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“ASK LAURA ABOUT REAL ESTATE”

Let’s talk about Home Appreciation!

When you hear the phrase "price appreciation," what does it mean to

you? Chances are you know it has to do with rising home prices, which is

good news, if you are considering selling your home. To truly understand

home price appreciation, you need to know how it works and why it

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Appreciation, in general terms, is an increase in the value of an asset over

time. The increase can occur for a number of reasons, including increased

demand or weakening supply, or as a result of changes in inflation or

interest rates. This is the opposite of depreciation, which is a decrease in

value over time.

When we consider how this applies to real estate, the key words are

SUPPLY and DEMAND. In today's real estate market, we're experiencing

high demand for homes, AND a low supply which isn't keeping up with the

demand. Anytime there is more demand than supply, prices naturally

rise. This happens because buyers are willing to pay more to secure the

property. Buyers are competing with one another to purchase a home,

leading to bidding wars that drive prices up. For sellers, the rising prices

mean that opportunity is knocking.

The typical national average home price appreciation rate is between 3-5%

a year. Today, home prices are appreciating well beyond the “norm” thanks

to high demand. Compared to the normal pace of 3-5% appreciation per

year, the current average forecast of nearly 11.5% is significant, and some

areas in the Las Vegas Valley have seen almost double that!

So, if you are considering selling your home, it may be worth more than you

realize. You can use your increased equity to finally purchase your dream

home, or you can put it toward other big goals like funding an education or

opening a business.

But don't wait. While price appreciation is strong now, most likely we will

see homes appreciating at a more normalized pace next year. If you sell

your house sooner, rather than later, you'll be in a better position to

capitalize on the higher-than-average home price appreciation we're

seeing today.

If you're thinking of selling, there really is no time like the present. Call or

email me today and I will provide you with the up-to-the-minute market

analysis of your home and its potential. I'm here to help, and I'm looking

forward to working with you!

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“The Public Guardian Killed My Sister”

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Some time ago I wrote about my “run in”

with the Clark County Public Guardian’s

office.

The issue arose when her employees “man-handled” a very frail

senior that they were attempting to place in a facility against her will.

We were successful in getting the lady’s case resolved to her satisfaction..

Another person (we’ll call her Gail) contacted Dan and I last month

and asked for our help. She had been the caretaker and legal guardian

of her older sister, who was a diagnosed schizophrenic, for the last 38

years.

After a brief stay at Valley

Hospital, Gail received an

order to appear before Judge

Linda Marquis in Family

Court. The public guardian

had filed to take over her

sister’s care.

I was given a stack of

legal documents from

Gail that showed several

investigations regarding

the care that the older

sister received. However

after reading them, there

were no reports of financial

impropriety or physical abuse.

In fact, after each investigation it was decided that any negative

actions were “unsubstantiated.”

When I asked if there was a substantial financial income or property

involved, I was told, “we are as poor as church mice. My sister has her

Social Security, $800 per month and that’s all.”

Then what was the problem?

It seems that Gail’s frustration level had reached a boiling point. She

was (like in the movie “Network”) “as mad as hell and she wasn’t

going to take it anymore.”

Gail was determined to fight back and fight back she did. She raised

her voice to the judge, stating emphatically that she loved and cared for

her sister and included her in all travel and family events. They have

lived together for decades and wanted to remain so.

However, when the ruling came down, it was ordered that the Public

Guardian should remove the sister and place her in a group home.

As the months ticked by, Gail sent an email to the court and the legal

aid attorney assigned to her sister and said, (paraphrasing) “several

months ago you said I could no longer keep my sister, yet she is still

here although you continue to take her Social Security payments and

leave the care to me. That is using me, and it’s not right - so come and

take her.”

That outburst was Gail’s downfall, and it was held against her in

the reports. On, Monday, August 2, 2021, Gail’s sister was taken to a 10

person group home.

Four days later, a message was left on Gail’s phone. The message was

“your sister is dead.” No condolence – nothing that showed that it

was (even a pretend) caring person who left the message.

On August 6 th , after speaking to the public information officer for

public guardian Karen Kelly, I was told there would be an autopsy and

I would receive a copy.

I didn’t receive a copy of the autopsy, however a subsequent email

from the public information officer stated that the Coroner/Medical

Examiner’s Office had information on the manner and cause of death for

the sister. “The manner of death for Ms. XXX, age 84, was determined

to be natural, and the cause was atherosclerotic & hypertensive

cardiovascular disease.

Gail is adamant that “the

public guardian killed my

sister.” And I’m sad to say

that I have little to no faith

in the care she received in

the group home under the

“watchful eye” of the public

guardian.

When I met her, she was

laughing and chatting away.

After less than 100 hours

of being removed from her

caring and loving sister

and placed in a strange and

unknown group home she

was dead.

I guess she was just another statistic for the public guardian and one

less case for the Family Court.

You don’t think this can happen to you? Think again.

*One Final Thought: Last month, Publisher Dan detailed his

very harsh criticism of Channel 13 KTNV-ABC reporter Darcy Spears

over her guardianship “accomplishments.”

Did you see or hear Ms. Spears, her KTNV fellow reporters, supporters

and friends rush to her defense or challenge the accuracy of Dan’s

remarks? Neither did we.

What Do

You Think?

Do you agree with our

columnists? Did anyone get

you angry, make you think or

simply put a smile on your face?

Please tell us by forwarding

your comments, thoughts or

suggestions to Publisher Dan at:

dan@thevegasvoice.net.

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A Prickle of Porcupines

By: Gayla Kalp / Life is Laughter

was laughing with my daughter over the

I unusual and funny names of groups of

animals. I thought I would share this great bit of

trivia with you. Learn and enjoy!

Apes: a shrewdness

Baboons: a congress

Bears: a sleuth

Bees: a swarm (only in flight), a grist (on the ground)

Butterflies: a rabble

Cats: a kindle (kittens), a litter (young), a clowder (adults)

Chicks: a peep

Cockroaches: an intrusion

Crows: a murder

Deer: a mob

Ducks: a bunch (in water), a brace (on land)

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Eagles: a convocation

Elephants: a parade

Flamingos: a flamboyance

Foxes: a leash

Giraffes: a tower

Geese: a gaggle (on land), a skein (in flight)

Hummingbirds: a charm

Leopards: a leap

Mice: a mischief

Owls: a parliament

Pandas: an amalgamation

Pigs: a sounder

Rabbits: a warren

Seals: a harem

Skunks: an odor

Squirrels: a scurry

Tigers: an ambush

Toads: a lump

Woodpeckers: a descent

Zebras: a dazzle

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

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

September 2021

You Gotta Laugh

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

What the? – Part I: The pedestrian

light on the corner in my Sun

City community beeps when it’s safe to

cross the street. I was crossing with an

“intellectually challenged” (actually an HOA

Board member) and she asked if I knew what the beeper was

for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.

Appalled, she responded, “What on earth are blind people doing

driving?!”

What the? – Part II: When I arrived at the dealership to

pick up my car after it was serviced, I was told the keys had

been locked in it. I went to the service department and found

a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door.

As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door

handle and discovered that it was unlocked. “Hey,” I announced to the

technician, “It’s open!”

His reply, “I know. I already did that side.”

Huh?: I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when the TSA

employee asked, “Has anyone put anything in your baggage without

your knowledge?”

I replied, “If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?” He

smiled knowingly and nodded, “That’s why we ask.”

Learned my lesson: Apparently RSVP’ing to a wedding invitation

“Maybe next time” isn’t the correct response.

And that’s how the fight started: My wife asked me if she was

the only one I had ever slept with. I replied yes, all the others were nines

and tens.

