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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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Fashionista--Not!

Feb 12, 2013
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

Audio Pending...

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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