Point of No Return

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.


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

The end of a glorious chapter in television

Like many Americans recently, my heart has been torn a bit over recent events. You find yourself eventually getting to a point of frustration, anger, resentment, sadness and despair, all wrapped up in one fleshy ball of humanity. Where do we turn...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:22am

Now there’s a whole new Halloween fright

There’s always something about the Halloween season that has appealed to me.

Perhaps it’s simply a matter of timing, as fall is my favorite season of the year. There’s something about that crisp air hitting me in the face, the leaves...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 3:23pm

Howard one of our underappreciated icons

With a firm grip on my bowl of ice cream, and my other hand deftly navigating my television with my trusted remote control, I found myself stopping my channel-surfing a few nights ago to catch a commercial for a new movie centered on race cars....

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:29am

Football’s hidden allure can be found in fantasy

It all really started last Thursday night ...

I was sitting on my couch decked out in my Torrey Smith jersey and preparing for my beloved Baltimore Ravens to start off their season with a nationally-televised game against the Denver...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:17am

Some historical info can turn your stomach

I get some slightly odd addictions from time to time.

For instance, there was a period in my life when I was fascinated by the aquaduct system created in ancient Rome. I read every piece of information I could find on the subject, watched...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 10:29am

More new words for us to embrace or trash

I love the English language.

Well, “love” may not be the right word, actually. Let’s say I am “fascinated” by the English language. It is that spotted dog in the kennel with different colored eyes and a tail that doesn’t quite fit any...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 6:10am

Criminal behavior ranges from smart to insane

Years ago, when my head was a little more full of hair and my belly a little less full of belly, I was a police reporter. We called it the “cops and courts” beat, and one of the most rewarding parts of the job was following a case from the time...

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:18am

Some people leave their mark on you over time

When February rolls around this winter, and the coats are getting heavier and the days a little shorter, our little beach paper will be celebrating its 10th birthday.

In some ways, that astounds me. It only seems like yesterday when Susan...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:35pm

The forgotten danger zone -- navigating roads

We are a nation that is consistently looking around corners with craned necks to see where the next potential danger might lurk.

“Stranger danger” is something that is preached to our children, hoping they learn the potential...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 3:49pm

What they put in food really bugs some folks

Those of you unfortunate enough to know me very well understand that I have a few, let’s say, “quirks.”

For instance, I never eat birthday cake because I once saw spittle fly from the mouth of a child who was blowing out the...

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 7:17am

Live the life you are living -- not another's

There are times when I openly weep for this big rock we live on called Earth.

Now, don’t start chiming in with your political rhetoric about our president or griping about what Rush Limbaugh said that got your hair on fire. I’m...

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 7:39am

A time to reflect on who I am — or, watch TV

So, I’ve been spending a lot of time with myself over the last month with this broken foot tying me to my couch. A friend told me that I should use this time to really get to know myself, and see it as a blessing of an opportunity for self-...

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 7:04am

Poor fan behavior continues to grow all over

There’s something extraordinary about sitting outside on a sunny day with a hot dog in hand while the crack of a bat hitting a baseball or softball fills the air.

For me, it could be a Major League Baseball game, Little League...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 8:29am

We all tend to be afraid of something in life

We all have things that scare us, right?

I have a friend I was in the Marine Corps with — mountain of a man, really — who was terrified of ants. The guy could live in the woods for a month with only his combat knife and a canteen...

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 5:37am

One small step for man, one giant step ... back

I love summer.

I love sitting outside with friends and picking crabs and drinking cold beer on a hot day, or taking off camping for a few days and sitting by a campfire at night telling stories or simply enjoying the near-hypnotic...

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 8:35am

Ocean View leadership looking very strong now

Once again, a concerned group of Ocean View residents took their complaints with the town to the Town Council this week. We have seen this show before — ranging from complaints about the police chief to complaints that the chief is not getting...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 3:24pm

Another humbling experience at tournament

There have been moments in my life when I have been accused of talking a bit ... vociferously.

