DPR Guest Essays

Essays as heard on Delmarva Public Radio

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

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

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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.

Essay: Time

Sep 16, 2013
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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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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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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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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.

Essay: Letting Go

Jul 19, 2013
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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.

Essay: A Show of Hands

Jun 21, 2013
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As we walk down this path of life, Delmarva Public  Radio Essayist George Merrill -- a longtime residents of St. Michaels -- says we should hold hands.

DPR CAPBA Award Winners

Jun 10, 2013

Delmarva Public Radio is happy to announce the following  winners of this year's  Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcaster's Association Awards.

Outstanding Editorial or Commentary

George Merril, Hal Wilson, Nancy Marie Seaman, Diane Marquette, John Reisinger

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Outstanding Specialty Reporting

Kara Dahl Russell

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With the tornados striking Oklahoma and the recent bombing in  Boston, Delmarva Essayist George Merrill ponders the question: "What would God think" 

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With the Memorial Day Weekend approaching, many will celebrate with family outings while others will pay tribute to those who have worn the uniform. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on the monuments we build to the wars that have taken so many.

Essay: Mother's Day

May 10, 2013
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Mother's Day is upon us. And amid the festivities Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reminds us that this is a truly complicated and sometimes under appreciated role in life.

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The bombing of the Boston Marathon shook the nation even with its quick conclusion as two suspects were apprehended within five days of the explosions. Now, the nation begins the process of healing.  Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on where to look for comfort in these troubled times.

Essay: Rain Whispers

Apr 13, 2013
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It is said the  April showers bring May flowers. But, Delmarva Public Radio essayist George Merrill writes, if you listen closely you can here the rain whispers.

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As one ages, Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill reflects that life can be looked at from afar like astronauts who gaze from their capsule at the contours of the blue marble called Earth.

In the age of the social media, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders the search for an honest man.

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The world around us is filled with many neighbors, some in the wild, some next door. Delmarva Public Radio's essayist George Merrill ponders this closeness of life.

February: A Month to Pause

Feb 22, 2013

It's the lull of the month of February that catches the attention of Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merril, that time between the excitement of the holidays and the anticipated warmth of spring.

There are many monuments built for famous people. But Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes the legacy for most of us often lies within those unnoticed moments in our lives.

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