Point of No Return

Snow brings with it a little slice of nostalgia

I’m not exactly the most nostalgic person in the world. I wish I could say it’s because I’m a forward-thinking individual who leaves the past in the proverbial rearview mirror, but it’s not really that. I just don’t... care.

That sounded...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 8:28am

The land of opportunity must provide opportunity

The American Dream.

There are many different perspectives on what that phrase actually means, and I suppose it can mean different things to different individuals, as we all have our own paths and obstacles in this zany board game we call...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 8:03am

Please tell me someone hit the Powerball

While issues of gun control, health care and ISIS continue to generate...

“Powerball is up to $1.4 billion!”

Yeah, I’ve heard. It’s pretty hard to read a newspaper or watch television or go on the Internet or have a conversation...

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 8:04am

Another year, another new list of resolutions

I’m a big fan of resolutions.

It’s not that I often follow through on any of these myself, mind you. But I do usually try for a little while, improve my general way of living for a few fleeting moments, and blow up spectacularly in a...

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 7:05am

Another year filled with ups, downs and plugs

Well, here we are. The end of another year, and the start to a new one — filled with promises to ourselves to lose weight, stop smoking, learn a foreign language, save more money and visit more exciting places.

And the great part of it is...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 12:47pm

It took a while, but I have Christmas spirit again

By Darin J. McCann

Merry Christmas, one and all.

I chose to open with that particular greeting for two reasons: The first one is, well, it’s Christmas, and I wish for all of you to be merry. The second reason is...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:34am

Secret Santa shows kindess can happen anywhere

This one almost pains me to write.

It’s not because of the person I’m highlighting this week, mind you. I’m actively searching for people doing extraordinary things during the holiday season to highlight their endeavors, and this...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 4:34am

One little boy can give us all Christmas spirit

Ours is a time that the historians will look back on as complicated, to say the least.

It has been an era of astronomical advances in technology and medicine, and we have seen several nations remove the shackles of dictatorships and...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:21am

Enormous donation gives hope for the future

’Tis the season, right?

The season of joy. The season of ugly sweaters and hot chocolate. The season of feel-good music, traditional holiday specials on the television and carolers coming to the door. The season of begging your credit card...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:42am

Time to take a deep breath and offer thanks

Thanksgiving, my friends, is the greatest holiday of all.

I’m not going to try to argue that it is the most significant of the holidays, as ones with religious histories or national importance certainly take precedent. And as far as pure...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 8:56am

Oxford has officially lost its sense of purpose

I’m a bit of a word nerd.

I say that not because I find myself getting wedgies at the water fountain while I’m conjugating verbs, but because I find myself getting a little excited every year when the major dictionaries announce the new...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 8:28am

Think local this year, for all of our sakes

Starbucks cups aside, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas already.

Stores are beginning to stock up decorations and gift ideas, retailers are already warning that some of the hotter toys are in short supply this year and I woke...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:50pm

A year of fear. A year of joy. A year of learning

Monday, Nov. 9, marks one year of me being a father. In a related subject, it will also be my daughter’s first birthday.

I should have probably led with that item.

For Riley, it has been quite the year. She has learned to sleep by...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:23am

Celebrating the holiday that changes yearly

Halloween is a bit of an odd holiday, right?

I mean, for starters, it’s not like you get a day off work or school for it. Basic Darin Rule #1: If you have to go to work, it is not a holiday.

It also takes on different meanings for...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 9:10am

What’s in a name, you ask? Well, a lot

Well, we’re certainly deep into election season now, aren’t we?

Nearly every conversation at some point comes back to those running for highest office in the land, and the cable news networks are sitting back and giggling at their ratings...

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:42am

Appreciation a better tool than litigation

We focus a lot on the negatives in life.

I’m not judging. I certainly do it myself far more than I should. Instead of taking a deep breath and appreciating all the good that envelops my life, I often focus on the bad, or the things I want...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:12am

The peace and quiet of home is forever gone

The game has changed. Considerably.

