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Terry Fator is one of America’s greatest performers, but it wasn’t until he hit the magic number of 42 years of age that everything fell into place and he was discovered by the world.

42 became a magical number when Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy became a popular book. Five books were written in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series between 1979 and 1992 (wiki.) 42 became the meaning of life. 42 became the answer to everything – even if the answer 42 didn’t make any sense.

According to Wikipedia, Terry Fator was thinking about giving up when he took one more chance and tried out for America’s Got Talent in 2007 at the age of 42.

I remember the appearance. Terry Fator was entertaining. He had a great voice. His puppets were almost human and he had a good skit. We were happy that he won America’s Got Talent and went to Las Vegas. Steve and I had no idea that we would also move to Las Vegas and see Terry Fator live at the Mirage.

Seven years later, Terry Fator is still new and fresh and his show is full of fun and laughter. His material is family friendly. He is not sitting on his laurels. In an interview I listened to, he said he is constantly striving to improve the show.

If you want a fun filled experience, we highly recommend that you go see Terry Fator at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

Below are some of the puppets from his show.

Winston the Impersonating Turtle with Terry Fator

Winston the Impersonating Turtle with Terry Fator

I am glad Terry Fator followed his dream. I appreciate the way he thanks the members of the armed services and other public services such as the fire department. The “good” story about who Terry Fator is as a person is almost as good as his show. Live long and prosper sir.

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Beautiful Bellagio Gardens

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As we entered the Bellagio Gardens we were greeted by this beautiful horse. It is so festive in the field of flowers, apples and pumpkins.

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Close to the horse is a trough full of apples. It also has water that sprouts up amongst the apples.


There were squirrels in the branches of the talking tree. The acorns were nearly as big as the squirrels.

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The Talking Tree is so unique. The eyes move and he talks directly to you. It is a wonderful work of art. It is fun to watch the little ones gaze at him in amazement.


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To the left of the Talking Tree, a colt was resting in the field of flowers. It is oh so beautiful.






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Across the pond, Smokey the bear and Smokey Jr. were in attendance.





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The waterwheel at the mill is magnificent. I always take several pictures, but I have yet to capture what I see. It evokes so many memories and emotions.

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Look closely and you will see a live bird in the Fire Island Chrysanthemums. There were several birds in the area of the cafe. I’m not sure who was more excited, the birds or the customers.

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The pumpkins are beautiful and some of them very large. According to the sign, the pumpkins are gown specifically for the Bellagio. The largest ones weigh between 600-1000 pounds.

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Red Tree Yellow Sky by Georgia O’Keeffe is the painting displayed in flowers. It is very nice and a tribute to the master herself.

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The ENT  – a name derived from the Anglo Saxton word for giant, are mythical creatures from middle earth closely related to Talking Trees.

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We were so excited to see two young ents have joined the fall celebration. As you can see, they too are enjoying the bountiful harvest at the Bellagio.

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Steve and I always enjoy visiting the Bellagio Gardens. Although it is always busy, as you can see in the picture, people are happy and friendly. We are forever thankful to the Bellagio for making this wonderful experience available and free to the public. It truly is a treasured gift. If you don’t have the opportunity to visit the gardens in person, we hope you will enjoy these pictures.


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Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival



Reliving the days of chivalry is fun for any age. Steve and I had a fun time at the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival held at Sunset Park in Las Vegas this weekend.

Minstrels     Spinning

There was jousting, belly dancing, and minstrels providing entertainment along with demonstrations such as spinning.


This festival had the greatest offering of clothing I have seen to date.  One could buy complete outfits of period costumes including, blouses, vests, skirts, head pieces, shoes, and jewelry. Men could purchase kilts and monk outfits as well as period costumes.

Pirate     Pirates

Many of the costumes are made of heavy material about the same weight as upholstery. This outstanding pirate couple had heavy costumes. They acted the part in a fun and believable way. The quickness of his draw gave evidence that he practiced a long time with his pistols. They were a fun couple and added much to the festival.


I think this baby stroller was a very clever presentation of the renaissance time.


There were a goodly amount of swords offered for sale. There were wooden swords and shields right up to the finest ceremonial swords. Much of the day was nostalgic for me. I wished our sons could have been with us. We used to visit renaissance fairs when they were teenagers.


We got to meet some faeries and make wishes in their special magic faery house.


After a tasty lunch, we decided to call it a day. On our way out, we encountered a young man and his pet. The pet was very interested in everything and moved around a lot. They were both showmen.

