Point of No Return


Fixing the problem is simple. Only, it isn’t

It’s simple, but it’s not.

The easiest thing in the world to do Monday night while watching violence and fires engulf Baltimore was to shake our collective fist at the television and say, “Why would anyone burn their own neighborhood to...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:19pm

These competitors never really get their fill

According to a recent story on abcnews.com, a Sacramento woman recently ate three 72-ounce steak dinners in about 20 minutes during a food challenge held at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.

Molly Schuyler also put down three...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:08pm

There really is no substitute for learning

When we stop learning, we stop growing.

Those are valued words that have bounced around my scattered brain for years now, though I can’t remember if I was gifted them by a parent, a teacher or a creepy dude in a trench coat I once...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:56am

Why would any rational person run for president?

Well, it seems as if there’s a little more clarity now in regards to the 2016 presidential election.

Granted, we still have a ways to go before we cast our ballots, and there are still presumably many more dominoes to fall, but the recent...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 9:57am

Couples, criminals conspire for crazy column

Anybody who has been in a relationship has been there.

You spend a lot of time with another human being, hopefully share more good experiences than bad, and deal with life’s stresses as a team. There might be shared laughter over a story...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 6:03am

Brackets cause baldness! Well, some stress

Bracket. Busted.

According to scientific research (Editor’s Note: There is absolutely no “scientific” or “research” to what I’m about to say), those two words are used more frequently in the month of March than any other time during the...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:34pm

Let’s just add a maniac for good measure

Well, this story struck me deep in the cockles of my fear zone.

ABC News, along with nearly every news outlet around this spinning globe of ours, reported earlier this week that a United Airlines flight headed to Denver was turned around...

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:39am

The sights and sounds of spring surround us

So, you remember that scene in the movie?

You know, when the hurricane or tornado or alien attack or zooming asteroid or nuclear shower or exploding locusts ends and everybody walks outside at the same time to soak in the sunshine and...

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 9:14am

Social media’s darkside makes an appearance

#WayOverTheLine

For those of you who are active on social media, you already know what I was doing with that first line. For those of you who have yet to jump on the most aggravating, entertaining, frustrating and addictive exit off the...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:35am

The safety of home is not always all that safe

There aren’t many things that genuinely frighten me.

Having come to terms with my inevitable mortality many years ago, I’m not one to sit and worry about my impending death late at night. It’s a good quality to have in that I’m more...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 4:11am

Changing seasons is change I can do without

Though this will probably come as a great surprise to my loyal readers (Hi, Mom!), I made a bit of a wisecrack the other day about the recent spell of cold weather we’ve been experiencing.

In response, someone asked me if I wouldn’t miss...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:04am

Good Gosh: Groundhogs and ghastly guests galore

Sometimes, things make me smile which probably shouldn’t make me smile.

I smile every time the pretty girl trips over a log when running from a deranged killer in horror movies. I smile whenever one of my friends says a knuckleheaded...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 2:54pm

She drives me crazy. Or maybe the other way around.

One of the most fascinating elements of life is the fact that we are all presented with challenges and circumstances throughout our respective durations that offer us opportunities to learn, if we choose to pay attention and take heed.

We...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:07am

How about we cut some people a little slack?

Waking up Tuesday morning to a car that was not covered in a blanket of snow was more than just a little bit of a relief. For one thing, I was worried the night before about some of our employees who have to travel a pretty significant distance...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 8:02am

Is the end of the world really soon upon us?

A recent article in the Washington Post cited a paper published last week in the Journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.

Editor’s Note: It was important that I read the condensed version...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 7:56am

Terror in France can make one’s mind race

This was to be a piece on the freedom of speech.

It was really intended to be an homage to that one inalienable right we possess that makes me want to shout from the mountaintops and proclaim my love for this great nation.

Beyond...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 8:01am

Boo-yah! Ravens win, but Scott’s loss hurts

As the clock wound down on the Baltimore Ravens’ playoff win over the rival Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend, two truths entered my mind immediately.

The first was that I couldn’t believe I managed to stay awake that late.

The...

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 8:10am

A last look back at the wonders of 2014

Well, it’s time to put another year in the proverbial rearview and set our sights ahead to the wonders that await us in 2015.

