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About The Vegas Voice

There is nothing more gratifying than to be honored by your

fellow senior publishers. With that humble statement, we are very

proud to announce that The Vegas Voice received 10 national

awards from the North American Mature Publishers Association

(NAMPA) in 2021.

Everything from General Excellence to Senior Issues to Editorials

to Graphics, the judges held (and it remains our unconditional

commitment) that “every issue demonstrates that The Vegas

Voice is paying attention to the needs and interests of

its readers.”

Liars, Thieves and Whores

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

They’re all thieves” I screamed to my Rana.

While my PILL (partner in love & life) has

learned to ignore my temper tantrums and crazy

outbursts, even she had to admit that our recent encounters were

shockingly outrageous.

It all began last month when Rana was, once again, asked to

do guardianship seminars at various senior

communities. Such presentations have been on

“hold” for two years due to the COVID pandemic.

With life starting to return to “normal,”

the requests started to come in and Rana was

more than willing to resume her Guardian

Gladiator role. As her loyal servant, we updated

the presentation to include the latest guardian

information as well as senior scams and, her new

Don Quixote quest – Concerned Friends & Family


Anyway, in preparing the update, Rana

thought it was very important to include the long-sought, much

needed “Guardianship Hotline” telephone number. This was our

state government response to “protect” the public from the dangers of

guardianship abuse.

I called the number. Twice. Both times were recordings advising that

“they” would get back to me.

After 3 weeks, I’m still waiting.

What a waste of time. Another “looks good, and see how we help our

citizens” but in reality total BS.

I’ve said it before and will continue to do so. If you rely on the

government (or judicial system) to protect you from guardian

predators, you’re going to get screwed.

And yes, I know what you’re thinking.

Perhaps you’ll get one of those attorneys that specialize in

guardianship protections. You know the ones – those that will include

the guardianship nomination form at no charge so long as you retain

them to prepare a trust agreement for you.

Forget the fact that such form is free.

And then I heard from a reader who wanted to engage an attorney for

such a trust agreement. She was skeptical of the lawyer’s ability (and

ethics) when the firm had the audacity to not only charged thousands

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

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of dollars for a simple trust agreement (which is basically a fill-inthe-blanks

form) but would charge an additional $50 to notarize her

signature plus an additional $25 to have one of their employees serve

as a witness.

Talk about greed.

And then not 24 hours later, The Vegas Voice received another (we

now average 9-12 per month) request for advice and assistance.

It seemed that this Sun City resident wanted to update his trust since

his wife recently passed away. The lawyer (who

we have dealt with in the past on guardianship

abuses) strongly advised (it’s called strong-arm

tactics) to immediately come in and revise the


It would “only” cost $10,000 for the initial

consult and then another $10,000 upon

completion. And that included a new, beautiful

binder for the trust agreement. Was that

reasonable he asked?

When I asked if he wanted my opinion, I quickly

remarked that the “lawyer is an absolute 100% liar, thief and a whore.”

All the while my Rana was trying to wrestle the phone from me since

she wanted to give her two cents about this lawyer. While Rana agreed

with my sentiment, she scolded me for not being strong enough!

So who’s looking out for you? At the very least, The Vegas Voice (and

especially my Rana) returns all phone calls (and emails). And unlike

those bottom-feeder lawyers, there is never a cost or a fee to help -

although she does not provide fancy binders.

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Registration is Now Open

By: Liz Palmer / NSG

After months of preparation, the Nevada Senior

Games has opened its registration for our

2022 Games this September and October in the

greater Las Vegas area. We’re so excited to offer over 20 different sports

to both in and out of state athletes who are 50 years old and better.

Athletes compete in 5-year age groups in such competitions as track

and field, bowling, swimming, tennis, pickleball, archery (just to name

a few), and our newest offering…


The NSG have been

sponsoring annual sports

competitions for over 40

years. Not only are we the

largest senior-oriented

sports organization in

Nevada, we’re also an official

state member of the National Senior Games Association.

Last year we welcomed over 1,000 entrants to our Fall sports, so yeah,

we’re kind of a Big Deal!

Top finishers in each event will qualify for the national competition

in Pittsburgh, to be held in July 2023. These Games attract over 10,000

athletes each year.

Want to join us? Go to: www.nevadaseniorgames.com. All details

are there – schedules, venues, rules and regulations - and online

registration is easy!

Plus, if you register before July 31 you’ll receive a five dollar early

bird discount on your registration fee. All registrants receive a Nevada

Senior Games custom designed shirt and you’ll be competing for

some fabulous medals and bragging rights for the Nevada Senior

Championships in your chosen sports.

Hope to see you at the Nevada Senior Games!

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

For more information on how you can participate, contact Liz at:

702/242-1590 or by email: Nevadaseniorgames@outlook.com.

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Things Mothers Never Say

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

1. “How on earth can you see the TV sitting so

far back?”

2. “Yeah, I used to skip school a lot, too.”

3. “Just leave all the lights on … it makes the

house look more cheery.”

4. “Let me smell that shirt. Yeah, it’s good for another week.”

5. “Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I’ll be glad to feed and

walk him every day.”

6. “Well, if Rahul’s mamma says it’s OK, that’s good enough for me.”

7. “The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It’s not like I’m

running a prison around here.”

8. “I don’t have a tissue with me… just use your sleeve.”

9. “Don’t bother wearing a jacket. The wind chill is bound to


*Fred is 32 years old and still single. One day a friend asked, “Why

aren’t you married? Can’t you find a woman who will be a good wife?”

Fred replied, “Actually, I’ve found many women I wanted to marry,

but when I bring them home to meet my parents, my mother doesn’t

like them.”

His friend thinks for a moment and says, “I’ve got the perfect solution,

just find a girl who’s just like your mother.”

A few months later they meet again and his friend says, “Did you find

the perfect girl? Did your mother like her?”

With a frown on his face, Fred answers, “Yes, I found the perfect girl.

She was just like my mother. You were right, my mother liked her very


The friend said, “Then what’s the problem?”

Fred replied, “My father doesn’t like her.”

Bill Caserta is the Executive Director of The Vegas Voice and is the

long lost (but now found) Bronx brother of the publisher. He is

also a proud resident of Carnegie Heights at Henderson (see next



My Visit to DMV

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Where did the years go? It’s already time, once

again to renew my driver’s license. So, I said

to myself,

“self, better make an appointment

now!” I dutifully did so and started

reading up on what documents I

needed to take with me.

As I was leaving for my

appointment Publisher Dan asked

me if I wanted to take my passport.

I could bite my tongue for saying

“no it is not included on the

list”… and yet, you guessed it, at

DMV they would not give me the

Real ID without it - but would let

me renew my license. Here’s my


I arrived at DMV right on time and while I cruised the parking lot

looking for a space, I thanked the stars I had made an appointment.

As I approached the entrance, a huge security guard stopped me and

asked if I had an appointment.

I held up my confirmation number but as he opened the door for me,

I gasped….. The place was packed. How could all of these people have

an appointment for the same or similar time?

Like cattle being herded, I followed the masses and walked over to

the information counter. At least the DMV employee told me I was at

the right place.

I was eventually directed to wait until my number was called. Eyeing

the crowd, I thought about texting Dan to advise him to feed the dogs

since, apparently I wouldn’t be home until tomorrow.

However, to my happy but shocked dismay, within 10 minutes, my

number was called, I was actually excited to get my “Real ID” since by

law I had just one year left..

I handed over my folder containing the just paid statements from

Republic Services and Nevada Power. I also took my Social Security

card, since last time I tried to get the Real ID I was refused because I

didn’t have it.

As I thought how simple it really is, I glanced at a notice alongside

where I was sitting. Sure enough

it listed that for a Real ID, your

passport was needed. I didn’t

know what I dreaded more – not

returning with the Real ID or Dan

smugly reminding me: “I told you


On the plus side, I was able to

renew my driver’s license and still

have one year to get my license

exchanged for a “Real ID.”

As I was finishing this column,

I glanced over at my renewal

letter from AAA sitting on my desk.

I noticed the following for those

of you who (like me) dread going down to DMV, with or without an

appointment. At Nevada AAA offices DMV services are available, but

unfortunately, NOT Real ID, you must get that from DMV and have

until May 3, 2023, to do so.


May 2022

Friends and



We have received a number of calls from concerned

readers asking “what can they do?” when they see a

neighbor “disappear.”You can call Rana at The Vegas

Voice and she will take the info and serve as liason

with authorities! More Info? Call today


Guardianship Presentation

Our Rana Goodman addresses the Sun City Summerlin Woman’s

Club last month. Over 100 members attended Rana’s presentation on

the latest guardianship issue.

This was our 4th guardianship presentation of the year with three

more already scheduled. If your community/group is interested in

protecting members from a “guardianship taking” call Rana to

schedule a presentation. Our “Guardian Gladiator” can be reached at

702/251-4441 or rana@thevegasvoice.net.

