WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston held a few jobs in her time, from a high-profile secretary up north to a devoted stay-at-home mom. 

With the 42nd Annual Earth Day just behind us, Commentator Andy Wood has been thinking about not just the health of our planet, but of its people.

Signs and Such

Apr 19, 2012
Piblet / Flickr Commons

Signs appear most everywhere nowadays: on the sides of buses, the backs of cars, sometimes on the back of the head of the person in front of you.

Jennuine Captures / Flickr Commons

Though a great painter and supporter of the arts, the late Claude Howell is remembered for more than his talents. 

Mario Sergio Santos / Flickr Commons

As a budding journalist with his first front-page byline, Commentator Philip Gerard was understandably smug. 

At a recent routine eye exam, Commentator Annie Gray Johnston, who refuses to even keep a diary, realized her life was already an open book--whether she liked it or not.

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After Hurricane Irene, Commentator Nan Graham was counting her blessings that the storm had brought no damage her way. 

Azalea Blooms

Mar 25, 2012
Andy Wood

With the Azalea Festival still weeks away, the celebrated flower is already in full bloom. Commentator Andy Wood suggests that this unseasonably early blossoming might have a good deal to say about climate change.

Annie Gray Johnston has seen many a penny strangled in her day, mainly in the hand of her dear father, Laurence. In this commentary, she recalls some of his most frugal moments with the comedy and compassion we've come to expect from her.


Lucky Lindy

Mar 8, 2012
PhotoMatt28 / Flickr Commons

In her 7th grade English class, Nan Graham wasn't the only one who grimaced at the thought of diagramming sentences. 

Flashing Lights

Mar 6, 2012

Taking a late-night walk on the Cape Cod coast, Shane Fernando is held captive by a land-bound siren.

My Father's War

Mar 1, 2012
Billy and Lynn / Flickr Commons

In this classic commentary, Philip Gerard challenges us to listen harder. 

Spider Senses

Feb 28, 2012
Vicki's Nature / Flickr Commons

Peter Parker may have been the first to make that trademark tingling sense of danger popular, but he was not the first to flex his "spider senses."

Annie Gray Johnston has a parenting style all her own. 

The Offal Truth

Feb 17, 2012
rajthesnapper / Flickr Commons

"'Plato observed a long while ago that those stomachs are not the best that reject all sorts of food,'" both a quote from Voltaire's Candide and a wise observation. Nan Graham's, however, has been rejecting food of a certain sort from a young age, when cow's tongue was a regular feature on her dinner table. From liver to haggis, she examines how offal cuisine can be.

My Smoky Valentine

Feb 14, 2012
Younhee Jeong / Flickr Commons

On a Valentine's day some years ago, Shane Fernando had finally found the perfect gift. But he wasn't looking to woo a new infatuation; he already had a partner. A volunteer at a retirement home, he was searching for a way to bring one lonely smoker in out of the cold and spread some true love on Valentine's Day.

The Midway

Feb 9, 2012
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From a young age, Commentator Philip Gerard knew the difference between right and wrong. 

Here's to 25 More Years!

Feb 7, 2012

When Andy Wood walked into WHQR's headquarters on Greenfield St. twenty-five years ago, he only wanted to record a few public service announcements.

DMC / Flickr Commons

While lovers of  more modern free verse poetry might scoff at the rhyming verses of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Literary Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler applauds his ingenuity within the constraints of form.

Commentator Annie-Gray Johnston is never short on comedy. 

Bridge, Anyone?

Jan 26, 2012
Vito / Flickr Commons

When Commentator Nan Graham heard the news that a couple of brothers from Pennsylvania had stolen a bridge in nearby New Castle, she wasn't as shocked as others.

sarflondondunc / Flickr Commons

There's more to the old practice of wishing someone "Break a leg" before a live performance than you might think.

Madhu V. Singh / Flickr Commons

Pushing through a blizzard in the nerve-wracking company of big rigs one winter night, Commentator Philip Gerard feared he would not make it off of I-80 alive.

When Birds Attack...

Jan 17, 2012
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Flickr Commons

When a local homeowner asked Commentator Andy Wood  for help with a tufted titmouse attacking her window, he wondered if there were others in the community facing a similar problem.

Hatters! / Flickr Commons

Charles Dickens's classic story set during the French Revolution tells of one people at a singular time.

Annie-Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie-Gray Johnston knows that life is filled with the inexplicable...

Patriots, Arise!

Jan 5, 2012
simon.stamm / Flickr Commons

Commentator Nan Graham is not one to catch the vapors easily.

Farm and Home

Dec 29, 2011
Katie Weilbacher / Flickr Commons

Author and creative writing professor Philip Gerard is more likely to need a pen than a hammer in his day-to-day life.

Yule for Y'all

Dec 22, 2011
AndrewEick / Flickr Commons

'Tis the season when filling your home with cheer is standard practice.

My Mother, Beth

Dec 20, 2011
Annie Gray Johnston

Most parents leave their children scratching their heads from time to time, but Annie Gray's mother is a hoot all her own.