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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.
  • A Conversation With My Younger Self | Mark’s Remarks

    Older folks tend to stare a lot. I’ve noticed it, and now I’ve become an older person, too.  It’s not that we have decided to start doing things that are socially strange; it’s that we have become...

    • Posted May 24, 2017
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  • Why? | Mark’s Remarks

    As humans, we are an interesting lot. No matter how hard we try, we can often revert back to our selfish selves at any given moment. Even if we try not to be selfish, we are. We...

    • Posted May 17, 2017
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  • Common Sense | Mark’s Remarks

    My students recently learned about freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press as we examined early pioneers of citizens’ rights. We talked about people like John Peter Zenger, Phillis Wheatley and Thomas Paine. ...

    • Posted May 10, 2017
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  • Important Perks and the Soda Machine | Mark’s Remarks

    When we got into fourth grade in 1976, the promotion brought all types of life-changes for us. We no longer went to the little grade school on the north end of town; the one with the long...

    • Posted April 26, 2017
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  • Misophonia | Mark’s Remarks

    A while back, I wrote a column about bad manners. I told you how I can’t stand poor table manners — especially people who talk with their mouth full or “smack” their food. Boy did I get...

    • Posted April 19, 2017
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  • ‘Going in Style’ | Movie Review

    “Going in Style” Although I don’t feel 1979 was that long ago, I guess it was.  That was the year “Going in Style” starring Art Carney, George Burns and Lee Strasberg came out; a movie about three...

    • Posted April 7, 2017
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  • John Williams: Another Brick Wall | Mark’s Remarks

    We were out of school on Monday for Casimir Pulaski Day. When that day was first proclaimed, nobody knew the guy. Since then, some have found out. Still, a bunch of folks don’t know and probably don’t...

    • Posted March 15, 2017
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  • But I Still Like Her | Mark’s Remarks

    Yes, I said I wouldn’t be political any more. So here I go again. I had a few folks ask me what I thought of Meryl Streep’s speech during the Golden Globes. So, for what it’s worth,...

    • Posted March 8, 2017
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  • ‘Table 19’ | Movie Review

    “Table 19” at back of the room for a reason  Table 19, a new film starring Anna Kendrick, can’t figure out what it wants to do. With such a promising cast and a few bright moments, it...

    • Posted March 1, 2017
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  • Old Age and the Presidents | Mark’s Remarks

    I love reading and talking about the presidents of old. My daughter is learning about the presidents in her kindergarten class, and we spent a good deal of time the other evening talking about George Washington’s teeth...

    • Posted March 1, 2017
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  • Coffee | Mark’s Remarks

    I’ll admit it: I’m an obsessive person. Everything I do, I go overboard. I talk too much, I eat too much, I think too much.  If I like something, I like it too much sometimes. Coffee is...

    • Posted February 22, 2017
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  • Shameful | Mark’s Remarks

    It has taken me this long to get the nerve to tell you the story that follows. In fact, I kept it a secret for a while. Gradually, I told a few non-judgmental, trusted friends about it....

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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