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 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion 

Chuck's World: The smoker in the store

I have a funny story about Father's Day and this newspaper column, although it's possible I've told it before. It's also possible it's not funny. I'm pretty sure about the holiday. Eighteen years ago, I decided to write a column... — Updated 6/19/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | What the children know

I can revisit my childhood anytime I wish, dropping in at a moment’s notice, connecting with my earliest memories on a whim. I lived on Google Street, just two clicks from you. That’s where I find the past, anyway. I hop... — Updated 6/5/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World: The long walk, and the sounds of silence

My shorts were right where I left them last fall, rolled up on a bottom shelf. The warm weather had sent me off on a scavenger hunt for comfortable clothes that didn't resemble pajamas. Call it a momentary spark of self-respect.... — Updated 5/15/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | Warning: Column may contain salty language

Google knows what I'm up to. This shouldn't be a surprise, although I'm always surprised. Of course, any search engine worth its salt will recognize patterns, including (and maybe particularly) if one is looking up the meaning of... — Updated 5/1/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | Sunday in the store with me

I woke up on Easter morning last week, completely unprepared for a miracle. I guess that's a little obvious. Miracles are pretty much always surprises, by definition. I was awake earlier than usual, but I'm apparently not the only... — Updated 4/24/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | Fading colors, sudden waves, surprising hope

I honestly can't remember my marriage vows. It was a quick wedding, impromptu even, although as I recall it was conventional. I don't think I agreed to anything untoward. There could have been some fine print in there about taking... — Updated 4/3/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | We're all untouchables now

I was standing in line this past weekend, watching a symphony of social unease played in a minor queue. There were just a few of us in line, and we were twitchy. I could be projecting. I could have been doing all the twitching by... — Updated 3/23/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | Watching the men and their flowers

I slipped in and out of the grocery store on Valentine’s Day, getting what I needed quickly and trying not to stare. It’s become an annual adventure, observing the mating rituals of the contemporary American male on the most de... — Updated 3/1/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck Sigars | A simple gift in a troubling time

I said goodbye to two old friends last week, although it was hardly sad, and not really goodbye anyway. A favorite television show ended, for one thing. I watched the finale and appreciated the elegant closure, although I wasn’t... — Updated 2/7/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | Living with the big chill

It’s a little cold, which is as cold as it gets where we live. To be fair, I mean. This region hasn’t seen single-digit temperatures in decades, and it’s not likely to in the future. We live in a relatively mild climate, and... — Updated 1/17/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Looking back, looking forward, looking up | Chuck's World

Three years ago, I thought I was so smart. It was a bad year, that one. Not only did a presidential election roil us in 2016, unleashing spasms of disbelief and nastiness, but we lost a bunch of people along the way. Beginning... — Updated 1/3/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | The golden ticket is only a little gray

There are at least two axioms that I rely on in this life. There might be a few more. It’s possible there’s a box in the garage marked “axioms” that I’ve forgotten about. There’s a lot of stuff in the garage. But these... — Updated 12/24/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | The detritus of the digital age

I was rummaging through the universal hall closet the other day, which in my case was an actual closet. In your case, it could be something else. You’ve got one, though. It could be an envelope or a storage locker. It might be an... — Updated 12/6/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World: The Nostadamus of 1953

Does the name Doug Forcett ring a bell? I’m not suggesting it should. I had to look it up, and I’m writing this thing. Doug Forcett is a minor character on the NBC sitcom “The Good Place,” which is now in its fourth and fin... — Updated 11/15/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | Watching for the scary part

I should just take the week off. I don’t know anything about Halloween. Apparently I was sick the day they explained it. I understand the basics. I remember some fun Halloweens as a kid, going trick-or-treating as Zorro, as Super... — Updated 11/1/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Keeping it clear and vivid for as long as possible l Chuck's World

I’d like to state for the record that I consider Alan Alda to be a national treasure. I’m going to write a bit about Alda, so I wanted to be up front about my personal feelings. I should probably also mention that I consider... — Updated 9/6/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General

Keeping it clear and vivid for as long as possible l Chuck's World

I’d like to state for the record that I consider Alan Alda to be a national treasure. I’m going to write a bit about Alda, so I wanted to be up front about my personal feelings. I should probably also mention that I consider... — Updated 9/5/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General

Lessons learned from a lifetime of Augusts l Chuck's World

“History never repeats itself,” Mark Twain once said, “but it rhymes.” Of course, if you believe the internet, Mark Twain said everything worth saying. Aside from a couple of nods in the direction of Abraham Lincoln, Twain... — Updated 8/28/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General

It takes a village l Chuck's World

I don’t drink and I don’t play golf. They still let me come to Scotland. I spent the past two weeks in that wee country, although it’s really not that wee. I just like using the word. It’s a manageable country, though. Two... — Updated 8/21/2019 Full story

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General

Finding my thin place l Chuck's World

I found myself face down on a beach last week, contemplating my mortality and talking to no one in particular, as there was no one in particular in my immediate vicinity. Or even not so immediate. I was pretty much alone, in fact,... — Updated 8/14/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General

Friendship in the age of profile pictures l Chuck's World

I celebrated a birthday a couple of weeks ago, a remarkable one if an unremarkable number. I guess I could call it the best birthday ever, although you know what? I don’t keep that list, the list of favorite birthdays. It just... — Updated 8/7/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General

This is how you go home again l Chuck's World

It’s an unremarkable place, even by the standards of nondescript architecture. A low-slung building with what appears to be a tin roof, a tourist stop just an hour away from the Grand Canyon, Black Bart’s Steakhouse sits just... — Updated 7/31/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General

Sexagenarian is not just a funny word l Chuck's World

Yearbooks have lost most of their power now. What used to shock me on the rare occasions when I ran across them, the stray moments preserved in handwriting, the DNA pressed between the pages, has become abstract now. It’s too... — Updated 7/24/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General

Looking at the big picture through older lenses

We entertained a couple of friends from out of town a few weeks ago, although I’m not sure how entertaining we were. We didn’t tap dance or anything. It wasn’t unusual. A high-tech conference in downtown Seattle will draw... — Updated 7/10/2019

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General

A modern life in airplane mode

A quarter of my life has passed without my father being around to hear about it. I used to enjoy calling him on Saturday nights, catching him up and just chatting about whatever, and for months after his death in 2003, I’d... — Updated 7/3/2019

 

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