DPR Guest Essays

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Local News
8:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Essay: Lessons From an Retired Subway Car

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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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Local News
9:23 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Essay: Lost in a High Tech World

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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.

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Local News
1:04 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Essay: Don't Carp!

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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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Local News
1:06 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Animals Can Teach Us How to Play

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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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Local News
12:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Essay: The Act of Being There

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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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Local News
12:09 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Essay: In Praise of the Trash Man

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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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Local News
10:43 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Essay: Learning From the Tiniest Creatures

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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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Local News
9:56 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Essay: Memorial Day Memories

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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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Local News
10:26 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Essay: A Mother's Legacy Lives On

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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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Local News
8:58 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Essay: Signs Along the Road

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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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Local News
12:20 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Essay: Spring, A Time for Renewal

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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.

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Local News
3:32 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Essay: Contemplation

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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.

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Local News
12:20 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Essay: The Nose

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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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Local News
1:10 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Essay: Fashion Is For Humans

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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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Local News
8:02 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Essay: The Value of Valentine's Day

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Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill writes that Valentine's Day celebrates loved ones.

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Local News
1:34 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Essay: Reflections on Pearl Harbor (Repost 12-7-13)

As the nation marks the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on its meaning and its moment.

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Local News
9:04 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Essays: Antiques, A Reflection of the Past

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Antiques may simply be thought of as memories in a physical form. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on one such piece of the past.

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Local News
12:16 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Essay: Martin Luther King Junior

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As the nation marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Junior, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist Goerge Merrill considers that this civil rights leader may have saved the soul of a nation.

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Local News
11:13 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Essay: A New Year's Notion on Obituaries

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The New Year is hear and many began it with resolutions of a brighter future.  For Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill it was time to take look at the obituaries.

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Local News
11:04 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Essay: A Christmas Parable

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The Christmas season finds shoppers packing the stores and scooping up the latest gadgets and novelties in the holiday spirit.  Delmarva Public Radio essayist George Merrill marked the season with a Christmas parable about a more intangible meaning of the holiday.

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Local News
1:31 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Essay: Thanksgiving in a World of Abundance

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It is that time of year when families and loved ones sit down for that feast we call Thanksgiving. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill contemplates the meaning of this tradition in a time of abundance.

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Local News
12:22 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Essay: Reflections on the Oyster

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The Oyster. It has come to symbolize the Chesapeake Bay. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on its beauty and says, perhaps, we should treat it more kindly.

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Local News
9:29 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Essay: Replacing Body Parts

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With the latest technology many of us live much longer than our ancestors. However, as Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes, the latest medical gadgets can only get us so far.

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Local News
1:38 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Essay: Reflections on Consumerism

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As the glow of Columbus Day fades from memory, Delmarva Essayist George Merrill reflects on the culture of consumerism.

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Local News
9:34 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Essay: With Light Brings Clarity

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The light that shines through the windows of our lives often illuminates that which time has left behind. Delmarva Public Essayist George Merill.

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News
9:53 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Essay: Time

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Time is a constant companion as we go through life. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on its journey.

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11:06 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Essay: The Meaning of Labor

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As American prepare to set for vacation spots this Labor Day weekend, Delmarva Essayist George Merrill reflects on the world of machines and labor.

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News
9:31 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Essay: The Sounds of Summer

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We are often inundated by the sounds of our environment, often the noise  of the artificial world we have made. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on those produced by nature.

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News
11:08 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Essay: People Who Change Our Lives

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Important people in the news often take our hold of our attention, but Delmarva Public Radio's essayist George Merrill writes it often those who go unnoticed who influence our lives.

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News
2:37 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Essay: Letting Go

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As we age, we lose things along the way, things that have been with us for years. However, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects, sometimes you just have to let go.

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