Point of No Return

Walking the dogs can be a scary proposition

With as mild a winter as we have enjoyed to this point, it’s kind of hard to forget that it’s been cold in other parts of the country. And when one thinks of cold locales in the United States, one should immediately conjure up images of Alaska.

Ravens come up short in quest for greatness

As a kid, my parents did their best to teach me not to hate anyone. Every time the phrase would escape my lips I would receive a very stern lecture on just how strong a word “hate” is, and that feeling such a vile emotion only succeeds in rotting one’s self from the inside.

Is the end in sight for an American tradition?

Light a candle. Engage yourself in meditation or take to prayer. If you have a lucky rabbit’s foot, rub it now. This is one of those all-hands-on-deck situations, and it will take a collective effort to fend off the horrors that await.

That bucket list might have to be accelerated

I was going back through my New Year’s resolutions this past weekend, as well as formulating a plan on how I would explain to people how all of them are now officially dead, when a jolt of reality shot through my body.

Here's looking at another year of resolutions

Well, 2012, let’s take a look at you. I mean, yeah, there are those preconceptions concerning you being pretty much the last year we’ll ever see, thanks to the Mayans, but I have to say you’re looking pretty good to me.

Taking a look back at a very eventful year

As I started going back through the past year’s editions of the Coastal Point, I was floored by just how eventful a year it was. Now, to be fair, I’ve had a similar reaction nearly every year since we started this publication in February 2004. But this one had some major news happen — both on the positive side and the negative side.

Taking a look back at a very eventful year

As I started going back through the past year’s editions of the Coastal Point, I was floored by just how eventful a year it was. Now, to be fair, I’ve had a similar reaction nearly every year since we started this publication in February 2004. But this one had some major news happen — both on the positive side and the negative side.

We often find our treasures in unexpected venues

It’s been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.Texas Christian University professor Jeff Ferrell embodies that axiom.

A tale of inspiration and positive mental attitude

Human beings are a fickle breed. We allow things on the outside to consistently interfere and influence the things on the inside. We run hot and cold, and our overall moods and dispositions often vary from moment to moment. Good things cause us to be in good moods. Bad things tend to put us in bad moods.

Thanksgiving is the ultimate time to give thanks

Thanksgiving is largely built on traditions. You know, like white people coming here and running through the native population like they were ...

But I digress.

Maryland falling into big-time athletics trappings

When I read the other day in The (Baltimore) Sun that a University of Maryland commission recently recommended that the school cut eight sports, I was a little sad.

It's the time of the season for ... what seaons?

My ever-graying beard and creaky joints partner perfectly with this new conversation-starter I’ve been using more and more frequently as of late: I remember back when ...

There is an easy solution for upset protesters

I’ve been somewhat fascinated by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

A daring dog escape and a bill to remember

Those of you who regularly read my column (Hi, Mom!) know that I absolutely love my dogs, Guinness and Bailey.

Sometimes, the exciting story is not so much fun

Before I moved back to our little coastal oasis of Delaware in 2003, I was the editor of two weekly newspapers in the Atlanta area — the Rockdale Neighbor and the DeKalb Neighbor.

There’s another drug for parents to worry about

Gov. Jack Markell announced at a news conference last Friday that Delaware has banned “bath salts,” making them illegal in the state. The bath salts have been added to Delaware’s Schedule I of Controlled Substances, following a recommendation by the Controlled Substances Advisory Committee.

Turning over a whole new leaf with my column

This might be hard for some of you to accept, but there are times I upset people in this office for how I talk about them on this page. Be it the ever-changing job description of Bob Bertram in our masthead every week, or little comments I occasionally make about employees in this space, there have been a few moments when I’ve walked into the Coastal Point multiplex and found angry eyes staring at me.

You can say one thing about us. We are cool.

America is a lot of things, to a lot of different people.

Irene claims the life of my rival, and I'm sad

I got the call on Sunday, at approximately the same time I was letting out a huge sigh of relief that the wrath of Hurricane Irene did little more than knock down a few branches at my house. It was our publisher, Susan Lyons, who called, and she had a somber tone to her voice.

Mankinis and jeggings are cool. Tapes are not

We evolve.

Now, wait a minute. I’m not diving into the quagmire that is evolution versus creationism. No, no, no. This is more about what we do as a civilization in general.

Man’s best friend doesn’t have to be a talker

There’s an ongoing one-sided dialogue between myself and my dogs. The reason I say this is one-sided is because it’s, well, one-sided. My dogs can’t speak. Well, not English, anyway.

World Series once again an event to behold

There are a few certainties in my life every August.
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National leadership failing constituents badly

Through selfless compromise and a keen eye toward the welfare of our citizenry, our national leaders reached a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling on Tuesday. This prevented our proud nation from going into default and showed once again that we the people have done another stellar job of selecting the best of the best to lead us into ...

Lockout comes to end, and summer is great again

Ah, summer.

When I was 10, this was undeniably the most wonderful time of the year for me. Christmas was great — don’t get me wrong. But it was fleeting. There was a day of receiving presents, and then, well, a hurried rush to see family members and then a quick return to school.

New advancements are (usually) pretty cool

There have been some mind-boggling inventions throughout the course of my lifetime. No, I wasn’t around for the dawn of the automotive industry, though Bob Bertram tells me they were indeed exciting times. And airplanes were already a standard means of travel by the time I started digressing around the house in diapers. But some of the advancements I’ve seen in my relatively short amount of time on this planet often make me mentally pause and digest just how far we’ve come.

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