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“ASK LAURA ABOUT REAL ESTATE”

Here's some background on HOAs to know before you

buy your next home!

Homeowners Associations (HOAs) often manage community interests, including

maintenance of common areas and cohesion of community atmosphere, in a

development.

Condominium buildings almost always have an HOA. Planned communities with common

areas and amenities or the goal of adhering to certain standards often have HOAs as well.

Homeowners in the community are bound by the HOA guidelines contained in a set of

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The cost to homeowners is typically calculated by dividing total expenses among the

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What should I know before I buy?

It’s important to review all of the HOA documents before a purchase to ensure activities

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About The Vegas Voice

In 2020 The Vegas Voice received six national awards from the North

American Mature Publisher’s Association. The awards were for our investigative

articles, front-page design, editorials and columns.

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credit for pulling no punches, striking hard… with its articles.

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Priceless or Worthless?

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules


I don’t want them. You take ‘em.” That

was my brother’s response with my sister

expressing the same thought.

I have no doubt that my siblings’ reactions were not unusual. So it

was left to big brother Dan to take

on the responsibility.

Our dilemma: With my mom

recently passing away, the three

adult children had the sad, but

necessary task of emptying our

parents’ home and getting it ready

to be placed on the market for sale.

As you can imagine, it’s one

thing to decide who gets the jewelry,

perhaps the furniture and/or the

various knick-knacks that make a

house a home.

My folks were no different and

various items that were purchased

while on a vacation or a special

family event were easily taken care

of.

But one problem remained. What

do you do with the pictures and

photographs that were taken, not

only over the years, but decades?

Nearly a century.

And to further add to this

quandary, my parents and

especially my mom always made sure there was a camera ready to

capture any and all events.

What do you do with them? Are they priceless…or worthless?

Luckily, my mom made sure that a majority of photographs were

placed in very, very large albums. There were 18 of them. Plus five

stuffed shoeboxes of various photos dating back to the Eisenhower

administration.

We found photos that I never saw before. There were my parents

before they were married, my dad in uniform stationed in Korea and

his return to civilian life.

I even found photographs of my very pregnant mom taken one

month before I entered this world and plenty of pictures of a certain,

adorable baby boy in his crib and elsewhere.

Without any exaggeration, there are thousands of pictures.

How do you not throw them away? Even worse, why save them –

especially when my four sons made it clear that if I leave them the

photos, they’ll guarantee that when they bury me, it would be in an

extra-large coffin so I can enjoy them in my afterlife?

I have no use for them either but couldn’t bring myself to toss them

away. So as only my parents would approve, I made arrangements to

have everything packed and shipped from their Florida residence to my

Sun City home.

Total weight – 158 pounds. Even my Rana was startled to know

how much I paid for the transport and how much time is needed in my

new job sorting and storing these memories.

Now please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not complaining. Far from

it. I guess the photos indicate what

a wonderful life my parents had

together and how fortunate I’ve

been along with brother Jeff and

sister Bonnie.

But I’m still troubled with that

question: what do other people

do (and especially Vegas Voice

readers) when faced with the same

issue?

Oh, and by the way, my dad loved

taking home movies too. He even

moved all the film reels to eighttrack

tapes.

And yes, I inherited all 42 of them

too. Anybody want to see my bar

mitzvah ceremony?

* After a year that has been like

no other, the “mask requirement”

has been eliminated. Whether

you agreed or disagreed with

our Governor in handling the

pandemic, or whether you were

affected by COVID-19; be it a

death of a friend, relative or loved

one, or being ill or hospitalized or

merely not being able to hug your grandchildren, my Rana and I hope

everyone will remain safe and, like us, grateful for every day.

And don’t forget to smile – after all, everybody can now see them

again!

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Don’t Get Caught!

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / Senior Moments

So you think we have some crazy laws here

in Nevada? Think again. The wild state of

Texas has outdone itself and these laws are still

on the books:

1. Criminals who intend in committing crimes must give their

victims oral or written notice 24 hours in advance and include the

nature of the crime.

2. It is illegal to dust a public building with a feather duster.

3. It is illegal to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.

4. You must have a $5.00 permit to walk around barefoot.

5. Throw out those encyclopedias! The Encyclopedia Britannica is

banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer.

6. You cannot buy beer on Sunday in Houston after midnight, but

you can buy it on Monday. Think about it.

7. When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, they both

must stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.

8. It is legal for a chicken to have sex with you but it’s illegal to

reciprocate.

9. It is illegal to shoot an Indian from a streetcar.

10. In Texarkana, owners of horse may not ride them at night

without taillights.

11. It is illegal to drive without windshield wipers. You don’t need a

windshield, but you must have the wipers.

But, getting back to our home state of Nevada, here’s a couple I’ll bet

you never knew:

1. It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway. You don’t see many

of those.

2. As of 2010, you cannot have hula hoops more than 4 feet in

diameter on Fremont Street. No contests folks!

And to top it all off, this takes the cake: It is illegal in Liverpool,

England for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish

store. I have no idea what or how to respond to this one.

There are dozens of insane laws on the books of all states and if you

want to have a fun read, google crazy laws and laugh yourself silly.

Adrea likes to opine and find the lighter side of life as a senior.

June 2021

You Gotta Laugh

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Editor’s Note: Yes, June has Father’s Day,

but Bill thought it would be smarter if

he celebrated that day by discussing the better

half. So as only he can do…

And a big Bill Blurb “thank you” to Sun City

Anthem resident John Gavlik for his contribution.

1. Behind every angry woman stands a man who has absolutely no

idea what he did wrong.

2. Never make a woman mad. They can remember stuff that hasn’t

even happened yet.

3. If a woman says, “First of all” during an argument, run away,

because she has prepared research, data charts and will destroy you.

4. A wise man once said nothing.

5. “My wife has been sleeping with the same man for over 20 years...

and I just found out yesterday”- Chuck Berris.

6. “My wife said, ‘Take me on a vacation to where I’ve never been

before’...so I took her to the kitchen”- Henny Youngman.

* So Chuck is walking home in his Sun City community late at

night when he sees the indistinct shadow of a woman in the bushes.

“Ten dollars,” she whispers.

Well Chuck had never been with a prostitute before, but he figures,

“What the heck, it’s only ten dollars.”

They begin to engage in mad passionate love when suddenly there is

a light shining on them. It’s the police.

“What’s going on here?” asks the cop. Indignantly, Chuck says “I’m

making love with my wife.”

“I’m sorry,” said the officer. “I didn’t know.”

“Neither did I,” says Chuck, “until you shined that damned light on

her face.”

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at: bill@thevegasvoice.net.


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Our Spiritual American Hymn

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Amazing Grace, a hymn recognizable

to almost any American, regardless of

religious background, was written by John

Newton in 1772 or 1773. He was an English poet turned clergyman and

wrote many poems.

The music came in 1835, by an American

- William Walker. He didn’t write the melody

but found that the tune known as New

Britain perfectly fit.

Steve Turner, author of Amazing Grace:

The Story of America’s Most Beloved Song,

said “Amazing Grace is kind of an allpurpose,

hopeful song, which comforts a

mourning world, softens hearts and inspires

hope, especially when tragedy hits.”

It is probably the most beloved hymn of the last two centuries. It

can be sung by young and old, regardless of denomination, politics,

nationality, or race.

It has been called our Spiritual American Anthem and has been

performed over 10,000 times annually. Amazing Grace has appeared

on over 11,000 albums.

Its original title was Faith’s Reviews and Expectations, and the

Library of Congress has a collection of 3,000 versions of songs inspired

by Amazing Grace.

Some words have been changed in religious publications to softer

meanings. With the advent of recorded and radio music audiences,

there has been a crossover from gospel standard audiences to secular

audiences.

