Vegas Voice May 2021





For your Health, Wealth,

and Good Times!





Mother’s Day!

See page 7 for details


May 2021















Pat Alexander

Adrea Barrera

John Bielun

Liz Breier

Yvonne Cloutier

Dianne Davis

Sandi Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

Howard Galin

Susan Goldfein



Linda Gomez

Ali Guggenheim

Dianne Hahn

Dan Hyde

Pat Landaker

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

Jason Roberts

Success City Online

Bill Caserta

Liz Palmer

Judy Polumbaum

Mary Richard

Renee Riendeau

Crystal Sarbacker

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Vicki Wentz

Kate Wind


May 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.

Technology Stupid - and Proud Of It

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

Dammit Rana, I’m freezing.”

We were watching TV one evening last

month and suddenly realized that I was beyond

cold. Rana felt the same way too but was spending her time shivering

and continuously touching and talking to her watch.

The reason for our chilling experience? For reasons unknown the

“Nest” temperature device was kicking in.

The control was on full air conditioning mode and despite my

Ladylove’s numerous attempts

to modify it through her “smart”

watch it was all in vain. “Do

something” she thundered as if it

was my fault, and more importantly,

I knew how to correct it.

As I muttered some unprintable

yet highly colorful Bronx

expressions, I approached the

unit on the wall. Realizing

my “technology-challenged”

limitations, I did what I normally

do when stuff like this occurs – I

smacked it.

The backstory: Rana’s grandson (the “Messiah”) thought it would

be great to install the “Nest” throughout our house. I was opposed to

it since I knew, (just knew!) that there would be problems and would

catch some grief if and when she couldn’t figure out how to solve it.

Anyway since the grandson could do no wrong (anybody else have

one of those?) Rana admonished me to “get with the times.” The

discussion was over.

To compound matters, my PILL (partner in love & life) is always

eager to embrace the latest technology and we have gadgets all over the

place. I, on the other hand, run from them.

Besides the Nest, we have recently acquired two other “fantastic”

devices that I did not know we needed until Rana wondered how we

“ever lived” without them. To me it’s just absurd, stupid and a complete

waste of time.

You have RING? That’s the gizmo that lets you know there is

someone approaching your front door. Rana couldn’t wait to install it

as a “safety measure.”

“You don’t need it” I countered. “That’s why we have two dogs. We

don’t need technology to let us know that the Amazon delivery man is

passing through the front gate.”

Her dogs do a much better (and louder) job in barking (and barking)

while doing the same thing. By the way, I lost this argument as well.

And then, of course, there’s “ALEXA” Rana’s pride and joy. “All you

have to do is ask her and she’ll do it.”

My question to those that have this wonderful invasion of privacy:

What do you use it for?”

For Rana, it’s to play music. “Why couldn’t you just turn on the radio

or play a CD?” I asked.

Best yet, when my sons (again, over my objection) hooked it up so if

you ask Alexa to “turn on the light” (most of the time) voila! “Look at

that!” Rana marveled in disbelief as if she were speaking with the great

Thomas Edison himself.

I merely stared at her in disbelief. “You want to see something else

amazing?” I asked.

“Watch this” I said as I walked over to the light switch and flipped it

on. The exact same result.

Anyway after talking and playing with her Dick Tracy wristwatch

Rana was able to correct the

temperature. By that time I was

in the front yard with the canines

while they were woofing away at

anyone within 50 feet.

A final personal note: How

freakin’ lazy have we as a society

become that we need to rely on

technology for these things as

opposed to doing it ourselves?

Perhaps Alexa can answer that


* Speaking of my Rana, last

month, she announced that she

wanted to expand her options beyond serving as “political editor.”

This publisher gently responded that there were no other alternatives

at this time, and while I would miss her from being part of the

magazine, she could “either keep it or leave it.”

My Ladylove sweetly replied that under those circumstances I likewise

have new options. I could continue to live in our Sun City home or

“leave it.”

Thankfully, yours truly realized the “error” in my original thinking

(once again, my mouth moved faster than the brain) and after several

suggestions, it was mutually agreed that Rana would be our new “Any

Content Editor.”

With this in mind, and very, very grateful to avert another potential

losing argument, I’m pleased to introduce Rana Goodman as our new

Vegas Voice ACE.

Publisher Dan with the new Vegas Voice ACE



By: Gayla Kalp / Life is Laughter

think of myself as an honest person. I believed

I that I never lied to my husband, daughter,

good friends, family, etc.

Until I really thought about it and then I

realized how much I lie to everyone every day. Think about your lies.

There is the Common Lie. When any customer service attendant

asks you “How is your day?” you put on a liar’s smile like the Cheshire

Cat and say “Great! Thank you!” or something just as dishonest.

You don’t really want to go into “Psychiatry Couch” mode and tell

them that you lost your job, have the flu and your dog died or some

other list of misfortunes that have recently happened to you.

Then there is the Bold Faced Lie. You tell the Girl Scout that you

already bought the cookies in order to not buy them. You don’t want to

reveal that you already look like a blob in your bathing suit or have a

chocolate mint cookie addiction worse than heroin.

Lie by Omission. You don’t tell the truth or whole truth by saying

nothing or leaving a portion of your opinion out of the conversation.

The neighbor, whom you don’t want to offend, gets a new car in a

horrid color. He says to you that he is so happy with it and you say that

he should be. It is some car!

You are asked by the mailman how’s your arthritis? You don’t want

to talk about all your aches and pains - especially with a person who

can tell half the town. So, you just say OK and omit any other detail.

Though you attended a college and flunked out, you let a new

acquaintance think you graduated. You tell your new acquaintance

that you know all about Prague. You let them think that you have been

there many times, when really you only read a brochure about the city.

The last lie is the Save Your Life Lie. You ask your husband if you

look fat in your new outfit? No explanation needed on the lie any

husband replies.

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.


May 2021

Happy Mother’s Day!

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

In honor of Mother’s Day this month, I offer

the following:

* It’s never easy being a mother. If it were easy,

fathers would do it.

* What three words solves Dad’s every problem?

Ask your mother.

* Mother to son: “I’m warning you. If you fall out of that tree and

break both your legs, don’t come running to me!”

* Sunday school teacher: “Tell me, Johnny. Do you say prayers before

eating?” Johnny: “No, ma’am, I don’t have to. My mom’s a good cook.”

* Daughter: “Mom, what’s it like to have the greatest daughter in the

world?” Mom: “I don’t know dear; you’d have to ask Grandma.”

* A little girl asked her mom, “How did the human race appear?” The

mom answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and

so was all mankind made.”

Two days later the girl asked her Dad the same question. Dad

answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human

race evolved.”

The confused girl returned to her mom and said, “How is it possible

that you told me the human race was created by God and Dad said they

developed from monkeys?”

The mother answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about

my side of the family and your father told you about his!”

* And finally: I bought my Mom a mug which says, “Happy Mother’s

Day from the World’s Worst Son.” I forgot to mail it, but I think she


Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny

submissions at:


Best Time Ever

By: Liz Breier / This & That

magazine geared towards a senior

A community MUST be able to give us an

opportunity to reminisce. Specifically, I was

thinking about “the best time I ever had.”

Reflecting over a lifetime, what exciting things have you done?

Did you go to Woodstock? Was there

a special trip that stands out from any

others? It’s fun to think back on the

“crazy” things we have done.

For me, knowing that I will never do

them again but glad I have the memories

of days when I was less cautious. A bit of a

daredevil provides me with the joy of the


Most of us are old enough to remember

hitchhiking, and we shudder when we

think back on our cavalier attitude to

do something so dangerous, at least by

today’s standards. And if you grew up in the ‘50s and ‘60s no one I

knew even had a key to their home, because the door was always open.

What was so much fun then is frightening now.

Ever swim with the dolphins? Snow ski? Water ski? How about

skydiving? A Sydney Harbor Bridge walk?

How about the Grand Canyon Skywalk with its glass bottomed

cantilevered bridge? Helicopter onto a glacier? Win a lottery or a


The best time might have been a great surprise party or an exquisite

dining experience. That’s the beauty of living - we can choose what we

each enjoy.

And having fun is something that has

no right or wrong and can be different for

every individual.

There is an expression that youth is

wasted on the young, but when it comes to

having fun, when we take that walk down

memory lane, aren’t we glad that we can

smile at the remembrances of some of our

adventures and be grateful we have those

memories to smile about?

Let’s all be glad we lived life to the fullest

(whatever that means to each of us) and

even though we might not be ready to

strap on some hiking equipment and tackle Mt. Everest, at least we

have the pleasure of the memories of our escapades.

No regrets.

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:

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Remembering Dick Powell

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories


’d just like to say that my thoughts and

prayers are with all of you as we go through

this very uncertain time.

