By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit
It’s a New Year and I should resolve to do more
exercise. But I have become a gym-o-phobe.
Even the prospect of donning a sports bra can
wreck my entire day.
This attitude represents a serious change from my former self. There
was a time that physical fitness was an integral part of my schedule.
Three times a week I was the cardio fitness queen, pounding away on
the treadmill and Stairmaster. With the fierceness of a warrior, I fought
against flab, torturing my individual body parts on machinery that
might have been designed by Torquemada for the Spanish Inquisition.
But now, I believe I’m suffering from an acute case of exercise burnout,
destined to become chronic unless I can act to reverse it.
As much as I am repulsed by the sight of a pair of sneakers, I can’t
seem to silence the little voice that urges me to get off my butt once
again. So, heeding the suggestions of well-meaning, more motivated
friends, I have tried the following strategies:
Scare Tactics. My current behavior is hazardous to my health. I’m at
risk for osteoporosis, and cruelty to my cardio-vascular system.
I’m depriving my brain of the super-oxygenating results of the
elliptical machine. Fear of weight gain should be enough to get me
And it was – until I learned how long I had to spend working up a
sweat to counteract one Oreo cookie. Best to forego the Oreo cookie.
Personal Trainer. If I had an appointment twice a week, I wouldn’t
be able to wriggle out of my commitment. This sounded foolproof, so
I hired a trainer.
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am this lovely, physically fit young
woman came to my house. It was good for a while.
By the third week, I no longer hated the gym. I hated the trainer.
Vary the Routine. Relieve the boredom factor; don’t keep doing the
same old thing. So, I checked the schedule of classes.
Yogalates? Sounds like a Starbucks special. Kick Boxing? Too
aggressive. Zumba? That had potential.
I show up to class and as soon as the Latin beat began, I got the
feeling that everyone but me had been doing this for their entire lives.
I worked up a sweat all right, but it was from the anxiety of feeling like
Luckily, the loud music drowned out the sound of the door closing
after me as I quietly slipped away.
And so, the struggle rages. The angel on one shoulder telling me to
do the right thing, while the devil on the left is saying “Hah!” But 2021
could be the year that good judgement prevails, and I will dust off my
sneakers and at least go for long walks.
Now, where did I hide those Oreo cookies?
Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s
Nothing to Complain About, is available at Amazon.com, BN.com,
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By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining
Some years ago, I took a six-month trip
around the United States in a little travel
trailer, going from east to west and north to south,
visiting 47 states. We started out to explore the country and see all its
incredible sights, but it turned out to be an epic eating adventure as
We ate fork-tender steaks in Kansas, sweet blue crabs in Rhode
Island, thick maple syrup in Vermont, spicy Tex-Mex food in Texas,
crisp apples in Washington, cheese everything in Wisconsin, pizza in
Mystic, Connecticut and deli in New York, to name but a few of the foods
we sampled and places we visited.
People we met on our stops were amazing, friendly, interesting and
more than happy to share conversation and food. In one small town in
New Hampshire, we stopped for the night and were invited to a church
The town’s best cooks were there showing off their prize dishes, a mix
of savory casseroles and desserts that went from glorious to sublime. Of
course, I went away with recipes galore (and a few extra pounds).
In Maine we had lobster - lobster bisque, lobster rolls, lobster omelet,
stuffed lobster, grilled lobster and my favorite, steamed lobster with
butter. More recipes (more pounds).
On Cape Cod, we shopped in a little town where all the stores served
appetizers or beverages during the holidays to encourage foot traffic
Adventures in Eating
Planning for 2021
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
January is a month for both reflecting upon
last season’s successes (and disappointments)
as well as being proactive in taking steps to ensure
better results this Spring.
2020 was a difficult year to maintain an attractive
landscape. The last measurable rainfall took place on
April 20 th and we had 45 straight 100+ degree days
as well! Therefore, plants and trees suffered and died.
Drought and excessive heat affected our soils as
well. Alkali levels increased, causing root systems
to stop absorbing nutrients such as nitrogen,
phosphorous, potassium, and iron needed for growth.
