Point of No Return


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

Floored.

Shocked.

Angry.

Frustrated.

Incredulous.

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

Exploring golf tournaments, water and...

So, I went to Sunday’s final round of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Yeah, there was no Tiger Woods. And, yes, there was no real intrigue to the tournament at this time because Northern Ireland’s Rory...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 5:50am

We really do need to look at our gun laws

According to a report released by three Democratic U.S. Senators earlier this week, a significant number of weapons used by Mexican drug gangs come from within our country.

The Mexican government reportedly sent 29,284 firearms...

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:31am

Bullying is an old tradition, but getting worse

When I was a kid, there was a certain classmate who delighted in bullying me.

Now, to be fair, I only really got on his radar because I had a tendency to be a bit of a smart aleck on occasion, and he was one of my favorite targets....

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:12am

The family that jails together, fails together

There is nothing like a good old family connection story that truly touches the heart.

For instance, I stumbled acros a story on allweirdnews.com the other day that touched on a young man’s desire to spend more quality time with his...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:54pm

Everyone gets a new lease on life--for now

I thought I was all set for doomsday. Huddled beneath my kitchen table with a helmet strapped tightly to my head and a flyswatter in my tightly-clenched fist, I kept a keen eye on the digital clock by my side.

5:57 p.m. — I...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 11:26am

Let's make this summer special for our guests

Well, that was a fairly quick offseason, wasn’t it?

A quick glance at your calendar will inform you that Memorial Day weekend is indeed next week, and with that comes the start to another summer season for our quiet little corner...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:35am

Rough couple of weeks, could have been worse

It’s been a couple interesting weeks for me.

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I spent last week down in the Outer Banks, relaxing in 80-degree weather and basically recharging my mental and physical batteries for the coming dog days of summer. It was...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:22am

Happy Mother's Day to all, especially mine

So, it’s been pretty-well documented that I love my Mommy.

I’ve heard the taunts — the “mommy’s boy,” “go tell your mother,” etc. — and I don’t really care. I love my Mommy, and my Mommy loves me. It works for us.

With...

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 5:05am

Freedom of speech can be a slippery slope

We’re big proponents of free speech around here.

The right to express ourselves freely and without governmental retribution allows us to share information with our readers that might not always be popular with elected officials, and the...

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:25am

Black Friday was indeed a dark day for me

I’m a poker player.

Casino, home game, poker room or online site, I love to play the game. There is something about check-raising somebody out of a pot when you don’t have a hand, or laying down top two pairs because you just know in your...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 6:29am

Yet another journey into the world's obstuse

Have you ever pulled into your driveway after a long day of work, opened the door and been hit with the smell of a steak grilling that just completely overtook your central nervous system and erased all other thoughts that might have been...

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 6:21am

Truly enjoying a hot start by the Orioles

As I write this column, the Baltimore Orioles are 4-0 and on top of the American League East standings.

As you read this column, the Baltimore Orioles could be 4-2 and I might be done looking at the American League East standings for a...

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 8:04am

Our language just continues to morph

English is a mutt of a language.

It has long been a living, breathing organism that is a conglomeration of older languages and new terms, brought together to formulate a means of communication that is spoken, read and written by people...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 4:51pm

The Civil War is coming-- in tweet form

Every now and then I stumble across something that is both interesting and a little dorky. No, no, no ... I’m not talking about our advertising rep, Susan Mutz. But I completely understand why you’d think that.

Actually, what I’m...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:41pm

It's the most wonderful time of the year

There are certainly a lot of great days that come around every year.

Of course, Christmas jumps to mind immediately as the top dog. There is the religious meaning, which brings legitimacy to its status as a significant day for many. It is...

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 12:18pm

Tossing my teeth away in Margaritaville...

By the time this week’s paper hit the streets, I was sitting on a plane heading down to Florida for a week-plus of sunshine, live music and a few cocktails.

Of course, there’s always the chance that the duration of this vacation...

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 11:42am