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Faux Pas

Jan 22, 2013
Annie Gray Johnston

One of the consequences of being the type to speak your mind is that, sometimes, you say more than you mean to. Commentator Annie Gray Johnston is no stranger to these conversational faux pas; in fact, she’s an expert.

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Grocery Scam

Jan 10, 2013
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Few things can be worse than falling prey to a scam--except, of course, cleaning up the oily residue. Commentator Philip Gerard knows the feeling, and recounts ever slippery detail in "Grocery Scam." 

Once and Future King

Dec 20, 2012
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As the holidays grow nearer, commentator Gwenyfar Rohler considers King Arthur's ambitions and the human capacity for empathy in the age of rapid-fire public comment. 

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'Tis the Season

Dec 18, 2012
The expert gift-wrapper herself, Annie Gray

Shopping for the holidays can set your teeth on edge. Yet, as always, commentator Annie Gray Johnston keeps a sense of humor about it all. Here, she shares her remedy for the holiday woes.

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Demopolis, Re-imagined

Dec 12, 2012
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Nan Graham's mother was a fabulous storyteller, but sometimes craft got in the way of fact. Here, Nan tells the true tale of the rise and fall of Demopolis, Alabama.

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Literary scholar Gwenyfar Rohler considers altruism and anonymity as it applies to Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda, and the fate of one fortunate actor. 

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A Home of Legos

Dec 11, 2012
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Shane Fernando may be best known for his properties mastery on the stage. But he is a man of many talents, including dazzling lego artistry. Here, he finds a house he made of legos some decades ago, and remembers the young contractor who built it. 

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The Perfect Gift

Dec 6, 2012

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The quest for the perfect holiday gift brings most shoppers more agony than joy, but Philip Gerard has a knack for finding the perfect gift. Sometimes, it's right in his medicine cabinet.

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Invasive Species

Dec 4, 2012
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'Tis the season for holiday cheer--a time to celebrate new friends of all stripes. But there's a Port City inhabitant that most would rather not slide up to the dinner table. Like it or not, he could already be on his way. Commentator Andy Wood illuminates the debate over this invasive guest--the Burmese python.

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Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler’s love for books is no secret, but she also appreciates those beautiful things books come from—trees.  

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Annie Gray Johnston

Annie Gray Johnston is no MENSA-certified genius, but she has a good deal of common sense and a notorious imagination. And she has come up with a few inventions to help out the more experienced in our community.

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Nan Graham has been teaching English for decades, so she's no rookie when it comes to MacBeth--even when it's in Zulu. Today, she tells us how Shakespeare (and literary expertise) transcend the confines of language.

Shane Fernando shares a farewell to actress Linda Lavin and Red Barn Theatre--staples in Wilmington's art community. 

Scout's Honor

Nov 1, 2012
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Philip Gerard was never a Boy Scout. Had he been, one moment in history could have been changed forever. Today, he tells us why we all have his father to thank for a catastrophic event that Philip could have prevented. 

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Frankenstorm

Oct 30, 2012

The Halloween weather dubbed "Frankenstorm" has not yet left its full mark on a region still recovering from the aftermath of last year's Hurricane Irene. Commentary Andy Wood ponders the metaphor this storm provides.

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Whitney Ross Gray

There's more to our resident gluten-free chef than the urge to cook everything in bacon fat. She has hobbies. One of them--dog training. Well, sort of. Today, Commentator Whitney Ross Gray explains what it means to be an almost dog whisperer. 

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Gwenyfar Rohler has nothing against picking up the popular, paperback sensation rushing to the top of the Best Seller's list. Entertainment has its place. But, for her, literature that provokes thought, action, and perhaps makes the reader feel a tad uncomfortable gets at the heart of what art ought to do.

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Annie Gray Johnston

Annie Gray Johnston may not have the physique of Jillian Michaels or the athletic prowess of even her beloved husband. But she does have the gift of gab, and, champion or not, she will be mentioning her triathlon victory whenever she can.

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Going Up

Sep 27, 2012
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We owe a lot to Elisha Otis--carriage maker, doll maker, inventor par excellence. He's the man who made skyscrapers possible, says his biggest fan, Nan Graham.

Nan Graham has two collections of WHQR commentaries and a third book in the works. Her website can be found at nangraham.com. 

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No Accident

Sep 20, 2012
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There are things we don't want to see and things we can't avoid. Philip Gerard encounters both when he witnesses  the aftermath of an accident he didn't see, but saw coming before it happened. 

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Being gluten free means almost everything baked, stuffed, or otherwise fancified is off limits. Eating only meat, fruit, and vegetables takes even more off the table. At least Whitney Ross Gray now knows that good friends aren't one of the things to go.

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The Crucible

Sep 10, 2012
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Arthur Miller's The Crucible will likely be performed in many a high school across the country this year for several reasons--some practical, some artistic. Gwenyfar Rohler tells us why the play and the character of its author share a timeless value beyond the stage.

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Annie Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston doesn't sweat the small stuff, but there are more than a few things that get under her skin. In today's commentary, she shares some of them with us, and challenges us to answer that ever-present question: why?

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Commentator Nan Graham revisits one of literature's favorite birds for a closer look at that certain "je ne sais quoi. "  From Dickens to Poe, The Raven is revered, evermore.

Commentator Shane Fernando pays tribute to Donn Ansell, an inspiring mentor,  friend to the arts and creative force throughout the years.   From passionate performances on the stage and enlightened ideas behind the mic, to commending Ebeneezer Scrooge for his artful eye,  Donn Ansell made a difference. He will be missed. 

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Ticking Tomb

Aug 22, 2012
Oblam

Rickety chairs, a legend of a tinsmith and a woe-begone damsel waiting for her long-departed love: such is the stuff of any good ghost story.   Commentator Philip Gerard revisits his formative years, and uncovers a surprise twist to a harrowing tale from his teens.

Porch Frogs

Aug 20, 2012

Commentator Andy Wood kicks back on a hot summer night and enjoys the soundtrack of sunset, as interpreted by hungry porch frogs humming about the colorful food chain in the yard.

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Museo Correr, Venice

Commentator Whitney Ross Gray has a new favorite way of moving in the world - and it's pretty juicy.  Gray shares her thoughts on coconut oil, lard and best of all, her meaty little secret.

Cellular Gap

Aug 14, 2012
Geoff Sterns

Asia Brown ponders the technological age gap and investigates the somewhat inverse ratio between age and android expertise, malleable brain matter and an advanced grasp of gadgetry. 

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Lovesong

Aug 9, 2012
Arnold Genthe / Libary of Congress

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler revisits Prufrock and consults the classics on the topic of love.  Some things are timeless, and what rang true then still resonates with life - and love - in modern times.

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