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 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... Full story

 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...


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