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: October 15, 2014

Never too early
Each year, the drama builds. I wait as long as possible — delaying the inevitable.
In all honesty, the first fire of the year usually occurs much earlier than it did this season. That’s kind of odd, since I was tempted to “take the chill off” the house about half the nights during the summer. Since fall rolled around, my thinking is a bit different.

Here's the Scoop: October 8, 2014

Just an inkling
I’m not afraid to admit that I’m not always the fastest when it comes to trendiness. In fact, I often miss a trend completely and have to rely on others to let me know that a trend had occurred. In the long run, I’m guessing this saves me money, because it’s often hard to keep pace with the world.
One trend that I do know about is tattoos. Everybody has them. Somewhere. Even if some of those tattooed places have access that is, rightfully, limited.

Here's the Scoop: October 1, 2014

Along for the ride
It’s pretty common for people to take their dogs just about anywhere these days. Dogs are often seen at offices, out jogging with their owners and riding along in vehicles. When vacation time rolls around, the family canine(s) is often in on the action.
Cats, on the other hand, are not normally looked upon as such constant companions. Our cat (readers with good memories will already know her as Holly) is a bit different. Some would say she’s spoiled. Others might call her “dog-like” in her willingness to always be in the middle of the action. Or, maybe she just enjoys having her head scratched.

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 24, 2014

Stick ’em up
Driving comes with its share of dangers. Paying attention to what’s happening when you’re behind the wheel is a very serious matter. Despite this fact, it’s pretty easy to get distracted from the task at hand.

Here's the Scoop: September 10, 2014

House cleaning time
A simplified way of looking at life is that it’s filled with chapters. Like a good book, some of the chapters are terrifying, some are sweet, others are filled with impossibly boring details — much like an 800-page novel.
As time passes, it becomes a bit easier to look back and break down one’s life into different segments. That sort of nostalgia has been at the forefront for me lately as I have spent a ton of time cleaning out my childhood home and preparing the house for its next chapter of ownership.