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Helping students is so rewarding

I am lightly patting myself on the back as a road map for you getting heavily patted (not petted). A friend teaches kindergarten in a nearby lower socioeconomic school. Occasionally, I have donated...

 

Clovis native was 'busy surviving' in World War II

Bennie Aday, 94, narrowly escaped death twice in World War II. A left-seat pilot on B-24s, the Clovis native flew 50 missions against railroads, oil refineries and aircraft plants in France, Italy and...

 

Cuzin's weddings a gay old time

Dear Chef Juandel, I understand your concerns about crossing the border to ride with the cuzins to Arkansas for second-cuzin Chuck and third-cuzin Buck’s wedding at the Hope Pentecostal Church and B...

 

Temperament driver of happiness

My book-of-the-month summary for January is “The Complete Essays of Mark Twain,” edited by Charles Neider (Doubleday & Company, 1963, 705 pages). Samuel Langhorne Clemens (“Mark Twain” was a m...

 

I may disagree, but respect office

I am disappointed in Obama. He was supposed to declare martial law and serve a third term. Until Friday’s inauguration, I expected the military (ours, not Russia’s) to swarm the podium and assume...

 

I once survived a hairy situation

Despite my tax accountant telling me my head qualifies for solar rebates, my body hair once saved my life when I woke up shirtless in the snow while walking home from a casino. When neighbors saw me...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    January 8, 2017

Have that procedure if it makes you happy

Random thoughts: • Why do grocers put so many grapes in a bag? I help other shoppers by transferring half the grapes into an empty bag and leaving it behind. I feel guilty, but not enough to stop....

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    January 1, 2017

Feeling safe in my resolutions

Since I never remember them, I feel safe in making New Year resolutions. Too lethargic from vegetarian holiday food to hatch my own, I Googled lifehack.org for inspiration. Here are strategies for imp...

 

Rural home had Christmas magic

Rekindling a childhood tradition, I recently searched the High Plains countryside for a Christmas tree. Any kind of trees were rare, and when I finally spotted evergreens, they were under tents in...

 

Everyone has a gift; admire them

With commencements under way, I began writing my usual silly piece about graduates’ names affecting their destiny. For example, will Ms. Booth and Mr. Baker open a pastry kiosk in the North Plains...

 

Addicts need help, not jail terms

A relative, who asked me to only use her middle name, Gail, has spent two stints in Texas prisons for cocaine. The first time she was sentenced to two years for $5 worth of cocaine after being busted...

 

Urban areas full of brutal endings

Penning this while perusing the “Dallas Morning News” in Dallas, eastern New Mexico feels far away and peaceful. Of course, violence is probably similar percentage wise, but urban areas seem...

 

Post-election humor much needed

My book-of-the-month summary for November is "Great One Liners," edited by Marcia Kamien (Platinum Press, 2010). After this election, I figured humor would be welcomed. Excerpts: • Before you...

 

Trump off to bad start with picks

Unlike Obama haters, I want Trump to succeed in making our country better for everyone. To paraphrase Obama, the office transforms ideology into sobering reality. Russia is attacking us with cyber...

 

Morally wrong to impose your religion on others

I last saw Janet Leslie Reynolds in 1978 when I was "friends" (pre-Facebook) with her older cousin Helen in the graduate counseling program at East Texas State University — and Janet helped in the family restaurant. Since then, Janet has married,...

 

Wondering if names influence graduate futures

Sometimes I wonder if the names of new graduates will influence their futures. For example, will… Ms. Summers become a global warming expert? Mr. White and Ms. Black argue incessantly with no shades of gray? Mr. Short and Ms. Stack order pancakes...

 

Actions speak louder than words

Several readers have emailed that I am headed to an eternity warmed by, apparently, the mother of all campfires. After telling them I will stock up on wieners and marshmallows, they promise to pray...

 

Join the Clovis/ Portales Sunday Fun-Day Folks at the park

For those expecting satire or a wrestling match with critics, I apologize for today's column. I am inviting everyone on the High Plains to come to City Park on South Abilene in Portales at 2 p.m....

 

Importance always around corner

Time has been a stern disciplinarian in teaching me that I'm not special or unique — except in the way that everyone is. It's been a shock to learn that my profound thoughts and experiences mean little to others. My life is filled with minutiae:...

 

Ravens win - by divine intervention

Here are a few tidbits to prep you for today's 47th Super Bowl in New Orleans' Superdome: Kick-off between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers is at 4:30 p.m. (MT) on CBS. It will be streamed on NFL.com and CBSSports.com. Domino's, Pizza...

 

Ravens win - by divine intervention

Here are a few tidbits to prep you for today's 47th Super Bowl in New Orleans' Superdome: Kickoff between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers is at 4:30 p.m. on CBS. It will be streamed on NFL.com and CBSSports.com. Domino's, Pizza Hut and...

 

My Turn - Life is uncertain

Earth has 7 billion humans. Since modern Homo sapiens arrived around 55,000 B.C., approximately 110 billion have been born and more than 100 billion have died. How many of those do we remember today, and how did they die? Of course, far too many...

 

Election losers full of sour grapes

Taking a cue from fellow columnist and Texas Rangers fan Kevin Wilson, today I'm scattershooting about Facebook. For peace and safety, friends Avis Jones, Ron Barker, Robert Patrick and I declared a unilateral, pre-election ceasefire on political...

 

Struggles lie beyond election win

Willie wants to withdraw as VP on our Green Tea Party ticket. It's not that he thinks "The party of common sense that knows it doesn't know" can't win. With our anti-oxidant, pro-equal-rights agenda,...

 

Prayers that offend everyone equally

A simple solution to prayers at taxpayer-funded events might be ones that admit what we don't know. That should offend everyone equally. This newspaper owns my words for 30 days, but after that feel free to use the following: "God, we do not know if...

 

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