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Understanding Property Taxes
How much do you know about property taxes? What does it do, and what do you need to know
about it when buying a home? When looking at buying a home, budgeting the property tax cost is
an important first step in knowing what you can afford.
What Is a Property Tax?
A property tax is a government-issued tax to all its constituents who own a property, whether it be a
house, a rental property or a building. Everyone who owns "real property" is charged a property tax,
including corporations and other entities. It typically will be used to provide funding to local utilities,
such as water and sewer improvements, law enforcement, schools, road and highway construction,
fire protection and other services that the local government deem to benefit the community.
How Do You Calculate Your Property Tax ?
Calculating your property tax is easy. However, you need a few things to get it done. First, you need
to know the assessed value of your property, according to the tax or property assessor. Also, you
need to know how much the property tax rate is in your area. This can be found online, and you also
should be receiving an annual notice that tells you what it will be for the coming fiscal year. This is
mailed to the mailing address that you have on file with Clark County. (Not sure about this? Call me
and I can check it for you).
Why Is My Property Tax Expensive?
There are many reasons why your property tax may be more expensive than others. When you
purchase a property, the tax is "reset" based on the value at the time of your purchase, and then it is
reevaluated annually. It is then subject to an annual "cap" (maximum amount it can increase each
year, which varies depending on whether the property is your primary residence or not. Also, if you
have recently done a renovation or added more square footage to your property, your property tax
is expected to be higher as well.
What Happens If I Missed Paying My Property Taxes?
Even after you pay off your mortgage fees and free yourself from the extended monthly obligations,
your property tax will still be present. As long as you’re a legal property owner, you are liable to pay
for the property tax. If you own the property free of a mortgage that impounds your property tax,
you will pay it directly to the local tax collector. If not, your property can be seized and sold to pay
the tax owed (so make sure you pay your taxes!)
Why Does My Neighbor Pay Less Property Tax Than Me?
A lot of things influence how a property tax is assessed. Lot size, type of house structure, size of
the house, the age and the condition, renovations and even the presence of a garage can affect the
property tax calculation. Also, because of the cap (limit) to the annual increase, it may be
because your neighbor bought the home at a lower value initially.
Property Tax Relief, Am I Eligible For That?
Tax relief, usually called tax breaks, are available for every homeowner. It’s one of the perks of
owning a property. Homeowners can potentially receive tax deductions, credits, and/or rebates
(check with your CPA or tax preparer!) You can also utilize your property taxes paid throughout the
year when you file a federal income tax return (again, check with your CPA or tax preparer). This
may save you or replenish the expenses you made by being a responsible tax payer.
More questions? Please feel free to call me anytime. My office is open 7 days a week for your
convenience, and I'm looking forward to assisting you with all of your real estate needs. I'll be here
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NIGHT LIFE EDITOR
Volume 17, Issue 12
OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS
Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist
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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.
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
Don’t make me go in there. It scares me.”
It embarrasses me to write this, but there is
a place that I admit scares the be’jesus out of me.
It’s my Rana’s walk-in closet.
Now I have to tell you, I don’t frighten easily and would argue that
I’m more than a “man’s man.” I’ve experienced such death-defying
feats like speeding on the interstate or riding a bicycle without a helmet
or even donating blood without a concern.
But my PILL’s (partner in love & life) closet is a whole different and
When I moved in eight years
ago my jaw dropped when I first
turned on the light and looked
around. In fairness, I admit it’s not
a mess or even sloppy. Everything
is located in a particular order
(even color coded!) but there’s
things everywhere – and there’s
lots of them.
From skirts to blouses, sweaters
and dresses, they’ll all there. And
don’t get me started on her belts
Oh, and did I mention her shoes?
Placed on top of the shelves, each
pair is neatly stacked in separate
plastic boxes for safekeeping.
I’m not saying that she has a bunch, but I have no doubt she could
have gone toe-for-toe, heel-for-heel with Imelda Marcos.
While in total disbelief, I made the mistake of asking how she could
possibly know which shoes were where. So help me, not only did she
recall the location of every pair, but my Ladylove was able to describe
their respective color, style, designer and purpose for every pair.
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The Scariest Place in the World
I mention all this since the pandemic has forced us inside as much as
possible and Rana finally decided it was time to “clean out her closet.”
Along with her daughter Michelle, they spent a mother-daughter day
filling up eight huge Hefty bags for Goodwill.
All I can say is that some down on her luck woman is going to receive
a magnificent wardrobe.
And because I have no life either and was tired of the never-ending
Dateline TV murder reruns (Spoiler alert: it’s always the husband), I
offered to help – but only if they promised not to shut off the light and
lock me in the closet.
As I slowly but carefully made my way to the end of the closet, I felt
my heart racing. At any moment,
I expected that guy from “Friday
the 13 th ” movie fame to jump out
from behind the clothes with his
hockey mask and chainsaw.
“This is unbelievable” I kept on
repeating. And yet Rana looked at
me as if I were the crazy one.
No kidding, there were clothes
and accessories everywhere with
Rana “gently” advising me to keep
my opinions to myself - and not to
knock anything over.
When I reached the far end of
the bottom of her closet, I actually
got down on my hands and knees,
moved some stuff out of the way
and yelled, “Oh my god, Rana, I think I just found Jimmy Hoffa!”
For some reason, she was not amused and told me to turn around
and get out.
I hastily escaped and reaching for that paper bag to stop my
hyperventilating, Rana had a few choice words for yours truly. But so
long as I don’t ever have to go back in there, she can call me anything
* Assuming my Rana does not throw me out of the house for the
above, I want to wish her (and all lovers) a very Happy Valentine’s Day.
I was introduced to her at the lowest and saddest period of my life and
her warmth, charm, beauty and compassion showed me that it was
possible to love… and be loved again.
Never Too Late For Love
By: Liz Breier / This & That
This is the perfect month to convey a story of
romance in our senior world.
My friend Deb had house guests and when they
were scheduled to depart, her brother Joe was
going to visit next. In the meantime, Deb’s close friend and neighbor,
Madge, needed assistance at her home with some chores and asked if
Joe could come a week earlier than originally planned in order to help
As seniors, we know that projects like cleaning out the garage can be
a handful without some assistance. Joe could not stay at his own sister’s
home since her houseguests were still on premises, so Madge said Joe
could stay in her spare bedroom. It wasn’t as if he was a stranger, being
the brother of her closest friend.
By now, I think readers see where this is going. However, you have no
idea how quickly Cupid shot his arrow.
During his two week-long stay, Joe and Madge fell in love. He gave
her a beautiful diamond engagement ring and plans were underway.
They were married on 11/11/20 (romantic for sure) and he moved
in permanently, divesting of his out of state home. Now my friend has
her brother nearby and is wed to one of her closest friends.
Madge and Joe’s nuptials were at a local house of worship with only a
few nearest and dearest in attendance, thanks to COVID-19. She looked
lovely in her ethereal gown and flowers in her hair.
Joe was beaming ear to ear.
There is more to this story. Deb is a kind-hearted and generous
person. Her houseguests were actually neighbors who were having work
done in their home and Deb did not want them to live with the dust and
commotion and insisted they bunk with her during the renovations.
This proves a few things to seniors:
1. Kindness to one can reap rewards to many.
2. It’s okay to extend an invitation to the relative of a close friend
even if you have never met.
3. Always be willing to help someone because a favor can turn into
4. Never say never!
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.
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
The church held a “Marriage Seminar” and
the priest asked Luigi, as his 50th wedding
anniversary approached, to share some insight
into how he managed to stay married to the same
woman all these years.
Luigi replied to his audience, “Well, I tried to treat her well and spend
money on her. But the best thing I did was take her to Italy for our 20th
The priest said “Luigi, you are an inspiration to all husbands here
today. Please tell the audience what you plan for your wife for your 50th
Luigi proudly replied “I’m gonna go and get her.”
*A Sun City couple had dinner at another couple’s house, and
after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two
gentlemen were talking, and one said, “Last night we went to a new
restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it.”
The other man said, “What is the name of the restaurant?”
The first man thought and thought and finally said, “What is the
name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one
that’s red and has thorns.”
“Do you mean a rose?” “Yes, that’s the one,” replied the man.
He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, “Rose, what’s the
name of that restaurant we went to last night?”