I thought this month I’d write about Dick Powell. I was lucky

enough to have worked with him back in the 50s. It was on a TV show

called “Four Star Playhouse.”

It was a weekly episodic show that starred Dick Powell, Charles Boyer,

David Niven and Ida Lupino. I was fortunate to have worked with all

of them except Ida Lupino. Each week they would alternate the “Four

Stars” and have a different story line..

Dick Powell was one of the founders and producers of the show.

The episode I did

with him was

called “Autumn


I played a little

girl traveling

alone on a train

who meets up with

him. I actually

hadn’t seen the

show in many

years, but recently

a friend found it

on YouTube and

sent it to me. I

must say it brought

back many fond


Dick Powell was

known first as a

musical comedy

star and singer. He later segued into more dramatic roles and did radio

shows such as Johnny Dollar and Richard Diamond back in the 40s.

He was married 3 times. Twice to actress Joan Blondell and then to

June Allyson until his death in 1963.

As I look back, I feel truly blessed to have worked with such a

wonderfully kind and famous man - although as I have stated before,

I was too young to realize who he was or even that he was famous. My

memories now are forever embedded in my heart and I treasure all

those moments.

I never really appreciated them because I was too young, but I

promise you this: I am now very grateful, and I am also grateful to

each and every one of you who read my column as I reminisce about

my childhood.

Until next time, remember... Faith is holding on tight when the

going gets windy.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@



Enjoy Bucky & John at

the Bootlegger

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

This is a show that is not the show you

usually think - but is not to be missed.

Bill Medley’s name is familiar to us as one half of The Righteous

Brothers. Bucky Heard joined Bill a few years ago and they played to

sold out crowds in Las Vegas - until the pandemic.

But right now, you can catch Bucky Heard along with talented

guitarist John Wedemeyer at The Bootlegger Italian Bistro on

Friday and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.

You never know what they’ll be playing and singing, but “Chances

Are” “It’s Not Unusual” and “I Can’t Tell You Why” except to say that

they have “Soul and Inspiration” and not “Just Once.”

I just gave you a list of five songs they did the last time I was there.

There will be plenty of familiar lyrics and a few others besides.

Bucky has a tremendous range. And more than that. He chats with

the audience. You get to know him and hear a few stories and fun facts.

You’ll understand when you go. It’s fun. And I suspect that friends

may stop by on occasion to do a song or two.

This is an opportunity to be “up close and personal” and enjoy the

talents of two men who are masters of their crafts. The cost – definitely

not those ticket scalper prices.

Just whatever you eat and drink. The kitchen is open with a full

dinner menu.

If the scheduled time is past your dinner time, just get a drink or

two and enjoy some of the best entertainment in town! The Bootlegger

is located at 7700 Las Vegas Boulevard on the South Strip near Warm


Bucky and John are there through June. After that, no guarantees. So

make plans to go soon. You’ll be glad you did.

And when you go, tell Bucky and John that Dianne said hi! And


Dianne Davis is also a reporter for Sun City Anthem TV (SCA-

TV) specializing in entertainment, and LV Associate Editor of She hikes, travels with her husband Burt, and

works on her stand-up comedy.

May 2021

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

Let’s see what’s new and exciting in May.

I usually tell you about what venues are

open and who’s performing around town. And I’ll

continue to do so, but first let me tell you about

some new venues.

First The Nevada Room. Opened in April it will be the first phase

of a two-pronged food and entertainment expansion for the proprietors

of The Vegas Room.

First will be a piano

bar bistro, serving

delicious food in a retro

Vegas setting, always

combined with live

background music and a

grand piano. Anticipated

highlights of the

menu will be signature

deep-fried potatoes,

homemade soups and

salads, sandwiches on

fresh house made breads,

Let the Shows Begin

Looking forward to Bill Fayne’s

Vegas Voice show in June

stuffed bundle burgers, pastas, scrumptious desserts, and much more.

Then there’s the downtown Neonopolis complex on Fremont Street,

which has a perfect space: Notoriety Live. Everything from Comedy

to Broadway artists, along with Clint Holmes making this his monthly

home to perform and introduce Vegas performers.

Let’s not forget that Lake Las Vegas is open and accepting patrons

from Summerlin, Henderson and the surrounding areas. It’s just

another spot to explore, eat and drink along with enjoying the music


And if Vegas Voice Publisher Dan can trust me, I hope you can too.

If we bring you a show, and you’ve “never heard” of the entertainers,

trust me. I promise that (like Dan) you will be pleasantly surprised and

become fans.

On May 22 nd at Sun City MacDonald Ranch will be Reminiscing with

Genevieve and Michael Ross Nugent. They’ll be doing two shows -

a 4:30 performance followed by a 7pm show.

If you’ve saw them before, “you know.” If you haven’t “you must.”

With (as of now) limited seating, I can assure you both shows will be

sold out.

Let’s move on to the Summerlin Library for the return of “An

Afternoon Affair.” Our MD (musical director) Bob Sachs has put

together a killer band and I asked (at least) 8 performers to entertain

you, along with a surprise guest or two. I’ll have more info next month.

See the next page and call today for tickets. You won’t be disappointed.

Stay masked, get your shots and I’ll see you out and about.

You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive

his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.

com. Email him at:


Carlos Santana

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Carlos Santana, full name, Carlos Augusta

Santana Alves, is a noted guitarist,

composer, band leader and singer. He helped

shape the concept of world music by his experiments with binding

many styles and sounds of music from many ethnic sources and eras.

He became an instrumental musician by starting with imitating his

favorite bands; forming his own band sound as he listened, copied, and

created; developing his music as he went along. He researched many

kinds of beautiful old and new melodies..

Santana said his new music had many colors and was a pioneer in

combining Latin, African, Rock, Salsa, and Blues with jazz fusion. He

developed his music with patience and determination plus being in the

right places in the right times.

His father taught him the violin, but the violin’s nuance didn’t

appeal to him. He decided his instrument was the guitar. His style of

melody guitar lines soaring over Afro-Latin beats made the songs hits

beginning in the 1960s.

Another of his hallmarks are his metaphors dispensing his “pearls of

wisdom.” In his 50 years of success, he achieved milestone anniversaries,

then during a slow time, collaborated again with Clive Davis in Davis’s

record company Arista Records.

His popularity developed, beginning with Woodstock at age 22.

He went on to record 40+ LPs including 1999’s Grammy-winning


Ironically, he is

never the lead singer

when performing

with band members.

“His melodies and

solos” with his guitar,

Carlos states, “is his

stamp and that’s

everything when

you’re an artist.”

Carlos was born poor in Mexico in 1947; his father a mariachi

musician moved the family to San Francisco. Carlos became a

naturalized U.S. citizen in 1965.

He was married twice, had three children; his first wife discovered

he was cheated out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by managers,

which she corrected. His second wife was his drummer.

In 1983, he tied Michael Jackson with most Grammys in a single

year. He sold 90+ million records. He has received 10 Grammy Awards

and he and his band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of

Fame in 1998.

Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and

reports about music on Alive! You can

contact her at

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May 2021

Our Golf Tournament

By: Carol Chapman

Spring is here, Foundation volunteers are busier than ever, and

we just kicked off our Celebrate a Senior program (see last

month’s column.) Between vaccinations and our own disinfecting and

sanitation processes, I feel confident that this year will bring about a

much needed return to normal for FAS.

I’m excited to report that The Foundation Assisting Seniors’ Annual

Memorial Day Golf Tournament is a go! As tradition has it, golfers will

tee it up at Revere Golf Club, 2600 Hampton Rd. in Henderson on May

31. Registration begins at 7:30 am that Monday morning.

Sponsors and players alike will be back, and we welcome them. Big

prizes await the golfer who sinks a hole-in-one on the par 3s. Long

drives and putting excellence will be rewarded, and the top-scoring

foursomes will take home cash prizes.

We’re also excited that our golf car raffle will return with the

winner’s name drawn at the luncheon, which follows the tournament,

at Buckman’s Grille. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online, at

The Foundation office, or from Foundation golf team volunteers and


Let’s celebrate getting back on course. Register your foursome or

individual spot online at, email us at, or call 725-244-4200.

People have

always come here

looking for a sign.

Gangsters, pranksters, vixens,

visionaries, rascals, ranchers.

They all came, along with thousands

of ordinary people, with either a

fortune to find or nothing to lose.

They all made history. Our history.

Come take a walk through it.

Carol Chapman with Publisher Dan getting ready for

our YouTube People & Places segment



Silver Lining

By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit

So I’m on the phone with my friend. Let’s call

her Doris. She’s had a very rough winter.

A strange malady has sapped her energy. The

slightest chore sends her crawling to the sofa. Her

doctors assure her it’s nothing life threatening, yet they can’t figure out

what ails her.