You can follow the Age of Chivalry at @lvrenfair www.twitter.com/lvrenfair @lvrenfair www.instagram.com/lvrenfair and www.facebook.com/lvrenfair

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Burn – A Book Review



See our video review of Burn and then read our review of all the Michael Bennett series.



When we first started reading the Michael Bennett series, I was so excited. He was almost as good as Alex Cross.

Book 1, Step on a Crack with armed men seizing a New York City cathedral and holding people hostage was an exciting start to the series. It was then that we met Michael Bennett who was brought in to negotiate. While he was trying the save New York, his wife was at home fighting a losing battle with a devastating disease. How will Mike raise their ten adopted children alone?

Book 2, Run For Your Life introduced us to “the teacher” a killer who reminds everyone to remember their manners. This was another page turner like the first book.

Book 3, Worst Case was a very scary book. Rich kids were being kidnapped, but no one could figure out why. FBI special agent Emily Parker enters the scene and Michael Bennett’s life. This doesn’t set too well with his live in nanny, Mary Catherine who he has an almost relationship with.

Book 4, Tick Tock shows the city being torn apart by terrifying murders. Michael Bennett takes his family on vacation to their seaside cottage, but then leaves them there while he returns to the city to solve the murders. Now his family is under attack too.

Book 5, I, Michael Bennett tells the story of the Mexican crime lord Bennett apprehended and put behind bars. The prisoner swears revenge. The Bennetts go on vacation. Michael has to make the decision to save his family or save New York City. Hmmm, that is the same story line as in book 4.

Book 6, Gone. Michael Bennett and his family are in Witness Protection waiting for the trial of the Mexican crime lord. The book has many unbelievable situations. I was hoping that Michael would declare his love for Mary Catherine, but no, he just keeps leading her on.

Book 7, Burn is as disappointing as Gone. It has the same format. Michael Bennett has anger issues. Mary Catherine is in love with Michael Bennett, but he just leads her on with no intention of ever marrying her. The children are mentioned in the book. Michael is the big man on the police force.

I didn’t think the day would ever come, but Steve and I have decided that we don’t like James Patterson’s and Michael Ledwidge’s cookie cutter book style. They can continue to publish the everyday diary of Michael Bennett, but we won’t be there to read it.

It is a sad day when an author stops writing and just produces.

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Burn, Written by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is narrated by Danny Mastrogiorgio  for Hachette Audio

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Pancakes with ice-cream

Pancakes with ice-cream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


One day I had lunch with some friends. Jim, a short, balding golfer type about 80 years old, came along with them—all in all, a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, “Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate. I wasn’t sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. “Along with  heated apple pie,” Jim added, completely unabashed. We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time.. But when our orders were brought out, I didn’t enjoy mine. I couldn’t take my eyes off Jim as his pie a-la-mode went down. The other guys couldn’t believe it. They ate their lunches silently and grinned. 

The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Jim. I lunched on white meat tuna. He ordered a parfait. I smiled. He asked if he amused me.I answered, “Yes, you do, but also you confuse me. How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible?” He laughed and said “I’m tasting all that is Possible.

I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life’s so short, my friend, I hate missing out on
something good.  This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned) I haven’t been this old before. So, before I die, I’ve got to try those things that for years I had ignored.I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many trout streams I haven’t fished. There’s more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead.There  are too many golf courses I haven’t played. I’ve not laughed at all the jokes. I’ve missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.I want  peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most.I haven’t cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to  feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again.” 

“So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I’d say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled  my heart’s desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life  expired.”With that, I called the waitress over.. “I’ve changed my mind, ” I said. “I want what he is having, only add some more whipped cream!” This is my gift to you -

DISCLOSURE: This wonderful piece was sent to me by a friend. I would like to give full credit to the author, but I don’t know the person. Instead I ask that you enjoy in the spirit in which it is given.


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Paula Poundstone – Live in Las Vegas



Paula Poundstone was in town this weekend. We saw her on Saturday night. If we had gone on Friday night, we would have gone again Saturday night. Paula does observational humor. That means she does not do a prepared set of jokes. She creates humor as she observes it in the audience. There is a lot of audience involvement. Because each performance has a new audience, every show is different.

We learned that Paula has sixteen cats. She didn’t talk a lot about them, but they pop up in conversation and on her web site.

We laughed for an hour and a half with barely a breath in between. One lady stood up. Paula asked if she was alright. The lady said she laughed so hard her sides hurt. Paula replied, “Did you say you laughed so hard your thighs hurt?” Then Paula did a little rendition of Elvis rocking his hips and thighs and asking the lady if her thighs always hurt when she laughs.

