Point of No Return


The name is the game here

Stealth in advance, the hunter stalks his prey and mentally surveys potential avenues of attack. Decided on an ultimate course of action, he pounces on his victim, taking that which is most important.

That’s how I felt as I swiped this...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Community shines bright...again

I humble myself before you.

Once again, the call has gone out for help. Once again, this community has rolled up its collective sleeves, plunged headfirst into the effort and has responded with an outpouring of love and money that is...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

It's creation before your eyes

Ah, the new season arrives.

For some, it might mean less-traveled roads to navigate or a brilliant array of colors splashed across the landscape via treetops and crunching leaves. For others, the time after Labor Day might mean the urgent...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

It's creation before your eyes

Ah, the new season arrives.

For some, it might mean less-traveled roads to navigate or a brilliant array of colors splashed across the landscape via treetops and crunching leaves. For others, the time after Labor Day might mean the urgent...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Not always easy to say bye

We’ve lost one of our own. And that’s never easy.

Beth Long, our office manager and one of the original six employees of the Coastal Point, has decided to step back from the hectic pace of newspaper land and step into the life of leisure...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Pretty nifty to see Susan at 50

Every so often the urge strikes me to really look at a serious conflict facing the world today and take a stab at offering potential solutions or alternatives. Monday morning, while combing through the front pages of the top daily newspapers in...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Oh, the things I've seen

Somehow, the birds sounded pleasant on Monday. That awful chirping noise every morning that typically causes my eyes to itch and parts of my body to shrivel up more quickly than Burt Reynolds in a tanning bed actually sounded nice to me as I...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Respect the choice made

One thought a week.

That’s all I really need to do this part of my job. Heck, it doesn’t even really need to be a good idea. All a columnist needs is one compelling or odd thought to stake claim in the brain, and we can usually take the...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

My choice to avoid choices

I’m throwing up the white flag. My will to run with the big dogs has decided to curl up for a nap on the porch, and I will no longer attempt to bail water from a sinking boat with a teaspoon. It’s been said that a wise man knows his limitations...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

The world according to me

I’m a curious sort.

It’s probably why I got into this business in the first place — this ridiculous urge I’ve always had to ask “why” one last time, when everyone else is satisfied with the answer given. The truth be told, I get on Sam...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

It's all a matter of timing, baby

Wow, talk about bad timing.

Picture, if you will, the end of a pretty tough deadline at Coastal Point headquarters last Wednesday night. The final pages had been sent off to the printer, Shaun Lambert was doing the mystical things he does...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

You heard it here first ...again

Through new technology obtained by the Coastal Point, we were able to obtain recordings of the discussions by the International Olympic Committee prior to the final vote that led to the organization’s decision to select London as the site for the...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Life is a constant lesson

Human intelligence is a hard element to quantify.

An individual might not have done very well in school or standardized tests, but might be flat-out brilliant in the field of electronics or building a home. Conversely, another individual...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Moms, this is your day to shine

Mothers everywhere, unite! This is your day.

For 364 days a year you put yourself on the bottom of the priority list. The needs and wants of your offspring inspire immediate response, and the hurts and wounds of your children elicit the...

Thursday, May 5, 2005 - 8:00pm

Yet another look into fingers

Strange things grab a hold of my interest.

Oh, we can all get sidetracked or intrigued by things we wouldn’t be able to explain to another living soul, but some oddities honestly grab hold of my cerebral steering wheel and crash my...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

We must appreciate greatness

Gather ‘round, for I have seen greatness.

With a twist of his lobbed sword, Tiger Woods displayed that one particular moment in time we mortals can only fantasize of experiencing. His back against the proverbial wall, the stone-faced Woods...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Welcome to the real world, kid

Patrick James Lehl, this is your life.

Look, I realize you’re barely a month old, but from the moment my little sister exposed you to the world, you were immediately initiated into the land of curious humanity. And, yes, that is indeed a...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Sometimes, 'away' is the way

’ve always kind of wanted to see the Outer Banks. There’s the intrigue behind the tales from friends regarding the peaceful tranquility and aesthetic charm of the surroundings, not to mention my general puzzlement over those “OBX” stickers I’ve...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Why would I buy this product?

Be advised. This column could cause shortness of breath, skin rash, sore feet, a runny nose, temporary or permanent loss of the use of your extremities, a second head growing from your spinal cord, the ability to see dead people, your hearing to...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beware false noses … really

Mental health professionals often play a little game where they test associative skills by showing a generic photo to a patient and asking him or her the first thing that comes to mind.

They show you a bunny with its mother? You might...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Remembering life's lessons

Life is full of interesting lessons.

We learn from our parents, our teachers, our clergy and our friends. We learn from television shows, newspapers, talk radio and stunningly-handsome Irish-American columnists. We learn from touching hot...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Troop, this Bud's for you

A crowded airport. Each traveler and employee of the facility isolated in their own thoughts, fears and tasks; seemingly oblivious to those around them. It is like any other airport or city bus in that the setting is an anonymous conglomeration...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

A sign of the Apocalypse?

There will be an open election in Iraq before ...

Oh.

Fine, that weird guy from In Living Color and that insipid show on WB will be nominated for a Best Actor award before ...

Oh.

The Boston Red Sox will overcome both...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Emergencies everywhere

Water? Check. Toilet paper? Check. Beer commercial twins bikini calendar? Check. Canned goods? Check.

Yes, many of us went through that very checklist while awaiting the snow storm of last weekend. The realization that every one inch of...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

The epic battle continues

It’s McCann versus Technology. Round 85. Humor me, if you will, while I vent.

Last week I called my cellular phone carrier to change my phone number. This would seem a simple enough task since, well, the phone carrier handles exactly that...

Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 7:00pm