Point of No Return

Happy Days are all around here

Have you ever felt like anything was possible? Like you finally had this whole “life” thing figured out, and that the world was indeed in the palm of your hand?

Yeah, me neither.

However, there is a little room for optimism...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:52am

Time to get rid of those curses

This is just a spectacular time of year for those of us afflicted with a complete addiction to sports viewing.

The NCAA basketball tournament is now in motion, professional golfers are preparing for the major tournaments, NHL and NBA...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:32pm

Coming to terms with holiday

In a cruel twist of fate, our calendars tell us that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year. In related news, the sun will eventually burn out and leave us wandering around a cold, dark rock until we fade away and Disney is actually more...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:45pm

Man against beast and elements

I’m an honest-to-goodness trailblazer.

In the spirit of the esteemed and romantic pioneering spirit, I recently set forth to forge new and unexplored territory through the sheer power of nothing more complicated than my bare hands and...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 4:05pm

Tiger brings hope, excitement

Tiger’s back.

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock or glued to reality television programming centering around the lives of Hef’s best girls, you’re probably aware that Tiger Woods is back to playing competitive golf this week...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:20pm

Another tour through the inane

I’m beginning to believe that South Carolina is becoming the doofus capital of the free world.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve never had a problem with the state, outside the fact that it happened to surround Parris Island — a place that...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:59am

Rossé to share more of his skills

We meet people in life. It’s really that simple.

Unless you live in a Montana cabin so you can fully concentrate on your manifesto, or have figured out a way to master space colonization, you’re going to have interactions with other...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:10pm

Five years down, more to come

So, there I was. Surrounded by members of the Swedish bikini team and counting enormous stacks of $100 bills, when the phone in my shoe went off and I knew immediately...

Well, I knew that I was dreaming. The ringing was not, in...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:49pm

A Super Day to watch the game

The spectacle otherwise known as the Super Bowl kicks off Sunday evening, and much of the world is ready for the action.

Well, unless you’re a fan of the Baltimore Ravens or Philadelphia Eagles — in which case, you’re still licking your...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:19am

Enjoying a little slice of hope

I’m a believer in believing.

While it’s true that I’m fairly cynical by nature, there is part of me that keeps out hope for finding something to believe in — a cause, ideal or person that generates enthusiasm in me and causes me to...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:41am

The battle continues Sunday

I guess it had to come to this.

While the rivalry between my beloved Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers has always been one surrounded by tough talk and tougher men, the two games between the division rivals this regular...

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 5:57am

Darwin comes to the rescue

I’m not exactly the brightest guy in the world.

There have been insipid decisions in my personal life, random accidents around the house that result in spectators scratching their heads and comments that escape my mouth in a...

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:34am

A walk back through the year

Many of us in the community will remember 2008 as the year that Ocean View blew up in front of our faces. Actually, that’s pretty much the story that captured the most inches of news throughout the year, and kept our letters section more swollen...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 11:20am

Getting things off on right foot

Goodbye, 2008.

Not that this has been a bad year by any means, but there’s just something invigorating about getting that clean slate, opening your new Coastal Point calendar and embarking on a brand new year that is filled with hope,...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:42am

Getting things off on right foot

Goodbye, 2008.

Not that this has been a bad year by any means, but there’s just something invigorating about getting that clean slate, opening your new Coastal Point calendar and embarking on a brand new year that is filled with hope,...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:42am

Getting things off on right foot

Goodbye, 2008.

Not that this has been a bad year by any means, but there’s just something invigorating about getting that clean slate, opening your new Coastal Point calendar and embarking on a brand new year that is filled with hope,...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:42am

A letter to the big guy

Dear Santa,

I’ve been pretty good this year, all things considered. Sure, there was that rather unfortunate incident that involved the fire department, three chickens and a Bunsen burner — but nobody really got hurt, and I’m told the...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:28am

Be careful what you ask for

Have you ever said something to someone, and the moment it came out your mouth you just wished you could press “Rewind” and stop those words from ever hitting their intended target? You know, those regrettable utterances that just fill your heart...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 4:01am

Holidays get off to rough start

Ah, the holiday season.

