Point of No Return

Home is where the heart is... It’s that simple

Sometimes, you have to go home to know that you’re not really home.

If that sounds like a philosophical gem straight from the pages of “Philosophical Gems Illustrated,” you really need to start reading another publication. That one...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:20am

Point of No Return – Decisions can sometimes be made for you

It’s been said that the path of an individual’s life is often set by a series of decisions.

When we’re younger, we decide if we’re going to do that homework assignment, take a drink at a party or put in maximum effort at our first...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 9:21am

Point of No Return – Presidential race is great, but so are local ones

There’s a lot at stake in this presidential election.

For starters, there’s a swing seat open in the Supreme Court of the United States. Whoever wins the presidential election will (presumably) be afforded the opportunity to offer a...

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:47am

Point of No Return: O’s, candidates, clowns and hurricanes. Oh my!

Ubaldo Jimenez? Really?

I will be muttering the words “Ubaldo Jimenez” while wandering the streets in my bathrobe for the next five months. When the Baltimore Orioles were locked in a battle with the Toronto Blue Jays in their...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 10:38am

Point of No Return – Above all else, ‘The People’ must be... people

Once again, “The People” have spoken.

According to a story on wboc.com earlier this week, someone stole a backpack from the owner of Pickle’s Pub in Ocean City, Md., on Friday, Sept. 23. To rub a little salt in the wound for the...

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:07am

It’s early, but masks are already all around us

If you’ve entered a grocery or drug store since, oh, July, you have noticed that Halloween items are filling the aisles.

Candy corn, miscellaneous goodness from the fine people at Hershey and trinkets that howl or laugh ominously...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:47am

Dictionary welcomes new words into its pages

Is it Christmas? Because it kind of feels like Christmas.

The Oxford English Dictionary revealed the latest incarnation of itself recently, and it includes more than 1,200 additions to its catalogued list of accepted words. For a...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:54am

Point of No Return – My record is certainly spotty on telling the future

There comes a time when we must all stand up and take accountability for our actions or words. I find myself in this position quite a bit, actually.

Sure, this column can get people fired up at me from time to time. When you take a...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 10:23am

Stand or don’t stand. Just do something real, too

Dear Colin Kaepernick,

You don’t know me. And, to be honest with you, it’s not like you are someone I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about over the past few years, anyway.

Oh, you once dazzled me — and made me nervous —...

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 8:46am

Point of No Return: Loving thy neighbor needs to be in our daily lives

“Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Remember that one? You know, pretty big reference in the Bible. Actually, it’s mentioned several times in the Bible, prominently in Matthew and Leviticus — and is the central theme of the standard “Golden...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:54am

Some obituaries are both historical and telling

One of the sections of our paper most read and discussed by staff members is the obituaries.

It’s often because someone knows someone who has passed, or knows a relative of the deceased. Sometimes it’s because of an age all-too-...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 9:12am

Point of No Return: We’ve had the opportunity to witness greatness

Twenty-one gold medals.

As of Tuesday night, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had received 21 gold medals in his amazing, awe-inspiring career, and still had an opportunity to add to that collection before these Games were over, as he still...

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 9:47am

Point of No Return: Those we all support are not getting support

Buckle up. This could get rocky.

According to figures supplied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) last month, 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014. Let that settle in for just a moment. That is 20 human beings a day taking...

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 10:01am

Too much information for one topic this week

There are weeks when I sit down at my computer to start putting together this column and I come to the unnerving reality that I don’t have any idea what it is I’m going to write about this week.

Usually, some idea takes hold in my muddled...

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 7:17am

Point of No Return: Smartphone sensation grabs a lot of attention

Four score and seven years ago...

Sorry, I was working on an original speech and it just spilled into the beginning of my column here.

Where was I? Yes! Pokemon Go. Surely you are aware of this phenomenon sweeping the nation...

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 11:00am

Point of No Return: Tough times aren’t new for us. It’s what we do

America’s broken.

There’s a race war coming.

We aren’t what we used to be.

This country is falling apart.

I fear for our children.

