Guest Essays

Essays as heard on WSCL and WSDL 

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As the families and friends of those shot and killed in El Paso and Dayton say their last goodbyes Delmarva Public Radio Essayist Tom Hehman reflects on the shootings less than a year after killings at the synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Essay: Where the Soul Is

Aug 9, 2019
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Where might the soul be located? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes it is where the mythical gods put it.

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We may walk among the woods in silence but our neighbors are everywhere. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes he found such creatures one morning as he took a stroll.

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Smart Phones are a constant companion carried everywhere we go, providing information in a stream flowing through digital hardware. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that perhaps it's time to put them away to discover the wisdom not just data.

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On Father's Day this weekend many will celebrate and remember. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist Tom Hehman says his father led him to the love of books and the library.

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There are moments when we find ourselves experiencing something seemingly beyond day to day reality. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill calls this a "woo woo" moment.

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We may have gone from the cozy neighborhood to the diverse community of the internet. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merill ponders the benefits and the perils of the modern age.

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The Maryland Eastern Shore has been blessed with a host of birds some flying thousands of miles and making a pit stop before flying onto their final destigation. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill's attention has fastened onto - what has been called -- the Dipper Duck.

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It is Good Friday. And, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that amidst the anger of our political environment, one should heed the admonition in the New Testament to love one another.

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It seems we may always be looking for something we just can't seem to find. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders the story about Eeyore's search for his tail to discover his own tale.

Essay: The Thinking Bird

Mar 22, 2019
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When we spot a flock of birds flying across the sky Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes we don't think about the intelligence that lies within those small brains.

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It sometimes seems we are either ahead of ourselve or just trying to catch up. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill pondered that question as he gazed at an Inchworm.

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What could we say about our lives and their meaning? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill pondered that question as he wondered about what his own obituary might say.

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We have all have opnions. There are many on social media and the cable talk shows. But Delmarva Public Radio Essay George Merrill writes that doesn't mean you have to know any thing to have them.

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We are inundated with the latest gadgets from smart phones to wide screen TV's. But Delmarva Public Radio Essayist Tom Hehman reflects on the treasures that improve over time.

Essay: Below the Belt

Jan 11, 2019
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What's the below the belt. That's the question that comes to mind for Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill who says as an octogenarian he's not seeing much of his toes when he looks down.

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The casualness of today stands in contrast to the formality of the past. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that something may have been lost.

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One of the most often phrases associated with the holiday season is , "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men." But while images of the three Wise Men may come to mind, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that we are too often in love with war.

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It might be a booming economy, but as Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes there seems to be more discord.

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The holidays always bring the aroma of food steaming off the plate, especially at Thanksgiving. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that such aromas can capture moments in our lives.

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With events moving so quickly it is easy to allow the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue to disappear from public view. Tom Hehman is a former Wicomico Library Director. He was born in Pittsburgh and lived in the neighborhood where the shooting took place while attending the University of Pittsburgh. He reflects on the hatred that came to his community.

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Voters will be going to the polls next Tuesday in an election that pundits say will chart the course of the one of the most acrimonious eras in recent American politics. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on a former American icon who put public service first.

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We are often overwhelmed by the details of our lives. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that we should turn to the parable to find the essence of the truth.

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We live in an impatient age. The website does not come up fast enough. The traffick never moves quickly enough. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that may be it's time to slow down.

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Many people can feel as if they don't measure up. But Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes its important to know how your strengths fit in with those around you.

Essay: Small Wonders

Sep 7, 2018
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Children often display a delight as they explore the world around them. Delmarva Public Essayis George Merrill sat one afternoon to marvel at these small wonders.

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As the days dwindle down the moments become clear. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes such are the thoughts as he gazes at a flower in bloom.

Essay: Women, Men & Work

Aug 10, 2018
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Do men and woman socialize differently when it comes to working with each other? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponder this question as he observed his spouse one day.

Essay: Getting Physical

Jul 27, 2018
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"Getting Physical" so the song goes. But what, asks Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill, is one to do if its that or eat less.

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Hair. It's a human obsession. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes while it may be an object of affectation many lose it all too soon.

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