Point of No Return


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

Point of No Return – Presidential race is great, but so are local ones

There’s a lot at stake in this presidential election.

For starters, there’s a swing seat open in the Supreme Court of the United States. Whoever wins the presidential election will (presumably) be afforded the opportunity to offer a...

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:47am

Point of No Return: O’s, candidates, clowns and hurricanes. Oh my!

Ubaldo Jimenez? Really?


I will be muttering the words “Ubaldo Jimenez” while wandering the streets in my bathrobe for the next five months. When the Baltimore Orioles were locked in a battle with the Toronto Blue Jays in their...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 10:38am

Point of No Return – Above all else, ‘The People’ must be... people

Once again, “The People” have spoken.


According to a story on wboc.com earlier this week, someone stole a backpack from the owner of Pickle’s Pub in Ocean City, Md., on Friday, Sept. 23. To rub a little salt in the wound for the...

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:07am

It’s early, but masks are already all around us

If you’ve entered a grocery or drug store since, oh, July, you have noticed that Halloween items are filling the aisles.


Candy corn, miscellaneous goodness from the fine people at Hershey and trinkets that howl or laugh ominously...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:47am

Dictionary welcomes new words into its pages

Is it Christmas? Because it kind of feels like Christmas.


The Oxford English Dictionary revealed the latest incarnation of itself recently, and it includes more than 1,200 additions to its catalogued list of accepted words. For a...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:54am

Point of No Return – My record is certainly spotty on telling the future

There comes a time when we must all stand up and take accountability for our actions or words. I find myself in this position quite a bit, actually.


Sure, this column can get people fired up at me from time to time. When you take a...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 10:23am

Stand or don’t stand. Just do something real, too

Dear Colin Kaepernick,

You don’t know me. And, to be honest with you, it’s not like you are someone I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about over the past few years, anyway.


Oh, you once dazzled me — and made me nervous —...

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 8:46am

Point of No Return: Loving thy neighbor needs to be in our daily lives

“Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Remember that one? You know, pretty big reference in the Bible. Actually, it’s mentioned several times in the Bible, prominently in Matthew and Leviticus — and is the central theme of the standard “Golden...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:54am

Some obituaries are both historical and telling

One of the sections of our paper most read and discussed by staff members is the obituaries.


It’s often because someone knows someone who has passed, or knows a relative of the deceased. Sometimes it’s because of an age all-too-...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 9:12am

Point of No Return: We’ve had the opportunity to witness greatness

Twenty-one gold medals.

As of Tuesday night, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had received 21 gold medals in his amazing, awe-inspiring career, and still had an opportunity to add to that collection before these Games were over, as he still...

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 9:47am

Point of No Return: Those we all support are not getting support

Buckle up. This could get rocky.

According to figures supplied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) last month, 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014. Let that settle in for just a moment. That is 20 human beings a day taking...

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 10:01am

Too much information for one topic this week

There are weeks when I sit down at my computer to start putting together this column and I come to the unnerving reality that I don’t have any idea what it is I’m going to write about this week.

Usually, some idea takes hold in my muddled...

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 7:17am

Point of No Return: Smartphone sensation grabs a lot of attention

Four score and seven years ago...

Sorry, I was working on an original speech and it just spilled into the beginning of my column here.


Where was I? Yes! Pokemon Go. Surely you are aware of this phenomenon sweeping the nation...

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 11:00am

Point of No Return: Tough times aren’t new for us. It’s what we do

America’s broken.


There’s a race war coming.

We aren’t what we used to be.

This country is falling apart.

I fear for our children.

Do you hear those things being said a lot these days? Do you find...

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 6:53am

Freeman Stage made the only choice they could

There are very few discussions a group of any size can have without resulting in debate.


Off the top of my head, I think most people can agree on the fact that the sun rises in the east, fire is hot and bald newspaper editors make...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:52am

I'm turning myself over to positive thinking

My leaf has turned.

No longer will I focus my attention on mouth-breathing, simpleton dolts who fill our atmosphere with their ignorant blatherings or hate-filled dialogue. I’m not wasting any more time on knee-jerk politicians hitching...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:03am

Life is hard. But life is also very rewarding

I had every intention of focusing my column this week on the tragic shooting in Orlando last weekend that resulted in the death of 50 human beings and more than that injured.


