The Vegas Voice July 2021

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July 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

Samantha Rivero

Renee Riendeau

Crystal Sarbacker

Moishe Tombosky

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Vicki Wentz

Kate Wind


July 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.

The Bell Returns

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

You can use the bell.” And for one very brief

moment, I almost smiled.

For some

unfathomable reason, I decided to get

sick last month. How ill was I, you ask?

Sick enough to see a doctor.

After the initial check-up, the

physician advised that I should not

worry - it was “merely a cold.”

“Merely a cold” my foot (more like

another body part) I thought.

Despite my Rana claiming I was

exaggerating; it was definitely the

mother of all colds. A combination of

Covid, (even though the test came back

negative - as if shoving a giant Q-Tip up

my nose until it reached my brain can

really tell) Ebola, the Hong Kong and

Spanish flu (and all the other flues) as

well as the bubonic plague.

To say that I felt lousy was an

understatement. It did not even come

close to explaining my misery.

I have been told that there are two

kinds of people when they get sick. Those

that need to be babied and the rest that

want to crawl into bed, curl up into the

fetal position and wait to die.

I am in the latter group and despite Rana’s best attempts to take care

of me, I just wanted to sleep, chug some NyQuil, go back to sleep and

gulp some more NyQuil. Then repeat.

To her loving credit and in her zeal of playing Florence Nightingale,

she remembered the “bell.” Regular readers of this column will

remember my previous posting of this device.

Originally, the bell was (I thought) my brilliant, but as it turned out,

really stupid idea. I got it for her when she was laid-up in bed so Rana

could easily call me by ringing it.

While the theory was sound, the reality was a nightmare. My

Ladylove developed this habit to use it upon any whim or wish. “Can

you get me…?” or “Would you mind…?”

I lost count how many times I wanted to walk into the bedroom after

being summoned and tell her that if she rang it one more time, I was

going to take that bell and…

Fortunately, my brain always kicked in before my mouth moved.

Suffice to say, I dreaded that sound. And if you want me to freak-out,

sneak up behind me and ring that damn thing.

Unlike Pavlov’s dog, I learned to hate that bell. When Rana no longer

needed it, I immediately and happily tossed it in the garbage.

Unfortunately for yours truly, Rana actually retrieved it from the

trash, cleaned and placed the bell on her nightstand as a forever symbol

of my “love and commitment.”

And wouldn’t you know it, seven months later when she broke her

shoulder and was once again bed-ridden, the bell (and the sound…

always the sound) returned.

But now suffering from the worst

ailment befallen upon mankind (“This

has gotta be ten times worse than

childbirth” I told her more than once)

Rana offered the bell as her token of her

love and commitment to me.

So after making sure “my affairs were

in order” I very, very slowly rose from

my deathbed, and with trembling hands,

reached for the bell and rang it.

No response.

With every ounce of my nowdiminishing

strength as I awaited my

imminent meeting with St. Peter at the

gates of heaven, I shook it again. Still no


I then rang it one last time as I cried

out my “final good-bye” to my PILL

(partner in love & life) of nearly nine


And then… finally, I heard her reply:

“Knock it off, I hear you. Wait your

turn. I’m feeding the dogs.”

Somehow I miraculously survived the

Grim Reaper. But as Rana returned the

bell to its rightful place next to her, I even began to smile - I broke the


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By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / Senior Moments

just learned a new word and although it

I is a mouthful to repeat, the meaning is a

sentence with an unexpected ending. In Greek it

is “against expectations” and humorists use them all the time.

When Groucho Marx exclaimed “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful

evening, but this wasn’t it” - it was a Paraprosdokian.

Zsa Zsa Gabor once said “He taught me housekeeping; when I

divorce, I keep the house.” And some of the most serious people have

said the most unexpected things:

Ronald Reagan – “Thomas Jefferson once said ‘We should never

judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told

me that, I stopped worrying.”

Winston Churchill – “We can always count on the Americans

to do the right thing after they have exhausted all other possibilities.”

George H. W. Bush – “People say I’m indecisive, but I don’t know

about that.”

Benjamin Franklin – “Three may keep a secret, if two of them

are dead.”

Herbert Hoover – “Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the

national debt.”

Author Stephen King – “I have the heart of a small boy – in a glass

jar on my desk.” A little creepy but totally unexpected, nonetheless.

Just for fun, here are a few more from the internet not credited to

anyone in particular:

1. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many

is research.

2. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting

it in a fruit salad.

3. In filing out an application where it says, “In case of emergency,

notify,” answer “a doctor.”

4. Since light travels faster that sound, some people appear bright

until you hear them speak.

5. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the

street with a bald head and a beer gut and still think they are sexy.

6. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

And although some may seem insulting, they are said in fun only.

But this last one got my attention: Going to church doesn’t make you

a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

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


July 2021

You Gotta Laugh

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

How To Tell if You Live in Sun City:

1. Comfort comes before style.

2. College students look like 12-year-olds.

3. You gained 30 pounds overnight.

4. You rather sleep then go out.

5. You have a favorite spatula.

6. You’re always annoyed.

7. Everything feels like a chore.

8. Everything hurts.

9. The bathroom is your favorite room.

*This Month’s Work From Home Tip: Blowing on the wine in

the mug will help convince your Zoom meeting that your tea is hot.

*Words of Wisdom

1. Never in the history of calming down has anyone calm down by

being told to calm down.

2. Dear Algebra, Please stop asking us to find your X. She’s never

coming back and don’t ask Y

*My Meeting in a Bar: Having already downed a few power drinks,

she turned around, faced me, looked me straight in the eye and said,

“Listen here. I will screw anybody, anytime, anywhere.

Their place, my place, in the car, front door, back door, on the

ground, standing up, sitting down, naked or with clothes on. It doesn’t

matter to me. I just love it.”

With my eyes now wide with interest I responded: “No kidding. I’m in

government too. Are you State or Federal ?”

*And My Stupid Statement of the Month: My wife came home

from Albertson’s complaining about the cashier being a royal PITA. I

asked her if she was at the self-checkout.

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at:


Legends in Concert is Back!

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

It’s glitz, and glamour. Show girls in iconic

costumes - a throw-back to old Vegas and

a delight to the eyes. Elvis Presley, Tina Turner,

and Rod Stewart impersonators charm with their

physical similarities and entertain with their spot-on impressions.

With graduated seating, everyone gets a clear unblocked view of this

wonderful Vegas show Legends in Concert. The iconic Tropicana

Las Vegas is the ideal venue for this show which ran for 38 consecutive

years until, you know, that pandemic thing.

Celebrity host Frank Marino, a staple of Las Vegas entertainment

for decades is back in his Joan River-ish role of MC. Does that make

Frank the Mistress or Master of Ceremonies in the fab-u-lous outfits

he dons to bring us some edgy humor. Frank shares a bank of new


And the outfits – Wow. Frank’s slimmed down figure will make

the ladies jealous. Frank urges the audience members to take as

many photos as they want, telling us,” I didn’t sit in make-up for two

hours for you people not to take pictures.”

The show is 100% live. No lip syncing here. No prerecorded music.

Sassy powerhouse Vivian Ross Scott as Tina Turner, the Queen of

Rock and Roll, turns the heat up with “Burn Baby Burn.” And then on

to music icon Rod Stewart played for more than 20 years by the talented

John Anthony. Loved his rendition of “Maggie.”

Can you get any more legendary than Elvis - the King of Rock ‘n

Roll! Mat Lewis has been an Elvis tribute performer since age 12.

USA Today named him the Best Elvis in Las Vegas. A performance by

Matt is enough to “Satisfy Me” as he sings “One Night with You.”

The costumes include some dazzling vintage style pieces that look

back to the glitz and glamour of Vegas and some sexy modern dress.

The dancers, the four piece band, and back-up singers Tony Torres and

Deanna Carey make this show “Simply The Best.”

This is a true Vegas Show, saluting the greats of the past and present.

Go see Legends of Concert at the Tropicana.

Dianne Davis is delighted to once again share her opinions of

local performers and shows. She is the lead reporter for SCA-TV

and Associate Editor of

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July 2021

Pit Stop

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

thought I’d write this month about Pit Stop

I which although would be a good name for

a deodorant, is actually the name of an obscure

black and white “B” movie that I was in way back in 1969.

It was about Figure 8 car racing and was one of the last black & white

movies that was made, as “Technicolor” had become the latest thing.

The reason for the non-color was because they used some stock footage

of the actual races which were all in black and white.

It starred Brian Donlevy, Ellen McRae, Dick Davalos. Sid Haig and

my real life brother, George Washburn.

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.

Brian Donlevy was well known mostly for supporting roles and was

nominated for an Oscar for his work in the 1939 movie “Beau Geste.”

He started in silent films in 1926 and Pit Stop was his last film. He died

in 1972 at the age of 71.

Dick Davalos (in the attached photo with me) will be remembered

for playing James Dean’s brother in East of Eden as well as in Cool

Hand Luke. He was great to work with and we actually had a kissing

scene in it. Sadly, he died in 2016 at the age of 85.

Sid Haig who was a real hoot to work with (we also played brother

and sister in “Spider Baby”) became quite well known in the Horror

film genre. He died in 2019 at the age of 80.

