Point of No Return


Please, candidates. Tell us why you should win

Nothing beats fall.

The leaves are changing colors, the air is cooling around us and soon I’ll be able to break out the sweaters — making me even more cuddly and beautiful than ever.

For sports fans, flags are flying through the...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:57am

The words of the sports world are, well, something

The Orioles have that “something” about them.

Nearly impossible to quantify, or even explain, people in every sport are always looking for the next guy with that “special something” to provide “something” to the team so their fans can...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:14pm

Appreciate your job. It can always be much worse

There’s a slight chance I have the best job in the world.

Well, let me rephrase that: There’s a slight chance I have the best job in the world that I am even remotely qualified to possess. There are other jobs out there that make me...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:17pm

Diabolical geniuses just don’t exist all that much

One of the joys of watching crime dramas on television or in the movies is the cat-and-mouse game often played between a brilliant criminal and the detectives who eventually get out in front of the evil mastermind through a combination of hard...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:55am

Did the Orioles really win the AL East? Oh yes, hon

Hey, look at that. The Orioles don’t stink anymore.

To be fair, the team has been pretty darn formidable over the last three years, slipping into the playoffs in 2012 as a wild card entry, and narrowly missing out on that opportunity last...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:46am

Guinness still recognizing greatness 60 years later

It had to be a startling scene for anyone who happened to pass by the park on that summer morning in 1979.

Two boys were sitting on top of a swingset, armed with peanut butter sandwiches and comic books, looks of determination and joy...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:43am

New season starts with hope and optimism for all

Have you ever been isolated with an over-anxious child?

You get exhausted trying to keep up with the frenetic flow of movement. The constant chattering. An excitement level inside that kid that is palpable, like there is an inner demon...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:56pm

The end of summer? More like the beginning of fall!

Labor Day weekend.

Those three words alone can generate a plethora of emotions across the board. They actually work together to constitute one word in our reality, joining “Memorial Day weekend” and “Fourth of July” as the sacred trinity...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 9:15am

Ferguson situation demands cool heads, perspective

I’m a bit of a news hound.

I get it honestly, as my parents have always been fervent followers of current events, and my mother’s parents used to sort through three or four papers a day. My grandfather, a longtime journalist and publisher...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:35am

Williams’ humor, kindness will not be forgotten

When one is in elementary school, opportunities to express one’s individuality are few and far between.

The haircut I had that looked like a record melted on my head was not my individual decision as much as it was a fact that the bowl my...

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 8:09am

They are athletes, for sure, but also good sports

Sometimes, it is the smallest gesture that can have the greatest impact.

No, I’m not trying to justify how little much we pay our reporters here, nor is it an early effort to explain my cheap heart-felt buying habits for loved ones during...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 3:59am

The revolution is coming, people — on four legs

We’ve all heard a revolution was coming.

For a while there, it appeared that the Occupy Wall Street people would be staging some sort of coup to take back control of the nation’s economy for the people, but that effort went away as soon...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:45am

The revolution is coming, people — on four legs

We’ve all heard a revolution was coming.

For a while there, it appeared that the Occupy Wall Street people would be staging some sort of coup to take back control of the nation’s economy for the people, but that effort went away as soon...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:45am

Streaming television getting bigger and bigger

Hi, I’m Darin, and I’m addicted to Netflix.

Actually, it isn’t only the popular streaming service I’ve developed a crush on, as television in general has become quite good over the years. Noted television critic Alan Sepinwall wrote a...

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:58am

Streaming television getting bigger and bigger

Hi, I’m Darin, and I’m addicted to Netflix.

Actually, it isn’t only the popular streaming service I’ve developed a crush on, as television in general has become quite good over the years. Noted television critic Alan Sepinwall wrote a...

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:58am

Clayton gets its marker, and brings us all together

Some words are simply synonymous with others, for one reason or another.

Think “peanut butter” and “jelly.” Or “Batman” and “Robin.” Or “Bethany” and “totem pole.” Now, before you pull out the crayons to write in an angry letter, I know...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:42am

Clayton gets its marker, and brings us all together

Some words are simply synonymous with others, for one reason or another.

