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 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 11/25/2020

 
 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 11/18/2020

 
 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 11/11/2020

 
 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... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

In search of a social network | Chuck's World

I want to tell you about a fun experiment I pulled off the other day, but first I have to explain why I’m a hypocrite. I don’t care for social media. Or, to make it simpler, I... — Updated 10/28/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

October surprises and the news you need | Chuck's World

I am a keeper of irrelevant anniversaries, which strikes me as a talent not unlike being able to raise one eyebrow or dislocate your little finger, mostly because I can also do... — Updated 10/19/2020

 
 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 10/14/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

At 7 months, your experience may vary | Chuck's World

I have never read “Anna Karenina,” and I feel confident that this will always be the case. Never say never, of course, but I’m going to say it anyway. I haven’t seen all of... — Updated 10/6/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The painful return to happy days | Chuck's World

I’m old enough to remember when nostalgia was new. That’s how old. The word has a Greek derivation, meaning “painful return,” which suggests that an evolution of the... — Updated 9/28/2020

 
 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 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

 

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