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 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    April 22, 2018

Another successful orbit complete

Today marks another completion of my yearly 584,020,178-mile orbit around the sun. Among those sharing the ride were four fellow travelers I recently encountered during a slightly shorter 17-day,... Full story

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    April 15, 2018

Road trip presents 1,000 photo ops

I took at least 1,000 photos during my recent 17-day, 4,162-mile journey with Spooky, a fellow Navy spy, stretching from New Mexico to North Carolina. States included New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma,...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    April 8, 2018

Operation Spooky waylaid by bovines

Submitted from Charlotte, North Carolina, here is a condensed version of my travelogue of an in-progress trip stretching from Taos to the Tar Heel state. After a 43-year break, a fellow Navy spook (sp...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    April 1, 2018

Taking a moment to talk Hawking

Stephen Hawking, who died on March 14 at 76, and I had one thing in common: Many do not understand what we are talking about. In his case, it was because of brilliance; in mine it’s because of a...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 25, 2018

Pooling reflections of years past

This concludes my three-part series of looking back at eight years of columns. Today I focus on reflections and meditations I’ve written. • “Every time I feel the wind coming down and see the...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 18, 2018

Well... I thought it was humorous

As part two of a three-part retrospective of eight years of column writing, here are excerpts of a few of my attempts at humor: • “I forgot my twin sister’s birthday.” • “The greatest...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 11, 2018

Yes, you can quote me - Wendel Sloan

For the eighth anniversary of this column (this time around), I am looking back at my greatest hits. And, by hits, I mean mobster — not Billboard top-40. Hits covered in the three-part series will...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    March 4, 2018

Sensible laws not happening soon

According to Time.com, 66 percent of Americans support stricter gun regulations. Support for universal background checks, a mandatory waiting period and an assault weapon ban came in at 97, 83 and 67...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    News    March 4, 2018

In depth: Lineman for the county

At a glance Clayton Hammond Barber Born: Dec. 19, 1971, in Fort Benning, Georgia Next month: Oscar Robinson calls himself an Eisenhower baby and says he grew up in the right time to watch his country...

 

'Ig Nobel Prizes' good for laughs

My book-of-the-month summary for February is “The Ig Nobel Prizes” by Marc Abrahams (Dutton, 2002, 240 pages). The official criteria for winning is for “achievements that cannot or should not...

 

Local women weigh in on #MeToo

Actor Matt Damon was criticized for saying there’s a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation. Both need to be eradicated, but shouldn’t be conflated. In...

 

Devil makes another appearance

I have been good for several weeks, but the devil in me is back. Here are the front and inside of my 2018 original Valentine’s Day cards. • “I believe in Destiny — You met her at the mall...

 

Abused rarely live normal lives

High Plains resident “Mary” can identify with the 13 California siblings imprisoned and abused by their parents. Growing up with nine siblings in a northern state, she said she lived a constant...

 

Bet you didn't know that...

My book-of-the month summary for January is “The Handy Science Answer Book” (Visible Ink Press, 1994, 523 pages). Compiled by the Science and Technology Department of the Carnegie Library of...

 

Dolores 'was an incredible woman'

Dolores Penrod, 88, composed part of her own recent memorial at the Portales Cemetery. Read by retired professor Bob Taylor, Penrod — June 10, 1929-Dec. 11, 2017 — wrote in the third person:...

 

Teaching today beyond challenging

Even though we sometimes support different candidates, Sid Hicks and I have been friends since the hippie era in our small east Texas hometown. Our craziest stunt was hopping a boxcar on the spur of t...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    Voices    January 7, 2018

Scrabble a highlight of 2,000-mile trip

At Christmas, I got what I asked for: a garden omelet and pancakes. An unexpected bonus was a knitted toboggan from a Texas inmate who is almost a relative through a broken romance (not mine). The...

 
 By Wendel Sloan    News    January 7, 2018

In depth: The man with the band

CLOVIS — If you want to know about the character of retired Clovis High School Band Director Norvil Howell, ask a former student. Jerry Large, now a Seattle Times newspaper columnist, remembers the...

 

Resolutions: Here today, gone tomorrow

Mark Twain said of New Year resolutions: “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. “Yesterday, everybody...

 

Wendel's Christmas letter: Eventful year

During Thanksgiving I was given a room for the handicapped when I asked for an AARP discount at a Lubbock motel. After videotaping myself performing gymnastics in the shower, I was invited by USA...

 

Read and learn, space cadets

My book-of-the-month summary for December is “How the Body Works (100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Miracle of the Human Body)” by Steve Parker (Reader’s Digest Books, 1994). The book is...

 

Social media decorum appreciated

Rarely do I post political opinions on my Facebook page. Once in a blue moon I offer my two-cents of data-driven defense for a poor soul being egregiously attacked by sans-facts gang-pouncers on...

 

Cuzins say don't steal bees' honey

Editor’s Note: “Dear Cuzins” is an advice column written by cousins Chef Juandel, The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy and Bootlegger Sloan. Cousin Wendel checks for libel. Deer Cuzins, Wit awl dis taulk...

 

Always amazed by well-crafted tales

Although the best fiction I’ve ever written is my resume, my lack of knack doesn’t stop me from being spellbound by wordsmith magicians birthing truth from lies. As young Navy spies in the...

 

'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...

 

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