Ellen McRae whose real name was Edna Gillooly, later changed her

name to Ellen Burstyn ...yep, THAT Ellen Burstyn who later became

quite famous. She won an Oscar for the 1974 film “Alice Doesn’t Live

Here Anymore” along with a Golden Globe, a Tony and two Emmys!

My wonderful brother (who has also passed away) played a race

car driver and Ellen’s husband in the film. He was so good in it and I

was, and am so proud of him. I wish he were alive to still see it, since

recently it was even shown on of those nostalgic TV stations.

A small film, but yet a fond memory for me .

Until next time, remember: When you make a commitment, you

build hope. When you keep it, you build trust.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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



Summer Show of the Year!

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

Last month when the lights came on, the

masks came off and hugging of friends

and family were a norm again, The Vegas Voice

and all of Vegas opened their doors and arms to

welcome back the entertainment community.

The Vegas Voice supports all the local entertainers, but unfortunately

can’t provide a venue for the hundreds (if not thousands) of singers,

dancers, comics and musicians that call Vegas their home.

However, on Sunday afternoon July 18 th we will provide a venue for

9 of those singers and musicians while keeping with our standard of

bringing you “Top Entertainment.”

At 2:30 that Sunday afternoon, We’ll present “A Sunday Affair”

and will feature The Vegas Voice band backing up top Vegas Artists like

Michelle Johnson, Jonathan Karrant, Kelly Vohnn, Chadwick

Johnson, Samantha Rivero, Tony Arias… and more.

I won’t bore you with all the details but here are a few about Michele

Johnson. She grew up primarily in Cairo, Egypt and then attended

and graduated from Yale University.

Michelle has performed on Broadway and shared a stage with or

recorded with several artists including Paul McCartney, Gladys

Knight, Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Sheena Easton,

Slash, Paul Rogers, Rosanne Cash, Neal Schon (of Journey)

and PM Dawn. She has also worked with David Foster, Josh

Groban, Spyro Gyra, Wynonna, Vince Gill, and Cher. Just a

little name dropping here.

Johnathan Karrant, on the other hand, was born and raised

in Arkansas. Audiences have characterized Jonathan as a great

interpreter of song, a storyteller, a singer who brings music and lyric


Some refer to Jonathan as an amazing song-stylist who sings from

the American songbook, an entertainer of star quality. His album “On

and On” reached to number four in the jazz charts.

Then there is Kelly Vohnn, a Canadian Country Artist and

Impersonator. She performs as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Shania

Twain, Reba McEntire and Madonna as well as herself.

Singer songwriter, Chadwick Johnson is known for his soulful

sound and genuine style, fusing together elements of Pop, Soul, and

Bluesy Storytelling. Performing both nationally and internationally.

Chadwick was also recognized with the Hollywood Music in Media

Award for “Song Of The Year.”

For 35 years entertainer Tony Arias has performed in showrooms

up and down the famed Las Vegas Strip as a musical comedian. At a

height of almost 6’4” Tony’s singing voice, boyish charm, and quick

wit have set him apart as a truly versatile performer.

In the world of voice-overs Tony’s baritone voice can be heard on

numerous national television/radio campaigns (commercials) as well

as documentaries, video games, and even slot machines.

And then we will bring a new talent to the stage, Samantha Rivero.

She is as beautiful as she is talented.

Now when you look at the amazing talent that will be backed up by

The Vegas Voice band, (which includes musical director Bob Sachs

and accompanied by Bill Fayne and John Plows) you have to

scratch your head and say…WOW!

Get your tickets now. It’s indeed the summer show of the year!

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:

A Wonderful Afternoon Affair


July 2021

All the performers join our Evan Davis backstage before last month’s

fantastic Afternoon Affair at the Summerlin Library.

And if you thought our Afternoon Affair was great, just wait until our

Sunday Affair begins. It will be the show of the summer!


By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Bob Dylan is one of the most unusually

gifted, influential singers and songwriters

of political and social issues in the 20th century.

And, at 80 years old, still a mystery.

His performances are a crazy silliness mixed in with a seriousness

placing him in a pantheon of great Jewish funny, but serious men.

He was born in 1941, his birth name: Robert Allen Zimmerman. His

family settled in Hibbing, Minnesota.

Dylan first listened to radio blues and country music. He taught

himself piano and guitar, forming several high school rock bands.

Dylan has had an indescribable life. He is doing about 100 shows a

year and traveling 10-12 months since the 1960s.

He has written many songs and literature, one of which won him

the Nobel Prize. He has said that “if his thought dreams could be seen,

they’d probably put his head in a guillotine.” Dylan is said to be worth

over $300 million.

It was reported that in his free time, he lives alone in his Malibu

home - a 6,000 square foot house. A car is suspended from the living

room ceiling and contains 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, within a massive

compound of property for privacy.

Only security men reside with him. Dylan lives alone due to his

admitted difficulty of living with himself.

His songs can be obvious or ambiguous.

His first one was Blowin’ in the Wind. Rolling Stone Magazine lists

it as one of 500 greatest songs of all times. The song has been recorded

by hundreds of artists in different languages.

As so often happens with gifted people the song is said to have taken

him only 10 minutes to write. I think of Frankie Carle having a similar

happening with him when he wrote Sunrise Serenade.

Dylan’s music changed how fellow artists thought and created

music in the 1960s. He continues to inspire thousands of upcoming

artists to bring poetic lyrics to a popular song, a characteristic of a

musical genius.

He’s sometimes referred to as the “Shakespeare of his Generation.”


The Mystifying Bob Dylan

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

July 2021

Saint Patrick’s Day, 2020. The South Point

Casino was given two hours notice to shut

down operations.

Staff members hustled to Home Depot to purchase padlocks and

chains. Casinos don’t have locks on the doors General Manager Ryan

Growney explained.

After a short reprieve was granted until the clock struck midnight,

the public address system announced, “The South Point is now closed.

Please find the nearest exit.”

A short exemption was granted to out-of-town hotel guests who were

assisted by the South Point staff in securing transportation back home.

Growney credits the company’s

streamlined corporate structure for

their quick response to the Covid

pandemic, both in the shutdown

process and their carefully crafted

reopening plan. Michael Gaughan,

Ryan Growney

the casino’s owner, is Nevada’s

longest licensed casino operator. He

South Point Staff Rallies

to Reopen

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

has avoided the multi-level corporate structure that many observers

feel has bogged down the industry by targeting shareholders earnings,

taking focus away from the customer base.

The South Point had a limited reopening April 21st with the

equestrian center and bowling lanes welcoming guests. The two areas

easily accommodated social distancing. Occupancy restrictions were

lifted June 1st allowing the casino to fully reopen.

“We’ve got business levels we’ve never seen before,” Growney told a

group of approximately 100 casino memorabilia collectors gathered

last month for the opening night banquet prior to their annual


While operations were shut down, the South Point was forced to lay

off nearly the entire staff, retaining only engineering and maintenance

crews and a small group of other support staff. Gaughan insisted that

those laid off full-time workers receive 32 hours weekly pay until other

benefits kicked in.

Furloughed employees received full health benefits through the

shutdown. Incentive programs encouraged employees to get vaccinated

and now boast an 86% vaccination rate.

The casino used the shutdown to accelerate their ongoing

improvement strategy. “We had projects in the pipeline,” said the GM.

For staff use, the 24-hour Coronado Café was converted into the

employee dining room allowing for social distancing. Food was

assembled from the South Point’s eleven restaurants and staff dined on

“oysters and lobster.”

Growney placed credit for instituting Gaughan’s successful reopening

plan: “God bless our staff.”

Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He can be

reached via email:


Welcome to the Golden


By: Moishe Tombosky / The Golden Years

Where does a guy like me move to Mid-

COVID, a Rabbi, Certified Senior Advisor

(CSA), Hospice Chaplain, Caregiver, Patient

Advocate, Chef, and Cartoonist? Where else, Vegas baby!

I am looking forward to bringing my professional expertise of 13+

years and services to the Las Vegas/Henderson communities. I am

excited for you to view my comic strip, “The Golden Years,” which is a

culmination of my many years of caring for the “Mature” population,

normalizing the stigma of ageism through humor and levity.

This COVID-19 world can’t keep us from safely meeting each other.

I have completed my full vaccine treatment, and I am looking forward

to introducing myself to you in person or by zoom/phone, depending

on your comfort level.

My business at Tombosky & Company allows me to utilize my

greatest passion for advocating for YOU. Let’s discuss how we can work

together and explore new ideas in healthy aging. Whether through

mental health & fitness, work & hobbies, family & social life, financial

& medical stability, and self-care & spirituality for you or a loved one.

Please visit my website at:, or you

can reach me by email

Please don’t hesitate to call me 702/626-0466.

Do You Need A Self-Care


By: Pat Landaker / Positive Aging

Do you end your day feeling that you did

nothing for yourself? Are your energies

used in areas that don’t fulfill your purpose and


How much of your day is driven by other’s needs and wants? Do you

want to say NO, but you don’t? Are you giving too much of YOU away?

The questions may sound somewhat selfish, but they’re not. They’re

questions addressing your Self-Care.

