DPR Guest Essays

Essays as heard on Delmarva Public Radio

Essay: The Ghost Crab

Mar 23, 2018
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Communing with nature. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill sat pondering the comings and goings of the ghost crab.

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The recent school shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead has spurred the state to impose new restrictions on gun sales as well as beef up school security. But the National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit to halt the enactment of the new laws. All of this has led Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill to ponder the power of the NRA.

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Is God angry? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes too many have been saying so. But, Merrill writes, we should give God a break.

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Nature can teach us many things. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes it's the wild things that teach us to hang on.

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A moment of true empathy passed by this last holiday season as former Vice President Joe Biden comforted Meghan McCain whose father Senator John McCain is suffering from brain cancer. Delmarva Public Radio Essaying George Merrill remarks on the tenderness in these rancorous times.

Essay: In From the Cold

Jan 12, 2018
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Winter has brought a cold chill to the region with many bundling up for the winter. As Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill gazed out on the cold landscape from the warmth of his home, he notes the material advantages that we take for granted.

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There is the hustle and bustle of modern life, when others may seem incidental to the tasks laid out before use in a our daily lives. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes we should slow down a bit and pay more attention to caring for others.

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Often people are seen gripping their smartphones while strolling down the street or perhaps engaged in the devices while among friends. Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill believes we have fallen victim to "The Body Snatchers."

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Consumerism often blocks out the higher purpose in life. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that he see some light amidst the clutter of this materialism.

Essay: Awareness of Being

Nov 10, 2017
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Delmarva Public Radio Essayist Goerge Merrill finds wonder in the observation of solitude.

Essay: Memory

Oct 30, 2017
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Memory can be fleeting or remain fixed in one's mind. Delmarva Public Essayist George Merrill ponders why the trivial and the dramatic seem to stay with you.

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Levis. They're not just for work anymore. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes, indeed, they have become a fashion statement.

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Solitude can be a time of contemplation and even connectiveness. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill found a solitary encounter with deer in the quiet of a long walk.

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Getting help from others is a good thing writes Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill. Because, he adds, it breaks the damage of loneliness.

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Imagination is something that flourishes during childhood but may be lost as we surround ourselves with the techno-gadgets. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders the wonders of a child's imagination.

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The inchworm caught the eye Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill who writes it could be a metaphor for his own life -- always catching up with himself, after getting ahead of himself.

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As the nation comes to grips with the violence that erupted in Charlottesville and the President's response, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill suggests it's time for reflection.

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We go through many doors in life, both physical and mental. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill recalls one door that made him ponder the many he has opened.

Essay: All A Twitter

Jul 21, 2017
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There was a time when a tweet was a sweet sound instead of 140 characters. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill yearns for the quiet moments of those bygone days.

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What is revealed by art? Perhaps, writes Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill, it is being in the moment.

Essay: The Divine Spark

Jun 23, 2017
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What is the truly Divine spark? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes he believes it can be found in one's humanity.

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On the Eastern Shore we are surrounded by Sea Gulls as they swoop through the air and alight on some distant perch high above us. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes there is a magic in how these creatures take flight.

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As we look out upon the heaven we are reminded that we were all once star stuff. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that we are connected by the light of our being.

Essay: What's in a Color

May 5, 2017
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Kermit the Frog is Green. So, what's in a color?  Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders that question.

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Technology is swiftly changing our lives - both at work and at home. And sometimes, writes Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill, they have unintended  consequences.

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We take for grant the grass that grows around us. And, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that all it requires is a space of its own.

Essay: The Longing

Mar 24, 2017
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We immerse ourselves in the material needs of the day. But, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill asks what about the needs of the soul -- that sense of yearning.

Essay: Get a Listen

Feb 24, 2017
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To be listened to. That's what most counts. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that it doesn't matter whether it's by a priest, a psychologist or God.  We all need to be listened to.

Essay: Silence is Golden

Feb 10, 2017

In the busy world of the here and now, the eyes are distracted by the hum of everyday life. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that we should seek at least a moment of silence.

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We depend upon our ability to see almost to the exclusion of the rest of our senses. But, what happens if you become sightless? And, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders what wisdom might flow from it.

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