Point of No Return

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

Point of No Return — The winter that just keeps going...and going

If you are fortunate enough to be able to muster the mental fortitude to ignore the weather that exists around us, well, it’s spring.

Obviously, by the strictest definition, seasons are dependent more on the date of the calendar...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 9:34am

Point of No Return — Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy

There’s a hole in our home.

It would be a solid, educated guess to assume that I’m about to describe an incident involving our 3-year-old and whatever item happened to be clenched in her tiny little fists at any given time. And,...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:21am

Point of No Return — More than one way to overstay a welcome

New York City’s Hunter College was founded in 1870 as a women’s college, and began accepting males in 1946. It is the only college in the nation that counts two female Nobel laureates in medicine amongst its alumni, and it has also graduated...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:08am

Fall is a great time of year, and a good time to help

By Darin J. McCann
Executive Editor

Fall is great.

That’s why I make the big bucks as a writer. I can pen things like “Fall is great” and “Water is wet” in such a way that the words just melt into your ears and...

But I...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:57am

Point of No Return — We can still learn from Mister Rogers

When in doubt, turn to Mister Rogers.

From 1968 to 2001, the iconic Fred Rogers entertained this nation’s youth via his PBS show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” For decades, children sang along with Rogers as he entered his home,...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:02am

Point of No Return — Like them or not, protests are protected speech

My love affair with our national anthem began at a very young age.

Perched in seats where noses went to bleed and binoculars were as necessary as hot dogs and Cracker Jacks, my father and I would rise up with the rest of those in...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:21am

Point of No Return — It doesn't always have to be negative, does it?

There is a lot of buzz around these fruited plains focused on the concept that we are now a nation divided.

We are divided by political affiliation, race, gender, faith and ethnicity. We are divided over Android and iPhone, climate...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:03am

Point of No Return — Happy Places can evolve, and that’s a good thing

There are certain things that just “feel right” in life.

Of course, these comforts are somewhat personalized. What feels natural and comfortable to one person might not be another person’s cup of tea.

For example, well, a...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:08am

Point of No Return — Back-to-school marks a rare fun shopping trip

As a kid, there were three days a year I liked going shopping with my mother.

For clarity’s sake, I can’t stress enough that there were only three days a year I liked going shopping with my mother. This isn’t intended as a shot at...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 9:42am

Point of No Return — Monday would have been right day to ‘Pause’

Time, even more than money or power, should be treasured.

Unlike the aforementioned money or power, time is a commodity we all possess, and all hold dear. We start our lives with “nothing but time” ahead of us, quickly learn that...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 10:51am

Point of No Return — It’s not about the parties — it’s all about the hate

On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler killed himself in a bunker, along with his wife of two days, Eva Braun. Reports suggest both of them took a cyanide pill to avoid being captured by Soviet troops who were moving in on their position, and Hitler...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:23am

Point of No Return — Hair thieves, DNA providers and $1M bills. Oh my!

I’m sensitive to people losing their hair.

To be fair, I’ve had a lot of practice at witnessing the loss of hair, as mine began its course for full-scale evacuation when I was about 16. At 25, I was sporting the Count Dracula look, with a...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:19am

Point of No Return — Once again, World Series, athletes shine bright

There are three certainties one can count on in this community during the month of August: You will get angry at a fellow driver; you will hear at least one conversation a day about the quality of our local corn; and some of the best young...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:06am

Heat already has me beat, and it’s not over yet

“Hot enough for you?”

“Ever been punched in the neck?”

Sorry. That’s been the response in my head every time I’ve been asked that question this summer. Hot enough for what? Do you think I’m trying to cook scrapple on my forehead?...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:28pm

Robots serve a purpose, but let’s keep control

Remember Rosie?

No, not Rosey Grier, the former star defensive lineman for the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams. And, no, not Rosie O’Donnell, frequent foe of our president and fictional baseball player in “A League of Their...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:45am

Point of No Return — Love of harmonica helps forge connection

Life is a series of connections.

If we’re fortunate enough, we form our first connection with our parents. These are the people charged with shaping us, teaching us about responsibilities and accountability, and putting...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:04pm

Point of No Return — Independence Day brings food dependence

Well, the Fourth has come and gone, and seemingly taken away any shred of dignity I had left with it.

What started as a day with images in my head of patriotic bunting, marching bands and red, white and blue fireworks...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:05am

Point of No Return — Forget left or right — just be Americans

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

As you’re...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:25pm

Point of No Return — Let’s turn our attention to the positives

It’s easy to take shots.

Trust me on this. The easiest thing in the world to do when you have an opinion column at your disposal — or a prominent commentary spot on television, radio or the Internet — is to sit back and fire away...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:35am

Point of No Return — Forget the launch. What is in the rocket?

Like many of you, I was excited earlier this week to see the baby giraffe finally be born on top of a rocket hurtling toward the heavens, while the Russians hacked into the latest episodes of “Orange is the New Black.”

To be fair,...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:05am