And depending on your answers, you may be in need of a self-care

timeout! Here’s where you can realign and revisit what you prescribed

for yourself but have failed to do.


July 2021

Moishe Tombosky

I want you to remember how much time and energy you put into

reflection when you were younger. You’d think and wonder about what

you hoped life could be. Then, you used that reflection as a roadmap to

what you wanted for yourself.

Well, it’s time for some self-reflection, some Self-Care 101. It’s time

to respect your desires, honor your path, explore the things that bring

you joy, and take action to get and maintain what you need most.

Your self-care timeout will help you eliminate factors that make you

unhealthy and unhappy. It’s an opportunity to check on yourself. It

helps you create and manage your daily self-care routine and will keep

you aligned with what you’ve promised to self-fulfill.

Your self-care timeout will determine if your day has enough of YOU

in it. It allows only your agenda to prevail. You can make sure you’re

not allowing external things to shift your day in a direction that doesn’t

fit your desired outcome.

Self-care routines make your day more focused and fulfilled. Selfcare

timeouts keep them that way.

Isn’t it time you did something for yourself? This is positive aging!

Do you know a Positive Ager? I’ll be featuring positive agers in

this column. These are individuals who find age irrelevant and don’t

allow it to stop them from living life to the fullest. If you know this

person, please email me at positiveaging54@

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


By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Legends of Bigfoot existed long before it

had a name. Around 1950 the Humboldt

Times, a small Northern California newspaper

announced, “a road construction crew had

discovered giant (16 inches long), humanlike,


The paper was the first to give Bigfoot its

memorable name, and it has been “stomping

through the American imagination ever since.”

Native American tribes in Northern California

have centuries-old pictographs that depict what

appears to be a giant creature family with long,

shaggy hair that resembles Bigfoot. “Some

tribes love Bigfoot and have a great relationship

with him,” says Kathy Moskowitz Strain, author

and Bigfoot researcher.

“While other tribes see him as an absolute ogre, a monster, and

something best left alone.” Either way, most tribesmen believe that

Bigfoot walks among us.

For centuries thousands of people across North America claim to

have seen Bigfoot (Sasquatch). Though there has never been proof

of Bigfoot existing, there have been many sightings, photos, books,

movies, and documentaries that captured massive interest.

However, to those that believed their own eyes and to others that have

seen the presented evidence, there is no doubt that Bigfoot exists. Yet,

some believe that Bigfoot is a hoax.

In the nineteenth and early twentieth-century, gold prospectors,

miners, trappers, woodsmen, etc., claimed

to have seen “bear, wild and monkey-men.”

Newspapers dedicated whole sections to their


One of the most famous encounters in 1924

was when a group of prospectors admitted to

having provoked a group of ape-men. They

claimed that later that night, they were attacked

by them near Mount St. Helen.. Even so, there

was still a great sense of skepticism.

Since “absence of evidence is not evidence

of absence,” Bigfoot Researcher and podcaster Laura Krantz said

that from the evidence she’d seen, she changed her mind entirely

about dismissing Bigfoot altogether. Even Jane Goodall, the famed

chimpanzee expert, claims, “There’s always the possibility that an

undiscovered large primate may exist in the world.”

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and readings, email:

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2021’s overarching themes have been

influenced by the squares between Saturn

and Uranus.

Sound familiar? I briefly touched on this

subject in my February article.

Saturn represents restrictions, rules, guidelines, government and

things that have stood for a long time; meaning things we take for

granted or assume will always be.

Vastly different, Uranus represents unexpected turns of events,

shocking and fast-paced news, electricity, space and technology. Uranus

brings up topics or ideas to

which we are initially blind to.

When these two planets make

an aspect, we witness tried and

true structures fail, large swings

in the stock, housing and

unemployment market, and

focus on aircrafts and space.

As we navigate through this energy, let’s look back at previous

contact years for clues. Although I am giving global examples, we also

experience this on a personal level.

Use these dates to look back on in your life to see what major, maybe

even shocking changes, you made.

1987 – 1989: Stock market crash, Lockerbie disaster, PEPCON

disaster, NASA resumed Space Shuttle flights with the Discovery, and

the spread of the first well-known internet virus.

1998 – 2001: World Trade Center collapse, Y2K, Clinton-Lewinsky


2008 – 2010: Great Recession, high unemployment, Captain

Sullenberger lands plane on the Hudson River, first Black president

and the Swine Flu.

2021 – 2022: Covid, high UFO coverage, housing and car shortage,

power grid issues, and Southwest Airline outage

Looking back, there was a massive rewiring going on in the

background of each of these years. We are currently under this energy


If you had major life events around 1988-1989 then also pay attention

to 1999-2000 and 2008-2010. Do you see any common themes such as

moving, changing careers, changing schools, surprise shake-ups, or

shocking yourself and others with a new direction?

Usually, the events of a transit build upon the events of the last.


Uranus & Saturn

By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight

July 2021

Frustrations (The Sequel)

By: Gayla Kalp / Life is Laughter

was telling my family and friends about my

I “Frustrations” article and was surprised

when they began to tell me about their own

frustrations. Some were hysterical. Some I really

related to.

I thought I would make a list and share them with you.

1. The toilet paper roll that only lets you roll out two sheets at a time.

Was it made for a Barbie Doll?

2. Toilets that only half flush forcing you to stand there like a toilet

guard until you can flush it again.

3. Purchasing

great, expensive

fireworks that only

fizzle when you use


4. Egg yolks that

break into your

mixture destroying

your recipe. Ggrrr!

Always buy a carton

of 18!

5. Trying to tear off one sheet from a paper towel roll and get five

sheets… or only one torn in half.

6. Hard butter. End up putting a full stick of butter chunks on the

bread and tearing it to pieces.

7. Finding the end of the tape on a roll of tape then it peels off in

torn strips.

8. Trying to keep the end of tape from sticking back onto the roll of

tape. Ultimate frustration!

9. Spilling anything onto the front of a newly laundered piece of

clothing. Remember bibs!

10. Dropping anything into the open slot between the car seat and

the middle console on your car. Lost forever!! And those mangled

hands trying to get it.

11. Break off metal pop top key before opening.

12. Spoon disappears into you very hot soup bowl as you are eating


13. Just finishing making a recipe and realize you are missing the

last ingredient.

14. Credit card company denies your purchases only because they

feel you are making suspicious purchases. Of course, they do not tell

you until you are in the checkout line holding up 20 people.

15. Spend a fortune having new, beautiful plants planted to find out

the next day that the rabbits/dear have eaten them all! Bon appetite!

16. The tie string on your hoodie shirt disappears into the string hole

and you cannot get it out!

17. Calling your girlfriend by your old girlfriend’s name. Therapy?

All I can add is AAAAGGGGHHH!

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By: Liz Palmer / NSG


’m a former high school

and collegiate

hurdler who found a lot of success at

masters and senior levels of competition.

Unfortunately, a serious knee injury in 2018

opened my eyes to the need to redirect my athletic


My knee could no longer take the high impact of sprinting and

hurdling, and sadly, I had to leave them behind. Of course I pouted

quite a bit at this news of “what I can’t do.”

However, it was time for an attitude adjustment to look at things as

“what I can do.”

I tried swimming and honestly, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I had

speed and power, but I panicked a bit at putting my face in the water

and turning for a breath.

More than once I inhaled a great gulp of not air, but water.

Swimming is great for conditioning, but I could tell it would not fulfill

my competitive desires.

What next? Powerwalking!

A good friend and member of the Nevada Senior Games Board of

Directors encouraged me to try this new event. Sandi is a gold and

bronze medalist in the powerwalking events at the National Senior

Games competition in 2019, so her insight and coaching is invaluable.

I have been working very hard for my powerwalking debut at the

Nevada Senior Games track and field competition on October 9 at the

UNLV track. I’m a newbie, but ready to do my best and have fun too.

Want to cheer me on? Or even better, want to join me? Powerwalking

and tons of other sports and events await you this Fall!

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Surgery Should be My

Last Option

By: Liz Breier / This & That

As occurs with so many of us, as we age, our

joints wear out. The usual route seems to

be cortisone injections, which work for some but

not for me.

As a result of my poor experience with cortisone, I sought another

option. I learned about PRP (platelet rich plasma), and that several

professional athletes had undergone that treatment with success.

I figured if it was good enough for them I would give it a try. Especially

when my orthopedist informed me the only other option was surgical.

Lo and behold, while the shots were painful and expensive (insurance

companies will not provide coverage), it was well worth it. Years later

my tendonitis has not returned, and I am able to have full range of

motion without pain - including my gym exercises.

I have no scars, no rehabilitation time, painkillers, or anesthesia. All

in all - a great experience.

Now years later, my knees start giving me a problem. Painful,

can’t bend, or exercise. Even sitting and standing from a low seat was


This time, when I sought out the PRP, I was advised that my best

route was to do it with stem cell. Little did I know that it would be my

own fat cells (and who doesn’t have a few extra of those?) would do

the trick.

As of this writing, it’s been 2 weeks out from the procedure – which

included both knees, shoulder and even my hand (since a prior surgery

rendered me unable to perform fine motor skills). My shoulder and

hand are greatly improved and while my knees still have a way to go, I

can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I am so grateful to have not had to undergo major surgery and opted

instead for this in-office procedure with basically no recuperation time

and no knee scars.