The original first verse is a strong, comforting statement: “Amazing

Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a

wretch like me; I once was lost, but now am

found; I was blind, but now I see.”

People have sung Amazing Grace at the

Berlin Wall, during the Indian Trail of Tears;

both sides of The Civil War; in Martin L. King’s

time during Civil Rights, and many more.

John Newton (1725-1807) began his career

as an outspoken, tough, cantankerous sailor

and slave trader. After a frightening storm, while on his ship, he decided

to listen to his mother’s request, and change his career. He became an

Anglican minister and an outspoken abolitionist of slavery.

A great quote of his is: “I am not the man I ought to be, I am not

the man I wish to be, I am not the man I hope to be, but by the grace

of God, I am not the man I used to be.”

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and

reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can

contact her at www.mytimeisragtime.com.

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June 2021


The Closed Door

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

thought I’d share my memory of working way

I back in 1953. It was with Gene Lockhart in

a TV show called Schlitz Playhouse of Stars.

The episode was called “The Closed Door” and it was one of my

favorite roles. And with today’s remarkable technology you can watch

it on YouTube by simply googling Schlitz Playhouse of Stars/The Closed

Door.

Gene Lockhart was a wonderful character actor as well as singer,

writer, and director. He also lectured dramatic techniques at the Julliard

School of Music.

He found stardom on

Broadway in the Eugene

O’Neill comedy “Ah

Wilderness.” The acclaim

for his performance

allowed him to proceed

to Hollywood and led to a

contract with RKO Pictures.

He returned to Broadway

in December 1949 in a

production of “Death of a

Salesman.”

Lockhart appeared in

over 125 films. In 1938

he was nominated for an

Oscar playing a villain in

the movie “Algiers.”

He also wrote the lyrics to “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise”,

which would become a huge World War I hit and later was recorded by

Les Paul and Mary Ford. That version became a million seller in 1951.

I’m sure you’ll also remember him as the judge in “Miracle on 34th

Street.”

He was born in 1891 and died in 1957 at the age of 65. He suffered a

heart attack while sleeping.

One of his famous quotes was, “In spite of the amount of work in a

typical day, I don’t get thin.”

His daughter, June Lockhart is still alive and well at 95. And of

course, she will be forever known from shows such as Lassie, Lost in

Space and Petticoat Junction. His granddaughter, Anne Lockhart was

well known from the show Battlestar Galactica.

I enjoyed working with him as he was very kind to me. He gave me

his autograph along with some very gracious words at the completion

of our filming. Unfortunately, I was too young to realize just how

important and respected he was in the industry.

Now looking back, I feel quite blessed at having had the opportunity

to have worked with him. Until next time, remember: Kind words are

like honey - sweet to the soul.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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

hotmail.com.

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Openings, Openings & More Openings

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

After five months into COVID 2021, who

would of thunk it?

So much has opened with so much more

to come, that trying to keep you up to date is

impossible. But what I can do is tell you about the 3 afternoon shows

that The Vegas Voice and myself have put together for our readers.

The Vegas Voice presents: “An Afternoon Affair”, “A Sunday

Affair” and “Summer in the City.” Three afternoon shows with a

variety of song and comedy that will have you coming back for more.

We’ll start on Wednesday, June 23 rd with “An Afternoon Affair” at

the Summerlin Library with a 2:30 show. It will feature close to a dozen

performers, including everything from Comedy to Broadway.

There will also be some Pop, Rock, County, Jazz and Blues. Have I left

anything out? Oh yeah, Bob Sachs our musical director has put a killer

band together.

Do you want to know who’s performing? Check out the ad on the

next page.

About a month later we’ll return to the Summerlin Library. This time

it will be on a Sunday, July 18 th at 2:30 once again.

“A Sunday Affair” will feature the same band backing up top Vegas

artists like Michelle Johnson, Jonathan Karrant, Kelly Vohnn,

Chadwick Johnson, Samantha Sanchez, Tony Arias and more.

Now we’ll fast forward another month to Sunday, August 22 nd , but

this time we will be at

the Clark County Library

for a 2:30 extravaganza

called “Summer in the

City.” This show will be

hosted by comedian/

singer and all around

great entertainer, Dennis

Blair (see page 33) with

more performers to be

announced in the next

few weeks. Just be assured

Evan & Ruby Lewis

it will be another Vegas

Voice spectacular event.

Last but certainly not least, if you are around Sun City MacDonald

Ranch on Saturday, June 19 th , you’ll be able to see “The Concert That

Never Was!” Ethel Merman (Kelly Wright) and Bette Midler

(Denise Clemente) with Bill Fayne of course.

All shows are with top Vegas Voice “guarantee” entertainers and are

reasonably priced. So come on out and support “Live Entertainment”

in Vegas.

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: evan@thevegasvoice.net.

By: Liz Breier / This & That

Modern technology has provided us with so

many advantages that we did not have as

kids. Our parents did not have the ability to call

us on a cell phone if we were out too late or even

track our whereabouts.

Today we can do all that and more.

Besides our watches telling us when to

breathe or that we need to get up and walk,

we are wearing devices that can summon

help in an emergency.

And we have the ability to reach out to

family and friends whenever the whim

strikes. In the past we had to call and hope

someone was available to pick up the phone

(usually wall mounted) since there was no

voice mail.

A chat once a day or even once a week was

our communication. Today, we can send out jokes, emotions, political

commentary and cartoons all day, every day.

The curse that comes with this blessing is that folks seem to need to

be assured that their jokes are funny, their thoughts are deep or that

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Blessing & a Curse

June 2021

they have enlightened us where we were lacking in knowledge. The

curse is two-fold.

First, many of us have a “circle” and when an email, Instagram,

Twitter or Facebook post is shared with all, no one seems to bother to

see who else got the message. Instead, they forward it on to everyone

in the “circle.” Now I am getting the same messages from multiple

sources.

Additionally, if folks need my approval

and are waiting for a response, they have

to wait a long time. I cannot comment on

every email I get nor do I want to take the

time to do so.

I believe the solution is to let folks know

that if they want a response, take me off

their list and exclude me from the “circle.”

I do not want to be called out for not

commenting on a message received because

I want to pretend that I still have that wall

phone (sans the voice mail) and I may want to have a conversation or

maybe… I just want to let it ring off the wall.

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: bluesky090372@gmail.com.


PROUDLY PRESENTS AN AFTERNOON AFFAIR!

Wed., June 23, 2021

2:30pm (doors @ 2pm)

The Vegas Voice Band under the

direction of

Musical Director Bob Sachs

Tickets:

$ 3O. 00

Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center

1771 Inner Circle Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89134

Hosted by our

Entertainment

Editor

Evan Davis

Rita Lim

Chase Brown

Austin Powers aka

John Di Domenico

Ruby Lewis

Jassen Allen Amanda King Jonny Bird

Cali Tucker

AND WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED–

MORE TO COME INCLUDING

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Frustrations

By: Gayla Kalp / Life is Laughter

The other day, I was so frustrated. My

computer was “on the fritz” my printer

died, and I missed an important phone call.

AAAAAAHHHHGGGG!

I gave myself a break with a chocolate treat (straight vodka would

have been better) and watched a TV program on “Positive Thinking in

Daily Life.” Through the whole program, I thought positive thinking is

great if you don’t have frustrations that drive you nuts every day.

It got me to thinking about daily frustrations that I have avoided

by trying my own positive thinking mantra. Here are a few of my own

favorites:

1.Never trust an electrician with no eyebrows.

2.What happened to the garden hose as the official sports drink?

3.Brain, hair and skin cells die constantly, but freaking fat cells have

eternal life!

4. During a meeting, blow on the booze in your coffee mug to

convince the rest of the attendees that it is tea.

5. When falling asleep during the meeting, after awakening, look up

and say loudly, “Amen.”

6. If you stir coconut oil into your kale, it makes it easier to scrape

it into the trash.