But before we move forward, let’s take a moment to look back on 2014, shed a few tears and share a few smiles....

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 4:52pm

Another year, another list of resolutions

This has become an annual trek into the absurd.

It’s not that I don’t go into these with the best of intentions. No, no, no. Each and every year I take stock of who I am as a person and I make a list of resolutions that I sincerely hope I...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:29pm

A season of renewal, a season of nostalgia

There was a time in my life when the single most important thing in my entire existence was a Mattel handheld electronic football game.

No, it wasn’t food or water, oxygen or sleep, mommy or daddy. The true meaning of Christmas was far...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 7:44am

Report sheds light on us lowering our standards

A Senate report released this week on the CIA’s interrogation program of suspected terrorists during the tenure of former-President George W. Bush has generated a few emotions, to say the least.


Some are screaming that the details...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:56am

A great time of year, but not without some stress

With Christmas, comes anxiety.


Oh, I’m certain it comes to some degree with all the other major holidays this season, but Christmas is the one I’m most familiar with personally, so that’s where we’ll begin this week’s story....

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 4:56am

‘Thankful’ is not even a strong enough word for me

We had a tradition around the McCann family table every Thanksgiving.


No, not the one that includes one family member accusing another of being judgemental and somebody else jumping on the bandwagon, while others piled on that...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:17pm

The miracle of birth, the wonder of paternity leave

As a kid, I remember watching the old black-and-white movies in which a husband would be pacing in a smoke-filled waiting room while his wife gave birth to the couple’s baby. The man would then get his first glance at his offspring through a...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:34am

A few (hundred) words of advice to my daughter

Up is down. Day is night. And dogs and cats are playing together. Yes, indeed, my life has been flipped upside down, and I couldn’t possibly be any happier.

You see, I’m writing this column in a dark hospital room, watching my 2-day-old...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 8:19am

Veterans Day a chance to show our true support

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, bands will play, speeches will be read out loud and veterans of most ages, genders, faiths and ethnicities will be celebrated for the one thing they all have very much in common — at some point in their respective lives, they...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:23pm

Hey, sometimes life gives you fortune — twice

Who wouldn’t want an extra $25,000 a year? For life.

Well, to be fair, it’s for 20 years, but the name of the game hosted by the Massachusetts Lottery is “Lucky for Life,” so let’s stick with the “life” concept for now. Besides, none of...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:29am

Do we oversaturate in the media? Absolutely

I love a good statistic.

Not one of those “I’m-trying-to-prove-a-point-so-I’ll-pull-something-out-my-backside-that’s-almost-pertinent” statistics. I mean the ones that either truly tell a story, cause me to think about things in a...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:47am

Please, candidates. Tell us why you should win

Nothing beats fall.

The leaves are changing colors, the air is cooling around us and soon I’ll be able to break out the sweaters — making me even more cuddly and beautiful than ever.

For sports fans, flags are flying through the...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:57am

The words of the sports world are, well, something

The Orioles have that “something” about them.

Nearly impossible to quantify, or even explain, people in every sport are always looking for the next guy with that “special something” to provide “something” to the team so their fans can...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:14pm

Appreciate your job. It can always be much worse

There’s a slight chance I have the best job in the world.

Well, let me rephrase that: There’s a slight chance I have the best job in the world that I am even remotely qualified to possess. There are other jobs out there that make me...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:17pm

Diabolical geniuses just don’t exist all that much

One of the joys of watching crime dramas on television or in the movies is the cat-and-mouse game often played between a brilliant criminal and the detectives who eventually get out in front of the evil mastermind through a combination of hard...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:55am

Did the Orioles really win the AL East? Oh yes, hon

Hey, look at that. The Orioles don’t stink anymore.

To be fair, the team has been pretty darn formidable over the last three years, slipping into the playoffs in 2012 as a wild card entry, and narrowly missing out on that opportunity last...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:46am

Guinness still recognizing greatness 60 years later

It had to be a startling scene for anyone who happened to pass by the park on that summer morning in 1979.