And finally: Do you ever get up in the morning, look in the mirror

and think “That can’t be accurate.”


Created by fahim annabil

from the Noun Project

Here’s Timmy

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

thought I’d write this month about my dear

I friend Jon Provost. For those of you who

remember the classic TV show “Lassie” Jon

played the little boy “Timmy” on that show.

Here he is today at 71 with me in Santa Rosa just a few weeks ago. He

lives with his lovely wife Laurie and their precious dog Nino.

Jon had a very prolific career and actually started at the age of 3

when he was cast as Jane Wyman’s son in a film called “So Big.” He

also played the son of Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in “Country Girl.”

Jon had also just been in a film called “Escapade in Japan” appearing

with the unknown and uncredited Clint Eastwood! The producer of

Lassie was Bonita Granville who was so impressed with Jon in that

movie that she cast him without ever even asking him to take a screen

test.

He was cast as Timmy at the age of 7 and was on for seven seasons.

Jon has had many accomplishments over the years. He won the Genesis

Award for outstanding TV in a family series for a “New Lassie” story

which he wrote, focusing on the inhumane treatment of research

animals.

He has directed and hosted online videos about dogs and cats for a

Purina website. He also has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on

Hollywood Boulevard.

He has also written a book called “Timmy’s in the Well” which I

highly recommend. It tells of his many highs and lows of being a child

star.

Jon and I are doing a documentary in January in which I’ll narrate.

He will be interviewed about his experience having worked with one of

the most famous dogs in history. And of course, I’ll put in my two cents

about working with “Old Yeller”!

I could go on and on about Jon as he is a true friend and wonderful

person, and I am thrilled, delighted and grateful to call him and his

wonderful wife Laurie dear friends of mine.

Until next time, remember smiling is the ultimate anti-depressant.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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

hotmail.com.

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Senior Depression

By: Liz Breier / This & That

Depressed? So many friends have expressed

how down in the

dumps they feel from

time-to-time. This

emotion was especially prevalent during the

pandemic “lock down.”

It is apparent however, that such malaise is

a condition that affects many seniors. Some

live far from family or have lost a partner

and feel isolated.

Many are not sure how to go about getting

out among their peers and enjoying life –

which has a different meaning for everyone.

Those that live in a community that

provides activities makes it easier for seniors

to avoid isolation, but even then, many are

nervous about how to initially break the

ice. Although we are older, there is still the

fear of being ridiculed, kept out of groups

or generally feeling ostracized by those that

already know each other.

Many municipalities and religious organizations provide outlets for

seniors to socialize. Fortunately, we live in a 24-7 town, so there is also the

opportunity to be among others in a casino or at bingo - even if you’re

an insomniac.

It is not difficult to recognize when someone is alone or feeling lonely.

Why not welcome them into a card game, book review or bocci group?

Whatever the activity, it is always rewarding

to include someone new - especially when you

realize how appreciative they are. Everyone

has something to offer and taking the time to

meet new people not only benefits them but

can benefit the host or hostess as well.

New friends may bring knowledge or

expertise in legal, accounting, medical fields

or are knowledgeable about a diverse number

of areas in home repairs and maintenance,

culinary or crafts - just to name a few.

Of course, being kind to someone who is

alone or lonely may not gain any benefit of

knowledge to the one reaching out a friendly

hand. Instead the benefit is derived from the

satisfaction of knowing we did something

kind for someone else.

More importantly, helping someone avoid

depression can actually save their life.

Senior depression is a real ailment. Help someone in despair.

Liz Breier is an ex-New Yorker who retired to Florida for 24 years

before deciding that Nevada means home to her. You can contact

Liz at: bluesky090372@gmail.com.

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The Games Have Started!

By: Liz Palmer / NSG

The Games have started, the games have

started! The Nevada Senior Games, that

is. Our first sport

is Golf taking place September 3

and 4 at the Club at Sunrise.

Registration for Track and

Field, Basketball Skills and

Shuffleboard closes October

1. Registration for the 5K & 10K

Road Races closes October 15.

“Sure, I’ve got time,” you may think, but not really because for all

other sports, registration closes September 21 st and that’s coming up

soon!

If you want to Bowl at Sunset Station, play Racquetball at Las Vegas

Athletic Club, compete at Table Tennis at Valley View Rec Center,

“tri” a Triathlon at Lake Mead, dribble down the court for Women’s

Basketball at UNLV, show off your Cycling skills on the road, make a

splash while Swimming at Pavilion Pool, shoot your most accurate

Archery match at LV Archers Range, or play your best Badminton game

at UNLV, you’ve GOT to register by September 21 on our website www.

nevadaseniorgames.com.

Show off your stuff, make some great new friends, and score a

fabulous new Nevada Senior Games shirt.

Still on the fence? How about bragging rights for the top senior in

Nevada in your age and gender division and the chance for a gold,

silver, or bronze medal? Plus, qualify for the 2022 National Senior

Games next May in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It’s all waiting for you.

Don’t delay! We are waiting to welcome you at the Nevada Senior

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Liz Palmer is the Executive Director of the Nevada Senior Games.

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September 2021


Out to Dinner

By: Dianne Hahn / Back in the Days

The kids are ten, eight and six. Just going out

to dinner can be exhausting.

“We’re leaving in fifteen minutes,” I say. “Get

ready!”

I freshen my makeup. Call out warnings to

keep everyone on schedule. “Dina, brush your

hair. Darryl, wash your face and get your shoes.

Derek, put the puppies in the dog run.”

Hubby heads to the garage to start the car.

“Five minutes,” I call, then grab my purse

and dash down the hall. (Donnie has turned off

every light switch he’s passed.) I trip over the

puppies! Rub my ankle, struggle to my feet.

“Why aren’t the dogs in the run?” I groan.

Pass the family room and the kids are still sprawled in front of the

television! I come unglued! Bark orders: “You! Get your shoes and wash

your face! You! Get that hair combed! And you! Get those dogs in the

run!”

Derek jumps up. Dina searching for a hairbrush. Darryl and I on

hands and knees looking for his shoes.

“They were just here...”

“They couldn’t have been, or they’d be here.” We crawl towards his

room. “Stop following! Look for your shoes!” “I am!”

“Don’t look where I’m looking. Look elsewhere!” Frustrated, I stand.

“Get your cowboy boots.”

“Can’t,” he mumbles.

“Why?” “The bottom is coming off.”

“You ripped the sole of your new, expensive cowboy boots?” Tears. “It

was an accident, Mom.”

The horn honks. “Let’s go! Wear a pair of your

brother’s shoes!”

Derek snorts. “I don’t want some creepy kid

wearing my shoes. I’ll get diseased from his

smelly feet!”

“He’s not some creepy stranger, he’s your

brother! His feet don’t stink! FIND SOME

SHOES!”

The horn honks again. Derek appears with an ancient, dirty pair of

sneakers. Darryl takes them with his thumb and index finger “Phew!”

Dina’s struggling to pull a dog brush through her hair! I comb her

hair with my brush, spit on a Kleenex to clean Darryl’s face, push the

kids out the door.

I turn to Donnie. “Where did I go wrong?”

He smiles and lightly touches my cheek. “You were an only child.”

A former schoolteacher, Dianne Sebis Hahn writes for children too.

Presently, Dianne has eight books available on Amazon.com. You

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In these waning days of summer, my mind is

bifurcated. Could be better, says one part.

Could be worse, says the other. Lots worse.

The disheartened part is weary of Covid. This

pandemic goes on and on and on. Across the country, the response is

piecemeal, capricious, downright dangerous in places.

