Point of No Return


Trying hard to understand reform

I’m searching for an old friend.

This was the kind of friend that was always there for me. The kind that would come through in the clutch no matter what, and would never ask for anything in return. Oh, we had a few bumpy rides from...

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 7:43am

Brackets on the mind of many

Has there ever been a spring as widely anticipated by this area as this one?

Businesses hit by a sluggish economy are excited about seeing vacationers and second-home owners get back in the area, and residents trapped in their homes...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 3:28pm

It's an interesting world out there

There’s tough, and then there’s “Kentucky tough.”

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that a 32-year-old Kentucky woman, who reportedly had no idea she was pregnant, delivered a son on the floor of her laundry room, cut the...

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 5:01am

Hockey battle a game for the ages

There are moments in life when all seems right in the world. I remember feeling that way when the American hockey team scored a shocking goal with seconds left in regulation during their gold medal hockey game against Canada last Sunday. As the...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:57pm

Warning: Don't do stupid things

I remember exactly where I was when my head nearly exploded.

Camped out on luxurious Couch Island (centered in my living room, in a strategic spot in front of my television), I was catching up on some news on CNN when they did a...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 4:21pm

The war of generations wages on

We’ve done a few things very well in this nation.

The Constitution, for example, is one of the most beautifully-written idealistic documents in the history of civilization. Many nations have used ours as an outline when composing...

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 6:45am

It helps to have a captive audience

I apologize in advance, but I’m not letting go of this one without a fight.

The Nielsen Co. reported Monday that an estimated 106.5 million people watched the New Orleans Saints defeat Indianapolis during Sunday’s Super Bowl. That...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:14am

Trip to the Keys not quite paradise

Well, it looks like I picked the right time to go on vacation.


Sitting in various bars in the Florida Keys, I would see snowy images of home on the television screens. There were various texts coming to my phone providing me...

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 6:05am

Mistakes are part of everyday life

People make mistakes. We’re flawed. It’s what we do.

While that sounds like an overly-simplistic humanitarian view of society at large, the fact remains that people sometimes screw up over the course of their lives. It’s been said...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 5:22pm

Ravens have me in a hiding mood

“Gone hibernatin’”

That will be the sign I put up in my office window this week. After watching my Baltimore Ravens get their crabcakes handed to them by the Indianapolis Colts last weekend, I’ve decided to go into a sports...

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 6:36am

The world continues to entertain

I’m constantly surfing the Web.

If I’m home, chances are pretty good that my iPhone is in my hand and navigating me from one Web site to the next. I usually click on a headline that grabs my attention, only to click on to the next...

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 6:05am

A new year and new resolutions

Ah, the new year is now upon us.

There’s something refreshing about that, isn’t there? The concept of ditching the old calendar and all that it represented and flipping open that brand new (Coastal Point) calendar and its...

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:53am

A walk back down memory lane

History will not remember 2009 fondly.

Many in our nation, and globally, were hit hard by a struggling economy. Acrimony in politics reached new levels of silliness. An attempted bombing of a commercial flight on Christmas nearly...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:09pm

Tis the season for special gifts

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

As a child, I loved Christmas. Apart from those pesky socks and underpants that kept making their way to my gift pile under the tree, there was unbridled joy at each present that...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:01am

My cell phone bill is how much?

There are things that I come across that make me shake my head and contemplate how my father would have handled the situation had it been me as the central character.

For instance, I stumbled across a story recently that...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:01am

Santa, it's time we had a talk

Dear Santa,


I know you’re particularly busy right now. The big day is right around the corner, the elves are getting grumpy with all the overtime and it’s pretty much crunch time for people to fall on either the naughty or nice...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 2:09pm

I'll leave Tiger alone for now.

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger.


You know, I’ve always admired how well Tiger Woods has kept his personal life separate from the entity that is Tiger Woods the professional golfer. Oh, we’ve all been allowed little glimpses into his...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:36pm

It’s the season to offer thanks

Yup, it’s that time of the year again.

