Point of No Return


Looking to mix old and new better

The world is just a little smaller these days.

Darin J. McCann

From video-teleconferencing to Internet phone services to text messages and personal Web sites, we have near-instant access available to almost anyone we want to...

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 10:02am

This a tough farewell to swallow

We all encounter a wide array a people over our lifetimes. Be it in a social setting, religious observance, work or some other venue, we meet people — some that we really enjoy, and others that we could do without pretty easily. The majority of...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 7:04am

Appreciating my very happy life

I was talking to a good friend of mine the other day who is also in this strange business of newspapers. He was telling me that he was driving down the road for an assignment where he was to take up position outside the home of the mother of...

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:50am

Enjoying my favorite time of year

Can you feel it in the air?

Darin J. McCann

Close your eyes, and free your mind. Take a deep breath and focus not on what you can hear and smell, but rather on what you can sense deep in your bones. There’s a thickness in the...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:49am

Wow, 60 years of causing smiles

Just in case you missed it, Brett Favre retired earlier this week.

The mercurial Green Bay Packers quarterback/gunslinger decided to pack up his toys and go home after 17 fun-filled years of monumental performances and near-historic blow-...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 3:11am

Just take a leap of faith this year

I’ve managed to steal time.

Utilizing ancient methods of stealth chicanery, I’ve been able to throw a metaphorical lasso around the neck of Father Time, drag him in my general direction and coerce an extra day out of him. I’m not proud of...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:54am

Being on the losing side is a drag

I’ve been Betamaxed.

Actually, the realization just hit me that many of you might not remember Betamax, and the battle for technological supremacy it had with VHS during the 1980s. An even scarier thought is the notion that some of you...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:49am

I like the stunt--just so it's not me

Man likes to push himself. For the most part, we like to test our limits, exert ourselves to reaching new heights and attempt to get more out of ourselves than a logical mind would think possible. It’s why people climb mountains, or work long...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 1:20pm

Put the blame on right man

The scene seemed all too familiar.

Millions of Americans burrowed in their homes to follow the breaking news of another tragedy. It might as well have been Sept. 11, 2001, or the shootings at Columbine or a space shuttle crashing to the...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:22am

Gas costs and fear escalate

It’s creeping again.

I’m not an avid follower of gas prices. Oh, I have friends and family that can tell you the current gas prices at every station in a 60-mile radius. They have an entire network of gas price-followers that seemingly...

Monday, February 18, 2008 - 10:17am

Dictionary offers all new options

English is a language of adaptation. The language itself is a conglomeration of already-established dialects, and has continued to grow as it assimilates itself to jargon, new technology and conversational fads. It’s a beautiful thing, in that...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 4:08pm

A few suggestions for the big day

Man, some folks are just flat-out cold.

According to an FBI release on Tuesday, some yahoos in the Wild Wild West world of the Internet have been sending people Valentine’s Day cards through their e-mail. The problem is that the recipient...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 3:57am

Taking a closer look at some silly laws

I’m starting to think it might be a good idea for me to start enjoying the wonders of tropical fish.

My typical relationship with fish of any kind is largely an edible one, but lately I’ve been considering the joys and wonders of having...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:47am

Enjoying the write-in process

Though I’m cynical in regards to most things in life, there is still a part of me that leans to the idealistic side. I love to root for the underdog, to hope that our reporters can make a difference in someone’s life every week and that someone...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 8:04am

Our freedoms are getting less free

I’m not exactly what you’d consider a conspiracy theorist.

There is no grand search for shadows in the corner when I enter a government building, I’m not very concerned about the FBI tapping my home phone and I’m probably one of the few...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 7:04am

The sight of perfection is before us

Man, oh man, do I love the Super Bowl.

There’s just something so climactic, so final, about one solitary game deciding once and for all the ultimate champion of the NFL. Summer workouts, mindless preseason games, a grueling 16-game season...

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:04am

Things to do before you well, kick

Much of America has been swept away recently by the film, “The Bucket List.” If nothing else, the pairing of acting heavyweights Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson got people excited enough to buy their tickets and popcorn and enjoy the...