I call her regularly to boost her morale. Sadly,

she reports about all the things she can’t seem to

do, how she feels old and vulnerable, how bored

she is, and how she doesn’t even have the energy

to eat.

I’m about to shed tears on her behalf when

suddenly there’s a shift. With a noticeably lighter

tone, she states “…and oh, by the way, I’ve lost

10 pounds!” I experience an immediate change

in my own attitude.

Empathy has been replaced by envy. Her malady would pass, and she

would be 10 pounds thinner. No-diet weight loss is so unfair!

I find my response alarming. Envying my poor tired friend because

she was spared calorie-counting and gym workouts?

What did that say about me? Have I lost my mind, or was I merely a

woman of a certain age looking for an alternative solution to “weight


Wasn’t there a condition that would work for me? Nothing serious,

but maybe a prolonged stomach virus, or perhaps some dental work

that would render me unable to chew?

I remember my trip to Mexico when, in addition to a tan and a pair

of huaraches, I arrived home with some strange flora. Despite the fact

that medical tests didn’t discover any deadly organisms, my stomach

had turned into a blender with the button stuck

on “puree.”

A little inconvenient, but over three weeks,

despite eating hamburgers with the bun and a

side of fries, I managed to shed seven pounds.

I acknowledge that it’s completely insane to

focus on bacteria as a means of weight loss. So my

thoughts turn to another sure-fire path – stress!

This has some immediate possibilities. In

another week, husband, dog, and I would be

heading up north for the summer.

Since I compulsively feel the house must be left in perfect order, I

will frantically move about the place cleaning, washing, straightened,

organizing. I’ll run up and down the stairs with armfuls of clothing.

Outdoor furniture must be moved indoors.

I’ll lie awake at night creating to-do lists. Closets must be organized,

and perishable foods disposed of.

I’ll be exhausted by the end of each day and realize that I’ve forgotten

to eat. By the time we’re ready to leave, I will be bone weary and sleep


But living through all this hysteria is guaranteed to shed a few

unwanted pounds. And that, my friends, is the silver lining!

Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s

Nothing to Complain About, is available at,,

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For the Love of Tea

By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining

love tea. I love the fragrance of Bergamot in

I an Earl Grey tea, the floral notes of Jasmine

in a Chinese tea.

I love the way the aroma flirts with your nose before the flavor enters

your mouth. I’ve loved tea since I was a little girl.

While my friends were begging their parents to allow them to drink

coffee, I was drinking tea and learning its different flavors. Different

brands had different tastes but back then they were all black teas.

The only difference was in Chinese restaurants where lovely, fragrant

green teas were served. These were the teas of my childhood.

As I grew older, I learned more about tea and its traditions, and a

whole new experience opened to me. I discovered the different types of

teas - black, green, oolong, white, assam and so many others.

And I learned about the pleasure of Afternoon Tea. I’m an adult now

and my love affair with tea and its traditions still grows.

I held my first Afternoon Tea more than thirty-five years ago and

continue to host them for myself and my clients as often as possible.

There’s nothing like planning a tea party to combine all the things I

love, deciding on the guest list, designing the invitations, planning the

menu and decorations, and preparing the food.

To me, a great Tea should have fine linen, china, silverware, and

flowers, because the tables must be as beautiful as the food is delicious.

Aside from all the lovely little sandwiches, I usually make at least one

savory that doesn’t feature bread. These delicious, petite tarts are a feast

for the eyes and palate. They can also be served as an hors d’oeuvre.

Chicken Mushroom Tarts

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In large skillet heat 2 tbs. each butter and olive oil until butter melts.

Add 1 cup chopped mushrooms and ½ cup chopped onion. Cook 5-6

minutes until lightly browned.

Add 1 tsp. minced garlic and stir. Add in 8-oz. package cream cheese.

Stir until melted. Add 1 cup chopped cooked chicken. Mix well. Taste

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Check All The Boxes Now

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / Senior Moments

The years are piling up, but my brain can’t

really compute that. There are so many

things I vowed to do but haven’t done yet because

as the saying goes “Life happens

while you’re making other plans.”

My direction has changed and so

many of my old ideas of what life

is supposed to be for me have been

dramatically altered. Some good,

some not so good but I wake up

each day knowing there may be a

big surprise around the next corner.

As a senior now, it can be

challenging to understand that time

matters. No longer the excuse of “I

have 20 years to do that” or make a

career change.

I am what I am, and I’ve done

what I’ve done, so now it’s about that list in my head.

Spring is here and when I’m not sneezing from the new blooms, I’m

feeling a bit more energized and ready for action. My body isn’t always

on board, so changing smoke alarm batteries and filters while on a

ladder isn’t my best event.

What I can do, I have to do it a bit slower to reach the finish line and

simplify my life as much as possible. I’m giving away tons of things,

desperately organizing closets, and trying to imagine what it would be

like for anyone to come into this house if anything happens to me. That

by itself would be a daunting task.

I go room-by-room opening

closets and drawers cautiously and

fight the instinct to keep things.

That one is hard!

What if it snows again? After all,

no one wants to buy a 2 nd snowsuit!

And friends are slipping away so

I am making every effort to stay in

touch but inevitably many months

will go by and even though they’re

in my thoughts, I get distracted and

forget to call.

And most importantly, new

adventures are coming my way.

Things I never imagined are in my

path and wasting time is not an option.

So to all, start checking the boxes now and enjoy!

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By: Dianne Hahn / Back in the Days

We were on our honeymoon and I still

hadn’t told my new hubby that I hated

housework. I practiced in front of the bathroom


“Dusting makes me sneeze, vacuuming is boring, and cleaning

toilets makes me nauseous. We need to hire a cleaning lady!”

A quiet knock and the bathroom door opened. “Were you talking to

me? “ I looked at him and felt foolish.

Probably no one really liked housework, but I really hated it! I sighed.

I knew we couldn’t afford a cleaning lady. “No… I was ah, singing!”

“Sounded like shouting.” Embarrassed, I looked down.

“Tell me if you’re upset about something,” he said, putting his arms

around me. “I want you to be happy.” “I am happy,” I said, smiling up

at him.

“Get over it,” I told myself. “You’re acting like a baby!”

Back in New York I began my life of domesticity. I bought paper

plates. The rest wasn’t bad because we didn’t have much furniture.

I labeled cardboard boxes with our names and tossed the clean

laundry inside. The only thing that required dusting was the bookcase

hubby made with bricks and boards.

Tired of paper plates, we switched to dishes eventually. I ordered

a dishwasher on time payments The

installer told me there was no room for

a dishwasher in the closet our landlady

called a kitchen. I cried.

We both worked and saved every penny

to buy a little love nest of our own... it

sported a new dishwasher! Bliss! I became

pregnant, sang lullabies and wondered if

everyone drooled and spit up spinach.

The clock kept ticking. One night

hubby found me counting coins from

my piggybank. His eyes twinkled. “Saved

enough to run away from home?”

I smiled. “This is for a dishwasher.” “Why? We have one.”

“It’s just in case.” “In case?” “In case our daughter doesn’t have one

when she gets married?”

Dumbfounded, he stared at me.” She just turned five last week,

Dianne.” “I know. I’m planning ahead. She might need a cleaning lady,

too,” I added quietly, and dropped another nickel into the piggybank.

A former schoolteacher, Dianne also writes for children. Presently

she has six kid’s books available on You can also

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By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge is

referred to as “Queen a-waiting” throughout

the United Kingdom. This young, poised, strong,

focused, dignified, bright, beautiful

woman makes a perfect companion for

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

These qualities are what attracted

him to Kate along with his sense of her


Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael

Middleton, are wealthy and have royal

heritage. Kate was raised in a quiet,

well established home with traditional

family events and celebrations.

This is also how she and William

are raising their three children, Charlotte, George and Louis. They are

reserving a private, stable family time separate and apart from their

public life of royal duties and responsibilities.

This habit does not sit well with reporters or social media who often

say silly or nasty things about them since they do not have full access

to the royal family.

Kate will be a wonderful addition to the monarchy. She is comfortable

and confident with who she is and senses the importance of her role as

William’s wife, as well as the expectations of becoming a Queen.


Kate: The Making of a Modern Queen

May 2021

She’s loyal, consistent, charming in an understated way and able to

relate to both rich and poor. The entire nation loves her already!

The film was written by Vance Goodin and Adria Munsey. Edited,

directed, and produced by Vance Goodin. Gina Mellotte provided the


This documentary was highlighted

by six prominent interviewers who

know the couple: Ferdinand Mount,

social historian and author; Emily

Nash, Royal correspondent; Sarah

Bradford, historian; Katie Nicolls,

Royal biographer; Sir Anthony Seldon,

political author, Vice Chancellor of

the University of Buckingham; and

Catherine Mayer, journalist.

