The Spy Columnists: George Merrill


It seems somehow fitting that the Spy will be ending our series on our public affairs columnists with George Merrill on Election Day. Perhaps the most apolitical of the five writers that volunteer each week to offer their unique point of view with our readers, George, an ordained Episcopal minister, has been the most inclined to bring public debates down to questions of spirituality and the workings of the soul.

While George does not skirt the issues of the day, his Sunday essays have been more about his only reaction to the challenges of life than focusing on the foibles of a particular politician or policy. His intense interest in his own makeup encourages the reader to explore their own sense of soul as they work through the news of the day.

Now eighty-four years old, Merrill has also reached a point where he can, he laughingly notes, “say anything I want,” knowing full well that this sense of liberation has allowed him the freedom to explore and take delight in what he doesn’t know as much as the wisdom that comes with living over eight decades.

In his Spy interview, George talks about his writing style, spirituality and politics, and the pure enjoyment he has in taking pen to paper.

This video is approximately eight minutes in length

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  1. Samuel Stokes Tomlin says

    HI, I have enjoyed George for some time now…I am very upset that his commentary will be ended. I will miss him!

    I do hope this is his decision and not some political reason you have come to…

    Thanks, George…you are amazing…but, only five years older! I will look for you elsewhere.

  2. Beryl Smith says

    I may skip over other columns if there are time demands, but never never do I miss what George has to say. He brightens my week and gives me lots to think of in the weeks following. So, thank you George and keep it up!


    I LOVE George Merrils’ perspective!

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