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Great Shows Coming Up

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

With April under our belts and one third of

2022 gone, I realize how

much (or how little) time, we

have left “To Catch All The

Great Entertainment” that we are privy to in Las


I will start with the shows I’m producing for The

Vegas Voice. Our 2 nd “Fabulous Friday” variety/

luncheon on May 6 th will be a spectacular event.

If you caught the first one in April, you’ll know

what I mean. The 2 nd one will also be loaded with

wonderful performers.

Later this month (see next page) May 28 th ,

Jonathan Karrant will be celebrating America’s

Crooners at Sun City MacDonald Ranch. He brings

his charismatic charm to the stage for 75 minutes of the songs we all

love and enjoy.

And a quick jump ahead to June 21 st for the return of An Afternoon

Affair presented by The Vegas Voice. This 2:30 show at Starbright

Theatre in Sun City Summerlin will highlight a half dozen or so local

entertainers that will fill the stage with song and dance. Well maybe not

too much dance. See page 51 for details.

Let’s get back to May with The Brothers Ali Jazz Duo. Jerome on guitar

and Jimmy on bass light it up at the Nomad Bar inside Park MGM. Or

maybe you can catch Hannah Brady at the Stirling Club singing Jazz,

Blues, 60s and Soul.

How about a little comedy starring Rich Natole

and other guest comics in The Independence

Lounge at Sun City Summerlin? Gatsby’s, the

newest Jazz Supper Club, features the likes of

Toscha Comeaux, Rita Lim, Ashley Fuller and

Naomi Mauro to name a few, backed up by a

fantastic house band under the direction of Uli


And then there’s the Jazz Combos Concert at the

College of Southern Nevada, which will present an

evening of classic and contemporary jazz selection

all under the direction of Dr. Lindsey N. O’Connor.

Now if you’d like to know when all these (and

more) shows are taking place, you can go to www.EvanDavisJazz.com

for dates and times. Enjoy the COOL sounds before the HOT summer

kicks in.

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.


May 2022


Remembering Bobby Rydell

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

It is with a heavy heart that I write about my

longtime friend Bobby Rydell.

Last month on April 5th, Bobby died of

pneumonia complications. He would have turned 80 on April 26th.

The Vegas Voice, of course, has quite

a few “younger “ readers, but for the

most part, our many wonderful loyal

readers are, shall we say...”older?”

For those of you, I’m sure that you

remember him.

Bobby was extremely gifted. He

played the Copacabana at age 19

making him the youngest performer

ever to do that.

He was in the movie “Bye, Bye

Birdie.” He had hit after hit with

“Wild One “, “Volare “ and my favorite

“Forget Him”, just to name a few.

In both the movie version and

Broadway production of Grease 2, the

high school was named “Rydell High”

Well lucky for me, Bobby’s publicist and mine set up “phony” dates

with us. They would have photographers meet us at various places like

the circus, restaurants, dance clubs, and ice cream parlors.

They would take various photos which were placed in their respective

magazines with a caption, such as “Bobby Rydell was seen out holding

hands with actress Beverly Washburn” and various things like that.

The truth of the matter, however,

was that Bobby had a longtime

girlfriend named Camille who was his

high school sweetheart and whom he

married and remained married for 35

years until the time of her death.

That of course never stopped me from

having a huge crush on him but, alas,

it wasn’t meant to be. We did however

become and remain great friends.

Bobby performed in Las Vegas in

2013 to a sold out audience. I’ll always

remember and cherish that moment

when he was onstage talking to the

audience, Bobby introduced me and

had me stand up and take a bow.

He successfully underwent a double

which was named after him. At one point, he was considered one of the

top 5 artists of his era.

Later in his career, he toured with his good friends Frankie Avalon

and Fabian. They were known as “The Golden Boys.”

One of the stories they liked to tell was one time when they were

touring, they had their name up on a marquee but the “G” fell off so it

read “The Olden Boys.”

He was one of the biggest teen idols in the 60s. Bobby sold more than

25 million records, and was adored by screaming girl teenagers from

far and wide....yep, I was one of them.

Back in the 60s we didn’t have “People” magazine, but we did have

such magazines as Teen, Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, Modern Screen, Photo

Play, among others.


May 2022

transplant in 2012 and soon after, became an advocate for donors.

Bobby was one of the sweetest, kindest and dearest people I’ve ever

known and I am so blessed that we had a friendship for all these

years. He was a treasure who will never be forgotten and I am so grateful

to have my beautiful memories of him .

Rest in peace, sweet Bobby.

Until next time, remember, No beauty shines brighter than that of a

kind heart.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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





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Doing My Happy Dance

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / Senior Moments

The older we get, the crankier some of us

become. Add to that the whining, complaining

and sharing of medical horror stories and every

little inconvenience becomes a major event.

Some have reasons and some don’t.

What’s so funny about the whole routine is that we have endless

conversations about our issues, big and small. No one objects to

hearing and sometimes one of us yells “I win” as one story tops the


But what do you do when you’re happy?


May 2022

When the time comes that you’ve moved on from sadness and loss,

the light shines brighter and life is just better. New people come along,

new bonds are formed and things seem to stabilize.

I have no idea how annoying I sound to my friends when I tell them

how happy I am these days.

Some friends never know what to do with “happy!” There’s nothing

to talk about.

All the aches and pains are still there, and the doctor visits go on, but

I really don’t dwell on anything. They’re no longer the center of my

world. I limp or take an extra moment to get my hip to work but it’s

kind of 2nd nature now.

At a time in our history when we witness so much devastation and

suffering, I appreciate more than ever how tranquil my life really is. I

have a lovely roof over my head, food when I want it, precious pets, and

all the necessities to be comfortable… and the ability to make choices

for myself.

We take our comfort for granted most of the time, so for today, I

celebrate where I am. If my arthritis decides to act up more than

normal, get the heating pad and shut up.

The same is true for the old lady that stares at me from the mirror.

It doesn’t matter.

Every time I ask my dogs if they want dinner, they dance around the

kitchen wagging tails and knocking each other over. Now I dance the

happy dance with them!

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

Hear Me Roar

By: Liz Breier / This & That

Helen Reddy released “I AM WOMAN” in 1972

and women banded together to burn their

bras in the name of


We look back on the last 50 years and see

so many areas in which women have made

great strides. Unfortunately many will tell

you that they still do not get equal pay and

others will say their life is more difficult since

they still assume primarily responsibility for

home and children while maintaining their


So, as in any other great change, there are

pros and cons.

The good news is that while many things

have changed (for the better or worse

depending on your point of view) one thing

has stayed the same.

Women love to take care of themselves. We may have burned our

bras, but then we invented new, better and more comfortable versions.

The market is flooded with every BB and CC Cream and anti-wrinkle,

anti-aging potion imaginable. The salons are having a field day with

threading and makeup, semi-permanent tattoos and lash extensions.

Plastic surgeons are reaping the benefit of desires for any sort of

beautification surgery or injections. The fashion designers have devised

clothing that slims, tucks and uplifts to hide any “sins.”

None of these things were available 50 years ago. I recall seeing

the huge girdles and corsets women wore

– to their dismay and discomfort, in order

to achieve what can often be accomplished

today with non-invasive surgeries.

Let’s not leave out the hair dyes, weaving,

extensions and partial and full wigs available

for women to enhance their appearances. We

have access to every type of hair dryer, flat

iron and curling appliance imaginable.

What a wonderful world we live in. Women

burned bras for equality and now spend

much of their income on ways to make

themselves ever more attractive as women.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for it and

have indulged in a few of the “techniques”

myself. I just have to laugh at our ROAR – right into Sephora, Ulta,

Sally’s, the Salons and the plastic surgeons’ offices.

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.


Vita Celebrates 17 Years of Memories

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Once again, Vita Corimbi has been named

Mother of the Year. The unofficial title is bestowed

on her yearly by audiences

at the Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz after her

annual performances of her uproarious, bawdy

anthem she composed bestowing the title upon


Although the honor is mythical, Corimbi has

garnered a bounty of other awards and accolades.

Those include the current title as the Las Vegas

Strip’s longest continually performing entertainer

(not named Newton or Penn & Teller) and three

Emmy Awards.

The New York native first took the stage as the

non-conformist Woodstock clone, Earth Mother,

in Menopause the Musical 17 years ago. The

show has logged upwards of 7,500 performances

and is going strong.”I’ve been doing the show so

long that I’m in menopause now,” she jokes.

Performance was in Corimbi’s DNA with a

backstory reminiscent of a Damon Runyon or Mark Twain swashbuckler.

She grew up on the back stages of Las Vegas.

“Mom was first violinist for the Las Vegas Hilton,” playing for the

Photo Credit: Ed Foster

city’s iconic headliners, including Elvis. Off to the Big Apple for fame

and fortune, a newspaper ad offered her the opportunity to entertain

the troops on Armed Forces Radio in Japan.

