Point of No Return

Class of 2017, the world is yours. Take it

In a day that traditionally brings smiles and tears, hope and anxiety, Indian River High School graduated the Class of 2017 last week.

It is a graduating class that sees approximately 84 percent of its graduates heading to post-...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:05am

Point of No Return — Deford’s voice will continue to ring loudly

If you’re serious about what you do — regardless of what you do — it pays to study those who have excelled in that field in the past.

If you’re a bricklayer, it makes sense to pay attention to what succesful bricklayers do, or have...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:58am

Point of No Return — Another season is here, and resolutions follow

Game on.

This weekend marks the start of Summer 2017 for our coastal oasis, and that means steamed crabs, cold beers sodas, evenings largely spent outside and husbands wearing their darkest sunglasses on the beach so they can see bikinis...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:50am

Point of No Return — Embrace ‘the storm’ that is heading our way

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the calm before the storm.

It is a time-honored tradition to recognize this area’s “silly season” as that space on a (Coastal Point) calendar wedged between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:49am

My rock continues to amaze and awe me

We can all sometimes feel like the world is ganging up on us all at once. To stay on this cliché train, I think it’s safe to suggest that, at some point in time, all of us have taken stock of the circumstances surrounding us, shaken our heads and...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:49am

Point of No Return — Sports’ fantasies-come-true make for compelling reality TV

It has been said by people much brighter than me — which is a list more prolific than I’m comfortable admitting — that sports is the original reality-television programming.

For starters, sports is real. There are winners, losers...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:38am

Point of No Return — Desire and commitment foster great inspiration

A capitalist society, such as ours, only truly blossoms when people find inspiration, set goals and put in the blood, sweat and tears to meet those goals.

When great people do great things, we succeed. When normal people do great...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:29am

Point of No Return — Article reminds us of a time best left behind

Between the mountains of mashed potatoes and sneaky chowing down of my daughter’s Easter candy last weekend, I was shown an old magazine article by a family member that dominated much of our conversation for the next several minutes.


Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:54am

Point of No Return — Spring has indeed sprung, and it is awesome

It was like the beginning of a zombie movie — only with a lot more smiles and dramtically less body decay.

We went to the Selbyville Community Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday, and the looks on people’s faces told me all I needed to...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:00am

Point of No Return — If you really want to screw up, call a human

Chemical attack in Syria. Suicide bombing in Russia. North Korea fires off another missile.

A recent tour of news around the world can make a person want to crawl back into bed, pull the covers over his or her eyes and just hope this is...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:40am

Point of No Return — Team’s move to Vegas brings back memories

I was 14 years old when I caught images of the Mayflower moving van on the news.

Curious as to why they would be showing a moving van driving in the snow as their lead story, I plopped myself down and turned up the volume on the television...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:14am

Point of No Return —Youth sports should be about, well, the youth

The flowers are fighting through some random cold snaps to find their blooms, numerous seasonal businesses are beginning to open up their doors and Darin’s sinuses are more blocked than Central Avenue after a giant sinkhole appears underneath the...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2:48pm

Point of No Return — Weekend was a test of wills. I lost...badly

Life comes packaged with a series of challenges.

We start out with some of the basics — walking, talking, jumping, etc. — before graduating to reading, writing, asking somebody out, learning to drive and taking on that first job....

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:12am

Hard workers get their special day in the sun

There are numerous reasons I love my job.

It’s an outlet for me to pursue my love of grassroots community journalism, in a community that I adore and plan on raising my daughter in until she’s prepared to set her own course. I get the...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 8:46am

Point of No Return — A lot of stuff going on in a Land Down Under

So, I’m watching a poker tournament on television the other night — because that’s about as much excitement as I can handle these days after 9 p.m. — and I see a guy shove all his chips into the pot, holding A-9.

For the...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:43am

Point of No Return — Use logic and research over emotion with vote

Well, this zealot-driven nastiness that has infected the rest of the nation has now infected our cozy little oasis by the shore.