Since I was a little kid chucking basketballs from between my legs at an iron hoop, there has typically been a torrent of trash-talk...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 3:22pm

We are living in 'the good ol' days' right now

There is no doubt we live in turbulent times.

We live in near-constant fear of terrorism attacks, a delicate global economy, escalating costs of college tuition that can strangle a family trying to get their children an education...

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 6:58am

Coming to realization that hard drive is full

It would seem that my hard drive is in need of an upgrade. Or, at the very least, someone to get in there and clean it up to get me more memory.

No, I’m not talking about my computer needing a simple touch-up today. This is about...

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 8:00am

The new season is here -- oh, what to do?

And ... they’re off!

If NASCAR has its green starting flag to kick off the start of hours of people driving around in circles, then I would argue that this community should have a similar method in symbolizing the start of our...

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:45am

Some seniors inspire, while others deflate

There are several things that inspire me again and again in this community.

For instance, the way this area continues to rally to raise money for families, individuals and organizations who might need a hand is humbling to behold....

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:01am

No matter what, I could always depend on Mom

There are things in life I’ve always been able to count on, no matter what might have been happening in the world.

For instance, since I was about 14 years old, I could count on my brush having much more hair in it after I finished...

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 6:37am

Collins showed courage in his big decision

When news leaked earlier this week that NBA player Jason Collins had “come out of the closet” in a Sports Illustrated article, talking heads across these fruited plains nearly exploded.

There was talk of Collins being a hero for his...

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:33am

Ocean View council gets a new face on board

The Ocean View Town Council held its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday night, and swore in Geoff Christ and Bill Olsen as councilmen.

Christ will resume his council duties representing District 2 after running unopposed. He was also...

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 7:04am

Plenty for the media to worry about these days

I was with a group of friends last Friday night, throwing some cards around and enjoying a few adult beverages, when the news coverage on the television started to take over everyone’s attention. The authorities had closed in on the...

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 7:00am

Tragedy does one thing to us -- gets us on the same page

As has been the case for the better part of the week, I was home Monday, feeling sick from a flu that had seemingly taken a personal interest in beating my body up from the inside out, and alternating between trying to chase down some...

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 10:28am

From winter straight to summer. Is something missing?

Once again, another shoulder season appears to have been skipped.
Who is the guy who voted for that team?

Remember years ago when there was a fall and a spring? You got to enjoy “sweater” weather for a month or two before frigid...

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 6:40am

New poll has it all — UFOs, tampered water and more

I’m fascinated by polls.

As a kid, I was always anxious for the voting polls to come in every week for college basketball or football to see not only where my favorite teams were rated, but also to see that little number in parentheses...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:48am

Delle Donne, teammates, lift Delaware to prominence

It hasn’t been an easy couple years on the national stage for the state of Delaware.

Vice President Joe Biden has often found himself on the receiving end of zingers from every end because of his propensity to talk more than a sugared-up...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 8:37am

Spring brings out the brackets, and the frustration

Ah, spring. This is the season that can tantalize one’s senses more than any other.

There’s the scent of new flowers exploding onto the scene. The sound of a ball cracking off a bat on a baseball or softball field. The touch of new...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 4:14am

Proposed soda ban brought plenty of questions

In the interest of “public health,” a new law was supposed to go into effect in New York City on Tuesday that banned the sale of sugary drinks in containers holding more than 16 ounces. That ban, however, was squashed by New York Supreme Court...

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:09am

The Mayans were right--Flacco gets $120 million

So, how has your last 12 months gone?

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went from being one of the most questioned athletes in all of professional sports to one of its hottest at the beginning of last season, only to fall back down to...

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 9:05am

The rambling admissions of a fan of a soap opera

Hi, I’m Darin. And I’m addicted to Downton Abbey.

Now, the proper response for all of you would have been, “Hi, Darin,” and we all would have worked on our similar conflict together. However, I’m guessing that my initital statement...

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 7:49am