Point of No Return

A little thanking for some spanking

A proposed bill in the state house would allow each school district to choose whether or not it would like to instill corporal punishment in its schools. If a district decided to enact the right, parents would then have to give permission for...

Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

March angst brings April hope

And I thought having St. Patrick’s Day fall on a Friday was the coolest thing ever ...

In yet another shining moment exemplifying the very fact that I am indeed the luckiest man on the face of the earth, the national championship of mens’...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

March angst brings April hope

And I thought having St. Patrick’s Day fall on a Friday was the coolest thing ever ...

In yet another shining moment exemplifying the very fact that I am indeed the luckiest man on the face of the earth, the national championship of mens’...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

We are all indeed Irish today

Two full days of doing nothing but lying on my couch and watching the Cartoon Network with a steady stream of sweat cascading down my face. Two days of alternating between restless naps and dazed stumbles to the facilities. Two days.


Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Not responding well to nature

It’s been said that a wise man knows his limitations. While not quite ready to claim any discernible level of wisdom, I will say that I am well aware of many of my own limitations.

For instance, I am a giant wuss.

Oh, I’m not afraid...

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

At last, a little comfort for Whites

My father is a man who finds satisfaction through the joys of repetition. Specifically, he seems to gather solace through repeating the same quotes over and over again — either to stress the significance of his message to the recipient, or to...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

It's always a matter of timing

You want to know what stinks? I’ll tell you what stinks: Vice President Dick Cheney shoots a lawyer, and it happens over a weekend. That’s what stinks.

See, it happened at the worst possible time for me. We publish on a Friday. Obviously...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

A different Super Bowl look

Wow. The Rolling Stones have certainly gotten old.

If there was one thing that stood out to me at this year’s Super Bowl, it was that I can no longer get satisfaction from Mick Jagger and company. Keith Richards continues to look like the...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Pols and pols often a team

According to the latest polls, approximately 42 percent of the nation believes the president is doing a good job. Various favorability ratings go along the same vein, while other polls show the public’s confidence in his leadership skills rates a...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fingering out life's problems

In my perfect world, wars will be fought by having leaders face-off in one-on-one fights to the death in steel cage matches on pay-per-view television, and schools across the world would be thought of as safe havens for our students to learn...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Keep an eye on ... everything

There are certainly plenty of things to fear in this world.

Our anxiety actually begins as children, as we’re instructed to not talk with, or accept candy from, strangers. We’re taught to walk home from school with a friend, to never...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

This is some Sirius cabbage

It’s recently become painfully obvious to me that I’m in the wrong business.

Actually, the realization truly slapped me in the face when Bob Bertram handed me an article in the Jan. 9 issue of The New York Times. The article discussed...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

New Christmas present a blast

It’s human nature, I suppose. Many of us hold this burning desire in our souls to dive into the pool of personal nostalgia and revisit moments in our past through either fond or particularly hurtful memories. We do it by retelling old stories,...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Taking one last look at 2005

It was the best of times ... nah.

Call me Ishmael ... nah.

You’d think I’d be able to come up with one fresh idea to start this column, wouldn’t you? I mean, after all, this is a re-cap of 2005, making this one of the least original...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Traditions are tough to forget

Traditionally, this is a season of tradition.

We collectively share some of these traditions, such as singing carols, admiring a giant Santa Claus hat on top of the totem pole in Bethany Beach or just watching those time-tested television...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

A small moment to give thanks

Life moves fast. That statement’s probably right up there with water is wet, Mark Hardt is loud and Dr. Phil always takes the woman’s side, but it’s a stone-cold fact.

Life does move fast, and we often bog ourselves down with so many of...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

The love doctor is now in

All that wasted money on candy and flowers ...

Those books available that teach a man the proper way to treat a woman? Bogus. The lessons my father taught me about being a man and respecting women? Hah! Alan Alda and all that sensitive hoo...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Sleazy twosome out of Philly

“I fight for what I think is right.”
— Terrell Owens, Nov. 8, 2005
What a yahoo.

Fight? For what’s right? Your privilege as an American to act like a puddle-slurping, window-licking sweat sock of a human being? The right for a...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Another lesson leanred from kids

I write because I can’t speak.

That’s not entirely true. If you speak to the people I’m close to, they’ll no doubt tell you I often talk far more than a human being has a right to, and about subjects that are best left in the taboo aisle...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ca$hing in at Coa$tal Point

Call me Spike.

No, no, hold on. Call me Tex. Yeah, that’s it — Tex. See, I’ve always wanted to be a cowboy, but have always been deflected from that particular vocation because of my distaste for, and utter fear of, horses. That’s kind of...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

It's all survival of the fittest

Toothbrush? Check. Sanitizing wipes? Check. Set of dominoes and big fuzzy hat ...

Never mind.

I have issues. This, to anybody that knows me or reads this column, is obvious. See, most of my self-imposed problems start out innocently...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Let's dissect the new words

Words are good.

Spoken or written, words relay our thoughts, our messages, our feelings and emotions. Different languages can be translated to convey the meaning of the words and, when grouped together just the right way, they can sound,...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

The name is the game here

Stealth in advance, the hunter stalks his prey and mentally surveys potential avenues of attack. Decided on an ultimate course of action, he pounces on his victim, taking that which is most important.

That’s how I felt as I swiped this...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Community shines bright...again

I humble myself before you.

