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About Mark Tullis

Mark is a 25-year veteran teacher teaching in Columbia. Originally from Fairfield, Mark is married with four children. He enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his family, and has been involved in various aspects of professional and community theater for many years and enjoys appearing in local productions. Mark has also written a "slice of life" style column for the Republic-Times since 2007.
  • All In The Nest | Mark’s Remarks

    We often hear about animals being agitated and fretting when their young are in danger, or even when they aren’t close by.   The mother duck squawks and quacks away if her ducklings aren’t in a row....

    • Posted December 6, 2017
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  • ‘Wonder’ | Mark’s Remarks

    My daughter and I saw the movie “Wonder” the other night and I highly recommend it. This movie is a heartwarmer without being too sappy or mawkish. It’s about a boy born with a birth defect that...

    • Posted November 29, 2017
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  • Mundane Talk of Trees and Leaves | Mark’s Remarks

    My yard has evolved somewhat since we first moved in 10 years ago.  Two trees that were once there have since died mysterious deaths and had to be cut down. In fact, we’ve had some mysterious happenings...

    • Posted November 22, 2017
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  • ‘Wonder’ is one of best this season | Movie Review

    Being a middle school teacher, I’m usually pretty critical of middle school-aged books being made into movies. Really, I’m critical of any books made into movies. The book is always better, and I’m thinking that’s the way...

    • Posted November 16, 2017
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  • Being a Servant | Mark’s Remarks

    The Bible says plenty about being a servant of God. We are called to be servants, to give of ourselves and our talents. We are called to do God’s work. I do not believe anyone can work...

    • Posted November 15, 2017
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  • Devil’s Kitchen, the Enfield Monster and UFOs | Mark’s Remarks

    I didn’t know until recently that this area of Illinois is sometimes referred to as “Devil’s Kitchen.” The name apparently comes from Native Americans and pioneers of this region. Some of them reported strange sights and sounds...

    • Posted November 8, 2017
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  • Overnight | Mark’s Remarks

    During these cool days, our thoughts often go to the wonderful things about fall, to being cool again and escaping from the muggy days of late summer and early fall.   We pull out comfortable, sometimes oversized...

    • Posted November 1, 2017
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  • Anniversary | Mark’s Remarks

    I started writing this column in October 2007. Yes. This particular week marks the week I started writing this column. I can’t really believe it. Back then, I had written some funny stories that a friend read....

    • Posted November 1, 2017
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  • Police Blotter | 10/11/2017

    (Editor’s note: Information in this report is gathered directly from area police agencies, county courts and emergency radio dispatch. The public is reminded that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty and charges may sometimes be dropped...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • Uncharted Territory | 10/11/2017

    Every year at this time, we have a day off to celebrate Columbus, his discoveries, etc.  There has been much debate over Columbus Day. I won’t get into that again this year. I teach about Columbus every...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • Tech Trouble | Mark’s Remarks

    I know you are like me and you stop and think about technology from time to time.  I was just thinking about how far we’ve come in just a short time… or maybe it’s a long time...

    • Posted October 11, 2017
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  • ‘Victoria and Abdul’ | Movie Review

    Victoria and Abdul: a Lavish Dramedy with Wonderfully Packaged Moments  I can’t imagine Judi Dench disappointing in anything she appears in.  This movie is another testament to her prowess. “Victoria and Abdul” tells the story of Queen...

    • Posted September 29, 2017
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