Point of No Return


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

Snow brings with it a little slice of nostalgia

I’m not exactly the most nostalgic person in the world. I wish I could say it’s because I’m a forward-thinking individual who leaves the past in the proverbial rearview mirror, but it’s not really that. I just don’t... care.

That sounded...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 8:28am

The land of opportunity must provide opportunity

The American Dream.

There are many different perspectives on what that phrase actually means, and I suppose it can mean different things to different individuals, as we all have our own paths and obstacles in this zany board game we call...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 8:03am

Please tell me someone hit the Powerball

While issues of gun control, health care and ISIS continue to generate...

“Powerball is up to $1.4 billion!”

Yeah, I’ve heard. It’s pretty hard to read a newspaper or watch television or go on the Internet or have a conversation...

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 8:04am

Another year, another new list of resolutions

I’m a big fan of resolutions.

It’s not that I often follow through on any of these myself, mind you. But I do usually try for a little while, improve my general way of living for a few fleeting moments, and blow up spectacularly in a...

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 7:05am

Another year filled with ups, downs and plugs

Well, here we are. The end of another year, and the start to a new one — filled with promises to ourselves to lose weight, stop smoking, learn a foreign language, save more money and visit more exciting places.

And the great part of it is...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 12:47pm

It took a while, but I have Christmas spirit again

By Darin J. McCann
Editor

Merry Christmas, one and all.

I chose to open with that particular greeting for two reasons: The first one is, well, it’s Christmas, and I wish for all of you to be merry. The second reason is...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:34am

Secret Santa shows kindess can happen anywhere

This one almost pains me to write.

It’s not because of the person I’m highlighting this week, mind you. I’m actively searching for people doing extraordinary things during the holiday season to highlight their endeavors, and this...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 4:34am

One little boy can give us all Christmas spirit

Ours is a time that the historians will look back on as complicated, to say the least.

It has been an era of astronomical advances in technology and medicine, and we have seen several nations remove the shackles of dictatorships and...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:21am

Enormous donation gives hope for the future

’Tis the season, right?

The season of joy. The season of ugly sweaters and hot chocolate. The season of feel-good music, traditional holiday specials on the television and carolers coming to the door. The season of begging your credit card...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:42am

Time to take a deep breath and offer thanks

Thanksgiving, my friends, is the greatest holiday of all.

I’m not going to try to argue that it is the most significant of the holidays, as ones with religious histories or national importance certainly take precedent. And as far as pure...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 8:56am

Oxford has officially lost its sense of purpose

I’m a bit of a word nerd.

I say that not because I find myself getting wedgies at the water fountain while I’m conjugating verbs, but because I find myself getting a little excited every year when the major dictionaries announce the new...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 8:28am

Think local this year, for all of our sakes

Starbucks cups aside, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas already.

Stores are beginning to stock up decorations and gift ideas, retailers are already warning that some of the hotter toys are in short supply this year and I woke...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:50pm

A year of fear. A year of joy. A year of learning

Monday, Nov. 9, marks one year of me being a father. In a related subject, it will also be my daughter’s first birthday.

I should have probably led with that item.

For Riley, it has been quite the year. She has learned to sleep by...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:23am

Celebrating the holiday that changes yearly

Halloween is a bit of an odd holiday, right?

I mean, for starters, it’s not like you get a day off work or school for it. Basic Darin Rule #1: If you have to go to work, it is not a holiday.

It also takes on different meanings for...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 9:10am

What’s in a name, you ask? Well, a lot

Well, we’re certainly deep into election season now, aren’t we?

Nearly every conversation at some point comes back to those running for highest office in the land, and the cable news networks are sitting back and giggling at their ratings...

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:42am

Appreciation a better tool than litigation

We focus a lot on the negatives in life.

I’m not judging. I certainly do it myself far more than I should. Instead of taking a deep breath and appreciating all the good that envelops my life, I often focus on the bad, or the things I want...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:12am

The peace and quiet of home is forever gone

The game has changed. Considerably.

My 10-month-old princess went to spend the day with some of her older cousins a few weeks ago, and it apparently left an impression. After falling asleep on the car ride home, and falling into an even...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:22pm

Sharks, bears and bees? Beware the selfie

During a rare moment of breath-catching the other night, I slowly sat on the couch — my attention divided between watching my 10-month-old bundle of mayhem attempt to reach out and grab all that she should not grab and catching glimpses of the...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 8:49am

A grumpy old man is getting tired of the hate

As much as I’ve attempted to swaddle myself in a blanket of denial, I am indeed getting older.

I’m not speaking strictly in a chronological sense, though that number continues to climb each year, but more so as a personal observation...