These six individuals added personal

and colorful information about the

royal family.

I thoroughly enjoyed this informative documentary and agree with

the interviewers that Kate will be the Queen most people expect her to

be - ROYAL. This film rates a 5 out of 5 Amazon Prime review.

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Every 12 years Jupiter moves into the sign of

Pisces, activating a very lucky energy. This

year, Jupiter will retrograde, creating 3 windows

in Pisces from May – July, December – April 2022,

and again from October – November 2022.

Although everyone will benefit from this, it is particularly lucky for

anyone who was born between the following dates: February 20 – 23,

June 20 – 23 and October 20 – 23. Below are clues as to how you will

feel this lucky and expansive energy.

Aries: great for new


Jupiter in Pisces

By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight

possibilities, freebies,

mini-miracles, feeling

like “I was chosen”

and self-development.

Taurus: great for

groups, collaboration,

community, being accepted or promoted into new groups. Also, it’s the

perfect time to upgrade technology.

Gemini: a great time to plant news seeds for your reputation.

Stepping up to the plate and taking on additional responsibilities will

get you seen.

Cancer: great for travel opportunities, opening your mind and

expanding your thought process. The world is presenting opportunities

at your fingertips.

Leo: great for extra monies showing up, access to others’ money, or

saving money through refinancing. A transformative experience may

prove to have a lucky outcome.

Virgo: great for relationships, social life and partnerships. Expect

nice opportunities with partners as well as tangible upgrades.

Libra: great for work, administrative tasks, and recognition. You

should be receiving credit for how you have been serving.

Scorpio: great for dating, mingling, networking, and children. The

focus will be on having fun.

Sagittarius: great for the home, home improvements, family gettogethers

and children.

Capricorn: great for the mundane, upgrades to routine, beds,

cars, short term travel, and building relationships with siblings and


Aquarius: great for money, new ways to make money, upgrades to

spending, and creating a new layer of stability.

Pisces: great for improvements to self, physical body, and overall

new opportunities. This energy may feel selfish, but go for it!

May 2021

Tibetan Singing Bowls

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Sound therapy has been around since

ancient times. Astonishingly, Tibetan bowls

were invented in Mesopotamia and adopted by

the Tibetans at approximately 3,000 B.C.

Early Tibetans used meteorite metal that crashed from space,

combined with up to twelve other types of alloys to create the original

Tibetan Singing Bowls. Since their origination, more down-to-earth

artifacts were used, such as wood, copper, tin, and now crystals.

These differ from the authentic Tibetan singing bowls in that they’re

more resonant to the body and ears.

Crystal singing bowls first came into being as healing tools in

1990. They were discovered unexpectedly by utilizing a computer

industry by-product.

The by-product resulted when the crystal was heated at high heat

temperatures to produce quartz “crucibles” to make computer chips

and other components within them. Paul Utz and Lupido William

Jones gambled everything they had to create a Utah company, Crystal


They were the first to make crystal alchemy singing bowls after

hearing that hospitals, schools, meditation, and therapy settings were

using them therapeutically.

Spiritually and scientifically, there’s a shared understanding that all

physical manifestations are at one with sound and vibrations. Sound

therapy works with the fact that every part of our body connects with

specific resonating vibrations.

Molecules, atoms, etc.,

are made up of frequencies,

and everything is in a

constant vibrational state.

Using sounds like music,

chanting, or even breathing

attunes us to our higher

consciousness by releasing the blockages.

Disease can easily result when our body is out of balance. No different

than a shorted electrical system, blockages stifle the naturally healthy

synchronized flow.

The oscillating vibrations enter your body and alter the healing

brain waves. There is also the belief that these healing aspects can be

compelling when combined with positive affirmations, mantras, and


People worldwide benefit from the relief the Tibetan singing bowls

provide - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Some examples: PTSD, anger, anxiety & sleep disorders, calming

autistic adults, autoimmune complications, fibromyalgia, digestive

issues and the list goes on and on.

“You too will attest that sound therapy can leave you in a delicious

state of calm relief and relaxation,” claims Eileen McKusick, sound

therapist and author.

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Preventing Injuries

Waiting to Happen

By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips

If you’re unable to walk, lift, and carry like

you used to, there are tasks you find difficult

or impossible. Additionally, other people create situations requiring

attention that can be downright dangerous.

When a newspaper has been thrown onto your sloping desert garden,

if you attempt to reach it, rocks may roll down, your feet will follow,

and you’ll land on your face as Mr. FA did.

Trash collectors occasionally return

containers to the middle of your sloping

driveway. Should you attempt to wheel one

in, the heavy weight can cause a downward

run and carry you with it. (Find out if you’re

eligible for Disability Service from Republic 702-735-5151.)

A visitor might move a chair to an unreachable place. Or toss a

cushion, (intended to relieve your aching back) to a faraway spot.

House cleaners remove electric plugs then quite often fail to replace

them. Your appliances won’t work, and lamps won’t light when

darkness sets in.

Extension cords are often left lying where you walk. Mind you don’t

catch your foot in them, and tumble.

Beware! A departing person asked to lock the door, will often agree,

then merely close it, so any odd bod can gain access.

When someone drives your car, the seat will be repositioned, mirrors

changed, and most likely left that way. Should you get behind the wheel

without noticing you’ll be at risk on the roads.

Watch! Check! If possible don’t let an offender leave without being

reminded to correct the oversight.

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. See

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EV, Hydrogen, or eFuel?

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

The internal combustion engine (ICE) has

been the gold standard for automotive

propulsion for over a century. But with concerns

about climate change, fossil fuels, and

the future, manufacturers are deep

into alternative means of power.

While there are many ways to

create power, finding the best solution

is a true challenge. People want

change, but they don’t want to be

inconvenienced by it.

The big question is how to plan for

the future without disturbing our way

of life? Electric vehicles have taken the

lead, but are they the best solution?

I’ve talked about the positives and negatives (pun intended) of

electric vehicles before, but let’s look at a few alternatives.

Hydrogen is gaining in popularity among automotive

manufacturers. It’s clean, accessible, and the only drawback is that it

might take five minutes to fill your tank instead of two or three.

The infrastructure is the only part that isn’t complete yet, but Toyota

and Hyundai have committed to improving that in the future. Many

gas stations can be converted to hydrogen stations, which means no

range anxiety since the stations will be the same as for gas-powered

cars. No fighting over charging stations.

Another alternative is synthetic fuel. We already have synthetic oil,

but a synthetic fuel is a great alternative.

Porsche has been working on

efuels, which are created from CO2

and hydrogen, and are produced using

renewable energy. It’s still a liquid that

an ICE can burn the same as gasoline

but can be produced in a climateneutral


There’s no byproduct, and Porsche

states that it hits the same level of

CO2 as produced in the manufacture

and use of EVs. And you can pump it

into all standard gas-powered vehicles

without making any adjustments to

the engines.

Porsche is currently testing its efuel on race cars, and hopes to prove

that this might be the way to go. A few other manufacturers previously

have dabbled in efuels, but for now, Porsche it taking it seriously. If it

pans out, this might be the best solution of them all.

BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.

She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at


“Tipping Our Hat” to the Henderson PD

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Last month, Dan and I received a message

from a reader who was concerned about a

friend and neighbor who lived in Sun City. That

person seemed to have vanished.

The reader had followed our guardianship articles and feared her

friend may have become a victim too. We promised to investigate the

situation and would keep her in the loop.

Another neighbor (who just happened to be on the HOA’s community

patrol) told our reader that she had taken a photo of a car and license

plate that was in the “possible victim’s” driveway. Since the gentleman

was recently widowed and rarely had visitors, both individuals were


With all the relevant information needed, I started by talking to the

police. We were told that the police did contact the owner of the house

(the person in questioned was a renter) and went with her to do a

“wellness check” on the gentleman.

Finding no one either injured in the home nor any sign of a

disturbance they left.

We thought that the initial investigation would be the end of it, as far

as Henderson PD was concerned. I was gearing up for a battle, however,

I am happy to report that I was very wrong.

I contacted Henderson Mayor Debra March and asked for a contact

within the police department who might be able to assist us. Mayor

March immediately referred the situation to the chief of police.

It took just a

couple of days to

hear back with an

incredibly detailed

email from the police

officer that the chief

had assigned the

investigation to.

The Henderson

police were fully

aware of the situation

and, rather than just

dropping the matter

after the “wellness

check,” they paid

several visits to the

lady owning the car

in question.

Henderson Police Chief

Thedrick Andres

It turned out that the gentleman has been struggling with dementia

and the car owner, as a friend of his, was likewise concerned for his

safety. The car owner/friend spoke at length with the gentleman and

they both agreed that he would move into her home where she could

care for him.

