Guest Essays

Essays as heard on WSCL and WSDL 

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As U.S. troops finally pull out of the Afghanistan could the outcome have been any different. Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin ponders the echos of another American conflict.

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Independence Day is not just a time for grilling in the backyard. But it is also a time for reflection upon the nation itself after the long coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath of last year's presidential election. Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin ponders the success of the vaccine rollout and the battle over the very nature of American politics.

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Video's of Ocean City police officers subduing teenagers last weekend have raised concerns by top Maryland state officials. Indeed, the NAACP has called for an investigation by the state Attorrney General into the incidents. Delmarva Public Media's Essayist and Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin considers the videos in light of many others that have surfaced around the country.

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This week saw the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin on murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill sees the verdict as a step in the healing of the nation's soul.

Essay: Listening

Apr 2, 2021
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Is anyone listening? Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill ponders that question in a story about a flock of crows.

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The nation is caught in polarizing events. Delmarva Public Media's Essayist George Merrill suggests we look toward compassion to sooth these troubled times.

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Our minds are never really idle. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes there is a magic to the thoughts that fill the void.

Essay: Animals Around Us

Feb 19, 2021
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We live surrounded by a world of creatures - some of whom we keep as companions but others in our laboratories against the diseases that plague us. Delmarva Public Media Essay George Merrill ponders the wonder of these creatures.

Essay: Isolation

Feb 5, 2021
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With a long winter and the coronavirus pandemic an edginess fills the air. Delmarva Public Public Media Essayist George Merrill ponders the isolation as he watches the snow fall to the ground.

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The 2020 election is over. President Joe Biden has been sworn in pledging to work toward unity. For Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill there is calm and relief with this final act.

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The vivid images of the takeover of Capitol Hill this week has stunned the nation and for some has produced a little soul searching. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill says an immediate reaction was one of anger and a clinched fist but he argues we must go beyond that emotion.

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It is the holiday season. But, this year it is chastened by the losses left behind by the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes it is often a season that mixes joy with sadness.

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This Christmas will be like few in recent memory. And, many will only be seeing their loved ones via Zoom. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill notes that how we have had to reduce such gatherings while pondering his Christmas tree.

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The chaotic year of 2020 is coming to a close. It saw a divisive presidential campaign amidst a pandemic with a rising death toll. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes that he still sees hope as this year passes into history.

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The presidential election is now over. Joe Biden is set take the oath of office on January 20th. But, the Trump era will not soon be forgotten. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill believes that while government agencies have been battered over the last four years, they have survived.

Essay: The Din of Election

Oct 30, 2020
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The nation is coming to the end of one of the most tumultuous election seasons. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill wonders whether we have lost our ability to communicate with one another amidst the loud voices that have dominated the last year.

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For human beings clothes are an obsession. And, Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill notes even our pets get into the act.

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At any stage in life we may ask ourselves, "Who are we? Is it, who we imagine? Or is it someone else." Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill suggests that we may be both.

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One day a Cardinal came tapping at his window. And, Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes discovered he only had eyes for his own image.

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Green can be an ubiquitous color. And, so it was with Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill as he spotted a frog amidst the lush greenery of a countryside walk.

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