Returning to New York, she honed her performance skills with an

eleven year stint in the city’s saloon’s and later

sailed a stretch playing piano aboard a riverboat

paddle-wheeler. Working piano bars aboard

international cruise ships provided another

opportunity to “work and see the world for free.”

After returning to her Vegas roots, at the

urging of a friend, Vita successfully auditioned for

Menopause the Musical, opening the show

February 1, 2006.

Although she maintains an 8-show a week

schedule, she still finds time to compose,

maintain a guest performance schedule

around town, conduct acting classes and record

voiceovers and commercials from her home

studio. Menopause, she says, has provided

stability, friendship and the satisfaction that “just

for a second you’ve made someone laugh.”

Backstage at Bally’s, she says, “the fun starts

in the dressing room.” She adds, “I get my face on billboards and

magazine covers. Who wouldn’t love that?”



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How Not to Make a Cocktail

By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining

When I lived in North Carolina, Friday night

was Girls Night. Each of us took turns

providing dinner from appetizer through dessert.

One of the fun things we did was create a

cocktail to go with each meal. Of course, other

than the fact that, at one time or another, we had

imbibed most liquors, we knew nothing about

blending cocktails and what went with what.

We didn’t care! If it was sweet and tasted good,

we were happy.

One particular night I decided to make a

whiskey cocktail to complement our dinner. (You

can count on me for Margueritas but not much

else.) I remember mixing whiskey (apparently

way too much) sugar cubes, lime juice, vermouth

and bitters.

I don’t remember how it tasted, just that both

gals lost the ability to drive after two drinks. They

didn’t even argue about who slept in the guest room and who slept on

the sofa.

In any case, we woke up Saturday morning with a slight headache

that tomato juice fixed, went to the Farmers Market and brought home

an armload of fruits and vegetables. It had been such a fun evening

and even better morning that we decided to extend the day.

I made a late lunch and we wound up talking into the night, again! I

remember making a zucchini frittata from the beautiful produce at the

Farmers Market. Try the recipe… even if you’re not hungover.

Zucchini Frittata – 4 servings

In medium cast iron skillet melt 3 tbs. butter

and 1 tbs. olive oil. Add medium sliced onion

and 2 cloves grated garlic. Sauté about 5 minutes

until translucent.

Add one large thinly sliced zucchini. Sauté

about 5-8 minutes until lightly browned. Take

pan off heat. Whisk 6 large eggs, ½ tsp. salt and ¼

tsp. white pepper. Heat pan for 1-2 minutes, then

add egg mixture.

Cook 5-6 minutes until bottom of frittata is

lightly browned. Place large plate on top of pan

and turn frittata onto plate. Slide inverted frittata

back into skillet. Cook 4-5 minutes longer.

Slide frittata onto warm serving dish. Serve

hot or warm. If you’re skittish about turning the

frittata, put pan under broiler until eggs set.

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

her cooking, parties and interior design, and consults on kitchen

and bath remodels.


May 2022


Life’s Frustration

By: Gayla Kalp / Life is Laughter

It’s not the mountains ahead that drive you

crazy. It’s the grains of sand in your shoes.” I

heard this quote many years ago and it is so true

of life’s frustrations.

This month, I have had many more frustrations than usual. They

are not huge ones like getting COVID or losing my income, etc. but little

ones that just drive you crazy on a weekly basis.

Here are a few of mine:

Car Space: Who are these weird people who stop three or more car

spaces behind the next car at the stop light? Better yet, as the first person

at the stop light?

I have been told that they are afraid that if someone hits them from

behind that they won’t hit the person in front of them. Don’t they know

that if all drivers did this, our traffic would be backed up to West Texas!

Panty Hose: Show me any woman who has not had a fight with the

fit of her panty hose. First, just putting them on is a struggle.

Next, the crotch always ends up between your knees and you have to

pull at each leg of the hose like bungee cords to get the crotch to move

up! This exercise takes the place of any barbell exercise you would do

at the gym.

Olive Garden Salad: I think the restaurant should rename their

salad “Olive Garden Lettuce.” Doesn’t anyone notice that their family

size salad is all lettuce and maybe two slices of tomato. three carrot

strips, one pepper and three olives.

A family of five have great arguments over who gets these few jewels.

We forgive this, however, because their dressing is wonderful.

Hangers: We have only two bad choices in hangers: Slippery plastic

or Velcro. I find the plastic one doesn’t hold anything. Everything slips

right off of them or they have the notches in them where the clothes

catch and I have a horrible time “un-catching” them.

Then there are the fuzzy, Velcro type. Everything sticks to them, which

is great except it is harder than Super Glue to get clothes off of them.

There are many other “Grains” I could write about but the above

ones are some of my top ones. Please write to me about yours. Don’t let

the “Grains” get you down!


May 2022

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

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

Manifest Your Destiny

By: Pat Landaker / Positive Aging

They say destiny is predetermined. I say it

doesn’t have to be. You can manifest your

destiny too.

Manifestation is about your power to attract

what you want in your life by focusing and directing your energy. You

DO have what you need to create the life of your dreams!

I’ve manifested my desired outcomes for years. I’ve manifested

my dreams into reality through visualization, belief, and intentional

action steps. I see it; I believe it; and I do it.

Once you begin, you’ll realize you started manifesting long ago. You

just didn’t know what it was or how it was happening. Imagine what

can happen now that you know!

Best news: You have everything you need right inside of you to get

started. Bad news is, if I can call it that: It takes patience, consistency,

removal of self-limiting beliefs and a deep understanding of self.

Manifesting dreams may sound gimmicky to some people. I believe

manifestation is a lifestyle choice brought about through one’s selfawareness,

self-direction and self-determination.

Manifestation doesn’t require any special powers. It does, however,

require a positive mindset fueled by self-empowerment.

Here’s my brief outline for manifestation using my keywords. You

may create your own:

Understand what’s influencing your desires. Why?

Establish a specific and clear vision of what you’d like to manifest.

Qualify, Verify, and write down what you want.

Ask for it out loud.

Review, accept, and proclaim repeatedly.

Do a vision board and nurture your vision.

Affirm it daily; give it TADAs (self-fanfare). Celebrate it.

Stay focused!

Keep your thoughts positive! What you think about comes about!

Delivery of your desired outcome takes time. Manifestation doesn’t

happen overnight. It takes patience, focused effort, and most of all,


Please email me at: positiveaging54@gmail.com and share how you

manifest what you want in your life.

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Pat Landaker is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and owner of Living

La Vida Senior. She serves on the ASA’s Innovation and Social

Impact Council, the City of Henderson’s Senior Citizens Advisory

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

at positiveaging54@gmail.com.







Send in the Clowns

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Stephen Sondheim was a renowned

composer and lyricist for stage and screen. His

music, more avant-garde than most Broadway

music, was especially loved by music aficionados. He was a musician’s


He was awarded multiple Tony and

Grammy Awards, and a special Tony

Award for Lifetime Achievement in the


He wrote a set of songs in the film

version of Dick Tracy. His Sooner or

Later I Always Get My Man performed by

Madonna won him an Academy Award

for best song. Others included, Little

Dream for the 1996 film The Birdcage;

For film version of A Little Night Music,

The Glamorous Life, Night Waltz and

Send in the Clowns.

He was the composer and lyricist for A Funny Thing Happened on

the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd. Sunday in the

Park with George for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, Assassins, Into the

Woods, and Gypsy as well as lyrics.

Sondheim’s music has complex arrangements where two or more

voices sing different melodies, but seemingly combine in harmony. In

his vocal parts, he uses intervals of 6ths and 7ths harmoniously, much

in the style of 17th century Baroque music.

His lyrics are filled with wit, and ambiguous sophistication such

as “For us, there will never be happiness, we must learn to be happy

without it“ or “An Honest Virgin? What a terrible combination.”

In 1975, his Send in the Clowns jazz standard (and only top 40 hit

single) sung by Judy Collins, won a Grammy for Song of the Year.

Sondheim, a New York City native of Jewish ancestry, had a sad and

difficult childhood. His father, a dress

manufacturer, and his mother a dress

designer divorced when he was 10.

He lived with his mentally and

emotionally abusive mother. His father,

denied custody, became estranged after

leaving the family for another woman.

Sondheim loathed his mother and didn’t

attend her funeral.

As a boy, Sondheim became friends

with Oscar Hammerstein’s son, Jimmy.

The Hammersteins let young Stephen

stay with them as much as possible so he

wouldn’t have to go home.

Oscar became Sondheim’s surrogate father. Through Oscar, Stephen

further developed his love for musical theatre.

Also important in Sondheim’s musical development was attending

Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s musical South Pacific. That’s where

he met Hal Prince, a producer/director, who later directed many of

Sondheim‘s hit shows.

