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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.
  • Working, dreaming and longing | Mark’s Remarks

    I just saw a commercial for Folger’s coffee. It depicts a little boy putting his small change into a coffee can. On the can is a label on which he has scrawled, “new mitt.” After several scenes...

    • Posted June 18, 2019
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  • Preschool and eighth grade math | Mark’s Remarks

    Every year when little ones get ready to go to kindergarten, we hear stories of kindergarten screenings.  When I was at the elementary school, I loved to visit the screening rooms and peek in at the little...

    • Posted June 11, 2019
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  • Secret Life of Pets 2 | Movie Review

    It’s no secret! The sequel to 2016 The Secret Lives of Pets is finally here!   Director Chris Renaud brings us the continuing story of Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) who is now experiencing a shift in his...

    • Posted June 7, 2019
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  • Settled stomachs and big plans | Mark’s Remarks

    I once wrote a column called “Warm Stomachs” in which I talked about how the Christmas season feels.  Summer vacation looms as I write this, and that good feeling in the stomach is there again. I lose...

    • Posted June 4, 2019
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  • Vengeance | Mark’s Remarks

    High school years are often looked at with rose-colored glasses, as is much of our childhood.  That is, if we choose to look at it that way. There are also plenty of people who still look back...

    • Posted May 28, 2019
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  • Fog | Mark’s Remarks

    When does our brain start to experience fog warnings? I am amazed at how quickly I’m forgetting things. I used to be able to recall names and faces quickly. Now, my poor students from last year come...

    • Posted May 21, 2019
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  • Performance parenting | Mark’s Remarks

    Parenting is a tough job.   When your kids are nearing adulthood, you tend to look back and wonder if you made mistakes, even though it makes no sense to do that. Sure, you can wonder and...

    • Posted May 14, 2019
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  • POMS | Movie Review

    As with many movies casting older ladies or gentlemen, I always wonder if great actors are going to be relegated to a barrage of bathroom humor, sex jokes and “flipping the bird.” You know what I mean....

    • Posted May 10, 2019
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  • The price of good beds and backs | Mark’s Remarks

    How many of us remember actually looking forward to sleeping on the floor? Anyone? It was fun to sleep on a couch or really, in any weird place that was reasonably comfortable.   We camped once and...

    • Posted May 7, 2019
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  • The longest month |Mark’s Remarks

    Every year around this time,  teachers start to repeat tired old sayings like “We still have a month of school left! May I remind you summer has not started yet? Homework is still important!” Kids start to...

    • Posted April 30, 2019
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  • Mark’s Remarks | I’m bored

    I have a sign on my classroom door that says “It’s OK to be bored sometimes.” It’s not because I’m a boring teacher (at least I hope not), but it’s because kids need to hear this. Kids...

    • Posted April 23, 2019
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  • Mark’s Remarks | 21 years

    My oldest son just turned 21. For real. I was looking at pictures of that tiny baby a few days ago and several things were noticeable.  Michelle and I were young, even though as parents we started...

    • Posted April 18, 2019
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