These officers assured us that they would personally check in on him

from time-to-time, but they felt confident that he was happy and being

well cared for.

The Vegas Voice thanks the Henderson Mayor, Chief of Police

Thedrick Andres, and those officers who cared enough about seniors

that they jumped right in on the issue and gave us a happy ending.

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By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”

And guess what… We have a puppy! I am

not quite ready to write about her yet, but

I will share her fashion pieces that match mine.

Newness is in the air – its warmer, and the birds seem much louder

than usual, and flowers are blooming everywhere. Everything is

coming up roses and daffodils and color.

I did not make any New Year’s resolutions this year, as I felt the

world HAD TO get better without me making any promises to myself.

I decided instead to make Spring Resolutions. It’s a new season, and

time for fresh ideas.

I am avoiding the black. I will keep my little black dress or two, but

COLOR is the fashion decision I am making. For those of you who

know me, I am usually in black, white or a combination of the two, or

muted greens.

I reserve bright color for my shoes and purses and Valentine’s Day

(always red). NOT ANYMORE! (tI have also decided to speak in capital

letters too in case you have not noticed.)

Since I let me hair go natural a year ago, I’ve noticed that some

colors, especially green, no longer look as good on me. So, I am in a

learning process about what colors to choose.

I am fortunate that my hair, instead of a dull grey color is closer to a

platinum shade, and very shiny. WHO KNEW?

Hip-Hip-Hurray! But I now have a dilemma - what color(s) are best?

I’ve discovered a beautiful medium blue that looks good, but not a

good green.

I am not quite ready for pink but will rely on turquoise and blue

shades. White is also very safe for me.

Is anyone out there doing color mapping? IF any of you are aware

of a color mapping event or party, I would love to attend and write

about it.

MY fashion choice is usually simple and clean lines, some stripes

but usually solids, and always crazy with the shoes. Make your choices

wisely but be brave!

I hope to hear from you about your choices for spring. Welcome to

COLOR! Remember, if you feel beautiful, it will shine through.


Because It’s Spring!

Sandi Davis is the Fashion Style columnist and Behind-the-Scenes

Research Analyst for The Vegas Voice. She welcomes all questions

and opinions. You can contact her at

May 2021

Achieving Beautiful Hands

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

Are your hands aging you? Two telltale signs

of someone’s age is their neck and hands.

Mine are certainly showing their age, but even

when I was young, I never had “pretty” hands.

Honestly, I never paid much attention to them, but I did always

admire other women’s well-kept hands. Over the years, my large veins

in particular have become increasingly noticeable, so I thought I’d

look into any new solutions.

One of the most recent hand fixes has been to use fillers. I’ve seen a

lot of ads for their use in the face, but didn’t realize that HA, Restylane

and Radiesse are also very popular for the hands.

I’ve never tried any type of filler, and after reading and watching

many videos, I don’t think it’s a route I would take for this. But it might

be for someone else.

The average cost is about $1,500 and while the result seemed decent,

many of the videos mentioned it may only last 6 months. Side effects

were usually swelling and small lumps, but the overall outcome was


That said, I just wasn’t sold given the cost and short-term solution.

While looking at other options however, I ran across something that

I am considering called hand sclerotherapy. It is considered extremely

safe and been around for 30 years.

This is a treatment targeted more for bulging veins rather than an

overall fuller hand. In my case, I feel that would be an improvement

and based on the info, pretty easy to achieve what I’m looking for.

The cost is similar to fillers, about $1000 depending on the need

for follow up treatments. While not intended to be permanent, many

patients report long term results and about 5% do not need any further

treatment. The before and after photos are terrific.

The treatment itself is pretty simple with a solution injected into the

veins to shrink them. Note: it is very important to have this done by a

certified vein specialist at an accredited vein center.

I think I may try it out and will let you know if I do. Meanwhile,

don’t forget the sunscreen on your hands - age spots also show aging

and simply applying sunscreen can help that too!

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May 2021

The Stages of Healing

From an Injury

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Twenty-two years ago, I had the great privilege

of studying with a very prominent doctor

in China who explained how injuries to the musculoskeletal system

(muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, etc.) should be strategically


He explained that there are four stages, and the strategy differs

depending on the stage the patient is in. These stages are: Bleeding,

Inflammation, Proliferation and Remodeling.

The first stage is bleeding, and the strategy is to stop the bleeding.

This stage is so obvious that I will not comment further.

The second stage is inflammation. It is important to understand

the role of inflammation because it has developed a bad reputation

when it is a necessary process in the body.


happens when the body

senses there has been

tissue damage. The role

of inflammation is to let

white blood cells out of

the circulatory system

and into the tissues


Here they clean out

bacteria and damaged tissue, making way so that new tissue can be

laid down. The inflammation process is not specifically precise, so

many times surrounding healthy tissue may be damaged to a degree.

It is at this stage that problems can occur. Let’s use an example to


Imagine the tissue damaged (muscle, ligament, tendon, etc.) is like

a rope made up of 100 strings. Imagine 15 of these strings are now


The body in time will repair these fifteen strings but until then, the

remaining 85 strings must do the work that 100 strings used to do. If

the tissue is put under too much strain or for too long a period, the

already weakened tissue will be further damaged trying to endure the

load placed on it.

This is what can happen if exercise or physical therapy is done at too

extreme a level during this stage. The injury can now become more

severe and possibly chronic/chronically painful

During the proliferation stage (when the body lays down new

tissue) and the remodeling stages (when the tissues are realigned

to make them as strong as possible), exercise/physical therapy is

necessary. During the inflammatory stage, it is simply too soon for this

type of therapy.

Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle

and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell

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What Dreams Are Made Of

If you ask actor/comic impressionist and our Vegas Voice radio host Rich shared how the story was revealed to him in a dream. It affected

Rich Natole about dreams, he will easily glide into the stories of him on such a deep level that he had to share it.

how they DO impact our lives, and how we can’t ignore the messages

they often convey.

One such dream has been

the passion and catalyst for the

upcoming film project that he

He called his friend of forty years, John Pate, who has penned

multiple projects in the past. Together, they embarked on this vision

of making a difference in the lives

of those in need - both physically

and spiritually.

and fellow actor/comic John

They have shared that

Pate have written, and now have

received affirmation from scores

of people who have read and loved

it. They secured an accomplished

excitement of working on this

film together, along with many of

their professional colleagues, and

will hopefully translate into an

‘Faith-based’ producer and

ongoing ministry for the homeless

director, John Michael Hightower,

for years to come.

for the project, along with

At present, they are launching

multiple cast members, who all

a GoFundMe fundraising

are excited about the prospects for

campaign to see this film through

this film.

John Pate

to the finish. Rich shared, “The

Entitled Faith Wins, it tells

faith-based movie industry is very

the story of a riches-to-rags-toriches

journey that helps the main character find “True Value and

Worth” through a transformed life. It speaks to the critical issue of

homelessness on a personal level through heartbreaking tragedy,

asking the audience to review their own value-system, touching hearts

for action and answers.

dependent upon the grassroots

efforts of caring people and the overall ‘faith community’, so every

contribution helps fulfill that goal and that dream.

You may donate at: GoFundMe and type in the project title, Faith

Wins Movie Project for the Homeless. We hope every person

reading this article will help make it a reality.


Occupational Hazards

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

Emergency medical workers deal with

people in all manner of distress, from

minor scrapes to major trauma and everything

in between. Patients may be in shock, fearful or

confused, drunk or high, agitated or belligerent, even psychotic.

ER doctors and nurses are used to being cussed out. It comes with

the job.

But sometimes the invective rises to alarming levels.

A recent visitor to a New England emergency department was hoping

to con a physician into supplying a prescription for a controlled

substance. My ER doc son evaluated him, then informed him he could

not grant his request.

The man flew into a rage, punched a sign in a hallway and threatened

to kill the nurses. He followed up with a phone call to the ER, made

more death threats and called my son a “f*cking ch*nk.”

At first my son was taken aback: He hadn’t heard that epithet for

a person of Middle Kingdom descent since his teen years growing up

in the Midwest. Was this a manifestation of the burgeoning anti-Asian

racist extremism afflicting the country?

But his shock gave way to a different question: How did the man

know he was part Chinese?

As a child of cultural and ethnic blending, Jewish on mom’s side,

Chinese on dad’s, my hybrid son is hard to pigeonhole. He’s been

mistaken for Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Japanese, plain

old Caucasian, and more. Yet this bellicose fellow looking for a fix had

come up with the correct ethnic slur!

A coping mechanism, perhaps – turn the ugliness into humor.

Happens all the time, so what else can one do but laugh.

What seldom happens are consequences. In this case, however,

hospital security reported the man’s threats to local police, who tracked

him down and arrested him. That’s pretty unusual.