I find myself wishing for what the US media accuse China of imposing:

a “Draconian containment strategy,” in the words of the Washington

Post. Facing new viral outbreaks here and there of a few hundred cases,

the Chinese quarantine affected areas, administer widespread testing,

cancel events that put people into close contact, and go back online for

teaching and other business.

I find myself admiring New Zealand’s prime minister, who reimposed

a nationwide lockdown in response to a single Covid case.

The US is neither China, with its strong central state and collective

obedience, nor New Zealand, a small island nation. But surely, we can

address the resurgence of the virus with more than a shrug and the

promise of boosters for those who accept the virtues of vaccines.

Surely, we can do better than our late-August stats topping 100,000

new cases and 1,000 additional deaths per day.

Then there’s the global environmental breakdown, of course. The

latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

lays the blame decisively at us humans and warns of prospects even

direr than previously thought.

Meanwhile, another earthquake has killed and injured tens of

thousands of Haitians and put hundreds of thousands more out on

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Could Be Both

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

Medications - Alert!

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

Although several local residents do not want

their identities

printed I am disclosing

their experiences and a few precautions to

save you from a similar fate.

HL spent three weeks in a rehabilitation

facility. On two occasions a nurse brought

the wrong pills she would have taken had

she not recognized the shape, size, and color

of those that were regularly supplied. Learn

prescription names and try to remember

what they look like.

A certified nurse’s assistant picked up

a small bag containing a prescription for Hydrocodone. When the

attending nurse opened it to relieve her patient’s agonizing pain she

was furious. It was Solifenacin for incontinence. Look inside the bag

before you leave the counter.

HN complained that 30 was the quantity printed on a container of

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the street, where they remain in peril from destabilization and disease.

One incident says it all: A grandpa was carrying his four-month-old

grandson when debris rained down and killed the infant.

And America’s twenty-year project in Afghanistan – the military

venture that only one solitary member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Barbara

Lee, had the gumption to say shouldn’t occur without proper debate

and authorization – has reached its ghastly end.

No outside power has ever remade Afghanistan in its desired image.

Not Alexander the Great nor Genghis Kahn, not the British Empire

or the Soviets, not us. History has reasserted lessons we should have

known all along.

So here we are, in the land of those free to act irresponsible and the

home of the occasional brave and lonely voice. We are not in Haiti or

Afghanistan.

That’s from the other part of my mind, reminding me that too many

people elsewhere have it far, far worse.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to

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

Midwest.

Oxycodone pain pills, yet only l9 were inside. When collecting any

drug favored by addicts ask the pharmacist to count pills before

accepting the order.

WD noticed Tramadol for pain was missing

after she had shown the cupboard where it

was stored to a medical professional from

an agency. Make a list of medications and

present that whenever required instead of

displaying the items themselves. Locking

up is a bit of a bore but it is certainly a

safeguard against theft.

Of course, not only others make mistakes.

Identical containers get moved around and

you may not remember which are to treat

what. If the label from the pharmacy does not provide this info on

the container, write it yourself.

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Two Great Shows Coming

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

Chadwick Johnson will be celebrating

songs of the “Piano Men” in his premier

debut in Sun City MacDonald Ranch’s Showroom

with songs from Elton John, Ray Charles,

Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and others.

This will be a ticketed show sure to sell out at only $25. The

7:00 pm show on Saturday September 11, will allow you to

have an early bird dinner or late-night snack. Maybe both.

Chadwick Johnson is a singer/songwriter who approaches the craft

as a storyteller, creating soul stirring compositions. We may even get

him to perform one or two of his original hit songs.

In live performances, he has shared the stage with such music icons

as Olivia Newton John, Katharine McPhee, and Susan Anton.

In his personal life, Chadwick is a horseman, and enjoys training

horses and competing as a

Team Roper in Rodeo events.

Maybe he’ll tell us some

horse stories.

Just a quick blurb on

our October 16 th show, once

again at Sun City MacDonald

Ranch, which will feature

the Broadway Music of

TOM Lehrer, GEORGE

Gershwin, IRVING Berlin

& FRANK Loesser. Bruce

Ewing has put a starstudded

cast, which includes

singers Brenda Mandabach and Kevan Patriquin. They will all

be accompanied by the genius of Philip Fortenberry on piano.

What other clubs are in town that you may not be too familiar with?

On the Jazz, blues, soul scene we have a place called Classic Jewel on E.

Bonneville Ave.

Then there is the old E-String that has been completely remodeled

and is called The Gambit. Also, occasional fund raiser jazz performances

at the Elks Club on West Charleston.

And of course, the speakeasy downstairs at the Mob Museum

Underground which is downtown.

Then there are the Clark County Libraries (Windmill, Summerlin

and Flamingo) which have state-of-the-art theaters.

You can find New Orleans style bands, Latin/jazz combos, Broadway

show singers, piano bars, drag shows and just about every other venue

imaginable all at local venues.

To see who’s playing where and when, visit my web site that will have

a full list of all the entertainment on the local scene and sign up for my

weekly emails at www.EvanDavisJazz.com.

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

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

com. Email him at: evan@thevegasvoice.net.


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Let Them Eat Pie

By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining

In safer, saner days, Labor Day signaled the

end of summer. Labor Day weekend meant

barbeques and gatherings of family, friends, and

neighbors. Kids would be going back to school and celebrating their

last days of freedom.

In my old neighborhood, we lived at the end of a cul-de-sac and

neighbors on both sides of the street would get together and plan a

barbeque blowout. Each family contributed a dish or libation. Tables,

chairs, umbrellas, and grills were set up in the turnaround, and anyone

who could play an instrument was sure to bring it.

We were a mix of many nationalities, and I always loved the

abundance and diversity of foods that made their way to our tables. We

had the usual hot dogs, beans, and potato salad, but national dishes

were also present.

There was stuffed cabbage, hand-held meat pies, quesadillas, baked

ziti, egg rolls, and even sushi - a true melting pot. Somehow the

Margueritas were always chilled, and the beer and soft drinks were icy.

Those gatherings were the best of times. We laughed, sang, and

looked after each other’s kids.

We came together as neighbors and friends and counted on one

another. Life was much simpler then, and I miss that feeling of

community.

One of the dishes I always loved was made by a neighbor who didn’t

disclose recipes. Never one to

be deterred, I’ve worked hard

to duplicate it, and came up

with this. I think you’ll like it.

Beef Hand Pies

Sauté 1 finely diced large

onion and 1 clove grated

garlic until light brown. Add

1 lb. ground beef, 1 tsp. salt,

½ tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. each

onion and garlic powders, and

1 tbs. beef flavoring, (better

than Bouillon).

Sauté until beef shows no

color. Add 1 cup each of finely

diced cooked carrots and

potatoes and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Stir well and continue

cooking until well combined. Taste for seasoning. Cool.

Cut out 5” rounds from packaged pie crust. Fill each round with 2

tbs. filling, fold over and crimp edges with fork. Brush with beaten egg.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Pat Alexander writes about all things home. She is well known for

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A Great Trip Down Memory Lane

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Want to “Bring Back that Lovin’ Feeling”?

Go see The Righteous Brothers at the

South Point Hotel Casino in late September and

late October. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill

Medley, an original The Righteous Brother, says, “I’m having the

‘time of my life’.”

And you’ll have a great time taking a nostalgic journey with Bill.

His salute to his friend Bobby Hatfield with his rendition of Unchained

Melody” may bring some tears to your eyes.

