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'Bama Senate candidate a nightmare

Outsiders watching Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore waving a pistol at a rally must have thought they were dreaming — or nightmaring. Ignoring past transgressions with his younger pistol, his...

 

Heaven, hell choices of TV enlightenment

Recuperating in Dallas the past week, I broadened my horizons by channel surfing to see what enlightenment I have overlooked with my busy High Plains sports schedule. Like a deja vu thunderbolt of...

 

I'm my mother's son; bullies beware

The approaching anniversary of my mother’s death at 92 on Nov. 7, 2010, makes me reminisce about our differing political views, and the traits I inherited or acquired from her while growing up in...

 

See screwed-up people as they are

My book-of-the-month summary for October is “Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People” by Elizabeth Brown (MJF Books, 2010 edition, 244 pages). The book offers coping skills for those...

 

Lessons abound in Facebook 101

Although I’ve been called a Facebook philosopher, it’s only an honorary title until I receive my Ph.D. (doctor of philosophy) from Facebook University (FU). I have earned an associate’s in...

 

I qualify to be Republican mole

It may seem incongruous, but I’m offering consulting services for Republican candidates. Since they already have corporate, Confederate, wealthy, gunslinger and Christian voters (African Methodist...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    October 8, 2017

Declare war on unjustifiable weapons

Some reflexive patriots, up in arms about blacks protesting experiences they’ve never endured by not observing rote rituals, ironically imagine they need military-grade weapons to protect them from...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    October 1, 2017

I missed a great party on my dime

Either someone recently used one of my credit cards fraudulently, or my alter ego is still a party animal. My last statement had a mysterious charge of $345.56 from a big-box store in Lubbock. The day...

 

Kids need to feel life to learn from it

My book-of-the-month summary for September is “Try and Make Me!” (2002, Signet, 242 pages) by Ray Levy and Bill O’Hanlon. Subtitled “Simple Strategies That Turn Off the Tantrums and Create Coo...

 

You know you're in Texas when...

Random thoughts: I’ve been in Dallas recently helping extended family stretched a bit thin. After escorting a great-nephew to kindergarten and back several days, I am convinced teachers deserve...

 

Even small trips are entertaining

Since exotic trips to Dallas, Albuquerque and Galveston are usually beyond my means, small trips become mini-vacations. Over Labor Day weekend, I traveled to Levelland in West Texas to visit Chance,...

 

Hey, Trump, why not try this speech

If President Trump promises to stick with the teleprompter, I give him permission to use this speech: My fellow Americans, green-carders and undercover residents keeping food prices and lawn grass...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    August 27, 2017

'The mice shall inherit the earth'

My book-of-the-month summary for August is “Non Campus Mentis,” a collection of college students’ answers on exams and term papers about world history. The 145-page book, published in 2001 by...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    August 20, 2017

Invocation for gathering is in order

Although not directly related to recent rumbles, this might be a good time for a universal invocation for gatherings on public property. Since mine does not beseech any specific deity, it should not...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    August 13, 2017

One good line deserves another

Following last week’s column about my 12-word memoirs, readers submitted theirs: • One thing I like is a good show — lightning struck; sound/flash. — Sheila Schelling • Norman Rockwell...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    August 6, 2017

Twelve-word anecdotes say it all

A collection of brief life summaries, “Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs,” by the famous and obscure was published in 2008 by Harper/Perennial. Examples: • “Followed rules, not...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    July 30, 2017

'Words are the most powerful drug'

My book-of-the-month summary for July is “The Great Thoughts” (Balentine Books, 1996, 543 pages). The quotes, ranging from B.C. to the 1990s, were compiled by George Seldes, who died at 104 in...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    July 23, 2017

Friends worth fighting in war for

Former Clovis resident Ian Cooke’s experiences as a 19-year-old “tunnel rat” in Vietnam reminded me of my distant brush with the war. When the North overran the South , I was a Navy electronic...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    July 16, 2017

Visit to Santa Ana always a trip

For the fifth year, I spent the first Friday in July at a scholarship fundraising golf tournament on the Santa Ana Pueblo in Bernalillo, north of Albuquerque. Originally, I only participated because...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    July 9, 2017

College essay as true now as ever

While recently going through a treasure/trash trove of my youthful musings, I ran across an essay written as an 18-year-old lonely freshman in a four-person dorm suite at East Texas State University....

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    July 2, 2017

If you're going to brag, do it loudly

Here are a few behaviors that make me yawn: Humble-bragging If you’ve got something to brag about, say it loud and proud. On the rare occasions I hit the winning three-pointer in noon-time...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    June 25, 2017

Those Cowboys were playboys, too

Since I hauled hay for the parents of legendary Cowboys’ quarterback Don Meredith in my east Texas hometown of Mt. Vernon, choosing “Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    June 18, 2017

Seems my father had good life figured out

The last time I saw my father was on Father’s Day in 1990 — 13 days before his last breath. Slowly dying for four years from asbestos at an east Texas steel mill, he had no interest in gifts. All...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    June 11, 2017

Certain qualities make best humans

On Friday morning I boarded an eight-seat Boutique Air prop plane out of Clovis for DFW for Saturday night’s ZZ Top/Jimmy Buffett concert in Frisco, Texas. Although I wrote this before the concert,...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    June 4, 2017

Southern history belongs in museum

Confederate flags do flutter in Portales. At least two stores — appealing to Johnny Rebels Without a Cause for Self-Esteem — display them. On Memorial Day, several waved at the Confederate...

 

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