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: January 18, 2012

Good to have a hobby
Dryer lint. Friend or foe? If allowed to pile up unchecked so that it creates a fire hazard, dryer lint is definitely an enemy.

But there’s a “burning use” for dryer lint that falls squarely into the “friend” category, as well. I’ll admit, I wasn’t aware of the positive aspect of dryer lint until Christmas. That’s when I carefully opened a gift box (after being warned numerous times that the package was fragile) and discovered a pile of fire-starters.


Here's the Scoop: January 11, 2012

Spring is late this year
By now, you have probably seen TV or Internet footage of the young Australian lady who went bungee jumping in her homeland on New Year’s Day — and got a bit of a surprise when the anticipated “bounce back” was replaced by a snapped cord. And a freefall.
Remarkably, Erin Langworthy survived the drop into the river below, suffering bruises and a fractured collar bone.


Here's the Scoop: January 4, 2012

It’s all about Connections
Are you Linkedin? You should be. I think.

If you are Linkedin, then you know that you are a member of “The world’s largest professional network.” And, it’s pretty big — with more than 135 million members. If you aren’t really aware of Linkedin and feel like you’ve missed the boat, don’t be too worried, there’s still plenty of time to stop being the Missing Link(edin).


Here's the Scoop: December 28, 2011

Picking up a few things for christmas
Now that Christmas is in the rearview mirror, it seems like a good time to take a look at “The Most Shoplifted Items of the Holiday Season.”

This isn’t a list I compiled; it’s one that turned up recently in an Internet story. Where else?
I’m pleased to report that I forgot to put “shoplifting” on my list this year, so I didn’t perform this deed. Apparently, many others prefer the “lifting” part of shopping over the traditional type.


Here's the Scoop: December 21, 2011

Cookies are meant to be eaten
“It’s not bragging, if it’s true.” I’m not sure who originated that idea, but I like it.
I mention this now, because we are in the midst of Christmas Cookie Season and, well, let’s just say that I can eat a lot of these sweet treats.

I’m not referring to those quaint little plates of cookies, the kind that many folks set out for Santa to enjoy. No, I mean the kind of cookie consumption that is definitely not healthy — even though it tastes really, really good.