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: September 11, 2013

Something is sprouting
If you’re a baseball fan (and who isn’t), you no doubt have noticed a trend in the past few years — many players now have beards.


Here's the scoop: September 4, 2013

They call me Mr. Social
Misery loves company. Or is it: Company creates misery? Both, I guess.
Personally, I like company. In moderation.
We seem to go in spurts where we have a lot of visitors over a short period of time. Who knew that sitting on the porch enjoying an icy beverage could be so exhausting?


Here's the Scoop: August 28, 2013

All in the family
You know how it’s said that people begin to resemble their pets? That’s just weird. But how about couples beginning to take on each other’s traits? Normal, I’d say.
My wife happened to mention that topic to me the other day. I guess, in reality, it makes sense. Still, I had to ask her for some examples.
“Remember when we met and you had a typical ‘bachelor pad’ for an apartment?” she asked. “I think you’ve become much neater around the house since those days.”


Here's the Scoop: August 20, 2013

Feeling Berry Blue
Every year is different when it comes to “crop production.” It seems there’s no such thing as average anymore. The growing season either yields a lot of certain fruits and vegetables — or not much at all.
The weather, naturally, is the factor that determines these yields. This year, blueberry fans are very happy. Apple lovers, too.


Here's the Scoop: August 7, 2013

Still hooked on fish sticks
Every once in awhile, I think it’s healthy to slow life down and reminisce about times that were spent at a more leisurely pace. In reality, the periods being fondly recalled were almost certainly filled with their share of stress — it’s just not as vivid, thanks to the fuzzy blurring provided by the passing of time. Still, whether memories are 100 percent accurate or not, there are some that stand out boldly from the rest. The truth about these recollections is for others to decide.