Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: July 21, 2010

What a great person!
When Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away recently, the story dominated the news. I’m sure he had many good points — as a number of writers went out of their way to point out.


Here's the Scoop: July 7, 2010

The dangers of relaxation
Each season of the year comes with a certain amount of danger.
Winter, naturally, brings the fear of car crashes and injuries from falling. Among spring’s biggest drawbacks are black flies and spring fever — the latter which occurs when it’s still 42 degrees in late May.


Here's the Scoop: June 30, 2010

Open door policy
Summer vacation is nearly over. That was fast.
This isn’t a weather forecast on my part. No, the “vacation’s over” theme is related to having houseguests. Just like deer are guaranteed to chomp down on the garden, guests are coming. And they seemingly can’t be stopped.


Here's the Scoop: June 23, 2010

Another bright idea
I’m declaring 2010 The Year of the Firefly.
This is being done because I’ve noticed that over the past decade or so, it seems that each summer a different type of animal or insect steps (or runs, flies or crawls) into prominence. Squirrels, ladybugs, frogs, tent caterpillars — they’ve all dominated recent summers. My early money this year is on fireflies.


Here's the Scoop: June 16, 2010

I hear you, fans
While I certainly admire the remarkable skills of professional soccer players, I am not what you’d call a soccer fan. It probably has something to do with me having “two left feet” — with neither of them particularly skilled at making a round ball go in an intended direction.
I suppose that if were to sit down and watch an entire game of the current World Cup that I might gain some enthusiasm for the “world’s most watched event.” But I won’t be joining in the with the soccer couch potato crowd.


Here's the Scoop: June 9, 2010

Time for Lawn-spansion
When is a lawn not a lawn? If this sounds like the type of mind-twisting puzzle uttered by Batman’s foe, The Riddler, well, it’s not. It’s a real question for homeowners. Because The Riddler is not around to provide a solution, let me help: When it’s supposed to be a forest.


Here's the Scoop: June 2, 2010

Patching things up
Five months from now, I’ll be glad I made this effort. Right now, it’s just a pain in the….neck, arms, back and probably a few additional places. But when Halloween rolls around, I will proudly display the pumpkins I grew. Hopefully.


Here's the Scoop: May 26, 2010

Necessity is the mother of invention
Those of you who are easily grossed out (I fit that bill) should stop reading here. I learned this week that a Roxbury resident has become a star on the Internet because of a blanket he invented. This isn’t your everyday blanket. And it’s apparently not going to replace the Snuggie (another great concept that I wrote about awhile back) in homes across America.


Here's the Scoop: May 19, 2010

You don’t say...
When I go online, it’s sometimes interesting to click on the stories that the Home Page folks have deemed important. Just last week, there was a headline that screamed out at me: “The Worst Words to Say at Work.”
I naturally figured that I knew all of these — and a few more.


Here's the Scoop: May 12, 2010

Hot dog! That’s a great idea
As a general rule, I hate Internet advertising. These ads are a little too “in your face” for me. Plus, there’s the indisputable fact that newspaper ads are the only ones that work.


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