The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is that magical time of the year when families pull together closer, strangers do kind things for one another and the air just has a friendlier feel to it all around. Oh...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:45pm

So much to be thankful for

Let’s face facts: It’s been a tough year for many.

The building industry has taken a downturn, hurting many Realtors, brokers, mortgage people, contractors and more — a significan’t protion of this very community’s population. Gas prices...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 4:36pm

Frank Miranda is how old?

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Sorry, my fingers haven’t been working very well since the temperatures sunk faster than an inflatable boat constructed of tire irons. I mean, I woke up Wednesday morning with a frozen pug draped across my face...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:17pm

Election done, stupidity takes over

Well, the elections are behind us and we can now go about the business of living our normal lives. For some, that means putting down the signs and getting back to regular chores. For others, that could mean getting over their respective...

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 7:48am

It's time to concede this election

My fellow Americans,

We reached a point Tuesday evening where we were forced to face the inevitability of the day’s events, and accept the reality that we came up short in our bid to lead this great nation over the next four years. This is...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 3:47pm

One last shot at earning your vote

Well, my fellow Americans, this is it. The last chance for me to speak directly to the voters before Tuesday’s general election, and my final opportunity to convince you to vote for Sam Harvey and me to lead this nation to a new beginning.


Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 8:12am

Make your own vote count this time

Well, that was a bit of a metaphorical kick to our campaign’s groin.

When Colin Powell came out in support of Sen. Barrack Obama recently, I was, to put it mildly, disappointed. I served under the leadership of Gen. Powell in the first...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:10am

No Sue-Mommy sighting this time

There was no Hurricane Susan this time. No Sue-mommy blowing in and out of the office, causing peril to all in her wake and creating a general disturbance wherever she rolled.

Unlike the wedding of her daughter Sarah a few years ago, Susan...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 9:07am

We’re behind now, but still time

Well, my presidential campaign marches on as we near November. Currently, we’re lagging a little bit in the polls, as we seem to be trailing Obama, McCain, Nader, Michael Phelps, the guy who played Kramer on Seinfeld and Cap’n Crunch. Undeterred...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 9:43am

The Presidential beat drums on

Now that the McCann-Harvey campaign is in full gear, and our supporters number somewhere between three and 74 million strong (depending on which scientific poll you believe), we’ve decided to continue our efforts of full disclosure leading up to...

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 8:40am

It's time to think of my country

We are living in a time of great uncertainty and turmoil. War rages on in the Middle East, our economy is in a mess like no other time in recent memory and reality television continues to pollute our airwaves.

Times like this demand a...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:46am

Flushing out some serious facts

There are certain truths that we indeed hold to be self-evident.

Oh, that statement does not necessarily need to focus on grand-scheme issues such as individual liberties or the practices of efficient and fair government, it can also...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:18am

Sizing up the World Wide Web

I still get a little amazed at the Internet.
Darin J. McCann

Actually, to use the words “still” and “Internet” in the same sentence is a little ridiculous, as the Internet has been an evolving entity of growth and imagination since...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:55am

A survival guide for NFL season

As Labor Day passes and the summer season comes to an end, it’s time to take in a breath of fresh air, enjoy some satisfying moments outside and prepare to hole up indoors for the next several months to enjoy the National Football League in all...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 9:00am

Biden leads notable Delawareans

So, many in the state have been buzzing over the past week with reports that Sen. Joe Biden has been named running mate for Sen. Barrack Obama in the upcoming presidential election. Surely there are those who are excited because of Biden’s vast...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 9:14am

A prisoner in my own home

I live in a house of ill repute.
Darin J. McCann

Now, it wasn’t always like this. There was a time when I would come home from work, kiss my wife, pat my two dogs on the head and go about my business of sorting through mail or...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 7:02am

Rivalries replaced by athletes

There’s just something missing with the Olympics.