Sondheim recently passed away, but his music will live on forever.

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She is the author of the

book, Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime. You can contact her at www.


Fab Friday Was Fabulous!


May 2022

Our Vegas Voice Fabulous Friday Family gathers for a photo before

the kick-off of our Fabulous Friday buffet lunch & show at Sun City

MacDonald Ranch. It was indeed FABULOUS – from the delicious food

to the incredible show hosted by Vegas Voice entertainment editor Evan

Davis and Jonny Bird.

And the BEST PART – We have 2 more Fabulous Fridays shows (see

page 53) scheduled, May 6th and June 17th. What a fabulous way to

start your weekend!



Favorable Seating

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

If many family members or close companions

are passing on or moving away, you’re in danger

of losing your support team and eventually

becoming isolated. Therefore it’s essential to attend gatherings and

mingle with people you don’t know in order to make fresh contacts.

“Just turning up isn’t enough” claimed three disabled local

residents. “In our day, when

anxious to meet someone

who might turn out to be

Ms. or Mr. Right, we paid

attention to seating.”

Although your motives

may be different, these are

the secrets they revealed:

1. Where there are rows of seats, choose second from the aisle. One

lone attendee will probably take the aisle seat beside you.

2. Occupying a seat at an empty round table sometimes results in a

fun evening among a variety of jolly singles and couples. Or it could be

uncomfortable if a group arrives and resents your presence.

3. If there may be empty seats at your table, guard against silent

steppers who snatch your chairs, without asking, to fit in pals at their

own table. Tell them you are expecting special people. True!

4. Refuse if a woman dumps her purse on your table, asks you

to look after it, then takes off in search of someone she likes better.

Usually she’ll return to collect her belongings whilst guests have

passed up the whole table in the belief it is reserved.

5. And finally, refrain from putting your own paraphernalia on an

adjacent seat or letting another guest do so. You’ll have one person

beside you instead of two.

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

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

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May 2022

Extravaganza is Family


By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

The show entitled Extravaganza at Bally’s is an

excellent choice for tourists. And for locals too.

If you like variety shows, this fits the mold. If you want a production

that is squeaky clean, suitable for adults and the kids, check it out.

There’s plenty of spirited dancing, acrobatics, comedy, skating,

singing, aerial acts and even three motorcycles that manage to not

collide as they circle inside a huge see-through sphere.

There’s a thin plot line as the male lead – an excellent dancer seeks

his love in Las Vegas. That’s the ticket - actually a bus ticket to bring the

audience to the Vegas plot.

It includes numbers which pay homage to Elvis (a hologram) singing

Viva Las Vegas, Michael Jackson along with many cast members, and

Marilyn Monroe. Of course the requisite showgirls appear frequently

throughout the production.

There’s old fashion humor, call it schtick, as the heavy set comedic

chef spins multiple plates. Yes, we’ve seen it before, but folks, it is fun.

And Victor Ponce juggling hats. For talent there is Silvia Silvia with

her bows and arrows that hit the mark every time. Good thing too, as

it is her husband Victor who stands with the target apple on his head.

The show is fast paced, one number after another. It is colorful. The

graphic art on the huge LED screens blasts bright colors that just make

you feel happy.

And the costumes do the same. There’s some fancy footwork and a lot

of lifting women above the men’s heads. The roller skating couple on a

very small circular elevated area were impressive.

There’s even some plain ol’ fashion tap dancing. So much flexibility,

dexterity, and strength exhibited by the acrobats and aerialist and


The Roller Coaster ride on the LED screen was a highlight of visual

effects. Check Bally’s for show time as it varies. Bottom line, go see

Extravaganza – and enjoy.

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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Are You That Stupid? - Gift Cards

TBy Dan Roberts/Publisher

here are scams and then there are scams. Some are based on

your greed (think Nigerian Oil Minister or that out-of-nowhere

lottery winnings) and others prey on you fear (failure to pay the

electric bill or you skipping jury duty).

They start with telephone calls (some recorded and other with

that “official” sounding voice) but the bad guy’s goal is the same

– taking your money.

But no matter how absurd or “legal sounding” the scammer is,

there remains one problem for the scammer. How do they make

them you pay?

And therein lies the unconditional, 100% guarantee “tell” that it’s

a scam. If they want you to pay only by cryptocurrency (whatever

that is) or gift cards – it’s game over.

Now, even if you think that the caller is from Social Security,

Medicare or any government official, once you catch your breath

and think (if for only a few seconds) do you really believe that you

can pay them back by gift cards?

And yet, according to the Federal Trade Commission (you know

those guys that boast how great their Do No Call Program works –

by the way, how’s that working out?) over 40,000 people reported

losing an unbelievable $148 million in gift cards to scammers

during the first nine months of 2021.

And that was the reported loss. Want to bet that the true amount

is (a lot) more?

Once again, our Vegas Voice reminder - What should you do

when you get that telephone call demanding any payment via gift

cards? The answer is simple and always, always, effective to avoid

being scammed.

Hang up the phone, hang up the phone, and HANG UP THE


Still have concerns that maybe - just maybe that the Social

Security or Medicare telephone call is

legit? Again a very easy answer to ease

your mind. Call or email Yours Truly

or our ACE (Any Content Editor) Rana

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the bottom of it.

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May 2022

Dementia is Draining Families’ Bank Accounts

By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry

The three leading killers of Americans are:

heart disease, cancer and dementia.

The most expensive, by far, is dementia. One in

three who reach the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s. One in three will need

to live in assisted living and the average stay will be 30 months.

Some basic facts:

1. 70% of single people who enter a nursing home are impoverished

within one year.

2. 50% of all couples are impoverished within one year of the first

spouse entering a nursing home.

3. Currently, patients with Alzheimer’s occupy half of all nursing

home beds in the country.

4. Cognitively impaired people occupy half of the remaining beds.

5. In Nevada, the average cost of a Skilled Nursing facility or Memory

Care facility is $9,262 a month or $111,144 per year.

Can your budget handle a monthly additional expense of over

$9,000? Most friends I know can’t handle that big of a hit.

This cost can quickly wipe out a lifetime of careful saving and

investing. Too often, people are in denial about the CRISIS they

find themselves in and are slow to act - or don’t have the required

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There is a government program that can assist with this high cost,

but you have to navigate Income Caps, Spend Down, Community

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Homelessness & Baseball

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

What does homelessness and baseball have in

common? Absolutely

nothing! What it does is

place a focus on the absolute incompetence of

Congress and the President of the United States.

How’s that? Last year during the height of the

coronavirus epidemic, (which exasperated the

national homeless crisis) your representatives

and president spent over six months of their

“valuable” time debating the insensitivity of the

Cleveland Indians baseball team name; (Sidenote

– late last year the National Football League’s

Washington Redskins name was changed to the


They considered it an affront to the dignity

of the Native American population and that

it had to be changed. There is no question

the Native American population has suffered

incomprehensible and savage racism in our past

and it persists to this day.

Taking remedial action to eliminate it from our

society has valuable merit. The problem is changing a name does little,

if anything, to solve the problem.

That problem’s solution lies within each of us in how we interact

with our fellow human beings. It is a choice we should all embrace

without any hesitation - respect for our fellow human beings.

Couple that with the agony over a million Americans are suffering

due to homeless, many of which are Native

Americans, and one can readily see that this

nation’s homeless priorities are an abomination.

So what to do? Until and IF you, the voting

public, come face-to-face with the demeaning

reality of looking into the face of a homeless

person (which I have done), we will continue to

let those we elect off the hook.

And that is the abomination that befalls us

all. We are the guilty parties letting those we

choose to represent us get away from doing what

is needed right now.

When I look in the mirror every morning, I

see a chance, maybe an unrealistic one, to make

a positive contribution to my fellow human

being. Offering a smile and a sense that they

matter, even if it’s for a brief passing on the street.

It begins and ENDS, with us! May you choose

the path that brightens someone’s day. You may

be surprised that it will brighten YOUR day as well!

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May 5, 1862

By: John Beilun / Time Traveler

Buenos Dias, amigos. You have probably never

heard of me. My name is Miguel Hidalgo y

Costilla. In life, I was

a priest. But more importantly, like your

George Washington, I have also been referred

to as the father of my country – Mexico.

Do you know what Cinco de Mayo means.

The 5 th of May? Very good. Now, what does

that day commemorate?

“Mexican Independence Day? Ay,

Caramba! You Americanos are mucho

misinformed. And may I ask – independence

from whom?”

The Spanish? For your information,

Mexico declared its independence from Spain

on September 16, 1810 – 52 years before the

date you silly Yankees celebrate!

This I know for certain because I was

there. I was the leader.

The resultant turmoil was very bloody

and lasted eleven years. It wasn’t until September 28, 1821, that Spain

finally granted my people independence.