I don’t know how long the optimum results will last but as a senior,

every 5 to 10 years is a good thing. I would do this again rather than

succumb to surgery.

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

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So Suddenly the Doc is In?

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

In my experience, a routine annual physical

always involves at least some touching. My

most recent one did not.

I was seeing a new primary care doctor. We

both wore masks, although I’m fully vaccinated against COVID, as I

assume the doctor was.

He asked some questions and ordered some lab tests. To my surprise,

he did not ask me to hop up onto the examination table; I stayed in my

chair for the duration of the appointment, then went downstairs to get

blood drawn.

The lab tests were normal, as I expected. I was due for a couple of

other screenings and waited a month for referrals to a larger outside


One was a mammogram. I procrastinate as long as possible on those

because I have no risk factors beyond my gender and the process makes

me feel like a cow. The results were fine.

The other was a bone density scan. I take that more seriously since

I have osteoporosis – bone loss that is not uncommon among older

women. Those results were mixed.

My spine is stronger, my hip worse. The prescription: Keep taking

a weekly bone-building pill along with vitamin D and carry on with

weight-bearing exercise.

Then I got a phone call from the clinic to inform me of a telehealth

appointment two months hence. I don’t want another appointment

that soon. The doctor’s assistant was insistent: Simple, she said, just

click on a computer link.

Telehealth was not really a thing before COVID. During the pandemic,

it took off. The medical-industrial complex has discovered that (a) it’s

easy, and (b) it pays.

Medicare and insurance will cover these virtual encounters. So now,

rather than wait for patients to call requesting appointments, providers

are setting up screen sessions proactively.

Whether we need or want them - or not.

Maybe the pandemic has made physicians touch-averse. Yet suddenly

they are happy to see us at a distance.

Prepare yourselves.

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By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”

Before I discuss “Fashion for the Heat” I want

to thank readers who have responded to my

request for ideas on donating my costume jewelry.

It is always nice to hear from people telling me they enjoy my articles.

It seems too many of us are opting to be “comfortable only.” They are

leaving the house looking as though we are gardening or taking out

the waste cans… or fetching the newspaper.

My new friend, Nina, used a short phrase -“forgotten fashion”

and it seems to me that that is what is happening. This is only one

interpretation of the phrase, but I will use it again in other connotations.

And just yesterday I dumped everything out of my closet, tried almost

everything on and arranged the sections into color coded by style (all

dresses together first, then by color). Those rarely worn “forgotten

fashion” items are easier to find, while the worn-out things are now in

a bag to be donated.

I encourage you to dress up a bit. Save the loose or too tight leggings

and wrinkled shirts for yardwork or for exercising.

And now onto color! I researched which color, black or white, is better


Fashion for the Heat

We All Scream for Ice Cream

By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining

When I was

a little girl,

hot summer days

meant going to Leif Ericson Park and

cooling off in its huge concrete wading

pool with jet sprays shooting water at

random intervals.

When we returned home, still damp

but oh so happy, we would run inside to

get our nickel so we would be ready for

the ice cream man. No sound was ever

more welcome to a child than hearing

that tinkling little tune telling you his

truck was just a short wait away.

When I moved from the city to rural

Connecticut, ice cream trucks were a

thing of the past. My love for ice cream,

however, remained and in summer I was

always searching for cold desserts that

were easy to make and still fulfilled the


Nowadays, I head to Freddy’s for a hot

fudge sundae. I’m grateful that I don’t

have to stand under the hot sun to get my

treat. Instead, I ride there in an air-conditioned car, place my order

while standing in line in an air-conditioned restaurant, and wait for

that little bit of heaven to arrive at my table.

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in the heat. Surprisingly, it is a complicated matter. Of course, fabric

choice is an important factor as well, but let’s just assume it’s the same


Which will keep you cooler?

My research revealed that black clothing keeps us cooler. The

Bedouins wear black in the desert for a reason.

While white reflects some external heat away, it also reflects body heat

away from itself and back into your body! Apparently black absorbs the

heat from the sun, but also the heat energy from your body, instead of

reflecting it back to your body.

I’m still confused, but if you are a person who runs hot, apparently

black is better to wear.

I am still not sure “why”, but I will wear more white or light colors,

as I do look better in white, and light colors.

And I will write about other interpretations of “Forgotten Fashion” in

the future. Stay cool, stay beautiful and be yourself.

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

Did I mention the lovely air-conditioning? It’s not the same

childhood feeling, and it’s certainly not

a nickel, but the ice cream is good and

makes me happy on a hot Las Vegas day.

But, back to Connecticut and dessert.

One very warm summer evening, when

guests were coming and I definitely did

not want to turn on the oven, I reached

into the freezer, found vanilla ice cream

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Wrath of Man

By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations

Well, the weekend’s over, it’s Monday and

a good time to go see a movie. At a real


It’s also good fortune to have a Senior Discount card, as the movie

was only $4.00 A bargain.

Decision time - need to pick a movie, choose a row and a seat where

I want to sit. The movie selection was child focused from “Cruella” to

“Spirit Untamed.”

I spotted “Wrath of Man” and put my money on this Guy Richie

directed “R” rated movie. Oh boy, little did I know what Hollywood’s

interpretation of “wrath” meant - extreme anger, indignation and

punishment for a crime.


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The scoring of the film by Christopher Benstead, was a seven note

theme that expresses the main character, Jason Statham. You sense the

presence of evil throughout this action thriller.

Others in the cast are Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett, Rocce Williams,

Jeffrey Donovan, plus numerous others - all ex-military types. Jason

was nicknamed “H” and you kept hearing someone saying, “If he’s

not a cop, what is he?

Statham approaches everything with a dead pan expression. His

soul is morally compromised, and he seems to pump toxic energy into

the world around him.

In summary, “H” is a cold, mysterious character working at a truck

company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars

around Los Angeles. On one of the nights his son was shot in cold

blood. The revenge and “wrath” of “H” began.

This was not my typical movie if you follow my reviews. I normally

avoid “shoot ‘em ups.” At my age I’ve seen plenty of blood, dead men,

and people and places being destroyed.

That being said, those that like action thrillers will thoroughly

enjoy this one. It was well acted and delivered.

I give this film a “B” rating and will let you decide what the “B”

stands for. My advice to “H” is to take up poker. He has the perfect

blank facial expression. to outsmart his opponents.

Renee Riendeau is the movie critic for “Renee’s Revelations”

on Anthem Alive SCA-TV. As a dog sitter she operates “ Renee’s

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A Bittersweet Recovery

By: Samantha Rivero / Senior Life Specialist

As I’m sitting here writing this, the memories

are slowly recirculating in my mind.

Uncomfortable silence, uncertainty, courage

and resilience blend into each other like a

delicate armor. As a professional in the Senior

Living industry, I got to see firsthand behind

the walls of lockdown.

When Covid turned our lives upside down,

we fought back. Now the healing begins.

Hope ignites as our doors reopen to visitors

and loved one’s re-enter after months of

separation. Our piano plays once again, after

lying dormant and laughter fills the hallways,

leaving my heart heavy with gratitude.

As a Lifestyle Director, Covid regulations

encouraged me to grow and think outside

the box. Like so many activity professionals that had to keep the light

shining as the darkness set in, we were the line of defense that kept

residents from declining from loneliness, isolation and fear.

I smile when I remember how team members and I road on a valet

cart down the corridors lip singing to the song “Celebration” by Kool

and the Gang, during such difficult times. One by one, the apartment

doors opened as residents isolated to their rooms sat in their door

frames waving their hands back and forth to the music.

“Celebrate?” One might think odd during a time of Covid, but in fact

it was just the opposite. Every day was a chance to celebrate life and

encourage hope. It wasn’t a time to stop and


Families remained connected to their loved

ones through social media. Activity programs

were reinvented at six feet distance and

although anxieties set in; residents only saw

my positive spirit.

It’s a bittersweet moment as our communities

reopen and restrictions lift. I dedicate this to

the incredible people that passed from Covid.

Your light will not be forgotten.

As we come out from behind the scenes,

let us heal and grieve with victory. For all the

amazing healthcare workers who risked their own lives and those that

work on the front lines, everyone who contributed to the battle - you’re

all heroes.

Samantha Noelle Rivero is a Lifestyle Director with over ten years’

experience in Senior Living and specializes in Purpose Driven

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By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

During the past year

Covid and the way

patients hospitalized

were treated by the medical community gave us

many things to think about. I’m sure that we

all agree that the doctors, nurses and everyone

on the front lines are heroes for the time, care

and help they gave all those who had, or were

lost during this pandemic.

It also gave me so much to think about.

When my trust and living will were drafted,

I was asked if should I became seriously ill

or terminal, would I want to be kept alive by

machines? I thought about events I had read

concerning people in a coma or who needed

help to keep breathing, who were kept alive

past the point that made emotional and

humane sense.

I began to understand that the question of

respirators was too simple and, in my mind, needed more of an answer

than yes or no to machines breathing for me. I have often heard of

people with cancer being told they had six

months or a year left, and yet they lived another


That was when I dug out my booklet, I

had been given a long time ago called Five

Wishes. What is Five Wishes?

