Point of No Return


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Let’s focus on what we actually do agree on first

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You know what’s easy? Starting an argument, that’s what.

I could tell you that I’m kind of a professional in instigating conflict, and I truly am, but that could give the impression that irritating someone to the point of an argument is...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:27pm

My personal retirement plan has a few complications

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So, I was standing there with my retirement advisor the other day, when it hit me like a bolt of lightning: I might need to start considering a different plan.

Well, let me go back a little bit so we can then go forward with this notion....

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:23pm

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Local journalism still matters, today more than ever

When I was a kid, I walked to school, uphill, both ways, in a driving snowstorm (regardless of the season, mind you), while dodging katana-wielding ninjas and regularly having to overcome quicksand and two brothers down the road who were...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:39pm

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Bryant was complicated, but his legacy could be good

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Let’s get this out of the way: I have never been a fan of Kobe Bryant.

When he first came into the NBA in 1996, I felt like he was contrived — a young man with far too much ego for so few accomplishments, and who almost oddly copied the...

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 11:20am

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Raining cats and dogs? Try, ‘It’s snowing iguanas’

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As a kid, I kind of struggled with the general concept of non-literal expressions.

You know — someone would opine that it was “raining cats and dogs” outside, and I would immediately rush to the nearest window to catch a glimpse of beagles...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:47am

Point of No Return: Ol’ Copper might be gone, but the legend remains

I kind of miss Ol’ Copper. Especially when you consider his replacement, “Skanky Possum.” You know, now that I think about it, maybe I should go back and start this thing off at the beginning.

<Insert cool flashback music here>

...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:52pm

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The time has come for the Ravens to dominate

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We live, we learn. That’s how life’s supposed to work, right? We start out with “clean chalkboards” in our brains, not really understanding anything at all and only processing the basic needs we need to survive as humans — eating, sleeping,...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:51pm

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Another year, another round of resolutions

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Well, it’s that time of the year again.

We pull down our 2019 Coastal Point calendars and swap them out for the new 2020 version, filled with stunning photos of the aesthetic beauty that surrounds us here in our little slice of Heaven....

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:02am

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Taking a walk back through all of 2019

A wise man, while reflecting on the happenings in our community over the course of 2019, might stroke his chin, stare off into seemingly another dimension and pontificate over how life’s ups and downs contribute to the entirety of the collective...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:23pm

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The Positivity Express makes one more stop

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Up is down. Black is white. Hot is cold. If one person believes something to be true, well, rest assured, someone else is going to pipe in with a contrarian opinion. It might be genuine. It might be an attempt to...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:20am

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Another visit with the Positivity Express

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We are continuing with our efforts in this space to keep the proverbial blinders on regarding the nastiness and division in the world around us, and instead focus on a significant reality of living as human beings — most people are good at heart...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:28am

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Part I of our escape into a happy place

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Man, there is plenty of negativity to be found around this world, isn’t there?

Political strife, potential turmoil with NATO members, the constant war between the “haves” and “have-nots,” debates over Nativity sets on public and private...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:30am

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It is now the season to be truly thankful

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We do an excellent job in this nation of always reaching for more than we currently have. We strive to do better in our jobs, to improve on how we raise our kids, to eat better, live longer and to imagine, invent and innovate.

It is what...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:27pm

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All of this arguing is exhausting, and silly

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Water is wet.

And, with that seemingly innocuous statement, I have just ticked off half of our...

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 5:43pm

Point of No Return: Winter visited a little early. Now, leave. Now

Fall is a cruel temptress.

She comes in at the end of each summer with the promise of wide-open streets at the beach, changing colors in our natural splendor, community events galore and the satisfying, comforting taste of sweater-weather...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:25am

Point of No Return: The season of (physical) growth is upon us

The Battle of the Waistlands has begun.

Oh, it starts out innocently enough. Watching my daughter excitedly dump the contents of her trick-or-treat bag on to the living room floor after a night out begging our neighbors for candy gave me a...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:27pm

Officials are trying their best to save our kids

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It’s beyond repugnant that it’s gotten to this point, but here we are. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with support from the Ocean View Police Department, Attack Addiction Delaware and the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, will be...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:37am

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Costumes share a glimpse into the times

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I’m going to share with you how I know deep down in my bones that I am getting old.