In the meantime, tens of thousands of caballeros, including myself,

as well as many women and children perished. And, unlike your

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American revolutionaries, no outside force came to our aid.

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

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

than our former Spanish rulers.

It is remembered because it was an

unexpected lopsided victory: 4,000 of us vs.

8,000 of them. It was, however, all too sadly

short-lived when the French turned the tables

later that year.

Now, why do you Americanos celebrate

this obscure day rather than our true date of

independence? Especially when we Mexicans

certainly do not.

Let me tell you. It has everything to do with

commerce and nothing with history.

You see, back in the 1980s, the largest beer

makers in Mexico wanted to expand into

America. Some marketing maven decided

that they needed a newly minted holiday to

help initiate their campaign.

Calling it Veintiseis de Septiembre had no

pizzazz. Naming it however, Cinco de Mayo -

a day for you Yankees to drink mucho Mexican beer most certainly did.

It worked! Now you gullible gringos quaff millions of bottles of Dos

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


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By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight

On May 16th, we will experience a Total Lunar

Eclipse (Full Moon) at 25 degrees of Scorpio.

This will offer insight or an ‘ah-ha’ moment

to something we were in the dark about. Think

of an eclipse as receiving news that you didn’t expect that overrides (or

eclipses) what you were going to do, say, or plan.

This eclipse is particularly strong for those born between, February

12 -17, May 14-18, August 16-21 and November 15-21 or anyone

who has personal planets sitting at 22-27 degrees of the fixed signs

(Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio).

Below are the themes for each of the signs:

Aries: The focus is on “before and after’s”, cleaning up financials

and addressing taboo topics.

Taurus: The focus is on partnering with people from a different

sphere and changing the way you introduce yourself.

Gemini: The focus is on opportunities to teach and train as well as

work improvements.

Cancer: The focus is on having fun and developing your signature

style. This is a great time to receive clarity on what direction to move in.

Leo: The focus is renewing the home and gaining clarification on

where you belong.

Virgo: The focus is on a hands-on learning curve to proving yourself.

Connecting with siblings and negotiating financial arrangements.

Libra: The focus is on money, budgets and refining your life. It’s a

great time to indulge the senses.

Scorpio: The focus is conquering your freedom or breaking

free! Focus on personal developments and boundaries. You may be

renegotiating how you show up to the world!

Sagittarius: The focus is on spiritual practice, volunteering, or

seeking help or guidance. Picking up a new way to work or serve will

be supported.

Capricorn: The focus is on networking, attending events, making

connections, or raising fees.

Aquarius: The focus is on achieving, leadership, and stepping up to

more responsibility with ease.

Pisces: The focus is on becoming more professional, focusing on

education, expansion or vision boards.


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Healing Benefits of


By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

The drum is referred to as the shaman’s ‘horse’

or ‘canoe’ for it is the vehicle that brings the

shaman to the spiritual worlds.” - Unknown

Scholars believe that historically, drums were the first musical

instrument used by humans in Mesopotamia by the Babylonians and

Sumerians (6,000 B.C.).

Ancient cultures worldwide considered drums a powerful rhythmic,

spiritual tool that enhances healing in medical rituals. In religious

practices, the drum enables them to connect and communicate with

their Divinity and all living things.

During meetings, ceremonies, and in battle, drums set the beat for

the occasion.

Drum owners revered their drums as appendages rather than objects.

Some named their instrument and even genderized them.

Drums also became a form of speech. A pattern of beats played in a

specific sequence could communicate a lot of information, near and


Ṫhe ancient women were the ones that performed the sacred

Drumming ceremonies not only because drums synchronized them

with Mother Earth, but they also synchronized with the human

heartbeat. Eventually, they noticed that the participants’ heartbeats

increased as drum-speed rhythms increased.

It seems that intuitively ancient women understood what science is

still proving regarding the benefits of Drumming. Perhaps that’s why

women are more drawn to exploring this revived trend.

Christiane Northrup, M.D. explains, “Drumming appears to

synchronize the lower areas (non-verbal) brain with the frontal cortex

(language and reasoning) brain. This integration produces feelings of

insight and clarity.”

Drumming has proved to provide many physical, cognitive, and

emotional benefits. Dorothy Garman, Activities Director, Lake Placid

Nursing Home shares, “Alzheimer’s patients typically keep their heads

down and display few facial expressions. However, this quickly changes

during drum sessions, when they raise their head, and their eyes move.

“They become aware of the instruments, the group, and the facilitator,

and when they follow the instructions to ‘clap their hands and tap their

toes, we recognize this as success, even before they beat on a drum.”

“Seniors,” continues Garman, “can feel isolated because of

depression, mobility issues, and language difficulties. They can feel

a sense of community through drum circles and enjoy some social


To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email: alivegasvoice@yahoo.com.


Annual Charity Golf Outing

By: Carol Chapman

It’s time to hit a few balls and perfect your swing

to vie for the big prizes at The Foundation’s

Memorial Day Golf Tournament Fundraiser.

Revere Golf Club hosts once again, preparing a

delicious lunch as we finish the round.

This year we’re changing up

the raffle a bit. We will still give

away a golf cart, but the drawing

will take place on December

24 from Buckman’s Grill.

Tickets now on sale at the golf

tournament, or walk into our

offices and pick up tickets at $5

each or five for $20.

We’ve added a special raffle item to be given away on Memorial

Day - a week’s stay at Los Abrigados in Sedona, Arizona. This beautiful

resort is within walking distance of restaurants and retail in downtown

Sedona, the town that’s known for its mystical ambiance.

Get your tickets at our office (2518 Anthem Village Drive, #102) or

from any FAS Golf Committee member. Call us and we’ll send someone

to you.

The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 am Monday,

May 30. Come early to warm up and enjoy coffee and doughnuts with

other FAS supporters. Sign up as

a foursome or an individual at


Following the tournament

we’ll have lunch, hand out the

golf prizes, and give away lots of

goodies through our onsite raffle,

thanks to our sponsors. We’re

grateful for Brightview, Revere, Bonefish Grill and Southpoint for their

support of the event. As always, our gratitude goes to corporate sponsors

First Service, Gene Haas Foundation, and Albertson’s Foundation.

An Interview with John Barton

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

John Barton served in the U.S. Army in England

in 1950. Retiring as an engineer from Boeing,

he designed

the solar array for the Mariner 10

Venus/Mercury spacecraft and led the

electrical power team at NASA JPL for

its flight to Venus and on to Mercury.

He is the author “Colliers End Camp”

a historical work of service and duty.

VET2VET: John, can you share a bit

about your duty during the Cold War?

John Barton: I went into the

service to get the GI Bill. I graduated

from high school on a Wednesday and

was in the army on Monday.

My buddy and I joined together,

and because of my math skills, I was

sent to surveying school at Ft. Belvoir,

Virginia, while my buddy was sent to

Korea where he got to live in a tent


After attending school, I was

assigned to SCARWAF, (Army serving

with Air Force). Our 928th Engineering

Aviation Group was refurbishing four

airbases in England for the heavy

bombers of the Cold War.

I was a clerk typist at HQs (Colliers End Camp). The troops in the

battalions worked hard days in order to take advantage of the long

summer hours at those northern latitudes.

The G.I.’s at Colliers End Camp only worked an 8-hour day, and duty

was like heaven on Earth compared

to the others. The ongoing joke was,

“We have it so good that someday

they are going to ship us all off

to Saudi


VV: Did you

get your entire

education on

the G.I. Bill?

JB: I used

my G.I. Bill,

but had to work part-time to cover my expenses.

Therefore, it took 5 years instead of 4 to complete.

VV: How did your military duty transfer to

your civilian career?

JB: My Army surveying training got me a

part-time surveying job in Seattle. While in

college, I also worked as an engineering aide on

spacecraft technology at Boeing, and pursued

a college degree in engineering to follow that

career path. I learned the value of a college

degree from the guys at Colliers End Camp.

VV: Do you have any tips for our senior

veteran community?

JB: Yes, treat everyone with respect, and don’t

start any rumors.

Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and

through that experience was led to address the many transitional

issues veterans struggle with. He is the author of several important

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One, Two, Three

By: Dianne Hahn / Back in the Days

Grandmothers are made

for babysitting. They have

experience from raising their

own kids.

They have a license to spoil their grandkids, and

they love it - most of the time.

I relish babysitting because all my grandchildren

live in another state, and I don’t get to do it very

often. That’s probably why I forgot what being a

grandmother entails…you’re older and tire more


Did I mention the part about being tired?

The last time I babysat for our oldest grandson,

Sebastian, the afternoon passed effortlessly Okay, he

was in school until 2:00 pm and I simply relaxed

and read until he got home.

That’s when things changed. After snacks,

homework, dinner, and games, I needed a nap (or

at the very least a glass of wine) and some quiet


Finally, it was bedtime!. I sent Bash upstairs to

put on his pajamas. His eight-year-old self was still

full of energy, and he ran up the stairs at double speed, grabbed his

jammies, and half tumbled back down the stairs to me.