Do you hear those things being said a lot these days? Do you find...

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 6:53am

Freeman Stage made the only choice they could

There are very few discussions a group of any size can have without resulting in debate.

Off the top of my head, I think most people can agree on the fact that the sun rises in the east, fire is hot and bald newspaper editors make...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:52am

I'm turning myself over to positive thinking

My leaf has turned.

No longer will I focus my attention on mouth-breathing, simpleton dolts who fill our atmosphere with their ignorant blatherings or hate-filled dialogue. I’m not wasting any more time on knee-jerk politicians hitching...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:03am

Life is hard. But life is also very rewarding

I had every intention of focusing my column this week on the tragic shooting in Orlando last weekend that resulted in the death of 50 human beings and more than that injured.

My original thought was to focus on how all of these...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:20pm

Case proves again that justice is not blind

By now, many of you have heard about the entitled piece of garbage in California who was sentenced to six months in jail for raping an unconscious woman behind a Dumpster outside a Stanford University frat party.

Brock Turner. That...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:08am

Each stage of life comes with its own music

At the heart of life is music.

From cavemen rhythmically banging brontosaurus bones against stone walls to high-tech DJs pumping dance-inducing beats through the souls of over-served college kids, music is a force that can...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 10:24am

Another summer full of personal resolutions

The trusted Coastal Point calendar hanging on my wall tells me that we have indeed crossed into another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind.

And fanny packs. Lots and lots of fanny packs.

No, it’s not...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:00am

Parting shots from some citizens on candidates

So, this has been an interesting race for the presidency to this point, huh?

To the right side of the aisle, we have seen approximately 4,921 candidates fall to the wayside as a loud-mouthed, spoiled, billionaire, reality...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:51am

Let’s keep some perspective with MVFC news

When the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) released their inspection report of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s (MVFC) financials this week, the oft-whispered-about had become a horrific black-and-white reality.


Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 11:12am

It’s another chapter in this crazy book we call life

It has been said that each individual’s life is its own book, and the chapters contained within tell the tales of different phases of that person’s life story.

There are times I have felt that my personal book was of the comic variety or...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 8:45am

Faith in humanity restored, in an avalanche of food

Once again, I find myself surprised over something that really shouldn’t be all that surprising.

You know what I’m talking about, right? Maybe you have someone who continues to disappoint you, but out of the kindness of your heart, you...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:55am

Weather, politics, holidays and a life well-lived

This has been a week of rain, shine, snow, wind and hail. In other words, it’s been just another wacky spring week in our lovely oasis by the shore.

Of course, there are plenty of wacky things going on in the world around us, and since I...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:06am

Achieving lifelong dream is still a possibility

There’s just something about baseball.

My love affair with the game began as a kid, largely in the form of a bonding agent between my father and myself. We would play catch, spend time at the park constructing a batting stance and go...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:02am

The best of intentions can lead us to hot water

Do you remember those old deals you would come across in magazines? Come on, you know the ones. You’d glue a penny to a paper card and, in return, you would receive 719 albums delivered to your home.

Yeah, those ads!

Oh, the glory...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 9:41am

More substance, with a little less style, please

You rotten kids. Get off my lawn!

For the record, I don’t have a lawn. But I wanted to give you an idea of what’s coming to you in the following paragraphs. This will come off as a “grumpy-old-man” piece to some of you — one of those...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 8:40am

It’s time to celebrate a holiday built for all of us

Growing up in my home, there were three absolutes if you were a young male:

• You were going to play sports;

• You were going to lose your hair;

• You were going to have an appreciation for the Irish culture.


Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:02pm

Another election cycle. Another disappointment

There has come a time in every recent presidential election when I’ve started to get a real feel for the candidates and their takes on the most important issues facing our nation today and it all becomes clear.

Well, let me set that stage...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:21pm

All jobs come with challenges, some dangers

There has been a lot of talk about raising the minimum wage, and probably even more conversation about not raising the minimum wage.

I’m a little torn on the issue, to be honest. On one hand, I’m not a big fan of the government telling...

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 7:59am

What’s missing from our paradise? Well, jobs

So, a friend brought something up to me the other day that I’ve never really stopped to consider before.

“You always try to tell people to shop local to support our area businesses, and you go on and on about all the stuff you like about...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:28am

Point of no return:

There are weeks that I sit down at my computer, stare at the blank screen looking back at me and half-wonder if maybe the stars and gods have aligned against me.

For all the random thoughts that spin through this muddled mind every week,...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:18am

A change in the Sunday routine is miserable

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divine.”

That oft-quoted sentiment was either first penned by Ralph Waldo Emerson or Justin Beiber. Or maybe it was a Mayan. Or an...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:45pm

Snow brings with it a little slice of nostalgia

I’m not exactly the most nostalgic person in the world. I wish I could say it’s because I’m a forward-thinking individual who leaves the past in the proverbial rearview mirror, but it’s not really that. I just don’t... care.

That sounded...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 8:28am

The land of opportunity must provide opportunity

The American Dream.

There are many different perspectives on what that phrase actually means, and I suppose it can mean different things to different individuals, as we all have our own paths and obstacles in this zany board game we call...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 8:03am

Please tell me someone hit the Powerball

While issues of gun control, health care and ISIS continue to generate...

“Powerball is up to $1.4 billion!”

Yeah, I’ve heard. It’s pretty hard to read a newspaper or watch television or go on the Internet or have a conversation...

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 8:04am

Another year, another new list of resolutions

I’m a big fan of resolutions.

It’s not that I often follow through on any of these myself, mind you. But I do usually try for a little while, improve my general way of living for a few fleeting moments, and blow up spectacularly in a...

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 7:05am

Another year filled with ups, downs and plugs

Well, here we are. The end of another year, and the start to a new one — filled with promises to ourselves to lose weight, stop smoking, learn a foreign language, save more money and visit more exciting places.

And the great part of it is...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 12:47pm

It took a while, but I have Christmas spirit again

By Darin J. McCann

Merry Christmas, one and all.

I chose to open with that particular greeting for two reasons: The first one is, well, it’s Christmas, and I wish for all of you to be merry. The second reason is...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:34am

Secret Santa shows kindess can happen anywhere

This one almost pains me to write.

It’s not because of the person I’m highlighting this week, mind you. I’m actively searching for people doing extraordinary things during the holiday season to highlight their endeavors, and this...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 4:34am

One little boy can give us all Christmas spirit

Ours is a time that the historians will look back on as complicated, to say the least.

It has been an era of astronomical advances in technology and medicine, and we have seen several nations remove the shackles of dictatorships and...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:21am

Enormous donation gives hope for the future

’Tis the season, right?

The season of joy. The season of ugly sweaters and hot chocolate. The season of feel-good music, traditional holiday specials on the television and carolers coming to the door. The season of begging your credit card...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:42am

Time to take a deep breath and offer thanks

Thanksgiving, my friends, is the greatest holiday of all.

I’m not going to try to argue that it is the most significant of the holidays, as ones with religious histories or national importance certainly take precedent. And as far as pure...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 8:56am

Oxford has officially lost its sense of purpose

I’m a bit of a word nerd.

I say that not because I find myself getting wedgies at the water fountain while I’m conjugating verbs, but because I find myself getting a little excited every year when the major dictionaries announce the new...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 8:28am

Think local this year, for all of our sakes

Starbucks cups aside, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas already.

Stores are beginning to stock up decorations and gift ideas, retailers are already warning that some of the hotter toys are in short supply this year and I woke...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:50pm

A year of fear. A year of joy. A year of learning

Monday, Nov. 9, marks one year of me being a father. In a related subject, it will also be my daughter’s first birthday.

I should have probably led with that item.

For Riley, it has been quite the year. She has learned to sleep by...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:23am

Celebrating the holiday that changes yearly

Halloween is a bit of an odd holiday, right?

I mean, for starters, it’s not like you get a day off work or school for it. Basic Darin Rule #1: If you have to go to work, it is not a holiday.

It also takes on different meanings for...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 9:10am