For starters, I say things like “deep down in my bones.” That’s kind of a big giveaway. I also make more nocturnal visits a week to relieve myself than a...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:43pm

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Temporary ticket for me for the Nat’s bandwagon

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Let’s get this out of the way from the start: I am not a fan of the Washington Nationals baseball team.

It’s not that I dislike them, necessarily. They’ve just never really registered on my radar, even though I grew up a hop, skip and a...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:17pm

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Florida Man, or Woman, never ceases to amaze

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Florida Man! And, chances are, Florida Man is doing something that will make you cringe, laugh or become overwhelmed with instant nausea. And sometimes, all those things happen at once.

You’ve seen the...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:58pm

Technology has changed things, for good and bad

With another impeachment fiasco facing our nation, and the inevitable onslaught of social media posts and memes designed to tell us how to think and feel about things, I can’t help but long for a simpler time.

A time when people didn’t...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:54pm

I have met my match in the interview game

I’m fairly convinced that I’m going to one day see my daughter speaking in a Congressional hearing — and she won’t make it easy on those who are asking the questions.

Why do I say this?

I’ve spent my entire adult life asking people...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:05pm

A happy place is invaded for the prize of gold

We all have our “happy place,” right?

You know, that place that makes you forget all the negative things in our respective lives and puts us in a mental state that make everything else at least bearable for a bit. For many in this...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:54pm

Remembering a day as important as the Fourth

As a nation, we revere July 4th. Or, seeing as how I’m a big believer in “dad jokes,” I could say that we “Revere” July 4th. You know, the whole “Paul Revere” thing and all...

But I digress.

We do invest a ton of respect, patriotism...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:44pm

There really is a silver lining in those clouds

If you’re hankering to feel negative about life, there is plenty of ammunition out there to fuel your fire.

A diving boat off the coast of California caught fire, presumably taking 34 lives. Dorian smashed the Bahamas on its way to Florida...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:55am

For Luck, the long-term plan is long-term health

The sports world shared a collective shock last weekend when word came out that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was planning to retire at the age of 29.

Luck, one of the most-revered and highly-touted prospects to ever enter the...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:42pm

Fact: I keep getting out-witted by a 4-year-old

Apparently, I’m not so bright.

Granted, that isn’t exactly breaking news to those of you who regularly read this column. From one insipid digression to the next, my ongoing struggle with remedial intelligence is pretty much on display for...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:24pm

Traffic is here to stay, but we can plan better

There’s traffic.

Honestly, there’s no need to ask around. You won’t gain anything new by looking out the window, and whatever traffic app you’re using is basically obsolete this time of year. There’s traffic.

There are many people...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:31pm

Looking back a little bit on half of a century

I’m 50.

Well, that wasn’t so bad. I kind of thought it would be tougher to spit that out than it was. Let’s do it again: I’m 50. Yeah, no problem at all. 

I half-expected my fingers to crumble to dust as soon as they made contact...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:42am

Softball World Series is a true local treasure

For the 16th consecutive year, Roxana is hosting the Senior League Softball World Series. And, for the 16th consecutive year, the play has been nothing short of remarkable, while the vibe around the Lower Sussex Little League complex has been...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:39pm

Opioid crisis was created out of sheer greed

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently released a database they have maintained to track every pain pill sold in the United States. 

From manufacturers through distributors to the pharmacy where it gets into the waiting hands of...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:07am

It ain’t great out there, but there are bright spots

It’s pretty easy to be negative these days.

Politically-based poison has filled our social media feeds at a more prolific rate than memes about our spouses or photos of what we had for lunch — and that’s saying a lot. Discussions on race,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:40am

Some people still earn their way to stardom

A video recently went viral that showed a teenage girl picking a gallon of ice cream out of a grocery store refrigerator, removing the lid, licking the ice cream and then putting it back in the refrigerator.

