Out of the park

Whew. The election is over. I’m sure by the time you’re reading this, positioning is well underway for balloting in 2020. I hope you enjoyed the two-and-a-half non-campaigning days of peace as much I did.  More...

Posted 11/13/2018 08:29 PM

Hand it over! Please.

Each year, I like to give a little nod in this space to my favorite holiday — Halloween. There’s something about dressing up, going door-to-door and basically daring someone to not give you candy, that’s just so real. Tastes good, too. More...

Posted 10/30/2018 09:03 PM

Little things add up

Did you ever have one of those days? Of course you have —Probably many of those days. Me too. More...

Posted 10/9/2018 06:53 PM

Sunny weather... with a shower

As previewed in last week’s column, I was recently invited to my first bridal shower. That event occurred over the weekend, near Baltimore.  More...

Posted 9/25/2018 09:19 PM

Gotta get ready

The planning is going swimmingly, as they say. More...

Posted 9/18/2018 08:08 PM

Change is in the air

The excitement is building. The season is almost upon us. I think. Of course, I’m referring to Flannel Season. Shirts…and sheets, too. More...

Posted 8/28/2018 08:13 PM

Keeping it clean

This isn’t something I ever thought I’d say, but I kind of like vacuuming. I know, many people think that vacuuming sucks — and it does. But it’s supposed to suck if you want good results.  More...

Posted 8/14/2018 08:23 PM

Don't cry over spilled...

I’m always really careful about such things. More...

Posted 7/31/2018 07:49 PM

Here's the Scoop!

Enter the time machine   Sometimes the Rock Gods beckon. When this happens, their call must be answered.  More...

Posted 7/17/2018 09:26 PM

Another milestone

Last week, I wrote about the buildup to my birthday. Apparently, there was some confusion about the actual date of this annual happening. By my count, I’m up to three, maybe four birthdays this year. I’m sure it’s some sort of record. More...

Posted 7/2/2018 08:18 PM

Settling in

Well, it’s back to reality. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been filing columns as a foreign correspondent.  Vacations are a funny thing — it’s usually great to get away, if you can leave work obligations behind. More...

Posted 6/19/2018 07:43 PM

Happy Scottish birthday

Of all the gifts I never thought I’d receive for my birthday, a kilt is high on the list. That’s all changed.  More...

Posted 6/5/2018 08:48 PM

Clock is ticking

Now that I’m winding down from the months of excitement leading to The Royal Wedding, it’s time to gear up for The Next Big Thing — in this case: the Sisters’ Vacation.  More...

Posted 5/22/2018 08:39 PM

It’s all about the tunes

It’s no secret that I love live music. There’s something inspirational about seeing musicians on a stage, doing what they truly enjoy and connecting with the audience. More...

Posted 5/8/2018 08:20 PM

Moving days

I don’t know the facts and figures, but I do realize it’s pretty much unanimously agreed upon by northeast residents that this “spring” has been too cold, too snowy and too cloudy. I’m with the crowd on this one.  More...

Posted 4/24/2018 09:14 PM

The quest continues

Well, another work-end has come and gone. In between some “real” work and a few other obligations, I continued my quest to paint our entire house before the first daffodils sprout. More...

Posted 4/10/2018 08:52 PM

Color me changed

Did you ever set out to perform a “simple” task and find that it becomes much more involved than you have planned? Me, too.  More...

Posted 3/27/2018 05:22 PM

Mark of a good reunion

I did something recently that I never thought would happen — I got a tattoo. It’s not a big one, but it’s noticeable — if you know where to look.  More...

Posted 3/13/2018 07:33 PM

Happy GF Anniversary

I’m celebrating an anniversary this month. One year of gluten-free living. It’s awful. Plus, there are no gifts.  Well, maybe that description is too harsh. More...

Posted 2/27/2018 10:54 PM

Down (and up) a slippery slope

Ice: The Final Frontier.  My own spin on the famous quote is about the extent of my knowledge of Star Trek, but it seemed appropriate to borrow this phrase to help describe this winter.  More...

Posted 2/13/2018 09:10 PM

Here's the Scoop!

Game of cat and mouse   Pretty much everyone likes presents. I know I do. Especially when they are unexpected.  More...

Posted 1/30/2018 09:03 PM

Time to take stock

Dedicated readers know that I like to provide updates on my firewood supply. For me, it’s so much easier to write about firewood than to actually cut, stack and haul it into the house. Less messy, too. More...

Posted 1/16/2018 07:37 PM

Staying up too late

The first column of a New Year is always exciting — filled with optimism and recounting the race to break New Year’s Resolutions. More...

Posted 1/2/2018 08:32 PM

A journey so near

I always find it interesting when I “discover” a new place that’s really close to home. Sometimes it’s a road, a restaurant, a small shop or even an entire town I’ve never visited.  More...

Posted 12/12/2017 09:30 PM

Hey, that’s not me! Is it?