Steve and I were so happy to see Paula Poundstone in person. She is often a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, a radio show we enjoy. She is also an author, actress, commentator and interviewer. Check out her blog, Paula Poundstone.com.

After the show, there were CDs and books for sale. You could also get an autograph or a picture taken with Paula. As we waited in line to get our CD signed, I thought of my friend Linda Crim, affectionately known on line as Miss Dazey. Her favorite comedian is Jeannie Robertson.

I loved Paula’s performance and her sense of humor, but the after show was a great show too. A middle aged gentleman in a wheelchair waited for her to arrive. He wanted his picture taken with Paula, but she was on the other side of the table. No problem Paula said, she came around the table and put her arm around the guy’s shoulder for the picture. The guy’s companion was so nervous, she couldn’t get the camera to work. Paula stood there and talked with the folks until the lady got the picture. Everyone waiting was involved for that short time. Their reward was a brilliant smile from a very thankful fan. Paula went on to the next person as if this happens every day.

We were there for an hour after the show. Paula joked and laughed with everyone and was so kind. One lady in front of me had her autograph six different items, including an autograph dog. Paula did it all with a smile. Her willingness to mingle was impressive.

It is nice to see someone in person be even better than one could imagine. Go Paula.

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Jerry Lewis, American Icon


When I hear the name Jerry Lewis I think of the funny man who has the yearly telethon for Muscular Dystrophy. When I learned recently that he had an art display at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, I wanted to see his art.

The PAINTED PICTURES exhibit at the Marjorie Barrick Museum is curated by Michele C. Quinn. It presents over 200 unique photographs by Jerry Lewis taken during the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. The exhibit runs through September 27, 2014. View other offerings if Painted Pictures does not show immediately.

The abstract photos on display are a study of light and movement. As you can see in the picture above, there is light and there is movement. The first time we went to the exhibit, I looked at the pictures, but I did not really see them. The second time we went to the exhibit, I studied the pictures. I appreciated them and the brilliance of the man who made them. I silently thanked Michele Quinn for curating the show. Not only did I see the pictures, I saw Jerry Lewis for the first time. I never thought about light and movement and photographing the momentary image it created.

In addition to the pictures, there are two video shows that talk about Jerry Lewis. He is one giant of a man. Do you know that he wrote, produced, directed, and stared in many of his movies? Jerry Lewis really is a genius.

Because he has always been a movie star since the day I was born, I never studied his many accomplishments. Do you know that he taught film making at the University of Southern California. A couple of his better known students are Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

We were pleased to learn that the videos, seen at the art show, are available. Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis can be found on Amazon. This one tells of his genius and the many contributions he made to film making. It is totally fascinating.

Jerry Lewis…the last American Clown, also shown at the exhibit, is available on YouTube. It discusses the tragedies in his life. There are almost 1000 YouTube videos staring Jerry Lewis.

Jerry Lewis is still alive, well and performing at 88. He will be at the Smith Center in Las Vegas on September 30, 2014.

If you want to be fascinated and have some laughs along the way, check out Jerry Lewis, the great American Icon.

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Sola Fiedler – Fabric Artist




Sola Fiedler grew up in London during and after World War II. That was a time when people learned to recycle, especially clothing and materials. Today Sola uses recycled yarn from thrift shops and estate sales to create beautiful tapestries like the Las Vegas one above.

The first time I saw the Las Vegas tapestry at the Trifecta Gallery, I stood in awe. My eyes traveled over the piece taking in the many details of the strip and the various landmarks that make up that name. When you look close, you can see the trees that are close to the buildings. The metallic threads that create the various streets in the background show the grid work that makes Las Vegas an easy city to travel. The mountains in the background shelter the valley city and everything is perfect. The work is meticulous. You can see this masterpiece up close and personal at The Center, 401 So. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas.

The picture above does not have the best lighting and I did not have the best camera angle. The picture below is from her website. See the difference? solafiedler.com Take the time to browse Sola Fiedler’s other works.


I always enjoy finding a new artist whose work causes me to think about them after I have left the gallery and touches me in a profound way. Sola Fiedler is such an artist.

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Beauty is Everywhere

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Beauty is everywhere – sometimes in the most unexpected places. This art exhibit, An Affair of the Art, is at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas. It is near the walkways, in the gardens and near the pathways. Each piece is exquisitely done. These are only some of the pieces. Steve and I enjoyed it so much, we wanted to share it with you.

A Sweet Charity The Rythem of Life

Creative Artist: Terry Ritter – www.terryritterart.com

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