It’s the time when we’re supposed to mentally push aside those day-to-day trials and tribulations in our lives that invade our minds throughout the rest of the year and focus instead on the bigger...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 8:04am

The dictionary just got thicker

Hi. I’m Darin, and I’m a word nerd.

To be more precise, I’m a word nerd of the English language. I love how it is an ever-evolving language that adapts to changing times and changing vernacular, and it takes on the form of a living,...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 9:06am

Tuesday was not a slow news day

Shock.

That was what was going through my mind and body when I first heard of the actions of the now-infamous “D.C. sniper.” I was living in Atlanta, and following very closely the events transpiring in my hometown. Like many, I was...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:29am

One simple scrape changes all

The tide has turned.

As is the case most mornings, I was still half-asleep as I stumbled out my front door to climb in my car to begin a new day of work. It was Wednesday, which is our final deadline of the week, and promised to be...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:36am

Fantasy sports can take you away

If there was ever an appropriately-named hobby in this modern society of ours, it’s fantasy sports.

I admit it. I play them. I’ve had a fantasy baseball team on and off for about 20 years, and I’ve been in a fantasy football league...

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 7:30am

Fishy stuff going on in Oregon

During one of my daily voyages through the wild frontier of the Internet, I stumbled across an Associated Press story that made me stop mid-surf. That in itself is not odd, in that I tend to get sidetracked by some strange things on the Web, but...

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 7:40am

Chicago's loss could be our gain

There was quite a bit of disappointment last week with the announcement that Chicago would not receive the 2016 Summer Olympics, and for valid reasons. The Olympics would have potentially brought a bump for that local economy, a global stage for...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 3:42pm

So much promise, so much misery

I spend a lot of time reading various newspapers.

Yes, it’s certainly part of the game when you’re in this business, but it’s also what I love to do in my spare time. If I’m sitting on my couch at home and watching television, there’...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 5:05am

The nocturnal pug has my attention

It felt like a soothing mist.

There I was, fast asleep in bed with visions of giant meatball subs dancing in my head, when I felt the little spray on my forehead. I originally chalked it up as part of my dream — the spittle escaping...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:58am

Another look at a weird, weird world

We all have problems. Bills get piled up, kids run around with scissors, work becomes too much, etc., etc., etc.

It’s during those times when I reach out for hope — a quest for people who either have it much worse than me, or do...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:53am

Disagree, but stay on the same team

It was said by many at the time that Sept. 11, 2001 would change the world forever.

There was a prevailing opinion that the majority of people, particularly in this country, would set aside pettiness and confrontational differences...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:22am

Shoulder season is welcomed here

For openers, let me tell you that I had a very funny column lined up for this week. Well, to be fair, it was funny in my eyes, because I was going to make fun of my good friend Bob Bertram for his respective tastes in old movies and current films...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 8:49am

A look back at my summer goals

Reality can sometimes hit you when you least expect it.

I was flipping the page on my beautiful and practical Coastal Point calendar the other day to jot down a meeting I had scheduled, and the words “Labor Day” greeted me like a pie...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 4:09pm

Well, at least he's not on my team

It’s funny sometimes how news travels.


There I was, sitting on a short stack of chips at a poker tournament in Atlantic City last week, when word started circulating throughout the room that the Philadelphia Eagles had just signed...

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 6:52am

The players are the real stars

There are some moments in time that we wish would just stay frozen. Those instances when all seems right in the world, and it feels as if we’ve finally figured out all of life’s little riddles.

I had that the other night in Roxana...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 6:32am

Rotten milestone comes soon

There comes a point in each man’s life when he must put down the water balloons and whoopie cushions, and make a definitive statement that he is indeed an adult — that marker in time that unequivocally states that adulthood is now upon him, and...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 6:10am

Economy has spawned ideas

As a journalist, it is my absolute obligation to inform my readers of any information that could impact their lives. With that basic tenet of my profession in mind, I’ll now share a little tidbit with the general public.

