Nan Graham

Commentator

Nan Graham has deep roots in Alabama and Carolina soil. She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with an AB in English. She obtained her Masters degree from The Citadel in Charleston. In 1995 Nan began broadcasting her bi- weekly commentaries on WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington. She continues these bi-weekly broadcasts along with teaching at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the Honors College. She has taught for thirty-eight years...everything from first grade to graduate level university courses...(the last is far easier than first grade!).

A lifelong Southerner, Nan Graham's spirited view of her cock-eyed family and friends has delighted public radio listeners for years. Nan's second book, In a Magnolia Minute...Secrets of a Late Bloomer as well as her first, Turn South at the Next Magnolia: Directions from a Life-long Southerner, were both on the SEBA (Southeastern Booksellers' Association) bestseller list. The books are compilations of her best and most popular radio commentaries which have been broadcast continuously since January 1995.

Nan is presently working on her third book of commentaries and a novel set in post WWII Wilmington.

You can visit her website at nangraham.com.

Trivial

Jun 23, 2011

"I can't stand that my man L.M. Boyd has been gone all these years..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

"William Faulkner's famous 'The past is never dead. It's not even past,' has never rung truer than it does this year..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Lightning Bugs

May 26, 2011

"One of the million things I remember, as do so many of you, as favorite summer past time was summer stalking..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Joined at the Hip

May 12, 2011

"Mama used that expression a lot: Sally and John are so close it's as if they're joined at the hip..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

My Kindergartener

Apr 28, 2011

"I do love all the techno-convenience that institutions utilize these days..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Swan Song

Apr 14, 2011

"I have been reading up on swans since I had a chat at Ivy Cottage with a gentleman about a swan decoy..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Pollen Poetry

Mar 31, 2011

"It is everywhere, and like waves of nausea, it keeps coming back..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Railroad Ties

Mar 17, 2011

"Train accidents figure in many climactic scenes in literature..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

The High Rent District

Mar 3, 2011

"My husband and I can't seem to agree on this..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Southern Snow

Feb 3, 2011

"That rare snow we had a few weeks back really was a lovely sight..."

 

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

"My children claim it is a curse to be the offspring of an English teacher..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Madame Malaprop

Dec 30, 2010

"Although malapropisms have probably been around since man's first utterances in the cave, it was in 1775 that Richard Sheridan wrote his play 'The Rivals'..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Unintended Consequences

Dec 16, 2010

"Countless women have had an economic and historic impact around the world..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

A Night at the Opera

Dec 2, 2010

"I had an extended driveway moment a few weeks ago..."

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be read in her two books: Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute.

You can visit her website at: Nan Graham.

 

Amish Turkey

Nov 23, 2010

"I had read the specifics about Amish turkey in the brochure..."

Wilmington, NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

For the Duration

Nov 16, 2010

"Some of the lingo I grew up with in World War II, I never knew the meaning of..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Madame Malaprop

Oct 28, 2010

"Although malapropisms have probably around since man's first utterances in the cave, it was in 1775 that Richard Sheridan wrote his play 'The Rivals'..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

What Are the Odds

Oct 15, 2010

"What a day for the first baby of a Marine Corp major and his wife to arrive..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Dust Mites

Sep 24, 2010

"You can't live in the South without having at least a nodding acquaintance with bugs..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Eliza Lucas Pickney

Sep 15, 2010

"The real first lady of America was Eliza Lucas Pickney..."

Wilmington NC – Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be read in her two books: Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute.

You can visit her website at: Nan Graham.

 

A Long Shot

Aug 27, 2010

"A couple of weeks ago, a 17 year-old spent one and a half hours aiming at a portable basketball hoop. So what, you say..."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Take A Deep Breath

Aug 13, 2010

"Sometimes you feel that there is just something in the air...and you would be right."

Wilmington NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Rhymes with Orange

Jul 1, 2010

"Mama used to tell how thrilled she was to get an orange in her Christmas stocking along with a handful of nuts?a memory she usually retold on the heels of a disappointing gift such as a chartreuse silk scarf I was whining about.'"

Wilmington, NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

"Noo Joisey and youse?"

Jun 21, 2010

"Apparently, recent studies have shown that birds have regional accents too? no lie. Expert birdwatchers have suspected this for years. The same species in different locations have different bird calls.'"

Wilmington, NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Yellow Submarine

Jun 3, 2010

"The yellow silk umbrella is a Tibetan good luck symbol more colorful than our rabbit's foot."

Wilmington, NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Seeing Red

May 20, 2010

"Scientists tell us that just seeing the color red can elevate our metabolic rate a whomping 13.4%. Get out that red dress."

Wilmington, NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Color Coded

May 7, 2010

"'Magazine editors,' says Theroux, 'claim that magazines with blue covers are best sellers because blue is America's fav of all the colors.'"

Wilmington, NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Bye Bye Birdie

May 3, 2010

"Long a scourge to farmers, the sociable and ever-scavenging crow is notoriously on the prowl for food, thus our word ravenous."

Wilmington, NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Salt

May 3, 2010

"Salt, the newest pariah of our American diet, banished to the woodshed to join its fellow miscreants, sugar and fat."

Wilmington, NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

Etymology

Apr 29, 2010

"So to say Rio Grande River, is to say Big River River."

Wilmington, NC –

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries have been collected in her books, In a Magnolia Minute, and the newly re-published Turn South at the Next Magnolia. You can visit her on her website nangraham.com.

 

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