Tuesday Commentary
1:15 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Bald Men Rule

Annie Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston reminisces about hairdos - and hair - gone by.  From surfer-dude shag to ultra-receding razamatazz, Johnston applauds the absence of fussy locks and welcomes the shift to a smooth, shiny scalp.  

There's nothing like a man who grows bald gracefully.

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

Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

My Madeleine Moment

Paige_Eliz Flickr Commons

The bone-shuddering recollection that Proust details in Remembrance of Things Past is relatable. Upon tasting  a cookie--a Madeleine, to be specific--he is catapulted into a long-ago moment  spent with his aunt. Who among us hasn't come face to face with her own childhood with the taste of grandma's famous German chocolate cake? For Commentator Nan Graham, her Madeleine moment is hard won, but well worth the effort. 

Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

The Bully

nicdalic Flickr Commons

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. 

Tuesday Commentary
3:41 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

The Ugly Duckling (well, caterpillar)

JD Wheaton Flickr Commons

Commentator Andy Wood is a lover of all creatures, great and small. One small creature, the hornworm, is too great a lover of his tomatoes--destroying entire plants without mercy. Yet Andy still finds a reason to appreciate the dreaded glutton: it turns into a moth of immense beauty. 

Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

An Open Letter to Mr. Carter, Reviewed

Noyava Flickr Commons

With Juneteenth just passed, and the petition for the pardons of the Wilmington Ten before Governor Perdue, Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler reads an excerpt from James Baldwin's open letter to President Carter, pertaining to the  plight of our ten and the Charlotte Three.

Tuesday Commentary
9:53 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Mayberry Is Sacred

Annie Gray Johnston

No one who knows Commentator Annie Gray Johnston would call her stuck in her ways. She keeps up with the new and improved with the best of them, swishy iPad and all. But there are some things that can't be altered or updated, no matter what. For Annie Gray, The Andy Griffith Show and the mythical town of Mayberry, are sacred. 

Thursday Commentary
2:40 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

An Endangered Acessory

Nan Graham

When Commentator Nan Graham recently acquired a rattan rhino, she couldn't have been happier. She and her new companion, the  copper-eyed "Barbara Streisand," drove around the Port City endlessly--an unexpected and attention-drawing duo. But she soon found out that keeping a woven rhino in the car can be endangering for the animal--and the owner.

Tuesday Commentary
7:42 pm
Mon June 11, 2012


Jasmeet Flickr Commons

Last week, Commentator Shane Fernando took a trip back in time as he helped Tony Rivenbark restore a slide show of Wilmington's history. Of course, a fair bit of nostalgia was in order. Not for Old Wilmington, necessarily, but for the slides depicting her glory. 

Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Kicking the (Gluten) Habit

Whitney Ross Gray

Today, we welcome Commentator Whitney Ross Gray who tells us how it feels to be two years clean and sober--from gluten. As it turns out, kicking the habit isn't half-bad, especially if there's a crispy batch of celebratory kale chips to look forward to. 

*Regarding all matters of diet and overall health heard in WHQR commentaries, please consult a medical professional.

Tuesday Commentary
8:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Beryl Blessing

Michael @ NW Lens Flickr Commons

One year ago, our area was parched and thirsty for rain following a rather dry winter, which came on the heels of a dry fall, and a hot (and, you guessed it) dry summer. It was so dry that when lightning struck a tree in Holly Shelter Game Land on June 19th, 2011, not only did a wildfire erupt to engulf trees and shrubs, the 30,000-acre fire also consumed the soil in which the plants were rooted.