7. I don’t need to be told “Don’t try this at home” because I am not

a total idiot!!

So, think about your frustrations and have a POSITIVE month.!

Gayla is a speaker, author, psychologist and humorist. She also

happens to be Ms. Sr. California, Nevada and Universe England.

Gordie Brown Presents

“Lasting Impressions”

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Gordie Brown is a favorite of mine. So I was

delighted to check out his new show at the Golden

Nugget.

Gordie is a multi-talented performer - a singer, an impressionist, a

musician, and a comedian. He packs 60 plus impressions into his fastpaced

act. Each time I attend his show, I am treated to new impressions

with wonderful comedic elements.

This time there was Pearl Jam and lyrics from Dr. Fauci. Hootie and the

Blowfish were represented. The Viagra joke - as done by Paul Simon this

time finds its way into all his shows, but the audience loves it.

Gordie is working on his Biden and wonders, “Too soon?” But he ties

Biden to his Henry Fonda/Kate Hepburn Golden Pond routine.

An aging Tom Jones routine brings roaring laughter from the crowd.

And there is Neal Diamond’s rendition of “Except for Porn.” At various

times Gordie picks up the guitar to add to his lyrics and characterizations.

The audience, a mixed of first timers and repeaters, loved his bits. Sam

Smith with a lisp, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Stewart, Garth Brooks, Billy Ray

Cyrus – they all turn up with some pretty darned creative dialogue of new

lyrics to their songs.

Other favorites were Barry Manilow, Elvis Presley, Joe Cocker. Mike

Tyson and the ear incident is hilarious. Then the cast of characters

auditioning for the role of Batman - Ray Romano, Charley Sheen, Owen

Wilson, Jackie Mason, and Robin Williams.

What would a Gordie Brown show be without Willie Nelson singing “Of

all the joints I’ve smoked before.” What makes Gordie an enduring Las

Vegas performer is the combination of energy, writing and singing lyrics,

gesturing and the way his face changes right into the characters.

Gordie is animated, creative, unique and connects with his audience.

And the show is just down home FUN. Go see Gordie Brown at the Golden

Nugget on Thursday or Saturday nights at 7:30 pm.

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June 2021

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

TV) specializing in entertainment, and LV Associate Editor of

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Many years ago when Botox was still in its early days of becoming a

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I learned all about how it worked and while fascinating, I was not up

to testing it back then.

I decided I would figure out how to erase my own forehead wrinkles

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between my brows and on my laugh lines at night.

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Between the eyes, the laugh lines, even the forehead. The company

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A Bit About Mary

By: Dianne Hahn / Back in the Days

Her name was Mary. She was born in Austria

in 1900. Her family immigrated to Canada

when she was a child, and she drove a horse and

buggy around town.

Mary was hardly five feet tall with dark, sparkling eyes and wavy

brown hair. Mary Hahn was to become my mother-in-law later in life.

As a new bride, I was extremely nervous about her initial visit to our

tiny apartment in New York. I was determined to impress her with my

cooking skills and devotion to her son.

Strike one and two for Dianne. Neither of those things happened!

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kitchen with a nook for a table at the end. The kitchen was so

narrow, two people couldn’t pass each other without touching.

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Happy Solar Eclipse

By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight

Eclipse season is upon us! With the upcoming

Solar Eclipse on June 10th, when the Moon

moves between the Sun and the Earth, new

horizons are on the books.

An eclipses act as a wake-up call or “AH-HA” moment, surpassing

the current situation at hand. As an example, think about attending

a wedding and during the groom’s speeches, the best man proposes to

his girlfriend.

In this example, the new engagement “eclipsed” the wedding. The

news or opportunities

that come forward

during this season

can surprise us, as

they are unscheduled,

untraditional or

unexpected.

With the eclipse

taking place in the

sign of Gemini, it pushes us to show another side of ourselves. There

should be a new talent, opportunity, or event that “eclipses” our current

state, providing us the platform to lead with something new.

Although everyone is impacted by the eclipse, some may feel it more

than others based on their astrological birth charts. If you know your

birth chart, see if you have any personal planets sitting around 19

degrees of Gemini or Sagittarius.

As a hint, if you were born between June 6-14, it will be activating

your Sun. To gain insight from the last time we experienced this energy,

review the summer months of 2002.

Below are insightful questions for each sign to gain clarify about this

upcoming change:

Aries: How am I proving yourself?

Taurus: How am I creating another layer of stability?

Gemini: What is being handed to me?

Cancer: What am I escaping or breaking free from?

Leo: What new groups or new technology is showing up for me?

Virgo: How am I stepping up and being seen?

Libra: How am I being or becoming qualified?

Scorpio: What “before and after” am I undertaking?

Sagittarius: How are my partnerships changing?

Capricorn: How am I being asked to serve differently?

Aquarius: Where am I being treated like royalty?

Pisces: How does my home feel different?

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June 2021


Shecky turns

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Shecky turns 95

With his tongue planted impishly in his cheek,

legendary comedian Shecky Greene proclaimed, “I hate

Clint Holmes.” After a momentary pause, he smiled and

added, “Because he’s better than me. His overall talent is

wonderful”

Greene, a Las Vegan since 2015, celebrated his 95th

birthday in April over breakfast in a local casino coffee

shop. The intimate group of show business and casino

buddies had been on a year’s long hiatus due to Covid,

which Greene battled from a hospital bed.

“I was in the hospital for a week over Christmas. The hospital

was overwhelmed. It’s been a tough year.”

Although he moves slowly these days, Greene remains sharp

in his spontaneous humor and his memories that stretch back

nine decades to growing up in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

“I was a kid from

the neighborhood,” he

says, gaining his knack for

dialects from his brother

Marvin. “My brother did

dialects. I imitated him,” he

emphasized.

Greene’s 60-plus professional

entertainment career

stretched far beyond just the

comedy he was known for.

He cut his show business

comedy teeth in northern

Midwest resorts…sometimes

making $10 a week,

then lounges in Milwaukee,

Chicago and New Orleans.

In 1953, six years before the Welcome sign on The Strip,

Greene was persuaded to head to the struggling oasis in the

desert, Las Vegas. “Vegas was nothing at the time; they had horses

going down the street,” he recalls.

His first short-term “gig” at the historic Last Frontier Casino

was held over for 18 weeks, unheard of at the time.

Twice he was credited for “saving Las Vegas” in those early

years before embarking on movies and a television resume that included

drama, comedy, variety and game shows and guest-hosting

the Tonight Show. A long-term stint on television’s “Combat” show

convinced him that the medium was not for him.

Owner JK Houssels lured Greene to his new Tropicana Casino.

Greene’s success earned him a promised 5% ownership in the

struggling casino.

His success on stage packed the showrooms

and enriched coffers. Greene adds, “I brought in

the biggest gamblers.”

Billed as the opening act for the latest singing

phenom at the newly remodeled New Frontier

Hotel in 1956, the young singer bombed so badly

that management flip-flopped the two performers

and Greene became the headliner. The gambit

failed and newcomer, 21-year old Elvis Presley

was “canned after one week” one publication reported.

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June 2021


Shecky Turns 95

By: Sam Wagmeister /

People & Places

“I go into a restaurant singing,” with voices ranging from Nat

King Cole to Pavarotti. “I don’t leave until people are happy.”

Never resorting to “blue” humor of today’s comedians he says,

“Show business crosses the line,” adding, “I don’t know if you can

teach comedy.”

Greene misses the pre-corporate days of his new hometown.

Today’s acrobat-filled shows lack yesteryear’s variety that included

singers, dancers, comedians and magicians.

Reminiscing of the rumored mob run days, he says, “They

catered to the public…It was all very warm, very giving when the

hoodlums ran it.”