Two boys were sitting on top of a swingset, armed with peanut butter sandwiches and comic books, looks of determination and joy...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:43am

New season starts with hope and optimism for all

Have you ever been isolated with an over-anxious child?

You get exhausted trying to keep up with the frenetic flow of movement. The constant chattering. An excitement level inside that kid that is palpable, like there is an inner demon...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:56pm

The end of summer? More like the beginning of fall!

Labor Day weekend.

Those three words alone can generate a plethora of emotions across the board. They actually work together to constitute one word in our reality, joining “Memorial Day weekend” and “Fourth of July” as the sacred trinity...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 9:15am

Ferguson situation demands cool heads, perspective

I’m a bit of a news hound.

I get it honestly, as my parents have always been fervent followers of current events, and my mother’s parents used to sort through three or four papers a day. My grandfather, a longtime journalist and publisher...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:35am

Williams’ humor, kindness will not be forgotten

When one is in elementary school, opportunities to express one’s individuality are few and far between.

The haircut I had that looked like a record melted on my head was not my individual decision as much as it was a fact that the bowl my...

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 8:09am

They are athletes, for sure, but also good sports

Sometimes, it is the smallest gesture that can have the greatest impact.

No, I’m not trying to justify how little much we pay our reporters here, nor is it an early effort to explain my cheap heart-felt buying habits for loved ones during...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 3:59am

The revolution is coming, people — on four legs

We’ve all heard a revolution was coming.

For a while there, it appeared that the Occupy Wall Street people would be staging some sort of coup to take back control of the nation’s economy for the people, but that effort went away as soon...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:45am

The revolution is coming, people — on four legs

We’ve all heard a revolution was coming.

For a while there, it appeared that the Occupy Wall Street people would be staging some sort of coup to take back control of the nation’s economy for the people, but that effort went away as soon...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:45am

Streaming television getting bigger and bigger

Hi, I’m Darin, and I’m addicted to Netflix.

Actually, it isn’t only the popular streaming service I’ve developed a crush on, as television in general has become quite good over the years. Noted television critic Alan Sepinwall wrote a...

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:58am

Streaming television getting bigger and bigger

Hi, I’m Darin, and I’m addicted to Netflix.

Actually, it isn’t only the popular streaming service I’ve developed a crush on, as television in general has become quite good over the years. Noted television critic Alan Sepinwall wrote a...

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:58am

Clayton gets its marker, and brings us all together

Some words are simply synonymous with others, for one reason or another.

Think “peanut butter” and “jelly.” Or “Batman” and “Robin.” Or “Bethany” and “totem pole.” Now, before you pull out the crayons to write in an angry letter, I know...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:42am

Clayton gets its marker, and brings us all together

Some words are simply synonymous with others, for one reason or another.

Think “peanut butter” and “jelly.” Or “Batman” and “Robin.” Or “Bethany” and “totem pole.” Now, before you pull out the crayons to write in an angry letter, I know...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:42am

Kickstarter the place to be for sidedish dreams

I’m beginning to finally wrap my mind around the notion that I am becoming old.

In terms of perspective, I’m not putting myself in the “old” category of dinosaurs, powdered wigs or Bob Bertram. No, no, no. I mean “old” to the extent that...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:42am

Kickstarter the place to be for sidedish dreams

I’m beginning to finally wrap my mind around the notion that I am becoming old.

In terms of perspective, I’m not putting myself in the “old” category of dinosaurs, powdered wigs or Bob Bertram. No, no, no. I mean “old” to the extent that...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:42am

She has warts, but America is still America

Perhaps this is truly our greatest holiday of all.

For Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate individual freedom, and to honor the patriots who came before us and liberated us from tyranny while creating a nation by the...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:15am

Not a fan of soccer, but World Cup is a blast

Let me start off by saying that I’m not a big soccer fan.

It’s not that I necessarily have anything against the game, it’s just not something I’ve followed or paid a lot of attention to over the years. And, no, soccer fan, don’t start...

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:45am

Can you feel nostalgic over the OJ car chase?

Tuesday apparently marked the 20th anniversary of the most boring thing that’s ever been put on television — a seminal moment in history that quite-possibly sprung the birth of reality television, caused much of the free world to simulataneously...

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2:46pm