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 5:03am

Spending habits must be checked

In 2005, Alaska Airlines received a $500,000 federal grant to paint a giant fish on the side of the company’s planes. The airline frequently shipped Alaskan seafood to other parts of the world, and the grant was given to boost the economy of...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 3:32am

Spending habits must be checked

In 2005, Alaska Airlines received a $500,000 federal grant to paint a giant fish on the side of the company’s planes. The airline frequently shipped Alaskan seafood to other parts of the world, and the grant was given to boost the economy of...

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 7:16am

A new year — a new list of dreams

I subject myself to this every year.

As one year comes to a close, and the next kicks off with a clean slate, I compile my list of resolutions — hoping against hope to make myself a better man and a better person for the community. I...

Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 7:30am

Taking one final walk through 2007

It’s pretty hack, isn’t it?

The end of the year is firmly upon us, we all have about a zillion things going on in our respective lives, and this no-idea-having columnist is about to join the cliché fray and pen an article that looks back...

Friday, December 28, 2007 - 7:56am

It’s all about your choices, Michael

Poor Michael Vick.

The once-proud quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, who had captured and inspired imaginations with his athletic prowess on the football field, was standing in front of a federal judge in a Virginia courtroom on Monday,...

Friday, December 14, 2007 - 8:42am

Spread some holiday cheer this year

Life is filled with hills and valleys. When things are going well, and we feel as if we’re on top of the hill, we relish and savor that euphoria like it’s the greatest times in our lives — largely because they are our greatest times. Conversely,...

Friday, December 7, 2007 - 5:30am

Refusing to learn any of life’s lessons

The truth be told, I’m not a very smart man.

Over the years, I’ve learned that a person’s true intelligence has little to do with how much information on history or the arts an individual has been able to retain over the years, and more to...

Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:13am

The season to stop and give thanks

I motor through life.

I suppose everyone’s guilty of it to some extent. We get so ultra-focused on the tasks we need to accomplish in our day-to-day lives that we neglect to take the time to remember those people and things that make our...

Friday, November 23, 2007 - 7:56am

Exploring the joys of buying a new car

Did a little car shopping last weekend.

If you’re not in the market for a car right now, but would like to experience the feelings that accompany shopping for a vehicle, I’d suggest wrapping your head in aluminum foil, stuffing said head...

Friday, November 16, 2007 - 5:16am

Taking a closer look at some silly laws

I’m starting to think it might be a good idea for me to start enjoying the wonders of tropical fish.

My typical relationship with fish of any kind is largely an edible one, but lately I’ve been considering the joys and wonders of having...

Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 1:37pm

Shedding some light on ghost stories

It’s that creepy, crawly time of the year — when the stone cold facts of reality are often trumped by the endless limitations of Halloween imaginations run wild. Bumps in the night become restless spirits searching for living souls, and visions...

Friday, November 2, 2007 - 6:11am

Fore! That Guy is about to tee off

I guess it was bound to happen. I became “That Guy.”

Oh, you remember That Guy. He’s the one that was always picked last for kickball because, four times out of five, when he would line up for his kick, his orthopedic shoe flew a much...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:02am

It is an odd, odd world out there

Poor, poor Gaylord.

The ostrich was just hanging out at his home near San Francisco one night when four drunken youths trespassed in to check out the wonderful world of ostriches. Scared, Gaylord attacked the two young men in the group —...

Friday, October 12, 2007 - 8:41am

A perfect day ... a perfect couple

There’s just something refreshing about the broad concept of a re-birth.

We root for athletes to return from bad injuries or personal problems, and admire the politician who can survive a setback and bounce back for victory. Many of us...

Friday, October 5, 2007 - 10:33am

Ahoy, matey! A day for all pirates

It came and went, without so much as a whimper — or a good old-fashioned “Aar” to mark its arrival.

Yes, “Talk Like a Pirate Day” was on Wednesday and, as I was sitting down to write this column, not a single person had greeted me in the...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:41am

One day caluses lifetime of thoughts

Every generation of Americans has their own “Where were you when ...” day.

You know, that one shared moment in time when the impact of a specific event tore through the collective soul of a nation and left an imprint that would not be...