Think “peanut butter” and “jelly.” Or “Batman” and “Robin.” Or “Bethany” and “totem pole.” Now, before you pull out the crayons to write in an angry letter, I know...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:42am

Kickstarter the place to be for sidedish dreams

I’m beginning to finally wrap my mind around the notion that I am becoming old.

In terms of perspective, I’m not putting myself in the “old” category of dinosaurs, powdered wigs or Bob Bertram. No, no, no. I mean “old” to the extent that...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:42am

Kickstarter the place to be for sidedish dreams

I’m beginning to finally wrap my mind around the notion that I am becoming old.

In terms of perspective, I’m not putting myself in the “old” category of dinosaurs, powdered wigs or Bob Bertram. No, no, no. I mean “old” to the extent that...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:42am

She has warts, but America is still America

Perhaps this is truly our greatest holiday of all.

For Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate individual freedom, and to honor the patriots who came before us and liberated us from tyranny while creating a nation by the...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:15am

Not a fan of soccer, but World Cup is a blast

Let me start off by saying that I’m not a big soccer fan.

It’s not that I necessarily have anything against the game, it’s just not something I’ve followed or paid a lot of attention to over the years. And, no, soccer fan, don’t start...

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:45am

Can you feel nostalgic over the OJ car chase?

Tuesday apparently marked the 20th anniversary of the most boring thing that’s ever been put on television — a seminal moment in history that quite-possibly sprung the birth of reality television, caused much of the free world to simulataneously...

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2:46pm

Can you feel nostalgic over the OJ car chase?

Tuesday apparently marked the 20th anniversary of the most boring thing that’s ever been put on television — a seminal moment in history that quite-possibly sprung the birth of reality television, caused much of the free world to simulataneously...

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2:46pm

A legend moves on, and we are lesser for it

I’ve been influenced by many great writers over the years. It’s important to note that I wrote “influenced” there, because I can’t say with a completely clear conscience that I was ever able to pick up any of their talent or secrets.

As a...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 8:15am

A legend moves on, and we are lesser for it

I’ve been influenced by many great writers over the years. It’s important to note that I wrote “influenced” there, because I can’t say with a completely clear conscience that I was ever able to pick up any of their talent or secrets.

As a...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 8:15am

So, yeah, we got beat once again in cornhole

Throughout the history of recorded time, there have been two absolute, undeniable truths.

The first is that we all die. Regardless of your spirituality, and what you might believe is awaiting you on the other side, all of us leave this...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 7:39pm

So, yeah, we got beat once again in cornhole

Throughout the history of recorded time, there have been two absolute, undeniable truths.

The first is that we all die. Regardless of your spirituality, and what you might believe is awaiting you on the other side, all of us leave this...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 7:39pm

More killings — more questions unanswered

So, I got into a bit of a debate with some friends over the Memorial Day weekend.

That in itself is not an odd thing, as we have argued over football teams, politics, a hypothetical fistfight between Beaver Cleaver and Bobby Brady,...

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:40am

More killings — more questions unanswered

So, I got into a bit of a debate with some friends over the Memorial Day weekend.

That in itself is not an odd thing, as we have argued over football teams, politics, a hypothetical fistfight between Beaver Cleaver and Bobby Brady,...

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:40am

A new season brings with it new goals

There are so many things for us as a community to be grateful for as we embark on another voyage into a summer season.

For starters, there is no snow projected for Memorial Day weekend, which is a major relief in itself. At around St....

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 9:41am

A new season brings with it new goals

There are so many things for us as a community to be grateful for as we embark on another voyage into a summer season.

For starters, there is no snow projected for Memorial Day weekend, which is a major relief in itself. At around St....

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 9:41am

We indeed have free speech — to a point

Racism has again entered the nation’s conversation lately, as people have responded to the insidious remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a recording reportedly made without his knowledge by his admitted mistress.

...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:47pm

We indeed have free speech — to a point

Racism has again entered the nation’s conversation lately, as people have responded to the insidious remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a recording reportedly made without his knowledge by his admitted mistress.

