Point of No Return

'Tis the season -- to enjoy family, friends and poverty

If you close your eyes and listen very carefully, it is possible to hear nearly-inaudible cries all around you.

No, those aren’t seagulls mating over a restaurant’s parking lot. And, no, it is not your favorite bald editor weeping...

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 6:10am

It's rough out there, but still reasons to give thanks

As families gather across these fruited plains to rip each other apart for how they choose to live their lives, eat far too much food and fall asleep on the living room floor with a football game in the background before hurrying off to a...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:38pm

Buckle up, folks. Steelers-Ravens Sunday night

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what sports is all about.

On Sunday night, in front of a national television audience and 65,000 screaming fans testing the limits of alcohol and fatty food consumption, the Pittsburgh Steelers will...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:33am

Close election should wake up both sides a bit

I write this column with the sincere hope that I don’t have to look at Karl Rove or James Carville again for another four years.

Actually, I really write this with the hope that I won’t have to listen to their voices again for...

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:42am

Hurricane Coverage was a vast collective effort

So, Hurricane Sandy came, and Hurricane Sandy went.

She struck with her most ferocity along the New Jersey and New York coasts, but she certainly lobbed a few roundhouses at us on her way up the shore. Sandy was indeed a formidable...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:25am

It's too late for this go-around, but get ready for 2016

There has been a grave unjustice done to this nation, and I am afraid that I am the person most responsible for it.

I neglected to register to run for president of the United States this election, and you, the people, will be...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 3:01pm

Hero or villain? Either way, Lewis has left his mark

I was always a sucker for the hero growing up.

You know, the cowboy who would ride into town in his white hat and drive out the bandits and killers who have been terrorizing the townsfolk? Or the pirate who would swing into action...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 3:05pm

What we do now dictates the future's success

As I was watching the first presidential debate last week, there were more thoughts running through my muddled mind than I could ever document.

For starters, I was a little shocked that Mitt Romney so obviously dominated the format...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 2:18pm

THe Orioles are back, hon. No, really. They are back.

As I sat down to write this column Wednesday morning, the Baltimore Orioles had already clinched a playoff spot, and were one game behind the New York Yankees in the American League East with one game to play.

Throughout this season...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:25am

A personal favorite moving to the endangered list?

Not to alarm anybody unnecessarily, but ...

I stepped into enemy territory the other day.

The state of the entire world is in flux, and we need our most advanced minds to come together in unity and reach a conclusion immediately....

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 7:58am

Philadelphia fans definitely boisterous, but fun

I stepped into enemy territory the other day.

I can guess what you’re thinking, and, no, smart mouths, I didn’t go to an all-you-can-eat salad bar. Nor did I wander into a hair-styling competition or an all-day exercise event. Do you see...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 4:57pm

Sometimes, information is not really information

We have been labeled as living in the “Age of Information.” A huge component of that moniker, obviously, has been our access to the Internet. We can conduct business, send and receive messages, shop for merchandise or music, research topics of...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:32pm

Football is back — and so is fantasy football fun

By the time this week’s Coastal Point hits the streets, the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys will have already played the first game of the new season for the National Football League. And, by the time this week’s Coastal Point hits the streets...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 3:06pm

Goals took a beating again this summer season

“Labor Day weekend.”

Those three little words carry more weight around here than they do in most parts of this great nation.They signify the end of summer vacation for local students, the winding-down of the busy season for many local...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 4:29pm

Goals took a beating again this summer season

“Labor Day weekend.”

Those three little words carry more weight around here than they do in most parts of this great nation.They signify the end of summer vacation for local students, the winding-down of the busy season for many local...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 4:29pm

Packaging 'meth candy' might be a little much

I’ve learned quite a bit from our own Bob Bertram over the years. His many years of graphic arts design, combined with his many years of basically studying human behavior, equates to, well, many years.

So I listen when Bob tells...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 5:54am

A few random observations from the Series

This is the week that we affectionately call “The Blur” around the office.

While Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Memorial Day weekends certainly constitute our largest papers of the year, “The Blur” takes place every year as the...

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 4:42am

Yet another letdown for those who believe

There are defining moments in life that can forever change one’s outlook on the world — or, at the least, one aspect of that person’s world.

For instance, being wronged in love can forever paint the way one views romance. Getting...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 3:25pm

Friends come, friends go. But I will miss this one

I’ve read somewhere before that people tend to change their friends every seven years. I’m not trying to steal that little nugget and claim it as my own, I just can’t remember if it was from a scientific research study, an essay by a noted...

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 8:11am

Television, above all else. can really get our goats

There are certain things Americans take very seriously.

For instance, there has been controversy lately over the fact that the uniforms American athletes will be wearing at the Summer Olympics opening ceremonies were made in China....

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 3:25am

An old 'friend' might have popped up elsewhere

It’s been pretty quiet around the Coastal Point multiplex since the death of Leviathan last year.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not by any means saying I miss the rambunctious raccoon that bullied me around our parking lot for several...

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 8:11am

The Orioles are still somehow relevant in July

As I write this column, the Baltimore Orioles have a record of 43-37. That’s 43 wins. And that’s 37 losses. That means the Orioles have won six more games than they have lost as of Wednesday morning.

The world has not spun off its...

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 10:45am

Put everything else aside for this special holiday

Rest assured, we will have a few people in town to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Folks will be around to wave sparklers, eat hot dogs and wear novelty glasses painted red, white and blue. Crowds will gather for parades, fireworks...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 7:59am

Sometimes, my mouth can get me in a tight spot

Competitiveness is a heck of a thing.

It can fuel somebody to focus more intently on the task at hand and can contribute that extra push that makes the difference between success and failure. Those with serious competitive streaks...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:27pm

Father's Day brings memories of many phrases

With Father’s Day approaching, there is only one thing on my mind — the final round of golf’s U.S. Open.

Will Tiger get his major tournament mojo back? Can Phil add another pelt to his formidable wall? Will one of golf’s young...

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:34am

So, riddle me this -- why is my head so big?

I find myself looking at my head for an inordinate amount of time. It’s not that I’m fascinated with it, or paranoid that it’s shifting into something different. It just always seems to be around me.

Our production manager, Bob...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:49am

Our future is in good hands with today’s youth

For a relatively young nation, we do appreciate our past times in this country. We love baseball, apple pie, and tearing down our neighbors so we can build ourselves up — as well as hot dogs, the spirit of entrepreneurship and peace through...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 3:27pm

The dawn of a new summer season is now upon us

They’re heeeeere.

Yes, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off to another summer season for our little oasis by the sea, and business owners and restaurateurs are hoping it brings with it carloads of vacationers and second-...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:37am

From MCA to Mother's day -- connected somehow

I was struck by a wave of nostalgia last week. Actually, I was gobbled up by the wave, tossed on to the beach where I was subsequently picked up by a gust of wind and thrown back into the ocean so the wave would jerk me about like a lottery ball...

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:05am

Town manager's departure leaves questions

I’m a fairly laid-back guy, but there are a few things in life that can regularly cause me to rub the top of my head in frustration, let out a huge sigh and mentally count to 10 as I try to find my inner calm.

My beloved Baltimore...

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 8:07am

Everything around us is making us, well, round

We’re fat.

Yup, that’s a gross generalization, and I fully-well realize that many people in our society today are in excellent physical condition, monitor their diets and take their wellness to heights we’ve never been able to reach before...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:09am

The loss of a friend hurts an entire community

All of us have experienced life’s peaks and valleys. We laugh. We cry. We get frustrated. We get excited. We celebrate. We mourn. The emotional rollercoaster that we all find ourselves riding from time to time can seem both excruciating and...

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 5:00am

An open discourse on pet rocks and crime sprees

I always loved “show-and-tell” when I was a kid.

It wasn’t out of excitement over my own contributions to the exercise, as I rarely brought in anything more enticing than a potato chip that loosely resembled former President Jimmy...

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 8:06am

They got who to play Steve Jobs in a movie?

Many of us were playing that time-tested game of “what-if” last week.

