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 24, 2009

Can’t make up my mind
It was a few years ago that I obtained my first pair of flip-flops. The best part of this footwear purchase was that the flip-flops were specifically for my daughter’s wedding. Obviously, this was going to be my type of event.
The wedding was great and the flip-flops added to the enjoyment because I didn’t have to worry about keeping them tied.


Here's the Scoop: June 17, 2009

Do I know you?
Well, I survived the second annual Sweeney Family Reunion.
The latest event was a bit different than the first. During the initial reunion, held three years ago, there were many folks who hadn’t seen each other in decades. In people years, that’s pretty long.
There were some new relatives on board this time around, but also many returning Reunion Vets. I guess that means the first reunion was a success. Or else those who attended have short memories.


Here's the Scoop: June 10, 2009

Color me green...along with everyone else
Personally, I am really pleased that the entire world has gone “green.” Evil chemicals, from all indications, are a thing of the past. At least if you believe what you read. While I’m glad that many of the disease-causing chemicals that have been forced upon society are no longer being used, the entire concept does have a troubling side.


Here's the Scoop: June 3, 2009

Welcome to my house
It was like a police interrogation. Without the dead body. Yet.
The story was told to me while I was at a gathering the other evening with some people I had just met. It didn’t matter, though, because like many people who have had a life-altering experience, they were ready to spill their guts.


Here's the Scoop: May 27, 2009

Time to Twitter
I’m running late this week. Must be I’m spending too much time on Twitter again.
OK, that may not be entirely true. In fact, I was not exactly certain what it is that Twitter is — or does — until I looked it up.