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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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The Ever-Fashionable Annie Gray Johnston

Anyone who knows Annie Gray Johnston is familiar with her signature style. But for those of you who have only heard her lovely radio voice, today's commentary illuminates why her fashion sense is on par with the former Secretary of State herself.

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I Got My Thrill...

Feb 7, 2013
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Opening someone else’s mail is a federal offense—for humans. For Commentator Nan Graham’s dog Lilly, it only made her a little blue.

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Brownie Harris Photography

William "Paco" Strickland was known for his exceptional talent as a flamenco guitarist. But Commentator Shane Fernando most remembers a moment in the kitchen with Paco, and shares it with us today.    

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Climate Metamorphosis

Jan 29, 2013
Andy Wood

Warm winter days might be  a welcomed treat for beach-goers, but for other, tinier Port City residents, they can be a real bugger. Commentator Andy Wood highlights the trouble with these warm days and cold snaps through the life of one brave pupa.

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Gwenyfar Rohler was an only child, but never short on companions. Today, she introduces us to one of her dear friends, Walter Mitty.

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Let's Hear It for Those Eyebrows!

Jan 23, 2013
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If the eyes are the windows to the soul, eyebrows could be the most important window dressings in the world. Nan Graham’s opinion: show yours some much-needed attention.

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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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