Point of No Return

Howard one of our underappreciated icons

With a firm grip on my bowl of ice cream, and my other hand deftly navigating my television with my trusted remote control, I found myself stopping my channel-surfing a few nights ago to catch a commercial for a new movie centered on race cars....

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:29am

Football’s hidden allure can be found in fantasy

It all really started last Thursday night ...

I was sitting on my couch decked out in my Torrey Smith jersey and preparing for my beloved Baltimore Ravens to start off their season with a nationally-televised game against the Denver...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:17am

Some historical info can turn your stomach

I get some slightly odd addictions from time to time.

For instance, there was a period in my life when I was fascinated by the aquaduct system created in ancient Rome. I read every piece of information I could find on the subject, watched...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 10:29am

More new words for us to embrace or trash

I love the English language.

Well, “love” may not be the right word, actually. Let’s say I am “fascinated” by the English language. It is that spotted dog in the kennel with different colored eyes and a tail that doesn’t quite fit any...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 6:10am

Criminal behavior ranges from smart to insane

Years ago, when my head was a little more full of hair and my belly a little less full of belly, I was a police reporter. We called it the “cops and courts” beat, and one of the most rewarding parts of the job was following a case from the time...

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:18am

Some people leave their mark on you over time

When February rolls around this winter, and the coats are getting heavier and the days a little shorter, our little beach paper will be celebrating its 10th birthday.

In some ways, that astounds me. It only seems like yesterday when Susan...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:35pm

The forgotten danger zone -- navigating roads

We are a nation that is consistently looking around corners with craned necks to see where the next potential danger might lurk.

“Stranger danger” is something that is preached to our children, hoping they learn the potential...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 3:49pm

What they put in food really bugs some folks

Those of you unfortunate enough to know me very well understand that I have a few, let’s say, “quirks.”

For instance, I never eat birthday cake because I once saw spittle fly from the mouth of a child who was blowing out the...

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 7:17am

Live the life you are living -- not another's

There are times when I openly weep for this big rock we live on called Earth.

Now, don’t start chiming in with your political rhetoric about our president or griping about what Rush Limbaugh said that got your hair on fire. I’m...

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 7:39am

A time to reflect on who I am — or, watch TV

So, I’ve been spending a lot of time with myself over the last month with this broken foot tying me to my couch. A friend told me that I should use this time to really get to know myself, and see it as a blessing of an opportunity for self-...

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 7:04am

Poor fan behavior continues to grow all over

There’s something extraordinary about sitting outside on a sunny day with a hot dog in hand while the crack of a bat hitting a baseball or softball fills the air.

For me, it could be a Major League Baseball game, Little League...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 8:29am

We all tend to be afraid of something in life

We all have things that scare us, right?

I have a friend I was in the Marine Corps with — mountain of a man, really — who was terrified of ants. The guy could live in the woods for a month with only his combat knife and a canteen...

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 5:37am

One small step for man, one giant step ... back

I love summer.

I love sitting outside with friends and picking crabs and drinking cold beer on a hot day, or taking off camping for a few days and sitting by a campfire at night telling stories or simply enjoying the near-hypnotic...

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 8:35am

Ocean View leadership looking very strong now

Once again, a concerned group of Ocean View residents took their complaints with the town to the Town Council this week. We have seen this show before — ranging from complaints about the police chief to complaints that the chief is not getting...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 3:24pm

Another humbling experience at tournament

There have been moments in my life when I have been accused of talking a bit ... vociferously.

Since I was a little kid chucking basketballs from between my legs at an iron hoop, there has typically been a torrent of trash-talk...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 3:22pm

We are living in 'the good ol' days' right now

There is no doubt we live in turbulent times.

We live in near-constant fear of terrorism attacks, a delicate global economy, escalating costs of college tuition that can strangle a family trying to get their children an education...

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 6:58am

Coming to realization that hard drive is full

It would seem that my hard drive is in need of an upgrade. Or, at the very least, someone to get in there and clean it up to get me more memory.

No, I’m not talking about my computer needing a simple touch-up today. This is about...

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 8:00am

The new season is here -- oh, what to do?

And ... they’re off!

If NASCAR has its green starting flag to kick off the start of hours of people driving around in circles, then I would argue that this community should have a similar method in symbolizing the start of our...

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:45am

Some seniors inspire, while others deflate

There are several things that inspire me again and again in this community.

For instance, the way this area continues to rally to raise money for families, individuals and organizations who might need a hand is humbling to behold....

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:01am

No matter what, I could always depend on Mom

There are things in life I’ve always been able to count on, no matter what might have been happening in the world.

For instance, since I was about 14 years old, I could count on my brush having much more hair in it after I finished...

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 6:37am

Collins showed courage in his big decision

When news leaked earlier this week that NBA player Jason Collins had “come out of the closet” in a Sports Illustrated article, talking heads across these fruited plains nearly exploded.

There was talk of Collins being a hero for his...

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:33am

Ocean View council gets a new face on board

The Ocean View Town Council held its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday night, and swore in Geoff Christ and Bill Olsen as councilmen.

Christ will resume his council duties representing District 2 after running unopposed. He was also...

