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 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

All good things | Chuck's World

The year before I was born, Isaac Asimov wrote a short story called “The Feeling of Power.” Less than a dozen pages, it’s one of those Asimov stories that he seemed capable... — Updated 9/29/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The name of the game has yet to be determined | Chuck's World

I know a writer who likes to capitalize certain words or phrases, as if they were proper nouns. It’s really none of my business, but I can’t help noticing. He’ll write, “My... — Updated 9/24/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

On the occasion of 80 weeks | Chuck's World

I wrote a column a while back about having dinner with old friends. It was a jokey piece about accepting certain limitations of aging, and the headline was “Navigating the last... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Getting a glimpse of the way we were | Chuck's World

I was 20 in 1978, a year I would have recalled as pretty unremarkable until I actually looked it up. Stuff happens every year. It was the year of the Camp David accords between... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

When the future starts talking back | Chuck's World

I find myself constantly amazed, having reached the distinguished age of three score and three, by what I don’t know. I know diddly-squat about hockey, for example. I have no... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

A glance in the rearview mirror at the other guy | Chuck's World

I knew a man briefly, once, so long ago now that I have a vague idea of maybe his age, possibly his height. I can’t imagine his name or anything else, except that I knew him for... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Treading lightly, deep in the heart | Chuck's World

My wife and I traveled to Texas last week, which felt like going from the frying pan into the fire, or at least into a slightly different pan. We avoided the wildfire smoke but... — Updated 8/18/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

One of those things is not like the other | Chuck's World

Stray memories pop out of my consciousness like gophers, poking up their heads, searching for relevance or possibly six more weeks of winter, and then disappearing back into their... — Updated 8/11/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Not every flop is a failure, and other July thoughts | Chuck's World

I had the only summer birthday in my extended family, so when late July rolled around it was usually an excuse for a big party. Summer seemed to peak around the time I leveled up... — Updated 8/1/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Learning lessons while watching the river run | Chuck's World

I headed for the river last week, as the river never disappoints. A summer that’s passed without at least a quick trip south to the Columbia is a summer wasted, and it turns out... — Updated 7/25/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

What time travelers can teach us | Chuck's World

I’m going to refrain from replaying the old joke, and just state for the record that after 16 months of relentless scrolling I suspect I’ve reached the end of the internet.... — Updated 7/14/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

You keep using that word | Chuck's World

I don’t really have any cultural bona fides to offer, but I fully support local journalism and I always think it’s a grand idea to pass along any literary wisdom that I stumble... — Updated 7/7/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Making decisions in the heat of the moment | Chuck's World

I started to walk outside one day last weekend, just to retrieve something I'd left in the car the night before. As I reached for the doorknob, I hesitated. Going outside had sudden... — Updated 6/30/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

A modest proposal for a new era | Chuck's World

I was out sitting on my daughter's porch in Texas a few weeks ago, an experience not unlike eating ice cream too fast. It feels really good until it doesn't, as the joy of being... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The choreography of caution | Chuck's World

We've been putting out little fires for a few weeks, my community of friends, manageable trauma for the post-pandemic era and not unexpected. Some are desperate to hand out overdue... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The one about the tin cup | Chuck's World

About 10% of us are different from the rest of humanity in a number of ways. Or, to be a little less obscure, there are a variety of conditions or states that occur in human beings... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Funny people need friends too | Chuck's World

I keep thinking about lists, although not at all the modern kind, the click-bait listicles about the 14 ways to spice up your spice rack (number 8 will make you hot). No, I'm... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The persistence of comic vision | Chuck's World

Years ago, at one of the many lifetime achievement ceremonies for famous people of a certain age, Elaine May said something interesting about the honoree, her erstwhile comedy... — Updated 5/26/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The re-entry chronicles, part 2 | Chuck's World

Once every 17 years, much like the cicadas, my daughter takes a hard look at my hair and decides she can do better. This is my theory, anyway. Even before I headed south to Texas... — Updated 5/19/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The re-entry chronicles, part 1 | Chuck's World

I walked inside a building last week, one of those COVID-inspired moments that I'm sure will be represented in at least three Super Bowl ads next year. You know what I mean. The foc... — Updated 5/12/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Clearing out the COVID cobwebs on a sunny day | Chuck's World

I went for a walk on Sunday afternoon, temperature in the low 60s with a slight breeze, a wildly unwelcome environment for SARS-CoV-2 transmission. A mask stayed in my pocket,... — Updated 5/5/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The new normal will likely just be new | Chuck's World

A friend paid me a compliment the other day, although in an odd way, not backhanded as much as along the lines of Little Red Riding Hood telling the wolf that he has very nice... — Updated 4/21/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

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

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 m... — Updated 4/7/2021

 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 3/31/2021


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 3/24/2021


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