The Vegas Voice 2-21


Laura Harbison


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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

for you when you need me!


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February 2021


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Pat Alexander

Adrea Barrera

John Bielun

Liz Breier

Yvonne Cloutier

Dianne Davis

Sandi Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

Howard Galin

Susan Goldfein

Volume 17, Issue 12


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

Success City Online

Bill Caserta

Liz Palmer

Judy Polumbaum

Mary Richard

Renee Riendeau

Crystal Sarbacker

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Vicki Wentz

Kate Wind


February 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.

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

terrifying experience.

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

and handbags.

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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You Think?

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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

she wants.

* 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

a romance.

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:

February 2021

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?”

Final Thoughts:

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:


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

still burning.”

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,,

Read her blog at: Email Susan:


February 2021

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.”

Current restrictions

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

applewood smoked

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

vulnerable group.

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

vulnerable, however,

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?


February 2021








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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

a crease.

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

through history.

Our history.

The Neon


Featuring restored

and unrestored signs

and the history

behind them.



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 and

check out Celebrity Corner’s interviews on YouTube at Vegas Voice TV.

And don’t forget to subscribe.

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Play Dates

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

“Real” dates!

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

detective work.

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!

February 2021

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,

these Southerners!

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!

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February 2021

Divine Eye Cream

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

major focus.

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

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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

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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:


February 2021

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

long exhale.

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

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February 2021

Glorious Hats

By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”

am starting at the top and working my way

I down.

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,

glorious 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

of necessity.

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!

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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).


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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

February 2021

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

to them.

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!

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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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Constructive Loss in Car Insurance

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

your vehicle.

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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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.


February 2021

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

Something Unknown

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

150 years.

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

scientifically validated.

1. Telepathy - mind to

mind communication.

2. Clairvoyance

- 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.


February 2021

To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email:


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

a long-hauler.

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

what we’re

m a d e


we continue

to be the most

advanced society

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?

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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

their act.

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

quite possible.

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

Greatest Generation.

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

in 1939.

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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

Was Won.”

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

with enthusiasm.

Join Us

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 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:

Senior Grievances

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

if obstructed.

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

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

of minutes.

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

from COVID.

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

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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.

From: Apple

To: xxxxxx

Subject: Re: Reminder - Your Apple ID has disabled:

Security setting has been changes, - Case ID # 10000904498

Dear client,

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.


Apple Support

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

copyrighted it.

When you get that phone call and you have no idea who that

person is – hang up the phone, hang up the phone and


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

easy snack.

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

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


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Treating Anxiety,

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

ear lobes.

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

receiving treatment.

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

4-5 days.

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

productive lives.

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

Growing Season

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.


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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…


“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

her cackle)

I enter the

number and the

pound sign. “You

entered 12345-678.

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


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'

Ground Beef

• 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.

Mental Minutes

“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

A No-Brainer Pick

*Good-4-U recipes have

just 4 ingredients (plus

spices) so they are quick &

easy no-brainer recipes.

February 2021


February 2021


Speaking to and for Las Vegas

Valley Seniors since 2003

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