DPR Guest Essays

Essays as heard on Delmarva Public Radio

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In the summer of 1845, David Thoreau took time to contemplate life on Waldon Pond and described -- what has now become known as -- the battle of the ants. For Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill his life lesson drawn from observing these tiny creatures took place in his very own kitchen.

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The landscape of social media is filled with dire predictions and denunciations. Indeed, trolls abound. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill decided to so in search on hope in this virtual reality.

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With the reports of shootings and the proliferation of guns, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders the way forgiveness can heal emotional wounds.

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The presidential campaigns are now of the gate as their national party conventions disappear and the Labor Day jump off point looms on the horizon. So, what did we learn from these confabs as the candidates joust their way to the finish line? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill suggests that it is the myths of the parties that will capture the soul of the voter.

Essay: Oh, the Dandelion!

Aug 1, 2016
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In praise of the Dandelion. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders this much neglected plant.

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Last week two African Americans who had legal guns in their possession died at the hands of police officers setting off nationwide protests. Then five Dallas police officers were killed by a gunman just days later. All of this got Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill to ponder the role of guns in society.

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So, what makes a marriage work? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that it remains a mystery -- especially when opposites attract.

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The presidential campaign of Donald Trump has brought a brashness not seen in political campaigns of the past. Some say he is simply "Telling it like it is", others say he has brought a crudeness to the national discourse. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill believes it may not really be about Trump at all.

Essay: A Web of Words

Jun 6, 2016
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A writer needs his space says Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill be he human or a simple spider weaving his web.

Essay: Compassion

May 20, 2016
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With the presidential campaign in full swing, the American people have already heard the acrimony of personal attacks and nasty television ads. Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill writes that we should seek compassion in order to rise above strife. 

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Often we get caught up in the day to day events not contemplating the motion around us. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill suggests that it is time to appreciate the stillness of life.

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In the golden years there is a tendency to stop moving, rest on one's laurels so-to-speak. However, Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill writes that's just the time to get moving.

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The wonders of water about so essential to life. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders this wondrous substance reaching back to his childhood.

Essay: Syrian Refugees

Mar 25, 2016
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With the recent bombings in Brussels the question of refugees - especially Syrian refugees is expected to return. Presidential candidates have already called for either a ban on Muslims entering the country or sending police into Muslim communities. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill ponders the loss of the better nature of ourselves in times of crisis.

Essay: Birds and Bridges

Mar 11, 2016
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Birds and bridges. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes they both seem to delight in their each other's company.

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In thumbing through the Yellow Pages those things that take up the most space may not, writes Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill, be the things that are most important.

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Sometimes conversations are loud. Sometimes they are quiet. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merill writes that it may be the silences that mean the most.

Essay: Remembrance

Jan 29, 2016
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Delamrva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill noticed a Hackberry tree outside his house. And he contemplates the meaning of those things that we lose.

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In this fast paced market place, competition is the prize. But, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that we should think more about that other human trait: cooperation.

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It's time once again for another presidential election. The campaign ads will be coming soon and the primary results will be rolling in as cable television networks add up the score. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders what he calls "Party Time."

Essay: New Year 2016

Jan 1, 2016

2016 is here.  Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill informs us that it's party time- political party time, that is.

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It's a time for giving many presents this time of year. But, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes the best gift of all is to give of yourself.

Essay: Husbands and Wives

Dec 7, 2015
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For thousands of years there have been complaints about the hubby just paying attention. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill has stumbled onto, perhaps, the reason why and a possible cure.

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With the terrorist attack on Paris there has been  backlash over Syrian refugees coming to this country with a majority of governors say they oppose them coming to their states.  Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill ponders this sentiment in light of the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty.

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Meanwhile, Governor Larry Hogan has said he opposes the refugees coming to Maryland, while Governor Jack Markell has said they would be welcomed in Delaware. 

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Not a week goes by when a shooting doesn't spark a conversation about gun control. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that a recent letter from the head of the National Rifle Association got him to thinking about just what the organization wants from him. 

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The generation of the mid-20th century is experiencing what many before have not, a post-autumn season of life before the onset of winter. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that the marvels of human technology have dramatically changed the world and extended our lives.

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In this time of Kindels and Nooks the value of the printed book may be missed. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill contemplates the paper and ink that contains the thoughts of men and women long gone in time.

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With the papal visit this week, Pope Francis has placed particular emphasis on climate change. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill writes that he is often puzzled by some of the sharp reactions from presidential candidates to the pope's message on the environment.

Essay: 911 Reflections

Sep 14, 2015
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With the 14th anniversary of the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have been compared to the dramatic impact on the nation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on its meaning. 

Essay: Keep On Truckin'

Aug 28, 2015
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The pickup truck has been viewed as the mainstay of the working man. But, as Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill writes that has been overtaken by a new breed of driver.

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