Point of No Return

It's the most wonderful time of the year

There are certainly a lot of great days that come around every year.

Of course, Christmas jumps to mind immediately as the top dog. There is the religious meaning, which brings legitimacy to its status as a significant day for many. It is...

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 12:18pm

Tossing my teeth away in Margaritaville...

By the time this week’s paper hit the streets, I was sitting on a plane heading down to Florida for a week-plus of sunshine, live music and a few cocktails.

Of course, there’s always the chance that the duration of this vacation...

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 11:42am

Here’s hoping we all remember Mr. Buckles

A piece of American history died last Sunday.

Oh, Frank Buckles’ name might not necessarily rank up there with Paul Revere, John Adams or Charlie Sheen in the collective public consciousness of people in this nation, but he was indeed a...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 8:17am

Prescription drug issues leaves many questions

I recently completed a three-part series on the perils of prescription drug abuse — ranging from physical and mental dangers, to an uptick in property crimes to the damages done to friends and family members of those addicted to the pills. We...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:05am

Jeopardy! is actually elementary, my dear Watson

Great, something else that’s smarter than me.

That list has swelled over the years, ranging from my teachers to clergy to my parents to co-workers to my asthmatic pug, Bailey. Every time I start to think I’m getting a little smarter, I run...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 6:48am

Valentine’s Day tales of romance and mirth

A police officer in Manatee County, Fla., was flagged down by a 27-year-old man last week and told that the man was robbed at gunpoint about 90 minutes earlier, according to an article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Apparently, police became a...

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 3:47am

Identifying the real-life ‘dog with a bone’

It’s a term we’ve all heard over and over again throughout the course of our respective lifetimes — “Like a dog with a bone.”

It often gets attached to detectives chasing down leads on a case on television, or a reporter hunting down the...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:53am

Snow scofflaws, inflateable girls, etc.

As we were putting together the paper on Wednesday, a winter weather advisory was hanging over our heads, putting pressure on everybody to get their work done as quickly as possible, while simultaneously making all of us groan under our breaths...

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:25am

It's a good week to eat a little crow

Old Bay? Cinnamon and spice? Cracked pepper?

There are just so many culinary choices for the crow I’ve been eating all week — ever since my Baltimore Ravens did a bellyflop on national television against the Pittsburgh Steelers...

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 4:11am

It's not all car chases and firey houses

One of my favorite annual local events is the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards luncheon, hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. It is an event dedicated to the efforts of local responders — those firefighters, EMS personnel and...

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 3:22am

Many broken dreams here at the Point

I’m a little late writing my column this week because I had to cancel a few things I had ordered online the other night. See, there was just no doubt in my mind that I was going to win the $355-million Mega Millions lottery Tuesday night, so I...

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7:03am

Another year, another list of resolutions

You just have to love a new year.

Well, once I get rid of that annual headache and stomach virus I seem to come down with every New Year’s Day (my father used to call it the “bottle flu”), I start to like the new year. See, the new year...

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 5:53am

The big guy is everywhere this year

Christmas is a time of songs and poems, stories and tales.
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We hear about the holiday bringing families together, the kindness of strangers and a general mystical aura in the air that is best quantified as “The Christmas...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 1:50pm

It's colder than ... well, it's pretty cold

We try to provide our readers the latest local news.

It’s cold. It’s stinking cold. See what I mean?

I was driving to work the other morning and saw a penguin standing on the corner with his hands in his pockets and running...

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 3:27am

Surely, he was a seriously funny guy

For the record, my favorite comedy of all time is “Airplane!” — and there really is no close second.

It’s silly. It’s non-sensical. There is no underlying theme that makes you pontificate life’s many riddles, and you really wouldn’t...

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 3:43am

So many reasons to be thankful

The highway of life can be fraught with breakneck speeding, traffic snarls and distracted drivers. We have to navigate through these potential perils to get to the place we’re trying to reach — both literally and figuratively.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 2:17pm

Local heroes remembered in films

We are fickle creatures, by nature.