Bobby died in 2003. Bill wisely came back with Bucky Heard. If

you were a fan of this famous duo, my bet is that you will enjoy and

appreciate the opportunity to hear the songs of “blue-eyed soul” once

again done live.

Bucky, age 56, (Medley is almost 81) is a seasoned performer. Years

of work on stage in Branson, Missouri and elsewhere and his incredible

vocal range and versatility have prepared him well for this.

Medley doesn’t have the entire vocal range he did, but the audience

loves him and his new partner as they take us on a journey beginning

in the 1960s.

Bill and Bucky, separately and together perform the songs that made

the Righteous Brothers an integral part of American musical history.

You’ll hear Grammy-winning hits including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’

Feelin’,” (the most played

song in radio history

and the one featured in

the movie “Top Gun”),

“Soul & Inspiration,”

“Unchained Melody,”

(featured in “Ghost”)

“Rock and Roll Heaven,”

Medley’s Grammywinning

“The Time of

My Life” (featured in

“Dirty Dancing”) and

more.

The Righteous Brothers show is so enjoyable; most especially for

those who remember the years when they topped the charts, but also

for those who simply like songs with lyrics that you understand, music

that doesn’t crush your ears, and performers that look and feel like the

real thing.

See The Righteous Brothers at South Point September 28-30 and

October 26-28 at 6:30 p.m.

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 lasvegas.splashmags.com.

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Family & Staff Inspire DeSimone’s Success

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

The kid comes first!

Nearly all successful businesspeople

have a philosophical mantra they credit for their

accomplishments. Those mantras often refer to

treatment of their customers and staff.

It’s no different for Realtor-turned-casino

owner Joe DeSimone, but in digging into his

what-makes-you-tick motivation, it’s obvious

that the kid comes first.

Since opening his real estate sales business in

1996, DeSimone has been one of Clark County’s

most successful Realtors. Originally focusing on

residential properties, he transitioned into real

estate development.

As both his business and knowledge grew,

so too did his ability to recognize opportunity.

He developed his first real estate project,

Henderson’s Pecos Commons, an office/

medical facility, in 1998.

Much of DeSimone’s residential real estate business grew through

referrals. “The more business I did, the more friends I made,” he says.

Many of those referrals connected him to the town’s movers and

shakers. With them came more opportunities for commercial business

and development.

DeSimone’s basis for evaluating those opportunities focused on those

involved. “You’ve got to be careful who you deal with. You pick your

people, not your places.”

DeSimone seized upon an opportunity in 2015, approaching MGM to

buy the historic Railroad Pass Casino, Nevada’s

oldest licensed casino. MGM had been cautious

with their desire to sell the property, concerned

to insure job security for their staff.

DeSimone gained their trust: “I showed them

my intent, more by my activities than my words.”

As an unspoken sign to Railroad Pass’ staff of his

future plans, DeSimone began sinking millions

into renovating the 80-year old property that had

become physically and economically obsolete.

About the same time, DeSimone unexpectedly

acquired a new partner, Emilia. At 47-years old,

the real estate veteran and newly minted casino

owner acquired a new title, First Time Father.

Nine months after Covid shut down

Henderson’s Eldorado Casino, DeSimone struck a deal to purchase

the 60-year old building from Boyd Gaming. He embarked on another

renovation project, sinking $7 million into the modernization. Newly

rebranded as The Pass, the casino features a sportsbook carrying Derek

Stevens’ Circa brand, table games, 350 slot machines, a concert venue,

Italian restaurant and Emilia’s Café, named after DeSimone’s daughter,

a testament to his statement, “She’s my inspiration. Everything I do

revolves around her.”

In July, Emelia turned the first shovel of dirt for a Holiday Inn

Express at Railroad Pass Casino (see photo), the next phase of the site’s

development that has already given rise to a booming truck stop/travel

center and convenience store.

“This town has been so good to me,” DeSimone said. “The more

friends I made, the more it snowballed. I started enjoying people more,

not just from a business standpoint but from a personal standpoint.”

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Uranus Retrograde

By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight

Uranus Retrograde is here, are you feeling it?

Uranus Retrograde, which happens once a

year, started its trek backwards on August 20 th and

will run through February 2022.

Uranus is an oddball planet that is associated with the unusual,

eccentric and surprising or illogical events. With retrograde action,

Uranus is stirring up some exciting breakthroughs - both good and

bad in the below areas for each of the signs.

Aries: Unexpected shifts

around money, sources of

income, or partner’s money.

Taurus: Shifts around

identity, reputation, aligning

with the media, or making

surprise announcements.

Gemini: Supports

therapies, learning about mental illness or abuse, and experiencing

unexpected mini-miracles.

Cancer: Shifts around your groups and community, support

systems, and aligning with technology.

Leo: Unexpected shifts around work or reputation and how you

present yourself in the public field.

Virgo: Unexpected travel or unexpected opportunities to expand

into new fields, states, or areas.

Libra: Supports shake-ups or learning about long-term financials,

such as investments, taxes, or debt.

Scorpio: Shifts around partnerships, friendships, where you stand

with friendships, and what you will tolerate from friends.

Sagittarius: Unexpected shake-ups around your work, daily

routine, how you serve and your health.

Capricorn: Supports shake-ups to your dating life, your children,

how you have fun and can lead to finding love in unusual places.

Aquarius: Unexpected shifts around your home life, upgrades

or repairs to the home, laughable situations around your living

environment and sudden changes to your home life.

Pisces: Supports shake-ups around your daily routine,

transportations and cars, siblings, and neighbors.

Although we will be going through this as a collective, if you birthday

falls between these dates, May 4-6 , November 6- 8 , August 6-8,

February 2-5, you may feel the energy greater than others.

As a takeaway, Uranus does not follow the logical order of things, so

expect the unexpected.

What Is Doo Wop?

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Doo Wop, used mostly with romantic songs,

is actually the use of nonsense syllables

to fill in vocal musical space. It originated out

of rhythm and blues music with African\American young people in

the1940s, using little or no accompaniment.

Doo Wop is a distinct style of acapella (no accompaniment) with a

lead singer, usually a tenor (high voice,) singing the melody with other

voices as accompaniment. At first, it was simply described as rhythm

and blues, gospel, country, western, and traditional folk music.

They were mostly young male blacks, who used their voices for

harmonic accompaniment. And of course, white doo wop singers came

later.

However, before Doo Wop, many composers used nonsense syllables.

This included Stephen Foster, who used syllables in Camp Town Races,

ending in Doo Da, Doo Da.

There were also songs with Oop Boo Sh’Bam’ Soop Shoop. Duke

Ellington used boo-wop in the song It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t

Got That Swing.

There are doo doo da doo doo in rhythm and blues, too. The title,

Boogie Woogie is also a form of Doo Wop.

The songs are usually fairly easy to remember and easy to sing along

with. The Mills Bros, Ink Spots and Platters used vocal harmony to

simulate the sound of string or reed sections.

Some other vocal group using syllables were: Forever Young with So

Much In Love; Bill Haley and the Comets-- the earliest group of white

Doo Wop singers.

Other examples are The Drifters with Save the Last Dance for Me

and The Platters who were one of the greatest vocal groups of all time.

Some of their many hits were: The Great Presenter, Only You, and

Harbor Lights; The Temptations with My Girl.

And many more groups and songs are also terrific examples .

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and

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

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My Thank You

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

One of the best rewards I received when I

started my company was the chance to

communicate and learn from women all over

the world. I love connecting with other women and have learned more

from them than any beauty advertisement.

Writing this column has afforded me the same luxury and I love it!

I recently heard from several women that read my article on having

thyroid cancer. They took the time to share kind messages of support

and suggestions.

