Commentaries

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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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Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

Jun 25, 2013
Annie Gray Johnston

If you haven’t seen the viral video that inspired Annie Gray’s commentary, take a moment and treat yourself… you have time for that.

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Accidental Southerner: Edgar Degas

Jun 20, 2013
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Continuing on her theme of accidental southerners, Commentator Nan Graham explains why celebrated French painter Edgar Degas left his heart in Dixie--kinda, sort of. 

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Cameron Art Museum

Commentator Shane Fernando fell in love with the work of Alonzo Wilson long before the costume designer wowed audiences of  HBO’s hit series Tremé—but that doesn’t mean he’s beyond shock and awe. In fact, if you listen to today’s commentary closely, you can almost hear his jaw drop.

Well Suited, the Costumes of Alonzo Wilson, will be on exhibit at the Cameron Art Museum now through November 3rd. 

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When Size Matters

Jun 13, 2013
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Commentator Philip Gerard is renowned for his literary prowess, genial nature, and smashing good looks. Less known, perhaps, is his penchant for sticking to his guns, even when he's arguably (and obviously) off the mark. In this commentary, he shares his trouble with IQ tests and farm animals.

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The recent poaching of a number of wild Venus fly traps from the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden has Commentator Andy Wood thinking about what has actually been stolen. Something precious has been invaded--our wild home--and Andy Wood thinks the incentive to protect that space is high.

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Natural Loafer

Jun 5, 2013
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Commentator Whitney Ross Gray had to leave her home to record this commentary, which is a sign of true dedication for a woman who would rather not leave home at all. Not to say that she's a hermit--just a woman who prefers the comfort of a blanket and a book over most alternatives. Today, we're serving up Thursday's commentary a day early, but at its own pace. Listen to "Natural Loafer" and you might find a reason to take your pace down a few ticks as well.

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Secret Garden

May 30, 2013
TheRustyProjector

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. We've probably all heard this line more often than we've felt its sting. Today, commentator Gwenyfar Rohler gets what she wanted in literary proportions when her family moves into a home with a few, thorny secrets.

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Fling It!

May 28, 2013
Annie Gray Johnston

It's always a good idea to do a little spring cleaning... once a year, in your own home. Commentator Annie Gray Johnston has done more than her share in the past couple of years, as she and her parents (and her grandparents) have up-sized, downsized, and uncovered a heap of undesirable memorabilia. Today, she shares some of her favorite finds with us, and gives us her advice on what to do with our accumulated junk: fling it!

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Commentator Nan Graham is more than familiar with the needle-in-the-hay-stack method of finding southerners, so she wasn’t nervous when Louisa May Alcott seemed to be resisting the mold. Here, she makes her case for Louisa May Alcott as an accidental southerner.  In the process, she takes a trip to Georgetown before it was a fashi0nable corner in the District of Columbia, and remembers one of her favorite quotes about Washington D.C.: "Washington has all the efficiency of the South and the manners of the North."

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Projection

May 21, 2013
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Every upgrade is not necessarily an improvement. Commentator Shane Fernando opts for the tried and true (and the legendary) as he designs this year’s Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green.

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No Excuse

May 16, 2013
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Excuses come a nickel a dozen, and few are worth repeating. Over his lifetime, Philip Gerard has certainly heard his fair share. But the excuse he'll share with us today is, if not singular, certainly outstanding. 

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Backdoor Dragon

May 14, 2013
Andy Wood

Few of us consider the day-to-day struggle for survival taking place around us—from mice dodging cats under houses to flies writhing in spider webs. The struggle continues in today’s commentary with our environmental expert, Andy Wood. 

Do you have an environmental question for Andy Wood? Leave it in the comment box below this post, and he will be sure to get back to you. 

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Snakey

May 9, 2013
Suesan Sullivan

The depths between couch cushions are notorious for eating everything—keys and loose change especially. But Community Commentator Suesan Sullivan lost something a little more substantial—and slippery. And in today's commentary, she finds out you have to be crazy like a fox to successfully capture a snake.

