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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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Commentator Annie Gray Johnston revels in the vagaries and variety of words, from distinctly Southern turns of phrase to tortured mixed metaphors.

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The Collecting Gene

Aug 2, 2012
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From moonshine jugs to homely tchotchkes, commentator Nan Graham observes that every trinket was once someone's treasure,  and every treasure has a story.   While the "gathering" gene may be hereditary,  it's not limited to the Graham Family... even oxen in the field appreciate a good collector's item.

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RoboBar

Jul 26, 2012
Z_Dead, London, UK

Commentator Philip Gerard gives some serious thought to the state of the service industry.  From airline bottles to steam cleaning, modern hotel rooms provide a full menu of automated amenities.  And yet, it's the human element that's missing.   Sure, there's no one to tip - but nothing is ever on the house and come checkout, there's no such thing as spare change.

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Infrogmation of New Orleans

Eating in public is not as easy as it looks.  Commentator Whitney Ross Gray waxes gastronomical about the pursuit of gluten-free fare: from favorite chefs, to wayward waiters, Gray examines the tenuous relationship between food allergies and brave new kitchens.

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Time-Out Chair

Jul 17, 2012
April 23 2011 / Matthew Paul Argall

Asia Brown struggles, like all of us, with the difference between what we want to say - and what we actually do declare.  While spending time ruminating between right vs.  less appropriate words in an official Time-Out Chair, Brown channels her inner - and sometimes outer - Janet Jackson, to find the courage to make the funkiest choice possible at any given moment. 

WHQR welcomes Asia Brown as a new Commentator!

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Bald Men Rule

Jul 11, 2012

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.


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My Madeleine Moment

Jul 5, 2012
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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. 

The Bully

Jun 28, 2012
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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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. 

An Endangered Acessory

Jun 14, 2012
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.

Slides

Jun 11, 2012
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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. 

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