1. Despite the old saying, “Don’t take your troubles to bed,” many
women still sleep with their husbands.
2. My wife made coffee this morning and winked at me when she
handed me the cup. I’ve never been more scared of a drink in my life.
3. I see my fellow Sun City neighbors mountain climbing;
meanwhile, I feel good getting my leg through my underwear without
losing my balance.
4. I called the incontinence hotline. They asked if I “could HOLD
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Valentine to My Marriage
By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit
We recently celebrated our 40 th wedding
anniversary. Given our respective ages, a
forty-year marriage might seem nothing to pop
a cork about.
Many of our cohorts, some of whom met in first grade struggling
over Dick and Jane readers, are boasting marriages of nearly 60 years.
Truth be told, we’ve actually been married longer than 40 years.
Before we met, each of us had 15 years of conjugal life with another
So in answer to the question “How long have I been married?” I
believe that 55 years is an honest response. Even convicted felons get
credit for time served.
The symbol for a 40-year marriage is the ruby. It is said to represent
“an inner flame of a strong marriage that has lasted 40 years and is
What a relief to learn that my inner flame was ignited by romance
and not indigestion!
During our years of marriage we’ve helped each other raise five
children, six dogs, and have lived to enjoy five beautiful grandchildren.
We’ve confronted the turmoil and blessings of mix-and-match
households and have more than earned our T shirts which read “I
Survived a Blended Family.”
We’ve managed several moves and home renovations, the stress of
which often had us teetering on the brink. I mean, what can be more
detrimental to a relationship than arguing over where to place a light
We’ve weathered several career
changes (both his and mine)
resulting in periods of economic
uncertainty - each of which just
brought us that much closer.
There have been health
scares, including a near-death
experience, but fortunately, we’ve
been able to come out the other
side with smiles on our faces. And
a few more pill bottles.
Reflecting on our marriage,
I’m very grateful. No one could
have been more supportive to me
in my second act as a humor writer.
Additionally, I’m grateful that living with him has provided me with
so much delicious fodder for my essays. On at least a dozen occasions,
I’ve poked fun at our marital bliss.
Whether it’s the fact that he clenches the TV remote as if it was a
lifeline, constantly gives me driving lessons, or argues with me about
the best way to slice a bagel, a long-term marriage has proven to be an
endless source of material. And he has been a wonderful sport.
Do I dare look back and ask the inevitable question: Would I do it
all over again? I respond with certainty “yes.” We may not reach the
60-year mark like some of our friends, but we’re sure not done yet.
And please my dear, don’t ever be perfect, because I have many more
essays yet to write!
Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s
Nothing to Complain About, is available at Amazon.com, BN.com,
Read her blog at: www.SusansUnfilteredWit.com. Email Susan:
With bread all sorrows are less” – Sancho
When Covid devastated his maturing business,
it was bread that sparked hope. Bread helped sustain Gio Mauro’s spirit.
Bread helped sustain Mauro’s developing restaurant, Pizzeria Monzu
and bread helped sustain the restaurant’s carefully curated staff,
handpicked to compliment the venue’s culture.
Mauro quickly pivoted when panic buying emptied store shelves last
March, working early mornings baking crusty loaves of sourdough
and other breads. The chef, whose culinary skills were mastered at his
mother’s side, reaped an emotional reward.
“I found such joy selling bread to people in the community. It was
really crucial to keeping us in the community. It gave me purpose.”
“I’m optimistic but I need to work hard. My spirits have been stained.
I know chefs that have closed out of sheer emotional exhaustion.”
limit Monzu’s usual
seating from 140 to 35.
The bread experience
inspired a holiday
Brunch Box that
remains on the menu
- a to-go assortment
that includes a rich
French toast casserole,
frittata with vegetables,
Chef Gio Bets on Bread
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
Chef Gio joins wife Naomi Mauro for
a song at Pizzeria Monzu
bacon, his sourdough bread, Italian sausage and a selection of cheeses.
Mauro is putting the final touches on his next take-out box, an
imaginative meal ready for Valentine’s Day dinner.
Preceding Pizzeria Monzu in the West Flamingo strip center was
Nora’s Italian Cuisine, a local favorite branded for Mauro’s mother.
After 25 years, Nora’s popularity had outgrown the intimate location
and relocated nearby. Gio and his songstress wife Naomi seized the
opportunity to create their “experience driven environment.”
The foundation of Monzu’s namesake dish is a Sicilian-style crust
which achieves Mauro’s goal to “elevate the pizza experience.” The
menu includes a selection of meats, pizzas and pastas that garnered
Desert Companion’s 2018 “New Restaurant of the Year” award.
The “experience” that Mauro created recaptures Las Vegas’ long lost
supper club days. A trio of the town’s lounge day musicians accompanies
some of the Vegas’ finest singers, including wife Naomi who headlined
on The Strip and local lounges.
The couple looks forward to the day when they can again “create
memories for families and loved ones.”
Pizzeria Monzu – 6025 W Flamingo Rd. – (702) 749-5959 – monzulv.
Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to
hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:
Taking the Vaccine
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
am the first to admit that one of my biggest,
I albeit childish fears is the idea of receiving
shots. Until this year I never took a flu shot, it
was only after Dan dragged me to
CVS and insisted that I do so last
It might be poetic justice that I
now, in my senior years, find I am
diabetic, thus giving myself daily
insulin shots. Maybe that was
fate’s way of telling me to grow up.
I am now actually happy about
my up-coming appointment to
receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Last March, when we all learned
about this virus, I will admit that I
was one of the sceptics who didn’t
really believe it was anything
more than the flu. It would soon
disappear I told Dan.
However, as the days, weeks
and months elapsed, friends,
fellow columnists, and casual
acquaintances started to report
that they had tested positive for
COVID-19. It suddenly dawned
on me that I was among the most
Still, I was not all that worried; after all, several of my friends in
Sun City contacted the virus and came through it well, with no hospital
stay needed. However, with the start of the New Year we lost a dear friend
and a Sun City Anthem icon to Covid.
The news was “a wakeup call.” It was time to “put my big girl pants
on.” Dan and I made our appointment.
Make no mistake, I have harsh opinions on the way our officials are
dolling out these injections.
The tier order, now being
called “lanes” is absurd.
Whoever set up the
vaccine priorities seem to
have decided whose life is
more important than others.
For example, one of my
daughter’s has asthma and
chronic bronchitis, the other
is pre-diabetic with other
health issues. From what I
have read, their respective
medical conditions places
them as being most very
because they are under the
age of 70, they are far down
the line for the vaccine.
Ahead of them are
convicts sitting in jail,
politicians and some
workers who are considered
“essential” even though
they are not on the front
lines or dealing with the
public on a day-by-day basis.
If you have not received your shot, please do what you have to in
order to join the senior brigade.
Vegas Voice columnists Sandi & Evan Davis got their COVID shots. How about you?
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Miracle Lotion Pimps
By: Gayla Kalp / Life is Laughter
’ve had it! I’m tired of these “Miracle Lotion
Pimps” who jump out at you from every
doorway at the mall like a scary monster.
Their line is “Hello pretty lady! I have a free
gift for you.”
They wave a small foil square sample packet at you with the skill of a
trained, exotic hypnotist. They promise that the key to incredible beauty
and youth lay just inside the doors.
God forbid you should stop.
Their most profound enticements will now be played: “I can make
your driest skin soft as silk within three minutes. Just come and try and
I will give you this great ‘Miracle Lotion’ for free. It will make your skin
look like your favorite model.”
Then another Pimp comes out and, like Boa Constrictors, they both
put their arms around you and are deftly moving you behind the doors
of “No Return.”
Once inside, the Pimps will descend on you like the plaque. It would
be quicker and less painful if you would just leave your wallet and
credit card on the counter and run for your life, but the Pimps must
put on their show.
They all talk about how beautiful you are except for the unfortunate
deep creases around your face. They shine a light in your face that is
so bright and unflattering that it would make a flawless sheet of white
marble look like cracked cement.
You gasp! The Pimps tell you not to worry! They put line reducing
elixir (a little glue with glycerin) on any part of your upper body with
You don’t know that Grandma’s can of bacon grease would have
worked better. They use more magic elixirs (found at the 99 Cent store)
and now convince you that you look like you did when you were 16.
