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‘Dr. Phil’

Apparently, the full episodes of the “Dr. Phil” shows are not available online. However, they did post summaries of the shows on the official website. This first one (below) focuses on the tunnels and a couple’s life down there. The second focuses on the woman, Cyndi, and her four daughters, as they reunite in the studio.
I still have not seen the episodes, but, judging by the summaries, they’re pretty moving. Here you go:


Thanks to everyone who bought my book Beneath the Neon today (after it was featured on “Dr. Phil”). It’s currently the third-best-selling “Travel Writing” book on, behind Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

The seedy side of Vegas

I’m working with a British TV program that will be in town from mid-July to early August. They’re interested in the seedier side of Las Vegas—drugs, prostitution, homelessness, etc.—and stories related to the economy. For example, the costumed characters on the Strip and Fremont Street or squatters in foreclosed homes. They’re also interested in meeting unique Vegas characters who can serve as guides (e.g., Oscar Goodman to introduce the city or Linda Lera-Randle El to introduce the world of the homeless). While the show may sound dark, it also hopes to highlight success stories and people who are trying to make a difference in the community.
If you have any story ideas or character suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

Family Connect

A notice from the Nevada Homeless Alliance:
Family Connect is an annual resource fair for homeless or low-income families living in Southern Nevada. The 2013 event, scheduled for May 15th at the East Las Vegas Community Senior Center, will see upwards of 300 families with children, and include the participation of over 50 service organizations. Prior to exiting the event, each family is escorted through the Giveaways Section to obtain food and personal care items that may be difficult for them to obtain without assistance. Please see below list of items needed for this section. All items should be new or gently used only.
Children’s summer clothing, hats and shoes
Adult’s summer clothing, hats and shoes
Packaged Underwear
First Aid Kits
Canned food
Bus Tickets-Day Use for RTC buses
Soaps/Hand Sanitizers
Feminine Hygiene
Sun Screen/Lotion
Please contact Michele Smith for drop-off and pick-up information. Email: Phone: 702-324-6850.
*Please allow 24 hours for a return call or email
**Contributions to the Nevada Homeless Alliance are tax deductible as provided by law. If you have any questions about the value of your contribution, kindly contact your tax advisor. For donation receipts, please contact Stacy Sutton with the Nevada Homeless Alliance at, or by calling 702-743-1487.

Nevada Homeless Alliance

I was recently named a board member of the Nevada Homeless Alliance, a nonprofit organization that helps the homeless by creating partnerships and promoting collaboration between service providers. My responsibilities include making sure the NHA remains focused on its mission, serving as an ambassador for the nonprofit and the homeless, and raising funds and awareness. Of course, I’m particularly interested in helping the people in the underground flood channels.
A lot of you have expressed interest in helping the hundreds of people in the tunnels and the thousands of other homeless in the valley. In this new role, I should have more answers, suggestions and opportunities for you.
Stay tuned!