Meanwhile, those in the helping professions carry on, bracing for

whatever novel iterations of abuse might arrive next.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to

Las Vegas from New England via China, the West Coast and the



May 2021

What have you learned about COVID-19


Of my associations with family, friends,

acquaintances and colleagues, there is one single

common denominator. Many expressed anger with the government

interfering in their daily lives.

This sentiment was further exasperated by the variety of vaccines

which had some questionable side effects, though they were very

limited in scope.

However, this belief is quite different from those families which

experienced the tragedy of death or severe disabilities directly associated

with the pandemic. Their view is that the government did not intervene

soon enough.

Who’s right? The simple answer, both!

Life’s experience is deeply personal and singular to each of us. We may

express empathy

with what others

are going through,

but we cannot

“experience” it.

It may be a

cliché but there

is no substitute

for what you

alone are going

through. What we

have experienced

Time to Reflect

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

during this

pandemic is that

we have taken for

granted the basic

necessities of daily life like food, toiletries, etc..

As time went on however, we were able to successfully adapt and

insure that we had those basic necessities.

For me, the lesson learned is that we shouldn’t take anything for

granted. The saying, “No one is guaranteed tomorrow” is certainty


I admit, I’m like everyone else so this lesson applies to me as well.

Value every day as if it may be your last because it just might be.

Express your love and affection for your family and friends! How

many times have you heard the saying after a family member has

“unexpectedly” passed on – “I wish I had told my mother or father

that I loved them!” or “I regret that I didn’t say what I felt from my


Reflecting on what the pandemic has taught me and perhaps may

apply to you is quit complaining about what you can’t control and

embrace what you can!

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community. He can be reached at:

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By: Pat Landaker / Positive Aging

Take the reigns of aging by considering these

actions. Many of you already have some

version of them on your daily “to do” list.

Acknowledge Your Value: If you don’t value

YOU, then who will? Establish boundaries, defend your decisions, and

speak up.

Make yourself number #1 in your life. It doesn’t mean you don’t care

about others; it means you understand the importance of self-care and


Build Your Strength: Create and implement a daily routine that

benefits your emotional, mental and physical strength. For example:

self-care increases emotional strength; engagement tests mental

strength; and movement builds physical strength.

Know Your Capacity: Do you know how much you can actually

handle as opposed to how much you want to handle? Don’t let ego get

in your way.

Gauging your capacity helps you approach all your engagements

with confidence and self-awareness. Establishing your capacity ensures

you don’t bite off more than you WANT to chew.

Exercise A Mindful Mindset: Act mindfully. Communicate

mindfully. Make mindful decisions. Being aware of how and why you

engage allows you to put real thought behind your actions and be

flexible in your mindset.


Take the Reigns of Aging

New Beginnings!

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

Now that the majority of us have been

vaccinated, social distancing being

followed, things are beginning to spring back to

life. It may not ever return to the way it was pre-pandemic, but at least

we can see the “light at the end of the tunnel.”

I’m pleased to have gotten both my Pfizer shots. I still wear my mask

when needed and perhaps by the time this column is published, more

leniencies will be upheld regarding the mask wearing.

I do feel more comfortable in going out publicly to places I frequented

prior to the pandemic. As each day goes by, more and more we are

seeing recovery in our beautiful Las Vegas Valley.

Stores are reopening, shows are coming back. I was so pleased to hear

that my beloved Smith Center for The Performing Arts is planning

their reopening of Broadway shows in October!

Yay! I’m so looking forward to being rehired as an usher and working

at that beautiful facility again.

I’ve taken up walking around my neighborhood and enjoying this

beautiful weather. Flowers are blooming, people are coming out of

their homes again and life is returning to the valley.

Did we all gain a few pounds during the pandemic? Don’t stress

about it. Just take it easy – better to lose a few pounds at a time slowly

than to crash diet.

May 2021

Expand Your Universe: Learn something new. Go somewhere

new. Eat something new. Wear something new.

Sometimes we settle into what’s comfortable and allow complacency

to step in and make itself at home. Always be expanding.

Express Your Creativity: Allow your creative self to drive your

self-expression. Discover what fulfills your inner passion and brings

you the most joy. Then, live that passion out loud!

Do You Know a Positive Ager? I’ll be featuring positive agers in

this column. These are individuals who don’t allow aging to stop them

from living life to the fullest. If you know someone, please contact me.

Pat Landaker is a Certified Senior Advisor and an Aging

Consultant. She serves on the City of Henderson’s Senior Citizens

Advisory Commission and will be teaching Positive Aging in

UNLV’s Summer Session.

Contact her at

Try to enjoy the goodies if you must – but in moderation. I try not to

deny myself of any of the wonderful sweets, chocolates, etc.

I found one secret to keeping your alcohol in moderation is to have a

sip of water every so often when drinking wine or cocktail. It sure helps!

I also try to nibble on some veggies before venturing out to meet a

friend for drinks or snack. Then I am not so famished when I get there

and eat much more than I intended.

Enjoy life - as we are not promised tomorrow!


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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Umbrella Liability Policy

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

The graphic is just an example. You can

fill in your own numbers, but the

procedure is the same.

Here’s how it

works: You are in an auto accident

(or have a homeowners claim)

and are sued for one million


You are deemed

responsible (liable) and

lose the lawsuit. Now your

insurance kicks in.

Since you have a $1,000

deductible on your auto

policy (or homeowners) you

are responsible for the first $1,000.

Your policy then covers the remaining

$299,000 since you have $300,000 in liability


Then since your umbrella policy deductible of $300,000 has now

been met, your umbrella policy covers the remaining $700,000. So,

for a $1,000,000 lawsuit, you wind up paying $1,000 out of pocket and

your insurance covers the rest.

There are at least two lessons to be learned here. First, the

liability limits on your Auto (or Homeowners) policy

need to be high because Umbrella policies

typically require high limits.

Second, and this is not shown

in the diagram. The cost of a

one million dollar umbrella

is much less than you might


Typically, around $300

a year. Why? Because

underlying liability insurance

limits of $300,000 or more

cover the majority of claims.

But are you willing to risk the

chance of losing everything you own for

a few hundred dollars of protection?

Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.

He and his wife owned and operated their own insurance agency for

over 16 years. His primary purpose is to give out real information

that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

In an unprecedented move, the Department

of Veterans Affairs VA Health System has

been given the greenlight to offer COVID-19

vaccinations to the spouses of veterans.

This has been mandated by the President’s SAVE LIVES Act signed

into law March 24, 2021. The reason it is unprecedented is because

spouses have never been allowed to receive medical services directly

from the VA.

Only eligible veterans may receive these services, and for years, spouses

of certain disabled veterans have been cared for by a Department of

Veterans Affairs medical program called CHAMPVA, and co-payments

are made to cover the costs. (CHAMPVA will remain in place, and the

vaccinations will be a one-of-a-kind, one-time service to help the fight

in the public health emergency.)

In addition to spouses, veteran caregivers and veterans not normally

eligible for care can receive COVID-19 vaccinations from the VA. It is all

part of the SAVE LIVES Act.

As to the protocol being put in place, the VA will prioritize the

vaccination as follows::

1. Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system,

2. Veterans who have failed to enroll but receive hospital care and

medical services for specified disabilities in their first 12 months of

separation from service,

3. Caregivers accompanying such prioritized Veterans, and


Good News for Spouses - and Others

May 2021

4. Spouses of


Hopefully, this

will be another

door opening for

those that have

been “vaccine

hesitant.” Coupled

with those getting

vaccinated, and

those that have

been infected and

are loaded up with

antibodies, our

country will soon

reach herd immunity and the pandemic with be transformed into an

endemic instead, (which is to say that it become similar to the seasonal

flu, or common cold).

The Las Vegas phone number to call for more information is:


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.

Stupid Scam of the Month

When it comes to scammers, nothing is sacred – including the

bond between grandparents and their grandchildren.

It’s the “Grandparent Scam.” In these scams, scammers pose as

panicked grandchildren in trouble. There seems to be a new winkle to

this scheme, and this one is even more brazen – if not more potentially


Be aware of telephone calls that begin with an individual pleading

for immediate help, assistance and… money.

They all start with a call from someone pretending

to be your grandchild. If they’re really good, they

might speak softly or make-up an excuse for why they

sound different.

They’ll tell you they’re in trouble; perhaps they need

bail or money for some crucial emergency.

Oh, they also tell you that you must keep it a secret

– due to a court “gag order” or they don’t want their

parents (your children) to know.

For further “proof” they put another scammer

on the line who pretends to be a lawyer needing the

money to represent the grandchild in court. Their

goal is to try and trick you into sending money before

you realize it’s a scam.

And to add insult to injury (and this is where it gets scary) instead of

buying gift cards, or wiring money, the scammers advise that someone

will come to your house to pick up the cash.