I really can’t stress this...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:42pm

We’ve always been divided. It’s our thing

Independence.

That’s what we’re all celebrating together this week. Independence from tyranny. Independence in our ability to practice our respective faiths. Independence in thought and speech. 

 It doesn’t matter if you agree with...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:58pm

Mobile devices can be a pain in the neck

The science backs it up — young people are getting hornier by the day.

It would seem that this is as good a time as any to point out that I occasionally find myself typing things that deserve a little bit more explanation than I offered...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:45pm

A little of this, a little of that in this column

It’s the busy season, life is hectic and there’s a lot of stuff to get through this week. Let’s do this.

• Sen. Ted Cruz, a pretty-far-right Senator from Texas, Tweeted late last month that he agreed with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:04am

Father’s Day is an opportunity to be a father

Father’s Day is a trick.

It’s a trick and a conspiracy and a trap and anything else you want to call it — as long as you’re calling it something that is borderline deceitful. It preys on our insecurities, falsely inflates our valuation of...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:28pm

Coin-snatching and pole-sitting to infamy

I was, at one point in life, an avid coin-snatcher.

No, I didn’t rob children of their quarters at the arcade, nor did I break into the machines at the local laundromat. I never “made off” with my classmates’ UNICEF collection the day...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:39am

Another summer, another list of resolutions

There comes a time when each man must draw a line in the sand, puff out his chest and really take a stand on something, even if it might not be the most popular opinion for him to have.  

Yeah, I got nothing. I just wanted to suck you into...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:44pm

Point of No Return: Memorial Day is wonderful — thanks to many

According to statistics shared by PBS, via data they collected from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the total number of Americans killed in all U.S wars is more than 1.1 million.

That is a statistic that...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:56am

Losing someone never really does get easy

We lose people in life.

That sounds overly simplistic, and it is. Obviously, we lose people in varying ways, to varying degrees. As kids, we lose our friends when their families move somewhere else, or they go to a different school at some...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:45am

Lunacy runs pretty rampant at my house

My child is a lunatic.

Now, “lunatic” can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Does it mean that she’s stark-raving mad, and a threat to public safety? Does it mean she’s a playful goofball, oblivious to all social...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:46am

Reaching out is easier than ever, but... better?

“U c that game”

“Crazy”

“Right?”

That was an actual conversation I had with a friend last weekend. There were no text messages sent between us for almost 19 hours before that one came to my phone, and no other new ones for...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:25am

Point of No Return: Grit, experience lead Tiger to unlikely title

We strive to be better people, right?

Maybe we have different ideas of what that actually means, but all of us have an active interest in making our lives better, right? Maybe we want to improve our personal financial situations. Or focus...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:35pm

Spring has finally sprung. Now get out and enjoy it

According to a 2018 study conducted by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), a Project Play partner that provides custom data on youth participation to the Aspen Institute, 56.5 percent of American children ages 6 to 12...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:38pm

New legislation in EU increases safety — kind of

You had to know this one was coming.

Between the GPS devices in our cars and mobile-device apps showing our “estimated times of arrival” as we drive, and speed limits on some roads popping up as well on those screens, it was easy to...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:18pm

Unexplainable conclusion to unexplainable story

One of the joys of a nation like ours, in a time like today’s, is that we all have an opinion, and we all have access to a technological platform to share said opinion.

One of the drawbacks, of course, is... see above.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:24am

And then there was one. Blockbuster fading away

Things come. Things go. 

That’s kind of the nature of a modern-day world that has experienced unprecedented technological advancements and a connected global economy that inspires inovation from all corners of the Earth. Capitalism expands...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:42pm

The rise and fall of some celebrities is deserved

Raise your hand if you thought “Full House” and “Desperate Housewives” would make their way into the national headlines this week.

Granted, our unnatural and unhealthy obsession with all things celebrity does force questionable items into...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:54pm

I thought I had been yelled at by the very best

I am not a man who possesses many skills.

The changing of a lightbulb has been my crowning achievement in terms of home-improvement efforts, and that did not come without a torrent of obscenities, a plethora of broken lightbulbs and what...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:31pm