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: Jan. 21, 2009

Let’s hit the mall...but not really
Over the course of our lives, we’ve all seen news reports about a great, but seemingly simple concept/invention, and exclaimed, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
There’s also the more regrettable line, “I was going to do that!”
Then we wonder if the person who actually did get credit for following through on this idea will loan us a few million dollars because, well, it was merely our laziness that allowed them to strike it rich.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 14, 2009

I can’t hear you
This may come as a huge surprise for those people who know me, but I’m kind of sensitive to “background noise.” “Foreground noise,” as well.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 7, 2009

Back in the old days...
The beginning of a new year, by nature, brings out several emotions. As the name implies, there’s the anticipation of a fresh start and hope for good days ahead.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 30, 2008

Winter reading time
Along with the constant tease of some nice snowstorms — quickly followed by rain, some form of icy material and early summer temperatures — I like winter in the Catskills for other reasons, as well.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 24, 2008

The scent of success
I always enjoy the frantic pace of last-minute Christmas shopping. Watching this event, not participating in it, of course.
At some point, I decided that I wasn’t going to let the commercialism of this event turn me into a nerve-wracked shopping freak. Not that I’m cynical.