On the positive side, we are often quick to forgive. If a person makes a mistake, we are typically quick to pounce on it. But if that individual atones for his or her error, we normally forgive and...

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 2:58am

Tanning beds and a Facebook queen

There are a few words, images and symbols that have caused me anxiety over my lifetime.

For instance, hearing my mother shout out my entire name while I was up to some form of nefarious activity would cause instant paralysis. Same...

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:25am

Election is behind us now. Hooray!

It’s over.

The confetti has fallen, concession speeches have been made and many of the political pundits on cable news networks can go back to their caves for the next two years to assemble pie charts and graphics that explain...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 2:31pm

This is truly life or death. Get it right.

It just seems that there are less and less things being made in America these days.

We’ve seen factory jobs go overseas, and seen those manufactured items come back to land on our shelves. Check the tag on your shirt. Look at the...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:10am

Can you hear him now? Please, hang up

I love my iPhone.

There, I said it. Though it often tends to serve as an umbilical cord between me and my job, and I miss half the stuff I’m watching on television because my face is typically buried in its display, I’m not sure how...

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 5:36am

Saying goodbye-- and thinking pumpkins

I haven’t been at my best this week.

It started on Monday morning when I received a call that my grandfather had passed away at the age of 90. Grandpa Joe turned 90 at the end of August, and I wrote a piece at that time about what a...

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 4:13am

Delaware in national spotlight again

Delaware got a serious shot in the arm in regards to its national identity when Joe Biden got voted in to serve as vice president of the United States. Oh, he gets picked on a bit by the pundits for his propensity to talk a little more than the...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 2:51pm

The simplest volunteer effort ever

There has been no shortage of news over the past few years regarding local fire companies and their, well, shortage of funds. Now, that’s not to suggest that any of our departments are teetering on the brink of closing their doors, but more to...

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 8:13am

Oxford opens its pages for tech

The English language is a living, breathing organism.
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It began as a massive conglomeration of earlier languages and it continues to evolve in order to adapt to the spoken language of the time. The rules of grammar don’t...

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 4:56am

Weinermobile tough act to follow

I’m easily distracted.

Put a shiny object in front of me, and everything else in the world temporarily ceases to exist. Have a conversation with me while the television is on in the background, and chances are that I’m far more...

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 4:44am

Are you ready for some football?

When Brett Favre and his balky ankle take the field Thursday night with his Minnesota Vikings to take on Drew Brees and his defending champion New Orleans Saints, it will mark the official beginning of the 2010 NFL season.


Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:44am

Happy Birthday, Grandpa Joe

Grandpa Joe turned 90 this week.

No, I’m not talking about iconic Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno, though he’s certainly inching toward that historic milestone. No, Grandpa Joe is, well, my grandfather.

It’s impossible...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:26am

Too late now for any control

I woke up the other night staring straight into the face of a pug.

Imagine going from dreaming about dancing with the Malaysian cheerleading squad on top of a mountain of solid gold bricks to staring into the all-too alert eyes of an...

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:37am

Favre better than many others

When word starting circulating on Tuesday that NFL quarterback Brett Favre was on an airplane heading from Mississippi to Minnesota, there was a collective groan from sports writers across these fruited plains.

“I knew he was coming back...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 8:33am

Pulling for the girls from Guam

There are so many things to enjoy over at the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana this week.

The action has been great, as many games have been decided in the last inning. There have been some pretty prodigious homeruns,...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:57am

World Series is now upon us

Play ball!

And with that short but sweet command, girls from around the world will set forth on a shared quest to claim the title of “world champion.”

I admit it. I’m a sucker for the Senior League World Series held for the past...

Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:39am

Catching up with a true icon

As a child, there were a few objects that all I had to do was see them and I would get excited.

I remember walking through the concourse at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and seeing the field appear before me. There was always an instant...

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 8:07am

Warming up to summer season

I confess. I’m one of those people who gets easily frustrated in the summer.

