DPR Guest Essays

Essays as heard on Delmarva Public Radio


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.

A Pile of Lawyers

Jan 18, 2013

Delmarva Public Radio's essayist George Merrill perused the local Yellow Page and found some interesting priorities.

Be Aware

Jan 4, 2013

The New Year is here and it's time to carry out some resolutions. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes the simplest may just being aware.


                                                                        By George Merrill

I never make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t because they have a guaranteed shelf life of only two weeks. However I do make one resolution over and over again: to simply be more aware.  Not easy but when I’m successful it takes me to a different place.

Christmas After Newtown

Dec 21, 2012
George Merrill

In the wake of the killing of 20 children and six adults including the principal at Newtown Elementary School by a gunman, Delmarva Public Radio's essayist George Merrill ponders the impact of this loss as we mark the holiday season.

Birds - George Merrill

The Holiday season is when one often sees Delmarva's bird population migrate to the south.

But, Delmarva Public Radio essayist George Merrill wonders, what they must think of all those cars they pass by below.

Aging: Living Alone

Nov 16, 2012
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As we enter our golden years, many of us find ourselves without partners to share out lives. In our final essay on aging, writer Nancy Marie Seaman recounts the trials and tribulations of living alone. 

Aging: How Time is Spent

Nov 1, 2012
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Aging is often seen as the mere passage of time. Bill Gibbons writes in his essay for Delmarva Public Radio's series on aging, that it is how the time is spent that counts.


There are advantages and disadvantages to getting older.  In our series on aging, author Diane Marquette says in her essay that perhaps the most important thing is to find someone who will make you laugh.