This is what women do best - they support each other. As we get older,

we have more to share from our lifelong collection of knowledge.

We know what works and more importantly, we know what doesn’t.

Many of us have learned the hard way, so when I get suggestions from

other women, I listen.

One very important piece of advice and other great information was

from Donna. She shared the importance of checking the sunscreen

(and other beauty products) we use for ingredients considered toxic.

Two ingredients of concern by the FDA are Oxybenzone and

Octinoxate. These ingredients are considered to possibly be linked to

cancer.

Donna shared a company that focuses on using the safest ingredients

possible in their products. It’s called beautycounter.com and they offer

a sunscreen free of those two ingredients.

Another suggestion

for my incredibly

dry skin was from

Karen. She had such a

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of my favorite brands,

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I use the face wash

daily but forgot about

the moisturizer. I went out and bought it the same day and I’m very

glad I did.

It is heavier than I would normally have used in the past during

summer months, but with my newfound issues, it was just the ticket!

I’m doing well, looking forward to my check up next month and

expecting continued good news! Should any of you be dealing with

this, please feel free to contact me! I’m happy to share anything I can.

All of the positive thoughts, great words of advice and many prayers

from so many of you means more than you could ever know. Thank

you from the bottom of my heart!

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Recognizing Special Seniors

By: Carol Chapman

Do you know of a special senior who serves peers with their time

and talent? There are dozens of awards programs for everything

else, but few that recognize the efforts of those who go above and

beyond to care for seniors. The Foundation does so in several ways.

We will announce Nevada’s Senior Citizen of the Year at our

Gala on October 16 at The M Resort. Annually we recognize a Nevada

resident 65 years or better who has made significant contributions to

volunteerism in support of Nevada seniors.

Nominations come from people like you who know the impact of

their achievements and the extent to which they benefit or inspire the

senior community.

Our nationwide Celebrate a Senior program runs all year long. You

can make a donation of $100 or more and receive (or we will mail) a

hand-painted tile celebrating your special senior. A certificate honoring

an individual is available for smaller donations.

Details for both of these programs are on our website at

FoundationAssistingSeniors.org.

Three finalists for Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year will be hosted

at The Gala, with the winner being announced from the stage. This is

just one of the highlights of the evening hosted by Honorary Chair John

Katsilometes.

Silent and live auctions, dinner, and entertainment by singer Mark

OToole are additional reasons to purchase your ticket or a table for

eight. Visit the Gala section on our website or call us at 725/244-4200.

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Quantum Healing

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

The Bible states that change can happen

in the “blink of an eye.” The majority of

humanity, however, believes that change is tied to

time. It’s not!

Rather, “it is in the eye (mindset) of the beholder.

Although this pathway has been proven to already exist, it is very

difficult for rational minds to accept. However, people that are easily

hypnotized (as well as those who meditate) find it much easier to

accept this concept and therefore can transform their thoughts and

reality accordingly.

Quantum healing is the connective link that scientists have been

looking for since the 1900s with quantum physics. They were able to

configure thought mathematically, but there was no real paradigm

that explained what this all meant, until now.

Today, scientists are able to prove how quantum healing actually

spans the connection between science, religion and spirituality.

Although there is no agreed upon language, it explains the minds’

connection to some instances that we would otherwise label as miracles.

That is not to say that miracles don’t exist. They do!

But, when it comes to healing and manifesting different realities, the

fact is that change begins with the mind, which we can individually

utilize with our own mind power.

One of the examples shared by quantum physicist and author

Cynthia Larson, “Quantum Jumping” and “Reality Shifts”, tells of a

young friend that broke her leg jumping from rock to rock. The doctor’s

x-rays confirmed the break.

Sent home to heal for two months, the woman was concerned she

would lose her new job. But, days after changing the theta wave space,

her leg began itching from within. Only two days later there was no

sign of ever having a leg break.

The core of the matter is this: If your intention is rooted in love and

you learn to direct that energy, you can project it wherever you want.

When others come into contact with it, they feel it and interesting

things begin to happen, even retro-actively.

In Pema Chodron’s words, “We are all a blink of an eye away from

awakening.”

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Confession of a Couch Potato

By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit

I

’m all for self-improvement, as long as it

doesn’t involve exercise. I’ve become a gymo-phobe.

The mere thought of a sports bra and

sneakers can ruin the most perfect day.

But perhaps “-phobe” isn’t an accurate suffix to explain my

condition. I don’t fear the gym; I out-and-out hate it!

This attitude represents a transformation from my former self who

was once dedicated to treadmills and Stairmasters. Perhaps I took too

many steps and am suffering from a case of burn-out.

And, although I have succumbed, I’m unable to make peace with

my slothfulness. So, heeding the suggestion of motivated friends, I have

called into play the following strategies:

Scare Tactics. Laziness is hazardous to my health. I’m susceptible to

osteoporosis and am being very unkind to my cardio-vascular system.

I’m depriving my brain of the super-oxygenating results of the

elliptical machine, not to mention the danger of weight gain. But when

I learned how much bouncing was needed to work off an Oreo cookie,

I simply decided to forego the cookie.

Bribery. If I go to the gym, I should reward myself. “It doesn’t have

to be expensive,” one friend said.

Now this was an appealing idea that actually got me into workout

attire. But I got sidetracked looking for potential gifts, and before long

it was time to go straight home because the dog was starving!

Personal Trainer. If I hired a personal trainer, I couldn’t wriggle out

of my commitment. That sounded foolproof.

So I hired a trainer who came twice a week. She was a lovely, fit

young woman, a perfect role model.

By the third week,

I experienced a

noticeable shift in my

attitude. I no longer

hated the gym. I hated

the trainer.

Vary the Routine.

Doing the same thing

gets boring. Take

various classes. This made sense. So I looked at the schedule.

“Yogalates”? Sounds like a drink at Starbucks. With soy milk. Kick

Boxing? Too aggressive. “Zumba”? That sounded goofy enough to be

fun.

I attended a class and as soon as the Latin music started I got the

feeling that everyone but me had been doing this for their entire lives,

while I was tripping over my feet trying to keep up. Luckily, the loud

music drowned out the sound of the door closing after me as I quietly

slipped away.

The struggle rages, and the devil on my left shoulder continues to

prevail. As a result, I’ve ditched my clingy shirts.

To paraphrase Nora Ephron, when a woman reaches that point in

life when her cleavage looks like a peach pit, she probably shouldn’t be

wearing tank tops anyway!

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

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

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

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By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations

Disney presents Jungle Cruise as a summer

family show, but don’t expect cartoons.

Actually it’s a rather

serious story line in search of an ancient

tree that holds the power to heal.

So if you were expecting some sort of

a version of The African Queen meets

Indiana Jones on their way to find the

Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ve got the

wrong movie. However, director Jaume

Collet-Serra was able to make this a PG

13 action, comedy film.

There’s plenty of adventure and some violence carried off with great

gusto by Dwayne Johnson. He plays the wisecracking skipper of the

ramshackle boat travelling down the Amazon in search of the tree that

holds the power - a discovery that will change the future of medicine.

The film is strictly fantasy, an uncomplicated escapade to entertain

you with bankable stars that deliver - Dwayne Johnson; Emily Blunt;

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Jungle Cruise

September 2021

Jack Whitehall; Edgar Ramirez; and Jesse Plemons.

The story is based on the Disney theme park ride of the same name.

Mostly filmed in the Hawaiian Islands, Blunt and Johnson display the

chemistry to make it fun to watch.

Jungle Cruise will keep you glued to

your seat. (Hopefully at one of the senior

discount movie theaters).

