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: June 27, 2012

More family secrets
By popular demand, I was asked to not write about the goings-on at our recent family reunion. That “demand” came from family members, concerned that I might spill some deep, dark secrets.

Well, those paranoid family members are now safely back at their homes, many of them thousands of miles from the Catskills. In short, they don’t scare me much — from a distance, at least.


Here's the Scoop: June 20, 2012

Is reality TV fake?
Imagine my disappointment when charges were leveled last week that “House Hunters” is a fake TV show.

I don’t watch a huge amount of TV, but “House Hunters” is one of the shows I enjoy. In case you’ve never tuned in, the show basically follows a couple looking to buy a home and they visit three places, eventually buying one, after weighing the pros and cons of each place.


Here's the Scoop: June 13, 2012

Who are you again?
Just a few more days until the Sweeney Family Reunion. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for me to pull out the Sweeney Family Tree and figure out who all these people are — and try to memorize their names.

I really like the reunion, but my memory isn’t that great. I often find myself asking folks at the reunion, “Do I know you?” Quickly followed by, “OK, do I like you?” Kidding, of course.


here's the Scoop: May 30, 2012

What’s for dinner?
Cannibals. Love ’em or hate ’em.
I’m in the first category on this one. I think cannibals may just have the right idea. I know vegetables are good for one’s diet, but meat packs more of a culinary punch.

I know that being fond of a quarter-pound burger or a juicy pork chop isn’t exactly the same as visiting your neighbor for a midnight snack (literally), but it’s not a big stretch to see how this could evolve into developing a taste for human flesh.


Here's the Scoop: May 23, 2012

Good to be back. Sort of
Things are different on vacation. Usually better.
As a general rule, I am a fan of “getting away from it all.” The funny thing about vacations, though, is that they are often surrounded by stress.

Before one can begin forgetting about work and general life pressures, one has to wrap up the vacations details such as planning what to bring, packing these items and tending to lingering details. It’s hard.