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 7:04am

Plenty for the media to worry about these days

I was with a group of friends last Friday night, throwing some cards around and enjoying a few adult beverages, when the news coverage on the television started to take over everyone’s attention. The authorities had closed in on the...

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 7:00am

Tragedy does one thing to us -- gets us on the same page

As has been the case for the better part of the week, I was home Monday, feeling sick from a flu that had seemingly taken a personal interest in beating my body up from the inside out, and alternating between trying to chase down some...

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 10:28am

From winter straight to summer. Is something missing?

Once again, another shoulder season appears to have been skipped.
Who is the guy who voted for that team?

Remember years ago when there was a fall and a spring? You got to enjoy “sweater” weather for a month or two before frigid...

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 6:40am

New poll has it all — UFOs, tampered water and more

I’m fascinated by polls.

As a kid, I was always anxious for the voting polls to come in every week for college basketball or football to see not only where my favorite teams were rated, but also to see that little number in parentheses...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:48am

Delle Donne, teammates, lift Delaware to prominence

It hasn’t been an easy couple years on the national stage for the state of Delaware.

Vice President Joe Biden has often found himself on the receiving end of zingers from every end because of his propensity to talk more than a sugared-up...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 8:37am

Spring brings out the brackets, and the frustration

Ah, spring. This is the season that can tantalize one’s senses more than any other.

There’s the scent of new flowers exploding onto the scene. The sound of a ball cracking off a bat on a baseball or softball field. The touch of new...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 4:14am

Proposed soda ban brought plenty of questions

In the interest of “public health,” a new law was supposed to go into effect in New York City on Tuesday that banned the sale of sugary drinks in containers holding more than 16 ounces. That ban, however, was squashed by New York Supreme Court...

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:09am

The Mayans were right--Flacco gets $120 million

So, how has your last 12 months gone?

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went from being one of the most questioned athletes in all of professional sports to one of its hottest at the beginning of last season, only to fall back down to...

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 9:05am

The rambling admissions of a fan of a soap opera

Hi, I’m Darin. And I’m addicted to Downton Abbey.

Now, the proper response for all of you would have been, “Hi, Darin,” and we all would have worked on our similar conflict together. However, I’m guessing that my initital statement...

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 7:49am

Reflecting back and standing in awe of our home

We recently had the pleasure of celebrating our ninth anniversary here at the Point.

Our wee little graphic artist Tom continued his brown-nosing ways by bringing in a cake to commemorate the occassion, there were some talks about a...

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:18pm

Valentines and meth -- you only get that here

Though it’s often been stated in this time of outsourcing and buying foreign products that we no longer manufacture anything in this nation, I would argue that’s not necessarily the case.

Show me another country that manufactures...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 1:49pm

An unlikely Ravens team wins Super Bowl

Though perennial contenders for several years now, it’s hard not to be a little surprised that the Baltimore Ravens won this year’s Super Bowl.

Last season was the season, wasn’t it? The Ravens were primed to go to the Super Bowl...

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:43am

We're not the only nation facing rough economy

We’ve all done it at one point or another. There’s something you really want to buy, and the price looks too good to pass up at the time, so you quickly check your balance in your bank account to make sure you have the funds to afford it before...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 4:00am

Hang on to your hats. The Ravens are in the dance.

Disclaimer: If you are in any way a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers or New England Patriots, you might want to look away now. This could get ugly for you.

How about them Ravens, hon?

Behind an inspired and mostly-healthy...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:31pm

'Food porn' making our nation grow -- and grow

Headline writing is considered an art in this business. There are those who can pen something so crafty or witty that it just begs the reader to read what’s underneath because it captured the mind’s eye so effectively.

My personal...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:48am

Love him or hate him -- or both -- Lewis

Mike Smith. Mike Nolan. Jack Del Rio. Marvin Lewis. Chuck Pagano. Mike Singletary. Rex Ryan.

Those seven men all became head coaches in the National Football League over the years. In fact, Smith, Lewis, Pagano and Ryan are all still...

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:37am

A new year brings with it new expectations, goals

Remember those old Etch A Sketch toys?

You would use two clumsy dials in an attempt to manipulate aluminum powder in a way that would create a majestic work of art, deftly maneuvering between the knobs to create horizontal or vertical...

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 3:15am

A glance at a year full of tragedies and triumphs

Christmas is now safely in the rearview mirror, and with a shiny new year in the near future, it’s high time we all begin to look ahead to exciting possibilities and a clean slate.

Well, hold that thought for a minute or two. Before...

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 6:01am

Newtown tragedy makes Christmas feel a bit different

When the year 2000 struck, and people were gearing up their emergency shelters for the impending apocolypse that was “Y2K,” I was the editor of a weekly newspaper in Shelton, Conn., called The Huntington Herald.

It was one of many...

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:25am

With Christmas pressures mounting, relief appears

So much to do.

With a publication date of Friday, Dec. 14, that means that we are 11 days away from Christmas. Eleven days away from people opening presents that I have still not bought for them, let alone wrapped. Eleven days of...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:14pm

'The best way to waste ten minutes of your week'

Being in the business that we are, we find ourselves trying to stay on top of what’s going on in the wild, wonderful world of marketing. In order to stay relevant, we need our advertisers to get a real impact out of what they are trying to get...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:40am

'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