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: 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.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 3, 2008

Celebrity bash
My mother “Peg,” had a birthday this week. So did Britney Spears. On the same day. I think the similarities end at that point.
My mother’s age is not a topic for general discussion. Or any other type of discussion. It never has been.
It can safely be said, though, that she’s a bit older than Britney.


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 26, 2008

Wow, look at that poor fool!
As we all know, there are benefits and drawbacks to living in a small town.
For the most part, people are friendly and will drop everything to help a neighbor. That’s one of the best elements of rural life.
On the other hand, there are occasions when it’s not a good thing when most people know everyone else.


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 19, 2008

Too bored to care
I was plenty excited to read this week that “meh” has been added to the dictionary.
For those of you who may not be familiar with this term, it’s basically a “term of indifference or boredom.”
“Meh” reportedly traces the roots of its popularity back seven years to an episode of The Simpsons. That’s when Bart and Lisa respond to an offer of a day of family fun from their father with “meh” and continue watching television.


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 12, 2008

Are you using that wood?
Some things never change. I’m proud to point out that I’m not a “bandwagon-jumper” when it comes to burning wood. I’ve always been a bit on the “thrifty” side and, as a result, have long thought that burning wood was a sensible way to save money on heating costs. So, for close to 20 years, wood has been part of our heating system.