My 10-month-old princess went to spend the day with some of her older cousins a few weeks ago, and it apparently left an impression. After falling asleep on the car ride home, and falling into an even...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:22pm

Sharks, bears and bees? Beware the selfie

During a rare moment of breath-catching the other night, I slowly sat on the couch — my attention divided between watching my 10-month-old bundle of mayhem attempt to reach out and grab all that she should not grab and catching glimpses of the...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 8:49am

A grumpy old man is getting tired of the hate

As much as I’ve attempted to swaddle myself in a blanket of denial, I am indeed getting older.

I’m not speaking strictly in a chronological sense, though that number continues to climb each year, but more so as a personal observation...

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 5:43am

NFL is a mess. But that doesn’t matter now


I just did a hashtag. Did you see that? All the people saying I’m a dinosaur newspaper man who can’t keep up with the changing times, take that. I am a man of the “now” generation and can make my point through the short-but-...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:34am

Labor Day is just the beginning of the fun

Labor. Day. Weekend. Those are three words that carry significant weight in our little slice of heaven by the shore.

For local businesses, it means that the unofficial busy season is coming to an end. Many of the younger employees are...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:33am

A retreat to a simpler time really hit the spot

It’s still in there.

Deep below the impressive layers of never-worked-off microwave burritos and a time-hardened soul lie the fragments of what was once a 12-year-old boy without a care in the world. Yes, life can have a way of making us...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:58am

Freeman Stage an absolute treasure to area

You want to know what’s a good time?

Yes, picking through a bunch of steamed crabs with your friends while enjoying some cold adult beverages is definitely a good time. And, sure, hanging out on the beach with your loved ones on a “Sunday...

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:07am

There are times the old filter just doesn’t work

On occassion, I have “filter” issues.

No, not the kind of filter one would find with an air conditioning unit, nor the kind that keeps coffee grounds out of your cup every morning. I’m talking about that metaphorical internal filter...

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 4:36am

Another year of amazing memories in Roxana

Greetings from Roxana!

Well, technically I’m writing this from my comfy chair in the air-conditioned Coastal Point Worldwide Headquarters in Ocean View, but the majority of my time this week has been spent in Roxana, sitting on hard...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 5:14am

‘Can you hear me now?’ Brady in some

Tommy, Tommy, Tommy.
Following months of mind-numbing chatter from science nerds over the deflation possibilities of a football, public discourse over the reach of the NFL commissioners office and conspiracy theories that have bordered on...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:56am

They don’t get much more ‘wildcard’ than Trump

As journalists, we’re not supposed to root for things.

The old saying amongst sports reporters has always been, “There’s no cheering in the press box.” For one thing, you just don’t look cool around your peers if you’re holding up...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 8:07pm

Laws happen for a reason. They have to, right?

Somewhere after cursing out my fantasy baseball team and trying to learn how to juggle chicken tenders on YouTube during an Internet marathon the other night, I stumbled across an interesting series of blogs written by Janet Lindenmuth on the...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 9:56am

Our friends in the ocean are visiting the beach

There’s a lot to be said for that big puddle of water over to our east.

No, not downtown Bethany Beach — even though that can often resemble a big puddle of water after a rain of any kind of magnitude and is indeed to the east of many of...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 8:00am

For at least one day, we are all Americans

We are currently a nation that is, at best, divided.

We argue over the distribution of wealth, as the gap between the wealthiest and poorest continues to widen, while the middle class seemingly gets squeezed from both directions. We argue...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 9:20am

You have to give them points for creativity

Here’s a fun exercise...

Clear your mind of all the day-to-day stresses that are overtaking it at any given time. That’s it. Just close your eyes, pull back on a deep breath and let your subconscious wander off to a place of abject...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 1:02pm

Keep an eye on proposed Rehoboth ordinance

There are a few ways to easily get a rise out of people in this community.

One could start by opining what should be done with the old Harris Teeter building near Salt Pond, as if anybody really had a right to determine what goes there...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:48am

Recent stories expose a whole new fear

Perhaps there’s no greater mystery regarding the human psyche than the concept of fear.

While one individual might be terrified of parachuting from a perfectly-sound aircraft, another might be strapping on his or her gear right now to...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:24am

She’ll always be that little girl in my eyes

I’ve had people tell me that no matter how old my daughter gets, I will always picture her in my mind’s eye as being a little girl with pigtails and food smashed across her face.

