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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.


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. 

Whitney Ross Gray

Today, we welcome Commentator Whitney Ross Gray who tells us how it feels to be two years clean and sober--from gluten. As it turns out, kicking the habit isn't half-bad, especially if there's a crispy batch of celebratory kale chips to look forward to. 

*Regarding all matters of diet and overall health heard in WHQR commentaries, please consult a medical professional.

Beryl Blessing

Jun 5, 2012
Michael @ NW Lens / Flickr Commons

One year ago, our area was parched and thirsty for rain following a rather dry winter, which came on the heels of a dry fall, and a hot (and, you guessed it) dry summer. It was so dry that when lightning struck a tree in Holly Shelter Game Land on June 19th, 2011, not only did a wildfire erupt to engulf trees and shrubs, the 30,000-acre fire also consumed the soil in which the plants were rooted.

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With Shakespeare on the Green's upcoming performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler contemplates what makes this play so attractive to audiences everywhere, generation after generation. 

Cosmic Smackdown

May 29, 2012
Courtesy of Annie Gray Johnston

When Annie Gray Johnston begins to get a little too big for her britches, the world has a way of letting her know. Today, she shares some of the cosmic smackdowns that have kept her in check over the years.

Mad Men Mania

May 24, 2012
Island Vittles / Flickr Commons

The Sixties are back, man, and no, it's not a hallucination. 

Bill Gracey / Flickr Commons

When Commentator Shane Fernando was a kid, this area of Southeastern North Carolina was far less populated, and popular. 

Kara Allyson / Flickr Commons

When literary commentator Gwenyfar Rohler first met J.D. Salinger, it wasn't through his famous, angst-ridden, teenage protagonist, Holden Caulfield.

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
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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. 

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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
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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
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"'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.