You know the rest: once you turn over the money – be it via wire

transfer or gift cards, you’ve been scammed.

How can we avoid grandparent scams or family emergency scams? It

really is simple. Take a moment to think.

If someone calls claiming to be a grandchild, other family member

or even a friend desperate for money:

1. Resist the urge to act immediately – no matter how

dramatic the story is. If it is legit, a few hours or a day-or-so won’t make

a difference.

2. Verify the caller’s identity. Ask questions to the caller that a

stranger couldn’t possibly answer. Check the story out with someone

else in your family or perhaps a friend – even if the caller tells you not

to contact anybody.

3. If the person wants you to send the payment by means

of a gift card, or money transfer – it’s a scam.

Come on - You ever hear of any legitimate agency or

organization willing to be paid by a Visa Gift Card?

Remember: If that caller urges or pressures you to

do what he wants now, or wants payment with gift

cards, it’s a scam. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS.

So, what should you do when you get that telephone

call? The answer is easy: Hang up the phone, hang

up the phone and… HANG UP THE PHONE!

One more thing: Check and double-check your

social media privacy settings and limit what you

share publicly. Even if your settings are on private, be

careful about what personal identifiers you place on


It’s not just Aunt Alice that will admire your pictures and postings.

Sometimes it’s the bad guys.

Just be smart and think! And have no concerns in “Slamming the



Making Friends &

Having Fun

By: Liz Palmer / NSG

The National Senior

Games Association

will hold the 2022 NSGA Games in Ft.

Lauderdale, Florida in May 2022. Pittsburgh

will host the 2023 National Senior Games for

the second time in the history of the massive multisport

event for athletes age 50+.

The 2019 National Senior Games

held in Albuquerque set an all-time

participation record with nearly

14,000 athletes competing in 20

sports over a two-week schedule.

How can you be a part of the

fantastic event?

Relaxed qualifying standards for

2022 offer a variety of ways to qualify, but if you have your heart set on

Pittsburgh, you’ll have to qualify through a 2022 official state games,

such as the Nevada Senior Games.

Our 2021 registration for the September/October games is now open!

Check out our website at for information

on all the sports we offer, how you can participate in your own age and

gender group, and registration information to qualify for the 2022 Ft.

Lauderdale NSGA games.

It’s time to meet new people, make new friends, and have fun! We

look forward to welcoming you to our 2021 competitions in the greater

Las Vegas area!

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:

Nevada renters unable to pay their rent due

to Covid-19 issues breathed a sigh of relief

when the governor issued a moratorium on evictions for those suddenly

unemployed due to the pandemic.

But the trickle down to the directive has impacted small investors,

those who own a property or two and rely on those rents to pay the

investment’s mortgage. Henderson’s Forrest Fetherolf considers

himself fortunate that his

tenants have all remained

current but sees uncertainty

in the future for many

smaller landlords.

Fetherolf, a former

Los Angles motorcycle

policeman, retired after a

devastating 1970 on-thejob

accident that resulted

in nearly 40 surgeries and

Local Landlord Cautions


By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Forrest Fetherolf

forged his transition into contracting and home building. Three years

after relocating to Las Vegas in 2007, he bought his first investment


Today he focuses on smaller, single family homes built by Del Webb,

developers of the area’s Sun City and Solera communities. “I couldn’t

find any fault with their product,” he said.

An examination of the Clark County Tax Assessor’s public records

reveals that in one such community, Solera at Stallion Mountain that

broke ground in 2005, investors scooped up 12 of the 47 resales in 2019,

the year before the pandemic skewed sales figures.

With rental protection in effect in 2020, investment purchases

dropped to eight units out of the total 47 resales.

The protection afforded non-paying tenants has also created stiff

competition for those seeking affordable rental properties. In Sun City

Anthem for example, a 1280 square foot Washington model that rented

for $1395 in mid-2018 commanded $1700 last month.

Fetherolf’s first reaction to the renter’s protection plans was, “it’s not

good for people (landlords) working on small margins.”

Although tenants were protected, homeowner-investors still were

required to pony up their mortgage payments. Without rental income,

Fetherolf says, many smaller real estate investors could face challenges

meeting monthly expenses.

The inventory of homes for sale collapsed during the pandemic

forced prices up approximately 19% since January 2020. “Prices

aren’t at a peak but probably are going to level off.” Fetherolf suggests

inexperienced investors to move cautiously with financial and

established business plan.


May 2021

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Hey Kid

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

Hey kid!” That’s how I knew it was Bernie

on the other end of the line. He didn’t have

to say who it was, he just had to say, “Hey kid.”

He might be calling to inquire about the next Bus to the Boat

cruise. Or he might want to make

sure he and wife Rosslyn had the

right cabin in the right location on

the ship.

I was in my early fifties at the time

and to be called kid was flattering.

Bernie spent his entire career as a

high school teacher and was now enjoying retirement

in Las Vegas. And I just loved talking to him and hearing

some of his stories.

When I met Bernie he was probably in his late eighties but full of

enthusiasm. I had the good fortune ten years ago of escorting a group

on a unique cruise itinerary.

One of the port calls was Acapulco. Cliff divers, jewelry stores, deep

sea fishing. A great port call.

But the highlight for me of that cruise was walking off the ship onto

the pier and from a distance I heard someone shout “Hey kid!” And

You have probably never heard of me. My

name is Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. I

speak to you from the grave.

In life, I was a priest. But more importantly, like your George

Washington, I have also been referred to as the father of my country

– Mexico.

Do you know what Cinco de Mayo means. “The 5 th of May?” Very


“Now, what does that day commemorate?” “Mexican Independence

Day? You Americanos are mucho misinformed.”

For your information, Mexico declared its independence from Spain

on September 16, 1810 – 52 years before the date you silly Yankees

celebrate! This I know for certain because I was there. I was the leader.

The turmoil was very bloody and lasted eleven years. It wasn’t until

September 28, 1821 that Spain finally granted my people independence.

In the meantime, tens of thousands of people perished. And, unlike

your more fortunate American revolutionaries, no outside force came

to our aid.

As for Cinco de Mayo, the event in question took place in 1862.

However, it was merely a battle fought against French invaders rather

than our former Spanish rulers.

It is remembered because it was an unexpected lopsided victory:

4,000 of us vs. 8,000 of them. However, it was all too sadly short-lived

when the French turned the tables later that year.


May 5, 1862

By: John Beilun / Time Traveler

May 2021

there was Bernie, sitting in his portable chair, sipping his favorite drink,

smoking his favorite illegal Cuban cigar, and just watching the world

go by.

That was how Bernie “rolled.” He didn’t need to do shore excursions

or sit on the beach.

Just sitting on his chair at a little

café at the pier was perfect. He could

do his own thing and enjoy his

cruise experience.

I remember walking over to

him, sat down, had a beer and we

just watched the world go by

together. Is there anything

better than that?

We will make those

memories again for all of our Vegas Voyagers as we

restart our Bus to the Boat program once the CDC opens up United

States ports to cruise ships. Hopefully, that will happen as early as this


Be assured once we get the green light to cruise we will let you know

right here. Feel free to call with any questions at 516/485-3200. Stay


Now, why do you Americanos celebrate this obscure day rather than

our true date of independence? Especially when we Mexicans certainly

do not.

Let me tell you. It has everything to do with commerce and nothing

with history.

You see, back in the 1980’s, the largest beer makers in Mexico wanted

to expand into America. Some marketing maven decided that they

needed a newly minted holiday to help initiate their campaign.

Calling it Veintiseis de Septiembre had no pizzazz. Naming it

however, Cinco de Mayo - a day for you Yankees to drink mucho

Mexican beer most certainly did.

And it worked! Now you gullible gringos quaff millions of bottles

of Dos Equis all the while believing the 5 th of May is our day of



Now You Can Travel & Stay Healthy!

By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker / Out & About

If you’re beginning to feel confident enough

to start planning a real vacation, your first

destination should be a

visit to E7 Medicine. For

several years, this unique medical center in Las

Vegas, (located at 500 East Windmill Lane)

has featured a specialty department staffed

by physicians and medical experts who are

dedicated to maintaining your health while

you are out of town, out of state, and even out

of the country.

Certainly, the appearance of Covid19 during the past months has

made everyone more concerned about how quickly diseases can

spread; not only from place-to-place, but also from country to country.

In many ways, though, this is what makes the staff at E7 Medicine truly


Every day these specialists focus on protecting modern travelers from

the many epidemics and pandemics, which may spread worldwide.

I first heard of this independent medical center from a Sun City

resident who is one of my most adventurous clients. Over several years

she has become a dear friend and has traveled solo on several exciting

Collette vacations.

