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 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

A few last words before I leave you, friends

This is my 441st and final column for The Eastern New Mexico News. I have moved and am stepping aside as a “local columnist” to repurpose my keyboard for other endeavors. The... — Updated 8/27/2018 Full story

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Migrants just striving for better lives

I have been volunteering with the Workers Defense Project (WDP) in Dallas. The membership-based organization empowers low-income workers to “achieve fair employment through educat... — Updated 8/19/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Too busy for antics of 'Christians'

I recently joined a fitness center to try to extend whatever years I have left — although I’m not sure what it matters (other than survival instinct). Even if I avoid diseases,... — Updated 8/11/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

'Hippies Use Backdoor' at Dusty Boots

Recently, I attended the Weed Bluegrass Festival in the mountains south of Cloudcroft. Weed’s population of 60 swelled to 500 for the event, including a couple I knew from Elida.... — Updated 8/4/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

So many reasons to love America

Acquired from the last Portales Public Library sale for a quarter, my book-of-the-month summary for July is “1,001 Reasons to Love America” by Hubert Pedroli and Mary Tiegreen... — Updated 7/28/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Day in the life: Sellin' stuff, tellin' stories

Garage sales have replaced barbershops for visiting. After recently digging through closets, cabinets and outside storage for one, I gathered enough stuff to help put Sears out of b... — Updated 7/21/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Levelland can throw a hardy party

Since Clovis and Portales sometimes fall short of July 4 fundraising goals, they could take a page from Levelland, Texas — a Portales-size town 30 miles southwest of Lubbock. In... — Updated 7/15/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Friends were real way back when

Robert Gilbert, who attended Portales schools from the sixth grade until moving to Roswell his senior year in 1970 and spent his career as a professional drummer, recently moved bac... — Updated 7/7/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Skin one of body's busiest parts

Purchased for a quarter at the last Portales Public Library book sale, my book-of-the-month summary for June is “How the Body Works: 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the... — Updated 6/23/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Praises to The King of Himself

Here is my latest sermon to butter up my flock at The Podcast Church for Couch Potatoes — where I am the Minister of Defense Against Little White Lies and Great Big Whoppers. To... — Updated 6/17/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Play shines light on teen suicide

Because of his own experiences with suicide, Portales resident Jim Lee is trying to spare others from its devastating aftermath. His father, a World War II veteran, committed... — Updated 6/9/2018


Dispatcher true community servant

With my lightning-quick moves in basketball shorts, the only task more stressful for 32-year-old Carl Smith than guarding me in jeans is being a 911 dispatcher. Working for Portales Communications, a city entity, he sees the worst... — Updated 6/2/2018 Full story

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

A famous lady said, and I quote...

Checked out from the Portales Public Library, my book-of-the-month summary for May is “The New Quotable Woman,” edited by Elaine Partnow (Meridian, 1992, 714 pages). Excerpts:... — Updated 5/26/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Ag's come along since '89 prediction

On May 24, 1989, the Portales News-Tribune ran an article I wrote about Portales biology professor Bob Taylor refuting an article in Interview magazine about eastern New Mexico turn... — Updated 5/19/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Don't try to change Democrat Grammy

When I interviewed retired Clovis High School Band Director Norvil Howell a few months ago for a feature, his wife, Elaine, joined us. She was such a delight, I realized she needed... — Updated 5/13/2018 Full story

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Don't put prejudices into actions

With the rare exception of using song titles a little too salty for Sunday newspaper reader sensibilities — in which case he gently suggests an effective alternative — my editor... — Updated 5/5/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Baby-faces have it made in studies

Checked out from the Portales Public Library, my book-of-the-month summary for April is “The Tell: The Little Clues That Reveal Big Truths About Who We Are” by Matthew... — Updated 4/28/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

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... — Updated 4/23/2018 Full story

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

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,... — Updated 4/14/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

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 fe... — Updated 4/7/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

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... — Updated 4/1/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

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... — Updated 3/24/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

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.” ... — Updated 3/17/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

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... — Updated 3/10/2018

 By Wendel Sloan    Voices

Sensible laws not happening soon

According to, 66 percent of Americans support stricter gun regulations. Support for universal background checks, a mandatory waiting period and an assault weapon ban came... — Updated 3/3/2018


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