Point of No Return


Some people still earn their way to stardom

A video recently went viral that showed a teenage girl picking a gallon of ice cream out of a grocery store refrigerator, removing the lid, licking the ice cream and then putting it back in the refrigerator.

I really can’t stress this...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:42pm

We’ve always been divided. It’s our thing

Independence.

That’s what we’re all celebrating together this week. Independence from tyranny. Independence in our ability to practice our respective faiths. Independence in thought and speech. 

 It doesn’t matter if you agree with...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:58pm

Mobile devices can be a pain in the neck

The science backs it up — young people are getting hornier by the day.

It would seem that this is as good a time as any to point out that I occasionally find myself typing things that deserve a little bit more explanation than I offered...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:45pm

A little of this, a little of that in this column

It’s the busy season, life is hectic and there’s a lot of stuff to get through this week. Let’s do this.

• Sen. Ted Cruz, a pretty-far-right Senator from Texas, Tweeted late last month that he agreed with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:04am

Father’s Day is an opportunity to be a father

Father’s Day is a trick.

It’s a trick and a conspiracy and a trap and anything else you want to call it — as long as you’re calling it something that is borderline deceitful. It preys on our insecurities, falsely inflates our valuation of...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:28pm

Coin-snatching and pole-sitting to infamy

I was, at one point in life, an avid coin-snatcher.

No, I didn’t rob children of their quarters at the arcade, nor did I break into the machines at the local laundromat. I never “made off” with my classmates’ UNICEF collection the day...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:39am

Another summer, another list of resolutions

There comes a time when each man must draw a line in the sand, puff out his chest and really take a stand on something, even if it might not be the most popular opinion for him to have.  

Yeah, I got nothing. I just wanted to suck you into...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:44pm

Point of No Return: Memorial Day is wonderful — thanks to many

According to statistics shared by PBS, via data they collected from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the total number of Americans killed in all U.S wars is more than 1.1 million.

That is a statistic that...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:56am

Losing someone never really does get easy

We lose people in life.

That sounds overly simplistic, and it is. Obviously, we lose people in varying ways, to varying degrees. As kids, we lose our friends when their families move somewhere else, or they go to a different school at some...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:45am

Lunacy runs pretty rampant at my house

My child is a lunatic.

Now, “lunatic” can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Does it mean that she’s stark-raving mad, and a threat to public safety? Does it mean she’s a playful goofball, oblivious to all social...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:46am

Reaching out is easier than ever, but... better?

“U c that game”

“Crazy”

“Right?”

That was an actual conversation I had with a friend last weekend. There were no text messages sent between us for almost 19 hours before that one came to my phone, and no other new ones for...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:25am

Point of No Return: Grit, experience lead Tiger to unlikely title

We strive to be better people, right?

Maybe we have different ideas of what that actually means, but all of us have an active interest in making our lives better, right? Maybe we want to improve our personal financial situations. Or focus...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:35pm

Spring has finally sprung. Now get out and enjoy it

According to a 2018 study conducted by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), a Project Play partner that provides custom data on youth participation to the Aspen Institute, 56.5 percent of American children ages 6 to 12...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:38pm

New legislation in EU increases safety — kind of

You had to know this one was coming.

Between the GPS devices in our cars and mobile-device apps showing our “estimated times of arrival” as we drive, and speed limits on some roads popping up as well on those screens, it was easy to...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:18pm

Unexplainable conclusion to unexplainable story

One of the joys of a nation like ours, in a time like today’s, is that we all have an opinion, and we all have access to a technological platform to share said opinion.

One of the drawbacks, of course, is... see above.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:24am

And then there was one. Blockbuster fading away

Things come. Things go. 

That’s kind of the nature of a modern-day world that has experienced unprecedented technological advancements and a connected global economy that inspires inovation from all corners of the Earth. Capitalism expands...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:42pm

The rise and fall of some celebrities is deserved

Raise your hand if you thought “Full House” and “Desperate Housewives” would make their way into the national headlines this week.

Granted, our unnatural and unhealthy obsession with all things celebrity does force questionable items into...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:54pm

I thought I had been yelled at by the very best

I am not a man who possesses many skills.