Thinking back to last Spring and Summer; did you
lose any plants? Did the leaves become yellowish or burn? Did your fruit
trees not bear fruit?
Did your vegetable garden dry up and die? These issues may have
been caused by heat stress and/or nutrient deficiencies.
There are some pre-emptive steps you can take to prevent these
things from happening again.
Perhaps you can replace lost plants with more drought and heat
tolerant plants. You might modify your irrigation systems by adding
and/or repositioning drip emitters in areas where you had damage or
and spending. And, yes, recipes
yet again (not to mention the
I loved that trip and learned
so much about this beautiful
country, the amazing people
who inhabit it, and, of course,
its favorite foods.
This is the recipe I received
from one of the shopkeepers for
her Cape Cod Eggnog which
seems like a perfect drink for
New Year’s Eve. Try it, I think
you’ll like it. Diet next year!
CAPE COD EGGNOG
Beat 12 pasteurized egg
yolks with 2 cups sugar until creamy. Gradually beat in 2 cups brandy
or bourbon and 2 cups dark rum. Stir in 1 pint softened vanilla ice
cream, 1 quart milk and 1 quart heavy cream.
Beat egg whites with ¼ cup sugar until stiff, float on top of the
eggnog. Sprinkle with grated nutmeg. Makes approximately 20 cups.
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Another way to keep soil both cool and moist during extended heat
and dry periods is to replace rock mulch with organic mulch. Organic
mulch biodegrades adding nutrients to the soil.
In addition, I would recommend applying a sulfur
additive directly into the soil now. This will lower
pH levels by neutralizing high alkali concentration
which will allow roots to absorb the needed nutrients
when the growing season begins.
Did your foliage lack a rich green color last
summer? Iron deficiency (Chlorosis) can be prevalent
when soil has high pH levels.
If this was the case, follow up the sulfur treatment
with an application of a Chelated iron solution
around affected plants. This will accelerate photosynthesis and improve
both growth and color.
Finish up on any remaining pruning except on palms or fruiting
trees. Fronds protect the tree from the cold and fruit trees will have
started budding already.
Have any questions? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.com
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school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his
time to communicating with and lecturing about our native
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I Almost Gave Up Golf!
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
Last month I took my cigar and headed to my
nearest Golf Course to practice my putting.
Upon arrival at the green, I noticed that a couple
of regulars there were wearing face coverings.
I asked why. They told me management told them you would need to
wear a face covering if we wanted to putt and play golf. This individual
told them this was a new restriction that came down from our governor.
This infuriated me so much that I picked up my stuff and left. I did
not practice for 2 weeks preferring not to play golf with a face covering
while in the fresh air.
Are you kidding me? Being outside in the sunshine is the healthiest
and best thing one can do and now we have to cover our mouth and
nose just to be outside. I refused!
A couple days ago, I once again made my way to the golf course to see
if anyone playing or putting was wearing a mask. I saw only one person
on the putting green with a mask on.
No one else on the course was wearing one. Feeling that the coast was
clear, I went back to my car to get my putter and golf balls.
I practiced my putting for about one hour and no one said anything.
This is why I wrote that I almost gave up golf - because in reality I
would rather never play again than to have to play with a mask.
Liberty is more important to me than almost anything else in this
world. It should be your privilege to wear a mask while outside. If an
individual feels the need, so be it.
As for me, I will never wear a mask on the golf course PERIOD. Call
me a rebel if you wish but that is where I draw the line.
If sick stay home, if healthy get some sunshine. A golf course is
probably the safest place to be with all the natural distance that it offers
to players – much safer than shopping at big box stores.
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
Shapeshifter vs. Skinwalker
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
Modern scholars believe that shapeshifting
has been around long before the written
word. They claim that depictions of “The
Sorcerer” in the Cave of the Trois-Freres in Southern France, showing
both animal and human parts, are traceable to 13000 B.C.
Shapeshifters appear throughout history. We often hear about Norse,
Asian, and Egyptian mythologies that refer to half-human and halfanimal
Some ancient Greek myths that gained immortal fame spoke of
humans metamorphosing into animals. There are some fairy tales and
even Disney stories that include such spells.
