Point of No Return


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

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

A legend moves on, and we are lesser for it

I’ve been influenced by many great writers over the years. It’s important to note that I wrote “influenced” there, because I can’t say with a completely clear conscience that I was ever able to pick up any of their talent or secrets.

As a...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 8:15am

A legend moves on, and we are lesser for it

I’ve been influenced by many great writers over the years. It’s important to note that I wrote “influenced” there, because I can’t say with a completely clear conscience that I was ever able to pick up any of their talent or secrets.

As a...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 8:15am

So, yeah, we got beat once again in cornhole

Throughout the history of recorded time, there have been two absolute, undeniable truths.

The first is that we all die. Regardless of your spirituality, and what you might believe is awaiting you on the other side, all of us leave this...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 7:39pm

So, yeah, we got beat once again in cornhole

Throughout the history of recorded time, there have been two absolute, undeniable truths.

The first is that we all die. Regardless of your spirituality, and what you might believe is awaiting you on the other side, all of us leave this...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 7:39pm

More killings — more questions unanswered

So, I got into a bit of a debate with some friends over the Memorial Day weekend.

That in itself is not an odd thing, as we have argued over football teams, politics, a hypothetical fistfight between Beaver Cleaver and Bobby Brady,...

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:40am

More killings — more questions unanswered

So, I got into a bit of a debate with some friends over the Memorial Day weekend.

That in itself is not an odd thing, as we have argued over football teams, politics, a hypothetical fistfight between Beaver Cleaver and Bobby Brady,...

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:40am

A new season brings with it new goals

There are so many things for us as a community to be grateful for as we embark on another voyage into a summer season.

For starters, there is no snow projected for Memorial Day weekend, which is a major relief in itself. At around St....

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 9:41am

A new season brings with it new goals

There are so many things for us as a community to be grateful for as we embark on another voyage into a summer season.

For starters, there is no snow projected for Memorial Day weekend, which is a major relief in itself. At around St....

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 9:41am

We indeed have free speech — to a point

Racism has again entered the nation’s conversation lately, as people have responded to the insidious remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a recording reportedly made without his knowledge by his admitted mistress.

...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:47pm

We indeed have free speech — to a point

Racism has again entered the nation’s conversation lately, as people have responded to the insidious remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a recording reportedly made without his knowledge by his admitted mistress.

...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:47pm

What can I say? I am definitely a momma’s boy

The notion of “family” has been in my mind quite a bit lately.

While reading the recent three-part story by Point reporter Maria Counts on the rampant rise of heroin-use in our cozy community by the shore, I was ripped apart inside when...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:53am

What can I say? I am definitely a momma’s boy

The notion of “family” has been in my mind quite a bit lately.

While reading the recent three-part story by Point reporter Maria Counts on the rampant rise of heroin-use in our cozy community by the shore, I was ripped apart inside when...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:53am

Bobdozer heading west, and it’s a little sad

There is something absolutely gut-wrenching about having to say goodbye to someone you genuinely care about, and I’m certain most of you have had to go through this on more than one occasion.

Even though you might know in the back of your...

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:44am

Bobdozer heading west, and it’s a little sad

There is something absolutely gut-wrenching about having to say goodbye to someone you genuinely care about, and I’m certain most of you have had to go through this on more than one occasion.

Even though you might know in the back of your...

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:44am

Exciting journey, for sure, but still stupid

The notion of being a “stowaway” has intrigued me from the time I was a child.

There were times I would daydream about slipping onto a cruise ship without anyone noticing my arrival, hiding deep in the bowels of the ship’s engine room and...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:50am

Job-rankings should be a personal choice

CareerCast, a website that focuses on career advice and salary listings, recently examined 200 jobs that have the most employees in the nation, based on numbers acquired from the United States Department of Labor.

Their goal for this...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:38am

Enjoy every second of life while you still can

I’m a firm believer that no matter what we accomplish in life, or how many things we are able to acquire over the course of our lifetimes, one certainty awaits us all — we’re eventually going to run out of batteries.

Now, I’ve never...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:25am

Time to spring right into baseball season

Mondays have proven to be the bane of my existence over the years.

It typically starts with a half-asleep fistfight with my alarm clock, followed soon thereafter by a ceremonial half-stumble as I try to navigate myself past two sleeping...

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 9:09am

The white flag is raised — winter beats me up

There’s an ominous line that is repeated often in the HBO show, “Game of Thrones,” that often sends shudders up and down the spines of the central characters whenever it is uttered.

“Winter is coming.”

Only, around these parts,...

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:48am

One of state’s best columnists turns to a novel

We all have our basic routines in the morning, right?

For as long as I can remember, my first step every morning has been to grab the newspaper, skim through headlines until I find the stories that seize my attention and rip through them...

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:34am

The real show at the Clayton was the Clayton, itself

When historians look back at this period in time they will credit us with being the “Age of Technology.”

Regardless of how far we advance with supercomputers and new creations we haven’t even considered yet, this era will forever be...

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 11:21am

More years brings more experience, and new pain

There has been a little change in the air.