After you gladly release your credit card into their rabid hands, you
leave with much kissing, and hugging completely transformed.
When you get home and unpack the seventeen “Magic” products
purchased from your new best friends, you realize you have just spent
$932.00! However, reaching deeply into your bag of products you find
your original small square packet of “Miracle Cream.”
Now, that was FREE!
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.
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Start Saving Those Dates
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
August 22 nd , September 11 th , October 16 th ,
November 13 th , December 4 th , and December
31 st . What do all these dates have in common?
That’s right! The Vegas Voice has already
scheduled and confirmed these six dates as show dates for 2021. And
we are preparing to schedule and finalize more shows for this year. Of
course, all this is contingent on that elusive COVID virus.
We are not letting grass grow under our feet as we are preparing
amazing shows for all our entertainment starved followers. I promise
you they will be the best shows with the greatest entertainers that Vegas
has to offer.
I personally cannot wait to get on that stage with a mic in my hands
and welcome you all back to the entertainment capital of the world. I
will give you a teaser of what’s to come.
Jonny Bird, Bucky Heard, Evan & Vinny Adinolfi
Take a walk
and unrestored signs
and the history
A 30-minute nightly
show that magically
brings unrestored signs
back to life, accompanied
by a soundtrack of
some of the greatest
musical performers in
history to transport guests
into Las Vegas’ past.
Our opening show will be a themed showed with some of your
favorite performers along with some up-and-coming talent that you
will remember for a lifetime. And of course, a killer band.
If you were at our Woodstock show at the Clark County Library last
year, you know what a great venue that was. We will be there again in
August for another spectacular concert.
One thing The Vegas Voice offers, that no one else has done: if you’re
not happy with the show or you don’t think it was worth the price
of your ticket, we will give you back your money. Talk about putting
pressure on myself… I won’t let you down.
For February, let’s talk about what you can do to get out, be safe and
get your entertainment fix. There’s Saddle and Spurs Saloon, Jimmy’s
@ Madisons, Italian American Club, Piazza Lounge (in the Tuscany
Hotel) Gilley’s (inside Treasure Island), The Vegas Room and Skyline
Casino, where can see anything from Drag Shows to ambient piano
Who can you see at these restaurants and clubs? The Bronx
Wanderers, Ronnie Rose, Bucky Heard, Jonny Bird, Kenny Davidsen,
Jonathan Karrant, a Carpenters Tribute Concert, Jammie Hosmer,
Chadwick Johnson and more than I can list right now.
For all the entertainment listings, go to www.EvanDavisJazz.com and
check out Celebrity Corner’s interviews on YouTube at Vegas Voice TV.
And don’t forget to subscribe.
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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By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
After speaking with publisher Dan last week,
he suggested that I might share with you
the many “dates” with celebrities I have had way
back in the 60s and 70s. At the risk of being a “name dropper” here is a
list of some of the dreamy guys I “dated”:
Tony Dow (Wally on Leave it to Beaver) Paul Petersen ( Jeff on
The Donna Reed show) Bobby Rydell, Bobby “Boris” Pickett
(of The Monster Mash song), Mike Clifford (Close to Cathy popular
song), Don Grady, (My Three Sons), Bobby Diamond (Fury TV
show), Trini Lopez (singer); wait, there’s more.
Randy Boone (The Virginian) Peter Duel (Alias Smith and
Jones TV show) Dean Torrence (half of Jan and Dean duo) Johnny
Crawford (The Rifleman) Dennis Wilson, (one of The Beachboys),
Dack Rambo (Guns of Will Sonnett, Dallas TV shows and he also
played my brother on The New Loretta Young Show) Jimmy Hawkins
(Tagg on Annie Oakley TV Show) and Bill Bixby.
Pretty impressive, right? Well, now for the “Real” Story - they weren’t
You see back in the 60s and 70s there were many movie magazines:
Modern Screen, Photoplay, Teen Beat, Tiger Beat etc., and…
What they would do, is take pictures of various actors and actors
posing at different functions with the captions saying things like
“Tony Dow was seen out with
Beverly Washburn at the circus”,
or “Paul Petersen was spotted
with Beverly Washburn having
a late night dinner at the Brown
Derby” , or “Bobby Rydell was
seen holding hands with Beverly
Washburn at a party”, and so on.
All “staged and posed.” A
complete “planned set up!”
Bummer, huh? Well the good
part is that I have actually stayed
friends with some of them. Tony
and Paul even wrote separate
Forewords for my book.
The attached photo was a sample of one of my “dates.” I spoke to
Tony recently and the funny thing is neither of us can remember where
or when this photo was even taken!
But there we were - on a “date!” Ah showbiz - you gotta love it!
Until next time...Remember kindness is the language the deaf can
hear and the blind can see.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / Senior Moments
When you’re an adoptee, you learn to be
patient when doing a search for birth
parents. Given my age, records have been sealed
for years and people who may have known about me have long since
After an exhaustive search in the
‘80s, I found my birth mother and
two half-brothers. It was just good
old fashioned research and amateur
I knew her for a few years until
she died and also built a relationship
with my brothers, only to lose one a
few years later to cancer.
I still have a relationship with my
remaining brother on my mother’s
side, his wife and two children. We
are on opposite sides of the county
but we visit every so often.
Then along comes DNA! And best of all, it’s available to ordinary
people through websites, family trees and doing genetic research.
Records are limited obviously because if your sibling hasn’t submitted,
The Search is Finally Done!
you won’t match up.
So about four years ago I had two very close matches that popped up
as first cousins or closer and I actually met one of them. We tried and
tried to figure out where the connection was but no luck.
Then suddenly last month, another researcher who came upon
me because I am related to her husband, followed the DNA trail and
discovered my entire story.
She was able to reconstruct
my birth father’s history down to
dates and locations, marriages and
children and - lo and behold, my
first cousins are actually my brother
and sister. When I presented her info,
my cousin, now brother, confirmed
that everything lined up perfectly.
My message to anyone out there
searching is to never give up! Things
happen in the most unexpected ways
and though I would follow trails of
people, I was completely off course as it turned out and they were right
there in front of me.
The circle of my coming into the world is now complete in my 70s. I
started getting curious in my 20’s and here we are. The search is over.
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By: Dianne Hahn / Back in the Days
Hi y’all! Greetings from down south in NOLA
(New Orleans, Louisiana). Charming,
A mixture of accents, buttery smooth. They
have a way with words, and they know a thing about cooking!
If you haven’t sampled Cajun and Creole cuisine - it’s time! It’s
crawfish, fresh boiled crab in the shell, black beans and rice, grits and
meat pies, Shrimp Jambalaya, Seafood Gumbo… and don’t forget the
Louisiana Oysters. I love ‘em raw on the half shell with a squeeze of
lemon and a dash of horseradish sauce.
Then there is Café Du Monde. It’s in The French Quarter, serving café
au lait and beignets! Talk about passionate eating…a million calories
filled with nothing nutritious - just deliciousness!
On the slim chance you’ve never been here, beignets are French style
(square) donuts served warm, three to a plate, piled high with snowy
white powdered sugar.
The first time you taste one, you pick it up very gingerly, shake off
most of the sugar and take a tiny bite. Somewhere between the time you
start to chew and swallow lightning strikes!
You take another bite and you’re dead in the water. Not only are you
scooping up the sugar with a spoon to pile it on the next bite, but you’re
also scattering the powdery stuff all over the table in your haste.
Yup, the floor and the front of your clothes are covered, and you don’t
care! It’s like your brain goes into beignet shock.
All you do is bite, chew and
swallow. It’s divine!
You’re done (sadly) and
you leave. More sightseeing
to do. But before long a
niggling in your brain
“What?” you ask. Let
me tell you - it’s the call of
the beignet! You change
directions and head back
to Café Du Monde. Thank
goodness it’s open 24/7.
NOLA has Preservation
Hall with unique New
Orleans jazz! Buggy rides
and plantations, swamp
tours, cemetery tours, fried
alligator and Cajun zydeco,
with accordions and banjoes “Yes, Virginia, they have casinos, too!”
NOLA is a definite bucket list town! “Laissez les bon temps roulez.”
Let the good times roll!
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.