Friday, September 14, 2007 - 5:39am

Labor Day brings mixed emotions

Every good cowboy has to walk off into the sunset, every talented thespian has a curtain call and every summer has its Labor Day. Ladies and gentleman, the end is now firmly upon us.

For some of you, that means leaping into the air in a...

Friday, August 31, 2007 - 7:20am

Bye Coastal Point. Hello Vegas!

Well, this is probably my last column at the Coastal Point.

It’s been a blast up to this point — having a forum to talk about some of the great things local people have done in the community, pontificate on some of the world’s ails and...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 8:45am

Heat tough on even the toughest

It’s been a bit warm here lately.

Yup, that’s what I’m here for — to provide you the news and insight you wouldn’t ordinarily have access to on a weekly basis. And, for those of you who aren’t privy to the sensitive news mechanisms we have...

Friday, August 17, 2007 - 10:28am

Deviled eggs, two sheep and a car

Ah, the family reunion. Relatives you only see once a year gather in some predetermined spot to swap stories from the previous 12 months, eat deviled eggs and run over livestock in luxury cars.

Wait ... not every family does that?

...

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 12:48pm

Celebrate or ridicule? Tough call

There are certain moments in life that can excite even the hardest of hearts. Even the most cynical sort can find joy in the anticipation of the birth of a child, or a wedding day or that last day of work before reaching the point of retirement....

Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 1:50pm

A World Wide Web of destruction

We live in an ever-changing world. For good or bad, scary or welcomed, technology has brought varying elements into our lives that shape the ease in which we do things, the speed in which we can do them and the proficiency in which we can handle...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:15pm

I like the stunt--just so it's not me

Man likes to push himself. For the most part, we like to test our limits, exert ourselves to reaching new heights and attempt to get more out of ourselves than a logical mind would think possible. It’s why people climb mountains, or work long...

Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

Thoughts on a very influential list

As part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, the people at USA Today have been compiling a series of lists that try to capture all the prominent people and events of the past quarter century.

I love lists.

Put together a list of...

Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 6:17am

It always comes back to consumers

We’re facing a lot of problems these days. The nation is as divided as it has been in a long time both politically and socially. The fear of terrorist attacks looms large, while gas prices continue to soar. Real estate is facing a tough spot, and...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

A time to celebrate independence

It’s as American as apple pie, baseball or toothpaste with wee little breath strips inside. People in this country are raised with the notion that we are not pulling our weight unless nearly every second of our days are spent toiling away at some...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Words will spin through time

I’m a big fan of the written word.

The very concept of a seemingly random series of marks, dots and slashes being able to convey an idea or information has mystified me for years. Though an oral language is impressive enough in its own...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

The quest for the 'perfect' gift

Man, am I thankful for all this help.

One would think it’s a real struggle to find the perfect Father’s Day gift to give the man who raised you. You know, you just need to sit back, close your eyes and think of your father — his likes, his...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

Battle of the bulge a losing a fight

I’m a changed man.

No, no ... not in terms of spirituality or maturity. There was no grand epiphany that struck me with a burst of knowledge or insight that altered my perceptions on life or existentialism. There was no talking seagull...

Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 8:00pm

Life's a beach — with rules

We’ve all seen the giant “No” signs.

You know, you circle around for four hours looking for a parking space, strap seven beach chairs and an umbrella to your back as you try to figure out in your mind where you can balance a tub of...

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 8:00pm

Let's study all these studies

A recent study led by a psychologist at the University of Bath reveals that the lengths of children’s fingers can give an idea on how they will fare when it comes to the College Board’s Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). Mark Brosnan, who led the...

Friday, May 25, 2007 - 6:53am

A week late, but love

The ringing of the phone startled me. There I sat on my couch, recovering from my trip to Ireland when the sound of the phone shook me from my half-catatonic state. I caught my breath, glanced at the caller ID screen on the phone and saw it was...

Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 3:51pm

Enjoying the write-in process

The “Point of No Return” comes to you this week straight from the southwest of Ireland.

As I write this, I’m in a car heading north from Killarney to enjoy a dinner and show at Bunratty Castle, located between the towns of Limerick...

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 12:12pm