DPR Guest Essays

Essays as heard on Delmarva Public Radio



10:31 am
Fri February 22, 2013

February: A Month to Pause

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.

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10:03 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Essay: The Legacy of Life

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.

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11:33 am
Fri January 18, 2013

A Pile of Lawyers

Delmarva Public Radio's essayist George Merrill perused the local Yellow Page and found some interesting priorities.

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11:21 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Be Aware

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.

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12:32 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Christmas After Newtown

Photo by George Merrill
Credit 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.

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11:13 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Essay: Birds Ponder the Automobile

Credit 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.

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1:34 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Aging: Living Alone

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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. 

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1:06 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Aging: How Time is Spent

Essay on Aging
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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.

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2:24 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Aging: Plusses and Minuses


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.

9:50 am
Tue October 9, 2012

As We Age, So We Find New Outlets For Our talents.

Essay On Aging: New Options

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.

11:27 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Aging: The Illusion of Youth

Aging: The Illusion of Youth
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.  

9:31 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Essay on Aging: Giving Birth

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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.

12:45 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Recollections of an Irish Lady

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.

9:55 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Essays on Aging


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.

9:09 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Aging: An Essay on a Man Met Long Ago

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.

8:58 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Gadgets and Apps

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