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By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
Spring is around the corner and we have a
new year ahead! But with face masks still
a big part of our daily life, our eyes are still a
Eye make-up is trending lighter, more natural and the no make-up
look is in. This may have been inspired by the lifestyle so many of us
adopted over the last few months after ditching much of our make-up
routine anyway, but I find that even putting on a little can look good.
Eyelash extensions will still be a trend, keeping the focus on the eyes
without the heavy dramatic eyeshadow looks of last year.
As a result of less coverage, the skin around our eyes will be more
important than ever. Dewy skin is the goal and keeping it that way is
not as easy as it sounds. Hormone changes and age tend to cause it to
be drier and the wrinkles become more obvious.
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As I have shared before, I find many of the drug store products to be
as good as the expensive ones, but after trying a sample of L’Occitane
Divine Eye Cream, I must admit I put it on my Christmas list this year.
It is pricey at $80 for .05 fl. ounce, but a little goes a long way.
I apply the cream gently by dotting it under my eye in a circle and
then patting it in. As we have been told forever, you don’t want to rub
and pull the skin under the eyes as it is delicate.
Once the cream absorbs, I put my concealer over the top in the
same manner going from the inner corner out. It goes on smooth and
blends right in.
The samples I had lasted a long time. I’m hoping this little bottle
does as well. If it continues to work as well as it has, I will buy it again
because being able to smile with our eyes is beyond important these
While I do love this eye cream, I have not found it to do the things
many other reviewers claim it has done for them. I do not see reduced
puffiness or less dark circles; I still need concealer for that. Though it
does do great things for softening the look of my eye wrinkles.
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Encouragement or Depression
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
The bad news just keeps on coming! The
pandemic continues to rage in spite of the
aggressive vaccine efforts being deployed.
Hunger continues to accelerate. Homelessness is on the rise. The
nation is politically divided to
such an extreme it is reminiscent
of the Vietnam War era. Political
discourse has been vitriolic, and,
to many widespread censorship is
on the rise.
Everywhere one turns, we see
chaos which feeds to an extreme
case of mental anguish and
depression. So, what to do?
We all need to take a step back
and take stock of what we can do
as individuals. We need to realize that the ONLY thing we can change is
our own personal attitude.
Ask yourself, “When was the last time I expressed any sense of
encouragement to those I interact with? Do I express my outrage in
the same manner as they do, thus contributing to my own sense of
The answer is YES! I am as guilty as anyone else.
Fortunately, I experienced a surprisingly simple solution. While
walking down the street I came across an elderly couple walking in the
opposite direction. These are people I never met.
I smiled at them and said, “Good morning!” Much to their surprise
(and mine) they reciprocated with a similar greeting and smile.
For that brief moment we felt a positive and encouraging surge of
what doctors call endorphins that
instantly changed my attitude
from negative to a sense of wellbeing.
This may seem ridiculous
to many but hear me out.
As the day went on, at every stop
I made, whether at the grocery
store, a restaurant or a casino,
I expressed the same greeting
to virtually everyone I came in
contact with. By the end of the day,
in spite of all the bad news going
on, I felt content!
The depression I previously experienced was gone. Yes, it’s such a
small action to take. But I can tell you, it works!
I encourage you to try it for yourself. If you do, please share your
experiences with me.
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Behind the Barricades
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
As I write this column, I’m holding my
breath until the presidential inauguration
is over. Even then, we can anticipate another year
freighted with trauma and uncertainty, the specter
of further violence over objections to election results and continued
epidemic illness and excess deaths until the coronavirus comes under
I was maybe 10 years old when I visited the heart of US governance
for the first time. My father, a photojournalist, wasn’t on assignment
this time. Rather, he was part of a group of Massachusetts citizens
seeking to share their views with members of Congress.
Dad brought me along. The powerhouse representative from our
state, Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, received us warmly and gave
me a pen that LBJ had used to sign some legislation.
The days of relaxed access to the capitol’s corridors are long gone.
Capitol Hill is now a fortress of heavy security and metal detectors.
This year’s inaugural precautions include razor wire-topped fences,
National Guard detail, and the closing of the entire National Mall.
Relaxed access to everyday life is largely gone as well. A simple trip to
the grocery store seems like a perilous journey.
A doctor’s visit has us seeking social distance in the waiting room.
Thank goodness for the wide-open spaces of the Vegas Valley, where
we can recapture some sense of our former freedoms. But those with
limited mobility may not even have that option.
Many seniors have fond memories of Walt Kelly’s comic strip “Pogo,”
a vehicle for political satire via fuzzy animals. In his most famous
panel, Pogo muses: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
It’s getting harder than ever to deny humanity’s tendency to create
its own problems. And harder to hold on to the figment of American
We, too, are vulnerable to the authoritarian tendencies and
rampaging mobs that we tend to associate with other, less democratic
or “civilized” places.
The upside is our corresponding capacity to construct and carry out
solutions. The production of vaccines in record time, improvements
in vaccine distribution, and proposed legislation that would provide
economic relief for beleaguered families, small businesses, and local
and state governments are all reason for hope. I look forward to a good
Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to
Las Vegas from New England via China, the West Coast and the
By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining
It’s happened again, I have little to say.
It happens so rarely, so I’m marking this
When I tell you my stories they’re based on fact,
There are a few little changes, but that’s due to tact.
I could make something up if my brain would comply,
But it doesn’t even seem to want to try.
So answer my question if you think that you can.
Why does life in a bubble leave my thoughts tossed like rubble?
I’d really like to take a cruise, the fact that I can’t, gives me the blues.
I’d like to travel to Italy to take classes in cooking but there’s no way
to go and I can’t get a booking.
Out for fine dining? Not in the cards,
Social gatherings, it’s really so hard.
Email and texting, they keep me in touch,
but without my bubble, life wouldn’t be much.
My friends and my family, they bring me cheer,
They are the ones in my life I hold so dear.
So to those in my bubble I just want to say
Thank you! You make it worthwhile to get up each day.
It’s always been that my words just take flight
But then I felt free, now freedom’s not in sight.
I feel stuck in a cage, there’s nowhere to go
This is supposed to end, but when? Do you know?
Don’t Burst My Bubble
Pat Alexander writes about all things home. She is well known for
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and bath remodels.
By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”
am starting at the top and working my way
It has been almost a year since the madness
started to creep our way, and we are getting restless. Let us decorate
ourselves, our pets, our dolls. Are you with me?
Shakespeare wrote:” She (he) wears her (his) faith but as the fashion
of her (his) hat.” What? It really means
that you can tell a person’s belief or
personality by their hat.
I will not go into a history lesson of
the evolution of hats. But let us talk hats,
A hat can change how you feel, and
even compliment a mask, or make the
mask look like an accessory to it. My hat
rack, pictured here, is my beginning. It
is covered with masks too, but only out
My beautiful friend Phree Bartley
trims hats as a business. She started
trimming hats for her dolls as a little
girl and never stopped. You can give her
your favorite hat, and she will trim it for
you. You can contact Phree by getting in
touch with me.
Phree also styles chapeaus for dogs
and for dolls with chin straps. If you love
dressing your fur baby, why not matching
hats for yourself AND your dog!
And if you have dolls, she styles for
them also. Or your teddy bear, right?
I am perusing my hats (I have a
stack, as you can see) for which ones I
would like Phree to trim. I will include
pictures in my next article, with a mask
to compliment the hat.
Phree believes there is magic in a hat;
I do too. “Hats have power. Hats can
change you into someone else.” - Catherine M. Valente
Hats also make you taller, mysterious, and unique. A great hat does
speak for itself.
Remember, you do not have to look perfect, but if you feel beautiful
it will show, in your hat!
And do not get me started on shoes. But this begins at the head, with
a great hat.
Grab your coat, and grab your hat, leave your worries on the doorstep.
Just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street!
Sandi Davis is the Fashion Style columnist and Behind-the-Scenes
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By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Jerome Kern, 1885-1945, born in New York of
Jewish/German parents was one of the 20th
century’s most important composers, musical
innovator, and master tunesmith for 40 years of musical theatre and
popular music. He composed over 700
songs and over 100 stage works.
He collaborated with some of the
greatest librettists (writes the lyrics
and/or dialogue) and lyricists, (writes
words to the songs, including Yip
Harburg of Wizard of Oz fame.) When
listening to Kern’s beautiful music
of Showboat, audiences realized he
elevated American musical to the level
of fine art.
