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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.

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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