Point of No Return


She drives me crazy. Or maybe the other way around.

One of the most fascinating elements of life is the fact that we are all presented with challenges and circumstances throughout our respective durations that offer us opportunities to learn, if we choose to pay attention and take heed.

We...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:07am

How about we cut some people a little slack?

Waking up Tuesday morning to a car that was not covered in a blanket of snow was more than just a little bit of a relief. For one thing, I was worried the night before about some of our employees who have to travel a pretty significant distance...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 8:02am

Is the end of the world really soon upon us?

A recent article in the Washington Post cited a paper published last week in the Journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.

Editor’s Note: It was important that I read the condensed version...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 7:56am

Terror in France can make one’s mind race

This was to be a piece on the freedom of speech.

It was really intended to be an homage to that one inalienable right we possess that makes me want to shout from the mountaintops and proclaim my love for this great nation.

Beyond...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 8:01am

Boo-yah! Ravens win, but Scott’s loss hurts

As the clock wound down on the Baltimore Ravens’ playoff win over the rival Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend, two truths entered my mind immediately.

The first was that I couldn’t believe I managed to stay awake that late.

The...

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 8:10am

A last look back at the wonders of 2014

Well, it’s time to put another year in the proverbial rearview and set our sights ahead to the wonders that await us in 2015.

But before we move forward, let’s take a moment to look back on 2014, shed a few tears and share a few smiles....

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 4:52pm

Another year, another list of resolutions

This has become an annual trek into the absurd.

It’s not that I don’t go into these with the best of intentions. No, no, no. Each and every year I take stock of who I am as a person and I make a list of resolutions that I sincerely hope I...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:29pm

A season of renewal, a season of nostalgia

There was a time in my life when the single most important thing in my entire existence was a Mattel handheld electronic football game.

No, it wasn’t food or water, oxygen or sleep, mommy or daddy. The true meaning of Christmas was far...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 7:44am

Report sheds light on us lowering our standards

A Senate report released this week on the CIA’s interrogation program of suspected terrorists during the tenure of former-President George W. Bush has generated a few emotions, to say the least.


Some are screaming that the details...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:56am

A great time of year, but not without some stress

With Christmas, comes anxiety.


Oh, I’m certain it comes to some degree with all the other major holidays this season, but Christmas is the one I’m most familiar with personally, so that’s where we’ll begin this week’s story....

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 4:56am

‘Thankful’ is not even a strong enough word for me

We had a tradition around the McCann family table every Thanksgiving.


No, not the one that includes one family member accusing another of being judgemental and somebody else jumping on the bandwagon, while others piled on that...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:17pm

The miracle of birth, the wonder of paternity leave

As a kid, I remember watching the old black-and-white movies in which a husband would be pacing in a smoke-filled waiting room while his wife gave birth to the couple’s baby. The man would then get his first glance at his offspring through a...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:34am

A few (hundred) words of advice to my daughter

Up is down. Day is night. And dogs and cats are playing together. Yes, indeed, my life has been flipped upside down, and I couldn’t possibly be any happier.

You see, I’m writing this column in a dark hospital room, watching my 2-day-old...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 8:19am

Veterans Day a chance to show our true support

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, bands will play, speeches will be read out loud and veterans of most ages, genders, faiths and ethnicities will be celebrated for the one thing they all have very much in common — at some point in their respective lives, they...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:23pm

Hey, sometimes life gives you fortune — twice

Who wouldn’t want an extra $25,000 a year? For life.

Well, to be fair, it’s for 20 years, but the name of the game hosted by the Massachusetts Lottery is “Lucky for Life,” so let’s stick with the “life” concept for now. Besides, none of...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:29am

Do we oversaturate in the media? Absolutely

I love a good statistic.

Not one of those “I’m-trying-to-prove-a-point-so-I’ll-pull-something-out-my-backside-that’s-almost-pertinent” statistics. I mean the ones that either truly tell a story, cause me to think about things in a...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:47am

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