Once again, the call has gone out for help. Once again, this community has rolled up its collective sleeves, plunged headfirst into the effort and has responded with an outpouring of love and money that is...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

It's creation before your eyes

Ah, the new season arrives.

For some, it might mean less-traveled roads to navigate or a brilliant array of colors splashed across the landscape via treetops and crunching leaves. For others, the time after Labor Day might mean the urgent...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

It's creation before your eyes

Ah, the new season arrives.

For some, it might mean less-traveled roads to navigate or a brilliant array of colors splashed across the landscape via treetops and crunching leaves. For others, the time after Labor Day might mean the urgent...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Not always easy to say bye

We’ve lost one of our own. And that’s never easy.

Beth Long, our office manager and one of the original six employees of the Coastal Point, has decided to step back from the hectic pace of newspaper land and step into the life of leisure...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Pretty nifty to see Susan at 50

Every so often the urge strikes me to really look at a serious conflict facing the world today and take a stab at offering potential solutions or alternatives. Monday morning, while combing through the front pages of the top daily newspapers in...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Oh, the things I've seen

Somehow, the birds sounded pleasant on Monday. That awful chirping noise every morning that typically causes my eyes to itch and parts of my body to shrivel up more quickly than Burt Reynolds in a tanning bed actually sounded nice to me as I...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Respect the choice made

One thought a week.

That’s all I really need to do this part of my job. Heck, it doesn’t even really need to be a good idea. All a columnist needs is one compelling or odd thought to stake claim in the brain, and we can usually take the...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

My choice to avoid choices

I’m throwing up the white flag. My will to run with the big dogs has decided to curl up for a nap on the porch, and I will no longer attempt to bail water from a sinking boat with a teaspoon. It’s been said that a wise man knows his limitations...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

The world according to me

I’m a curious sort.

It’s probably why I got into this business in the first place — this ridiculous urge I’ve always had to ask “why” one last time, when everyone else is satisfied with the answer given. The truth be told, I get on Sam...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

It's all a matter of timing, baby

Wow, talk about bad timing.

Picture, if you will, the end of a pretty tough deadline at Coastal Point headquarters last Wednesday night. The final pages had been sent off to the printer, Shaun Lambert was doing the mystical things he does...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

You heard it here first ...again

Through new technology obtained by the Coastal Point, we were able to obtain recordings of the discussions by the International Olympic Committee prior to the final vote that led to the organization’s decision to select London as the site for the...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Life is a constant lesson

Human intelligence is a hard element to quantify.

An individual might not have done very well in school or standardized tests, but might be flat-out brilliant in the field of electronics or building a home. Conversely, another individual...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

Moms, this is your day to shine

Mothers everywhere, unite! This is your day.

For 364 days a year you put yourself on the bottom of the priority list. The needs and wants of your offspring inspire immediate response, and the hurts and wounds of your children elicit the...

Thursday, May 5, 2005 - 8:00pm

Yet another look into fingers

Strange things grab a hold of my interest.

Oh, we can all get sidetracked or intrigued by things we wouldn’t be able to explain to another living soul, but some oddities honestly grab hold of my cerebral steering wheel and crash my...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

We must appreciate greatness

Gather ‘round, for I have seen greatness.

With a twist of his lobbed sword, Tiger Woods displayed that one particular moment in time we mortals can only fantasize of experiencing. His back against the proverbial wall, the stone-faced Woods...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Welcome to the real world, kid

Patrick James Lehl, this is your life.

Look, I realize you’re barely a month old, but from the moment my little sister exposed you to the world, you were immediately initiated into the land of curious humanity. And, yes, that is indeed a...

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Sometimes, 'away' is the way

’ve always kind of wanted to see the Outer Banks. There’s the intrigue behind the tales from friends regarding the peaceful tranquility and aesthetic charm of the surroundings, not to mention my general puzzlement over those “OBX” stickers I’ve...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

Why would I buy this product?

Be advised. This column could cause shortness of breath, skin rash, sore feet, a runny nose, temporary or permanent loss of the use of your extremities, a second head growing from your spinal cord, the ability to see dead people, your hearing to...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beware false noses … really

Mental health professionals often play a little game where they test associative skills by showing a generic photo to a patient and asking him or her the first thing that comes to mind.

They show you a bunny with its mother? You might...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Remembering life's lessons

Life is full of interesting lessons.

We learn from our parents, our teachers, our clergy and our friends. We learn from television shows, newspapers, talk radio and stunningly-handsome Irish-American columnists. We learn from touching hot...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Troop, this Bud's for you

A crowded airport. Each traveler and employee of the facility isolated in their own thoughts, fears and tasks; seemingly oblivious to those around them. It is like any other airport or city bus in that the setting is an anonymous conglomeration...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

A sign of the Apocalypse?

There will be an open election in Iraq before ...


Fine, that weird guy from In Living Color and that insipid show on WB will be nominated for a Best Actor award before ...


The Boston Red Sox will overcome both...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Emergencies everywhere

Water? Check. Toilet paper? Check. Beer commercial twins bikini calendar? Check. Canned goods? Check.

Yes, many of us went through that very checklist while awaiting the snow storm of last weekend. The realization that every one inch of...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

The epic battle continues

It’s McCann versus Technology. Round 85. Humor me, if you will, while I vent.

Last week I called my cellular phone carrier to change my phone number. This would seem a simple enough task since, well, the phone carrier handles exactly that...

Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 7:00pm