Greene’s history-filled bookshelves include a priceless collection

of photos, remembrances golf outings, birthday parties and

other cherished events. The photos are a tour of a Golden Age of

comedy and entertainment.

Greene is shown with a bevy of buddies…some whose fame

has faded over the decades and others who remain timeless that

evoke treasured nostalgia. Among those memorialized on those

shelves are Steve Allen, George Burns, Jack Carter, Danny Thomas,

Dick Martin, Red Skelton, Buddy Hackett, Sid Ceasar, Dom DeLuise,

Ed McMahon, Bob Hope, Dick Smothers, Louis Nye, Harvey

Korman and others.

There’s one of dinner in tuxedos with Pat Boone and Cary

Grant and another of Shecky and Frank. “I’m the only one left,”

Shecky says, pointing to the collection.

Close friend and popular late

night television guest comedian Pete

Barbutti is quoted as saying, “He’s

probably the most gifted, naturally

talented comedian ever born. Nobody

could do what he did.”

The next time you’re in a coffee

shop or supermarket, instead of criticizing

the old man over there singing

up a storm, ask him for his autograph.

You might be in the presence of

greatness.

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The Homeless Rejoice

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

Something downright astonishing occurred

last month, at least in Los Angeles!

A federal judge, overseeing a sweeping lawsuit

about homelessness in L.A. ordered the city and

county to find shelter for ALL unhoused residents of Skid Row within

180 days AND audit any spending related to the OUT-OF-CONTROL

crisis of people living on the streets.

That number is 66,400 and growing and was, until the pandemic

hit, confined to areas in the LA city limits. Now, they occupy vast areas

outside those city limits and, in some cases, in the high income areas

of the county.

The judge further stated, “All of the rhetoric, promises, and budgeting

cannot obscure the shameful reality of this crisis!” Finally, somebody

with real clout has taken the bull by the horns and is forcing by court

edict, politicians to act on what should have been done years ago!

The federal government recently reported that there are an estimated

580,000 homeless Americans roaming the streets every single day. The

organizations assisting the homeless believe that such figure is grossly

understated. They believe the number exceeds 2 million and climbing!

Whatever the number is, a single person suffering this indignity is

not acceptable!

In prior columns, I proposed a solution that didn’t originate with

me. Arnold Stalk created what has been termed a Veterans Village for

homeless veterans in Las Vegas.

Old railroad containers were converted to livable “housing.” They

are safe, cost effective and hygienically clean.

I suggested that since most of the Nevada land is owned by the federal

government and since 30% of housing costs is attributed to land, why

not donate free and clear 5 to 10 acres of that land and forge this type

of development for the homeless?

Action of some type is better than no action at all! Maybe in Nevada

we ought to heed what that courageous judge in California did and

force those we elect to actually represent those who need the help the

most.

Restoring a single person’s dignity and sense of self-worth is quite a

legacy for anyone to have, especially those we elect, don’t you think?

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By: Liz Palmer / NSG

As the mask mandate and COVID 19

restrictions ease up, it’s time to get back

into the swing of things!

Lack of physical activity and social

connections took its toll on us. Since seniors

were among the most vulnerable in our

community, we were especially affected by the

stay-at-home orders. 2021 brings new hope and opportunities!

What better way to improve your health and

wellness by participating in the Nevada Senior

Games? We stress Fitness For The Fun of It!

Do you like pickleball? How about golf?

Perhaps bocce or shuffleboard appeals to you, or how about the

“powerwalk event”?

Track and Field and swimming are popular sports too. We have

something for everyone!

The Nevada Senior Games has been serving the seniors of our local

and state community for over 40 years. We appeal to the casual player

who is ready for fun as well as the competitive athlete who is ready to

roll!

I urge you to take stock of your health and do something that benefits

your overall wellness and is fun and enjoyable. Come join us to meet

like-minded seniors age 50+.

You’ll make new friends and give yourself the biggest gift of all – the

gift of wellness. Our registration is open and if you register before July

31, you save five dollars on your registration fee.

Check us out at www.nevadaseniorgames.com.

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Keeping Busy

By: Carol Chapman

After a long hiatus from our traditional Memorial Day Golf

Tournament, The Foundation once again hit the links at Revere

Golf Club. We filled one course and overlapped into the second. It was

an outstanding day, and everyone had a great time.

Craig Leidy did his usual terrific job of hosting the post-lunch raffle.

We could not have done it without the support of our event and corporate

sponsors, including First Residential and Gene Haas Foundation.

Thanks, too, for our newest sponsor, Terry Helms Foundation. Most

importantly, it was the individuals who played, bought raffle tickets

and volunteered their talents to make the tournament a special day.

Visit our website, www.FoundationAssistingSeniors.org, for updates

and photos from the event.

Our Celebrate a Senior program has launched nationally. If you

want more information on how you can honor a special senior in your

life, visit our website.

I want to give a shout-out to the many volunteers who have helped

us with office work and filing, database updating, website maintenance

and design, HowRU management and scheduling orders for durable

medical equipment. The dedication of these selfless individuals is what

keeps us going.

Speaking of volunteers, we are in need of a bookkeeper and Treasurer.

If you know anyone with accounting skills who would like to contribute

a few hours each week, please have them contact us at 725-244-4200.

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in your life.

FAS provides commemorative hand-painted tiles to the recipient when

someone makes a $100+ donation to FAS in their honor. A tile will also

be mounted to the Celebrate Wall at FAS headquarters.

The Foundation takes care of all the details. What better way to say

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Flawed Thinking

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

For years I’ve heard it over and over. In fact,

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three times, and each time I understand it less.

Like my friend who was a truck driver in ‘Nam. His job was motoring

around all sorts of dangerous and toxic cargo.

He swears that his severe heart condition has nothing to do with the

war because it’s in his genes, plus he was “only a truck driver.” Perhaps

he’s right, but he could be wrong.

Then later in the week, another vet with debilitating health issues,

told me that there was no way he would seek VA care, or file a disability

claim, because other veterans deserve it more than him. I can see the

cerebral exercise, but its flawed.

The reason it’s flawed is because the VA health care system exists

for all veterans, not just those who had certain MOS duties or extreme

physical and mental wartime wounds. To miss the boat by falsely “selfdiagnosing”

causes or acting the martyr by feeling unworthy to receive

care is regretful.

I don’t know what the big deal is … really. If you’re a veteran with

a health problem, why not enroll in the largest health care system in

world - the VA!

It’s really no different than applying for and receiving the welldeserved

social security benefits. So, what’s up with not getting VA

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I do realize that

over the years,

the VA has had its

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compared to the civilian sector, but that too is a bit of flawed thinking.

After some gross neglect of yesteryear hit the spotlight, things have

improved considerably. It’s now better than most health care systems

around.

Remember this: The VA is there for all veterans. Their staff

are experts in diagnosing health conditions AND determining whether

or not veterans have service-connected issues.

Give them a chance…and don’t forget to file a claim. All they can

do is say no.

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

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Should I Tie the Knot or Not?

By: Pat Landaker / Positive Aging

You never planned on it, but you’ve met

someone and now you want to spend the

rest of your life with that person. Since you’re

already in a committed relationship, you figure

marriage won’t change things much.

Well - think again! Marriage can change a lot of your personal

settings, so to speak, and you may confront some unexpected issues

that weren’t concerns when you lived together.

Positive Aging is all about making good decisions, especially those

decisions that significantly affect other areas of your life. If you’re

ready for the ultimate commitment, be fully aware of your impacts

and options.

Be sure to consult with your lawyer, financial planner, or certified

senior advisor for guidance. Here are just a few of the questions you

should ponder and ask.

On a personal level: It’s important to think of family and how

they’ll be impacted. Try not to bring any unnecessary baggage into

your life or theirs.

