Point of No Return


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

Enjoying the write-in process

I admit it. 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...

Friday, May 4, 2007 - 7:44am

Safety first, second and last

Yet another sign that I’m still thinking like an outsider.

I just don’t get the resistance to 911 addressing efforts throughout the county. Well, let me rephrase: I do understand some of the negatives, but I don’t see how they even...

Friday, April 27, 2007 - 9:38am

The week he was gone

’Twas the week he was gone, and all through the Point
There was total euphoria around this old joint.

Employees were dancing and shouting with glee,
at last we no longer have to hear about his sore knee.

The moans and...

Friday, April 20, 2007 - 8:00pm

A living legend is now gone

I’m often fascinated by the process of personal evolution an individual undergoes throughout the various stages of life. Though biology certainly has something to do with who we become, experiences and influences impact the personality that an...

Friday, April 6, 2007 - 9:24am

Spring brings out these urges

It’s spring, so a young man’s fancy turns to, well, his urges. I’m no different.

Well, maybe a little bit. See, my urges don’t necessarily center on Miss Arizona in her new revealing spring wardrobe, or even the crack of a bat on a...

Friday, March 30, 2007 - 10:28am

A day of rememberance, and pride

This could be a problem.

Now, I’m not claiming any kind of “sixth sense” or innate ability to look into the future, but every now and then a situation comes along that sends up red flags — metaphorically screaming to be paid attention to...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm

Tantalizingly close, but no dice

It’s Pavlovian, really.

Like a dog salivating when a bell is rung, I too begin secreting drool when a lottery jackpot hits a certain height. Oh, the logical part of my brain tells me that it’s a foolish pipe dream to start considering what...

Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 7:00pm

Two decades of ... maturation?

I’m beginning to realize that my life’s hourglass is getting a little bottom-heavy with sand.

The reality came crashing down on me recently as I’ve been enjoying talking with a few people from my past as my old high school classmates are...

Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Point of No Return

I suppose it was bound to happen eventually.
I mean, you really can’t fault the poor girl. She was desperate to get my attention, and she resorted to a drastic maneuver to get me to notice her. She’s young, sorting through a lot of things...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

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, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

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, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

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, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

A true ‘Field of Dreams’ is here

Do you dream?

Do you dream about going to Europe one day and taking in all the sights and sounds of that historical experience? Do you fantasize about singing on stage, or visiting the Holy Land or doing that one special thing that...

Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:06am

A year of numerous resolutions

You know that feeling you get when you first slide under those freshly-washed sheets and hunker down for a long night’s sleep? Or when your favorite baseball team is breaking spring training and kicking off their season with a 0-0 record and a...

Friday, January 5, 2007 - 9:09am

A year of highs, a year of lows

If we are to remember anything from 2006, it’s that anything indeed can happen. On the national level, we’ve seen Britney and K-Fed split, Monte Wisbrock’s dysfunctional St. Louis Cardinals become quite functional and win a World Series and we...

Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 7:00pm

A Christmas melody — Point-style

With all due apologies to ... well, every individual with an ounce of self-respect, here’s our annual foray into adding a more personal touch to some time-honored classics.

Deck the Lots

Deck the lots with as many units as you can,...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

Hey, at least I tried to figure it out

Prepare to be awed.

Once again, I’m putting my mind-blowing powers to good. Earlier this year I offered you faithful readers my brilliant idea of putting prisoners on giant treadmills to harness enough alternative energy for all of us. Oh...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 7:00pm

I've got a sense about these things

I took a little stroll down memory lane the other day.

No, I wasn’t feeling particularly nostalgic that day, nor was I harkening back to a simpler time in an effort to transport myself mentally to a better day. Actually, it all started...

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm

The world is going absolutely mad

Oh, ‘tis definitely the season.

The winter holidays may bring about warmth and a sense of doing the right thing by one’s personal beliefs, but they also bring about chaos, bills and some of the most odd stories of the year. Peace on earth...

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Oh, I’m thankful for very much

I’m a results guy.

Like many of you, my mind every week is focused largely on what I need to get done, and I often just take the things and people around me for granted as I manuever my way around to achieve whatever goal or object is...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

The Undead take center stage

Pale and drawn, The Undead sluggishly amble their way through the sacred corridors of some of our nation’s most powerful institutions. Guttural noises escape from their barely-moving lips as they struggle with their coordination, seemingly...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

We all find comfort ... somewhere

Do you ever get that eye twitch?

You know, that fluttering of one of your eyes that signals you are about to either have a nervous breakdown or embark down the path of viciousness and cruelty to the next person you happen to see? Well, I...

Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

November brings out worst in me

There are certain days I look forward to each year.