“What are you doing? I said. “Put your pajamas on.” “I am!” He

waved them in the air.

“No, you’re jumping around like a corkscrew.”

Apparently, he’d never heard that expression

before and it sent him into gales of laughter,

followed by more jumping. “Calm done and get

those jammies on,” I instructed. “Or we won’t have

a story.”

I could tell he was trying. The jumping slowed

but his pajamas were still on the floor, his clothes

still on his body.

I reverted to a tact I’d taken with my kids back

in the day. “Sebastian, I’m going to count to three.

If you aren’t in your pajamas by then you’re in

trouble. One!”

He flopped down onto the carpet and pulled his

sneakers and socks off with motor speed then began

to wiggle out of his shorts. “Two.”

All activity stopped completely. He sat up straight,

tilted his head to the side and looked me in the eyes.

“Nana,” he said firmly. “If you want this to work,

you’re gonna have to pick a higher number.”

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

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

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Towing and Trailering Basics

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

As the days get warmer and the winds subside

(finally!), thoughts turn to the open road. For

those who are enchanted with getting out there

and exploring, there are few better ways to

see the country than with a trailer.

This is the perfect time for newly retired

seniors or those with grandkids to travel.

Trailer sizes range from giant 42-foot 5 th

wheels to an adorable eight-foot teardrop


Whichever you choose, be sure to learn

all you can about how to trailer and tow.

There are ways to learn, such as online

classes, and even your local Camping World

can help out. It’s a lot more difficult than just hitching up and heading


What you need to know before you go: Towing capacity; Trailer

Hitch type class and weight; Payload capacity; Braking and controls;

and Weight distribution.

While it may look easy and fun, trailering can get you in a lot of

trouble if you don’t know what you’re doing out there. Some automotive

manufacturers are doing their best to help make the task easier.

Many trucks and SUVs, for example, feature back up assists that can

do the hard work for you. Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature

takes the hassle and worry out of backing up a trailer into a camping

spot or dropping a boat down the ramp in the water.

Regardless of which vehicle/trailer

combo you choose, practice connecting

and disconnecting, and well as backing

up and maneuvering before you leave. Test

how your vehicle responds with all that

weight behind it.

Make sure you get tow mirrors to help

you see down the sides of the trailer. Pay

attention to the weather reports. Strong

winds can push the trailer and get the

momentum swinging fast enough to tip

your vehicle.

Don’t overload the trailer or boat with too much gear. Every vehicle

has recommended payload and trailering capacities. Don’t exceed

them, or you may have a shortened vacation.

Trailering and summer are all about good times. Have fun - but be

educated, safe and smart.

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

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By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”

May flowers are arriving! The trees are

blooming, flowers are sprouting on bushes

and my sinuses are awake and aware, with

sneezes filling the air!

Last month I talked about cleaning out the closet and I mentioned

“Simple Treasures.” We all have them in our closet, right?

One of mine is my Elvis T-Shirt. I purchased him in Memphis at the

Elvis Graceland gift shop.

I have other special treasures, including my wedding dress.

But wedding

dresses are another

topic we can discuss

next month. (I really

love it when I start

writing and the topic

for another month

just arises.)

I love shoes, then

jackets, then hats.

Probably in that

order. So recently due

to age (what!) and

achy feet, my shoe

closet has taken a hit.

38 May 2022

Simple Special Treasures

Three-inch heels

are dwindling, but

I do have two that

are simple treasures

that I will always

keep for those

special occasions or

when I want to look

particularly sassy.

Jackets rank high in simple treasures, because you can easily change

up your basic uniform of nice black pants or jeans, with a simple black

tee or top or sweater. Or all white… or any color really.

Then add a sparkly jacket, or something sassy and you can change

the mood. I have six simple treasure jackets, black with gold sequins,

black with embroidered flowers on the sleeves, blue with a black lace

overlay, red (need I say more), cream leather, brilliant blue with

embroidered butterflies and beads. I will never part with these.

But back to simple treasures. I call them simple because when I wear

them it makes me smile.

I bet that everyone has a few of them in their closet. Simple does not

mean plain, but rather “pure” in the delight they give you along with

the memory of when you received it or bought it, or perhaps, the first

occasion you wore it, and the people you were with.

Simple and special. So maybe they should be “Simple Special

Treasures.” Place them in the front of your closet and wear them more

often. It will always brighten your day.

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

Research Analyst for The Vegas Voice. She welcomes all questions

and opinions. You can contact her at Sandidavis@cox.net

A Day of Pampering

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

What better way to head into summer than

with a wonderful day at the spa. Maybe

a facial to brighten up your face or a new hair

style for a fresh look!

We happen to have some of the finest spas right here in Las Vegas!

Knowing the best place to find real info on all things beauty is through


I reached out to some of my “in the know” beautiful girlfriends to

get their take on their favorite spas and salons. The recommendation

I got for a great facial from my dear friend with near-perfect skin, was

Awana Spa at the new Resorts World.

I haven’t been yet but was told the spa itself is beautiful! They are a

full-service spa but their facial was what she raved about.

Best massage recommendation was the Luxury Thai Spa, a smaller

but highly recognized day spa, loved by locals, having won numerous

awards. Several people mentioned this spa so I have put it on a must

try list for myself. They have many massage options, including 4 hand

and couples massage.

Hair, our crowning glory, nothing can make you feel better than a

good cut, maybe even a splash of color. The salon at Wynn/Encore was

recommended by one of my best friends.

She always has great hair and that’s her go-to place. I asked about a

specific stylist and she says she’s been to several and they are all good.

As per the norm, a consult to make sure you are on the same page as

the stylist is always important.

Lastly, following up on last month’s doggy fashion article, I heard

from a wonderful woman with a spa suggestion for our furry family

members. After all, they’re people too.

There is a new mobile grooming spa called The Good Dog Spa (www.

thegooddogspa.com). I was told, the owner, Steve Schiefer, is a very

experienced, long-time groomer and animal lover.

Recently relocating to Henderson, he decided to start this business to

bring a little pampering to our doggies and convenience for us. If your

little one is in need of a doggy makeover, this might be worth checking


Get a little pampering if you can, enjoy your spring, and get ready for

summer, it will be here before you know it!

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company

based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or

through her website www.fullips.com.


Water, Water, Everywhere!

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

How many of you drink lots of water each

day? You should figure your natural weight

(be honest!), subtract that in half and that’s the

amount of water in ounces needed

each day.

It sounds like a lot - but really

is not. Our body is made of a

large amount of water and needs

replenishment each day.

As we are heading into the

warmer months, we need to

supplement with good old H2O.

And that does not mean you

can have your other alcoholic

beverages to count as your liquid

number. LOL!

Some vegetables and fruits also

contain a good amount of water,

such as celery and watermelon. But

you will still need that H2O to keep

your body healthy.

Some days I run around and forget to drink water - so yes, I’m guilty

of not drinking enough water those days. I find however, that if I’m

home doing chores, I will put a tall glass on the counter and that

reminds me to drink water.

Please be aware that while exercising, make sure to drink water prior,

during and after your exercises. There is nothing worse than becoming

dehydrated during an exercise and feeling dizzy.

Always, always be aware that

your body needs water.

I personally do not care for

flavored sugary and calorie-loaded

waters, so to me, a slice of lemon

in my water makes it much more

flavorful and a little healthier.

Whatever you feel comfortable with

helping you drink more water do it!

We must treasure our bodies and

help to keep them as healthy as

we can. Enjoy life - as we are not

promised tomorrow.




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

Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las Vegas

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

40 May 2022

Safe Driving & Insurance Rates Part III

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

This is Part III of a series of articles showing

how auto insurance premiums could be

reduced simply by reducing

claims that insurance

companies pay.

SPEEDING. Have you read the paper

recently? I’m convinced that posted speed

limit signs are a mere suggestion for some

drivers. So few pay attention to speed limits.

Speed is not the leading cause of accidents in

the US but it is the most costly in damage and

lives. There is not enough room in this article

to statistic you to death, but consider just a few

recent events.

Last November a star football player was involved in a fatal car crash

while allegedly traveling at speeds over 150 MPH. Nine people died in a

North Las Vegas crash in late January. In March, a 13-year-old boy died

when struck by a speeding driver in Henderson.

Speed was the major factor in an accident that killed 2 motorcyclists

on March 13 th . It seems like news reports of fatal crashes occur daily.

And these are just the ones that make the news.

The property damage and bodily injuries caused by speeding

motorists is staggering. Statistics show that 1 in 4 of you reading this

has experienced an incident where speeding was the direct cause of an


Maybe you have had a family member or friend injured or even

killed by a speeding vehicle. It isn’t the fault of the instrument that

caused the injury, but rather the individual that

ignored, dismissed, or even snubbed the idea that

speed limits have a purpose.