I booked these tours for her in the US, and also in Europe, Africa,

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Upon entering the 30-acre Clark County

Museum, located on Boulder Highway in

Henderson, Clark County’s past comes alive. The

museum is a recreated typical small-town

America and characterizes Las Vegas, Boulder

City and Henderson’s early days.

The museum’s Heritage Street, lined

with mature trees with gracious overhang

and lined with locally acquired buildings,

is a classic plucked from time. Some of the

reconstructed town appears to have weathered

hard times. But there is a sense of pride evident

in the fresh paint on the old dwellings.

Displayed are original buildings and

houses from Clark County’s past, the construction of Hoover Dam and

Henderson’s industrial contribution to the World War II effort which

brought many families to the area.

There is the 1931 Boulder City train depot. As restored, it reminds

visitors of when trains were a popular mode of cross-country travel,

train whistles marked time in small towns and train depots were all

painted the same cream yellow.

Sunlight streams through the windows of the Candlelight Wedding

Chapel, making it glow and cast reflections on the hard wooden


China, and India. Before any departure, we would always

meet to review her upcoming itinerary.

Because my clients are all seniors like me, I encourage them to

check with their doctors to be sure their health is appropriate for any

travel they might be considering. But my friend surpassed

my recommendations when she discovered what was

previously called the Vaccine Center, and now E7


This medical group has a department which

actually specializes in preparing individuals for

safe travel to countless destinations in the US

and abroad. My friend’s preparations for any

vacation or itinerary typically include an appointment with a staff

member who thoroughly reviews her upcoming travel plans.

And, then utilizing the latest news and international health alerts,

medical professionals not only give her personal advice...they actually

provide appropriate instructions, prescriptions, medications, and even

injections if they are needed. The result: she can relax, and travel worry


And you can too. For more information call E7 Medicine at 702/800-


Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is a travel agent and the owner of

Vegas Vacationers Inc. She can be reached at:

Clark County Museum A Capsule of Local History

May 2021

pews. The Candlelight Wedding Chapel opened in 1966 on Las Vegas


It was relocated to the Clark County Museum and restored there

in 2009. Interestingly, John and I renewed our wedding vows there in

celebration of our 40 th anniversary when the

chapel was still located on the Strip.

If you watch the History Channel’s reality

show, Pawn Stars, you have seen the Clark

County Museum’s administrator Mark Hall-

Patton who is nicknamed the “Beard of

Knowledge” for both his knowledge of history

and his naturally gray beard. Hall-Patton has

an occasional role on Pawn Stars, but this

year he is retiring from the museum.

Thankfully, he will continue with Pawn

Stars appearances. Due to Hall-Patton’s

widely viewed TV appearances, he is America’s most recognized public

museum spokesperson.

Fees to enter the museum are reasonably priced at just one dollar

for a senior admission, but don’t come with a camera. Personal and

commercial photos are not allowed.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always

with enthusiasm.


Palm Trees

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

Purchasing the correct palm tree for your

property requires careful thought since

there are numerous types, sizes, and prices to

choose from. Fact: Palms are not indigenous to Nevada and require

specific care to grow and thrive.

Therefore, the questions you need to ask when choosing the right tree

are: “How much sun, wind and water can it have once planted?

A major factor in answering these questions is the size and shape

of the palm tree’s fronds. The wider and thinner the fronds, the more

sensitive the palm is to these environmental factors.

The most popular palms seen here include the large “fan” (Mexican,

Windmill and Washingtonian), as well as both the moderate frond

“Pineapple” Canary Date Palm and the thinner frond palms such as

the Mediterranean Fan and Queen Palm.

Because of our strong winds, cool winters and harsh sun many of

the broad “fronds” may turn brown or burn due to exposure requiring

expensive pruning as the trees grow taller. These trees also require large

quantities of water (at least 20 gallons per day) which can also be costly.

Canary Date Palms, although less sensitive, tend to be messy when

they drop their yellow fruits on the ground attracting rabbits, rodents,

and insects. These trees also require additional “trunk shaving” to

maintain their “pineapple” appearance.

Queen Palms can be a “royal pain” to maintain since they are far

less tolerant to cold/heat fluctuations and strong winds. They require

burlap wrapping during

the winter months in

order to survive. Queen

Palms are best suited to

California’s climate, not


My suggestion for the

best suited palm for our

region is the inexpensive

Mediterranean Fan

Palm. It is wind


cold and heat tolerant

and does not require

frequent pruning.

In addition, it can be trained (by pruning) to grow tall and thin

or short and compact depending upon its location in the landscape.

You can cultivate one trunk by removing shoots or, if left alone, it will

develop multiple trunks.

Remember: Plan before you plant!

Have a question? Contact me at:

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



May 2021


Test Your Trivia Knowledge

1. In the 1940’s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches


a. On the floor shift knob

b. On the floorboard, to the left of the clutch

c. Next to the horn

2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For

what was it used?

a. Capture lightning bugs

b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing

c. Large saltshaker

3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?

a. Cows got cold and wouldn’t produce milk

b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled

c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze,

expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.

4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?

a. Blackjack

b. Gin

c. Craps!

5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing

stockings when none were available due to rationing during W.W.II

a. Suntan

b. Leg painting

c. Wearing slacks

6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you

couldn’t tell whether it was coming or going?

a. Studebaker

b. Nash Metro

c. Tucker

7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?

a. Strips of dried peanut butter

b. Chocolate licorice bars

c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside

8. How was Butch wax used?

a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up

b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing

c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust


1. (b) 2. (b) 3. (c) 4. (a) 5. (b) 6. (a) 7. (c) 8 (a)


May 2021

Just Crossing That Bridge When I Come To It

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

Not that I’m elderly or anything but

being none-of-your-business years old, I

sometimes have a teensy problem remembering

things. Not the big things - I don’t normally

forget to eat, sleep, get dressed or purchase hair products.

It’s normally names,

dates, plans, and… where I

put the dog food.

I forget to record Cake

Boss, and then, when I do

record it, I usually want

to make one of the cakes

he’s baking, so (and I must

do this immediately, or all

thought of cakes will be

replaced with something

like why I can’t find a

shorter pair of shoelaces)

I put the ingredients on

my grocery list - which

remains magnetized to the

refrigerator as I wander

aimlessly through the aisles

at Albertson’s.

In order to combat this creeping oldness, I decided to learn to play

Bridge, and went looking for someone to teach me. After a long and

frustrating (actually insulting) hunt, two friends, John and Ralph,

have accepted the challenge.

The fact that they are men made me hesitate. Women are ordinarily

much more patient as teachers of other women because most can

relate to the female learning curve, whereas men who teach women

notoriously begin yelling, cussing, and in some cases throwing things,

quite early in the teaching process.

So, I figured I might need earplugs, thick skin, and possibly a helmet.

But, so far, playing Bridge has it backwards: your regular, normal guy

seems to have the patience of a saint.

John and Ralph have been serene and methodical as they’ve taken

me and Laura (the friend whom I talked into joining us) through the

beginner steps of Bridge.

They’ve answered our endless questions, sometimes the same one,

two or three (ok, eleven) times, and still haven’t lost their senses of

humor. I know this because every time I play a card with the shrewd

judgment of a monkey on crack, they just laugh.

“Ha ha,” they say, “you’re just learning! You’ll get better!” (although

John is beginning to laugh just a tad desperately, and Ralph has

become quieter each stoic...almost as if he had a bottle of

Knob Creek stashed under the table, which would explain his repeated

ducking to “tie” and “re-tie” his shoes).

Anyway, we’re coming along quite nicely, and I feel like such a grownup.

My parents played Bridge with three other couples every week while

I was growing up, and I thought it was so cool.

They had two tables and switched partners, and they all smoked and

ate peanuts and drank martinis, and I’d always sneak down the hall

to watch and dream of the day I, too, could drink a was a

magical time.

I love being able to toss off things like “no trump”, “longest and

strongest,” “major and

minor”…and “Whose turn

is it?” But my favorite part

about playing Bridge is

being the Dummy.

I normally take offense at

this, but in this context, it’s

a good thing. It means that

your partner must play the

whole hand himself, and

you get to “lay your cards on

the table” sit back and drink

your martini, and you get all

the points he/she makes, but

none of the blame if it all

goes to hell! It’s fabulous!

There are many, many

(and many more) things I

still haven’t learned about

Bridge, and possibly never will, but hey, I can now play a simple hand if

I have to, with minimal screw-ups. John and Ralph are thrilled.

They say we’re ready to play with others…like IMMEDIATELY. I

think I even saw tears in their eyes.

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

And I am much less forgetful

What Do

You Think?

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columnists? Did anyone get

you angry, make you think

or simply put a smile on

your face? Please tell us by

forwarding your comments,

thoughts or suggestions to

Publisher Dan at: dan@

now…so, whose turn is it?



May 2021


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