Now, don’t get me wrong — from what I’ve watched and heard, the games have been going fairly smoothly, and the action has been tremendous. Like many of you, I’ve been caught up in the...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:08am

Next chapter -- best one yet

Today I begin living a lie.

Darin J. McCann
In respect to Jack Benny, and the millions who have followed in his footsteps, I meet the chronological milestone of 39 years alive on this planet. Still in my 30s, but painfully closer...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 7:27am

Never take this guy for granted

It’s a common thought that, in football, a referee or offensive lineman is doing a great job only if you never notice he or she is on the field. Oh, it’s thankless to be lauded for anonymity, but the only times those people tend to get attention...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:21pm

A visit through the world's news

There are certain points in life when we all know we’ve indeed hit rock bottom. For nudists in France, this could be that point. According to a Reuters story earlier this week, France’s data protection authority has granted permission to a nudist...

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 7:16am

Belguin Bud not end of world

It’s been argued that there are three entities that are uniquely American — the Constitution, baseball and jazz. For some, Budweiser should also be included on that short list.
Darin J. McCann

Well, let’s just keep that list at three...

Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 9:01am

The loc-ists have their day

We all want to be part of a group, right?

Darin J. McCann

It’s why high school athletes wear their letter jackets, fraternity kids have their Greek letters emblazoned across everything they own and why gang members show...

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 7:06am

Carlin a true American treasure

I once held a dream of becoming a stand-up comedian.
Darin J. McCann

This was not just a fleeting fantasy that would be replaced daily by aspirations of one day walking on the moon or becoming the first man to float down the Colorado...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 7:04am

Analyzing the best of the new

Ours is an ever-changing world. What was acceptable in the past may be frowned upon today. What existed in the past may not exist today. And what wasn’t there yesterday might be there today.
Darin J. McCann

Yeah, I don...

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 10:11am

Thanks for the lessons, Dad

Life is filled with metaphorical peaks and valleys. Inevitably, we all face those sacred moments in time that lift us to great heights, or sink us into seemingly endless despair. When we face these times, the natural inclination is to find...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 7:24am

Let the youth enjoy youth sports

Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray each hit approximately 14,276 home runs in my neighborhood. Art Monk and Charley Taylor made about 10,000 touchdown catches apiece on the same pristine field. And Len Bias probably dropped 100,000 points on our...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 10:48am

A smorgasbord of topics this week

There are times when I’m seated at my desk with a vacant look in my eyes and a smattering of profanity dripping off my lips. The truth be told, that’s my general make-up at the office, but it just escalates on those uneasy Wednesday mornings when...

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 8:46am

Relax Shaun...Tatupo's not alone

“A firearms instructor in southern Massachusetts has been assigned to other duties after his gun accidentally went off while he was teaching a class on weapons safety.”
Darin J. McCann

That was the lede paragraph in an Associated...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:13am

A few lessons learned in coverage

Have you ever had that metaphorical bucket of cold water poured on your head just when you thought things were going as well as they ever have?

How about 18 million gallons of cold water?

That was my “Welcome Back” greeting on...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:32am

Confessions from a Momma’s Boy

It’s been suggested that I’m a bit of a “Momma’s Boy.”

Darin J. McCann

In the interests of full disclosure, I’ll say that my accusers include my sister, my father, my publisher, my friends, the guy at the landfill that I’ve run...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 8:37am

Another wacky trip into the obtuse

Despite my rampant cynicism and me-against-the-world philosphy on life, I’m somewhat easily astounded.

Darin J. McCann

Though I get a small pond in the middle of my front yard every time it rains, I continue get pretty shocked...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:31am

Preparing for the year’s big event

There comes a time in each man’s life when he must look himself in the mirror, take an honest appraisal of himself and come to terms with what he truly is in the grand scheme of things. You know what I’m talking about — there’s an inevitable...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:56am