Also, we’ve all heard of vampires and werewolves that can return to
becoming humans. But, humans can’t become animals, or can they?
Shapeshifters and skinwalkers are often confused with each other.
The difference is that a shapeshifter can change their shape through
superhuman abilities, divine intervention, inherited abilities, demonic
manipulation, sorcery, or spells, without the use of external items to
alter themselves mentally, physically, or physio-mentally.
Originally, skinwalker was the name given to Navajo Indian shamans
and witches that transformed their body supernaturally. The Navajos,
much like astronaut theorists, believe the transformation occurs by
manipulating their body’s DNA while using a hat made of the animal
skin they own and some chants.
While it may sound farfetched,
former Navajo police
officer Jonathan Dover (31
years in law enforcement)
is certain that what they call
the skinwalker is real. Dover
interviewed many people
that have chased skinwalkers traveling 65 MPH. He also claims such
people were arrested by a few officers and disappeared from the squad
cars before arriving at the police station.
Currently, scientific experiments are leading to a future where we
can all become shapeshifters. Amazingly, in 2019, scientists at Harvard
University announced they developed shapeshift technology.
The lattices they created transform in response to temperature
changes. When researchers demonstrated this remarkable material,
a metamorphosis happened. The mesh magically turned into a
3-dimensional face of 19 th -century mathematician Karl Frederick
Shortly, shapeshifting materials will be able to heal wounds, construct
smart fabrics, self-repair electronics, high tech medical equipment,
and in the future, among other things, humans will harness the power
to change even their skin color.
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The COVID-19 Vaccine
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
Everyone is wondering about the upcoming
COVID-19 vaccine. What about the veteran
As of the middle of December, the Department of Veterans Affairs
expected to distribute coronavirus vaccines within a week or two, with a
focus on inoculating high-risk veterans and staff members. Will you get
in line, or are you hesitant to do it because it seems to be a bit rushed?
I am one who is hesitant. Even though I have many underlying
conditions that put me in the high-risk category, I’m not too excited
about rushing out to get a vaccine that has been the pawn tossed about
on the stormy seas of a screwed-up political election for the past year.
Plus, I tested positive twice this summer and have been laid up with
the COVID already. So, do I get in line for the shot? Like most everything
else about this pandemic over the past year…who knows?
Since this thing began (according to VA data released) more than
5,000 veterans have died from COVID-19 under VA care, plus 74 VA staff
members. That data did not say if those veterans died in a VA Medical
Center, or just died at home.
Again, the viewing glass is dim. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie advised
that he wanted the VA to be a model to see how America can distribute
the vaccine since he oversees the largest integrated health network on
the planet. That’s fine with me.
I’ve been, however, a guinea pig before; but after being lied to and
openly poisoned with Agent Orange and other toxic substances along
the way, I find myself skeptical and cautious to jump in line.
Perhaps we veterans could demand that Wilkie be the first to get the
shot, and that we all be allowed to observe the effects of his inoculation.
It seems only fair.
I’m trying not to ride a fear-mongering band wagon here, but I do
want to encourage everyone to be aware and diligent in these dangerous
times. If you have decided to jump in line first, good luck to you, and as
usual, I hope it turns out well for you.
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.
What You Should do
After a Car Accident
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
Auto accidents can be terrifying – even
minor ones. Those of us who are rarely, if
ever, in an accident can get flustered and not act
as rationally as we would in any other normal circumstance.
Here are some steps that can help this terrible situation into a
1. Don’t rush to get out of the car unless it’s critical – make sure you
are safe. If possible, call police immediately either inside or outside the
car depending on the circumstances.
2. Assuming all drivers and vehicles are on the scene, in most cases
do not move the cars. If you need to move to the side of the road, take
as many photos as possible and videos before moving the vehicles. Be
sure to take photos that include the other vehicle’s license number and
even a photo of the other party.
3. Exchange information That means getting names, insurance
company and policy number, phone numbers, etc.
4. Police do not respond to accidents on private property such as a
parking lot. So, taking photos is critical.
5. Very important – never ever admit responsibility. You have a
contract with your insurance company, and it is part of your contract
that they are the ones to determine liability.