“It is the first living will that talks about

your personal, emotional and spiritual

needs as well as your medical wishes. It lets

you choose the person you want to make

health care decisions for you if you are not

able to make them yourself. Five Wishes lets

you say exactly how you wish to be treated if

you get seriously ill.”

This document was written with the help of

the American Bar Associations Commission

on Law and Aging, and the nations experts in

end-of-life care. Once filled out and signed it is

recognized under the laws of most states.

To review the Five Wishes and to get a copy,

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By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

Hot enough for you? Do you really think

climate change is a hoax?

Record heat throughout the entire planet,

growing droughts causing emergency actions by

governing bodies to reign in wasteful

water usage, tropical storms turning

into catastrophic hurricanes on the

Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico

points to what the naysayers of

climate change say is nothing more

than the natural evolution of our

planet? What hogwash!

The latest water authority

declaration regarding our main

water source, Lake Mead, conveys a

startling and most worrisome fact. As

the country’s largest water reservoir, it

has become the focal point of what they have termed “climate change


Last month, the Lake registered its lowest level on record since the

reservoir was filled in the 1930s. To the naysayers, that is just a fact of

life and nothing really to concern ourselves with.

To others, this is a wakeup call to quit abusing mother nature and

learn to work in harmony with her. Alternative forms of energy such as


Climate Change - Revisited

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solar power and electric powered vehicles along with common sense

approaches to curbing the use of precious water resources, is something

we all should embrace.

To those who think supporting these new technologies is pure fantasy

and destructive to our long term economic health, I say B.S. One thing

we need to do is cease stifling innovation!

There is no question our quest

to perfect these new technologies is

going through exasperating growing

pains. There is no perfected silver

bullet - yet.

But, reflecting on history, any “new”

innovations in the past, (for example

moving from an agricultural

economy to the industrial revolution)

became, over time and persistence,

our “new” way of life. The innovators

of that time didn’t bow to public or

political pressure to quit mainstream.

Nor should they today! We should all be thankful they didn’t. Now is

the time for us to work diligently and uncompromisingly to the next

best thing - alternative forms of energy.

If we persist in arguing amongst ourselves as to who is right, we will

all, bear the brunt of a ticked off Mother Nature and die!

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He can be reached at:

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Maybe you have a Royal Typewriter, wooden

duck decoys, or a host of Louis Wain

postcards stashed away somewhere. Old things

you possibly haven’t looked at for years.

Just imagine! You were using them before many people were born -

and those age groups regard them as valuable possessions.

Perhaps you want to de-clutter your home, would enjoy an activity

to pass time, or need more money. You could go to a local antique shop

for evaluation, but do not accept their figure right away – it may be

too low.

After my father’s death in England, I was offered $125 for his engraved

ceremonial cornet. When I took it to Sotheby’s in London, the musical

instruments’ specialist literally fondled the instrument.

“Exquisite! Exquisite!” he murmured. “You don’t see these today.”

At auction, it sold for £1,500.

Should you contact a major firm, provide a list of your disposable

possessions, their provenance (history), and how long you’ve owned

them. When contained in original packaging, mention that too. It adds

value. If impressed, they’ll appoint an appraiser to make an evaluation.

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Selling Old Stuff

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

Chips and Dips

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

The Dalai Lama once said, “If you think

you are too small to make a difference,

try sleeping with a mosquito.” We all know and

probably have experienced how something so tiny can make a big


Right now, that item is a

semiconductor that’s required to

build microchips, and it’s causing

chaos in the automotive world. As

vehicles become more technologically

advanced, manufacturers rely

heavily on semiconductors to power

everything from navigation systems

to seatbelt sensors.

Semiconductors are a core building block in electronics to act as

a bridge between components. For car manufacturers, if there’s a

shortage, production has to be slowed or halted until more can be


With the combination of COVID shutdowns and demand up for

vehicles, reduced microchip production has created a global shortage

that affects nearly every single automotive manufacturer.

What does this mean for you? If you’re waiting for your new car to be

built, it’s going to take a bit longer, which can be frustrating, especially

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into to make them more appealing.

Never, never describe anything as old, old-fashioned and/or outdated.

They’re rare, precious, antiques, collectors’ items, vintage objects, or…

treasured heirlooms.

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since overall production was cut last year due to the pandemic.

Now that the plants are operational and ready to build new models,

they can’t. Currently, the U.S. can only produce around 10% of the

world’s supply of semiconductors, which means a dependency on

foreign companies to supply these critical parts.

It also means that, since new-car

inventory is seriously low, dealers

are turning to pre-owned vehicles to

make money. If you’ve been solicited

non-stop by your dealer asking if you

want to sell your car, now you know


What we’re seeing is that owners

are selling or trading in their used

cars and making almost what they

paid for them and, in some cases, more. Selling your used vehicle may

seem like a good idea right now, but remember, you still need another


A handful of manufacturers have announced they will start building

semiconductors at new plants in the U.S., but that’s going to take some

time. You can still get a great price if you buy from current inventory,

otherwise, patience will be required.

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

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Doing More With Less

By: Carol Chapman

As I reflect on the past year we just survived, I think about those

who use the expression “the new normal.” For The Foundation

Assisting Seniors, there is nothing new about the needs in the senior

community, except they are growing exponentially.

Just a few short years ago we publicized the number of incidents

where we assisted with loans of durable medical equipment and

maintenance requests—280,000. Our most recent tally surpassed

360,000, an increase of nearly 30 percent.

I wonder how many companies could handle a 30 percent increase

in business without hiring additional employees, increasing production

capacity, and enhancing their quality checks to be sure they could serve

their customers at the same standard of service to which they’d become


The Foundation had to do more with less during the covid hiatus. Yet

we just completed a successful Memorial Day Golf Tournament due to

the dedication of volunteers, with more coming aboard every day. We

are grateful for them.

Thankfully, new sponsors have emerged, and some have increased

their financial support. The work could not be done without them.

If you share our concern about meeting the needs of seniors in our

area, we encourage you to get involved. Volunteers are needed for office

work, DME maintenance and delivery, fundraising and marketing.

The work does not take a summer vacation, so we are also grateful

for your financial support. Don’t forget to buy your tickets to The Gala,

to be held on October 16 at the M Resort.

Call us for more information at 725/244-4200 or visit our website at


July 2021

Never Give Up

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

Editor’s Note: Our Timeless Beauty

columnist, Linda Gomez submitted her

below article outlining her medical

issues and struggles. To say that The Vegas Voice wishes

her a full recovery would be a gross understatement. Get

well Linda, we all love you.

One thing is for sure, there is no escaping the surprises that pop

up as we get older, no matter how well we try and take care of


I recently learned that I had thyroid cancer and due to Covid, as well

as a missed diagnosis, it spread by the time it was noticed. While I knew

I had no option other than surgery and felt confident in my surgeon

and the medical outcome, I still wondered about the aftermath of the


I fought to have only a partial removal of the thyroid (a battle I

did not win) because I was concerned about not having my normal

hormone production. Skin changes, hair changes, the scar and the

possibility of voice changes were all the things I should not have read

about on Google. Note to anyone facing an upcoming procedure,

sometimes there is a thing as too much information!

As it turns out because it had spread, I had a full removal and many

of the changes I was concerned about did occur, but none were as bad

as I had created them in my head.

My hair for one is thinning, partially because of the thyroid

adjustment and from stress of the surgery itself. To treat this, I’ve been

using a product called Zenegen Revolve Hair Loss Shampoo.

It’s too early to tell, but so far, I feel like it’s helping. It is pricey, but

at the moment it is worth it. It runs $60 for a 6 ounce tube on the

company website which I bought from.

I do have a scar too; however, it is far smaller than I had envisioned.

There are several scar creams on the market and each doctor seems to

have their own recommendation.

I used Bio-Oil after the doctor gave me the ok. It softens the scar and

my neck at the same time. One important note, use sunscreen! I have

been using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer 70 SPF, it is light and dries fast. It is

a good overall sunscreen but keeping your scar sun free is important.

There have certainly been noticeable skin changes, it is dry. Really

dry! I’m testing some new creams and haven’t found one I love quite

yet, but I will report back when I do.

My voice had some minor issues, but in the bigger scheme of things,

was no big deal either. I have come to terms with the fact that this is

all a part of the aging process and there is always someone out there

facing a much larger challenge.

So if you find yourself in a similar situation, really try to stay positive,

find a good support system, and take it all one step at a time!

Get well Linda!

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company

based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

products. Contact Linda at or

through her website


By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

There comes a time in every warrior’s

life when the aging process reaches the

tipping point. For many, a sudden, unexpected

window of reality opens confirming that life has a beginning and an


The strong individuals that have made up our military will always

see themselves as guardians of freedom, and the protectors of the

weak and helpless. So, when nature runs its course, and those resilient

heroes of the past now find themselves the ones being helped, it can

become a stunning realization.

As much as they want to go on in the role they have had since military

service, the aging process has

become undeniable. It then

becomes time to make a life

choice: “Do I refuse assistance

and continue to make my

own way or, do I concede and

accept what is offered to make

my remaining years positive,

productive, and comfortable?”

