DPR Guest Essays

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Local News
11:08 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Essay: A Christmas Reflection

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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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5:15 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Essay: Bridging the Racial Divide

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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.

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Local News
12:52 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Essay: Room to Be

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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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12:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Essay: Spirit of Thanksgiving

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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. 

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12:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Essay: For Me

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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.

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Local News
3:28 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Essay: 80 And Mindful

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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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8:56 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Essay: Who Is Thy Neighbor?

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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?"  

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Local News
10:03 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Essay: The Spirit of Resilience

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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