Point of No Return

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.
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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

We often find our treasures in unexpected venues

It’s been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.Texas Christian University professor Jeff Ferrell embodies that axiom.
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Ferrell has somewhat adopted the persona of a modern-day Robin Hood, as far as his...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:44am

The wrong password can make life pretty tough

We all like to feel secure.
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There’s a sense of comfort we gain from being secure as far as personal safety, monetarily, romantically, you name it. Human beings are basic creatures, and all creatures like to feel safe....

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:50am

A tale of inspiration and positive mental attitude

Human beings are a fickle breed. We allow things on the outside to consistently interfere and influence the things on the inside. We run hot and cold, and our overall moods and dispositions often vary from moment to moment. Good things cause us...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 3:08am

Thanksgiving is the ultimate time to give thanks

Thanksgiving is largely built on traditions. You know, like white people coming here and running through the native population like they were ...

But I digress.

It is a holiday that has morphed into the ultimate family...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:16am

Maryland falling into big-time athletics trappings

When I read the other day in The (Baltimore) Sun that a University of Maryland commission recently recommended that the school cut eight sports, I was a little sad.

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The sports in question — men’s tennis, men’s track...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 4:41am

Penn State situation an absolute nightmare for all

I really should be happy.

The Baltimore Ravens finished off a satisfying sweep of their rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, and I could not believe my eyes at the time. Much-maligned quarterback Joe Flacco put the team on his...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 3:34am

It's the time of the season for ... what seaons?

My ever-graying beard and creaky joints partner perfectly with this new conversation-starter I’ve been using more and more frequently as of late: I remember back when ...

For the record, I hate it. It used to really raise my hackles...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:58am

There is an easy solution for upset protesters

I’ve been somewhat fascinated by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

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I get the frustration felt by those collaborating across the nation to get out their feelings in public demonstrations against big...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:29am

A daring dog escape and a bill to remember

Those of you who regularly read my column (Hi, Mom!) know that I absolutely love my dogs, Guinness and Bailey.

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Guinness is an overly-playful mixture of shar-pei and boxer who loves nothing more in life than getting...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:21am

Sometimes, the exciting story is not so much fun

Before I moved back to our little coastal oasis of Delaware in 2003, I was the editor of two weekly newspapers in the Atlanta area — the Rockdale Neighbor and the DeKalb Neighbor.

Coastal PointThe Rockdale paper was in a more rural region...

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 5:18am

There’s another drug for parents to worry about

Gov. Jack Markell announced at a news conference last Friday that Delaware has banned “bath salts,” making them illegal in the state. The bath salts have been added to Delaware’s Schedule I of Controlled Substances, following a recommendation by...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:27pm

Turning over a whole new leaf with my column

This might be hard for some of you to accept, but there are times I upset people in this office for how I talk about them on this page. Be it the ever-changing job description of Bob Bertram in our masthead every week, or little comments I...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:41am

Keep your heads up, Steelers fans. It’s not so bad

Dear Steelers fans,

If you recall, a certain challenge I had with a friend last year resulted in me writing an open letter to all of you after your team dismantled my beloved Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs. It was no picnic to...

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 4:31am

You can say one thing about us. We are cool.

America is a lot of things, to a lot of different people.

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We are an industrious nation that has provided advancement after advancement in nearly every field on Earth. We are divided, by political affiliation, race,...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 2:55pm

Irene claims the life of my rival, and I'm sad

I got the call on Sunday, at approximately the same time I was letting out a huge sigh of relief that the wrath of Hurricane Irene did little more than knock down a few branches at my house. It was our publisher, Susan Lyons, who called, and she...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 6:10am

Mankinis and jeggings are cool. Tapes are not

We evolve.

Now, wait a minute. I’m not diving into the quagmire that is evolution versus creationism. No, no, no. This is more about what we do as a civilization in general.

We build homes to withstand hurricanes and...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 2:55pm

Man’s best friend doesn’t have to be a talker

There’s an ongoing one-sided dialogue between myself and my dogs. The reason I say this is one-sided is because it’s, well, one-sided. My dogs can’t speak. Well, not English, anyway.

I get whining noises from them on a fairly...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 6:45am

World Series once again an event to behold

There are a few certainties in my life every August.

For starters, I will age. This has been happening every August for as long as I can remember, as it happens to contain my birthday. As a kid, this was a truly beautiful thing. As a...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:04am

National leadership failing constituents badly

Through selfless compromise and a keen eye toward the welfare of our citizenry, our national leaders reached a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling on Tuesday. This prevented our proud nation from going into default and showed once again that...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:22pm

Lockout comes to end, and summer is great again

Ah, summer.

When I was 10, this was undeniably the most wonderful time of the year for me. Christmas was great — don’t get me wrong. But it was fleeting. There was a day of receiving presents, and then, well, a hurried rush to see family...

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 10:42am

Community waring: Leviathan is back in town

He’s back.

There was no doubt I had dropped my guard, and was caught woefully unprepared when I first saw him. After more than two years of not seeing that bully’s face, I had gone under the assumption that my nemesis was no longer...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:35am

New advancements are (usually) pretty cool

There have been some mind-boggling inventions throughout the course of my lifetime. No, I wasn’t around for the dawn of the automotive industry, though Bob Bertram tells me they were indeed exciting times. And airplanes were already a standard...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:44pm

Verdict brings back memories of Simpson

Verdict brings back memories of Simpson






Those were just a few of the emotions running through my head when I first heard the verdict in the Casey...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:10pm

Reality can sometimes slap you in the face

There are times when acceptance of an inevitable truth comes to one slowly — a steady progression of experiences that leads to an unmistakeable reality that something has indeed happened.

This can happen with people’s finances,...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 4:00pm