The story of Showboat (written by Edna Ferber, the lyrics by Oscar
Hammerstein II) with the musical performers, made Jerome Kern’s
songs of Showboat musical standards. Some of these are: Ol’ Man
River, Make Believe, Why Do I Love You? and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat
This wasn’t Kern’s only list of beautiful classical hit melodies. Some
easily remembered are: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, All the Things You
Are, (considered to be one of the top ballads written in America,) The
Song is You, I’ve Told Every Little Star, Look for the Silver Lining, A
Fine Romance, Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off, & Start All Over
Again, (which is good advice for divorcees).
News of the World
By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations
Tom Hanks is Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a
veteran of three wars. He travels from town
to town sharing non-fiction stories of Presidents,
Queens, glorious feuds, and adventures of far areas of the globe.
In the plains of Texas, Cap. Kidd crosses paths with Johanna (Helena
Zengel) who had been robbed and separated from her family and left
to die. She had been stolen by a Native American tribe six years earlier
and never learned their language.
Johanna was practically a mute and Kidd’s mission was to return her
to an aunt and uncle surviving somewhere nearby, against Johanna’s
wishes. She was unhappy and didn’t want to follow her relatives rules.
Eventually, Cap. Kidd goes back to claim Johanna and promises
to look after and care for her. She and Cap. Kidd made quite a team
sharing unforgiving wilderness, tremendous challenges of nature as
they focus searching for a home.
Universal Studios made some sort of a deal with AMC theaters. My
friend and I saw “News of the World” at South Point Casino where the
theater seats are individually chosen several seats/rows apart.
The Pre-production status for this movie was April 18, 2019; and on
Others include I’m Old Fashioned, done in the movie called You
Were Never Lovelier where Fred Astaire dances his way into Rita
Hayworth’s heart; I Won’t Dance, written for the film version of
the musical Roberta to introduce Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
to the public; and The Last Time I Saw Paris, reminiscing lyrics by
Hammerstein II, when Germans took over the French capital during
WW II, asking Kern to write the music
Kerr’s prolific writing between 1914-
1920, completed four full musicals,
(also called scores.) In 1935, he wrote
three stage hits in a row.
He was described as a whitehaired,
birdlike little fellow with a highpitched
voice, having nothing to do
with being a professional perfectionist
who disliked amateurs with pretense.
When Kern died, he was only 60 years old, dying on a N.Y. street with
no identification. Not knowing who he was, he was taken to a public
hospital on Welfare Island. Hammerstein II and other composers
identified him in time to keep him from being buried as an unknown.
Eubie Blake is quoted as comparing Jerome Kern to the moon and
stars, commenting that they were both absolutely great!
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music
background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and
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or about Oct. 22, 2020 the
film was completed. Most of
the movie was shot in Santa
Fe, New Mexico where Tom
Hanks had to deal with the
dust, sweat, grime of pre-20 th
century period filmmaking,
an obvious departure from
his earlier work.
This was a departure from
the kind of film I usually
view but enjoyable and made
for an interesting two hours
of entertainment. I am rating
” News of the World “4 points
out of 5 on the Riendeau
movie review scale.
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By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
preferred car insurance policy offers you
A protection against a number of unfortunate
events. It will cover damages occurring due to
accidents, floods, riots and earthquakes among
many other natural & man-made calamities.
This ensures that you have peace of mind when you get behind the
wheel of your vehicle. However, besides damages, a comprehensive
car insurance policy also covers you against constructive loss of your
To understand what constructive loss is, we first need to understand
what total loss is. Many policyholders assume that they are the same
thing. However, they are both very different circumstances and should
not be confused with each other.
In car insurance, a vehicle is declared a total loss if it is damaged
beyond repair. A constructive loss refers to a situation wherein the
repair cost of your vehicle exceeds 75% of its depreciated value.
What is depreciated value? Well, it is nothing but the new cost of your
vehicle minus the applicable rate of depreciation based on the age of
In case of a constructive loss, you transfer the vehicle to the insurance
company, and you pay your deductible. After this, the insurance
company will provide the policyholder with the depreciated value of the
vehicle as compensation. Once the claim has been settled, you delete
the car from your policy.
The depreciated value of your vehicle significantly decreases each
passing year. It’s hard to believe but after just 4 years, the value of your
car could be just 50% of the original cost.
This can lead to a very disappointing payout in case of a constructive
loss. But worry not!
There is a possible way to maximize the compensation you receive
in such a scenario. If you bought the car new, some companies sell
“replacement coverage” if added to your policy at the time of purchase.
If you total the car in the first 5 years, they will give you a brand new
car of like make and quality at the time of loss.
We hope this article has been helpful. Good luck and drive safe!
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over 16 years. His primary purpose is to give out real information
that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.
Why Do We Love our Cars?
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
February is all about romance. Hearts,
flowers and candy overflow on store shelves,
reminding us that love is in the air.
And while many express their love for people, there are plenty of
reasons to devote part of our heart to our cars.
We love cars because they mean freedom. All we wanted to do as kids
was grow up and get our licenses so we could jump in the car and go
anywhere any time.
The open road - the ability to see our friends, to visit new places, and
to even to experience the joy of motoring without any set destination.
Just shout out “road trip” and see how many people come running!
Our cars also are a reflection of who we are, as well as our dreams and
desires. While some say that the love affair we have with our vehicles is
over, I completely disagree.
Look at any social media outlet (Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, etc.)
and there are fan groups for every make and model of vehicle - past,
present, and future. We love to clean our cars and make them shine, we
love to show off our cars at events, we love to race them, rebuild them,
and pass them down to our kids.
Some people love their cars because they saved their lives in an
accident. So many survivors after an accident go back to the dealership
and purchase the same type of vehicle because they believe all the safety
features worked and kept them alive. And with today’s technology, the
chances of surviving a major crash are better than they have ever been.
We also love our cars because they bring back fond memories. We all
remember our first car, the car we owned when we dated our spouse for
the first time and even how heartbroken we were when we had to say
goodbye to the one we’d driven for a decade.
So show your car some love this month: get the oil changed, get a car
wash, or just give it a big hug!
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
Feng Shui & The Bedroom
By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight
Whether you are looking for new love, to
add some spark to current love or want to
focus on self- love, it all begins in the bedroom.
What does your bedroom say about your love
life? Does your bed look like a hotel retreat or does it scream bachelor
The bedroom is all about privacy, intimacy and trust; and it should
feel that way too. This should be a stress-free zone, providing solitude
and relaxation from the rest of the house.
Below are a few things to consider to attract and improve love:
Make your bed everyday: Getting into a made bed at the end of
the day feels like a reward! Making the bed everyday ensures a great end
to the day. And it tells the universe you are ready for any unexpected
Make an upgrade to your bed: This can be as simple as
upgrading the pillows or replacing torn sheets. Do not think twice
about adding a generous waffle pad, and a padded mattress protector
to your bed. You should feel like a royalty when you climb into bed.
Two nightstands & two lamps: Anchor each side of the bed with
similar sized (or matching) nightstands and lamps to promote security
and equality. Having one tall nightstand and one short nightstand can
suggest an imbalance in power or responsibility in the relationship.
Remove Office/Workout Equipment: The bedroom should be a
place of comfort and relaxation. When we ask a space to do too much -
such as being an office and a gym, tension can run high. Remove these
items from the bedroom to promote tranquility.
Making these small changes will improve the quality of sleep and
help make this space feel like a mini sanctuary. If you are trying to
attract love, set your room up like you are expecting company, such as
two pillows and counter space for an additional person.
Something is Doing
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
Everything is broadcasting, and everything is
receiving. The more we practice something,
the better we get.
Psychic phenomenon has undergone more rigorous experiments, at
much higher standards, than any other scientific research for the past
Retired Transpersonal Psychology Professor, author and the
“grandfather of parapsychology” Dr. Charles Tart, has been researching
this topic for over 50 years. Tart sought explanations and proof of
various psychic fields to determine if they were real or fraudulent, how
and why they happen, and scientific evidence.
Out of all the
categories, the following
five topics were the
only ones that were
1. Telepathy - mind to
- knowledge of the
physical world when it
is unknown to the rest of the world.