My original thought was to focus on how all of these...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:20pm

Case proves again that justice is not blind

By now, many of you have heard about the entitled piece of garbage in California who was sentenced to six months in jail for raping an unconscious woman behind a Dumpster outside a Stanford University frat party.


Brock Turner. That...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:08am

Each stage of life comes with its own music

At the heart of life is music.


From cavemen rhythmically banging brontosaurus bones against stone walls to high-tech DJs pumping dance-inducing beats through the souls of over-served college kids, music is a force that can...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 10:24am

Another summer full of personal resolutions

The trusted Coastal Point calendar hanging on my wall tells me that we have indeed crossed into another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind.

And fanny packs. Lots and lots of fanny packs.

No, it’s not...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:00am

Parting shots from some citizens on candidates

So, this has been an interesting race for the presidency to this point, huh?


To the right side of the aisle, we have seen approximately 4,921 candidates fall to the wayside as a loud-mouthed, spoiled, billionaire, reality...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:51am

Let’s keep some perspective with MVFC news

When the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) released their inspection report of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s (MVFC) financials this week, the oft-whispered-about had become a horrific black-and-white reality.

...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 11:12am

It’s another chapter in this crazy book we call life

It has been said that each individual’s life is its own book, and the chapters contained within tell the tales of different phases of that person’s life story.

There are times I have felt that my personal book was of the comic variety or...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 8:45am

Faith in humanity restored, in an avalanche of food

Once again, I find myself surprised over something that really shouldn’t be all that surprising.

You know what I’m talking about, right? Maybe you have someone who continues to disappoint you, but out of the kindness of your heart, you...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:55am

Weather, politics, holidays and a life well-lived

This has been a week of rain, shine, snow, wind and hail. In other words, it’s been just another wacky spring week in our lovely oasis by the shore.

Of course, there are plenty of wacky things going on in the world around us, and since I...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:06am

Achieving lifelong dream is still a possibility

There’s just something about baseball.

My love affair with the game began as a kid, largely in the form of a bonding agent between my father and myself. We would play catch, spend time at the park constructing a batting stance and go...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:02am

The best of intentions can lead us to hot water

Do you remember those old deals you would come across in magazines? Come on, you know the ones. You’d glue a penny to a paper card and, in return, you would receive 719 albums delivered to your home.

Yeah, those ads!

Oh, the glory...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 9:41am

More substance, with a little less style, please

You rotten kids. Get off my lawn!

For the record, I don’t have a lawn. But I wanted to give you an idea of what’s coming to you in the following paragraphs. This will come off as a “grumpy-old-man” piece to some of you — one of those...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 8:40am

It’s time to celebrate a holiday built for all of us

Growing up in my home, there were three absolutes if you were a young male:

• You were going to play sports;

• You were going to lose your hair;

• You were going to have an appreciation for the Irish culture.

I...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:02pm

Another election cycle. Another disappointment

There has come a time in every recent presidential election when I’ve started to get a real feel for the candidates and their takes on the most important issues facing our nation today and it all becomes clear.

Well, let me set that stage...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:21pm

All jobs come with challenges, some dangers

There has been a lot of talk about raising the minimum wage, and probably even more conversation about not raising the minimum wage.

I’m a little torn on the issue, to be honest. On one hand, I’m not a big fan of the government telling...

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 7:59am

What’s missing from our paradise? Well, jobs

So, a friend brought something up to me the other day that I’ve never really stopped to consider before.

“You always try to tell people to shop local to support our area businesses, and you go on and on about all the stuff you like about...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:28am

Point of no return:

There are weeks that I sit down at my computer, stare at the blank screen looking back at me and half-wonder if maybe the stars and gods have aligned against me.

For all the random thoughts that spin through this muddled mind every week,...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:18am

A change in the Sunday routine is miserable

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divine.”

That oft-quoted sentiment was either first penned by Ralph Waldo Emerson or Justin Beiber. Or maybe it was a Mayan. Or an...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:45pm