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: May 11, 2011

It’s Pippa-watching season
Like so many others, I’ve had trouble thinking about much of anything other than “Pippa” for the past couple of weeks.

My days are filled with “Google alerts” pouring in for all things “Pippa.” The good news is that I don’t get many things that aren’t related to Pippa Middleton, because there just ain’t that many of them around. Pippa Middleton is not the only person with that name, but she’s probably the only one who is simply known by one name. Like Madonna. Or Tarzan.


Here's the Scoop: May 4, 2011

Order up
I’m not sure when it happened, but I’ve become a sort of “lunch specialist.” The term applies to both eating and preparation.

In reality, my fascination with making lunch probably started taking shape when The Great Recession was strengthening its grip on the world. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy grabbing an occasional take-out lunch. It’s just that I don’t always feel like parting with the cash necessary to obtain lunch provided by others. So, I don’t buy my noon meal as often as I did in the past.


Here's the Scoop: April 27, 2011

Games are for the birds
This falls under the heading of “Why didn’t I think of that?” Actually, I did. But there was a good TV show on and I forgot about my great concept.

That’s not exactly true. But, for years, when I saw people waiting around on line for something, I always had the notion that these folks needed something to do to help them pass the time. A game would be good, I figured. That was the end of my concept, unfortunately.


Here's the Scoop: April 20, 2011

Are you questioning me?
In recent years, a number of news stories have revealed that some journalists either “borrowed” the works they offered as their own or they “enhanced” the subject matter of their “non-fiction” pieces.

Such a story broke again this week when charges were leveled on “60 Minutes” that Greg Mortenson, author of the hit book Three Cups of Tea, may have applied some slight exaggeration to his retelling of his work to establish a series of schools in Pakistan.


Here's the Scoop: April 13, 2011

Common denominator
I walked in on an interesting office discussion the other day. It seems several staff members were debating the pros and cons of certain brands of toilet paper (TP). I’m sure it was a work-related topic, in case you were wondering.

As the conversation progressed, I felt obligated to put in my two cents. Surprisingly, no one told me to butt out. This was apparently an area where the staff felt I had some expertise.