3. Precognition - advanced intuition of things that will and do
4. Psycho-Kinesis (telekinesis) - mind over matter.
5. Psychic/distant healing - afterward, participants claimed they
were confused and frightened, while others referred to their experience
as being more significant than their lives and themselves.
Researchers published experimental evidence from Stanford
Research Institute explained, “Psychic abilities, which we all possess,
offer a spacious mind that can change your life and your view of reality.”
They concluded it is illogical to deny the human ability to experience
distant events that block ordinary perception, based on decades of data.
“Our psychic viewers were able to find a downed Russian bomber in
Africa, describe the health of American hostages in Iran, and locate a
kidnapped American general in Italy. We also described Soviet weapons
factories in Siberia and observed a Chinese atomic bomb test, three
days before it occurred, and more,” claimed Russell Targ, Author, laser
physicist with forty years of psychic research experience with the CIA
The ever-growing data clearly describes how anyone can learn to
quiet their mind and change their awareness from their ordinary egobased
mindset to a more spacious perspective. This meditative skill
moves you from conditioned awareness to spacious awareness.
Today there is a lot of available information about this, and people
finally understand that this is not difficult to master.
To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops
and readings, email: email@example.com.
It Ain’t Over ‘til it’s Over
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
only know one person who has ever caught
I COVID-19...ME! I am one of the approximately
220,000 + positive cases in Nevada, however, I’m
not dead. My journey has been a long one though…I’m what they call
I’ve never had a fever; nor did it ever feel like the flu, and now
that I’m testing negative again I still feel like it’s there waiting in the
shadows. The cough, the tightness in the chest, body aches, feeling out
of sorts, and the physical exhaustion continues to come and go.
I can no longer evaluate whether it is the usual old age (77)
challenges or an assault from the outside.
Researchers are working tirelessly to understand it and find ways
to wage war against this unseen enemy. Now, different strains are
mutating so rapidly that they can’t keep up with it, and we are (or
should be) wondering if vaccines can be developed fast enough to stay
ahead of it.
They have found that this virus can actually be there and make itself
“invisible” to antibodies and/or other threats to its survival, such as
vaccines. It has the capacity to “hideout” - making it akin to a sci-fi
scenario where an alien force is determined to overpower us, and we
have no idea how to deal with it.
will be a
year to see
m a d e
to be the most
on earth and yet
be so naïve as to think
that we do not need to take all the
precautions that other countries have taken (mandated) to control it?
Will we continue to spurn good advice to be cautious, wear masks,
socially distance, and work together to put this enemy in its place?
Personally, I enter 2021 wondering if all these freedoms we have will
work to do us in.
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.
By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.
lot of us were kids when on October 2, 1959
A the Twilight Zone premiered on CBS
hosted by Rod
Serling. That show allowed us to see
strange, unbelievable events in an era
of a United States that represented
honesty, freedom through a republic
based on democracy and governed by
the majority of the people.
Now we continue to grow older
each year with a phenomenon
seemingly taking place in some of us.
We are discovering that the previous
generation was not as illiterate and
unaware as we might have imagined.
After all, “we” (most of us seniors)
were there at the birth of the computer
age and we saw what an immense
help it could be. We also believed that
some episodes of the Twilight Zone were possible.
The previous generation was confounded by our thoughts and the
magnificent electronic wonderment of the computer.
Then, like Marlon Brando in the Wild One, when a motorcycle
gang took over a small town, this computer phenomenon, followed
At The Door Of The Twilight Zone?
by the smart phone, has taken over an entire world-wide society. This
in my opinion has created a complete dumb and visually impaired
generation when it comes to the governing of countries, states and
Unfortunately, it is not unlike a
magician sleight of hand tricks in
In the study of mankind we
learned that all generations, since the
beginning of time, have lived under
the threat of social change, with
perhaps, possible facing their own
demise. Now I feel I am on upon the
door to the Twilight Zone - and it
bothers me as to what is behind the
I sense an attempt to bring an equal
participation and socially working
level field for all. This of course, has
been attempted before and ended in
destruction. So, I patiently wait for a
commercial to tell me this is simply a TV show.
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: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures
Because I am an eternal optimist, we have
big plans for the Vegas Voyagers. We will
beat this scourge and we will return to normalcy.
It is not a question of if – it’s just a question of when.
With this in mind we are looking towards the future and, with great
hope, our first Vegas Voyagers trip, sometime towards the end of August.
Can I say that this will happen for sure?
Sadly, no. But if we all do our jobs, I can say that this timeline is
And our job is really the easy part. Over the
next three months we have to mirror image
our parents’ “Greatest Generation” and
become the latest version of that dedication
and drive to defeat a common enemy.
We have to wear a mask, wash hands
regularly, socially distance and get the
vaccine. It is that simple and the plain
speaking truth of what we as citizens need to do. We must be our own
I want to return to a time when you don’t need to take a test to get
on an airplane. I want to return to a time where we don’t need to show
proof of vaccine if we want to go on a cruise, and that might very well
be the case when we start to cruise again.
What We Need to Do
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
Located between Kingman and Needles
on Route 66 is Oatman, Arizona, where
vistas are often stunning,
but this threshold of the Mojave truly heats up
in the summer. The harsh rugged conditions
unquestionably tested Depression era travelers.
Route 66 became fully paved in Oatman in
1938. Route 66 carried westbound traffic during
the Dust Bowl years with travelers pursuing better
Interstate highways have taken the place of Route
66. What remains however, dances in and out on
new road maps.,
Once a gold mining settlement, Oatman’s best
years came before World War II. Oatman is a
potpourri of mellowed buildings.
“Wild” burros roam freely along main street. When miners discovered
the nearby Vivian gold mine at the turn of the 20 th century, the town was
quickly established and then a second mine was discovered in 1908,
creating Oatman’s boom.
Built in 1902, the Oatman Hotel is the oldest two-story adobe structure
in Mojave County. Clark Gable and Carol Lombard honeymooned there
I want to return to a
time where we do not need
to show proof of a covid-19
negative test before most
European countries will
allow Americans entrance
to their country. I want to
return to a time when we
can just get up and go.
Oatman Offers “Kicks on Route 66”
Travel editor Stu getting the COVID
vaccine. He said it didn’t hurt.
I say all of this from a very selfish point of
view, and that is my love of travel. Unfortunately, we will not get back to
normal travel unless we do the above things.
Our Bus to the Boat program will begin as soon as the ships start
sailing from southern California. We hope it will be towards the end of
the summer. In the meantime, stay safe and lets all do our part to beat
this insidious virus.
Their honeymoon suite is a draw that keeps the Oatman Hotel open.
Gable it is said to have occasionally returned to play poker with local
miners and enjoy the privacy the small town offered. Some claim to
have seen his ghost playing cards here.
Oatman nurtures its historical past. Remnants
of mining days are scattered about the landscape;
Route 66 related memorabilia are seen everywhere.
At the south end of the street, stands the former
Oatman Drug Company building. A western
structure with paint wind blasted off its boards. The
building was featured in the movie, “How the West
Named for a pioneer family, not oatmeal as one
town’s visitor was overheard saying, “They must
have made a lot of oatmeal here to get that name.”
The Oatman’s were victims to an Indian attack in
1851 while traveling west.
Oatman offers an opportunity for a few “Kicks on Route 66.” Perhaps,
there is no other town on what was once “America’s Main Street” where
you can experience history, feed resident burros and watch staged
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
By: Liz Palmer / NSG
2021 is underway and everyone at the
Nevada Senior Games are busy planning
for our Games this fall. Our annual schedule
happens in September and October of each year.
We’re contacting our venues and thinking of how we’re going to
welcome you, our friends and supporters to
one of the premier senior sports events in
the state of Nevada. Participant t-shirts
are being designed, medals are being
ordered and our sports coordinators
are getting excited about their individual
and team competitions!
There’s only one thing that’s missing….and that’s YOU.
Since the National Senior Games Association has rescheduled their
national competition from November 2021 to May 2022, the Nevada
Senior Games will be a qualifying state event for 2022! The national
games will be held in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but before
that happens, you have the opportunity to train, compete, and make
new friends right here in the Las Vegas area, this September & October.
What sports do we have? Is there something for you?
Well, how about Archery, Bowling, Badminton, Swimming,
Pickleball, Track and Field, Tennis, Powerlifting, Basketball, Bocce…
the list goes on and on!
