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 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    May 28, 2017 

I think it can still be done at 75

I found my book-of-the-month for May — “29” by Adena Halpern (2010, Simon & Schuster, 267 pages) — last weekend in Lubbock on a $4.95 discount table at the South Plains Mall. Ellie, a...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    May 21, 2017

Being ugly carries certain benefits

In “The Benefits of Being Ugly,” Joe Carter wrote: “Ugly people are the majority … appreciated for their personality … and funnier. Ugly is inevitable. If we live long enough we all eventual...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    May 14, 2017

Other side of tragedy is profound beauty

Driving into Portales for the first time during a dusk dust storm in 1982, I almost made a U-turn. This wasn’t the New Mexico I’d imagined. But I wanted to work at a university, so the next day I...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    May 7, 2017

People most defensive about examination of religion

Although I prefer writing humorous columns, often rooted in injustice, they are the most difficult. Despite their melancholy nature, it is easier to write about people overcoming obstacles and...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    April 30, 2017

Some things too stupid to make up

Although my book-of-the-month summary for April is “Unusually Stupid Americans” by Kathryn and Ross Petras (Villard, 288 pages), since it was copyrighted in 2003, it is unrelated to current politi...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    April 23, 2017

No chance for peace against power

According to The Washington Post, President Trump is asking for a $54 billion increase in military spending in 2018, raising the total to $639 billion — while slashing $54 billion from non-defense p...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    April 16, 2017

Had my own reason for the season

Had it not been for commercials, Easter might have sneaked by me. The reason for the season seems to be big bunnies bearing brightly colored chocolate, marshmallow, peanut butter and plastic eggs....

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    April 9, 2017

Bobby was a slender young man

Everyone has a story. I met Bobby, 69, last weekend at my niece’s house in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite. He had recently started spending time with another family member, whom he met at a nearby do...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    April 2, 2017

Doblin: A legendary good guy

In my east Texas hometown of Mount Vernon, I hauled hay for a famous football player’s parents (who appeared with him in a Lipton Tea commercial). Hauling hay was child’s play compared to being a...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 26, 2017

Thoreau gives some sage advice

My book-of-the-month summary for March is “Thoreau On Man & Nature” (Arthur Volkman, Peter Pauper Press, 1960). Here are excerpts, edited for conciseness, from the 61-page volume of Henry David...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 19, 2017

Constitution basics should be taught

Dolores Penrod, retired director of Portales’ Community Services Center, told me about a local high school student who was recently chastised for not standing and saying the Pledge of Allegiance....

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 12, 2017

Border wall fiscally irresponsible

In 2014, according to the Pew Research Center, 5.8 million unauthorized immigrants from Mexico lived in the U.S. — down from a peak of 6.9 million in 2007. In fiscal 2016, 192,969 Mexicans were...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 5, 2017

Journalists best defense against politicians

Don’t be fooled — fake news is real. Here’s proof, from “Weekly World News:” • “Punxsutawney Phil was found dead this morning in an apparent suicide. “Terrified that the...

 

Body has 'astounding capacity' to heal itself

My book-of-the-month summary for February is “What the Drug Companies Won’t Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn’t Know” by Michael Murray, N.D. (Atria Books, 2009, 339 pages). Murray, a...

 

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...

 

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