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A close look at the lending log on a C.S. Lewis novel led Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler to a couple conclusions about the books and what they can really do for us. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington. 

You can hear more from Gwenyfar and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

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

How about laughing over lunch with these deceased wits? WHQR Commentator Nan Graham says, "Yes!" and, of course, will gladly pick up the check!

Nan Graham celebrates her twenty-first continuous year as a WHQR Commentator. She loves every minute of it.

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

With Christmas Day behind us, and the New Year ahead, commentator Peggy Porter had two tales to sustain the holiday magic.


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

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston seeks to answer the question, "what do you do?" Gray expands on the many hats she's worn throughout her life and reminds us that we are so much more than one title.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler reflects on the country's current state and makes allusions to our past through the exploration of our nation's use of internment camps. Rohler's exploration ranges from George Takei's Tweets to the novel Farewell to Manzanar by Japanese-American writers, James & Jeanne Houston.

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The holidays find our cities drenched in holiday decor. While trends fade, holiday beauty is forever. Commentator Shane Fernando describes the attraction of the aluminum Christmas tree and provides some caution when decorating with such vibrancy.

During the Thanksgiving season, some turkeys have it better than others. Commentator Nan Graham celebrates her 21 years as a WHQR commentator by exploring the presidential tradition of pardoning a turkey, or as she likes to call it -- TOTUS (Turkey of the United States).

WHQR Commentary: "Fake News"

Nov 23, 2016
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Guest commentator Hank Blanton is a recent graduate of UNCW's English Master's Program. He is also the guitarist for Phantom Playboys-and a yodeling instructor for the Austrian Academy for the Vanishing Arts and Sciences. That last part hasn't been verified...

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

It's been a rollercoaster of a week and WHQR commentator Peggy Porter has a few thoughts on the election and its immediate aftermath.

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

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston lightens the spirit of Election Day 2016 by describing life in The White House with either presidential candidate's occupancy.

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.

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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.

Historical Fiction is the closest we can get to being a fly on the wall in the past. Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler explores the misunderstandings and the value of historical fiction writing.

 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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

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Annual holiday trips into the western mountains of North Carolina wouldn't be complete without a stop in at the retro mountain attraction, located in Cherokee, NC – Santa’s Land – home of the famous Rudi-Coast.    

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his husband in Downtown Wilmington.

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Commentator Nan Graham describes the use of camels in the Confederacy's "Camel Corps."

Nan Graham, a WHQR Commentator since 1995, has had a long love affair with language...from The Real Mother Goose and Alice in Wonderland, to Thomas Wolfe and Truman Capote.

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  Commentator Peggy Porter believes that when it comes to our oldest veterans, every day is a day to remember.

Peggy Porter is a former teacher of U.S. History and Government in New Hanover County.

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.

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Recent events have had many of us searching for signs of basic human goodness. But finding such a sign in the plastic wave of a mannequin? Commentator Annie Gray Johnson explains.

What is the perfect time to read The Grapes of Wrath? What about The Catcher in the Rye? This week Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler reminds us that the same book can offer a vastly different experience depending on who we are when we read it.

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As tropical storm Colin brings heavy rain to our area, Commentator Shane Fernando remembers a hurricane camp-out at WHQR.


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