1. Do I have my family’s support?

2. I have trust issues. Will marriage change that?

3. What happens if my marriage ends in divorce?

On a family level: Many of us have family commitments and have

financial documents, estate plans, wills and trusts in place.

1. Will marriage alter my

children’s or grandchildren’s

inheritance?

2. Will my child support be

affected?

On a financial level: There

are several things to address

here, especially if you receive

retirement benefits.

1. Will I have medical responsibility for my new spouse?

2. Will my Social Security be affected?

3. Will my spouse’s credit rating affect mine?

4. Will my health care cost change?

5. Will my taxes increase?

6. Will I lose my alimony?

7. Will my military benefits be affected?

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when choosing to marry. Make

sure you get advice from a trusted advisor to ensure your marriage and

your aging experience stay positive.

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 positiveaging54@gmail.com

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Animal Spirit Guides

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Most people associate spirit guides with

Native American-Indian traditions. Native

American Indian culture indeed gives great

credence to the animal spirit kingdom.

They were the ones to create the animal medicine

concept. Their belief stems from the fact that every

animal is vitally important.

Each has a specific function, spiritual purpose, and

medicine to teach. However, through the ages, “animism”

was practiced by many different cultures worldwide.

Many cultures turned animals into gods, guardians, messengers, and

protective spirits. In Northern Europe, the Druids and Scandinavians

were very connected to animal spirits and believed their messages were

omens.

In India, they worship cow souls. Their Gods have animal heads on

human bodies. Egyptian, Hindi, Greek mythology, etc., cultures also

depict their deities as human bodies with animal heads.

Spirit Animal Guide (or Helper) is used differently by varied

cultures to describe altruistic animal spirits that help someone during

challenging times. When needed, these spirits appear to help surface

your thoughts, focus your insights, and boost your inner strengths.

Your spirit animal is the embodiment of your subconscious; therefore,

June 2021

you do not choose them; they choose you. Also, be aware that they are

not your pets.

Different people attract different animals, and each connection is

very personal. You will know when they appear specifically for you

through your interest in the animal, its characteristics, reoccurring

appearances, or other interactions.

Numerous animals will appear at alternate stages of

your life. Most of the time, your spirit animal makes its

appearance during meditation or in dreams or merely a

relaxed state of mind.

However, this does not limit them from revealing

themselves in physical form through some unusual behavior or often

reappearing within a short period.

To make sense of these messages, you will need to hone your

awareness. Once you have recognized your spirit animal and have

started to understand its traits and characteristics, it’s time to assimilate

those positive elements into your life.

When an animal appears, ask yourself if there is a message for you.

Determine its symbolism and if the meaning makes sense.

Lastly, decipher if the message is addressing your past, present, or

future. The rest is up to you.

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Spring Cleaning Jewelry

By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”

Spring is always about spring cleaning,

right? I am making the decision to spring

clean and get rid of questionable fashion choices,

including jewelry.

I grew up in Kentucky and Ohio, and once the threat of snow was

gone, we started the purge. Move the heavy stuff to the back of the

closet and drawers, put up the screens and clean everything.

I started here with the shift of clothing between two closets. It is

cathartic, and I find myself getting rid of old worn-out things. Or

things that are no longer

“fashionable.”

Truthfully, these were

the clothes that I pull

out and say, “WHAT was I

thinking!” or “I CANNOT

wear this color!” or

“Where would I EVER

wear this?”

Fortunately, I have a

good friend who really

loves my gentle cast offs,

and no matter what I

throw at her, she looks

good in it! And Cat is

braver than I am.

Since the pandemic, I

am wearing less jewelry.

Now some of this is because once I put in hearing aids, prop on my

glasses and then the mask, there is no “ear room” for earrings.

Plus, I am afraid that when I take the mask off that I will lose another

earring. It happens.

I have now started spring cleaning my jewelry. Most of my earrings

are considered costume jewelry. The definition of costume jewelry is

“jewelry made with inexpensive materials or imitation gems.” Sounds

depressing.

I have an abundance of those little plastic pill bags and am using

them for the largess of costume jewelry I am getting rid of. My plan is to

get to the point where my favorite or better-quality earrings necklaces

and bracelets have their own spot in my jewelry box.

That way, I can see it all and make better jewelry choices on which

pieces to wear. But what should I do with the jewelry I no longer need,

along with those wonderful hanging bags for jewelry?

If anyone knows of a place I can donate or sell these jewelry treasures,

please email me. And if you are doing your own spring-cleaning purge,

please tell me about it.

And continue to Look Fabulous!

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 Sandidavis@cox.net

My Father, My Hero

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

Sally Busbee, newly-appointed executive

editor of the Washington Post, is the

first woman to lead that 143-year-old news

organization. She’s shattering the glass ceiling

as successor to Marty Baron, who came to the Post from the Boston

Globe, where he oversaw the investigation that broke the silence on

child molestation by priests.

Busbee now joins my list of journalistic heroes and heroines. Baron

is on it. Jane Mayer, a long-ago colleague of mine in a Vermont

newsroom, is way up there.

Seymour Hersh. Departed icons

Anthony Lukas, I.F. Stone, Ida

Tarbell, Ida B. Wells.

Another is Victor Navasky,

longtime editor and publisher

emeritus of The Nation

magazine, and author of the

book Naming Names, about the

McCarthy period. I met Navasky

years ago when we invited him

to my university in Iowa as a

distinguished lecturer.

As I was seeking prepublication

“blurbs” for my forthcoming

book, about the life and times of

my goofy Greatest Generation social activist photojournalist father, I

thought of Navasky. He agreed to look over the manuscript but it had

to be a hard copy.

During the pandemic, he and his wife had decamped from New York

City to upstate New York. A friend hand-delivered a printout.

Here’s what Victor wrote, bless his heart:

“Do yourself a favor and read the highly original All Available

Light, which is really three books in one, each of which deepens one’s

understanding of the others: A loving daughter’s memoir of her

late father; a Cold War account of the courage it took not to name

names during the McCarthyite years (which he didn’t); and an

erudite but easily accessible account of how a caring photographer

goes about making the images that are still very much still with us.”

McFarland Press originally scheduled publication for this Fall but

now is looking at early summer. You can preorder All Available Light:

The Life and Legacy of Photographer Ted Polumbaum at https://

mcfarlandbooks.com/product/all-available-light/ and soon on

Amazon.

If like me, you’re a Baby Boomer, the book will remind you that the

big issues and struggles of the past endure into the present. Do pass the

legacy on to younger generations – it’s a great gift.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to

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

Midwest.

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Do Your Clothes Still Fit?

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

During a year of being homebound you’ve

possibly put on weight and, maybe, lost

height too. Visiting nurses told me many stay-athomes

wear sweat or stretch pants, or keep their PJ’s on every day, and

ne’er give a thought to what they’ll wear when they want to gussy up

and go out.

What about you? Have you checked to see if

your normal attire still fits?

When a juicy opportunity to venture out

occurs, you might not have sufficient time to

buy something new, employ a tailor, or make

speedy alterations.

A professional seamstress said she measured the customer’s height,

shortened pants’ legs as necessary and neatly machined the edges.

However, ladies from a local sewing club created less pricey solutions.

Some cut off the upper part of a maxi skirt to add inches around the

middle, made a slot at the waistline and threaded elastic through it.

Voila! A knee-length style.

Another confessed she increased the width of a new dress to

accommodate her belly by cutting along a side-seam of the skirt-part,

then adding an attractive top to hide the gap.

A 94 year old laughed. “My granddaughter chopped three inches off

the length of my jeans and frayed the edges. When I was displeased she

claimed, “This is the distressed-jean style lots of people are wearing.

You’ll look cool, Grannie.”

Right now! Check your wardrobe to avoid the moment when you’re

getting ready to re-enter the exciting outside world - and your clothes

won’t fit.

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. See amazon.com/

heather latimer/how to overcome.