Its ending leaves the possibility of a

sequel; possibly another franchise in the

vein of that other series based on a ride

- “Pirates of the Caribbean.” I know I

look forward to any new (or old) movie

featuring Dwayne Johnson.

So for 2 hours and 7 minutes of fun

entertainment, go see Jungle Cruise at the theater, online, or borrow a

tape from a friend. I’m giving this film B+.

But enough about my opinion, what do you think?

Renee Riendeau is the movie critic for The Vegas Voice. She loves to

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What do you do with your regrets? You

know those things you never did, never

said, never completed…and on and on.

Well, you could lose those regrets, yet you hang onto them. And as you

age, those regrets begin to creep more and more into your foreground.

How do you acknowledge and process through those negative

memories? How do you keep them from consuming you?

It’s about turning your negative energy (regrets) into positive fuel

(rewards). It’s about taking advantage of the many opportunities you

receive each day to exchange your regrets for rewards and grow from

the lessons learned they represent.

My mother passed away recently at 90 after a very full and purposedriven

life. As I reflected on our relationship, my mind, as is normal,

immediately went to all the things I wish I would have done or said

differently…my regrets.

What a waste of my energy! I could have used that energy reminiscing

about all the wonderful, joyful moments I shared with Mom and the

many things I learned from her…my rewards.

So how do you get to your rewards? They will come as you let your

regrets go! Be aware that many regrets are wrapped in the inability to

forgive - so forgiveness is key! Positive aging is all about creating a

healthy environment mentally and physically where there is no room

for regrets.

I dedicate this article to my Mom, the quintessential positive ager.

She turned all her regrets into rewards and shared them with people

all over the world.

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Turn Your Regrets Into

Your Rewards

By: Pat Landaker / Positive Aging

Pat Landaker is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and a Senior

Lifestyle Consultant. She is owner of the Living La Vida Senior

brand, serves on the City of Henderson’s Senior Citizens Advisory

Commission and teaches Positive Aging at UNLV/OLLI. Contact her

at positiveaging54@gmail.com.

September 2021

Long Hauling

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

Now that we’re masking up again and

Nevada is one of the big hot spots for

COVID (with all its variants) we have resumed

the battle to contain, conquer, and hopefully charge on past the

pandemic we all hate.

I don’t know how many readers have been under assault from

COVID, but there is another aspect to it that does not get much

attention. It’s call “long-hauling” - a simple term for those who have

been infected but no longer are testing positive; yet still suffer from

the lingering effects of this thing.

Some sort of good news is that they now have a clinical name for

it, Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC). At least it’s

being acknowledged, and that’s a good start.

I’m a long-hauler and know it’s true. I’m fully vaccinated and still

never know from day-to-day how I will feel.

The VA emergency department has seen me way too many times

and the medical personnel are scratching their heads trying to figure

out what’s ailing me. I’m very glad they’re there.

When it comes to long-hauling COVID (if you are), we must

remember that the aging process always plays a big part in our health

condition. And perhaps it’s not some outside force trying to ambush

us at every turn.

At 77, one of my biggest challenges is to determine if it’s old age or

long-haul COVID crap. (Had a good bout with it in July of 2020.) I’ve

never been here before - now in my 70’s, that is.

When I got back from Vietnam as a young virile paratrooper in

1966, I was on a collision course; believing my life would end sooner

than later. I never expected to live to be this old.

Now COVID has thrown another determinate into the mix, and I’m

haulin’ along to see what’s around the next bend. Good luck to you,

and mask up!

Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and

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Typical Auto Insurance

Coverages

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

Many people say they have full coverage

on their vehicles, but they really don’t.

The only way you could have full coverage is if

you have every possible coverage sold by insurance companies at the

highest level sold. No one really does.

Below are the typical coverages most folks carry on their auto policy

with a brief explanation of each.

1. Bodily Insurance & Property Damage Liability – This

is required by law. In Nevada, the minimum limits for bodily injury

are $25,000 each person and $50,000 each occurrence and $20,000

property damage liability (25/50/20).

With most companies, you can go as high as 250/500/100. Whatever

coverage you have is the maximum amounts your insurance company

can pay if you are liable in an auto accident.

2. Medical Payments –This is not required, and it basically works

like health insurance for you or anyone in your vehicle who suffers

injuries in an auto incident.

You typically buy limits such as $2,000, $5,000 or $10,000/person.

Some companies have higher limits, but it should not be confused with

health insurance since it only covers for auto injuries.

3. Comprehensive (sometimes called Other Than Collision) –

This pays for damages to your car caused by an incident other than

collision. Examples are fire, theft, vandalism, falling objects, and floods.

Your deductible would apply first.

4. Collision – This pays when your own vehicle is damaged in an

accident. Generally, the company reimburses you the amount to repair

or replace your damaged auto, less your deductible.

5. Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage – This covers

you (or anyone in your vehicle) in an accident with a motorist who has

no insurance or less insurance than you carry. This is not for vehicle

damage but, instead, it’s to cover bodily injury for medical costs, lost

wages and pain and suffering.

So, what’s missing? Things like: Towing coverage, additional parts &

equipment (like upgrades stereo or wire rims), and the most obvious of

all - adequate limits for those coverages you do have.

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

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

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September 2021

Is it the Right Time to Buy

a Vehicle?

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

In 2020, the automotive industry contributed

three percent to the U.S. GDP, or about $627

billion. In addition, it employs over 4 million people in the U.S.

There’s no question that what happens in this industry is going to

have an effect on the economy - good or bad. With the chip shortage

ongoing, manufacturers are cutting production and temporarily

shutting plants, drastically reducing the amount of new vehicles

produced.

Which means, if you are in the market for a new car, you’re either

going to be waiting a while, or you’ll have to take what’s available on

the lots (which isn’t much if you’ve driven by a dealership lately).

In addition, because supply is short, dealerships are adding a

premium to the price, or what they call “market adjustment.” This is a

practice not endorsed by the manufacturers, but there is little they can

do about it because of dealership franchise laws that date back to the

mid 1950s.

Well, you’re probably thinking if I can’t buy a new car, I’ll buy a used

model. Sounds good, until you go online and check out a few.

What you’ll find is something we call sticker shock, which is usually

associated with new vehicle prices. Because demand is outweighing

supply, dealers are marking up used vehicles as well.

Used-vehicle stock also is severely depleted because people trade in

their old vehicles for new ones. But if there are no new ones to buy, then

no one is trading them in.

Dealerships are getting desperate. They’ll buy anything if it can be

cleaned up and resold, which makes it attractive to those selling. We’ve

seen people sell their used vehicle often for more than what they paid

for it.

However, if you want to buy another car, the vicious cycle begins.

If you don’t absolutely have to buy a vehicle now, and want to save

money, wait. If you have a used vehicle you don’t need, sell it and make

some cash.

If you do need to purchase now, good luck.

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

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

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September Gardening Tips

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

It’s appropriate that Labor Day comes in

September since it signifies that a great

amount of labor will be needed to get our gardens

in shape after our brutal summer temperatures and to get ready for

the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

We will be having more moderate temperatures, so go outside and

repair the damage caused by 100+ temperatures and long days of

scorching sunshine.

Your primary step should be the application of quality fertilizers to

the soil in order to replenish nutrients that have been utilized during

the past growing season. Follow the Water Authority fall watering

schedule and remember to diminish your “run time” too.

Next, it is important to address the needs of specific plantings in

your landscape.

1. Cactus, yucca, and agave need to have reduced amounts of water

as the days become shorter and cooler. You can make cuttings now

and prepare them for planting later in the coming weeks.