Yeah, I can see that.

I already find myself feeling...

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 6:00am

We have new words! And now they’re official

We are an ever-evolving nation, to be sure.

Long gone are the days of slavery, women being banned from the voting booths and people openly smoking in McDonald’s. We adapt to the changes around us, open our eyes to the sins of humanity’s...

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 10:56am

A new season is here, and I’m going to enjoy it

Many of us have that metaphorical little engine inside us that drives us.

Maybe yours is fueled by a desire to provide for your family. Or a burning need to come out on top of everything you do. Or a fear of failure pushes you to reach...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 12:48pm

Throwing stars, bath salts and $368 billion

Have you ever found yourself behind THAT person in line?

You know, the one who argues with the cashier over the cost of each of the 926 items in his or her cart? Or the one who decides to pay with exact change, and spends 15 minutes...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:50am

Honoring the two generations of mommies in my life

For years, this week’s column has been one of my favorites to write.

It’s fairly simple, for starters. The trusty Coastal Point calendar hanging by my desk says that Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. I happen to have a mother. I write...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:47am

Fixing the problem is simple. Only, it isn’t

It’s simple, but it’s not.

The easiest thing in the world to do Monday night while watching violence and fires engulf Baltimore was to shake our collective fist at the television and say, “Why would anyone burn their own neighborhood to...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:19pm

These competitors never really get their fill

According to a recent story on abcnews.com, a Sacramento woman recently ate three 72-ounce steak dinners in about 20 minutes during a food challenge held at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.

Molly Schuyler also put down three...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:08pm

There really is no substitute for learning

When we stop learning, we stop growing.

Those are valued words that have bounced around my scattered brain for years now, though I can’t remember if I was gifted them by a parent, a teacher or a creepy dude in a trench coat I once...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:56am

Why would any rational person run for president?

Well, it seems as if there’s a little more clarity now in regards to the 2016 presidential election.

Granted, we still have a ways to go before we cast our ballots, and there are still presumably many more dominoes to fall, but the recent...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 9:57am

Couples, criminals conspire for crazy column

Anybody who has been in a relationship has been there.

You spend a lot of time with another human being, hopefully share more good experiences than bad, and deal with life’s stresses as a team. There might be shared laughter over a story...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 6:03am

Brackets cause baldness! Well, some stress

Bracket. Busted.

According to scientific research (Editor’s Note: There is absolutely no “scientific” or “research” to what I’m about to say), those two words are used more frequently in the month of March than any other time during the...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:34pm

Let’s just add a maniac for good measure

Well, this story struck me deep in the cockles of my fear zone.

ABC News, along with nearly every news outlet around this spinning globe of ours, reported earlier this week that a United Airlines flight headed to Denver was turned around...

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:39am

The sights and sounds of spring surround us

So, you remember that scene in the movie?

You know, when the hurricane or tornado or alien attack or zooming asteroid or nuclear shower or exploding locusts ends and everybody walks outside at the same time to soak in the sunshine and...

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 9:14am

Social media’s darkside makes an appearance


For those of you who are active on social media, you already know what I was doing with that first line. For those of you who have yet to jump on the most aggravating, entertaining, frustrating and addictive exit off the...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:35am

The safety of home is not always all that safe

There aren’t many things that genuinely frighten me.

Having come to terms with my inevitable mortality many years ago, I’m not one to sit and worry about my impending death late at night. It’s a good quality to have in that I’m more...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 4:11am

Changing seasons is change I can do without

Though this will probably come as a great surprise to my loyal readers (Hi, Mom!), I made a bit of a wisecrack the other day about the recent spell of cold weather we’ve been experiencing.

In response, someone asked me if I wouldn’t miss...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:04am

Good Gosh: Groundhogs and ghastly guests galore

Sometimes, things make me smile which probably shouldn’t make me smile.

I smile every time the pretty girl trips over a log when running from a deranged killer in horror movies. I smile whenever one of my friends says a knuckleheaded...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 2:54pm