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 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion 

Over the river and out of the woods, finally | Chuck's World

In the years after his retirement and before he passed away, I noticed that my father had aged into a cliché. He was always social, but he'd become garrulous, happy to engage in tr... — Updated 4/16/2021 Full story

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Speaking for a minority, we're doing fine | Chuck's World

As we began to shut down a year ago, some of us were talking about our upcoming dystopian hellscape. It was all in good fun, as these things are, and we were mostly chatting about... — Updated 4/9/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

A year of living virtually produces life lessons | Chuck's World

What have you learned? This is always the question, direct or implicit. It's the theme of every commencement address and more than a few conversations in the principal's office.... — Updated 4/2/2021 Full story

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

A year of living virtually produces life lessons | Chuck's World

What have you learned? This is always the question, direct or implicit. It’s the theme of every commencement address and more than a few conversations in the principal’s... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The way we were is sometimes a mystery | Chuck's World

About 10 years ago, an Irish film buff slipped down a rabbit hole of randomness, discovering a mystery in a DVD extra from a century-old film. It was a Charlie Chaplin movie, and... — Updated 3/25/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The blessing of having the right one in your corner | Chuck's World

HED The blessing of having the right one in your corner Chuck’s World Chuck Sigars I first spotted my wife teaching nearly 40 years ago, sneaking a peek through a classroom door.... — Updated 3/19/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Lessons for when the world is safe again | Chuck's World

I have a friend who shares a particular passion of mine, although now it turns out he's just horribly wrong about it. It's funny. I even smiled a little the other day as he offered... — Updated 3/12/2021 Full story

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Imagining the Bumbershoot of the future | Chuck's World

J. Kenji López-Alt is a chef and food writer, the author of the best-selling “The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science,” which was a New York Times bestseller and... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The endgame begin and the law is the law | Chuck's World

Edward Murphy was an aeronautical engineer and an Air Force captain in 1949, stationed at Muroc Air Field in the high desert of Southern California. Two years before, the late... — Updated 2/19/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

From babyhood to boyhood, annotated | Chuck's World

I’ve been getting reminders for a week now, digital nudges from different apps and websites, letting me know that I took a lot of pictures seven years ago. This is in contrast to... — Updated 2/12/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Finding our comfort zones in these dark days

I was teasing my wife about getting packages every day, just because she's been on a bit of a roll. It felt like I was constantly bringing her a box or two from the mailbox, or off... — Updated 2/5/2021 Full story

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The downside of doing nothing | Chuck's World

I’ve concluded that over the past year, I’ve deleted far more words than I’ve published or posted. This might make me sound like a very careful writer, someone who measures... — Updated 1/29/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Seeking relief from the same old thing | Chuck's World

Apparently, I want comfort so badly I’m willing to crawl inside a cliché and pull the covers up, which is to say I started watching “The West Wing” the other night. “TWW... — Updated 1/22/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Big questions sometimes come from small people | Chuck's World

My grandson has been calling me spontaneously lately, something new. We talk once a day regularly, but he doesn't just call me out of the blue. Although a grandpa can wish. But he c... — Updated 1/15/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

What's wrong with this picture?

The crazy is so strong right now – I don't really want to add to it. I become frustrated, annoyed, irritated, and angry just like any other person, but I'd like to avoid tossing... — Updated 1/15/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The one about the parking lot

I was standing in a parking lot last week, a dreary December afternoon, cold and wet, when I got the text message from my wife. I felt the phone buzz in my coat pocket as I chatted... — Updated 1/15/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The best show on TV is us | Chuck's World

I’ve been doing a few minor home repairs lately, which is an obvious sign of the apocalypse. I’m surprised the roads aren’t jammed with people leaving the city. There will be... — Updated 12/20/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

All the world's a stage | Chuck's World

I’ve determined that I’m not good at this, whatever this is. That’s part of the problem – being aware that I’m not great at navigating this particular situation isn’t... — Updated 12/11/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Annus horribilis hope from a good doctor | Chuck's World

"I have good news and bad news," the young woman said, and I had to smile at that alone. I think I've found the perfect 2020 line. I don't know if there's an original source for... — Updated 12/10/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

This is us, Thanksgiving edition | Chuck's World

After a long, chatty call with my daughter the other night, she mentioned that it was time for her nightly routine. She and my son-in-law apparently do the New York Times crossword... — Updated 11/27/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

It takes a village, and maybe power tools | Chuck's World

The first noise was the worst, although I was asleep. This raises a sort of empirical question: If a horrific, tearing, crashing sound occurs outside your window and you’re uncons... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

'Schitt's Creek,' Following the crowd, finding some light | Chuck's World

I have unremarkable taste in everything, which should come as a surprise to no one. And when it comes to culture, I only pretend to march to a different drummer. It’s usually the... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Consider the lilies of the pond | Chuck's World

To be completely clear, I am uninterested in most things. I don't have passionate feelings one way or the other. I don't often talk or write about these things. This is because you... — Updated 11/6/2020 Full story

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Discovering my inner dragon after all these years | Chuck's World

My father-in-law was visiting one summer when my kids were little, and he came across one of those parenting magazines that were always hanging around the coffee table. He laughed,... — Updated 10/16/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The screen is always greener on the other side | Chuck's World

Toward the beginning of COVID time, I made a half-serious joke. A half-joke. It was along the lines of, “I’m eating plain flour tortillas, watching cat videos, and shopping... — Updated 10/3/2020

 

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