Keep checking our website www.nevadaseniorgames.com as we
post more information in the upcoming weeks. Registration and our
schedule will post by April 1. We are excited to welcome you to the
Nevada Senior Games this fall!
Liz Palmer is the Executive Director of the Nevada Senior Games.
For more information on how you can participate, contact Liz at:
702/242-1590 or by email: Nevadaseniorgames@outlook.com.
By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
Grievances about the subjects of this month’s
column have been repeated for years. Now
there’s an even greater necessity for elders to be
relieved of these problems. These are (only some) of the complaints:
Both “childproof” and “non-childproof” containers are difficult to
open. Youngsters can access almost anything and would smash them
Because more medications are necessary
for elders than for kids, suppliers should
cater to our needs before concerning
themselves with bad kids. Supply easierto-open
containers – please!
Few of us can simultaneously press down and unscrew the top of a
plastic bottle. We rush to purchase something as non-toxic as stool
softener and then we must find someone to open it.
Even after the top is off we dare not tighten it because we’re fearful
we won’t be able to free it again. Contents are exposed and their healing
qualities diluted. Supply lift-up caps or design something simpler –
TV and print ads frequently refer to specific illnesses by initials.
Sometimes we don’t know what the initials refer to. Use the full title
(at least once) please!
Pharmacies fill prescriptions with complex names but do not print
what they treat. Write it on the container label - please!
Websites of doctors and health services often provide the route to
their office via 95, or some other freeway. Many elderly persons however
do not use freeways. Add directions with the roads with lower speed
limits and cross streets - please!
Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making
difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. See amazon.com/
heather latimer/how to overcome.
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How to Give Yourself a Lyft or Uber
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker / Out & About
Last month, we looked at Uber and Lyft.
In just a few years, these two companies
with their cars and drivers, have become almost
indispensable, and have revolutionized how
people get around.
In fact, in this coronavirus age they have added
helpful services and now run personal errands
for people who are, or prefer to be, housebound.
Either company will make individual runs to
supermarkets to pick up grocery orders or drop
off laundry at your favorite cleaners. And if
you’re hungry they’ll even deliver hot meals to
your home from restaurants.
For many adults who live in major
metropolitan areas, Lyft and Uber drivers function almost like personal
chauffeurs. When I visited my daughter in Washington DC, I was
amazed how easily she adapted to this lifestyle.
A native Californian who previously wouldn’t have considered life
without her own car, she now grabs her cell phone, autodials Uber,
programs in her destination info and has a driver waiting in a matter
To me, this entire process is astounding. But younger adults and even
seniors in their fifties, seem to be unintimidated by the required use of
a “smart” phone, which is essential if you use either service.
Before you get started, you have to set up a personal
account online, follow a series of prompts, install a prescribed app,
and register a credit card for future charges. Some seniors, however, may
balk at all these requirements. I have always suspected “smart” phones
are named to suggest a kind of superiority, so
you might just want to call a taxi!
But there are real advantages to using
either Uber or Lyft at home or on a vacation.
My experiences with both of them have been
positive, and I’ve been impressed with their
prompt response, professionalism, cleanliness,
and drivers’ concern for protecting their clients
Plus, once you set up your account, things
get much easier. Costs for each ride are
automatically charged to your credit card, so you don’t have to handle
Next month we’ll look into phone systems designed especially for
seniors. Some can travel with you, offer special helps, and connect you
with a live personal assistant.
Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is a travel agent and the owner of
Vegas Vacationers Inc. She can be reached at:
Devil’s Island Visit
By: Burt & Dianne Davis / Our Vacation
It looks like a tropical paradise with plush
vegetation and the melodic sounds of birds,
but to French prisoners sent to this infamous
penal colony, it was a death sentence.
During our Viking Ocean Cruise “From
the Caribbean to the Amazon” we visited Iles
du Salut, the three island complex which
includes Devil’s Island.
Napoleon III established a penal
colony on the three islands as a means
of finding a secure prison for more than
6,000 prisoners housed on ocean vessels.
Many notorious French criminals were sent
to these “Islands of Salvation” opened in
1852 and known for the harsh treatment of
Our visit was self-navigated with maps provided. A forty minute
walk from the pier and there we were, staring into cells measuring five
feet by ten feet including a so called bed.
The guards’ quarters and prisoners’ cells stand decaying. But visitors
can almost sense the despair which must have permeated the grounds.
The prisons of French Guiana were closed in 1949. During the almost
100 years they were open, 70,000 to 80,000 were sent to the islands.
One in ten survived to the end of his sentence. There were few guards
as attempting escape through the shark infested waters was a suicidal
We stopped at the Governor’s House/
Museum and read about the Penal
Colony’s most famous inmate, Alfred
Dreyfus, a French officer falsely accused of
treason. Most historians support the theory
that this was an anti-Semitic set-up to
remove the only Jewish officer in the French
Dreyfus was exonerated after surviving
five arduous years on the island, often
shackled to his bed. There was a time when
Dreyfus was the sole inmate on Devil’s Isle,
60 meters away from Isle Royale.
In 1973, the movie Papillon presented the
Hollywood version of life on Devil’s Island based on the novel by Henri
Charrière who was convicted as a murderer by the French courts. The
excursion was a look back at a noteworthy time and place of history.
Thanks to Dianne and Burt Davis who continue to travel the world
and share their adventures with our readers.
Scam of the Month
The below scam email came from
one of our readers. Anybody have an
Apple account? This one even came
with the Apple logo, so it would make
sense to (at first) think it’s legit.
But a careful look as to who sent
it gives it away. And a sure sign that
it was a scam was realized by our
reader since she did not have an Apple
We know scammers need to only
deceive one (out of the millions) but
we ask again: Can any ONE be that stupid? Remember: Think, think,
think before you click! If in doubt, don’t.
Subject: Re: Reminder - Your Apple ID has disabled:
Security setting has been changes, - Case ID # 10000904498
Here is your case number: 64586032.
We’ve noticed that some of your account information
appears to be missing or incorrect, your iCloud will be
blocked until we receive a response from you. We need
to verify your account information within 24 hours to
continue using Apple services.
VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNT (click here)
Copyright 2020 Apple Inc.
One Apple Park Way, Cupertino CA 95014 United States
All rights reserved.
No BS Tip of the Month
Did you know that according to the United States Senate Special
Committee on Aging, seniors lost nearly 3 billion dollars a year to con
artists perpetrating scams?
The scams are everywhere – from Telemarketing to Medicare and
Health Insurance cons. But do you know that The Vegas Voice has
perfected a 100% effective way to make sure you are never a victim of
a telephone scam?
And it’s so simple, we couldn’t believe that someone has not
When you get that phone call and you have no idea who that
person is – hang up the phone, hang up the phone and
HANG UP THE PHONE!
That’s all you have to do. And don’t worry if the call is legit and you
did not realize the caller was you grandson or Aunt Agnes. Believe me,
they will call you back.
Protect Your Heart
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
February is “heart month.” What are
you doing to protect your heart? Are you
exercising and having a healthy diet? Are you
trying to “destress” as much as possible?
During 2020 we experienced major changes in our life - losing jobs,
pandemic, and perhaps eating more than we should while hunkered
down in our homes.
I admit that I ate more frequently and made more trips to the
refrigerator than I should!
Without my constant daily exercises, I tried to do walks around the
neighborhood. I followed the three “Ws”: WATCH social distancing,
WEAR a mask, and WASHING my hands.
We all should continue with these cautions. And of course, receiving
the Covid vaccine will help!
So now with all the stress of 2020 at an end and now as we start 2021,
how do we protect our heart? It’s never too late to control the binge
eating and exercise more.
Although some facilities have not fully opened, we can partake in
virtual exercise classes, as I have done since the pandemic began while
sheltered in our homes. Virtual communication has become a way of
life for many and will most likely continue.
I now make just one weekly trip to the grocery store, gathering up
my perishables. I’ve begun to cook and freeze meals more frequently.
I’ve been conscientiously making healthier meals. When I arrive
home, I cut up the celery into bite-size pieces so that I can grab them
easier for snacks. And keeping apples and peanut butter makes for an
If you are not into meditation, it could be a time to start - even slowly.