(Excerpt from “Through the

Woods and Over the Hill: The

Aging of America’s Veterans”

by Dr. Bridget Cantrell) This

excerpt hits the nail on the

head for many “older vets.”

One thing I’ve been giving

much thought as I age is how

does aging affect PTSD? What

is PTSD, you might ask?

Over the years it has been known as shell shock, combat or battle

fatigue. Today, we call it post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Although it is often linked with combat, not all PTSD is combatrelated.

Any experience that threatens your life (or someone else’s)

can cause it to plague us in many harmful ways, and certain changes

that come with normal aging can make us more vulnerable.

This can also make PTSD symptoms more noticeable as we get

older. It can cause them to return after many years - or even occur for

the first time.

Remember: It’s never too late to heal. If you have PTSD symptoms

don’t wait to ask for help. Many treatments are proven to work, and

the VA offers dozens to all veterans.

And as I have said in earlier writings, it amazes me that so many

vets won’t ask for help when they certainly deserve as much as they

can get. Go for it!


The Older I Get

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:

July 2021

Questions & Answers

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight


: What is the difference between “actual

cash value” and “replacement cost”

regarding the contents of my home?

A: If you have a covered loss and you have

replacement coverage on your contents, the insurance company will

pay you the amount to replace the item(s) with like, kind and quality.

If someone steals your 45-inch TV, you’ll be able to buy another 45-

inch TV as similar to the one stolen as possible. You will not be paid to

upgrade it to a 65-inch TV.

If someone steals items you do not want to replace, you would be

reimbursed on an actual cash value basis which is replacement cost less


Q: My home

was recently

broken into,

and I don’t

have sales

receipts for the

stolen items.

What will the


accept for proof

of ownership?

A: Insurance

companies will accept all types of proof!! Sometimes you may find a

photo showing the item or you’ll have an owner’s manual proving


Other types of items are credit card receipts, service agreements and

even video tapes. And depending on the type of item, just your word is


Example: If someone stole your couch and loveseat from your family

room, I seriously doubt an insurance adjuster would doubt you sat on

the floor to watch TV so many items are simply believable. We strongly

recommend you video tape your home, download the tape to a flash

drive and give it for safe keeping to friend or family.

Q: My home suffered a water loss when the RO system under my

kitchen sink broke apart in the middle of the night. The damage was

to the carpet, baseboards, legs of furniture, etc. What will my insurance

company pay for this damage?

A: With most preferred companies (ignoring your deductible), they

will pay for the remediation company to dry all the affected area. If the

carpet or padding can be saved, they will pay to stretch and repair; if it

can’t be saved, you’ll get new flooring of the same quality.

This also goes for your baseboards and furniture legs. In other words,

they put you back in the same situation you were before the loss.

Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.

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

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

that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.

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The Masked Stranger?

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

Even though there are allowances for those

fully vaccinated to go without a mask, I

will continue

wearing one in large crowds. I still

wear one at grocery stores, and

anywhere I feel uncomfortable

without one.

Most of us have survived these

many months of the pandemic.

Now is the time to devote to

bringing ourselves back to whatever

“normal” is… or at least close to it.

It was a challenge to teach my

Zumba classes wearing a mask all

these months and also trying to

recognize the “masked strangers”

who were in my classes. Most of them I could figure out, but some were


Yep, we grew accustomed to looking directly into the eyes and

compliment the unusual masks that were worn. I wore reusable cloth

ones - mostly cutesy patterns (Vegas Golden Knights, cats, holiday

themed, etc.).

Shoulder Pain

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

There are many possible causes for shoulder

pain. One of the most common is a rotator

cuff injury.

Understanding such an injury is fairly simple. Your upper arm

bone (Humerus) is held in place in the shoulder socket largely by

four muscles and their associated tendons. These muscles area called

supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis.

Collectively they are known as the rotator cuff muscles.

When you have a rotator cuff injury, one of these muscles or its

associated tendon is involved. Usually, it is the tendon which is how a

muscle connects to a bone.

Either through repetitive motion which wears down the tendon or

through an act of excessive exertion, the tendon becomes damaged.

Think of the tendon as a rope made up of one hundred strings. When it

is damaged only ten of the strings may be broken (Minor injury) or 80

or all one hundred strings many be damaged (Major injury).

Tendon injuries take a long time to heal. This is due to the fact that

the tendon does not have a direct blood supply.

All the material to rebuild the tendon must reach the damaged area

by diffusion. This means that depending on the extent of the damage,

even mild to moderate injuries to a tendon can take months, or even a

year to fully heal.

July 2021

I made sure to carry a few in my purse at all times. And I continue to

do so in the event that I need to wear one inside a facility.

It will be interesting to see how much longer we will be wearing our

masks and when we will all be comfortable without one.

Many businesses (i.e. doctor

offices, etc.) are still requiring a

mask for their own safety. I really

have no problem with that and will

continue following whatever rules

are in effect.

I understand that the cosmetic

counters had a run on lipsticks

when the mask mandate was lifted.

I surely saved money on cosmetics

these several months!

I only had to wear makeup from

the nose bridge up! Sometimes even

going without makeup.

So let’s continue following the rules where stated and we shall soon

be a “mask-less” society as we were “pre-pandemic.”


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

Even when the pain

is gone, it is necessary

to use caution with the

area affected because the

tendon may not be back

to 100% of its previous

strength yet.

Surgery may be

necessary in severe

cases, but it should be

a last option. Like all problems in medicine, it is best to catch the

problem before it becomes too severe. Imaging is the best way to assess

a problem, but orthopedic testing can help identify an early problem.

To check supraspinatus, place your palm on the side of your leg and

lift it straight out to the side. To check infraspinatus and teres minor

put your upper arm next to your body with your palm up like you are

holding a bowl of soup. Rotate your forearm outward.

To check subscapullaris, place the back of your hand on your lower

back and then lift your hand off your back like you are reaching

backward. If any of these movements cause you pain, see your physician.

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


Shhhhhhhh! A Secret Getaway for Grown Ups!

By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker / Out & About year’s cancelation.


Instead they put their energy into improving the Festival

ast month I shared some information on

site and making it bigger and better than ever.

one of California’s most popular summer

Visitors this year will enjoy countless exhibits, demonstrations,

events, the Laguna “Festival of the Arts.”

competitions, performances, concerts, booths, eateries, and shopping,

Featuring the nightly “Pageant of the Masters”,

shopping, shopping!

the Festival has been drawing sold out crowds for over 80 years.

And there also will be neighboring events like the ever popular

This annual event, from July 5-September 3, celebrates the talent of

Sawdust Festival, which runs concurrently with the Festival and

the local artists. When the 2020 Festival was cancelled due to Covid,

features booths selling a myriad of handmade items. It’s right across

thousands of people were disappointed.

the street from the Festival, and if you want to get a jump on your

Holiday shopping, this is a great place to find unique items.

Several years ago I purchased a lovely jacket at the Sawdust Festival.

It’s still as distinctive and stylish as ever.

Laguna’s small town appeal is definitely part of its charm, but during

the Festival its population of 23,000 residents swells enormously. So

where to stay, where to eat, and where to park, are major concerns.

There are a few small centrally located hotels. And there are some

beachfront accommodations which might be fun for grandchildren

but may not offer the conveniences and comforts seniors desire.

The “Pageant of the Masters” attracts 2,000 people every night

during the Festival, and it’s dependent on volunteers who work behind

the scenes and may even serve as models on stage. Their commitment

is legendary, so it should not be surprising they were undaunted by last

If you act quickly, there are some boutique hotels, that offer real

charm and delightful accommodations. The recently renovated Casa

Laguna Hotel and Spa, which has a colorful 100 year old history, is

centrally located, only 1,500 feet from the beach, and proudly states

they are an “adults only” facility.

Casa Laguna offers everything from peace and quiet to onsite free

parking. Seniors are especially appreciative of the delicious continental

breakfasts included in their daily rates, and the Mediterranean “small

plates” which can be ordered until late at night.

There is lush landscaping around its immaculate swimming pool.

And there is an adjacent spa which features facial treatments and

massages using their own line of lotions and face creams. The only

drawback is that Casa Laguna has only 29 guest rooms, so be prepared

to be flexible with your schedule.

For more information, email me:


July 2021

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

Vegas Vacationers Inc. She can be reached at:


By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

It has been a long time (actually way to long)

but the world is finally starting to open up.

Vegas is back to normal, and visitors are back.

The rest of the world is not that far behind.

As I write this a little more time is needed to get the cruises up and

running from U.S. ports. We are also waiting for guidance on the

opening up of European countries.

Having said that, we are really gearing up to start our Vegas Voyagers

group travel. That’s why the trips we planned have been pushed off

until early 2022. We want to make sure these trips happen.

We don’t want to disappoint anyone. And while

there are no 100% guarantees, we believe these

trips will happen.

Our first Bus

to the Boat is a

Mexican Riviera

Cruise on the

Royal Caribbean’s

Navigator of the Seas,

February 21 -28, 2022. We just added

another compliment of balcony cabins

as our original allotment sold out.

A month later, we will have one of our most popular Bus to the


Get Ready, Set, and...

Around Our Town

By: Dianne Hahn / Back in the Days

What was that you said? The grandkids are

coming to visit!

