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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.
  • Alarming Sounds | Mark’s Remarks

    I don’t know when I started using an alarm clock, but I’m pretty sure it was in either junior high or high school. The alarm clock was digital and it had a rectangular snooze button. I remember...

    • Posted July 19, 2017
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  • The Great Plant Sale and Getting Shamed | Mark’s Remarks

    Every year, I go to The Great Plant Sale. It’s a closeout type sale, with customers being allowed to shove a cart full of plants for a discount price. It’s really an excellent deal, even with a...

    • Posted July 12, 2017
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  • Sticky Tables | 6/28/2017

    You know, I really try hard to be understanding and try to give most folks the benefit of the doubt. I also admit to being a cranky, judgmental curmudgeon who just wants people to be real and...

    • Posted July 5, 2017
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  • ‘Despicable Me 3’ | Movie Review

    ‘Despicable Me 3’ Tries Hard and Falls Short Sequels are a big gamble for movie makers. We all loved “Despicable Me.” The sequel was pretty good, but lacked some of the original’s charm and polish. The third...

    • Posted June 30, 2017
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  • ‘The Hero’ | Movie Review

    Elliott comes to the rescue in ‘The Hero’ Our story begins with Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott), an aging actor known for western roles, seen doing voiceovers for barbecue sauce. In that short scene, as we watch Elliott...

    • Posted June 29, 2017
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  • Go Into All The World | Mark’s Remarks

    Back in the old days, we took our trusty yellow pencils down to the gym and sat in nice neat rows. I think we were allowed to take a book to read with us. We’d be given...

    • Posted June 28, 2017
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  • Go Into All The World | Mark’s Remarks

    Someone said something recently that resonated with me. She said something to the effect that mission work was not about standing among a group of less fortunate people and posing for a picture. Indeed, there are many...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • Peggy Sue | Mark’s Remarks

    Remember the movie “Peggy Sue Got Married?” It starred Kathleen Turner and was a time travel movie with some pretty good acting. I remember what a good job Turner did convincing us she was a teenager at...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • Another Year in the Books | Mark’s Remarks

    How many “last day of school” columns have I written? This year, I’m wrapping up year 27, which boggles my mind. I don’t have many years left, as I’ve told my students. I think they think I’m...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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  • 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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