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 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion    January 16, 2020 

Living with the big chill | Chuck's World

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...

 

Andy Rooney's bar of soap | Chuck's World

The unwelcome visitor showed up on Christmas Eve, looking for room at the inn. There were plenty of vacancies. I wasn’t paying attention. It was a pretty normal Christmas Eve, singing carols, going...

 

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...

 

After the deluge, Christmas comes | Chuck's World

At some point toward the end of last week’s rain, probably Saturday afternoon, I took a little inspection tour of my house. I have a feeling I wasn’t the only one in my neighborhood doing some...

 

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

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...

 

What we knew and when we knew it | Chuck's World

Perhaps you noticed the other day when Billie Eilish didn’t seem to know who Van Halen was. Perhaps you missed it. Perhaps you need me to start over. Billie Eilish is an American teenager, a singer/...

 

The detritus of the digital age | Chuck Sigars

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...

 

It is right to give our thanks and praise | Chuck's World

In my personal arsenal of useful emotional states, gratitude is the clear winner. I’m all for feeling happy or hopeful, although you can’t count on those. But gratitude is always available, an...

 

There's no accounting for this | Chuck's World

I read an interesting article the other day, although I went through it quickly and then bookmarked it for later. I can’t be the only one who practices skim-and-save reading. It’s a form of...

 

The Nostradamus of 1953 | Chuck's World

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,” whi...

 

Canceling our subscription to sleaze | Chuck's World

I run a small business, and I need widgets. You’re the owner of a widget factory. I’m me. You’re Bob. Hi Bob! My customers have become accustomed to quality service and products. They expect...

 

Watching for the scary part | Chuck's World

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...

 

Living with ourselves when truth gets tricky | Chuck's World

It was a special day in my family when the diaries arrived. At some point in the 1970s, we were sent little journals from Nielsen Media Research to manually record what we watched on TV. For one...

 

The virtues of living virtually | Chuck's World

For someone whose summers are typically low-key seasons, this past one was an anomaly in the sense that I lost it. I spent about a month traveling this summer, making several trips, and I’m...

 

The kids are all right | Chuck's World

I’ve been reading your mail for 18 years. I just realized that sounds sort of illegal. Let me clarify. I’ve been writing this column for 18 years. A few weeks following the attacks of Sept. 11,...

 

The summer of '74 | Chuck Sigars

I’ve been exchanging text messages with an old friend lately, “old” as in old. We met when we were 15, 46 years ago this month. Maybe on this very day, who knows? I didn’t make a note in my...

 

Boldly going back to the future | Chuck's World

I suspect that most of us have a sense of the history we don’t really know. We grow and move beyond simple, chauvinistic attitudes about what happened in the past, elementary school lessons seen...

 

Breathy deeply and remain concerned | Chuck's World

At some point around the middle of last century, my father began to smoke cigarettes. He would have been around 13, although I’m just rounding off anecdotes for convenience; I don’t have an exact...

 

Falling into grace, one step at a time | Chuck's World

Summer in the Northwest is abstract, only minimally tethered to the calendar. Summer weather seldom gets going until mid-July, but the season starts when you decide it does. I suspect we all recognize...

 

Keeping it clear and vivid for as long as possible | 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...

 

Lessons learned from a lifetime of Augusts | 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...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 31, 2019

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...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 24, 2019

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...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 10, 2019

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...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 3, 2019

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...

 

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