Whether you believe it is your fault (or not) contact the 24/7 number
of your insurance carrier ASAP.
6. If it’s a hit and run, look for witnesses and write down anything
you can remember such as make/model of car or all/part of the license
plate number. Since smart phones are so prolific, sometimes there is
time to take photos.
7. Finally, if the accident is very minor and no other party is involved,
talk to your agent before filing the claim. Example: if you back into a
pole, it’s your fault (no, the pole did not jump in front of you) and the
damage may not be over your deductible.
Additionally, you probably don’t want this incident on your report
because you could be charged for an at-fault accident for the next 5
years for something you could have easily paid for yourself.
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
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2021 - Finally!
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
Whew! We made it through one of the
roughest years ever! If you are reading
this, congratulations on surviving 2020.
Fortunately, I did not contact Covid and tested negative all times.
Unfortunately, I had friends who
contacted the coronavirus, and
some have passed away.
Several things I learned from
Patience. Whether it was to stay
a social distance from everyone,
waiting in line for testing or
whenever else we had to wait.
Appreciation. To enjoy every
moment, every day, every breath, every laugh, every person in our life.
Mask Up. It has become part of our accessories. It protects you and
Prayers. For first responders, truck drivers, postal workers, servers,
anyone in the public. My daily prayers have included all those
suffering, worried about a paycheck, bills, food, etc. They include all
the entertainment culture and small business who are struggling.
Hand Sanitizers &Washing Hands. More frequently then we
have in years.
Losing Our Bards
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
As we enter the new year, wary yet hopeful, we
also bid adieu to the many casualties of the
old year. The CDC predicts that the US alone will
have recorded some 360,000 COVID deaths by the
end of 2020. The global total exceeds 1.6 million..
We mourn as well those whom fate enabled to lead long and productive
lives that have come to their ultimate conclusion. I’m thinking now of
two losses in particular that leave our cultural landscape just slightly
David Cornwell, better known as John Le Carré, was the rare
author whose thrillers reached the heights of great literature. His spy
novels enabled readers to infiltrate the follies of the Cold War as well
as the shifting geopolitics of the post-Cold War era through intimate
portrayals of conflicted characters dancing through intricate plots.
His books were not really about spying; rather, they addressed
fundamental issues like love and loneliness, loyalty and betrayal,
truth and deception, and the human condition, in settings that ranged
from his native Britain to Moscow, Berlin, Washington DC, Kenya, the
Mideast and more.
Marvin Bell was another sort of literary light, a longtime faculty
member in the famed Iowa Writers Workshop, universally admired as a
poet, teacher and mentor. He directed his students to write poems that
Zoom or Other Virtual Communication. Virtual
communication has now become a way of life. I have taken several
Zumba classes through Zoom and participated in several meetings. It
has totally changed our lives.
Reading More. Enjoying more books than I have in a long time.
My Two Fur Babies. In the beginning of the pandemic, they were
a little confused why I was home so
much! They have happily adjusted.
Appreciate a Walk. Of course,
with mask and keeping social
Appreciate Having a Roof
Over My Head. Thankful to have
a home. Unfortunately, some have
lost jobs and their rent or mortgage
is becoming more and more difficult
I’ve always been very frugal, but having being laid off myself, I’ve
learned to watch my pennies even more.
Being Grateful. For whatever you have, not what you don’t have.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
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teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las Vegas
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David Cornwell, better known as
John Le Carré
at least one person in the room will hate.
About coffee, he wrote: The house smells of coffee, and I want some.
It’s my coffee and I want it.
To his wife Dorothy, he wrote: You are not beautiful, exactly. You
are beautiful, inexactly.
He chronicled the decades in his ongoing Dead Man series: The dead
man has both feet in the past and his head in the clouds.
Le Carré died December 12 at 89. Bell died on the 14th at 83. Their
lives and legacies have enriched us all. We are lucky to have had them
as long as we did.
And as long as the world they both treasured and worried for survives,
their work will continue to illuminate the mysteries of the human soul.
