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: July 23, 2014

Fun sure beats relaxing
Vacations, as they say, are overrated.
Well, that’s not entirely true. I think the appropriate description would be more like: Vacations are hard. Even if they’re supposed to be relaxing.
I took a few days “off” last week to visit my wife’s family a couple of states south. I’m pretty good at packing for such trips. Once my small duffle bag is full, I’m equipped. Very simple. As anyone who has ever left home for more than a day knows, packing isn’t really that easy.


Here's the Scoop: July 16, 2014

It’s raining — what?
The weather, as they say, is a changing. No argument here. Still, am I the only one who is growing just a tiny bit tired of just about every forecast including words like “severe, warning, damaging,,” etc.?
Like most people, I have witnessed plenty of weather-related destruction in recent years. Things are definitely “different.” On the other hand, I think some of the forecasters may be going a bit overboard by turning every period of precipitation into a life-threatening downpour. What happened to a gentle summer rain?


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Fireworks on the Fourth
It was a wild and wacky Fourth of July weekend. Relatively speaking, of course. It’s not like I was out drag racing with Justin Bieber. Thankfully.
I usually try to keep my social calendar under control. I like to pace myself. Plus, there’s a limit to my “niceness” — it’s not something I like to hand out in large doses.


Here's the Scoop: July 2, 2014

Chew on this
This has been a big year for wildlife. That last sentence probably has you all excited to learn what’s been up with my “pet” bear this week. Sorry, no “Three Bears” tales allowed — publisher’s orders. However, he said nothing about chipmunks.
Chipmunks, as we all know, are much smaller than bears. That’s probably why you don’t go into many hunting lodges and gaze upon an impressive chipmunk rug. I’m thinking that even a whole bunch of chipmunks sewn together wouldn’t make a very impressive room ornament — too many clashing stripes.


Here's the Scoop: June 25, 2014

Still can’t bear it
By popular demand, I’m going to continue my bear tale this week. The fact that I’m around to write about the bear again should be a clue that nothing too bad has happened. Yet.