During the day, I turn off the television, put on some calming music
(thank you ALEXA!), sit in a comfortable chair and take some deep
breaths. Even 10-15 minutes of this may help to destress.
And most importantly be grateful for what you have, not what you
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
Mary Richard is a long term supporter of senior fitness. She
teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las Vegas
Valley. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Depression & Insomnia
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Ten to twenty percent of seniors suffer from
anxiety. Many suffer from depression and up
to fifty per cent may suffer from insomnia.
Where pharmaceutical drugs are often given for these problems, the
drugs are not without side effects. Sometimes these side effects can be
severe and long lasting.
In the case of antidepressants and sleep medications, patients may
become addicted and going through withdrawal if the person decides
to go off the drugs can be a
There is, however, and
alternative means of treating
anxiety, depression and
insomnia backed up both by
both research and clinical
experience. It is called Alpha
stimulation or alpha stim for
Alpha stim works by sending
a gentle electrical current across the brain increasing serotonin
production which is low is people suffering from depression, anxiety
and insomnia. The side effects are much less extreme and less often
and there is no dependence or addiction.
The unit looks like a small Walkman that can be hooked on to your
belt or attached to a lanyard and carried around the neck. Rather than
having ear buds in your ear, the unit is attached by soft clips to your
The current is so gentle that most people feel nothing. The units
design allows you to work, sleep, watch TV or do daily activities while
Patients are instructed to use the unit for a minimum of 20 minutes a
day although an hour would be better for most people. Those suffering
from anxiety begin to feel a reduction in their anxiety usually within
Insomnia and depression begin to improve in about 3 weeks and the
effects of treatment are cumulative. As the unit is used over time, the
effects tend to be stronger and longer lasting.
Eventually patients only need to use the unit every other day and a
few times a week.
Alpha stim is advocated by the US military. It has helped many
soldiers/veterans deal with PTSD and live more peaceful, more
If you suffer from chronic insomnia, anxiety, or depression, it might
be something you want to look into it.
Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle
and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell
practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or
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This Month Starts the
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
February marks the start of the 2021 growing
season in Southern Nevada. I like to look at
my garden now as a “blank canvas” devoid of all previous failures and
It is a chance to start anew! I suggest that you divide up the four
weeks of February’s tasks into separate “To Do” Lists.
List #1: Make certain that any remaining pruning and cleanup
of dead branches, flowers, leaves and debris have been done. This will
encourage early budding and growth.
It is also time to treat trees and bushes with dormant oil spray to
prevent the hatching of any insect eggs.
This should be followed by treating the soil around many plants
(especially agaves) with a systemic insecticide to prevent grubs
from eating the roots and to “vaccinate” any non-edible plants from
insect damage in the future. If you have not done so, apply sulfur to the
soil to lower alkali levels.
List #2: Now is the time for your first fertilizer application. An “allpurpose”
product like Miracle-Gro is recommended as well as specific
fertilizers for cactus/succulents, fruit and flowers.
If you’re growing roses, treat them with Epsom salt (magnesium
sulfate) in the soil to encourage blooming. Remember that now is not
the time to fertilize palm trees. Wait until late Spring to feed them.
List #3: By President’s Day Weekend nurseries should have their
new seasonal stock available. Spend quality time picking out the best
Look at the newspaper circulars for sales at Lowe’s, Home Depot
and local plant nurseries. This is a good time to add to your gardening
tools as well!
Now is the time to plant trees and bushes so that they can develop
strong root systems before the hot weather comes around.
List #4: By now the threat of evening frost has passed so it is safe
to plant your vegetables and flowers. Also, think about purchasing
chicken wire to protect these tender plants from rabbits, rats, mice, and
birds looking to use your garden as a food buffet.
Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC
school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his
time to communicating with and lecturing about our native
I’m Sorry, But That is Not a Valid Entry
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
So, I needed to get a prescription refilled
the other day of a medicine for nerve pain.
However, the bottle said “No Refills” which
turned my blood cold.
I knew this meant I actually had to speak to the pharmacist, and
speaking to any human being at any office, store or business ever is
now an almost impossible endeavor.
First, I go to the bathroom. This is vital because I will be unable to do
so for a while. And I need something to drink, to stay hydrated (a bottle
of water is good…a bottle of Skrewball’s Peanut Butter Bourbon is
“Hello!” says Robot Woman. “Welcome to You Can’t Live Without
It Pharmacy! If this is an actual emergency, please hang up and dial
911 (which you seriously ought to know, since every business has had
this on its answering service since 1981!)
It’s good that they put in the part about hanging up first, though…
seriously - WHO NEEDS THESE INSTRUCTIONS?!
“If you have a fever, cough, sore throat, headache, joint pain,
stomach discomfort, loss of taste and/or smell, confusion, dizziness,
nausea, hallucinations, hip or elbow pain, tooth sensitivity,
tinnitus, numbness, bunions, walking in circles, sucking your
thumb, or any other symptom you can possibly name, please stay
inside, pull your shades, lock your doors, call your doctor, and
don’t come anywhere NEAR our pharmacy!” (Robot Woman shows
signs of high anxiety)
“Please listen carefully, as our options have changed (this is a
complete lie, nobody has “changed their options” in 24 years!).
“To hear our hours, press 1. “If you are a doctor’s office, press 2.
“To refill a prescription, press 3.” (I press 3.)
“You have a prescription you would like to refill, is that right? Say yes
or no.” (I say yes.)
“If that’s right, press 1. If not, press 2.” (Hmm…I press 1.)
“Ok!” (she’s so excited for me!) “Do you have the prescription
number of the prescription you would like to renew? Say yes, or no.”
(I say yes.)
“If you have the prescription number, please press 1. If not, press 2.”
(Grrr…I press 1.)
“You do have the prescription number, is that correct? Say yes, or
no.” (I say yes.)
“If that’s correct, press 1. If not, press 2.”
WTH?! At this point, I have no idea what the question is anymore. I
am lost in the forest of numbers and terrified that if I press the wrong
thing a trap door will open beneath me…or worse, it will hang up on
me. (I take a chance and press 1)
“Please enter the prescription number on the top left-hand side of
the bottle…” I enter the number. Nothing. Dead air.
The robot lady is gone…where? Why? I am frantically scanning the
bottle for further numbers, different numbers, ANY numbers!
“I’m sorry, that entry is invalid. Please enter the prescription number
on the top left-hand side of the bottle…(wait for it)…followed by the
pound sign.” (ha,
ha, you can hear
I enter the
number and the
pound sign. “You
Is that correct? Say
yes, or no.”
It’s not. I say
no. I’m sweating
profusely…I try entering the number again. “You entered 54321-678.
Is that correct? Say yes or no.”
I’m not falling for that again. I press 1. “If that is correct, press 1. If
not, press 2.”
I press 1 again…and again…and again…and again…because
I’ve mentally “left the building” now. Just chuckling madly.
Hey, I don’t really need this medicine, you know? How bad can nerve
pain be, really? If it gets too intense, I’ve got this almost-full bottle of
Skrewball that I’m hugging, and that’s gotta take the edge off, am I
Yes. I’m good. Really good.
Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North
Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s
book! - by visiting her website at www.vickiwentz.com.
Time to 'Chill' with Chili - Good News: It's on the APT Diet
By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute
hen Miles says "Granny Jan, it's time to chill," his younger sister, Meteora
(the kid-adult translator!) tells me "Chill" means "Relax". I, of course,
think of how chilly it is outside and how we're all in need of hot comforting chili.
The good news is the ingredients are on the Alzheimer's Prevention & Treatment
(APT) Diet by Richard S. Isaacson, MD & Christopher N. Ochner, PhD. (See below)
*Good-4-U Quick 'n Easy Vegan Chili
• 12oz Vegan 'plant-based'
• 12oz Soy Chorizo
• 15oz can Diced Tomatoes
• 15oz can Kidney Beans
Saute ground beef
& chorizo in a little
oil or water. Add
tomatoes & beans.
Cook until heated.
“Chill and Chili"
1. In one minute, name words
associated w/Chill &/or Chili
2. Make an alphabetical list.
A hot pepper, Below freezing,
Con carne (with meat) or Sin
carne (without meat), …
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
A No-Brainer Pick
*Good-4-U recipes have
just 4 ingredients (plus
spices) so they are quick &
easy no-brainer recipes.
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