The changing of a lightbulb has been my crowning achievement in terms of home-improvement efforts, and that did not come without a torrent of obscenities, a plethora of broken lightbulbs and what...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:31pm

Story is about much more than Robert Kraft

Do you ever just sit down, take a look at the world around you and think, “Wow. Is it really possible that I’m not as screwed up as I always thought I was?”

That’s probably a perverse and petty way to look at life. To almost wish worse...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:42pm

Tech versus privacy — the battle rages on

Foiled by a napkin!

Actually, “foiled” probably isn’t even the right word there. It kind of implies that the material in question was indeed foil, like a piece of Reynolds Wrap or some other “tin-like” product, whereas the substance in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:54am

We are our own biggest enemy these days

Want to hear a secret?

Seriously. I have some information for you. I didn’t really think it was that big of a secret, to be honest with you, but apparently it really is. You ready? OK, here we go.

Republicans aren’t racists, and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:36pm

Looking back at 15 years of community news

“Fifteen years ago, Darin, Shaun and I were standing in a printing plant in Dover, watching the first issue of the Coastal Point come off the press. We had worked the entire night before, going home only long enough for a quick shower after we...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:39pm

I’m already getting an appetite for the big game

Thanksgiving does two things for me each year: It causes me to re-evaluate my eating and exercise habits as I inevitably wake up at some point on the floor with a piece of pumpkin pie stuck to my chin, and I set about making a New Year’s...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:23am

Like him or loathe him, Brady rises to the top

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl.

Before you start, I know: Coach Bill Belichick is also heading to another Super Bowl, and for all of Tom Brady’s excellence, drive...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:15am

Point of no return — Times are tough, but the human spirit is amazing

There’s a lot going on in the world today that just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

We have thousands and thousands of federal employees unable to work because they are being used as pawns by both sides of our political divide, and...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:48am

We get to make our own choices, for good and bad

Life is often about choices.

We can have good luck or bad luck, huge opportunities or slivers of opportunity. We can be blessed to be born with the proverbial “silver spoon” in our mouths, or face an uphill climb that requires us to work...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:45pm

Another year, another list of New Year’s resolutions

It doesn’t really matter, does it?

In the grand scheme of things, does Jan. 1 really represent anything significantly different than Dec. 31? If it’s not your birthday or anniversary or any other date of individual importance, does Jan. 1...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:50pm

We can find that ‘Christmas spirit’ in many ways

It’s been said that each year in a person’s life is like a chapter in that individual’s biography.

Within each chapter often comes joy, sadness, anger, hope and despair. The wide-ranging emotional kaleidoscope that colors our lives is part...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:21pm

Point of No Return — We can find that ‘Christmas spirit’ in many ways

So, what exactly is the “Christmas spirit?”

The term has been around much longer than I have, and speaks to a state-of-mind more than anything that can be definied quantitatively. In 1964, United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:03pm

Bob’s still making life better for everyone

I’m going to make your life a little better today.

No, you won’t be receiving a small fortune by simply emailing me your Social Security number and a small check. Nor will I be sharing with you any dramatic weight-loss or fountain-of-youth...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:50pm

Classic rivalry takes a back seat to no other game

Behold, the greatest game of all.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the respective football teams from West Point and Annapolis will face off on the gridiron for the 119th time, as Army and Navy will play at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia —...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:45pm

Point of No Return — Theme days and months are great — up to a point

Well, happy Small Monkey Thursday. Or, Take Out the Trash Friday. Or, Squish Mud Between Your Toes Sunday. Or, whatever day you happen to be reading this article.

After Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:41pm

Point of no return — Another year, another opportunity to be thankful

I’ve long thought that the two game-changers most responsible for propelling mankind to the top of the food chain are opposable thumbs and our ability to moan and complain about things that aren’t nearly important enough to moan and complain...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:41pm

Attention-seeker hits a note with ludicrous effort

The BBC and Sky News reported last week that a Dutch “positivity trainer” launched a legal battle to lower his age a couple decades to boost his dating and job prospects. 

Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to legally change his birth year from...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:17pm

Point of No Return — Little one turning 4 is a game-changer for this dad

So, Riley is 4.

The apple of my eye, the cherry on my sundae, the little freeloader who lives in my home and eats my food without paying any rent, is now 4 years old.

I mean, it’s not like it’s a surprise, right? She turned 3 last...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:01pm

Point of No Return — To really care about the election, you should vote

I don’t know what’s going to happen.

That’s a phrase I can use with confidence in regards to the upcoming midterm elections, the political and sociological aftermath of said election, and every time I bend over to tie my shoe. Despite our...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 8:27pm

Dreams of lottery winnings hard to get away from

Tuesday afternoon was difficult. 

Smack-dab in the middle of our weekly deadline, Tuesday afternoons are always a bit of challenge. There is the scramble to figure out what copy is going to go on what page, proofing and editing stories...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:24am

Point of No Return — Let’s try worrying less about what other people do

“The land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

That’s a beautiful notion, isn’t it? Seriously. Don’t just mouth the words while you stand up at a town meeting or sporting event. Take a moment to let that remarkable thought roll around...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:10pm

Point of No Return — Looking for some positives? Just look around you

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Our nation is a little bit divided.

Well, let me rephrase that, if you’ll indulge me for a minute. Tom and Jerry were a little divided. The Red Sox and Yankees are a little divided. Our nation, on the...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:10pm

Some simple words can have a dramatic impact

“I can’t play with dinosaurs anymore, Daddy.”

“What are you talking about? Why not?”

“Girls don’t play with dinosaurs or snakes or sharks. We play with unicorns and mermaids.”

I died a little bit inside with that last...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:03am

Point of No Return — You might want to be wary of what you write

“Write what you know.”

Anyone who has ever seeked out advice on pursuing a writing career has had that gem fired back in response. To me, that answer can be interpreted in two very distinct ways. 

The first, is at simple face value...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:09pm

Point of No Return — State of the world can be found in state of words

“Look it up.”

As a kid, that phrase meant that I had to trudge my way to our family’s bookcase, pull out the 9,274-pound dictionary that was stitched together sometime during the Germanic Wars, and hope that the word or phrase I already...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:12pm

Point of No Return — Delaware Botanic Gardens is more than you think

It’s probably time to start paying attention to what’s taking place near Dagsboro. In fact, it’s probably past that time, because the freight train that is the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek is already rolling down the proverbial track...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:48pm

Point of No Return — Why would we ever shame people for working?

Shame is a heck of a tool.

People have been using shame to demean and dehumanize people since the dawn of time. We shame others because of their physical appearance, or because of their family situations. We shame people because they don’t...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:31pm

Point of No Return — We need to put more focus on our local elections

Mirroring much of the rest of the nation, ours is a community divided. We are split on politics, gun control, the distribution of wealth, abortion, religion, the sanctity of Confederate statues, the legitimacy of modern labor unions, school...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:40pm

Point of No Return — There is a stench coming from Camden Yards

 

As the calendar flips toward the end of another summer season, and the scent of pumpkin spice and back-to-school supplies fill the air, a nation’s sporting eye turns to football. 

But, first, can we take a moment to sit back and...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:34pm

Point of No Return: Numbers do not lie — a major milestone looms

In respect to my horrendous skills at all things mathematics, let’s just go ahead and round the number to 350.

In about 350 days, or 8,400 hours, or 504,000 minutes, I will become 50 years old. One half of one full century. To put that in...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:03pm

Point of No Return — Miss Helen now has stories to tell all her friends

 

So, this is not your typical summer shark story.

There is no ominous background music building to a near-thunderous crescendo as a shark the size of a small apartment building closes in on an unsuspecting swimmer. And this won’t...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:50pm

Point of No Return: Being the odd man out of a conversation is no fun

Have you ever been in close proximity to two people having a conversation in a language with which you are unfamiliar, and felt like there’s a good possibility that not only are you the subject of what they are discussing, but you’re also not...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:51am

Point of No Return: Are kids today lazier than before, or busier?

“Get off my lawn, you miserable kids.”

Buckle up, boys and girls. I’m turning down the volume on my “Murder, She Wrote” marathon, adjusting my Hubble-strength reading glasses and easing my aching bones into my “grumble seat” — the chair in...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:07pm