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Mojave Desert Symbol Endangered
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
Admirers claim that, “Joshua Tree is a
must see place for anyone seeking beauty,
relaxation and nature.” Nonetheless, a study
conducted in 2019 by the University of California, Riverside found
Joshua Tree National Park will possibly be empty and bare by 2070
– that’s less than fifty years.
The Joshua tree, with distinctive twisted and warped branches, is a
Mojave Desert symbol. They are native to the park, but climate change
places them and their habitat in threat for survival.
As Southwestern deserts become hotter and drier, the Joshua Tree’s
environment of higher-elevation ecosystem is altering, causing the
plant to reseed farther north into higher elevations.
New trees are not coming up in their characteristic localities. Joshua’s
grow slowly - less than a few centimeters a year - that’s right, no more
But the park has a high number of other varieties of trees and shrubs.
In fact, nearly 1,000 varieties of plant life make this is a horticultural
smorgasbord. The shrubs are amongst the most diverse in North
When sweeping your gaze out across the wilderness, Joshua Tree
National Park is a place where lizards may gaze at you, and then skitter
off into shadowy cracks. The most common animals seen are lizards
Elevations are from 536 to 5,814 feet, making this a rock climbing
Mecca. In the higher
elevations, the views
can be magnificent, but
its namesake Joshua
Tree is in danger of
extinction along with the
threatened desert tortoise
that makes their home
The name Joshua
Tree is derived from
a legend of Mormon
settlers who believed the
tree reminded them of
the biblical story where
Joshua spread his hands to heaven in prayer. Joshua Tree was designated
a national monument in 1936 and became a national park in 1994.
An interesting fact is that the historic Route 66 runs through Joshua
Tree National Park.
Though it would be nice to say it isn’t so, Joshua Trees the very
Mojave Desert symbol are very much endangered. And, sadly for the
time being, not too much is known about how to undo this.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
You Can Hire a Car
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /
Out & About
believe nothing is as simple as it should be. So, with that mindset
I I recently started looking into the competing car duos of Lyft and
I had previously seen them in action and was impressed with how
they dominate the car and driver industry. Everything was great and
quite high tech, but I couldn’t help wondering if the whole process
might be a bit intimidating to seniors like me.
I decided to investigate and was surprised to find the information
needed to reserve a car and driver is pretty similar throughout the
industry. But making your first reservation with either Lyft or Uber can
You will probably be required to open an account and provide
personal background and financial information as well as an active
credit card before they even ask where you want to go. But in return
for providing personal details and setting up your account, you should
expect to receive a lot of service.
For example, you can plan special events in advance for a car. But
most of today’s car services are made on a spur of the moment basis,
and amazingly your driver will usually arrive within 15 minutes.
And there’s more good news - An affordable senior car service, called
Go Go Grandparent, was introduced four years ago when both Lyft
and Uber decided to offer car and driver assistance to seniors who don’t
have smart phones and are generally living on fixed incomes.
Latest estimates are that over 70% of seniors, ages 65 and over, do not
want or use smart phones, but they value independence and mobility.
So “Go Go” has become a dependable resource for budget conscious
seniors who live on their own but require transportation for everything
from doctor’s appointments, to dinner out, shopping, family visits and
For details and their special rates, call 1-855-464-6872 and follow
the prompts. This service is available in Las Vegas and may be just what
you need to protect and enhance your lifestyle.
Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is a travel agent and the owner of
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By: Burt & Dianne Davis / Our Vacation
We visited Korsakov on the remote Russian
island of Sakhalin, in the spring of 2019
on our Viking Ocean
Cruise. This gave us insight into some
unfamiliar off the beaten track regions.
The lonely island of Sakhalin, 25 miles
north of Japan, is home to about 500,000
residents. The town of Korsakov was
originally a Russian penal colony whose
unsavory atmosphere was chronicled by the
famous Russian novelist Anton Chekhov.
This visit gave us a sense of what isolation
is in this cold dreary area. The new housing
is generally occupied by residents employed
by the area’s gas drilling companies.
We saw Victory Square with its classic
Russian military statues and a Russian
Orthodox Church. The population is young because the government
offers incentives to move there and the area is filled with folks that
enjoy the many winter sports.
