George Merrill, a noted local essayist and photographer, has recently published a book about life around the Chesapeake Bay, The Bay of the Mother of God: A Yankee Discovers the Chesapeake Bay. The book is a collection of essays about the people, places, and creatures around the Chesapeake Bay, including some of the curious ways in which we live here on the Shore. Some stories are sad, some funny and many, both. All are spiritual. The author discusses life on the Shore, from failing septic tanks to church life, from jellyfish to owls and then invites readers to see the people, the critters and the places differently than first meets the eye. His photographs accompany the chapters.
George’s essays have appeared in the Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Tidewater Times, Delaware Beach Life Magazine, The Delmarva Review, The Delmarva Quarterly and some have appeared as monthly photo essays for local newspapers. His earlier book, Reflections: Psychological and Spiritual Images of the Heart, was co-authored with Robert Wicks.
His essays air twice monthly on Delmarva Public Radio.
An Episcopal priest, George’s ministry has been primarily as a pastoral counselor and clinical pastoral educator. He’s directed counseling services in Hartford Connecticut, in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area and served on the faculty in the graduate program in pastoral counseling at Loyola College in Baltimore before retiring to the Eastern Shore.
His book is now available at the News Center in Easton, Mystery Loves Company in Oxford and The Book Bank on Tilghman Island and may also be purchased through Amazon.