Guest Essays

Essays as heard on WSCL and WSDL 

Essay: Mother's Day

May 10, 2013
Don Rush

Mother's Day is upon us. And amid the festivities Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reminds us that this is a truly complicated and sometimes under appreciated role in life.

Don Rush

The bombing of the Boston Marathon shook the nation even with its quick conclusion as two suspects were apprehended within five days of the explosions. Now, the nation begins the process of healing.  Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on where to look for comfort in these troubled times.

Essay: Rain Whispers

Apr 13, 2013

It is said the  April showers bring May flowers. But, Delmarva Public Radio essayist George Merrill writes, if you listen closely you can here the rain whispers.

As one ages, Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill reflects that life can be looked at from afar like astronauts who gaze from their capsule at the contours of the blue marble called Earth.

In the age of the social media, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders the search for an honest man.

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

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

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.

As we age, sometimes we lose abilities that once brought us pleasure.  This essay in our series on aging finds Dennis Leventhal discovering a new way to enjoy an old pleasure. Essay read by Ed Stephens.

Essay on Aging, 123rf

As we age, there is a tendency to hold onto youth or, at least, its illusion.  In an essay by George Merrill for Delmarva Public Radio's series on aging, the writer asks what is the cost of that illusion.  


There are moments in our lives, when the warmth of age sweeps over our days, changing us forever. In our series on aging, Tina Dayton-Ludwick reflects on the birth of her child at the age of 40 that gave new meaning to her life.

Essay on Aging, 123rf

As we aging there are many people we remember. Some are relatives, some just neighbors. In this essay in our series on aging, Carlton Spitzer recalls an Irish lady that became a fixture in his life.

Essays on Aging

Aug 8, 2012

Even as the baby boom generation gets on in years, every once in a while they are reminded of their youth and the years that have passed.  In our essays on aging local writer John Reisinger writes it was an old car that popped into view.

It's often called the graying of the shore and many of us have already begun to ponder our own passage through time. In a new essay series we explore this contemplation with our first offering by local writer Hal Wilson, who reflects on a man he met a long time ago.

Gadgets and Apps

Sep 19, 2011