Commentaries

Public Art

Aug 20, 2013
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Shane Fernando comments on how Wilmington's art scene is finding ways to enhance, educate and build a more liveable community.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs at UNCW and lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

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Clown for a Day

Aug 15, 2013
Philip Gerard

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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The Resilience of Frogs

Aug 13, 2013
Ranatoadamphibian

Abundant rains in 2013 have been a boon to frogs that use rain-filled ponds as nurseries for their tadpoles. Commentator, Andy Wood asks: Does the resilience of frogs have something to offer us as we plan for an unpredictable future?

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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Communicating with Body Language

Aug 8, 2013

While tutoring a child from Saudi Arabia, who could not speak a word of English, community commentator, Maryann Nunnally, realizes that communicating with any child is the same in any language.

Maryann Nunnally is a former teacher, principal, and Board of Education member in New Hanover County with over 45 years of experience. She is now retired from paid work, and volunteers tutoring at-risk children.

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The Healing Garden

Aug 5, 2013

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In an effort to deal with various challenges of the aging process, a local listener reflects on the healing properties of her garden.

Deborah Creasy is a transplant from The Delmarva Peninsula.  When she's not working part-time at a local independent bookstore, she spends her time writing, reading, making jewelry, and sitting quietly in her garden.

Time Magazine

Gwenyfar rediscovers Orwell's 1984, Animal Farm and Burmese Days in the wake of the Snowden scandal. 

"Don't just read Orwell and shake your head, please, read Orwell and examine the double speak in our own culture."  -Gwenyfar Rohler

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Famous Last Words

Jul 18, 2013

In this age of twitter and texting...will our last words be electronically transmitted?  Commentator Nan Graham hopes SOMEBODY will write them down.  As Poncho Villa said with his last breath, "Don't let it end like this.  Tell them I said SOMETHING!"

Farewell, Soapbox

Jul 3, 2013

Wilmington's music scene suffered a tremendous blow when news broke that the Soapbox would be closing its doors in late July.  The loss won't really be felt until it's gone.  But already the news is causing heartache throughout the creative community.  Sure, there are other venues.  Nice ones, too.  But the Soapbox is the center of it all.  It's almost a symbol of Wilmington itself.  It's a large part of the character of downtown.  John Staton of the Star News rightfully said "It's not quite the

Negative Space

Jul 2, 2013
Nina Bays

All she wanted was a little rest and relaxation… in a small space… in a small, dark, space that just seems to be getting smaller. Community Commentator Nina Bays tries to keep it together in a sensory deprivation tank in today’s commentary, "Negative Space."

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Were Henry David Thoreau living, he might be one of the many citizens raising his voice at the Moral Monday Protests. Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler explores the author's radical roots as Independence Day approaches. 

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