Treat the soil around agaves with systemic insecticide to kill weevil

eggs that will hatch underground and eat the roots systems. Treat

prickly pear and cholla cactus with malathion to prevent cochineal

infestation.

2. Flowering and/or fruit trees should NOT be pruned in September!

You should only remove dead or damaged branches and leaves.

This will stimulate more robust growth that will withstand cold

winds and frost damage in the winter. You should apply specialized

fertilizer formulated for fruit, citrus, and flowering trees.

3. If your tomato plants survived the summer, you should heavily

prune them leaving just 4-6 inches of stem remaining and fertilize

with a high phosphorus tomato fertilizer. This will provide a late fall/

early winter harvest of tomatoes for the holidays!

4. Perennial flowering plants should be pruned and treated with

high phosphorus fertilizer to stimulate fall growth and blooming. Do

NOT, however, heavily prune roses. Just remove the dead branches and

spent flowers.

5. And if you have not already done so, September is the last month

to fertilize and to prune palm trees.

Have any questions? As always feel free to contact me at:

Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.com.

Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC

school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his

time to communicating with and lecturing about our native

plants.

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He’s Not Expendable

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

Meet Timothy Bartley. I call him, and the

thousands of others suffering a similar

fate, homeless veterans in desperation.

Mr. Bartley sits in his worn-down electric

wheelchair looking for shade so he can escape the heat. That’s until

the Salvation Army’s overnight shelter opens at 6:00 pm and provides

shelter until 6 am the next day.

The problem is that during the daytime when heat is at its worst,

there is no place for him to seek shelter except under a tree, (if one is

available). The other non-profits are suffering severe staffing shortages

due to the pandemic and cannot provide daytime relief.

Exasperating the problem for Mr. Bartley is that his wheelchair has

limited operating time.

Thus he has to be careful as to how far he goes so that he is not more

than 50 feet from the shelter as he waits for it to open. What makes this

problem horrific is that he is not the exception to the problem.

I believe he personifies the agony that thousands of other Nevadans

are going through each and every day. Take a very close look at his

face.

What I see is a deep sense of hopelessness, complete lack of self-esteem

and a desperation that few of us have ever experienced. As the newest

COVID mutation takes hold, people

previously moved to volunteer to

help have backed off because of fear

that they will be a victim of COVID.

So what to do?

One suggestion is to consolidate

all of the non-profits providing

similar services under one

operational roof, thus avoiding cost

duplicity.

By doing this, most every donated dollar would go to the core

“business model.”

Secondly, as I have mentioned many times before, replicate the

success of the Veterans Village homeless compound spearheaded by

Arnold Stalk and convert old railroad cars to safe and cost effective

transitional housing.

Finally, and perhaps the most difficult task is to “motivate” the

politicians to act. That last one may seem impossible, but I’d rather

focus on the probable.

*Photo credit Eric Verduzco of the Las Vegas Review Journal.

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The Great Man - Woman Hurricane Divide

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

By the time you read this, Hurricane Henri

will have passed and, I hope, left everyone

as unscathed as possible. But, even here in the

mountains, we’re expecting something like 3-47

inches of rain, so I can imagine the concern right now.

The weather folks have predicted it could impact anywhere from

Florida on up, so folks are worried - except the men.

I surely don’t mean to be sexist or anything, but it reminds me that

when it comes to “riding out the storm” (and, if we’re going to be

honest, lots of other perplexing behavior) men are, generally speaking,

chowderheads.

If you turn on the TV in the days preceding a hurricane, as the dire

warnings and predictions ramped up, you mostly see video of young

dudes out surfing the waves as they roll in bigger and rougher until

some fool falls off and looks a bit like he’s freakin’ drowning, at which

point the lifeguard dudes ride out on jet skis to rescue him...so he can

get right back on his surfboard.

Now, I’m willing to give them a little leeway on going out there

initially. I understand the call of the waves as you shoot the perfect

curl...or something.

It’s the going back out there after they pump several fathoms of

seawater out of you that’s just a little…well…stunningly stupid.

When these storms approach, you’ll see video of people boarding up

their beach houses...tough, stubborn he-men, shirts off, nails in their

mouths, electric drills in their all-too-capable hands, fist-bumping as

they pass each other with self-satisfied grunts that seem to say, “We got

this. No sweat. Time for a brewski.”

But, you will also see, in the background, all the wives racing intently

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withering and disgusted glances over their shoulders at their he-men,

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to make him leave, either. He stated his wife of 60 years wanted him to

go with her to her sister’s, but no siree, he wasn’t going to do it.

After 60 years of this, I almost expected to see the wife walk in with a

shotgun pointed at her husband, and say through clenched teeth, “Get

your ass in the car, Earl - I ain’t playin’ with you this time!”

Meanwhile, you always see female reporters (who are few and far

between, having mostly female sense) dressed appropriately and

holding on to trees, porch columns, or mailboxes. The male reporters

are in shorts and tee shirts, demonstrating, “Dude, I can lean into the

wind, and it will totally hold me up!”

My son lived in Wilmington, North Carolina during college, which

is about 8 seconds from the Atlantic Ocean. I would start prepping him

days ahead of any storms about coming home before it arrived.

One such evening, I called to see if he was on his way, as he was under

a mandatory evacuation, and reports were showing huge winds and

driving rain starting in Wilmington. Nope.

He was making dinner, and while he had me on the phone, he wanted

to know if there was any difference between rice and orzo.

While I sputtered incoherently, he said “yeah, it was raining hard

and the lights kept flickering, big deal, it’s just a storm, and gas prices

were too high to come home” so back to the rice vs. orzo question.

I calmly wished him well, hung up and called the Wilmington police

to report a possible burglary in progress at his address, by a man who

may be cooking orzo. A jail cell has to be pretty hurricane-proof, don’t

you think?

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

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September 2021


Applying Logic & Physiology

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Wearing or not wearing a mask is drawing

a lot of controversy these days. Let’s apply

some logic to the equation.

We know that Covid 19 is transmitted by water particles from the

lungs. Take a pair of glasses and hold them a few inches from your

mouth and exhale strongly.

You can see the water vapor on the glasses. Now put on a mask and

exhale strongly on the glasses again.

You will notice that there is far less water vapor on the glasses this

time. From this demonstration, it can be shown that masks decrease

the amount of water vapor (and in theory virus particles) being

transmitted into the air.

Pro-maskers will say masks are necessary. Anti-maskers will say

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well-known company logos to trick you, while

others are basic. Keep in mind they need only one sucker (out of

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Take a look at the below email message that publisher Dan

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you don’t want to “renew.”

Forget for a moment that you have no idea what the “product” is

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Summer Almost Over?

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

For the 19+ years I’ve been a Nevada

resident, I don’t remember summers being

as brutal as 2021

has been! Perhaps the fact that we were

quarantined for so long, then allowed

to venture out - submitting us to some

sort of happiness and escape.

We were granted some freedom from

mask-wearing for a short time. Then

“BAM!” Along came a virus variant

and those refusing to get vaccinated.

In January I was among one of the

first in line in my community when

seniors were allowed to have the

vaccine. I did not want to get Covid

and did all within my power to protect

myself and others.

I also did the 3 “Ws” - wash hands, wear a mask and watch social

distancing.

Now with the record-breaking heat this summer, it surely was a

challenge to wear our masks again. It’s been difficult to teach my

Zumba and other classes while wearing my mask as well.

But I’ll do it as long as it is needed. I even continued wearing my

mask at grocery stores and other large facilities with large crowds, even

when the mask mandate was lifted.

Let’s pray that soon this will all be behind us, and we can return to a

somewhat “new normal.”

