DPR Guest Essays

Essays as heard on Delmarva Public Radio

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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.

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