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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"

for both pares.

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All home buyers should have a home inspecon to verify the condion of the systems of the home

(heang/cooling, electrical, plumbing, the roof, etc). As a Buyer, you can ask that defecve items

be repaired or replaced. It's not guaranteed that the Seller will agree, but hopefully an agreement

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!

If you have quesons about selling your home, or purchasing a home, in the current real estate

market, please call or email me today. Our office is open 7 days a week for your convenience, and

I'm looking forward to assisng you with all of your real estate needs!


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Adrea Barrera

John Bielun

Liz Breier

Yvonne Cloutier

Dianne Davis

Sandi Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

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Linda Gomez

Ali Guggenheim

Dianne Hahn

Morris Heldt

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

Heather Latimer

Gayla Kalp

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Kyo Mitchell

Dan Roberts

Ray Sarbacker

Debbie Landry

Rana Goodman

Evan Davis

Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist

Michael Roberts

Ross Roberts

Matthew Moore

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Bill Caserta

Liz Palmer

Judy Polumbaum

Mary Richard

Renee Riendeau

Crystal Sarbacker

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Vicki Wentz

Kate Wind


January 2021



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

I missed.

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

winter gloves

“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!

Brother Jeff

shoveling path for

his dog “Moose”

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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.

January 2021

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

a squirrel.

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

submissions at:


2021 Forecast

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

next adventure.

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!


January 2021

Foreign Residuals

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

our blessings.

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

foreign ones!

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

clean-up process.

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 &

Opening Straws

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:

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

the cloud.

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

and skinny!

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.

More wrinkles!

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 You can also

see her on SCA-TV.


January 2021

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.

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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

Singer remake,

was nominated

for an Academy

Award for her

performance in

Pete Kelly’s Blues

remake and

created record

albums using

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

George Shearing.

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 Alive! You can

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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

Hollywood stars.

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

Vietnam War.

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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Tea Kettles

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

weak wrist.

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.

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January 2021

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

extra reminder.

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!

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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.

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January 2021

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”

exceeds 350,000!

Every day, families are going to bed hungry. Local non-profits such

as three, catholic and goodness gracious 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!

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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.

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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

guarantee, terms of use, disclaimers and/or privacy policies.

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

smart choices.

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”!

January 2021

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

their client-candidates.

* 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

whispered. The

d o c t o r s


implemented that

next-to-last resort,

an experimental

regimen of high

pressure oxygen


and drug


Fighting the


became a game

of Whack-A-Mole.

Massive doses of

blood thinners

were administered

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.

Checks from

generous donors

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

part in these, we thank you.

If you would like to help The Foundation directly, we can receive

checks mailed to 2518 Anthem Village Drive, Suite 102, Henderson,

NV 89052. We can also accept secure donations through our website.

Simply click on the red DONATE NOW! button.

As always, we are grateful for the support of our donors and sponsors

and wish you all the happiest and safest of holiday season.


January 2021


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

a klutz.

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?

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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

January 2021

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!


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.

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

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

and bath remodels.


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:

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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!


January 2021

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.

To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email:


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.


January 2021

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

manageable one:

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

that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.

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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

more impoverished.

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

to pay.

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.


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

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.


January 2021

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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

than centimeters.

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

and birds.

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

with enthusiasm.


January 2021

You Can Hire a Car

& Driver

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

be daunting.

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

Vegas Vacationers Inc. She can be reached at:


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

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

January 2021

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

Mental Minutes


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, ...

A No-Brainer Pick

A talk by David Steindl-Rast

"Want to be happy?

Be grateful."

January 2021


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