Point of No Return


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

Story is about much more than Robert Kraft

Do you ever just sit down, take a look at the world around you and think, “Wow. Is it really possible that I’m not as screwed up as I always thought I was?”

That’s probably a perverse and petty way to look at life. To almost wish worse...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:42pm

Tech versus privacy — the battle rages on

Foiled by a napkin!

Actually, “foiled” probably isn’t even the right word there. It kind of implies that the material in question was indeed foil, like a piece of Reynolds Wrap or some other “tin-like” product, whereas the substance in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:54am

We are our own biggest enemy these days

Want to hear a secret?

Seriously. I have some information for you. I didn’t really think it was that big of a secret, to be honest with you, but apparently it really is. You ready? OK, here we go.

Republicans aren’t racists, and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:36pm

Looking back at 15 years of community news

“Fifteen years ago, Darin, Shaun and I were standing in a printing plant in Dover, watching the first issue of the Coastal Point come off the press. We had worked the entire night before, going home only long enough for a quick shower after we...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:39pm

I’m already getting an appetite for the big game

Thanksgiving does two things for me each year: It causes me to re-evaluate my eating and exercise habits as I inevitably wake up at some point on the floor with a piece of pumpkin pie stuck to my chin, and I set about making a New Year’s...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:23am

Like him or loathe him, Brady rises to the top

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl.

Before you start, I know: Coach Bill Belichick is also heading to another Super Bowl, and for all of Tom Brady’s excellence, drive...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:15am

Point of no return — Times are tough, but the human spirit is amazing

There’s a lot going on in the world today that just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

We have thousands and thousands of federal employees unable to work because they are being used as pawns by both sides of our political divide, and...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:48am

We get to make our own choices, for good and bad

Life is often about choices.

We can have good luck or bad luck, huge opportunities or slivers of opportunity. We can be blessed to be born with the proverbial “silver spoon” in our mouths, or face an uphill climb that requires us to work...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:45pm

Another year, another list of New Year’s resolutions

It doesn’t really matter, does it?

In the grand scheme of things, does Jan. 1 really represent anything significantly different than Dec. 31? If it’s not your birthday or anniversary or any other date of individual importance, does Jan. 1...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:50pm

We can find that ‘Christmas spirit’ in many ways

It’s been said that each year in a person’s life is like a chapter in that individual’s biography.

Within each chapter often comes joy, sadness, anger, hope and despair. The wide-ranging emotional kaleidoscope that colors our lives is part...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:21pm

Point of No Return — We can find that ‘Christmas spirit’ in many ways

So, what exactly is the “Christmas spirit?”

The term has been around much longer than I have, and speaks to a state-of-mind more than anything that can be definied quantitatively. In 1964, United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:03pm

Bob’s still making life better for everyone

I’m going to make your life a little better today.

No, you won’t be receiving a small fortune by simply emailing me your Social Security number and a small check. Nor will I be sharing with you any dramatic weight-loss or fountain-of-youth...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:50pm

Classic rivalry takes a back seat to no other game

Behold, the greatest game of all.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the respective football teams from West Point and Annapolis will face off on the gridiron for the 119th time, as Army and Navy will play at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia —...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:45pm

Point of No Return — Theme days and months are great — up to a point

Well, happy Small Monkey Thursday. Or, Take Out the Trash Friday. Or, Squish Mud Between Your Toes Sunday. Or, whatever day you happen to be reading this article.

After Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:41pm

Point of no return — Another year, another opportunity to be thankful

I’ve long thought that the two game-changers most responsible for propelling mankind to the top of the food chain are opposable thumbs and our ability to moan and complain about things that aren’t nearly important enough to moan and complain...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:41pm

Attention-seeker hits a note with ludicrous effort

The BBC and Sky News reported last week that a Dutch “positivity trainer” launched a legal battle to lower his age a couple decades to boost his dating and job prospects. 

Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to legally change his birth year from...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:17pm

Point of No Return — Little one turning 4 is a game-changer for this dad

So, Riley is 4.

The apple of my eye, the cherry on my sundae, the little freeloader who lives in my home and eats my food without paying any rent, is now 4 years old.

