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: 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.


Here's the Scoop: January 22, 2014

There’s no place like Home Goods...
A little chapter in local history will soon come to a close when Dorothy Maffei steps down as owner of Home Goods of Margaretville (HGM).
In a small town, businesses come and go. In fact, the “go” enterprises somehow seem to outnumber the arrivals. As opposed to mega-malls, shopping in rural areas usually offers a much different type of experience. Stores are often unique. Owners usually know your name.


Here's the Scoop: January 15, 2014

Frosting on the...cupcake
The waiting, as they say, was torture. The sweet variety.
I could detect the tempting aroma of the cupcakes baking a mere 20 feet away, but was not allowed a sample. Not even a nibble. This may seem harsh, but the initial description of the setting doesn’t tell the entire story. Cupcakes and I should never be left alone in a room. Throw in a half-gallon of milk and all bets are off.


Here's the Scoop: January 8, 2014

Rocks in my head
It’s probably a good bet that I’m not the only person who logs on to the Internet each day to get a full update of Kardashian mayhem.
OK, so maybe that’s not entirely true, since I’m not really sure how many Kardashians there are and why, exactly, the folks who deliver the stunning Yahoo Home Page “news” think that anyone cares. We don’t. Not one bit. Stop this madness, please.
I know, it would be simple enough to change my Home Page, but there are usually just enough non-Kardashian (K-folks) stories on there to keep me from doing so.


Here's the Scoop: January 1, 2014

Post-holiday non-music to my ears
Well, it’s been nearly a week since I’ve heard any holiday music. The silence is music to my ears.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy a good seasonal song, but I do have a few qualifications that must be met. Please notice that I included the word “good” in the last sentence. That eliminates a lot of holiday “classics.”
Sure, there are some seasonal tunes that are truly “timeless.” However, no matter how great a song may start out, it can easily be ruined in the wrong hands, or vocal chords.