Then we docked at the southern tip of the Kamchatka in Far Eastern
Russia, reportedly the home of Russia’s Pacific submarine fleet. Our
By: Jackie Hunter/ Guest Column
Has “distance-learning” created frustrations
for your family? If so, what can you do to
Many of us have school-aged grandchildren, nieces and nephews
who are distance-learning. Some of us would like to share in the
burden (and joy) of helping our loved ones through this difficult time;
however, we also want to stay safe from COVID-19.
Fortunately, there are practical ways to do both!
With Skype, Facetime and Zoom, we can help our families from the
comfort and safety of our homes. “What’s that? You don’t have either
app on your phone or computer?”
When you let your family know that you plan to help, they’re likely to
walk you willingly and eagerly through the process of downloading the
appropriate app to your device and then demonstrate how easy it is to
use. Besides, anything you want to learn nowadays, there is a video
lesson on YouTube.com.
Here is how you can help:
First, set ground rules for the grandchild you are helping. “I expect
you to work on your math problems for 30 minutes then take a
10-minute break” or “I expect you to show me the completed essay in
30 minutes” are a couple examples of how you might simultaneously
encourage and challenge your child (or children) to work efficiently.
Are you good at math? You can help by checking your child’s math
Our Visit to Far Eastern Russia
Helping the Grandchildren
visit included Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky; a community surrounded by
spectacular volcanoes which give the city a stark dramatic beauty.
The town was founded by famous Danish explorer Vitus Bering who is
honored with statues and monuments. Another impressive monument
commemorates the siege of Petropavlovsk-
Kamchatsky during the Crimean War; the
only battle the Russians won in that war.
We visited the Trinity Chapel, a classic
Russian Orthodox Church with white walls
and gold domes on a hill overlooking the
city. It is the go-to-place during the frequent
earthquakes as it was designed to withstand
the many tremors.
The Military History Museum, founded in
1959, is the largest of its kind in northeast
Russia. Its exhibits showcase the military
history of the area from the founding of
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the present.
Museum exhibits are in Russian.
The town square contains huge statues, one of Lenin, another of
three bears. Bears outnumber people in this region!
Thanks to Dianne and Burt Davis who continue to travel the world
and share their adventures with our readers.
answers and explaining how to correctly arrive at each one. Also,
having children explain to you how they arrived at a correct answer on
their own is even better.
Reading comprehension is extremely important! Have your children
read to you (or read to them) and ask them questions about how they
interpreted the content and lessons.
You know what you are good at. Share your talents. Share your
wisdom - one of the gifts of being a senior.
Go ahead - pick up the phone and tell your daughter or your son that
you can help this year. (mom and dad to the rescue!) Now, don’t you
feel good already?
Jackie Hunter is a retired educator and Science Fiction author
of Lost in the Red Hills of Mars. She recently relocated to Las Vegas.
New Year's Resolution: Look on the Bright Side in 2021!
By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute
ne of the books that can help us all this year is The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year
Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life. The author, Janice
Janice Kaplan, wrote "When I spent a year living gratefully for my book (The Gratitude Diaries) I
discovered that Kaplan being positive & grateful - - changes how we see the world. We have a greater sense
of control over our experiences, & everything from our relationships, career & health seems better."
Keep a Gratitude Journal
• Use a colorful notebook that's too pretty
to hold anything except positive thoughts.
• Choose a time of day that's best for you.
(For example: when you first awake or after
you brush your teeth at night. Be consistent.)
• Write one thing for which you are
grateful. Complete the sentence:
"I am so thankful for ..."
• Write 1 or 2 more (for a total of 3 only.)
Note: This doesn't mean you are going to
be happy about everything that happens to
you. It does mean that no matter what
happens to you, you are going to be
happier and you will find a way forward.
Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS the
No-Brainer Brain Games series. Sign up for her FREE newsletter at www.JanFair.com
1. In one minute, finish the
sentence, "I am so
thankful for ..."
2. Make an alphabetical list.
All the past trips I've experienced,
Being able to walk without a
cane, Cousin Renee for
researching my family's
ancestry, Dining outdoors, ...
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"Want to be happy?
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