I mean, it’s not like it’s a surprise, right? She turned 3 last...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:01pm

Point of No Return — To really care about the election, you should vote

I don’t know what’s going to happen.

That’s a phrase I can use with confidence in regards to the upcoming midterm elections, the political and sociological aftermath of said election, and every time I bend over to tie my shoe. Despite our...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 8:27pm

Dreams of lottery winnings hard to get away from

Tuesday afternoon was difficult. 

Smack-dab in the middle of our weekly deadline, Tuesday afternoons are always a bit of challenge. There is the scramble to figure out what copy is going to go on what page, proofing and editing stories...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:24am

Point of No Return — Let’s try worrying less about what other people do

“The land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

That’s a beautiful notion, isn’t it? Seriously. Don’t just mouth the words while you stand up at a town meeting or sporting event. Take a moment to let that remarkable thought roll around...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:10pm

Point of No Return — Looking for some positives? Just look around you

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Our nation is a little bit divided.

Well, let me rephrase that, if you’ll indulge me for a minute. Tom and Jerry were a little divided. The Red Sox and Yankees are a little divided. Our nation, on the...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:10pm

Some simple words can have a dramatic impact

“I can’t play with dinosaurs anymore, Daddy.”

“What are you talking about? Why not?”

“Girls don’t play with dinosaurs or snakes or sharks. We play with unicorns and mermaids.”

I died a little bit inside with that last...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:03am

Point of No Return — You might want to be wary of what you write

“Write what you know.”

Anyone who has ever seeked out advice on pursuing a writing career has had that gem fired back in response. To me, that answer can be interpreted in two very distinct ways. 

The first, is at simple face value...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:09pm

Point of No Return — State of the world can be found in state of words

“Look it up.”

As a kid, that phrase meant that I had to trudge my way to our family’s bookcase, pull out the 9,274-pound dictionary that was stitched together sometime during the Germanic Wars, and hope that the word or phrase I already...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:12pm

Point of No Return — Delaware Botanic Gardens is more than you think

It’s probably time to start paying attention to what’s taking place near Dagsboro. In fact, it’s probably past that time, because the freight train that is the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek is already rolling down the proverbial track...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:48pm

Point of No Return — Why would we ever shame people for working?

Shame is a heck of a tool.

People have been using shame to demean and dehumanize people since the dawn of time. We shame others because of their physical appearance, or because of their family situations. We shame people because they don’t...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:31pm

Point of No Return — We need to put more focus on our local elections

Mirroring much of the rest of the nation, ours is a community divided. We are split on politics, gun control, the distribution of wealth, abortion, religion, the sanctity of Confederate statues, the legitimacy of modern labor unions, school...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:40pm

Point of No Return — There is a stench coming from Camden Yards

 

As the calendar flips toward the end of another summer season, and the scent of pumpkin spice and back-to-school supplies fill the air, a nation’s sporting eye turns to football. 

But, first, can we take a moment to sit back and...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:34pm

Point of No Return: Numbers do not lie — a major milestone looms

In respect to my horrendous skills at all things mathematics, let’s just go ahead and round the number to 350.

In about 350 days, or 8,400 hours, or 504,000 minutes, I will become 50 years old. One half of one full century. To put that in...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:03pm

Point of No Return — Miss Helen now has stories to tell all her friends

 

So, this is not your typical summer shark story.

There is no ominous background music building to a near-thunderous crescendo as a shark the size of a small apartment building closes in on an unsuspecting swimmer. And this won’t...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:50pm

Point of No Return: Being the odd man out of a conversation is no fun

Have you ever been in close proximity to two people having a conversation in a language with which you are unfamiliar, and felt like there’s a good possibility that not only are you the subject of what they are discussing, but you’re also not...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:51am

Point of No Return: Are kids today lazier than before, or busier?

“Get off my lawn, you miserable kids.”