The Indian River School District is holding a current-expense referendum on Thursday, March 2, asking...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:06am

Point of No Return — Russian spy ship gets a little too close to home


Please, keep your voices down. I know, I know. It’s been a long winter, and we’re all a little anxious to get back to the business of being outside and enjoying all the wonders that this remarkable community has to offer,...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 8:53am

Meth, monks and more. A visit to Dumbville

Do you ever struggle with your vehicle’s fuel economy?

Sure, it’s not as big a deal as it was several years ago when we saw prices climb toward $5 a gallon, but you should still be concerned when a tank of gas no longer gets you as far as...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 8:45am

Point of No Return – Plenty of crazy action going on with big game

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will square off in Sunday’s Super Bowl in Houston to decide who reigns supreme in the world of the National Football League for the 2016-17 season.

There will be a classic battle between...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 9:11am

Yes, there are some topics that are off-limits

According to figures supplied by very respectable sources, inauguration crowds numbered in the...

Nah, I’m not going down that road. Nope. Not happening.

There are things that are extremely important right now, and bickering...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 8:22am

Is there anything at all that we can agree on?

Judging by the responses by people on my social media feeds Tuesday night, President Barack Obama’s “farewell” speech that evening was either, (a) a reminder that Obama and his family have been wonderful representatives of all that is good in the...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:58am

Let's take a look at some non-resolutions

The new year is like a clean slate, right?

Except when it isn’t.

We can break out the clean calendar, practice penning the new year on our checks and promise ourselves and others that we are starting off this year on the...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 10:11am

Point of No Return – A year of highs and a year of lows. Once again

In a lot of ways, 2016 was kind of for the birds.

Yes, we lost some talented musicians and actors, but doesn’t that happen every year? Going back five years to 2011, for example, we saw the deaths of Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 9:06am

The magic of Christmas still very much exists

We tend to identify Christmas in innumerable ways.

At its religious core, it is the epitome of major Christian holidays — a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and the dawning of Christianity, itself. It holds both spiritual...

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 9:09am

A really good gift is thought-out and personalized

Life is a quest.

It is a quest for knowledge. A quest for love. A quest for material possessions. And a quest for the perfect bottle of wine to share with your cat.

That’s right. According to a story on UPI.com, a company...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:16am

Pearl Harbor a day every American should know

It was 75 years ago on Dec. 7 when 353 aircraft flying under the flag of Imperial Japan launched an attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

The reason for the attack, reportedly, was so the Japanese could...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 9:10am

Any of us can truly have an impact on the world

One of the most well-read sections of our paper online is the obituary listings.

That’s not uncommon, actually, as obituaries, sports and letters are traditionally popular sections of papers throughout the industry. People want to see if...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:55am

Point of No Return – Time to offer thanks for what we have

Ours is a nation that excels the most when our eyes are planted firmly on the future.

We innovate and plan. We set a definitive course at the highest levels of government on foreign policies and economic growth. We teach our...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 7:28am

Point of No Return – Our world is nuts. Let’s focus on a turkey-dog


Racist graffiti and damage done to churches, schools and municipal buildings across the country. Protestors spitting on the concept of peaceful and lawful assembly by doing their own damage and extending hate. It’s enough to make you...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 8:56am

Point of No Return – It’s been a wild and wonderful first two years

Sitting at my desk on Wednesday morning, I was amazed by a sight outside my office window.

The sun was coming up over the horizon.

To hear people talk over the past several months, if Candidate A won the presidential...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 9:33am

Point of No Return – Election season is finally coming to an end


The end is nigh. The chickens are coming home to roost. The fat lady is singing, and the witching hour is now upon us.

The 2016 United States Presidential election is finally at our doorsteps, leaving a rancorous,...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:03am

Home is where the heart is... It’s that simple

Sometimes, you have to go home to know that you’re not really home.

If that sounds like a philosophical gem straight from the pages of “Philosophical Gems Illustrated,” you really need to start reading another publication. That one...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:20am

Point of No Return – Decisions can sometimes be made for you

It’s been said that the path of an individual’s life is often set by a series of decisions.

When we’re younger, we decide if we’re going to do that homework assignment, take a drink at a party or put in maximum effort at our first...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 9:21am

Point of No Return – Presidential race is great, but so are local ones

There’s a lot at stake in this presidential election.