OMG, put the breakables away, dig out the

board games and figure out how to entertain

them. Oh, wait! Kids don’t play board games anymore. Do they?

Nowadays they have an i-Pad and computer

games. Well, you still have to keep them

busy when they aren’t texting or using their

i-Phones. Here are a few Vegas ideas.

Take a unique gondola ride at The

Venetian, or stroll Parisian streets and visit

The Eiffel Tower at the Paris Casino. Strict

laws prohibit minors from being near the

slot machines and gaming tables, but some

casinos are more “kid-friendly’ than others.

Check out the huge fish tank at the Silverton Casino. Kids can watch

swimming mermaids feed the sea life on a scheduled basis.

Circus Circus still courts families with their free circus acts and midway

carnival games. Adventuredome, an indoor theme park, offers

rides for all ages.

The LINQ, the world’s tallest observation wheel is awesome. “The

High Roller” is 100 feet taller than the iconic “London Eye” Ferris

July 2021

Boat trips,

a Coastal


cruise with

the PHAT

PACK March

20 -27, 2022.

We will be

sailing on

Princess We’re back with our Phat Pack Cruise



This cruise will include private group only

PHAT PACK performances and a whole array of

premium inclusions in the cruise package.

And as the world re-opens we are looking and

planning another Israel, Holy Land trip for late

2022 or early 2023. Once we know that the longer

10 to 15 day cruises are up and running we are

planning a 15 night Hawaiian Island Bus to the

Boat cruise. We are also looking into an Alaska

itinerary for summer of 2022.

And that’s just the beginning!

Feel free to call with any questions you might have at 516/485-3200.

And once again, very, very happy to say, Happy Adventures!

wheel. It travels so slowly, you hardly realize you’re moving, and offers

unparalleled views of the Strip and surrounding area.

It features 28 glass enclosed pods equipped to hold 40 passengers

each. It takes about 30 minutes per ride, operates seven days a week,

365 days a year. The whole family will love this one!

Lake Mead, about a ½ hour by car, for boating and fishing. Bring

along popcorn to feed the ducks and the

hundreds of open-mouth Carp at the pier. It’s

an amazing experience for kids of all ages -

that means you, too.

Visit the Children’s Park at Town Square.

The little ones will love the playground in the

middle of the mall with its pint-size hedge

maze. The teens will love the shopping, and of

course there are restaurants galore to lunchin.

Las Vegas is a fun town for every age! And remember… grandkids

have a shelf life. Before you know it, they’ll be older and on to something


Make memories. Love ‘em while you can!

A former schoolteacher, Dianne also writes for children. Presently

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

see her on SCA-TV.

Welcome Back! “Let’s do it Again!”

Featuring TWO Special Private

Performances and Cocktail Party

The Phat Pack

• Bruce Ewing • Philip Fortenberry

(Musical Director)

• Randal Keith

• Kevan Patriquin


Email: Fairtravel@Aol.Com

“Let’s do it Again!”

Cruise with the Phat Pack

7 night Pacific Coastal Cruise

Mar. 20,-27, 2022

“Bus to the Boat”


come back new ®


San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego,

Ensenada, Mexico

Inside Cabin

Obstructed Balcony

Deluxe Obstructed Balcony


Deluxe Balcony

Mini Suite

$1,499 pp

$1,599 pp

$1,699 pp

$1,799 pp

$1,899 pp

$2,199 pp

Price is based on double occupancy and subject to availability. A deposit of $250

is due at the time of booking and fully refundable until Dec.15, 2021 when the final

payment is due.


1) The cruise

2) All port charges, taxes and fees

3) Round trip bus trans. from LV to the pier in LA

4) Fully escorted group leader

5) Two Phat Pack private group only performances

6) One group private reception

7) Premium beverage package

8) Free wifi service, one device per person

9) Gratuities for cabin steward and all main dining


room wait staff



Kennebunkport: A Capsule of History

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Under the bright summer sun, every detail

of Kennebunkport seemed sharply etched

like a picture postcard.

Whipped cream foam waves wash onto the beach.

Part of the Portland statistical area,

Kennebunkport sits along the Kennebunk River,

roughly one mile from the river’s mouth on the

Atlantic Ocean.

Walker Point, the summer estate of the

Presidential Bush Family brought additional

interest to Kennebunkport, and it remains the top

attraction. The town is well-kept and clean with

plenty of sky overhead. Though Kennebunkport has

less than 4,000 year-round residents, it has been a

popular summer destination since 1870s.

The picturesque main drag is lined with storefronts housing

interesting boutiques and gift shops. There is an assortment of sights,

such as historic Saint Ann’s Church. The stone chapel faces the Atlantic

Ocean and was built in 1887.

Kennebunk Beach sits beneath a retaining wall with a beautiful view

of the bay. In early morning, a trace of humidity and a light breeze are


The sky is blue, visibility unlimited and the sea rolls with low swells.

This is typical Kennebunkport summer and reason why water activities

are popular - activities that include boating, whale watching and


Maine is home to 65 lighthouses and historically, Kennebunkport

is a shipbuilding and fishing village. For more

than a century, Kennebunkport has been a popular

summer destination and amongst the state’s

wealthiest communities. There are many large,

elegant and gracious nineteenth-century houses set

on attractive grounds.

In summer, Maine holds a spirited statewide best

lobster roll contest, with competition high as lobster

chefs hope to be chosen their state’s best. A favorite

place to eat lobster roll in Kennebunkport is at the

Clam Shake where many consider this to be the best

in Maine.

Clam Shake’s lobster rolls are made with locally caught lobster,

melted butter and mayo loaded on freshly baked, white roll. Whether

choosing lobster roll or lobster dinner, Maine lobster can’t be beat.

Undeniably, with its former shipbuilding and summer home to past

presidents, Kennebunkport is a capsule of American history.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.


May 2021

Three’s A Crowd

By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit

We may disagree on a number of things,

but my husband and I are in accord when

it comes to dogs. We love them and can’t live

without them.

Over the years there’s been a succession

of large dogs with whom we’ve shared

our lives. But not our bed.

Enter Sam, a 17-pound rough coat

Russell Terrier. To equal the size of one of

our Labradors would require five Sams.

Having a small dog for the first time

is a different experience. It’s like having

a puppy that never grows larger. If you

know how it is with puppies, then you

understand the temptation to snuggle,

and how that snuggling can extend until


At first it was just for a few minutes. When we were ready to turn out

the lights, I would place young Sam in his cozy crate, where he, and we,

would be safe for the night.

When Sam got a bit older, and I could trust him not to consume it, I

bought him a bed. For a while we held to the same routine. Cuddle for

a while, then into his own sleeping accommodation.

This was working just fine. Until it wasn’t.

The visits in our bed got gradually longer. When we removed the

sleeping Sam into his own bed, he would awaken, give us his most

forlorn stare, accompanied by a muted, but very pathetic whine.

We disagree about which of us was the first to give in. I know it was

him. Nevertheless Sam now spends the entire night sleeping above the


Sleeping has become an entirely new experience. At first, Sam was

polite, and would curl up at the foot of the bed. But gradually, he was

sleeping between us.

And when he dreams he’s an Alpha dog, he crawls to the top of the

pillows and sleeps above our heads.

You recall the old saying, Qui cum canibus concumbunt cum

publicibus? Of course you do. But you remember it as: Lie down with

dogs, wake up with fleas.

Fortunately, this isn’t the case with

Sam. But I do wake up with an occasional

stiff neck, cramped leg, or a cold tush

because the dog has requisitioned my

share of the blanket.

There have been other adaptations as

well. We must reach over Sam to deliver

a good-night kiss. And the old headache

ploy has been replaced by “please dear,

not in front of the dog.”

We’ve considered a larger bed, but

I’m sure the extra space still won’t stop

Sam from sleeping on my head. So we shall remain cozy but crowded.

Anyway, who wants to fold king-sized sheets?!

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

Nothing to Complain About, is available at,,

Read her blog at: Email Susan:


Scam of the Month

It never stops. All you can do is make

sure that you and yours are never a


Be it by telephone or email, the bad guys

are getting wiser on how to deceive the

public. Keep in mind they need only one

sucker (out of thousands) to make it worth

their while.

Now we’re not talking about that

Nigerian Oil Minister nor that attorney that wants to give you that

$50,000,000.00 inheritance.

Take a look at the below email message that publisher Dan

received. The PayPal logo is attached, and the spelling (for a

change) is even correct.

It looks legit and Dan almost fell for it – until he realized he does

not have a PayPal account. So, since Dan has no life anyway, he

called the 800 number.

When some guy (he said his name was “Joe” but since he couldn’t

speak English, we doubt if that was true) advised the publisher that

he needed to connect to their “secure server” and fill out some basic

personal information, Dan called him some unprintable names

and hung up the phone.

Remember our No. 1 Vegas Voice Scams, Schemes & Safety rule:

Never, Never, Never give out ANY personal information. And feel

free to HANG UP THE PHONE on Joe.

Believe me, they won’t be insulted - they’re used to it.


May 2021

Summer Dormancy Concerns

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

In July, our landscaping is subjected to

high temperatures and direct sun. As a

result, many of our plants go into a “summer

dormancy” that leaves them in a weakened state and very vulnerable

to insect infestation, damage or death!