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Molecular Memory

May 7, 2013

The science behind olfactory memory--recalling a person or moment in connection with a scent--requires an understanding of the limbic system, the hippocampus, and other, complicated processes taking place in the human brain.  Or, just a close listen to the poetically rendered memories of Community Commentator Paige Owens. In today's commentary, she shares a few of her treasured memories with her late father.

Paige Owens is the Assistant Director of the New Hanover County Public Library, and author of George the Library Duck Finds a Friend. Her philosophy: if life hands you a lemon, turn it into a great story. Do you have a story or idea you just have to share? Find out how you can become a community commentator. 

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Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure may be far more likely to show up on an English syllabus than in a political science lecture. But Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler thinks the play has more to offer the world than a few, lyrical lines. 

Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green will be performing Measure for Measure at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre starting June 7th. Visit their website for more information.

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Asia Brown

John Sallis said, "We are all of us who believe passionately in literature, all of us who write professionally... we are all Poe's children." Nan Graham claims he is not only the first real American author, but the first Southern writer too.

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A Taxing Experience

Apr 18, 2013
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The old adage suggests if you want a job done right, you have to do it yourself. But, there are other ways to get the same result. Commentator Philip Gerard's father found if you can make someone else do the job, over and over again, even perfection is a possibility. 

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We turn on taps and it appears, jump into sparkling pools and it catches us. Too little can dry us into husks and too much can drown us. Water--life on Earth simply would not be without it, yet Commentator Andy Wood suggests we think too little of one of our most precious resources. In this commentary, he helps us get more familiar with that essential liquid and challenges us to learn more. 

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The Best Sandwich in the World

Apr 11, 2013
Tim Bass

As the coordinator of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at UNCW, Tim Bass constantly has the unexpected thrown his way. But there is one constant he can look forward to every afternoon. Today, as our featured community commentator, he shares his favorite lunch with us, with a special visit from The King of Rock and Roll himself. 

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What Ever Happened to Childhood?

Apr 9, 2013
Maryann Nunnally

As a former teacher and principal, Maryann Nunnally is no stranger to the classroom. Yet, what she finds in the schools where she tutors at-risk children can still be shocking. She shares some of those moments with us as our featured community commentator. 

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Manual Labor

Apr 8, 2013
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As a child, Gwenyfar Rohler was an equal opportunity lover of words--even the ones that were off-limits. Her punishment for uttering those jaw-dropping words?: copying literary works by hand. Here, she shares one of her mother's favorite selections, Rudyard Kipling's If, and what the poem has taught her.

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Worry? Who, me?

Mar 19, 2013
The Stress-Free Annie Gray

Annie Gray Johnston must owe the absence of worry lines to good genes, because she is certainly far less than carefree. In today's commentary, she shares some of the eye-popping fears that drive her crazy, from broken hips to impromptu trips to Paris.

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Mama Misinformation

Mar 14, 2013
Nana Graham

We've all had some time in our time: questionable advice from mom. It's precious, and sometimes treasured, but it can also be dead wrong. Today, Nan Graham, shares some of her favorite tidbits from her beloved Alabama Mama.

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Light

Mar 12, 2013
Thalian Hall

As a museum curator, Shane Fernando knows that lighting is everything. Here, he shares the power of lighting from the macro to our own Port City.

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First Workshop

Mar 7, 2013
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It's hard to imagine a literary great like Philip Gerard being berated in a workshop, but there was such a time. Today, he shares his first workshop experience with us, and comes away unscathed.

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Gwenyfar Rohler is no stranger to love or good literature; she has had a love for books since time immemorial and been a veteran of the infatuated and broken-hearted since the ripe age of fourteen. On this, Valentine's Day, Gwenyfar shares how her idea of love has changed over the years, and praises one of her favorite romantic poets.

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