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: August 20, 2013

Feeling Berry Blue
Every year is different when it comes to “crop production.” It seems there’s no such thing as average anymore. The growing season either yields a lot of certain fruits and vegetables — or not much at all.
The weather, naturally, is the factor that determines these yields. This year, blueberry fans are very happy. Apple lovers, too.


Here's the Scoop: August 7, 2013

Still hooked on fish sticks
Every once in awhile, I think it’s healthy to slow life down and reminisce about times that were spent at a more leisurely pace. In reality, the periods being fondly recalled were almost certainly filled with their share of stress — it’s just not as vivid, thanks to the fuzzy blurring provided by the passing of time. Still, whether memories are 100 percent accurate or not, there are some that stand out boldly from the rest. The truth about these recollections is for others to decide.


Here's the Scoop: July 31, 2013

Getting a jump
It was inevitable. Once the early July heat wave broke, things have cooled off considerably. Air conditioner sales have chilled. Folks are again out “doing things.”
Suddenly, temperatures are struggling to escape the 70s during the daytime and are downright cool at night.
“You know, I hate to say it,” my wife commented, “but it feels like fall.”
“No, I don’t feel like going to the mall,” I responded immediately.
She began to repeat her statement, but quickly realized I was using a defense mechanism to ward off her comment.


Here's the Scoop: July 24, 2013

Just like old times...
As a general rule, I don’t “time travel” when it comes to my musical listening experiences. On occasion, I will make an exception. Such was the case over the weekend when I attended the Doobie Brothers show at the Belleayre Music Festival.


Here's the Scoop: July 17, 2013

Need snooze control
There are few things in life more personal than a pillow. In theory, you spend one-third of your day (or night) in close proximity to a pillow. In reality, five or six hours isn’t bad.

When staying overnight in a hotel or at a friend’s house, it’s common to take note regarding the comfort level provided by the pillow. At the former, a “bad pillow” can be almost as annoying as that $6 bottle of water that seemed so tempting the night before, but caused you to choke when it showed up on your final bill.