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Commentator Bridget Callahan is new to WHQR; this is her first commentary. Bridget is a writer and comedian, an editor for The Tusk magazine, and an entertainment correspondent for Star News. She makes her home in Wilmington.

Philip Gerard is the author of eleven documentary scripts, numerous short stories and essays, and ten books, including his new novel, The Art of Creative Research, released in February. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

You can hear more from Philip and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click “Commentary.”

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

Thanks to texting and voice recognition technology, commas are going the way of the dinosaur, but commentator Peggy Porter is here to remind us that that neglected comma may come back to bite you.  

Time now for today's WHQR Commentary. Here's Peggy Porter. 

Peggy Porter is a long-time resident of New Hanover County, and a former teacher of U.S. History and Civics. 

You can hear more from Peggy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click "Commentary."

 

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center art CFCC. He lives with his husband in Downtown Wilmington.

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

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The holidays find our cities drenched in holiday decor. While trends fade, holiday beauty is forever. Commentator Shane Fernando describes the attraction of the aluminum Christmas tree and provides some caution when decorating with such vibrancy.

Listener Patti enjoyed reading about all the awards WHQR received last week from the Associated Press and from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas: “Congratulations for the awards and thanks to the news team for all their good work. It's great to see others recognize just how good you all are!” Thank you, Patti.
Commentator Peggy Porter’s remarks this week on bad behavior from people in the aftermath of last week’s election drew several reactions. For instance, listener Verena wrote:

Our beloved pets' instincts can wind up complicating our lives and impacting us in ways we never thought possible. WHQR commentator Annie Gray Johnston explains how her dog Maybelline gave her the fright of her life after sniffing around a particularly precious backyard area.

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Annual holiday trips into the western mountains of North Carolina wouldn't be complete without a stop in at the retro mountain attraction, located in Cherokee, NC – Santa’s Land – home of the famous Rudi-Coast.    

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his husband in Downtown Wilmington.

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

Hello Soup

Jan 27, 2015

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston describes how she dealt with a dental dilemma on Christmas Eve. Instead of Santa Claus, her family needed a visit from the Tooth Fairy. 

Gwenyfar Rohler

Simple and meaningful holiday memories by Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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

Swamp Fox

Dec 9, 2014
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During a recent walk in a Brunswick county forest, commentator Andy Wood was entertained and amused by the hunting antics of a swamp fox.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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Gwenyfar Rohler

We live in an age where information is currency, says Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler.  Having everything at our fingertips is something we are willing to pay mightily for, but also expect as a foregone conclusion. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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

Annie Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston shares the peculiar blog postings from her neighborhood friends. 

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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

Fashionista

Nov 20, 2014
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A recent New York Times Magazine section featured the latest in Candy-colored sunglassess including neon green sunshades by Marc Jacobs for only 350 dollars, says commentator Nan Graham.  Who knew her husband was avant guard in eyewear?

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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

A Mere 12 Days

Oct 28, 2014
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After many years of diet failure, commentator Annie Gray Johnston successfully completes a 12 day cleanse.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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

In the wake of student protests in Colorado over what is perceived as censorship in teaching American history, Fresh Voices on Air commentator Sam Jarden shares his thoughts on a letter sent recently by the New Hanover County School Board to parents. 

Sam Jarden ponders the ways of humankind as a senior at Hoggard High School in Wilmington.

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices on Air commentator and you're between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at op services at WHQR.org

Autumn Migration

Oct 7, 2014
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For the past week, commentator Andy Wood has been watching a songbird that has been using his yard as a rest stop during its southbound autumn migration.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.  He has been sharing his natural history thoughts and observations on WHQR for 27 years. 

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

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Aug 21, 2014
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Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler recalls the impact of reading her first life-changing book, a romance novel.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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

Tweet! Tweet!

Aug 14, 2014
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Are the sounds of birds the same as those heard over a hundred years ago, asks commentator Nan Graham? Or do our 2014 ears interpret them as soundtracks of cellphone rings, techno music and doorbells?

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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

See What We Want To See

Aug 5, 2014
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There is a saying that goes something to the effect of, “we see what we want to see, and we hear what we want to hear.”  Commentator Andy Wood finds himself vulnerable to this predisposition.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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

Magnolia Murder

Jul 17, 2014

Tree-hugger and commentator Nan Graham underwent a painful arboreal experience last week, suffering separation anxiety.  Her favorite magnolia tree has gone to that great magnolia grove in the sky.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute

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

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Commentator Shane Fernando celebrates Wilmington's community landmarks and welcomes the new kid on the block, CFCC's new performance venue.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington. 

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

Deer Flies

Jul 8, 2014
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Following this year’s early visit from Hurricane Arthur, commentator Andy Wood thought about another sort of timing: this year’s late arrival of the deer fly population.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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

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Commentator Gwenyfrar Rohler discusses money, politics and life lessons in the land of Oz.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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

Annie Gray Johnston

Sometimes life is really about just showing up.  At least according to commentator Annie Gray Johnston.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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

Failure is a Powerful Tool

Jun 3, 2014
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We tend to learn more from our mistakes than from our successes.  Fresh Voices On-Air commentator Sarahbeth Eason comes to understand that breakthroughs depend on failure. 

Sarahbeth Eason is a senior at Hoggard High School. She’s received a Navy ROTC Scholarship to attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall. She will pursue a degree in Political Science with a focus on International Relations. Sarahbeth hopes to earn a law degree and practice International Law.

Commentator Gwenyfrar Rohler offers a more symbolic explanation of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem: The Charge of the Light Brigade.  

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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

Our most important meal, experts and our mothers say: Breakfast! How was yours this morning?

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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

With disappearing airplanes, mudslides, lunatic bombers and flesh eating bacteria lurking around every corner, commentator Annie Gray Johnston wanted little control in this uncontrollable world by getting the last word....

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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

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