As the dollar amounts spiked on the Mega Millions lottery jackpot, I found myself engaged in conversation with several different people regarding how we would...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:43am

Los Angeles to get one more Magic show

From the moment I could talk, many of my conversations have been focused on sports, and the athletes who play them.

I remember being young and worshipping Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Ken Singleton and my favorite Baltimore Oriole of...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 5:57am

We're divided, because they tell us to be so

I bite my tongue a lot, particularly during debates between people over the national political scene. It’s not that I’m apathetic toward politics, or afraid to take a stand on something I strongly believe in, as much as it’s a case of me not...

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 5:52am

The greatest weekend of all is now upon us

Allow me to address the very esteemed court of public opinion regarding the significance of the weekend ahead of us. It is my argument that this is indeed the greatest of all the 52 weekends we see in a year, and that is saying a lot. After all,...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:29pm

A century of deliciousness from the Oreo

A true legend turned 100 this week.

No, I’m not talking about Peyton Manning, the iconic quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts who was released by the franchise this week as they throw their hopes and fortunes into a rebuilding...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:27am

‘Boys will be boys’ — the ultimate cop-out

Boys will be boys, right?

From little caveboys riding pterodactyls around an open fire to Roman youths giving hotfeet to sandal-clad soldiers to kids today launching themselves and their skateboards over shaky makeshift ramps, it...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:33am

Lucy finds her way home four months later

There’s no secret that I’m fascinated by my dogs. The shar-pei, Guinness, fills the role of the big, happy dog that exists to eat, play and sleep. Bailey, the pug, is the princess that wants to be held and coddled, but also has a fiery temper and...

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:01am

Trying to compete with that swimsuit issue

Since the dawn of time, man has relished the very concept of anticipation. Be it the scintillating aroma of a brontosaurus cooking over a cave fire, fresh water pouring its first cleansing drops into town from an aquaduct or opening the first...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 5:48am

You never know when you'll need a firefighter

There are certain things that I most certainly do not appreciate when they seemingly pop out of thin air.

Rabid dogs immediately come to mind, as do electric bills that defy logic, frost on my windows when I’m running late for work...

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 3:54am

Walking the dogs can be a scary proposition

With as mild a winter as we have enjoyed to this point, it’s kind of hard to forget that it’s been cold in other parts of the country. And when one thinks of cold locales in the United States, one should immediately conjure up images of Alaska....

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 9:42am

Ravens come up short in quest for greatness

As a kid, my parents did their best to teach me not to hate anyone. Every time the phrase would escape my lips I would receive a very stern lecture on just how strong a word “hate” is, and that feeling such a vile emotion only succeeds in rotting...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:13am

Is the end in sight for an American tradition?

Light a candle. Engage yourself in meditation or take to prayer. If you have a lucky rabbit’s foot, rub it now. This is one of those all-hands-on-deck situations, and it will take a collective effort to fend off the horrors that await.


Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:38am

That bucket list might have to be accelerated

I was going back through my New Year’s resolutions this past weekend, as well as formulating a plan on how I would explain to people how all of them are now officially dead, when a jolt of reality shot through my body.

Who needs...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:36am

Here's looking at another year of resolutions

Well, 2012, let’s take a look at you. I mean, yeah, there are those preconceptions concerning you being pretty much the last year we’ll ever see, thanks to the Mayans, but I have to say you’re looking pretty good to me.

Of course,...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 3:31am

Taking a look back at a very eventful year

As I started going back through the past year’s editions of the Coastal Point, I was floored by just how eventful a year it was. Now, to be fair, I’ve had a similar reaction nearly every year since we started this publication in February 2004....

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:33pm

Taking a look back at a very eventful year

As I started going back through the past year’s editions of the Coastal Point, I was floored by just how eventful a year it was. Now, to be fair, I’ve had a similar reaction nearly every year since we started this publication in February 2004....

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:33pm

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all

I’m a wrestler, by nature.
Coastal Point

Now, before you have images of me wearing a singlet, being in shape and competing against another finely-tuned athlete, take a breath and stop. I’m not that kind of wrestler. And just in case...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 2:54am