“You know, they have Facebook posts about guys like you,” my wife called out to me the other day. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 08:38 PM

I've seen the light

As a general rule, I consider myself “environmentally friendly.” I talk to trees all the time. Plus, I’m doing more than my fair share of recycling. Our cars get good mileage and are well-rated from an ecological standpoint. More...

Posted 11/6/2018 07:55 PM

I remember you... sort of

It was truly a “blast from the past.” The chance meeting took place a couple of weeks ago when I was walking down the street, minding my own business (unusual) and was summoned into a store. More...

Posted 10/24/2018 11:31 AM

Under my pillow

I recently had a wisdom tooth removed. More...

Posted 10/16/2018 07:07 PM

I know what I'll have...

I’ll admit I have a bit of an obsessive personality. This is especially true when it comes to food. When I like something, I really like it. More...

Posted 10/2/2018 08:13 PM

Helping hands

A few weeks back, I jumped the gun a bit with some glowing praise about my “happiness” with the arrival of Flannel Season. Or, so I thought. More...

Posted 9/11/2018 07:47 PM

Fishing for art

A few days have already passed, but I’m still reeling from the Something Fishy Auction sponsored by the Business Association of Margaretville (BAM) last Friday. More...

Posted 9/4/2018 08:47 PM

Campy weekend

I went to camp over the weekend. Not the trendy “glamping” that involves caviar and heated tents. Instead I went to a kids’ summer camp. More...

Posted 8/21/2018 08:02 PM

Berry picking — round two

In case you don’t keep up on such things, we’re in the midst of blueberry picking season. Blueberries are among the best berries to harvest — they taste great, the tall bushes mean minimal bending and there are no thorns. More...

Posted 8/7/2018 07:27 PM

Sisterly Love

I feel it’s important to get this out of the way up front. More...

Posted 7/24/2018 08:25 PM

Creature discomfort

I’m out of whack. Or is it that I’m whacked out? Probably both. Or, I guess I could have indicated that I’m: Out of a string trimmer, but that doesn’t have the same ring.  More...

Posted 7/10/2018 07:08 PM

It's almost July

Just a few more days and we’ll be there — July, my favorite month. There are many reasons why I like July; chief among them is that it almost never snows. More...

Posted 6/26/2018 07:47 PM

Wearin’ O The Green

If you missed last week’s column (back issues still available!), I wrote about a recent trip to Scotland. For a Sweeney, no trip to this part of the world would be complete without a stop in Ireland. More...

Posted 6/12/2018 08:58 PM

Fashion Non-Statement

It took me awhile, but it occurred to me a few months back, that I didn’t own any sneakers. This seemed odd, since sneakers are a pretty common form of footwear.  More...

Posted 5/29/2018 09:32 PM

Here's the Scoop!

Stop bugging me   More...

Posted 5/15/2018 10:16 PM

Stomping around

Every once in awhile, my wife and I play the game of “What are your most favorite Christmas gifts?” I’m usually stumped to come up with more than one or two responses — from Christmases past or present.  More...

Posted 5/1/2018 06:50 PM

Let the games begin

I have a bit of a competitive nature. I don’t think it’s overwhelming, but I simply enjoy winning. A lot. Losing, well, I’d just as soon leave that to others. Just kidding about such matters. Except for the losing part. More...

Posted 4/17/2018 11:00 PM

Sounding off

In recent years, I’ve become much more aware of noise. More...

Posted 4/3/2018 07:21 PM

Pedal to the Medal

In all the excitement recounting some of the exploits at the recent Sweeney Family Reunion, I forgot to mention that my wife and I were the recipients of a coveted prize at this event!  More...

Posted 3/20/2018 08:23 PM

Fair weather fan

Wow. That was some snowstorm. At least, that’s what they tell me.  More...

Posted 3/6/2018 10:49 PM

Time to turn the page

Yes, I remember quite clearly the mid-March storm last year when we needed to hire someone with a Skid-Steer to remove three feet of snow from the road to our house.  More...

Posted 2/20/2018 08:08 PM

The seeds are always blacker...and oilier

Whenever I read in someone’s obituary a line like, “She (or he) loved to feed the birds,” I feel a bit of a bond with this person, even if I didn’t know the deceased.  More...

Posted 2/6/2018 08:46 PM

Here's The Scoop

The sound of music   I read with interest this week’s On The Street column where folks were asked about their most memorable concert experiences. As a general rule, I try to schedule work around attending concerts. More...

Posted 1/23/2018 08:13 PM

A community’s loss

The news of Jake Rosa’s untimely passing rocked our community last week. Everybody knew Jake. More...

Posted 1/9/2018 08:06 PM

A picture is worth a thousand...insults

Because I have to often contend with the pesky little thing known as “real life,” I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook. More...

Posted 12/26/2017 07:29 PM

Here’s the Scoop!

Shedding light on the holidays Christmas is a special time of year for many people. The presents, the cheerful greetings, the egg nog. What’s not to like? Well, an argument can be made that holiday decorations have gotten a bit over the top. More...

Posted 12/5/2017 08:22 PM