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 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 9/23/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The boy who lived, and other fun facts | Chuck's World

All of us will occasionally find ourselves standing in the kitchen, wondering why we went in there. In the age of COVID, I’m pretty sure this happens a lot. This has led me to... — Updated 9/14/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The steps not taken | Chuck's World

There is something egalitarian about taking a tumble. I’m sure Queen Elizabeth has fallen a few times in her 94 years, losing a battle with gravity exactly as a commoner would,... — Updated 9/9/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Just humor me for a moment | Chuck's World

My grandson is nearly 7 years old, a remarkable child in many ways, bright and curious, but also very much a normal kid. By which I mean he’s discovered puns, right on time. I’m... — Updated 8/31/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

A giant leap for mankind | Chuck's World

I’m missing the Olympics this summer, which could explain why YouTube is showing me videos of runners and jumpers lately, trying to entice me. They always succeed. I usually... — Updated 8/26/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

What I did on my summer vacation | Chuck's World

We would have stayed home this summer, pandemic or not. It’s what we do in the summers, and we have reasons. And the biggest one is that, after nearly 40 years of living in... — Updated 8/17/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Domestic civility during a cooped-up crisis | Chuck's World

“Are you eating M&Ms for breakfast?” my wife asked the other day, although politely. We’re very polite in this household at the moment. It just makes sense to be on our best... — Updated 8/12/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

No silver bullets, just silver linings | Chuck's World

Whatever this is, I've been doing it for five months now. And so have you, obviously. While the "same storm, different boats" concept is also obvious, five months is enough time... — Updated 8/3/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chasing Chevy and other July memories | Chuck's World

The calendars are just mocking me now. And they’re everywhere. My computer monitor. My phone, my tablet, my fitness tracker, my car. My microwave. Every appliance in my home, in... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Do androids dream of electric viruses? | Chuck's World

Forty years ago, as I walked across a theater parking lot, preparing to see "The Empire Strikes Back" and pretty excited about it, my companion was also pretty excited. Even though... — Updated 7/14/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The surprise at being suddenly senior | Chuck's World

I was wandering around the edges of a luncheon that was winding down, looking for a job to do or else a stray cupcake I could swipe. We were loaded with cupcakes that day. I’m... — Updated 7/8/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The red light runners among us | Chuck's World

In the spirit of civil disobedience that has swept over the land, I made an illegal U-turn last weekend. This isn't a metaphor. It's also not an act of rebellion against the... — Updated 6/29/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Lights, camera, comb – It's COVID time | Chuck's World

There’s nothing I trust less – a random anecdote, a suspicious Abraham Lincoln quote, Donald Trump – than my own memory. This is so common among my peers that it’s hardly... — Updated 6/24/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The smoker in the store | Chuck's World

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.... — Updated 6/15/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Commence with the good news already | Chuck's World

I’ve been doing some thinking, and the last person I actually hugged before we all locked ourselves in our houses was a linguist. You never know who’s going to be the last one.... — Updated 6/10/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

What the children know | Chuck's World

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... — Updated 6/3/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Look at the church, look at the steeple | Chuck's World

I was thinking about Vaughn Meader the other day, so my unconscious appears to be totally in charge now. I won't tell you about my dreams. Vaughn Meader was one of the most famous... — Updated 5/27/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

As our nation turns its lonely eyes to Matt | Chuck's World

I finally saw "Contagion," which everyone seemed to be watching about six weeks ago. Or maybe it was six months ago. How long has it been? I've already forgotten the days of the wee... — Updated 5/18/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

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

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... — Updated 5/13/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

We're all George Jetson now | Chuck's World

Three things blew my mind before the age of 8. They were dumb things, in retrospect, but let's give the kid a break and the old guy his due. I've been around long enough to see... — Updated 5/5/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Sunday night at the COVID improv

As we entered what for many of us in this region was our third week stuck at home, I happened to notice that Stephen Sondheim was having a big day. This was back in late March,... — Updated 4/27/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

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

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... — Updated 4/22/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Easter Sunday in the store with me | Chuck's World

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... — Updated 4/16/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World: The importance of remembering the way we were

I like to imagine, 20 years from now, some curious young person, maybe a child, perhaps writing an essay for school, visiting my 81-year-old self with questions about this... — Updated 4/8/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World: Doing the social distancing dance with grace and some jokes

When it comes to garden-variety apocalypses, my daughter is the canary in this particular coal mine. She’s been preparing for this her entire life. Not that she’s a prepper, or... — Updated 3/25/2020

 

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