DPR Guest Essays

Essays as heard on Delmarva Public Radio

Essay: Guns and College

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With more and more laws allowing guns in public places, some have suggested that college campuses be opened up for the right to bear arms. But, Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill ponders mixing the age of innocence with the age of the gun. 

The ubiquitous usage of the term like, even where it is not needed, got Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill to ponder, what prompts this strange behavior.

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Longevity of life may not be as important as its meaning. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders a life well cherished.

Essay: Free Air?

Mar 13, 2015
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The air is free. Or is it? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that the free market system always seems to find a way.

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This weekend, Americans celebrated Valentine's Day and Presidents Day. And, this got Delmarva Public Radiio Essayist George Merrill to wonder, "Who was the sexiest president?"

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As we whisk our way along the roads of Delmarva trees dot the landscape, popping up here and there and running along the highways that we traverse. For Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill these trees are the symbol of resilience and life.

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Even the smallest of creatures can become our companions. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes he found such company while driving the highways of the Eastern Shore.

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With the New Year bringing a host of resolutions, Delmarva Public Essasyist George Merrill says we should pay particular attention to the mind-body connection.

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Families are gathering for the Christmas holidays. And, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that it is a time to treasure what we have and to remember what we've lost.

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The deaths of two African Americans at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York have sparked protests across the nation. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill ponders how we as a nation may bridge that divide.

Essay: Room to Be

Dec 5, 2014
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In this high information world we live in, there is hardly room to think and breathe. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes we need a place to contemplate and embrace life. For him, that place is the Eastern Shore. 

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It's that time of year. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And, it's time to set the table, catch a football game. And, of course, the day after, go shopping. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders whether something has been lost during this holiday. 

Essay: For Me

Nov 7, 2014
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Recently Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill noticed the phrase "For Me" tacked on to a request. And, he began to wonder what this meant, especially in this world of high tech medicine.

Essay: 80 And Mindful

Oct 24, 2014
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As Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill marks eighty years on this earth, he writes that the most important things in life need constant attention.

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The Golden Rule is to love thy neighbor as thy self.  But, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill raises the question, "Who is our neighbor?"  

Essay: The Spirit of Resilience

Sep 26, 2014
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The violence of nature often reflects the resilience of the spirit. Delmarva Public Radio Essay George Merrill writes he found this to be true when reflecting on a pair of woodpeckers nesting nearby.

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Retirement often provides a time to give back to the community. Delmarva Public Radio's George Writes sometimes all it takes is just being there.

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In this age of high tech we often forget about the work that gets our hands dirty.  Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill observes that the new age may be separating us from the richness of everyday life.

Essay: Don't Carp!

Aug 15, 2014
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It's easy to be judgmental in this age of social media. However, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes carping is just not what it's cracked up to be.

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There is much to be learned from animals writes Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill including the art of play.

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In helping others by one's mere presence may be enough. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes it takes just the simple act of being.

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Most of us hardly even notice those who pick up our trash as we go about our daily lives. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that there is much to value in them and their service to our community.

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It's time of year when the bugs come out. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes there a serious lessons to be learned from these tiniest of creatures.

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This Memorial Day many veterans will take a moment to remember their fallen comrades as they break bread with family and friends. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes it is a time to remember all those we have lost in our lives.

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Flowers and candy will mark Mother's Day this weekend along with family and dinners. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes their impact lives on long after they are gone from our lives.

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Driving along the back roads of Delmarva, one often notices local residents will give their home names, sometimes for geography or sometimes as a personal touch. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill reflects on such signs.

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Spring is here and it is a time for renewal. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that sense of rebirth can be found in the very religious holidays that American observe.

Essay: Contemplation

Mar 28, 2014
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Amidst the noise of the modern world be it cable television, social media or just commercialism, it can be hard to find a moment for silent contemplation. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill found it on a simple seashore.

Essay: The Nose

Mar 14, 2014
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As spring approaches we will be inundated with the smells of the outdoors. Delmarva Public Radio's essayist George Merrill ponders such wonders, but thinks the skunk may be underrated.

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With the winter beginning to subside, unlike animals people begin to shed their outer garments. And, thus fashion was born. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders that word.

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