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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...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    June 26, 2019

Taking the first step

I heard two ugly travel stories last week, not very soothing as summer season takes off. Both involved planes that were supposed to be flying, and were not. Both of these people shared some details...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    June 19, 2019

Being in the dark, for a good reason l Chuck's World

On Sunday, Jan. 17, 1965, I joined my brother and sister in front of our black-and-white TV set to watch the annual showing of “The Wizard of Oz” on CBS. I’ve been alive long enough to...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    June 12, 2019

Drop the toast and walk away slowly

I stopped eating sandwiches about 15 years ago. It was a peculiar life choice, as up until then I considered no food completely edible unless it could be placed between two pieces of bread, including...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    June 5, 2019

Everything old is new again l Chuck's World

One cold winter’s day, wearing a bulky coat, I walked down a grocery store aisle and my sleeve brushed a display of wine glasses. There wasn’t enough contact to cause breakage. The metal snaps on...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    May 29, 2019

Recalling the ephemeral age

I have a confession to make. I skim the news a lot more than I used to. I didn’t have to confess that to you specifically. I just felt like I should tell someone. Because keeping up with current...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    May 15, 2019

Making history the old-fashioned way

John Tyler was our 10th president, the first one not born an English subject, and the namesake of Tyler, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas. I suspect most of Tyler’s 100,000 residents are...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    May 8, 2019

Pass on the password, please l Chuck’s World

It occurred to me a few years ago that if I’d known, as a little boy, that in the future I’d use so many passwords every day, I would have imagined a much cooler life. I’d be Steve McQueen or...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    May 1, 2019

‘Endgame’: Marvel at this l Chuck’s World

I gave a friend a ride to the grocery store the other day, and while I was waiting for him to check out, I walked over to the DVD kiosk to look at titles. I never rent a film from one of these, but...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    April 24, 2019

I can see clearly now l Chuck’s World

I discovered a truism this morning, which is when I usually run across them. Life stops making sense around 1 p.m., in my experience, so the early mornings are when I look for insight breakthroughs....

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    April 10, 2019

How to become a punch line without really trying l Chuck’s World

In the late 19th century, following the end of the Civil War, many southern states passed legislation and even amended their constitutions in order to prevent former slaves and their descendants from...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    April 3, 2019

Back to as you were l Chuck’s World

I turned 60 last summer on a glorious day with waves of stomach-churning excitement, which I’ve since decided was food poisoning. It was not a good birthday. That was just salmonella, though. The...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    March 27, 2019

The sour smell of success l Chuck's World

“Let me tell you about the very rich,” F. Scott Fitzgerald said. “They are different from you and me.” In an age of aphorisms, where pithy is everything and wisdom has to squeeze into a meme...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    March 20, 2019

The other March Madness l Chuck's World

My son and I had an old-fashioned conversation the other day, one in which we both pretended, for a few minutes, that we didn’t have instant access to most of humankind’s accumulated knowledge....

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    March 13, 2019

Saved by the (Girl Scout Cookie) box l Chuck’s World

I lost my wedding ring a couple of years ago. I can’t remember the details. I think I just noticed one day that it was gone, obviously either taken off and misplaced, or having slipped off another...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    March 6, 2019

It’s kind of a funny story l Chuck’s World

David Letterman may be the last of a particular generation of comic dinosaurs, for me. Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t really make me laugh anymore, or Leno. It’s not a loss of natural ability, I suspect,...

 

Spending a slow Saturday night in the future l Chuck's World

I spent most of this past Saturday night in the emergency room of a Seattle hospital, shepherding a friend who was trying to find a specialist on a weekend. Sometimes you have to travel a bit. If...

 

The history we don’t know l Chuck's World

My daughter had a history question a couple of months ago, and I happened to be in the room, so she asked. “Hey, presidential trivia nerd!” she called out. Affectionately, I mean. You have to hear...

 

Romancing the snow l Chuck’s World

I mentioned to a friend the other day that I was worried about someone we both knew. I wasn’t really worried. I was remarking, really, that our mutual friend seemed to be having a hard time getting...

 

Facing the hard truths l Chuck's World

People write to me about fascinating things. Or mostly they’re fascinating. Some people are just angry a lot. Sometimes I get emails that are specifically for the Beacon newspapers, which is to say...

 

The shadow always knows l Chuck's World

The virus crept into our household on little cat feet, slipping through half-closed doors and imperfect barricades, although I should note that no cats were involved. Our cat is fine. I was employing...

 

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