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. 27, 2010

I swear — it was a mistake.
“Community paper.” That’s the best way to describe the Catskill Mountain News in two words or less. I’ve heard worse, of course. Especially in the past week! While providing coverage of “real stories,” the News still seeks to retain that wholesome, hometown flavor. With the exception, I guess, of the really, really bad swear word that made its way into print recently.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 20, 2010

There’s no time for shorcuts
I’m starting to think that I am not cut out to live in this current time. Call me old — you won’t be the first.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 13, 2010

Are they gone yet?
The 10-day “Period of Forgetfulness” has passed. Memories of “The Visit” are starting to fade. A bit. You see, over the holidays we hosted some friends and their young children. For two years…I mean two days. That’s 48 hours to those of you who don’t keep track of such things. It’s a very, very long time when half of the houseguests can’t tie their shoes.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 6, 2010

Warm and cuddly feeling
When a recent conversation came around to Snuggies, I felt left out. Finally, I casually asked: “What exactly is a Snuggie?” I didn’t receive an immediate answer, but there were plenty of skeptical stares from the small group assembled. No one present, it seems, believed that I didn’t know about the wonders of Snuggies.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 30, 2009

Same old song...again and again...
How many others out there are really relieved that Christmas is over? I thought so.
I’ve got to admit it, for all the pain that the most recent recession has caused, I really did appreciate the fact that this financial meltdown erased much of the holiday season pressure. I doubt if the trend will last, but I liked the fact that presents became quite a bit less important in the past few years. Unless, of course, you were in charge of a company trying to sell useless trinkets to the masses.