For starters, there’s a swing seat open in the Supreme Court of the United States. Whoever wins the presidential election will (presumably) be afforded the opportunity to offer a...

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:47am

Point of No Return: O’s, candidates, clowns and hurricanes. Oh my!

Ubaldo Jimenez? Really?

I will be muttering the words “Ubaldo Jimenez” while wandering the streets in my bathrobe for the next five months. When the Baltimore Orioles were locked in a battle with the Toronto Blue Jays in their...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 10:38am

Point of No Return – Above all else, ‘The People’ must be... people

Once again, “The People” have spoken.

According to a story on wboc.com earlier this week, someone stole a backpack from the owner of Pickle’s Pub in Ocean City, Md., on Friday, Sept. 23. To rub a little salt in the wound for the...

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:07am

It’s early, but masks are already all around us

If you’ve entered a grocery or drug store since, oh, July, you have noticed that Halloween items are filling the aisles.

Candy corn, miscellaneous goodness from the fine people at Hershey and trinkets that howl or laugh ominously...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:47am

Dictionary welcomes new words into its pages

Is it Christmas? Because it kind of feels like Christmas.

The Oxford English Dictionary revealed the latest incarnation of itself recently, and it includes more than 1,200 additions to its catalogued list of accepted words. For a...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:54am

Point of No Return – My record is certainly spotty on telling the future

There comes a time when we must all stand up and take accountability for our actions or words. I find myself in this position quite a bit, actually.

Sure, this column can get people fired up at me from time to time. When you take a...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 10:23am

Stand or don’t stand. Just do something real, too

Dear Colin Kaepernick,

You don’t know me. And, to be honest with you, it’s not like you are someone I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about over the past few years, anyway.

Oh, you once dazzled me — and made me nervous —...

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 8:46am

Point of No Return: Loving thy neighbor needs to be in our daily lives

“Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Remember that one? You know, pretty big reference in the Bible. Actually, it’s mentioned several times in the Bible, prominently in Matthew and Leviticus — and is the central theme of the standard “Golden...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:54am

Some obituaries are both historical and telling

One of the sections of our paper most read and discussed by staff members is the obituaries.

It’s often because someone knows someone who has passed, or knows a relative of the deceased. Sometimes it’s because of an age all-too-...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 9:12am

Point of No Return: We’ve had the opportunity to witness greatness

Twenty-one gold medals.

As of Tuesday night, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had received 21 gold medals in his amazing, awe-inspiring career, and still had an opportunity to add to that collection before these Games were over, as he still...

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 9:47am

Point of No Return: Those we all support are not getting support

Buckle up. This could get rocky.

According to figures supplied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) last month, 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014. Let that settle in for just a moment. That is 20 human beings a day taking...

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 10:01am

Too much information for one topic this week

There are weeks when I sit down at my computer to start putting together this column and I come to the unnerving reality that I don’t have any idea what it is I’m going to write about this week.

Usually, some idea takes hold in my muddled...

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 7:17am

Point of No Return: Smartphone sensation grabs a lot of attention

Four score and seven years ago...

Sorry, I was working on an original speech and it just spilled into the beginning of my column here.

Where was I? Yes! Pokemon Go. Surely you are aware of this phenomenon sweeping the nation...

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 11:00am

Point of No Return: Tough times aren’t new for us. It’s what we do

America’s broken.

There’s a race war coming.

We aren’t what we used to be.

This country is falling apart.

I fear for our children.

Do you hear those things being said a lot these days? Do you find...

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 6:53am

Freeman Stage made the only choice they could

There are very few discussions a group of any size can have without resulting in debate.

Off the top of my head, I think most people can agree on the fact that the sun rises in the east, fire is hot and bald newspaper editors make...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:52am

I'm turning myself over to positive thinking

My leaf has turned.

No longer will I focus my attention on mouth-breathing, simpleton dolts who fill our atmosphere with their ignorant blatherings or hate-filled dialogue. I’m not wasting any more time on knee-jerk politicians hitching...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:03am

Life is hard. But life is also very rewarding

I had every intention of focusing my column this week on the tragic shooting in Orlando last weekend that resulted in the death of 50 human beings and more than that injured.

My original thought was to focus on how all of these...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:20pm