Commentaries

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

"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.

 

Snowfall

Jan 18, 2011

"My home sits surrounded by open long leaf pine savanna, and when I looked out at what has become a familiar sight, I was immediately disoriented..."

Wilmington, NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

Models

Jan 13, 2011

"I am the youngest of three brothers. When we were kids, one of our perennial fads was building model cars..."

Wilmington NC – 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.

Bread

Jan 11, 2011

"I crane my neck upwards to perch my chin on the edge of the kitchen counter..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

"I was a cub reporter for a small weekly newspaper fresh out of college..."

Wilmington NC – 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.

Misidentification

Jan 4, 2011

"It was with a wholesome piece of humble pie that I admit I misidentified a bird during a recent and important Christmas bird count..."

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

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.

 

"I had been interviewing World War Two veterans all over the country for a book project..."

Wilmington NC – 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.

Christmas Bird Count

Dec 21, 2010

"The Christmas Bird Count is structured into survey areas called count circles, each 15 miles in diameter..."

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

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.

 

Christmas Eve Dinner

Dec 14, 2010

"It's my favorite meal of the year..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Hang 'Em High

Dec 9, 2010

"It was back in the days when every little boy in America owned a toy six-gun and our national character was formed in half-hour TV episodes..."

Wilmington NC – 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.

Lizard Thermometer

Dec 7, 2010

"Hanging from an overhead joist of my little work shed at home is a twiggy, leafless piece of a crepe myrtle branch..."

Wilmington, NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

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.

 

Meteors

Nov 30, 2010

"My brother Joel and I were woken up late at night..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

My Father's War

Nov 25, 2010

"My father used to tell me stories about the war, his war..."

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.

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.

 

Woodpeckers

Nov 23, 2010

"My heart skipped a beat when I realized the tapping was coming from a special tree not far from our house, where a rare little bird has begun work on his own house..."

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

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.

 

Capture

Nov 16, 2010

"In this digital age, capturing inspiring moments or places is so easy..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Junk to Funk

Nov 2, 2010

"The gallery student interns and I gather around the workroom table peer down at the foam board model of Boseman Gallery..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

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.

 

Mosquito Season

Oct 25, 2010

"Considering we have now had two five hundred year rain storms in the past eleven years, the drought of 2007-2010 may not be of truly millennial significance..."

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

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.

 

City Chickens

Oct 5, 2010

"What do Seattle, Ann Arbor, New York City, Raleigh, Asheville, and Greensboro all have in common? You may be surprised..."

Wilmington, NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

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.

 

The Pier

Sep 24, 2010

"The other weekend my partner Brian and I spent the day at the beach with some dear friends..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

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.

 

Drought

Sep 15, 2010

"Back in June, a month that saw only one day below 90 degrees in our region, I saw signs of drought stress..."

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

Katrina Remembered

Sep 7, 2010

"Two months after Katrina I was traveling with UNCW students who wanted to spend their fall break with the recovery effort..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

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