...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:47pm

What can I say? I am definitely a momma’s boy

The notion of “family” has been in my mind quite a bit lately.

While reading the recent three-part story by Point reporter Maria Counts on the rampant rise of heroin-use in our cozy community by the shore, I was ripped apart inside when...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:53am

What can I say? I am definitely a momma’s boy

The notion of “family” has been in my mind quite a bit lately.

While reading the recent three-part story by Point reporter Maria Counts on the rampant rise of heroin-use in our cozy community by the shore, I was ripped apart inside when...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:53am

Bobdozer heading west, and it’s a little sad

There is something absolutely gut-wrenching about having to say goodbye to someone you genuinely care about, and I’m certain most of you have had to go through this on more than one occasion.

Even though you might know in the back of your...

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:44am

Bobdozer heading west, and it’s a little sad

There is something absolutely gut-wrenching about having to say goodbye to someone you genuinely care about, and I’m certain most of you have had to go through this on more than one occasion.

Even though you might know in the back of your...

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:44am

Exciting journey, for sure, but still stupid

The notion of being a “stowaway” has intrigued me from the time I was a child.

There were times I would daydream about slipping onto a cruise ship without anyone noticing my arrival, hiding deep in the bowels of the ship’s engine room and...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:50am

Job-rankings should be a personal choice

CareerCast, a website that focuses on career advice and salary listings, recently examined 200 jobs that have the most employees in the nation, based on numbers acquired from the United States Department of Labor.

Their goal for this...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:38am

Enjoy every second of life while you still can

I’m a firm believer that no matter what we accomplish in life, or how many things we are able to acquire over the course of our lifetimes, one certainty awaits us all — we’re eventually going to run out of batteries.

Now, I’ve never...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:25am

Time to spring right into baseball season

Mondays have proven to be the bane of my existence over the years.

It typically starts with a half-asleep fistfight with my alarm clock, followed soon thereafter by a ceremonial half-stumble as I try to navigate myself past two sleeping...

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 9:09am

The white flag is raised — winter beats me up

There’s an ominous line that is repeated often in the HBO show, “Game of Thrones,” that often sends shudders up and down the spines of the central characters whenever it is uttered.

“Winter is coming.”

Only, around these parts,...

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:48am

One of state’s best columnists turns to a novel

We all have our basic routines in the morning, right?

For as long as I can remember, my first step every morning has been to grab the newspaper, skim through headlines until I find the stories that seize my attention and rip through them...

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:34am

The real show at the Clayton was the Clayton, itself

When historians look back at this period in time they will credit us with being the “Age of Technology.”

Regardless of how far we advance with supercomputers and new creations we haven’t even considered yet, this era will forever be...

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 11:21am

More years brings more experience, and new pain

There has been a little change in the air.

No, and I’m sorry to disappoint you, that statement has nothing to do with the winter coming to a close and warm air moving into our little oasis by the sea. I’m actually starting to believe this...

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:07am

Stupidity seizes the day in this look at world crime

Emergency responders were the star of the show last Friday, as the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards. This has always been my favorite event of the year, not only because I get fed, but...

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 9:44am

Chasing the sun, after stressing over the chase

I raise the white flag.

I am officially surrendering to the almighty powers of a winter that has chilled my bones and caused more than its fair share of mayhem to our deadlines. You have defeated me with your snow and arctic blasts of wind...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 8:33am

Those we honor on Presidents Day will not expand

I was asked last weekend if I was going to write my obligatory “I hate Valentine’s Day” column this week. Naturally, that got the rusty wheels turning in my head.

For starters, I was a little put out by the notion that I’m that...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 8:43am

It’s been an emotional and rewarding decade

“Look, kids,” my father would say to a car full of weary travelers. “It’s the totem pole.”

And just like that, Mad Libs publications got thrown on the floor of the back seat, and the cranky passengers would perk up to see it for ourselves...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:08am

Softball should be a priority for State’s efforts

I’ve come to the stark realization that there are two things that find me, no matter where I happen to be in life, or what I happen to be doing at any given moment.

The first is my friend, Rodney. No matter where I have moved to over the...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:07am