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: Dec. 24, 2014

Branching Out — Part Two
Faithful readers will recall that last week was Part 1 of what is estimated to be an 18-column series detailing everything that went wrong with this year’s Christmas tree purchase. If you missed the first installment of this riveting melodrama, please send me $1.25 and I’ll make sure to get you a copy.
To summarize: this year’s field-cut tree was, ummm, bigger than we thought. Snowier, too. Somehow my wife and I managed to lug the tree into the house — after it took the tree farm owner with a big tractor to get this monster to our car.

Here's the Scoop: Dec. 17, 2014

Bigger is better?
In my humble opinion, last year we had our best Christmas tree. This year, we have our “beast” Christmas tree.

Here's the Scoop: December 10, 2014

Bucks stop here. Or there?
When is a lost wallet not a lost wallet? Give up? Me too. Because of that, my wallet is actually lost. Unless it turns up. In the meantime, I’ve stopped looking.
Like many people, I’ve “misplaced” my wallet on numerous occasions. Even when I’m not exactly sure where my wallet is located, I usually have a limited number of places where I’m pretty sure it will turn up. And, it does. Usually.

Here's the Scoop: Dec. 3, 2014

Leftover guests vs. turkey
I guess it’s a question that’s not easily answered, though many have tried: What do I tire of first — leftover turkey or holiday company?
It may sound a bit harsh, but the fact is, it’s kind of easy to lose a taste for both turkey and guests within a few days after Thanksgiving. Maybe sooner.
Let’s talk turkey, first. The nice thing about this meal is that, in our household, this is a food that’s enjoyed only once or twice a year. Turkey burgers don’t count. Because of this fact, a roast turkey dinner is a special event.

Here's the Scoop: Nov. 26, 2014

Another productive day
I was reading a magazine article the other day that had a story titled “151 Secrets of the Most Productive People.” I couldn’t wait to check this out, to see what these various folks had to say about making the most of one’s working time. Unfortunately, every time I tried to read the piece, I got distracted.