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Neon: Dec. 21, 2013

Thee Swank Bastards at Backstage Bar

Junior League holds annual Holiday Coffee

The Junior League of Las Vegas Sustainers had its annual Holiday Coffee and charitable program for children at Jeri and Rick Crawford’s lovely home on Dec. 14.

Ending the innocence all at once, starting with Santa

My mom decided it was time to give me the ol’ sex talk when I came home asking my older sister to interpret terms I’d never before heard. Terms tossed around by neighborhood junior high girls wearing excessive eyeliner. Terms that cocked a fourth-grader’s head and had her wondering what a cherry, much less a “popped cherry,” had to do with anything.

How Medicare covers Alzheimer’s care

Dear Savvy Senior: What does Medicare cover for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? My wife was recently diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s and I’d like to find out what’s covered and what’s not. — Researching Spouse

The lessons that Nelson Mandela taught us

Last Sunday I wrote a column I hoped would pay appropriate tribute to a great man, Nelson Mandela. He is an inspiration to me. To all of us.

Delivering a sense of solace, helped by paws and purrs

Lisa Browder opens the top drawer of one of her file cabinets. A bag of dog treats almost jumps out of the drawer. Kimber, the visiting German shepherd lying quietly beside owner Jan Hanson, knows good things are about to happen.