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: March 12, 2014

The hungry season
When it comes to whitetail deer, the term “wild animal” hardly seems appropriate. Sure, these creatures live in nature, but that seems to be end of the “wild” description.
Deer, as anyone who lives in these parts can attest, are pretty tame specimens. Cute, too, for the most part. They aren’t quite on a par with dogs and cats, but they sometimes seem kind of like pets — and are treated that way by some people who enjoy having deer visit their yards.


Here's the Scoop: March 5, 2014

Must be that time again
It’s official. I’ve crossed the annual line — I’m hating firewood. Well, “hating” is a strong term, but my relationship with all things bark-covered is certainly strained.
This happens every almost spring, of course. After nearly constant wood burning since October, the romance with the fireplace has cooled. It’s OK, though.


Here's the Scoop: February 26, 2014

Leather season is here
It’s nine degrees this morning. The stiff breeze shaves quite a few additional degrees off the thermometer in terms of wind chill. Despite temperatures near 50 over the weekend, there’s still a thick blanket of snow all around.
The winter trudges on and there’s little for us non-snowbirds to do about the situation, but look ahead to better days. And read about baseball.


Here's the Scoop: February 5, 2014

A 50 percent chance
I have been overrun, so to speak, with feedback on last week’s column regarding my recent slipper purchase. That topic really picked up steam — a slipper-y slope, if you will.
Apparently, lots of readers have a deep connection to their in-house footwear of choice. I had no idea when I wrote about this, just how passionate folks are regarding slippers. It’s actually a bit scary. I mean that in the good way.


Here's the Scoop: January 29, 2014

If the slipper fits
One of the reasons that I prefer to buy things online is because I don’t really like hanging out with big groups of people in places such as shopping malls. It’s kind of weird, then, that I often rely on others to help me shop — based on their reviews.
In recent years, I find that I’m letting the shopping experience of the general population guide my spending habits. I recently accumulated enough credit card bonus points to put me within purchase range of a decent pair of slippers. That’s good. And bad.