To guard against insects destroying your landscaping, I recommend

a “two step mechanical and chemical approach” response.

The mechanical approach requires that you regularly inspect

your landscape to see what insect may be present by carefully checking

the top and underside of leaves, stems, flowers and branches. The

quickest way to remove them is to spray plants with a strong jet of water

from your hose.

This will effectively remove many insects such as thrips, aphids and

spittle bugs. It is also effective removing cochineal from Opuntia and

Cholla cactus.

If a more resistant situation exists, take an empty spray bottle and fill

it with ¼ tsp of dishwashing detergent and water. Spray the entire plant

with the solution.

Insects that are attacking your plants will fall off like a “one-way

waterslide” This can be done as many times as necessary. For larger

insects, such as beetles or caterpillars, use a needle-nosed tweezer to

pluck them from your plants and dispose.

Another mechanical approach is to actually plant marigold or

chrysanthemums (which contain pyrethrin, a natural insect repellant).

This will both beautify as well as protect your flowers and vegetables

from attack.

With serious insect infestation, you will need to use a chemical

approach. There are two categories of chemicals.

Contact, that is sprayed directly on the plant for immediate results,

and Systemic that is added directly into the soil allowing the plant roots

to absorb the chemicals (very much like a vaccine) and thus become

part of its structure. When insects try to eat the plants, they are killed


NOTE: Systemics should NOT be used on edible plants such as fruits

or vegetables. During the colder months, trees can be sprayed with

dormant oils to smother overwintering insects and/or prevent their

eggs from hatching.

Using these methods will help to keep your landscape pest-free!

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


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



July 3, 1863

By: John Beilun / Time Traveler

On July 3, 1863, a scruffy looking soldier

stood atop a hill. His ill kempt beard and

mud splattered uniform belied the fact that he

was a Major General.

He raised his binoculars and scanned the nearby fortress city. A white

flag appeared on the battlements!

After forty-six days, the siege was over. The heretofore impregnable

citadel had once been called the “Gibraltar of the Mississippi.”

It was strategically located on an eastern bend of that river and for

the past two years its massive array of heavy artillery prevented the

Union from traversing her.

With time becoming an issue, the General ordered two direct assaults

upon the fortified town. Its inhabitants, the Rebels, readily repelled

both at great loss of life and limb to the Federals.

In addition to its plethora of big guns, the city was garrisoned by over

30,000 soldiers and encircled by miles of massive earthworks, ditches

defended by rows of abatis.

Not wishing to waste any more troops, the General decided that his

only recourse was to lay siege. Union gunboats came down the river

and bombarded the town day and night with thousands of rounds from

their naval guns and mortars.

Although the Rebels had munitions aplenty, food was another matter.

When the last horse, dog and shoe leather were consumed and his men

no longer strong enough to fight, their leader realized that the battle

was lost and sued for peace.

Vicksburg had fallen! General Ulysses S. Grant accepted the surrender.

Thirty thousand Rebels were captured, the Mississippi River was now

controlled by the Union and the South was literally cut in two!

On that very same day, Confederate General Robert E. Lee conceded

defeat at Gettysburg. Whether it’s because battles are more dramatic

than sieges or that there were countless more reporters at that small

borough in Pennsylvania than at Vicksburg, Gettysburg has forever

been branded into our national psyche.

Even though it was Grant’s victory at Vicksburg that had more of an

impact on ending the Civil War.


July 2021

Step by Step, Faith Wins

Comic impressionist and Vegas Voice radio host Rich Natole is

methodically and purposefully building momentum for his

current film project, “Faith Wins.” Rich,

along with fellow comic John Pate have made

great strides over the past two months in their

journey down this cinematic road.

They have secured an accomplished

“faith-based” producer/director from Atlanta,

Georgia, John Michael Hightower, along with

the majority of cast members. All are excited

about the prospects for this film.

Faith Wins tells the story of a riches-torags-to-riches

journey that helps the main

character find “True Value and Worth”

through a transformed life.

Having now received wonderful reviews and

coverage in the press, on radio, and television,

the Natole & Pate duo have decided to share

this dream with The Vegas Voice readers with

their own prize package of participation.

Beginning this month, exclusively for

Vegas Voice readers and contributors,

there will be a regular monthly

Congratulations Rich and John!

drawing from their list of donors on the ‘GoFundMe Faith

Wins-Movie Production benefiting the Homeless’ website.

They are offering 2‘Walk-On’ roles in the

film, one drawing per month until the film’s

start date in January 2022. Yes, that are 12

opportunities to be in a faith-based feature


In addition:

1. Every $50.00 donor will receive an official

“Faith Wins” Production Crew baseball cap.

2. Every $200.00 doner will receive lunch

with Rich Natole.

3. Every $1,000.00 doner will receive a FILM

CREDIT as a “Faith Wins Executive Production

Associate Committee” member.

Participation in this great opportunity,

especially for Vegas Voice readers and listeners,

is simple.

You may contribute today at: ‘GoFundMe’

and type in the project title, ‘Faith Wins

Movie Production Benefiting the

Homeless’ and secure your place in this film


You will be contacted for the respective prize you have earned for

delivery and credit. We hope every person reading this feels the same

passion we do and will help make it a reality.

The Christian Film Festival is held in Newport News, Virginia,

and honors film projects dedicated to family-friendly, faith-based

entertainment and themes. The awards were given last month.

The award for “Best Screenplay” was awarded to our Vegas Voice

radio host Rich Natole and John Pate, for their original screenplay,

“Faith Wins - The Wildcard of the Strip.” The project is set to be filmed

in January using numerous professional entertainers who live and

perform regularly from one end of Las Vegas to the other.


This Really Ain’t No Dress Rehearsal!

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

You know how when you’re young, you sort of

don’t worry much about making mistakes

or screwing things up, because somewhere, in the

back of your mind, you know, you are positive,

that you’ll have a chance to do it right “later”?

I mean, like on your “second time around” or whatever? Like

dropping out of Pre-Med to become a

mime, or choosing a drug-free labor

and delivery, or marrying the totally

wrong person?

You’ll have a chance to fix that

“later” right?

Here’s a hint - WRONG! So wrong!

So completely and astoundingly and

devastatingly wrong that it could be

the wrongest wrong thing on the


Oh, I know what they say: Life is

short. You only live once. This is no

dress rehearsal, blah, blah, blah. Who listens? But “they” were right, my

friend - and we were WRONG!

As you can plainly see, I have been traumatized by this revelation,

because I, for one, had a whole slew of things I’d been planning to go

back and “fix.” And suddenly, here I am in middle age (shut up) and

frightening things are happening to my mind, my memory, my body,

and my prospects…and I just became aware that there are no doovers!

And not only can I not “fix” previous mistakes, but I have also “aged

out” of lots of things I used to do.

For example, there’s no way I could be a waitress again, even if I

wanted to, which I don’t, but still, it’s the principle. Why?

Because I couldn’t be on my feet carrying heavy stuff all day and

wearing one of those cutesy uniforms with the lacy apron, as I could -

and did - throughout my growing-up life. (I couldn’t even sell clothes

at Nordstrom’s - same reasons, minus the apron.)

It’s also too late to play the lead opposite Kevin Costner in any movie

on earth. Why? Please.

And I used to play tennis. I played it well, fiercely, competitively, and

even sweatily. Then, I broke my leg in a zillion places, which resulted

in screws, pins, casts, doom, gloom, and a permanently slightly crooked

ankle. No more tennis.

So, being the courageous, take-it-on-the-chin, get-back-up-on-thehorse

girl I am, I immediately retired under the bed whimpering that

life held nothing more for me. Eventually, I was coaxed out by the new

Double-Stuff Oreos

And I swore that I would only

remain on the couch until I figured

out what new sport might strike my


Turns out, tennis was it - the only

physical activity in my repertoire.

I was cavalier about it because I

thought I’d have plenty of time to do

it over the right way – eventually.

Then, I started noticing how

many things I could no longer

physically do with my physical self.

Like kneeling - even in church. Like

lifting the extra-large-size ketchup bottle.

Like walking up a flight of stairs without calling the paramedics.

I was astonished. And angry as hell! So, I went to the gym to meet the

new personal trainer. He said, “Hello, my name is Mr. Later. ”

So, now I am literally trying to “fix” my body…and never was there

a more formidable task, although I know I’m not the only one who

thought we’d have another chance to get it right.

I know you people out there who’ve been watching TV and ordering

pizza in blissful ignorance of Mr. Later, so maybe we could all “fix”

things together. I’m not guaranteeing an offer from “Vogue Magazine”

and I’m not saying you’ll be able to serve in the military...or even at


But we won’t just be standing around waiting for a “do-over” that

never comes…and we’ll damn well be able to pick up the ketchup and

carry it up the stairs!

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


July 2021

Thank You Susan

Loyal reader Susan Roberts

put to good use our previous

Vegas Voice editions. Rather than

“lining bird cages” she was able

to handcraft the pages to make a

wonderful basket.

We proudly placed it on our TV/

YouTube video set for all to see.

Thank you Susan!



July 2021


Speaking to and for Las Vegas

Valley Seniors since 2003

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