Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney has been the author of “Here’s the Scoop” for more than 20 years. The column usually deals with the lighter side of life and the writer has been known to mix a bit of fiction in with the facts. Brian has received six awards for his column in the annual New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Here's the Scoop: March 25, 2015

What’s for dinner?
While humans have been complaining about The Longest Winter for quite some time, we actually have it pretty easy. Although they may be expensive and/or hard work, we have options for heating our homes. The same with eating — we head to the store and grab whatever we like. For a special treat, we get some takeout.
Deer, on the other hoof, don’t have these luxuries. Sure, they are outfitted with some pretty durable, all-natural coats, but the food and shelter aren’t automatic. Even a rugged fur coat can’t be that comfortable against sub-zero temperatures and whipping winds. I’m guessing that, in the past few years, there are plenty of deer who decided that heading south during the winter months wasn’t an idea that’s strictly for the birds.

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Here's the Scoop: March 18, 2015

Food for thought
I always think it’s a nice treat when someone brings food to the office to share with co-workers. Fattening, too.
Face it, no one would be very thrilled if their co-worker came to the office bearing a big pot of lima beans to share. Well, this might be seen as a treat by vegetarians with poor taste buds, but not for the general office population.

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Here's the Scoop: March 11, 2015

The gifts of hope
Because of “The Winter that Wouldn’t Quit,” I haven’t been feeling my usual passion for Fantasy Baseball this year. There’s now less than a month to go before our annual Fantasy Baseball draft. In a normal year, by about mid-February, I’d start counting the days until the draft and filling my nights and free minutes studying players’ statistics in an attempt to win our coveted league title. Not this year.
The record cold this season has most people thinking about firewood, not the sound of wood meeting ball with a resounding crack.

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Here's the Scoop: March 4, 2015

The spice of life
Tastes, as we all know, change. I eat things as an adult that would have received the “spit into the napkin” treatment when I was a kid.


Here's the Scoop: February 25, 2015

Warm & fuzzy
You may recall that I wrote about a real “good news, bad news” experience in a recent column. To summarize, I had found a long lost iPod inside my winter jacket. That was the good part. The not so good news was that was that playing the iPod would no longer be possible, since the coat had been laundered a number of times. “Tiny Bubbles” is the only song the device can play, at this point.