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 5:43am

NFL is a mess. But that doesn’t matter now

#SundaySiege

I just did a hashtag. Did you see that? All the people saying I’m a dinosaur newspaper man who can’t keep up with the changing times, take that. I am a man of the “now” generation and can make my point through the short-but-...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:34am

Labor Day is just the beginning of the fun

Labor. Day. Weekend. Those are three words that carry significant weight in our little slice of heaven by the shore.

For local businesses, it means that the unofficial busy season is coming to an end. Many of the younger employees are...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:33am

A retreat to a simpler time really hit the spot

It’s still in there.

Deep below the impressive layers of never-worked-off microwave burritos and a time-hardened soul lie the fragments of what was once a 12-year-old boy without a care in the world. Yes, life can have a way of making us...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:58am

Freeman Stage an absolute treasure to area

You want to know what’s a good time?

Yes, picking through a bunch of steamed crabs with your friends while enjoying some cold adult beverages is definitely a good time. And, sure, hanging out on the beach with your loved ones on a “Sunday...

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:07am

There are times the old filter just doesn’t work


On occassion, I have “filter” issues.

No, not the kind of filter one would find with an air conditioning unit, nor the kind that keeps coffee grounds out of your cup every morning. I’m talking about that metaphorical internal filter...

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 4:36am

Another year of amazing memories in Roxana

Greetings from Roxana!

Well, technically I’m writing this from my comfy chair in the air-conditioned Coastal Point Worldwide Headquarters in Ocean View, but the majority of my time this week has been spent in Roxana, sitting on hard...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 5:14am

‘Can you hear me now?’ Brady in some

Tommy, Tommy, Tommy.
Following months of mind-numbing chatter from science nerds over the deflation possibilities of a football, public discourse over the reach of the NFL commissioners office and conspiracy theories that have bordered on...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:56am

They don’t get much more ‘wildcard’ than Trump

As journalists, we’re not supposed to root for things.


The old saying amongst sports reporters has always been, “There’s no cheering in the press box.” For one thing, you just don’t look cool around your peers if you’re holding up...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 8:07pm

Laws happen for a reason. They have to, right?

Somewhere after cursing out my fantasy baseball team and trying to learn how to juggle chicken tenders on YouTube during an Internet marathon the other night, I stumbled across an interesting series of blogs written by Janet Lindenmuth on the...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 9:56am

Our friends in the ocean are visiting the beach

There’s a lot to be said for that big puddle of water over to our east.

No, not downtown Bethany Beach — even though that can often resemble a big puddle of water after a rain of any kind of magnitude and is indeed to the east of many of...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 8:00am

For at least one day, we are all Americans

We are currently a nation that is, at best, divided.

We argue over the distribution of wealth, as the gap between the wealthiest and poorest continues to widen, while the middle class seemingly gets squeezed from both directions. We argue...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 9:20am

You have to give them points for creativity

Here’s a fun exercise...

Clear your mind of all the day-to-day stresses that are overtaking it at any given time. That’s it. Just close your eyes, pull back on a deep breath and let your subconscious wander off to a place of abject...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 1:02pm

Keep an eye on proposed Rehoboth ordinance

There are a few ways to easily get a rise out of people in this community.

One could start by opining what should be done with the old Harris Teeter building near Salt Pond, as if anybody really had a right to determine what goes there...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:48am

Recent stories expose a whole new fear

Perhaps there’s no greater mystery regarding the human psyche than the concept of fear.

While one individual might be terrified of parachuting from a perfectly-sound aircraft, another might be strapping on his or her gear right now to...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:24am

She’ll always be that little girl in my eyes

I’ve had people tell me that no matter how old my daughter gets, I will always picture her in my mind’s eye as being a little girl with pigtails and food smashed across her face.

Yeah, I can see that.

I already find myself feeling...

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 6:00am

We have new words! And now they’re official

We are an ever-evolving nation, to be sure.

Long gone are the days of slavery, women being banned from the voting booths and people openly smoking in McDonald’s. We adapt to the changes around us, open our eyes to the sins of humanity’s...

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 10:56am

A new season is here, and I’m going to enjoy it

Many of us have that metaphorical little engine inside us that drives us.

Maybe yours is fueled by a desire to provide for your family. Or a burning need to come out on top of everything you do. Or a fear of failure pushes you to reach...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 12:48pm

Throwing stars, bath salts and $368 billion

Have you ever found yourself behind THAT person in line?

You know, the one who argues with the cashier over the cost of each of the 926 items in his or her cart? Or the one who decides to pay with exact change, and spends 15 minutes...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:50am

Honoring the two generations of mommies in my life

For years, this week’s column has been one of my favorites to write.

It’s fairly simple, for starters. The trusty Coastal Point calendar hanging by my desk says that Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. I happen to have a mother. I write...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:47am