June 2021

The Next Big Thing

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

Automotive manufacturers spend more time

looking for the next big icon than American

Idol judges. Although many new models are

introduced, few achieve superstar status.

Chevrolet has the Corvette, Mazda has the Miata, and Porsche has the

911, to name a few. Ford Motor Company has also done well creating

legendary vehicles, most notably the Mustang and F-Series pickup.

For 2021, Ford had brought back a legendary vehicle that is enjoying

a second round of mega success: the new Ford Bronco.

Lee Iacocca gave the go-ahead to produce the original Bronco in

1963 (he also was the decision maker behind Mustang), filling a gap

in the marketplace for people looking to have fun while exploring

the outdoors. The original Bronco, introduced in 1965 (shortly after

Mustang) was available in three versions: wagon, utility vehicle, and

roadster.

Bronco enthusiasts have been fans of these early SUVs for decades,

and when Ford announced the Bronco’s return, the buzz was louder

than a hornet’s nest.

This spring, the Bronco Sport appeared in showrooms, soon to be

followed by the larger, more off-road-focused Bronco. And although

there have been production woes due to the chip shortage that’s

affecting all manufacturers, the excitement over the Bronco family of

vehicles is palpable.

There are many different models to choose from, including a 4-door

Bronco, as well as a plethora of ways to customize them with Ford

accessories that range from lifestyle to serious off-roading.

The biggest part of the new Bronco is Bronco Off-Roadeo, an offroading

experience designed to help Bronco buyers learn how to use

their Broncos in the wild. Bronco Off-Roadeos will be located in Texas,

Nevada, Utah, and an as-yet-unnamed Northeast location.

The Texas event is located at the giant Grey Wolf Ranch in Horseshoe

Bay and is included with the purchase of any Bronco or Bronco Sport

First Edition or Badlands models. It’s a 1.5-day experience and will be

beneficial to avid off-roaders as well as first-timers.

For more information, visit ford.com and thebronconation.com for

more information on the return of this ‘60s SUV legend.

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

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

bjkdtr@gmail.com


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egard the past year as a period of

I hibernation. Hibernation is a time when

many animals, not just bears, succumb to a state

of minimal activity and metabolic depression -

an apt description of how most of us have been living these past 12

months.

Before an animal

finds a shelter in

which to become

dormant, it stores

energy by having a

sufficient amount of

food and hydration

to sustain itself

throughout the

period of inactivity.

Just as we humans

did when we were

required to shelter in

place in March 2020.

Exiting the Cave

By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit

The brave

among us raided

supermarkets; others used shopping services. We stocked up on canned

goods, water, and other sustainable food items.

We hoarded paper goods and cleaning supplies. And soon there was

no more toilet tissue.

But unlike other hibernating animals, humans couldn’t simply

settle down for a long winter’s nap. Instead we sought diversion inside

our caves and contact with other humans.

We Zoomed and Face Timed. Unable to attend movie theaters

or performances, streaming became a way of life; “What are you

watching?” a common conversation starter. British detectives and

Turkish gangsters

became our new best

friends, along with

Moira and Shtisel.

I rediscovered

cooking as opposed

to overindulging

in restaurants,

and extensive

conversations about

what to have for

dinner became

another way to pass

the time.

Clothing habits

changed. Fancy pants

gathered dust while comfy sweats required frequent washing.

Afraid to go to a store, I ordered everything from dog food to an

electric toothbrush online. A highlight of the day was a text from

Amazon telling me my delivery was on its way. Another was actually

ripping open the package once it had been sanitized to my satisfaction.

Holidays, birthdays, and other family occasions became twodimensional

celebrations on my computer’s flat screen. Less than

satisfactory, but I learned to adjust the equipment to where the light

was most flattering to my appearance. This maneuver unfortunately

isn’t possible in person.

Altogether, life has acquired a different rhythm. There’s a new normal

inside the cave to which we’ve gotten adjusted.

But a few short months ago someone shone a light at the entrance. A

shot in the arm was about to change everything.

So, vaccinated folks, we’ve some decisions to make. What parts of

our former lives will we now resume? What feels safe, what still doesn’t?

A reservation for dinner where I’m willing to sit inside? Shopping at a

big box store with scores of others? Going to a movie theater, assuming

one is open?

Hugging friends? Kissing grandkids? Getting on an airplane?

And what did I learn from cave dwelling that I might want to bring

to my old life? The quieter pace was rather soothing.

Personally, rather than sprint, I think I’ll readjust in baby steps. So,

let’s discuss what to have for dinner!

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June 2021

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

Nothing to Complain About, is available at Amazon.com, BN.com,

Read her blog at: www.SusansUnfilteredWit.com. Email Susan:

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A New Normal?

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

Well here we are in June and many months

later from the pandemic. Yes, some things

have returned.

My fitness facility has begun classes, numbers have increased to

almost prior-pandemic. The members are thrilled to get back to their

routines. Instructors have returned.

Stores have reopened, hiring is at a frenzy. Las Vegas will survive!

Again and again!

Last month I wrote about my beloved Smith Center For The

Performing Arts that will reopen in October! I long for the return of

patrons, stage crew, fellow ushers and management.

Next year will be our 10th anniversary and I was among the original

hired ushers, so yes, I’m thrilled beyond belief to return!

I started to lose some of the pandemic weight that I gained and believe

me - it’s been tough. I’ve done more walking around the neighborhood

and taken more fitness classes.

Amazing how soon our muscles atrophy and need to get back into a

routine. Although I took online classes during the pandemic, it’s just

not the same as “live” classes with peers.

I challenge anyone to try to lose the pandemic weight prior to the

Fall - when the dreaded “holiday weight gain” looks at you straight on!

It’s difficult, but I know we can do it!

Just keep trying and it’ll come off. I’m challenging myself to do the

same. More veggies, salads and drinking more water.

Remember - the rule of thumb is to drink X number of ounces of

water that equal half of your normal weight. Now - don’t cheat!

What is the “new normal?” We may never return to what we were

prior to the pandemic, but we sure can try! We are VEGAS STRONG and

yes; we will get through this.

Enjoy life - as we are not promised tomorrow.

POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!

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June 2021

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 zumbaqueen@cox.net.


A Little Common Sense Goes a Long Way

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Follow the science. That is what we have been

told long during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The elderly and those with medical conditions

were told they are the most vulnerable and should get vaccinated.

Most got vaccinated and were told they could no longer get the virus.

Wrong. This is not science.

Getting the vaccine does not mean that you cannot contract the

virus. What it means is that there is a high probability that you have

developed a sufficiently high, targeted immune response specifically to

Covid 19.

This response includes the development of specific T cells, B cells and

antibodies in the immune system. Should you now contract Covid-19,

the immune system will recognize and irradicate it efficiently and

effectively.

Notice previously that I said there is a “high probability.” The Pfizer-

BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccine are each about

95%, 94% and 72% effective, respectively.

This means that 5% of the people that received the Pfizer vaccine,

6% receiving the Moderna vaccine and 28% of Johnson and Johnson

vaccine receivers may not develop a sufficient level of immune response

to effectively fight off the virus.

The question you should be asking, “What if I am in that small

percentage than does not

develop the appropriate

immune response after

receiving the vaccine? Am

I still vulnerable?” The

answer is yes.

This is where science

comes in. Remember

back to before the time we had the vaccine. There were two Covid-19

tests.

The first one tested if you had the actual virus. The second tested if

you had the antibodies. This second test demonstrated if your immune

system had developed an immune response that allowed you to fight

off Covid 19.

This showed that you had immunity to the virus. My question is why

we are not using actual science?

After getting the vaccine, we could use the antibody test to determine

whether any vulnerable person had immunity to Covid19 and how long

they maintained it. Why haven’t the people in charge of the pandemic

done this?

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

rkyomitchell@gmail.com.

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A Trip to the Old West

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

After Publisher Dan and I took a trip to the

Friends Sanctuary in Utah, we realized

that after being virtually locked up for a year, road

trips were a wonderful way to get away. Especially since cruising still

seems to be on the back burner.

When we read that Arizona had suspended its Covid restrictions it was

(along with travel editor Stu and wife Sharon and with all of us having

been fully vaccinated ) a perfect time to visit Sedona and the Grand

Canyon. I have never been to these places.

Sedona was first. To say that the landscape was breathtaking would

be a huge understatement.

The vivid colors of the soil and mountain ranges were similar in color

to Nevada’s Valley of Fire but the natural carvings into the mountains,

mesas and canyons left one thinking that this place could only have

been designed by “the powers that be.”

Next, we headed to Williams to catch a train for the Grand Canyon.

We checked into the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel.

What was totally unexpected - coming from Las Vegas’ currently at

80 degrees, was the snowstorm and black clouds that greeted us. But no

problem, adventure was all we had in mind.

We headed for breakfast at the hotel and were greeted by a sumptuous

buffet featuring an omelet station as great as any of the cruises we have

enjoyed over the years. That along with the warmth of the staff made

this wonderful hotel even more special.

After breakfast we walked over to the train station. Snack boxes

were waiting for us on board along with a charming hostess who told

everyone in the car what to expect as we headed to the Grand Canyon

- including the chance of seeing wildlife as the train chugged along.

The train has many seating options from Coach to Luxury. All

smartly and comfortably decorated for a fun, fabulous day.

When the train reached its destination, we walked to the South Rim.

The view was simply too magnificent for words.

On the train ride back to Williams we were serenaded by a cowboy

with his guitar and then surprised by a “hold-up” staged by three tough

looking cowboys. It was wonderful adventure for everyone – from

grandparents to grandchildren.

And to top it off we had a complementary champagne/cider toast to

end a never-forgotten day, with plenty of laughs.

Heading back to Las Vegas we were somewhat quiet and pensive,

contemplating the majestic splendor of nature and the breathtaking

Grand Canyon.

Thank you Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel. It was a fantastic,

memorable experience.

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Opening Back Up

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

For the past year, I have been mostly in

my house and protecting myself from the

possible ravages of Covid-19. I have now been

fully vaccinated and as I write this, the CDC

announced that those who have been

fully vaccinated are

no longer required to

wear masks indoors or

outdoors. Great news.

The price that has been paid, at

least by me, has been staying home

and not doing all the things I like to do. And as The Vegas Voice travel

editor, the thing that I like to do the most is travel.

It was therefore with great anticipation that Sharon and I made

plans to get back to Vegas last month. It had been over one year.

I admit I was a bit leery. All that TV talk seemed to show only the bad

behavior people were exhibiting when traveling. You know - all those

confrontations on airplanes, hotels and stores between mask wearing

folks and those

who didn’t want to.

People who weren’t

social distancing,

and those who were.

Now I do not

like confrontation,

and I did not want

to be a part of any

uncomfortable

m o m e n t s .

Nevertheless, with

Publisher Dan and

his Rana, Sharon

and I travelled to the

Grand Canyon and

Sedona.

And what a

wonderful trip we

had. We did not

experience one moment of bad conduct on any of the flights we took,

in any of the hotels we stayed, or any of the restaurants we patronized.

Everyone was “working and playing well with others.”

Everyone complied with the rules. Our vacation was fantastic. Sedona

and the red rocks were majestic. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon

together with a trip on the Grand Canyon Railroad was wonderful.

The country is opening back up. It appears that people are traveling

responsibly and, if current trends continue, we will be back to normal.

Our first Vegas Voyagers Bus to the Boat is scheduled for February

21-28, 2022 on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas. And space

is filling fast.

Call us at 516/485-3200 for full details. Continue to stay safe.

Scams of the Month

Once again, Publisher Dan was targeted

by a scammer. You have to admit that at

first glance it looked legit.

When he called the 800 number he was told

that to cancel the order he needed to give them

some “basic” information, including bank

account number and Social Security number.

Luckily, he wasn’t that stupid.

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One More Thing

Is it really a scam if you “don’t believe them in the first place.” Last

month Sharon Cooper and our Rana, while visiting Sedona went to a

psychic for a reading.

They knew it wasn’t real when they were told that they were indeed

very lucky to have their respective husband and PILL.

Publisher Dan couldn’t stop laughing and insisted that the “very

lucky” women have their photo taken with Madame Zelda. But the

real joke was on Dan – he paid for the session.

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Festivals, Fantasies & Fun in Laguna Beach!

By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker / Out & About

With the announcement that the 2021

Laguna Festival of the Arts will open on

July 5, it appears summer is about to return to

normalcy. And from July 5 through September

3, over 3,000,000 people are expected to be drawn to the beauty of

Laguna’s seaside location.

And the talent and dedication of the people who live in this art

community will once again create the “Laguna Festival of the Arts”

with the “Pageant of the Masters.”

Budding artists have always been attracted to Laguna Beach because

of its spectacular ocean views. Many of the early residents realized that

in order to live there, they would have to work together to promote their

paintings.

Their first joint project was a simple art show held 90 years ago. It

was followed in 1932 by the formal introduction of the Laguna Festival

of the Arts.

This annual exhibition has grown and evolved into one of the most

distinctive and respected art events in the United States. Although there

are only 23,000 Laguna residents, they have created one of California’s

most famous and popular summer attractions.

The cancellation of last year’s Festival due to Covid was certainly a

disappointment to the Laguna volunteers. But they used their forced

hiatus to enlarge and improve the Festival’s outdoor facilities.

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Located in what was once forest in the

Southern Appalachian Valley, George

Washington

Vanderbilt II, grandson of one of the titans

of business, built Biltmore, the largest

private residence in the United States. It’s

a palace - four stories and three times the

size of the White House.

Vanderbilt traveled worldwide, collecting

art and read extensively on building before

visiting Italy for inspiration in starting

construction on his mansion. He hired

Italian stone masons to build its limestone

exterior.

As a tourist approaching the home, we

couldn’t miss the copper roof caps and spires, the reflecting pool in

front, or the fourth floor observatory with a three-hundred and sixty

degree view. Each Biltmore guest bedroom had a brass name holder on

its door for the current occupant’s calling card.

String quartets from New York often played for guests, their music

carrying through the home amplified by limestone walls and marble

floors. As imagined, Biltmore hosted guests of influence and power.

We were told that the footmen would bend at the same time to refill

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Beautiful Biltmore Estate

May 2021

The 2021 event will

be bigger and better

than ever! The mainstream of the

Festival has always been the juried

artwork competition which

attracts hundreds of talented local

artists.

But the Festival offers so much more than most traditional art

shows. Each summer there are daily demonstrations, workshops, and

special exhibits enhanced by live music performances, restaurants, and

especially the extraordinary outdoor presentations of the “Pageant of

the Masters.”

These nightly productions from local residents recreate life-sized

tableaux of some of the world’s most famous paintings and artworks.

The special themes, music, and presentations of the Pageant are

uniquely spectacular.

The on-site Festival Amphitheater offers reserved seating for 2,000.

And this year’s Pageant performances featuring “Made In America”

art with tributes to our “Trailblazing Artists and Their Stories” are

certainly going to sell out.

For more information call 800/487-3378 or online: www.foapom.

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

Vegas Vacationers Inc. She can be reached at:

Merryman2@aol.com

wine glasses and then straightened and circled in a synchronized line.

My favorite room was the library with two stories of bookshelves with

more than ten thousand volumes. Most of them rebound to match in

their library series and groups.

The glass-domed winter garden is a

sunken circular room near the front of the

house. Around the marble fountain at the

center stand palms and orchids and rattan

furniture.

The twelve thousand square feet stables

once held twenty carriages.

The Vanderbilt’s owned railroads and

mansions in Newport and New York.

George Washington Vanderbilt II was the

youngest of eight, an artist and a scholar,

and grandson of a tyrant.

The Biltmore Estate is owned by George

Vanderbilt’s decedents.

It remains the largest private residence in the United States and has

become one of the largest employers and tourist destinations in the

Ashville, North Carolina area.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.


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June Gardening Tips

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

June is a transitional weather month, going

from warm and pleasant days to hot and

scorching ones. The first part of the month

should be used to prepare your garden for this change. Plants that have

already completed their “spring flowering” will, in many cases, cease to

grow as they enter into their summer heat dormancy.

Roses, for example, stop any significant growth during the hotter

summer months. Therefore, in mid-June you should prune off any of

the spent flowers as well as the rosehips that form after flowering.

This will reserve the plants’ energy to restart vigorous flowering once

the cooler days in September arrive. If you have not fertilized your

garden yet, complete this task as soon as possible since you do not want

to encourage summer growth which will be damaged by excessive heat

and direct sunlight.

If your garden has plants that flower all summer (such as lantana

or lavender) you should prune the spent flowers and continue to

apply fertilizer rich in phosphorous. This will encourage more robust

blooming.

Keep in mind that palms, unlike most trees, actually flourish in the

hot weather. Summer is also the best time to plant palm trees! You

should continue to fertilize palm trees throughout the summer to

encourage growth.

In general, refrain from

planting new items in

your garden by mid-June

since summer heat stress

may cause newly planted

specimens to get damaged

or die. If you are careful

however, and properly plant

and manage natives such as

cactus, yucca and agave, you

may be successful.

Remember to monitor your irrigation system since we are now on

the summer watering schedule. Repair all clogs and leaks since a

malfunctioning drip can lead to plant loss.

Non-natives should be watered 6 times a week for 30 minutes (once

or twice a day) and 2-3 times a week for 10-15 minutes for true desert

specimens. Be careful not irrigate in bright sunlight since water droplets

can magnify the sun’s rays and burn leaves and flowers.

Have any questions? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.

com.

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

plants.

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June 2021


Presidential Trivia History

Did you Know?

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was

elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was

elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights. Both wives lost their

children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. Both Presidents were shot in the

head.

Now comes the weird part.

Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy. Kennedy’s Secretary was

named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners. Both were succeeded by

Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon

Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln was born in 1839. Lee

Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names. Both names are

composed of fifteen letters.

And there’s more.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named “‘Ford.” Kennedy was shot in a

car called “Lincoln” made by “Ford.”

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a

warehouse. Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and

hid in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And to top it all off:

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland A week

before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

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By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

There are big things happening at your

neighborhood grocery store: larger bakeries

and delis, anti-bacterial hand wipes everywhere,

whole flower departments, and the automated

shopping carts for those who cannot walk.

Speaking as someone who is always uninterested in walking when I

could sit down, I’m a big fan

of this last one, and now that

I’ve just had my second knee

replacement, I cannot wait to

reunite with the automated

cart!

You might think it’s easy

to operate one of these, but

you would be wrong. Some of

them need keys, some don’t,

some have a green light if

they’re charged, some have a

red one, some have no lights

at all.

Some you run by twisting

the handle. Some have levers you push or pull. But, they all have a

“Reverse” and a back-up horn, which blasts “Beep...Beep...” like when

a big truck backs up, so you may want to dress up, or at least put on

some make-up, because you WILL be the center of attention. Why?

Let’s go on a typical automated cart trip through the grocery: the

cart will often be plugged in, so you pull the plug out and sit down,

laying the tips of your crutches inside the cart, the tops resting on your

shoulder.

There is however, nowhere to put the long power cord, so you loop it

on the floor of the cart, and it immediately falls out, trailing behind you

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June 2021

like that toilet-paper-on-your-shoe thing. Humiliated, you finally reel

the cord in for the fifth time and stuff it in your pocket.

Then, you hit the produce aisle…no, I mean you actually HIT the

produce aisle because you have no idea how fast these carts can go

until you’re heading right for a pyramid of navel oranges and your

crutches are caught on the steering mechanism, so you can’t turn the

thing without repeatedly bashing the crutches into your head.

So, totally forgetting you could stop if you wanted to, you ram into

this table full of oranges,

and desperately try to catch

some and toss them into your

cart, as if navel oranges are

on your shopping list, and

you’ve simply devised an

ingenious way to gather them

while temporarily crippled.

Yes, the produce aisle is

quite a challenge on the

automated cart. You may

think you’ve got it, but every

time you reach for a plastic

produce bag off the roll, you

miss it by a foot or two.

Finally, you just grab two green peppers, a few zucchini, and a

handful of limes as you fly by, and throw them into the cart, shrieking

The hell with the #%^&* bag!” (And, may I say, using a

four-letter word so early in your shopping trip is a warning you ignore

at your own peril.)

So, you go whizzing down aisle after aisle, occasionally throwing on

the brakes, which causes your crutches to crush your carotid artery, but

you do your best to look nonchalant, especially when you’re turning

around, hitting each side of the aisle repeatedly.

Sure, you attempt to swipe the right things off the shelf without

stopping, but if you try for Special K and come away with whole

beets, well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Speaking of which, you will eventually want to enter the cookie aisle,

from which several folks are exiting, and several are waiting to enter,

and so, being a “giver” by nature, you gallantly reverse to allow others

priority…and back straight into a display of Little Debbie Nutty

Buddy Bars.

And, as they fall around you – including on your head, you try to

protect yourself while frantically looking around to see if you’ve been

observed, or if there’s a surveillance camera that you’ll need to shoot

out.

If you’re clear, you’ll race away to the beer aisle, where, obviously,

you are way too much of a “fun gal” to have caused a Nutty Buddy

avalanche, so you look up in disdain as you hear “Clean-up on Aisle

12!”…um...not that I ever did that.

Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North

Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s

book! - by visiting her website at www.vickiwentz.com.


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Let's Just Jabber about Geniuses in June (Part 1: Women)

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

D

id you know that Einstein's wife was a math genius and collaborated with him in the

discovery of E = mc 2 ? And did you know Mozart's sister was a music prodigy? In The

Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World, the author, Janice Kaplan, talks

about why the extraordinary work of so many women have been ignored and how these women still

succeeded. (Note: Kaplan is also the author of The Gratitude Diaries I wrote about last January.)

Attention parents, grandparents, spouses/partners,

teachers & others -- according to Kaplan . . .

What Helps Genius Women Flourish:

1. One supportive person (The whole world doesn't

have to be on their side -- it almost never is. But just

ONE person offering encouragement is vital.)

2. Blinders to bias (They ignore doubters/problems.)

3. Seeing beyond gender (They define themselves as

an individual without gender stereotypes.)

4. A positive approach (They reframe problems as

opportunities and see the good in every situation.)

5. A core belief you belong (They believe they have

a right to be in the game and are not intimidated.)

6. A multifaceted life (They discover the power of

finding their own voice and do not limit themselves.)

Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS the

No-Brainer Brain Games series. Sign up for her FREE newsletter at www.JanFair.com

Mental Minutes

“Woman Geniuses”

1. In one minute, name

women geniuses (past

& present.)

2. Make an alphabetical list.

AI expert Fei-Fei Li,

Blossom (Mayim Bialik),

Creative friend Franny, …

A No-Brainer Pick

(See photos at the left.)

Berthe Morisot, Clara Peeters,

Fei-Fei Li, Hedy Lamarr, Hypatia,

Kamala Harris, Katherine Johnson,

Mayim Bialik, Oprah Winfrey, Ruth

Bader Ginsburg, Shirley Chisholm,

Stephanie Fair, Tina Fey

June 2021

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