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 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Big questions sometimes come from small people | Chuck's World

My grandson has been calling me spontaneously lately, something new. We talk once a day regularly, but he doesn’t just call me out of the blue. Although a grandpa can wish. But... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

What's wrong with this picture? | Chuck's World

The crazy is so strong right now – I don’t really want to add to it. I become frustrated, annoyed, irritated, and angry just like any other person, but I’d like to avoid... — Updated 1/7/2021

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

This year, it might be best to exit laughing | Chuck's World

It feels absurd and a little silly to mark the end of a bad year, as if we’re getting ready to walk out of a lousy movie or head home early from a boring party. Not that we’re... — Updated 12/31/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The one about the parking lot | Chuck's World

I was standing in a parking lot last week, a dreary December afternoon, cold and wet, when I got the text message from my wife. I felt the phone buzz in my coat pocket as I chatted... — Updated 12/24/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The best show on TV is us | Chuck's World

I’ve been doing a few minor home repairs lately, which is an obvious sign of the apocalypse. I’m surprised the roads aren’t jammed with people leaving the city. There will be... — Updated 12/17/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

All the world's a stage | Chuck's World

I’ve determined that I’m not good at this, whatever this is. That’s part of the problem – being aware that I’m not great at navigating this particular situation isn’t... — Updated 12/10/2020

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Annus horribilis hope from a good doctor | Chuck's World

“I have good news and bad news,” the young woman said, and I had to smile at that alone. I think I’ve found the perfect 2020 line. I don’t know if there’s an original... — Updated 12/3/2020

 
 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 11/24/2020

 
 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 11/19/2020

 
 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 11/12/2020

 
 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 11/5/2020

 
 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

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 10/1/2020

 
 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 9/22/2020

 
 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 9/3/2020

 
 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 8/19/2020

 
 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 8/5/2020

 
 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 7/16/2020

 
 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 7/2/2020

 
 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 6/18/2020

 
 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 6/4/2020

 
 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 5/29/2020

 
 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 5/21/2020

 
 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 5/7/2020

 
 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 4/23/2020

 

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