Guest Essays

Essays as heard on WSCL and WSDL 

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The recent House impeachment and Senate acquittal of President Donald Trump has put some of the deficiencies in our constitutional structure on full display. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist Steve Plotkin writes that perhaps it is time for some soul searching by the American body politic.

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We spend much of our golden years extending life. But Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that we should also concentrate on its meaning.

Essay: A Little Kindness

Jan 31, 2020
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It is easy to get irritated at the little things in life. But, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist found a little kindness can break the day's frustrations.

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There are many doors in life. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes as we go through them we take their stories with us.

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Courtesy is something that can get lost in these divisive days. But as Delmarva Public Radio Essay George Merrill writes it is not just a social gesture but can be a spiritual one.

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As we age we put things away, save them, as part of a lifetime. But, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes comes a time to give them up and to be left with the stories that they once told.

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Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill recently went to check the shore line of his property as weather reports indicated it could be stormy day. It wasn't just the wind and rain but the rising water line produced by climate change that made him ponder the propsects for our the home we call earth.

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The older we get birthdays become more and more a time of reflection. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill writes it is in those latter years that the meaning  of our lives take on a sharper focus.

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When we come to the end of one's life we tend to reflect on our past. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill suggests that often times they are the firsts we remember.

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What's in a K-Cup? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes it symbolizes the instant gratification of the moment while leaving behind the trash it produces for generations to come.

Essay: Rest In Peace

Oct 11, 2019
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The words Rest In Peace generally refers those who have died. But, for Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill they can also be words to live by.

Essay: Sunflowers

Sep 27, 2019
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It is said that sometimes we should stop and smell the roses. But for Delmarva Public Radio Essayist it was a field of sunflowers.

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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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