For instance, I anticipate St. Patrick’s Day, opening day of the baseball season and the first of each month so I can flip my Coastal Point calendar to the new month to see what...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

The beast has been bred to feed

I have an infestation problem in my house.

Before you get all creeped out, it’s not termites eating away at the wood, or rats chomping through electrical wires and drywall. Heck, it’s not even an infestation of ants making a beeline to my...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

College should teach something

So I’m watching a fight the other night, when a football game game broke out.

Corny enough joke to start?

Actually, anybody who happened to see the fight the other night between the football teams of Florida International University...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

Just ice it until the game is over

According to a study recently performed by a doctor at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, the number of men going to emergency rooms drops during televised sporting events, and increases after the games end.

Really?...

Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:00pm

A wild ride into an odd, odd word

Well, kick back and strap in ... it’s about to get bumpy as we journey forth into the odd, compelling and obtuse.

• Dredging has finally begun on the Assawoman Canal, and our publisher has never seemed more depressed. She is an avid...

Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 8:00pm

Wanderlust gets a break next week

Have you ever had that feeling that you would want to be absolutely anywhere else in the world than the place you happen to be at that particular time?

You know, like you would rather lean back in your chair and toss pencils straight up...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Money might be tight, but ... really?

My life is full of empty promises,
And broken dreams.
I’m hoping things look up,
But there ain’t no job openings.
I feel discouraged, hungry and malnourished,
Living in this house with no furnace, unfurnished.
...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

'That Guy' looks at me from mirror

Yeah, it finally happened. I’m now “That Guy.”

Don’t act like you don’t know That Guy. We all have That Guy somewhere in our lives. You know, the guy who calls his wife at home to tell her that he had a pretty waitress serve him lunch, but...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Time doesn't always bring change

The storm came in with a thud last weekend. Lights flickered, tree limbs came hurtling to the ground like they were flung directly from the heavens and streets flooded in moments. There was a collective apprehension as all feared the worst, a...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

One giant terrific, 'I told you so'

I knew it!

Oh, everyone had a field day with me when I said Leviathan and his merry gang of raccoons that hang out behind Coastal Point headquarters was forming a plot to take over the world through a strategy of brilliant military...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

From the absurd to well ... more

So, I’m sitting in this grassy meadow the other day, drinking a flask of Jameson with this grizzly bear and the small moose he’s been “dating” ...

Sorry, I got stuck in some kind of strange flashback there.

Actually, I’m sorrier...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Nice guy gets a really bad break

“Dude, hit a deer with my car. Call me when you get this. I need to take a shower. Smell like deer.”

Got your attention?

Imagine the grip it put on my unmentionables when that little text message popped up on my cell phone Monday...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Layton a star, right along with others

Joy can be found in so many things, and in just as many individual interpretations.

We can find it in the simplicity of an ice cream cone on a hot summer day, or a person might find it while listening to a song in his or her car — as...

Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 8:00pm

Anticipation takes a holiday this year

Anticipation.

Is there a more exciting, giddy feeling in the world than anticipating something? Adrenaline builds in the form of hope, uncertainty, excitement, dread, desire or regret — pumping our hearts and administering shivers up and...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Breaking down the walls of fashion

I’m looking for a man purse.

Darin J. McCannThat’s right. I said it. I’ve been hoping that a real macho guy with a tough-guy exterior and a magnetic way about him (think Russell Crowe or Bob Bertram) would start carrying around a man...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

A casual walk through the absurd

It’s a mad, mad world we’re living in ...
Darin J. McCann
• According to reports from Reuters, an Irish hearse driver was fined recently for speeding. Now, for anybody who has driven the thinner-than-an-Olsen-twin roads in Ireland, the...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Those weren't fireworks in Asia

Much of us find a level of comfort — if not unbridled joy — in following traditions that have been consistently adhered to, or passed down from one generation to the next.
Darin J. McCann
See, traditions can take many forms, and come...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Rising up to to meet the challenge

Every so often, man finds that challenge he must face head-on — his white whale, his Mt. Everest, his gorgeous older neighbor who stands outside in a robe when he delivers the newspaper to her and ...

But I digress.

Throughout...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Speech will only take you so far

Not surprisingly, I’m a huge freedom-of-speech guy.

I’m a big believer that the KKK should be able to espouse their vile hatred to the insipid people who want to hear what they have to say, that people who have a problem with the war in...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sorry, sis -- the big guy wins

My sister has a theory.

That sentence alone causes dread amongst those of us who know her best, as her theories typically revolve around presidential conspiracies and why the pop group Culture Club is so misunderstood. That being said, I...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm