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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
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
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
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
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
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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
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:
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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
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
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
“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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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
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?
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
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: email@example.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
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
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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
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
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
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
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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!
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and share how you
manifest what you want in your life.
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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!
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!
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.
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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
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
Goodman. We promise to help and get to
the bottom of it.
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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
information to make good decisions and act decisively.
There is a government program that can assist with this high cost,
but you have to navigate Income Caps, Spend Down, Community
Spouse Resource Allowance, Couple & Individual Resource Allowance,
Five Year Look Back Period, Divestment Penalty Divisor and Nevada’s
Enhanced Medicaid Recovery. It’s complicated.
If you, a family member, loved one or good friend find yourself in
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Homelessness & Baseball
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
What does homelessness and baseball have in
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
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
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
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.
A Total Lunar Eclipse
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
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
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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
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,
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
VV: Did you
get your entire
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
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
books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.
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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
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
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
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
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.
dresses are another
topic we can discuss
next month. (I really
love it when I start
writing and the topic
for another month
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
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
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
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
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
AND HAPPY HEALTH
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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.
He and his wife owned and operated their own insurance agency for
over 16 years. His primary purpose is to give out real information
that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.
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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.
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Brush your teeth twice a day and
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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
Most importantly, see your dental
provider regularly for cleanings,
check-ups, and x-rays. Your
provider will clean and polish your
teeth, take x-rays to spot potential
issues, and perform a physical exam
of your mouth to make sure it’s as
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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
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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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
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
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 –
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
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.
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vacation with two “command” private performances while cruising the
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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...
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.
My 'Cheaper By the Dozen' (12) Year Anniversary Column
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