When our vehicles cease to become a mode of

transportation that get us from one location to

another but rather become a means by which we

can somewhat anonymously ignore the law and

bring out personal aggression, then we need to

rethink our values.

This column is not about driving safety, but

rather insurance claims that are a direct link to

your auto insurance premiums. These crashes

ultimately cost money and who pays for it? YOU!

Those premiums you pay are the “fodder” that goes to pay claims.

You are indirectly paying for the carelessness of others. Doesn’t that

make you angry?

Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.

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Don’t Neglect Your Dental Health

Dental health can say a lot about your overall health. Poor dental

health is strongly tied to multiple other health conditions, and

infections in your mouth can lead to infections elsewhere in

your body. While we often think of dental health as separate

from physical health, the fact is—your mouth and teeth are

part of your body, so what affects them can impact the rest

of the body too.

Since our mouths are the entry point to the rest of our body,

they are teeming with bacteria from the foods we eat and drink.

This makes our mouths the main entry point for harmful and

benign bacteria alike. Keeping your mouth bacteria under

control is the most important aspect of oral hygiene.

An excess of harmful bacteria can cause gum disease. This can

cause cascading health effects, such as cardiovascular disease,

arthritis, and even respiratory issues. If you already have certain

health conditions like diabetes or osteoporosis, it’s especially

important to ensure your mouth stays healthy.

Cavities are another major source of oral infection. In addition

to being painful, cavities can lead to dental abscesses. If left

untreated, abscesses can spread to the bones of the face and jaw.

That’s why it’s important to see your dental healthcare provider

right away if you’re experiencing pain in your mouth or teeth.

What should you do to keep your

mouth healthy?

Brush your teeth twice a day and

use a soft bristled brush to protect

your gums. Remember to replace

your brush every few months.

Floss at least once a day.

Stay away from tobacco products.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

daily, while limiting sugary foods

and drinks.

Most importantly, see your dental

provider regularly for cleanings,

check-ups, and x-rays. Your

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Cholesterol: Ally or Enemy?

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

When most people think about cholesterol, they

think of it as a bad thing that can contribute

to health problems like a stroke

or heart attack. While this may be true, the reality of

cholesterol is a lot more complicated.

Cholesterol is a necessary molecule in the body

and is found in almost every cell in your body. It

helps to make the cell membrane more fluid so the

cell can function effectively.

Cholesterol is also the precursor molecule for

many hormones in the body. Too little cholesterol

can decrease sex drive and contribute to depression.

Without cholesterol in your body, you would not

survive long.

Cholesterol is not a bad thing. However too much

cholesterol in your bloodstream is a potentially bad thing.

Cholesterol comes from two sources. The first is diet. This is why

people with high cholesterol are told to watch what they eat and limit

fats as a means of decreasing the amount of cholesterol.

The second source, however, complicates things. Your liver can

actually make cholesterol. For many people with high cholesterol,

it may not be the diet that is causing the high cholesterol as it is a

problem with the liver.

You may be wondering why the liver would make so much cholesterol

when it is potentially dangerous to the body. Sometimes there is a defect

in the functioning of the liver. At other times, it may

be in response to feedback from the body.

As an example, some of the stress hormones

have cholesterol as their precursor. If stress goes up

(especially over a long period) the body may need

more cholesterol to make these hormones.

The usual protocol with someone with high

cholesterol is to give them a statin drug. While these

drugs can effectively limit the amount of cholesterol

made, they do have side effects.

Anyone on a statin should also be on Coenzyme

Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is a necessary component of your

cell’s ability to make energy.

When thinking of health, think of balance. Too much cholesterol is

dangerous for the body but too little can also cause problems

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May 2022

Final Touches for Your Garden

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

In May, we should spend a great deal of time

putting the final touches on our

garden and landscaping before

the long hot summer months arrive. Anything you

wish to plant, or to upgrade should now be done while

the daytime temperature is pleasant and the sunshine

is not intense.

In particular, if you have been waiting to plant palm

trees or to apply fertilizer to existing ones, now is the

time to begin! The ambient soil temperature will be

above the required 70F needed for root growth and

nutrient absorption.

The six-day watering schedule is now in effect. Reset

your irrigation clock to include both a pre-dawn

and post sunset run time of 30 minutes.

This will ensure proper water absorption without the

risk of residue water magnifying the sun’s rays and burning leaves.

Make certain that all water emitters are functioning and directed

towards the soil where the plant roots are, re-positioning if necessary.

With the exception of palm trees, stop applying fertilizer by the end

of the month since you do not want to add additional nutrients that

may stimulate new growth that can be damaged by summer’s weather

extremes. You can, however, continue to add compost to enrich and

cool the soil and/or chelated iron if you find that plant leaves are

losing their green color due to iron deficiency (Chlorosis).

You should apply systemic insecticide around the

soil of non-edible plants to protect them during the hot

months when your garden is prone to insect attacks.

If, however, you are growing fruits or vegetables, use

spray insecticide instead several weeks prior to harvest.

If you are planning to add organic mulch to your

soil, first apply a covering of diatomaceous underneath.

This will limit infestation of exoskeleton insects such

as Palmetto Bugs (large cockroaches) in your garden.

Remember to prune off dead flowers. This will

stimulate new blooms. The same holds true for any

date palms. Remove the yellow fruits before they ripen

and fall off the trees attracting rabbits and rats and

littering your ground.

Have any questions? Contact me at:


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

school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his

time to communicating with and lecturing about our native



We’re Back!

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

It’s good to be back and doing what we do best.

After two years of no Vegas Voyager trips, we

just competed two “Bus to the Boat” groups.

Our first group cruised to the Mexican Riviera in February on the

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas. I loved everything about this


The ports in Mexico were wonderful and all the locals were happy to

have us back. As for the Navigator of the Seas, there was something to

do for everyone on board.

I didn’t try my hand at surfing on the Flow Rider or rock

climbing or plunging down two mammoth water slides, but I

did attend a great ice-skating revue and I did hit the jacuzzi

once or twice.

Oh, did I mention the

food? Excellent. It was a great

sun-filled blue water cruise


And then it was on to

group number two. Over

100 Voyagers cruised on the Majestic

Princess along the coast of California March 26 –

April 2.

As the photo shows, we brought the Phat Pack

along for three special group appearances. Once again

everyone had a great time.

The Majestic Princess is a bit more laid back than Royal Caribbean.

There are no flow riders or rock

climbing walls on board. The ship

board entertainment, aside

from our very own Phat Pack

was first rate.

The pool areas have an

atmosphere of calm luxury

and we enjoyed one of our

best meals ever in the ships

Crown (Steak House) Grill.

Best of all, our drink package

was included in the cruise

price and we never had to

worry about the cost of that

pre-dinner cocktail.

Look out for our upcoming “Bus to the Boat” cruises and consider

joining us August 29 – September 5 as we sail roundtrip from Seattle

to Alaska. We are approaching 30-plus Voyagers and we would love

to have you join us. Call me for details.


May 2022

Ouch!... Just Kidding

Vegas Voice Executive Director Bill Caserta reacts to his COVID test

as he prepared for our Vegas Voyagers Phat Pack cruise. We had

a total of 109 Vegas Voyagers (all tested negative!) that had a great

vacation with two “command” private performances while cruising the

California coast.


By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker / Out & About

had mixed emotions when my daughter phoned

I to explain she had reserved wheelchairs for my

husband Ray and me at the airports we would be

using during

our upcoming vacation. Ray and I

are both in our late seventies, quite

viable and certainly able to take

care of ourselves between flights.

But I heard the concern in her

voice and realized if I refused her

arrangements they would be seen as

unappreciated. So I bit my tongue,

wondered what would happen

next, and felt like Lucy in a Charlie

Brown cartoon. “Oh, Good Grief!”

A few days later we arrived at the

airport to begin our long awaited

vacation. We checked in and were about to start the long trek to our

flight gate when we were approached by a fellow in an airport uniform.

He asked for identification, and explained he was there to help us

board our plane. Imagine our surprise when we were given top priority

boarding privileges.

Initially I was hesitant, and I briefly considered walking with a limp

Saying Yes to a Lobster Experience

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

When my family visited Massachusetts, we

went out on a lobster boat. Our daughter and


thought this would be the trip’s least

interesting feature. To their surprise, it

was a highpoint.

The weather was picture-perfect for

a rustic boat ride in ocean waters. In

addition to learning about Cape Cod

lobstering, the scenery was attention


No forty-hour weeks, lobstermen’s

job is a continuous cycle without

vacations. The profession passes

through father to son, a calling deeprooted

in the people who chose it.

Their boats become honorary family

members and though backbreaking

and deep seated in tradition, lobster fishermen consider the sea and

lobstering their calling.

While some years are profitable, other years may not break even.