I should be returning to my beloved

Smith Center soon and whatever is

required of me as an usher to protect

myself and others, I will happily do so.

I long for the day when we can

venture out “mask-free”, breathe fresh

air and not having to worry about

family and friends becoming ill with

Covid.

Take care everyone, be safe, please

abide by the CDC rulings and hope

that we get through this summer safe

and secure.

Be Grateful - for whatever you have, not what you don’t have.

POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!

Mary Richard is a long term supporter of senior fitness. She

teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las Vegas

Valley. She can be reached at zumbaqueen@cox.net.

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The Phat Pack is Back

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

In the close to twenty years that we’ve had

our Vegas Voyagers Travel Club, the most

successful adventure, without doubt, is our Bus

to the Boat cruises. With the obvious exception of the past year and

a half, we have provided anywhere between two and five of these trips

every year. It’s safe to say thousands of senior

residents have participated.

And what’s not

to like? In the

price we include a

great cruise, all the

port charges taxes

and fees, and round trip bus

transportation from Las Vegas to

the pier in Los Angeles or Long Beach.

Our pickup locations are the Red Rock Resort in Summerlin and in

Henderson, The M Resort. Easy as can be!

I’ve escorted many of these trips and I’ve enjoyed every minute of

every cruise. I’ve met great people who share a love of travel. Another

great part is listening to many of our Vegas Voyagers backgrounds.

But for me, these special cruises are the ones where we’ve included

local talented performers. And heaven knows, Las Vegas might be

the epicenter for

the most gifted,

talented people in

the world.

So when we

bring along a

singing sensation

group like the

Phat Pack, I

am thrilled

to let them

entertain in our

private Vegas Voyagers only performances. Such will the case this

March 20 -27, 2022.

We will be sailing with the Phat Pack on the Princess Cruise Line,

Discovery Princess along the coast of California.

And what a great group the Phat Pack is. Think of a group like the

“Three Tenors”, but less stuffy and a lot of fun.

Their songs are contemporary, their voices superb, and musical

accompanist Philip Fortenberry is one of the best pianists I’ve ever

heard. We’ve cruised with them before, and the shows are simply world

class.

For full details call us at 516/485-3200. Hope to see you on the

Discovery Princess in March.

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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

www.Vegasvoyagers.Com

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”


PRINCESS CRUISES

come back new ®

Itinerary:

San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego,

Ensenada, Mexico

Inside Cabin

Obstructed Balcony

Deluxe Obstructed Balcony

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.

PRICE INCLUDES:

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

516/485-3200

room wait staff

DISCOVERY PRINCESS

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It Might Happen... 2024 Olympics, Paris or Bust!

By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker / Out & About

As I watched the televised finale of the 2020

Olympic Games, I was surprised how fast the

two weeks of competitions

had sped by. Initially I had

been a typical naysayer, thinking that with all

the frightening complications of an ongoing

international pandemic, the expense and risk

of going forward with Tokyo’s Olympic Games

might be a disaster.

After all, it had already been delayed a full

year. But surprisingly the opening ceremony

piqued my interest.

Even though the stands were empty, the

enthusiasm of the performers and the dedication

of the athletes as they entered the stadium were

enough to make me rethink my skepticism.

By the time the opening ceremony was underway, with thousands of

tiny drones dangling in the night sky, it was obvious this was a far cry

from the original Olympic games in ancient Greece.

In 776 BC, the first games were held in a grassy area near Athens

called Olympia. For many centuries, young men travelled there every

four years to compete in strenuous games.

The winners wore simple crowns made from olive branches and not

much more, but the ancient games were so popular, even

wars were halted, just so their warriors could participate.

The concept of peaceful physical competitions among citizens

developed further in 1896 and amazingly has

continued to survive and expand since that

time.

Now, after being dazzled by the 2020

Olympics, I wondered if France, the next setting

for the Olympic Games, would be intimidated

by Tokyo’s amazing presentation? That would

certainly be understandable!

But once Japan’s closing ceremony ended and

the Olympic flag had been presented to France,

a cheering crowd joyfully greeted the world, and

it was obvious Paris expects to be up to the task.

Their 2024 Olympic Games will feature

many of the city’s most famous sites - like

the Eifel Tower, and this is certain to bring

new excitement to the Games.

If you are interested in attending, and would like information on the

2024 Olympic Games, please call 702/463-0966. Tres bien!

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

Vegas Vacationers Inc. She can be reached at:

Merryman2@aol.com

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Considered North America’s most grueling

historic trade route, the Old Spanish Trail

connected New Mexico with

California. Comparable to other primitive trails; it

had its share of outlaws and brave adventurers.

Before the arrival of the Spanish, Native Americans

had a system of sprawling, unmapped footpaths

networking what is today Northwest New Mexico,

Southwest Colorado, Southern Utah, Northern

Arizona, the bottom tip of Nevada passing through

modern-day Las Vegas and Southern California.

Santa Fe was a longtime established Spanish city

when in the early 1800s the Spanish sought a direct

trade route between Santa Fe and Los Angeles. A

Mexican trader led the first commercial caravan from New Mexico to

Southern California.

His path followed a combination of original footpaths. Later followed

by Spanish priests and mule paths.

The route grew with traders transporting tools and woolen articles

from Santa Fe to Los Angeles, which were bargained for horses and

mules. John C. Frémont and guide Kit Carson named it the Old Spanish

Trail and officially mapped it for the United States.

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Before long it grew treacherous. There were attacks by indigenous

groups, horse raiders who stole hundreds horses and slave traders

seizing human captives.

Nonetheless, for a time, advantages outweighed

disadvantages. Offering interior New Mexico access

to Pacific ports, it bolstered Los Angeles as a trade

center and allowed immigrant travel into California.

Eventually freight wagons brought demand for

easier routes. The Old Spanish Trail became less

used and then abandoned.

The Old Spanish Trail was Nevada’s first

commerce “highway” crossing the Las Vegas Valley

at its southern edge. In 2001 and 2002, portions

running within Nevada were placed on the National

Register of Historic Places.

The nearby town of Blue Diamond established

a marker designating a section of the once winding pack route.

Correspondingly, adjacent Blue Diamond is a 5.9 mile moderate trail

fragment used for moderate hiking of the historically notable Old

Spanish Trail.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.


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30 Days Has September ... and Other Tricks to Remember!

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

W

hen we were kids, we learned mnemonics (memory aids) for remembering things. Even

now when I'm loosening a screw, jar lid or water spigot, I say to myself, "LEFTy loosey,

RIGHTy tighty." Chris Stevens' book, Thirty Days Has September: Cool Ways to Remember

Stuff, is a fun helpful reminder of many mnemonics for young & old. Need some tricks to help

you find your keys, cellphone, and other things you tend to lose? Check out Professor Michael

Soloman's book, How to Find Lost Objects, and Jim Karol's book, Ultimate

Memory Magic: The Transformative Program for Sharper Memory, Mental

Clarity & Greater Focus ... at Any Age.

Karol's 4 Tricks to Finding

Your Keys & Other items

1. Take deep breaths to calm

yourself.

2. Clear away negative thoughts.

3. Recall the moment when you

last saw the missing object.

4. Retrace your steps and take a

minute to write them down.

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

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

Mental Minutes

“Lost & Found"

1. In one minute, name items

people tend to lose.

2. Make an alphabetical list.

Automobile keys,

Bifocal glasses,

Cellphone, …

A No-Brainer Pick

Check out this terrific

article online at:

www.NYTimes.com/

2017/04/03/well/

missing-keys.html

September 2021

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