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: November 30, 2011

Cleaning up the turkey
Ah, there’s nothing like four days off to recharge one’s batteries. That’s the great thing about Thanksgiving — that one extra day that this particular holiday brings leaves plenty of time for…vacuuming!

Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Thanksgiving. The overindulging. The swearing off eating…only to start again with an entire new meal about three hours after dessert. It’s all good stuff.


Here's the Scoop: November 23, 2011

The votes are counted
Well, another Election Season is over. Unlike the Presidential campaign that lasts exactly four years and involves seemingly dozens of “front-running candidates” (changing about every eight days) local election action is a bit more low-key.

Because most village, town and county races involve “neighbors running against neighbors,” the campaign season can take on a pretty personal tone.


Here's the Scoop: November 16, 2011

Clashing on the carpet
It’s difficult to guess how many times I (and many of you, I’m sure) have clicked on your Home Page recently only to be assaulted with the stunningly dreadful news that two actresses have shown up at an event wearing the same dress.

Making matters worse, the folks who report this information feel obligated to go into details about “who wore it better.” Ouch.


Here's the Scoop: November 9, 2011

Guess who’s coming to your birthday?
When folks reach “milestone” birthdays, it’s customary to throw them a party. Often, the parties are the “surprise” version. At least, they are supposed to be surprises.

Ironically, the older someone gets, the harder it becomes to pull off a super duper secret birthday bash. This is especially true when surprise parties have become common. In fact, many people would probably be surprised (and likely disappointed) if they didn’t have a party thrown on their behalf.


Here's the Scoop: November 2, 2011

What’s the hurry? Apparently, nothing
Slow down. Enjoy life. These seem like words of wisdom — unless taken to extreme.

I’m sure that “Sunday drivers” have existed as long as vehicles have been driven. Before that, these “people of leisure” probably spent lots of time clogging walking paths.

In many ways, I admire folks who have the ability to enjoy life at their own pace. On the other hand, these people can be more than a little annoying to those of us who have places to go, people to see and things to do — on a tight schedule.