Our dedicated lobsterman rises before dawn, braving the weather and

hoisting traps until he and his crew backs ache.

Commonly lobster traps are forty pounds when empty. Hauling up

heavy traps all day is arduous.


Charlie Brown at the Airport

May 2022

to create a visible need for boarding privileges. But since

both Ray and I are seniors we decided to take advantage

of the situation, and be grateful for the assistance my daughter had

arranged for us.

Amazingly we were not charged any fee and this service was provided

before departure and upon arrival

at every airport on our itinerary. In

fact upon our return to Harry Reid

Airport, our porter was so helpful he

not only handled our luggage, but

he also escorted us to our parked


It’s a little known fact but airlines

are required by our government to

provide assistance to passengers

with disabilities - which includes

almost all seniors. And this aid

includes escorting you throughout

the airport from the terminal

entrance to your seat on the plane and the baggage claim area.

So when you make your reservations, don’t hesitate to also call the

airport to inquire about the availability of this service and the type of

assistance you will require. And don’t forget - it’s free!

Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is an award winning writer &

travel agent. She can be reached at Merryman2@aol.com.

Lobstermen are a tight-knit community. It takes strong-willed

independent individuals to be committed the way lobster haulers are.

They exchange information with other fishermen about weather,

their hauls and prices and most have

a topographic map of the Atlantic in

their heads. The lobster industry allows

the area to economically survive.

We were shown diverse lobsters

and told commercial lobsters must

be a minimum size. Lobstermen use

a gauge to ensure the keepers. They

measure from the rear of the eye socket

parallel to the center of the body shell

to the rear of the body shell.

Two small lobsters were plucked

out and tossed back into the water.

When they noticed females bearing

hundreds of eggs, we were shown the

attached eggs, but the females were

sent back too.

Returning to shore, the sun sparkled like diamonds floating on the

water’s surface. All too soon the boat was docked, its wooden boards

creaking as we disembarked and three generations of my family were

glad to have said yes to our half-day lobster boat experience.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an Adventure

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

with enthusiasm.



Bring Back More Good Old Words

By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit

As part of my campaign to save vocabulary

threatened with extinction, I offer a follow-up

to last month’s column. Hopefully, over the past

month, readers have been making every effort to

include words like “egad” and “piffle” in their daily communication.

Whether or not I’ve been successful, here’s

a new list of words that deserve a second


ERST: Meaning before the present time;

formerly, erst is commonly used with its best

friend while. But erst is perfectly capable of

existing on its own!

Example: Erst I was four score, I could

put on my underpants from a standing

position. Without holding on.

ODDS BODKINS: Instead of a triedand-true

word such as weird, try using the

phrase Odds Bodkins to describe something

exceptionally strange. Besides sounding very clever, if a bit archaic, you

might find that it’s fun to say.

Example: My husband actually heard what I said the first time I said

it. Odds Bodkins!

EKE: Not to be confused with the sound one might make upon seeing

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a rodent, this neglected word means to obtain with great difficulty.

Example: The home team eked out a victory over its rival.

Or: At the sample sale, I was able to eke the Chanel handbag from the

pushy woman who lunged for it.

YON: Like the word “erst,” yon has a BFF, which happens to be

“hither.” And like “erst,” yon can also stand on its own three letters.

Meaning “beyond,” or “over there,” it’s a

more economical way to express distance.

For example, instead of saying “I had to

park my car nearly a mile away from the

concert,” simply state that you parked your

car yon, and save your breath for the long

walk ahead.

ERE: Another neglected three-letter word,

ere means “preceding in time,” or “earlier

than,” and its use is guaranteed to make

you sound more erudite than its more

commonplace cousin, “before.”

Example: Running late, I hastily applied

my mascara ere my dinner guests arrived.

VERILY. One of my personal favorites, verily denotes positivity.

Its synonyms include words such as really, surely, indeed, actually,

unquestionably. So, when you are absolutely certain of something, why

not consider verily? Because it rhymes with “merrily,” its use might

verily bring a smile to your face!

Example: No offense, but I verily believe that’s the ugliest sweater

I’ve ever seen.

PETTIFOGGER: Though it may sound adorable, you wouldn’t

want to be labeled as one. As its letters imply, a pettifogger is one who is

petty, trivial, and quibbles over the small stuff. The word is also used to

refer to a lawyer whose practices may be questionable.

Example: During their divorce, my friend told me that her husband’s

attorney was a real pettifogger! Second Example: The other night we

played the new edition of Pettifoggery Pursuit.

HARKEN: Try saying “harken” as a savvy alternative to “listen,” or

“pay attention,” and someone is bound to prick up their ears. Even if

it’s just the dog.

Example: My husband never harkens to anything I have to say!

NIGH: Easily confused with the sound made by a horse, this versatile

word can be adverb, adjective, or preposition. Now, how many words

can make that claim? On that point alone, it deserves a second chance.

Use as a substitute for “almost,” “near,” or “nearly.”

Example: The other night I forgot the time and nigh burnt our


HIE: A simple word that is a homophone of a greeting, and what

you get when you smoke pot. But its unique meaning is to go quickly.

So next time you’re in a hurry, consider hie-ing. Example: My friends

and I hied to Bloomingdale’s when we heard there was a one-day sale.

As before, I hope this list inspires you to be on the lookout for

additional good old words that have fallen into disuse. And if you

discover any, prithee, don’t hesitate to let me know.

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: SusanGoldfein@aol.com.


Grandpa’s Preschool Commencement Speech

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I want

to thank you for

inviting me to speak

at today’s preschool

commencement ceremonies. It’s not often

that the grandfather of a graduate - hi

there, Charlie! - is asked to expound

on such an auspicious occasion (and

I will never answer the phone without

checking Caller I.D. again).

I will be brief, since the entire front

row of graduates seems to be squirming,

and...uh...I believe one has a hand up

and is squirming in a particularly urgent

way, Sister Mary Agnes, if you could just...

thank you.

I’ll make my remarks as short as

possible, so that we can get outside and

enjoy that beautiful sunshine (and

maybe get to the golf course by my teetime).

And, after the presentation of

diplomas, we’ll retire to the reception area for some delicious Batman

and Cinderella cupcakes!...Oh...well, I didn’t know they didn’t know.

Sister...settle down, please, children! There are plenty of cupcakes for

everyone if we see good behavior.

So, back when I was a young boy just about your age...yes, my good

man?...no, Justin, there were no dinosaurs

back then, ha ha...yes, they had cars,

but...yes, I used to have hair, my, my, what

a keen and probing mind you have there,

Justin! I’d love to have a nice talk with you

sometime, but if we don’t move along,

someone might eat your cupcake!…Oh,

no, don’t cry, Justin, Sister says there are

plenty of cupcakes, I was just teasing, ha,

ha (yeah, I don’t see YOUR grandfather

up here, do you?

Nosiree, Justin’s grandfather’s probably

on the back nine by now...I’m taking his


Anyway, when I was a little boy, there

was no such thing as preschool or

kindergarten. Why, we didn’t go to school

until first grade, when we were all around

six years old...what’s that, young fella?...

your sister is six?...well, isn’t that nice.

So, when I was six and went to the first grade--...you hate your

sister?…Oh, no, I don’t think you hate your sister, ha, ha, you love

your sister...well, you’ll love your sister much more when you get a little

older, ha, ha.

(God, please, I will call my annoying sister and her deadbeat husband

tonight if you’ll just get me out of here!).

Now, where was I? Oh, yes, when I was six years old and went to first

grade, I was scared, just as you were on your first day of preschool, right?

(Why, why, why a question, you idiot?!)...Oh, you weren’t afraid?...and

you, either?...or you?...Okay, I think I get the picture now, settle down!

Well, you are all braver children than I was, I guess...no, it’s not nice

to call someone “Scaredy-boo-boo Head”, Justin, not if we want those

cupcakes, remember, ha, ha?

Okay, back to me. So, I was afraid when I went to first grade that day,

because I thought maybe I’d have no one to play with...pardon me,

little lady?...you play with three friends?...that’s so nice, but--...Teresa,

Carrie and Johnny?…Oh, not Johnny, JENNY!…No, boys aren’t stinky,

I bet you’ll like them later on, ha, ha (Oh, get a grip, Sister, you get

what you pay for).

Anyhow, I was a frightened little boy in first grade sure that no one

would like me, but the teacher told us each to pick a partner, and when

I turned around, there was a little girl with curly blond hair.

You know who that was? It was a little girl named Maria. And, when

Maria and I grew up, we got married and now Maria is Charlie’s

grandmother!…no, Justin, her name isn’t “Mrs. Scaredy-boo-boo

Head”, ha, ha (just wait till I see your grandfather, son; he’s going to

get a nine-iron wrapped around his neck!).

Thank you very much.

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

Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s book!

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


May 2022


My 'Cheaper By the Dozen' (12) Year Anniversary Column

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute


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