Philip Gerard http://whqr.org en Directions http://whqr.org/post/directions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Commentator Philip Gerard finds that understanding directions is shaped by our personal memories and experiences.</span></p><p>Phillip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.</p><p>WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Philip Gerard 48691 at http://whqr.org Directions Clown for a Day http://whqr.org/post/clown-day <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Commentator Philip Gerard nigh has it all. As a writer and musician, he already possesses two enviable talents. Throw his clown experience into the mix, and you've got a rare specimen. Today the renowned author explain why he spent a day </span>yucking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> it up, in "Clown for a Day."</span></p><p><em>Commentaries here on WHQR.org do not necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its member</em>s.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Philip Gerard 41487 at http://whqr.org Clown for a Day When Size Matters http://whqr.org/post/when-size-matters <p></p><p>Commentator Philip Gerard is renowned for his literary prowess, genial nature, and smashing good looks. Less known, perhaps, is his penchant for sticking to his guns, even when he's arguably (and obviously) off the mark. In this commentary, he shares his trouble with IQ tests and farm animals.</p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Commentaries here on WHQR.org do not necessarily reflect the views of WHQR&nbsp;Public Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Philip Gerard 38053 at http://whqr.org When Size Matters No Excuse http://whqr.org/post/no-excuse <p></p><p>Excuses come a nickel a dozen, and few are worth repeating. Over his lifetime, Philip Gerard has certainly heard his fair share. But the excuse he'll share with us today is, if not singular, certainly outstanding.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Commentaries here on WHQR.org do not necessarily reflect the views of WHQR&nbsp;Public Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.</em></p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Philip Gerard 36478 at http://whqr.org No Excuse A Taxing Experience http://whqr.org/post/taxing-experience <p></p><p>The old adage suggests if you want a job done right, you have to do it yourself. But, there are other ways to get the same result. Commentator Philip Gerard's father found if you can make someone else do the job, over and over again, even perfection is a possibility.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Commentaries here on WHQR.org don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Public Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Philip Gerard 34917 at http://whqr.org A Taxing Experience First Workshop http://whqr.org/post/first-workshop <p>It's hard to imagine a literary great like Philip Gerard being berated in a workshop, but there was such a time. Today, he shares his first workshop experience with us, and comes away unscathed.</p><p><em>Commentaries here on WHQR.org don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Public Radio, its editorial staff, or its members. </em></p><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Philip Gerard 32799 at http://whqr.org First Workshop Grocery Scam http://whqr.org/post/grocery-scam <p></p><p>Few things can be worse than falling prey to a scam--except, of course, cleaning up the oily residue. Commentator Philip Gerard knows the feeling, and recounts ever slippery detail in "Grocery Scam."&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Philip Gerard & Phil 29888 at http://whqr.org Grocery Scam The Perfect Gift http://whqr.org/post/perfect-gift <p></p><p>The quest for the perfect holiday gift brings most shoppers more agony than joy, but Philip Gerard has a knack for finding the perfect gift. Sometimes, it's right in his medicine cabinet.</p><p><em>Commentaries here on WHQR.org don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Philip Gerard 28324 at http://whqr.org The Perfect Gift Scout's Honor http://whqr.org/post/scouts-honor <p>Philip Gerard was never a Boy Scout. Had he been, one moment in history could have been changed forever. Today, he tells us why we all have his father to thank for a catastrophic event that Philip could have prevented.&nbsp;</p><p>COMMENTARIES HERE ON WHQR&nbsp;DON'T NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF WHQR RADIO, ITS EDITORIAL STAFF, OR ITS MEMBERS.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Philip Gerard 26578 at http://whqr.org Scout's Honor No Accident http://whqr.org/post/no-accident <p>There are things we don't want to see and things we can't avoid. Philip Gerard encounters both when he witnesses &nbsp;the aftermath of an accident he didn't see, but saw coming before it happened.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>COMMENTARIES HERE ON WHQR DON’T NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF WHQR RADIO, ITS EDITORIAL STAFF, OR ITS MEMBERS.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Philip Gerard 24353 at http://whqr.org No Accident