I find myself cursing while driving down congested streets, eating at home more to avoid the crowds and waiting until fall to stake my claim to a spot on...

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:11am

A tough week for the spineless

It ain’t easy being an invertebrate these days.

I mean, for starters, you have no spine, and that makes it hard to find a jacket that looks good on you. Then there’s the problem with trying to sit in a chair — you just kind of slink...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 4:12pm

Embrace the dog days of summer

So, anyway, it’s been hot.

I don’t mean that typical man-this-place-gets-hot-and-sticky-in-the-summer kind of hot. No, no, no. This has been more of an I-think-my-shorts-just-fused-to-my-thighs kind of hot. The temperature on Tuesday...

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 4:23am

Independence is a unique gift

There’s just something magical about the word “Independence.”

It can mean so many things to so many people, and the word always plays a mental ballet in my head every July 4th. I think about the sacrifices made by those before us to...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 5:44pm

Strumming our way into history

A history professor at my beloved Temple University once told me that the best thing about history is that it never gets old, because it’s being made every day.

I often keep that in mind when thinking about current events, and...

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 4:47am

The lessons we learn from our dads

Father’s Day is, obviously enough, a day to celebrate fathers. We thank them for the sacrifices they’ve made, and generally make an effort to express our thanks to the men who reared us. We do it through cards, or brunch or a new hunting rifle,...

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 8:48am

Another Taste of greatness passes

We all have our own kryptonites.

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You know, those things or people in life that can seep into your very soul and leave you utterly helpless against their respective powers. Some of these things — like alcohol, drugs or...

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:30am

NY Super Bowl is about money

NFL owners voted on Tuesday to hold the 2014 Super Bowl in the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands Stadium that will regularly play host to the New York Giants and Jets. The vote has created a fairly large amount of controversy, as this will be the...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:23am

Pondering a life of pure solitude

A conversation came up the other night that seemed harmless enough at the time, but has been bouncing around my brain quite a bit ever since.
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The question was posed: Would you be able to live on a deserted island by...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 5:10pm

The times, they are a' changing

I’m an admitted people-watcher.

I love sitting down at the boardwalk, the mall, casinos and even office buildings and just watch people go by. I like to imagine the conversations people are having, or try to answer hidden questions...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:35am

My mom really is cooler than yours

My mom is cooler than yours.

There, I said it. Now, before I start getting angry calls (and, yes, I’m looking at you, Mrs. Cobb), I’m not implying in any way that any of your mothers are not lovely women who have sacrificed of...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 5:20pm

Occupying my mind before vacation

Do you remember those sleepless nights as a youth? The calendar would flip to November, and you just knew Christmas was right around the corner. You would begin formulating the perfect list in your mind, going over it again and again until you...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 2:12pm

Caterpillars are the butt of the joke

It’s been said by many who know me that I sometimes talk out of my backside. Normally, I get that comment during poker games, when the common perception amongst those who play with me often is that if I’m giving away anything about my hand, it’s...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:10am

Give me a break on this rationale

According to various reports, the U.S. Army will court-martial a military doctor because he refused to deploy to Afghanistan. Conscientious observer? Nope. Dying kid at home? Wrong again. Allergies to poppy fields? Three strikes.


Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 9:27am

A great week for us sports fans

Let’s be honest. Life’s tough.

Regardless your economic standing, gender, race, religion or favorite breakfast cereal, there is always something in your life at any moment that requires deep thought, immediate action or a comfortable...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 6:54am

Tradition isn't always a good thing

I’m a big believer in honoring one’s culture. I cling tightly to my family’s Irish heritage, and enjoy hearing and learning from others who are also fascinated by their roots. Shaun Lambert, for instance, can make my eyes roll back into my head...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:23am

Trying hard to understand reform

I’m searching for an old friend.

This was the kind of friend that was always there for me. The kind that would come through in the clutch no matter what, and would never ask for anything in return. Oh, we had a few bumpy rides from...

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 7:43am