DPR Guest Essays

Essays as heard on Delmarva Public Radio

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Technology is swiftly changing our lives - both at work and at home. And sometimes, writes Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill, they have unintended  consequences.

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We take for grant the grass that grows around us. And, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that all it requires is a space of its own.

Essay: The Longing

Mar 24, 2017
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We immerse ourselves in the material needs of the day. But, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill asks what about the needs of the soul -- that sense of yearning.

Essay: Get a Listen

Feb 24, 2017
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To be listened to. That's what most counts. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that it doesn't matter whether it's by a priest, a psychologist or God.  We all need to be listened to.

Essay: Silence is Golden

Feb 10, 2017

In the busy world of the here and now, the eyes are distracted by the hum of everyday life. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that we should seek at least a moment of silence.

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We depend upon our ability to see almost to the exclusion of the rest of our senses. But, what happens if you become sightless? And, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders what wisdom might flow from it.

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The changing role of men and women has caught the attention of Delmarva Public Radio essayist George Merrill as he ponders what it means for the modern day world.

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With the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump the nation is still reeling from the sound and fury of the presidential campaign. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that he has found solace in being.

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With our self-absorbed world of high tech devices we may have lost our sense of connection with the world around us. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that we could take a lesson from the tree.

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As the country adjusts to the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, those who supported his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton search or answers and solace. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill pondered this quest.

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We often pass each other with superficial greetings with a nod or a smile. Or just simply with hello. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders whether we ever get beyond these simple gestures.

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How much time do we really have in life. And how much do we want to spend to extend it. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill pondered this question one day with the crow of a rooster.

Essay: Brief Thoughts

Oct 21, 2016
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We live in an abbreviated age with abbreviated thoughts as symbolized by 140 characters. But, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders another abbreviated thought: The Aphorism.

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As we head into the final weeks of the presidential campaign, peace is not a word ordinarily heard in the jousting that is American politics. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill believes, that perhaps, we should spend more time with it.

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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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