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: Aug. 25, 2010

Stolen word of advice
Imagine my surprise the other day when I came across a story that stated, “The bookworms behind the Oxford Dictionary of English recently released a list of 2,000 or so new words that will be added to their next edition. Some of the new words include staycation, social media and the groan-inducing chillax.”


Here's the Scoop: Aug. 18, 2010

Say it ain’t so
I’m certain that I wasn’t alone when I clicked on my Home Page recently and was more than a little surprised to learn that Snooki had been arrested for harassment. Shocked does not come close to describing my reaction.


Here's the Scoop: Aug. 11, 2010

Neck high in popularity
Why are vampires so popular? I don’t know.
I’m not really up-to-date with the “Twilight” books and movies that have been such big hits. But I guess when you take a decent story, mix in a bunch of good-looking actors and tons of marketing dollars, success is not a surprise.


Here's the Scoop: Aug. 4, 2010

Smoothie move
Each summer, I like to designate an item as the “in” food for that season. I know that hip folks in magazines are spending the warm months downing endless amounts of mango-covered scorpions encrusted in pecans and other exotic dishes.

My tastes are not as extreme. This year, my favorite is pretty cool though, since it’s a Smoothie.


Here's the Scoop: July 28, 2010

Swapping for dollars
When my wife returned from the farmers’ market on Saturday, she told me that one of the vendors from whom she normally buys meat was not present. “He’s busy with interviews. He’s appearing on ‘Wife Swap’ this week,” she explained.
That happens, I guess.