No, and I’m sorry to disappoint you, that statement has nothing to do with the winter coming to a close and warm air moving into our little oasis by the sea. I’m actually starting to believe this...

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:07am

Stupidity seizes the day in this look at world crime

Emergency responders were the star of the show last Friday, as the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards. This has always been my favorite event of the year, not only because I get fed, but...

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 9:44am

Chasing the sun, after stressing over the chase

I raise the white flag.

I am officially surrendering to the almighty powers of a winter that has chilled my bones and caused more than its fair share of mayhem to our deadlines. You have defeated me with your snow and arctic blasts of wind...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 8:33am

Those we honor on Presidents Day will not expand

I was asked last weekend if I was going to write my obligatory “I hate Valentine’s Day” column this week. Naturally, that got the rusty wheels turning in my head.

For starters, I was a little put out by the notion that I’m that...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 8:43am

It’s been an emotional and rewarding decade

“Look, kids,” my father would say to a car full of weary travelers. “It’s the totem pole.”

And just like that, Mad Libs publications got thrown on the floor of the back seat, and the cranky passengers would perk up to see it for ourselves...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:08am

Softball should be a priority for State’s efforts

I’ve come to the stark realization that there are two things that find me, no matter where I happen to be in life, or what I happen to be doing at any given moment.

The first is my friend, Rodney. No matter where I have moved to over the...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:07am

Still room for improvement in state’s gaming

For those of us who truly love playing poker, April 15, 2011, was a very dark day.

Dubbed as “Black Friday” by the general poker community, federal regulators came in under the cloak of the Illegal Gambling Business Act of 1955 and the...

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:12am

With Ravens out, I’m all about the Seahawks

Have you ever really wanted something bad for somebody else, even if, on the surface, it doesn’t look like that big of a deal in the first place?

I’m not talking about wishing somebody you love a happy life on his or her wedding day, or...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 1:20pm

When is cold too cold? Well, this week was

Welcome, everybody, to 2014!

And put on a hat. And some gloves. And a scarf. And maybe drape a woolly mammoth or something over your shoulders.

This week was cold. I don’t mean cold like, “Oh, man. I better go start up my car and...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 2:27pm

It’s a whole new year, which means new goals

Take a look around you. See how everybody is smiling or looking particularly enthusiastic about the day? See how people’s shoulders look a little higher, and how they don’t quite look like they’ve been beaten about the head by a cement-mixer with...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 6:37am

Another year of change now in the rearview

It’s hard to believe that our little paper will turn 10 years old in about a month.

There are times when I sit back and think about our journey here at the Coastal Point, and it seems like only yesterday Susan Lyons and I were meeting at...

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 8:34am

Did you really think you would hit the lottery?

I succumbed.

Like many of you out there, I broke down under the illusion of $636 million and bought my way into the Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday night — knowing in my mind that winning was a near-statistical impossibility, but feeling...

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 7:18am

Fly me to the ... well, Mars. Yeah, fly me there

As an individual who carries a sharp tongue and very little comprehension of what is and what isn’t acceptable to say to others, I have been told to go to various places throughout my lifetime.

Those directions typically lead to flying a...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:47am

Remember those away from family this year

Well, Thanksgiving unofficially kicked off the month of overeating, overbuying, overworrying and oversaturation of the holiday season. The next four weeks is a hectic sprint, as parties, shopping, planning and swallowing handfuls of Tums at a...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 7:41am

It’s time to take stock and truly be thankful

Do me a favor, and hold off on the Christmas carols and Hanukkah traditions for a minute. Just take a deep breath and put the shopping list in a drawer, and relax on all thoughts on how you are going to get Aunt Mildred here from her nursing home...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:28am

’Tis the season for ... Wait. It’s already here?

How did this happen already?

It seems like yesterday I was trying to pull (transparent) hair from the top of my head to make everything come together in time for Christmas, and now I look at my calendar and Thanksgiving is next week? Did I...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:50am

I have a 55-pound, semi-hibernating nemesis

It’s official. I have a nemesis.

Over the years, I have romanticized the notion of having a “nemesis” to call my own. You know, that one individual you are in constant conflict with, and drives you to both achieve new heights, and also be...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:50pm

The blame game must have some rules to it

So, I was flipping channels on the television the other night, hoping I would find underwater dwarf wrestling or somebody playing a pan flute while juggling plates, and I settled on yet another drama that I catch from time to time, but have never...

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 10:17am

Sports are great, but there’s a lot I still miss

A few weeks ago I was going to type out a column on this being the greatest time of the year for sports fans — college and professional football in full swing, the baseball playoffs underway, hockey back on the ice and the NBA getting ready to...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:34am

Reaching out to my readers in a time of need

I had a pretty clever column planned out this week, on the smorgasbord of sports entertainment available to us fanatics this time of year, but I was greeted with news Wednesday morning that kind of threw things into disarray for me.

I...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:04am

Young boy defies the odds and enjoys a trip

Children do have a tendency to wander, don’t they?

Spend a little time on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk one warm summer evening and it is inevitable that you will see a kid strolling alone, eyes moving quickly from one side to another with...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:43am