Buckle up, boys and girls. I’m turning down the volume on my “Murder, She Wrote” marathon, adjusting my Hubble-strength reading glasses and easing my aching bones into my “grumble seat” — the chair in...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:07pm

Point of No Return: It’s a true test if you might drop your spouse

It wouldn’t be completely unfathomable to overhear a spouse suggest that he or she “carries” the other spouse in their marriage, right? I mean, from time to time, we all feel like we’re the ones doing more than our fair share at work, in...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:30pm

Point of No Return: Another shooting — and this hit close to home

Last week, Coastal Point journalists wrote stories about the upcoming holiday celebrations in the community, a profile about the newest member of the South Bethany Town Council and coverage of an Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:11pm

Point of No Return: Enjoy everything that is good this Independence Day

The Fourth of July appears to be a red-white-and-blue oasis in the midst of a vast desert landscape of division and vitriol. 

We’re allowed — encouraged, even — to set aside our political and sociological strifes and join together on this...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

It’s past time we really start listening to each other

If the leaves fall and the oceans rise, where does the elephant on the moon find the light to the heavens?

Yeah, I’m just kidding. That didn’t make any sense to me, either.

But there isn’t a whole lot around modern society that does...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:09pm

Point of No Return: When life gives you lemons, get a permit for a stand

There are few things that scream out “Americana” more than the classic lemonade stand.  Except adults ruining things. That’s pretty “Americana,” as well.

But let’s start with the lemonade stand. In a nation that wears its capitalistic...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:11pm

Point of No Return: Sports betting brings questions, few answers

“Delaware Finally Comes Up With A Reason To Visit It.”

That was the headline I looked at last Thursday evening on a Deadspin article written by Lauren Theisen. The snarky little piece discussed how Delaware was scheduled to become the...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:18pm

Point of No Return: Capitals chasing away ghosts during run

The National Hockey League welcomed the fledgling Washington Capitals into their family in the 1974-75 season. The team was placed in the Norris Division, as part of the Wales Conference, and my father took me to the old Capital Center for...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:23pm

Point of No Return: Another season, another list of resolutions

Well, here we are.

The doors are opened up to the outside world again, and another Memorial Day weekend is fully upon us. The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer and the boardalk fries are getting, well, boardwalkier. Yes,...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:32pm

Point of No Return: Only one more week until the ‘silly season’

There are a few questions each year I tend to ask whoever happens to be near me whenever the thoughts dawn on me:

• How is it Labor Day already?

• Why do I keep buying jeans that shrink every year?

• Wait, there are how many...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:29pm

A Mother’s Day column from the heart… (my sister’s heart)

Any of you have younger siblings? More specifically, do any of you have younger sisters? You know, the type of younger sister who would blackmail you in a heartbeat once she discovered a hidden stash of Milwaukee’s Best in the back of your closet...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:09pm

The mark we leave on history must not be a stain

As an amateur history buff, I often find myself wondering how people in future generations will look back at this current mark on history’s timeline.

Will we be viewed as the “Age of Technology” — defined by the advancements and new world...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:44pm

There is an amazing amount of good around us

The world can indeed be a scary place. Particularly, this current world, at this current time.

We could certainly use this space to argue gun-control legislation versus the Constitutionally-provided right to bear arms, and I’m sure we’d...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 4:36pm

What happened to my precious little angel?

Part of me thinks I live in a haunted house.

I’m not sure if “haunted” is technically the word I’m looking for here, now that I think about it. What do you call it when a demonic presence has infiltrated all that you once thought was good...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:05pm

Point of No Return — ‘You-know-who’ is back at his old tricks again

I knew it.

I knew it. I knew it. I knew it. I knew it. I knew it.


Oh, many of you scoffed. You laughed at the crazy “city boy” who was getting freaked out by the local raccoon population — particularly by their tough-as-...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:41am

Point of No Return — We chat an awful lot, but I don’t think we talk

Do people still talk?


I’m serious. Do people just sit down and talk about things anymore? I know we’ve become more connected to one another than ever before, thanks to social media, mobile phones, email and other technologocal...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:18am

Point of No Return — One bad apple can ruin the fun for everyone

Me and my guys.


Each spring, as attentions across these fruited plains shift to Easter and romance and professional baseball players plying their trade on sun-dreched fields with the scent of hot dogs and beer wafting in the air, I...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:27am