When Gunter Grass  published his memoir Peeling the Onion in 2006,  he revealed that the life story he had written and retold for years was false, and rocked the world. He quite candidly admitted that, contrary to what everyone thought they knew about his life, he was in fact part of the Waffen-SS. It was the literary bombshell of the time. The possibility of revoking his Nobel prize was raised. 

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For WHQR Commentator, Nan Graham, the popular October/Halloween mantra "Boo!" has a triple meaning: 

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With election day a mere six weeks away, our Commentator Peggy Porter has a few thoughts on how to make your experience smoother.

Our beloved pets' instincts can wind up complicating our lives and impacting us in ways we never thought possible. WHQR commentator Annie Gray Johnston explains how her dog Maybelline gave her the fright of her life after sniffing around a particularly precious backyard area.

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Growing up in a self-described "household of literary snobs," Gwenyfar Rohler recounts the memories that formed the foundation for her love of books and framed her distaste for certain authors.

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When it comes to memories, the most impactful remembrances are often triggered by the most ordinary of physical objects. In Shane Fernando's case, memories of his Sri Lankan grandmother are warmed by the light of his father's coconut oil lamp. The lamp tells a story of not only Shane's memories, but also the legacy his father's family.

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Voter ID laws have been at the forefront of many states' legislative conversations. North Carolina is dealing with discussions over voter identification laws as we quickly approach a big election. For the past three years, Peggy Porter has worked as a seasonal temp in the New Hanover County Board of Elections.  

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Meditation has long been lauded for its healing, peaceful and rejuvenation properties. WHQR Commentator takes us through the calm that comes from cultivating stillness.

Philip Gerard is the author of eleven documentary scripts, numerous short stories and essays, and ten books, including his new novel, The Dark of the Island. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

There are many times in a persons life where every detail can be recalled -- memories have the extraordinary ability to pervade every one of our senses. In some cases, these memories are welcomed: fond recollections of yesteryear. In other cases, these pinpointed moments are not as attractive and are due to something we were not expecting. Commentator Annie Gray Johnston discusses how personal news has renewed her view of the world around her.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut.