Point of No Return


Fall is a great time of year, and a good time to help

By Darin J. McCann
Executive Editor

Fall is great.

That’s why I make the big bucks as a writer. I can pen things like “Fall is great” and “Water is wet” in such a way that the words just melt into your ears and...

But I...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:57am

Point of No Return — We can still learn from Mister Rogers

When in doubt, turn to Mister Rogers.


From 1968 to 2001, the iconic Fred Rogers entertained this nation’s youth via his PBS show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” For decades, children sang along with Rogers as he entered his home,...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:02am

Point of No Return — Like them or not, protests are protected speech

My love affair with our national anthem began at a very young age.


Perched in seats where noses went to bleed and binoculars were as necessary as hot dogs and Cracker Jacks, my father and I would rise up with the rest of those in...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:21am

Point of No Return — It doesn't always have to be negative, does it?

There is a lot of buzz around these fruited plains focused on the concept that we are now a nation divided.


We are divided by political affiliation, race, gender, faith and ethnicity. We are divided over Android and iPhone, climate...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:03am

Point of No Return — Happy Places can evolve, and that’s a good thing

There are certain things that just “feel right” in life.

Of course, these comforts are somewhat personalized. What feels natural and comfortable to one person might not be another person’s cup of tea.


For example, well, a...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:08am

Point of No Return — Back-to-school marks a rare fun shopping trip

As a kid, there were three days a year I liked going shopping with my mother.


For clarity’s sake, I can’t stress enough that there were only three days a year I liked going shopping with my mother. This isn’t intended as a shot at...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 9:42am

Point of No Return — Monday would have been right day to ‘Pause’

Time, even more than money or power, should be treasured.


Unlike the aforementioned money or power, time is a commodity we all possess, and all hold dear. We start our lives with “nothing but time” ahead of us, quickly learn that...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 10:51am

Point of No Return — It’s not about the parties — it’s all about the hate

On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler killed himself in a bunker, along with his wife of two days, Eva Braun. Reports suggest both of them took a cyanide pill to avoid being captured by Soviet troops who were moving in on their position, and Hitler...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:23am

Point of No Return — Hair thieves, DNA providers and $1M bills. Oh my!

I’m sensitive to people losing their hair.

To be fair, I’ve had a lot of practice at witnessing the loss of hair, as mine began its course for full-scale evacuation when I was about 16. At 25, I was sporting the Count Dracula look, with a...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:19am

Point of No Return — Once again, World Series, athletes shine bright

There are three certainties one can count on in this community during the month of August: You will get angry at a fellow driver; you will hear at least one conversation a day about the quality of our local corn; and some of the best young...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:06am

Heat already has me beat, and it’s not over yet

“Hot enough for you?”

“Ever been punched in the neck?”

Sorry. That’s been the response in my head every time I’ve been asked that question this summer. Hot enough for what? Do you think I’m trying to cook scrapple on my forehead?...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:28pm

Robots serve a purpose, but let’s keep control

Remember Rosie?

No, not Rosey Grier, the former star defensive lineman for the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams. And, no, not Rosie O’Donnell, frequent foe of our president and fictional baseball player in “A League of Their...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:45am

Point of No Return — Love of harmonica helps forge connection

Life is a series of connections.

If we’re fortunate enough, we form our first connection with our parents. These are the people charged with shaping us, teaching us about responsibilities and accountability, and putting...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:04pm

Point of No Return — Independence Day brings food dependence

Well, the Fourth has come and gone, and seemingly taken away any shred of dignity I had left with it.

What started as a day with images in my head of patriotic bunting, marching bands and red, white and blue fireworks...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:05am

Point of No Return — Forget left or right — just be Americans

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

As you’re...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:25pm

Point of No Return — Let’s turn our attention to the positives

It’s easy to take shots.

Trust me on this. The easiest thing in the world to do when you have an opinion column at your disposal — or a prominent commentary spot on television, radio or the Internet — is to sit back and fire away...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:35am

Point of No Return — Forget the launch. What is in the rocket?

Like many of you, I was excited earlier this week to see the baby giraffe finally be born on top of a rocket hurtling toward the heavens, while the Russians hacked into the latest episodes of “Orange is the New Black.”


To be fair,...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:05am

Class of 2017, the world is yours. Take it

In a day that traditionally brings smiles and tears, hope and anxiety, Indian River High School graduated the Class of 2017 last week.


It is a graduating class that sees approximately 84 percent of its graduates heading to post-...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:05am

Point of No Return — Deford’s voice will continue to ring loudly

If you’re serious about what you do — regardless of what you do — it pays to study those who have excelled in that field in the past.


If you’re a bricklayer, it makes sense to pay attention to what succesful bricklayers do, or have...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:58am

Point of No Return — Another season is here, and resolutions follow

Game on.

This weekend marks the start of Summer 2017 for our coastal oasis, and that means steamed crabs, cold beers sodas, evenings largely spent outside and husbands wearing their darkest sunglasses on the beach so they can see bikinis...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:50am

Point of No Return — Embrace ‘the storm’ that is heading our way

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the calm before the storm.


It is a time-honored tradition to recognize this area’s “silly season” as that space on a (Coastal Point) calendar wedged between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:49am

My rock continues to amaze and awe me

We can all sometimes feel like the world is ganging up on us all at once. To stay on this cliché train, I think it’s safe to suggest that, at some point in time, all of us have taken stock of the circumstances surrounding us, shaken our heads and...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:49am

Point of No Return — Sports’ fantasies-come-true make for compelling reality TV

It has been said by people much brighter than me — which is a list more prolific than I’m comfortable admitting — that sports is the original reality-television programming.


For starters, sports is real. There are winners, losers...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:38am

Point of No Return — Desire and commitment foster great inspiration

A capitalist society, such as ours, only truly blossoms when people find inspiration, set goals and put in the blood, sweat and tears to meet those goals.


When great people do great things, we succeed. When normal people do great...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:29am

Point of No Return — Article reminds us of a time best left behind

Between the mountains of mashed potatoes and sneaky chowing down of my daughter’s Easter candy last weekend, I was shown an old magazine article by a family member that dominated much of our conversation for the next several minutes.

...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:54am

Point of No Return — Spring has indeed sprung, and it is awesome

It was like the beginning of a zombie movie — only with a lot more smiles and dramtically less body decay.


We went to the Selbyville Community Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday, and the looks on people’s faces told me all I needed to...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:00am

Point of No Return — If you really want to screw up, call a human

Chemical attack in Syria. Suicide bombing in Russia. North Korea fires off another missile.

A recent tour of news around the world can make a person want to crawl back into bed, pull the covers over his or her eyes and just hope this is...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:40am

Point of No Return — Team’s move to Vegas brings back memories

I was 14 years old when I caught images of the Mayflower moving van on the news.

Curious as to why they would be showing a moving van driving in the snow as their lead story, I plopped myself down and turned up the volume on the television...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:14am

Point of No Return —Youth sports should be about, well, the youth

The flowers are fighting through some random cold snaps to find their blooms, numerous seasonal businesses are beginning to open up their doors and Darin’s sinuses are more blocked than Central Avenue after a giant sinkhole appears underneath the...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2:48pm

Point of No Return — Weekend was a test of wills. I lost...badly

Life comes packaged with a series of challenges.

We start out with some of the basics — walking, talking, jumping, etc. — before graduating to reading, writing, asking somebody out, learning to drive and taking on that first job....

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:12am

Hard workers get their special day in the sun

There are numerous reasons I love my job.

It’s an outlet for me to pursue my love of grassroots community journalism, in a community that I adore and plan on raising my daughter in until she’s prepared to set her own course. I get the...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 8:46am

Point of No Return — A lot of stuff going on in a Land Down Under

So, I’m watching a poker tournament on television the other night — because that’s about as much excitement as I can handle these days after 9 p.m. — and I see a guy shove all his chips into the pot, holding A-9.


For the...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:43am

Point of No Return — Use logic and research over emotion with vote

Well, this zealot-driven nastiness that has infected the rest of the nation has now infected our cozy little oasis by the shore.


The Indian River School District is holding a current-expense referendum on Thursday, March 2, asking...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:06am

Point of No Return — Russian spy ship gets a little too close to home

Shhhh.


Please, keep your voices down. I know, I know. It’s been a long winter, and we’re all a little anxious to get back to the business of being outside and enjoying all the wonders that this remarkable community has to offer,...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 8:53am

Meth, monks and more. A visit to Dumbville

Do you ever struggle with your vehicle’s fuel economy?

Sure, it’s not as big a deal as it was several years ago when we saw prices climb toward $5 a gallon, but you should still be concerned when a tank of gas no longer gets you as far as...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 8:45am

Point of No Return – Plenty of crazy action going on with big game

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will square off in Sunday’s Super Bowl in Houston to decide who reigns supreme in the world of the National Football League for the 2016-17 season.


There will be a classic battle between...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 9:11am

Yes, there are some topics that are off-limits

According to figures supplied by very respectable sources, inauguration crowds numbered in the...


Nah, I’m not going down that road. Nope. Not happening.

There are things that are extremely important right now, and bickering...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 8:22am

Is there anything at all that we can agree on?

Judging by the responses by people on my social media feeds Tuesday night, President Barack Obama’s “farewell” speech that evening was either, (a) a reminder that Obama and his family have been wonderful representatives of all that is good in the...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:58am

Let's take a look at some non-resolutions

The new year is like a clean slate, right?

Except when it isn’t.


We can break out the clean calendar, practice penning the new year on our checks and promise ourselves and others that we are starting off this year on the...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 10:11am

Point of No Return – A year of highs and a year of lows. Once again

In a lot of ways, 2016 was kind of for the birds.

Yes, we lost some talented musicians and actors, but doesn’t that happen every year? Going back five years to 2011, for example, we saw the deaths of Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 9:06am

The magic of Christmas still very much exists

We tend to identify Christmas in innumerable ways.


At its religious core, it is the epitome of major Christian holidays — a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and the dawning of Christianity, itself. It holds both spiritual...

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 9:09am

A really good gift is thought-out and personalized

Life is a quest.

It is a quest for knowledge. A quest for love. A quest for material possessions. And a quest for the perfect bottle of wine to share with your cat.


That’s right. According to a story on UPI.com, a company...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:16am

Pearl Harbor a day every American should know

It was 75 years ago on Dec. 7 when 353 aircraft flying under the flag of Imperial Japan launched an attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.


The reason for the attack, reportedly, was so the Japanese could...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 9:10am

Any of us can truly have an impact on the world

One of the most well-read sections of our paper online is the obituary listings.

That’s not uncommon, actually, as obituaries, sports and letters are traditionally popular sections of papers throughout the industry. People want to see if...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:55am

Point of No Return – Time to offer thanks for what we have

Ours is a nation that excels the most when our eyes are planted firmly on the future.


We innovate and plan. We set a definitive course at the highest levels of government on foreign policies and economic growth. We teach our...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 7:28am

Point of No Return – Our world is nuts. Let’s focus on a turkey-dog

Sigh.

Racist graffiti and damage done to churches, schools and municipal buildings across the country. Protestors spitting on the concept of peaceful and lawful assembly by doing their own damage and extending hate. It’s enough to make you...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 8:56am

Point of No Return – It’s been a wild and wonderful first two years

Sitting at my desk on Wednesday morning, I was amazed by a sight outside my office window.

The sun was coming up over the horizon.


To hear people talk over the past several months, if Candidate A won the presidential...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 9:33am

Point of No Return – Election season is finally coming to an end

Hoo-ray.

The end is nigh. The chickens are coming home to roost. The fat lady is singing, and the witching hour is now upon us.


The 2016 United States Presidential election is finally at our doorsteps, leaving a rancorous,...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:03am

Home is where the heart is... It’s that simple

Sometimes, you have to go home to know that you’re not really home.


If that sounds like a philosophical gem straight from the pages of “Philosophical Gems Illustrated,” you really need to start reading another publication. That one...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:20am

Point of No Return – Decisions can sometimes be made for you

It’s been said that the path of an individual’s life is often set by a series of decisions.


When we’re younger, we decide if we’re going to do that homework assignment, take a drink at a party or put in maximum effort at our first...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 9:21am