Philip Gerard

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Philip 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. For more information about Philip, please visit his website.

Commentator Philip Gerard reflects on how having to slow down through one of life's many interruptions gave him a different perspective on them. 

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

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Commentator Philip Gerard discusses what he believes is his most important role as a professor in the classroom.

Penmanship is an art form soon to be lost. Commentator Philip Gerard explores how writing cues memories, personality and connectivity.

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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.

Commentator Philip Gerard remembers spending the night on his aging father's couch and the strange conversation the experience provoked.

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.

For Commentator Philip Gerard, the retirement of the Ringling Brothers performing elephants conjured a memory of his own encounter with elephants.


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This week, from Commentator Philip Gerard, a parable, set in childhood on a web of roads near Washington D.C.

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.

'Tis the season to cast your ballot. This week, Commentator Philip Gerard honors his father, who believed that voting was essential for the health of our democracy.

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"One Act of Kindness"

Dec 31, 2015

As the year draws to a close, Commentator Philip Gerard makes the case for a kinder, more civil 2016.

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.

Commentator Phillip Gerard describes the best and the worst dining out experiences of his life. But there's a plot twist: they both occurred at the same restaurant.

Phillip 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.

Commentator Philip Gerard remembers the inspiring presence of JFK.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNCW.

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

The literal minds of children can shed light on just how metaphorical our language is. Commentator Philip Gerard reflects on some of his early word misunderstandings.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

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

We are judged not just by our deeds but by our words. Commentator Philip Gerard recalls how the words of one American hero came to haunt him.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. 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 memebers.

Sleepwalker

Aug 18, 2015

Commentator Philip Gerard recounts the mystery of his brother's sleepwalking.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He teaches Creative Writing at UNC- Wilmington

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We've all at least contemplated running away. In this week's commentary, Philip Gerard tells us how he attempted his escape at age five.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories & essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.

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

Directions

Jan 9, 2014
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Commentator Philip Gerard finds that understanding directions is shaped by our personal memories and experiences.

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.

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Clown for a Day

Aug 15, 2013
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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 yucking it up, in "Clown for a Day."

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When Size Matters

Jun 13, 2013
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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.

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No Excuse

May 16, 2013
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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. 

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A Taxing Experience

Apr 18, 2013
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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. 

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First Workshop

Mar 7, 2013
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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.

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Grocery Scam

Jan 10, 2013
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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." 

The Perfect Gift

Dec 6, 2012

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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.

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Scout's Honor

Nov 1, 2012
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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. 

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No Accident

Sep 20, 2012
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There are things we don't want to see and things we can't avoid. Philip Gerard encounters both when he witnesses  the aftermath of an accident he didn't see, but saw coming before it happened. 

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Ticking Tomb

Aug 22, 2012
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Rickety chairs, a legend of a tinsmith and a woe-begone damsel waiting for her long-departed love: such is the stuff of any good ghost story.   Commentator Philip Gerard revisits his formative years, and uncovers a surprise twist to a harrowing tale from his teens.

RoboBar

Jul 26, 2012
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Commentator Philip Gerard gives some serious thought to the state of the service industry.  From airline bottles to steam cleaning, modern hotel rooms provide a full menu of automated amenities.  And yet, it's the human element that's missing.   Sure, there's no one to tip - but nothing is ever on the house and come checkout, there's no such thing as spare change.

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The Bully

Jun 28, 2012
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Commentator Philip Gerard is a firmly established man of letters, which may explain why it took him a bit longer than others to learn how to count. In today's tale, he remembers when the numbers game finally clicked, and thanks the bully that helped him reach his breakthrough. 

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As a budding journalist with his first front-page byline, Commentator Philip Gerard was understandably smug. 

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