...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:42pm

Decoding Bailey a tall order

Remember the old gag when you would dangle your buddy’s hand in a bowl of warm water as he slept, hoping against hope that it would cause a, well, biological reaction?

Well, from recent experience, I can tell you unequivocally...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 7:28am

One bright light in frustration

There are those who claim to have seen Bigfoot walking by their campsite. Others have stated emphatically that they have seen the Loch Ness monster peek her head through the water and mist. And I have heard tell of giant pink monsters dancing up...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:21am

Inspiration in a simple idea

If we’re fortunate enough in life, we continue to learn, to better understand and to still be inspired as we grow older. We’re able to push aside the cynicism and pessimism that often accompany years of experience, and still stare wide-eyed at...

Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:59am

Patriots still serving nation

This is indeed a great holiday.

From watching the magnificence of fireworks exploding over head to the simple pleasure of biting into a hot dog fresh off the grill, we all seem united for at least one day of the year in a pride in...

Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 9:17am

Observations from the couch

It’s funny what you can learn from sitting on a couch.

For instance, I learned recently that Jon and Kate are getting a divorce — though I admit that I’m not exctly aware who they are or why I should care. I also learned that...

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 6:51am

My stomach beat out my head

The brave adventurer deftly maneuvered his way past treacherous hazard after treacherous hazard. Surely, fear and apprehension filled his mind as he found himself deeper in the abyss, but he was single-minded in focus — and would not be denied...

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:39am

Time for another look at stupidity

There are certain things in life that leave me completely astounded. I don’t mean merely surprised, or even shocked, but absolutely frozen in disbelief as I contemplate what it was I just came across.

A lot of the times, it is my...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 7:46am

Oh, what penguins leave behind

I get amazed sometimes by science.

I’m awed by the advances we’ve made in medicine, from orthopedics to cancer research and treatment to pills that not only can treat illnesses, but can also enhance one’s, well, I’m sure you get the same...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 5:57am

Behold the Summer of Darin

It happens every year.

Memorial Day weekend comes upon us, I start getting a little excited about all the really cool things I’m going to do that summer and I start to make a mental list on prioritizing them all — just to make certain that...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:44am

Community loses a true jewel

It’s been said that life is a journey. We twist and wind through life’s obstacles and victories, and encounter a cast of characters along the way that either impact the very nature of who we are, or simply disappear into the background in...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 11:59am

Thanks for all the great help, Mom

My mother came out to visit me a few weeks ago.

And I had a nice time.

Now, when I was a younger person, those two sentences could not have possibly gone together unless they were followed by an unceremonious dig (“And I had a...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:30am

The days are creeping up on me

There are certain realities in life that we must all one day accept as, well, reality.

Speaking on a personal level, I’m quite bald. Yes, it’s a fact that I do indeed shave my head — but that’s not a fashion statement as much as...

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 6:05am

It’s time to soak in the NFL draft

This weekend is a bit of a vicarious Christmas for me.

My pleasure is derived not from what I obtain for myself, but, rather, I gather joy from watching what other people receive. Yes, there is a certain amount of ownership over...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:13am

Great ... more to worry about now

Pirates?

That’s what it’s come to in this upside-down, be-afraid-of-shadows, never-sleep-well world of ours? Stinkin’ pirates?

We already have to be afraid of terrorists, drive-by shootings, a sagging economy, drug addictions...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:39am

Taking my own stab at Tweeting

I admit to feeling curious.

I’ve been hearing bits and pieces about celebrities doing their Twitter thing, or Tweeting, or whatever they call it. Apparently, people can sign up to be on people’s Twitter list, and they receive...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:33am

Taking my own stab at Tweeting

I admit to feeling curious.

I’ve been hearing bits and pieces about celebrities doing their Twitter thing, or Tweeting, or whatever they call it. Apparently, people can sign up to be on people’s Twitter list, and they receive...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:32am