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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.
  • 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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  • Tolerance | Mark’s Remarks

    Have you noticed lately that the greatest sin in the world has become disagreeing with someone?  It’s been a gradual shift in the mentality of people for quite some time. People are starting to fear expressing their...

    • Posted April 11, 2019
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  • House guests | Mark’s Remarks

    I’ve heard two wise sayings about house guests.  My maternal grandmother often said: “To each his own.” My wife’s maternal grandmother often said: “House guests are like fish; after three days, they stink.”   Now, mind you,...

    • Posted April 11, 2019
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  • Thrift Store Madness and Dressing Weird in the 80s | Mark’s Remarks

    Do any of you remember the phase in the 1980s when all the cool kids were wearing oversized coats, vintage hats and all the old stuff? I think it started with teenybopper movies like “Pretty in Pink”...

    • Posted March 27, 2019
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  • Tricky Micki | Mark’s Remarks

    My wife will get me after she reads this column, so I may have to move into one of your basements.  Please send specifics of your rental space to the Republic-Times.  I can’t afford much, but I...

    • Posted March 13, 2019
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  • The Demise of Community Institutions | Mark’s Remarks

    In my hometown of Fairfield, Illinois, we always had the constant presence and importance of two community institutions: the local newspaper and local radio station. The Wayne County Press is still going strong, and I think it’s...

    • Posted March 6, 2019
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  • A Long Life | Mark’s Remarks

    Do you ever think about those people who lived in biblical times? If you do a little research, you can find that people lived to be over 900 years old in ancient times. It’s really hard to...

    • Posted February 27, 2019
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  • Naysayers and Distributors of Mundane Advice | Mark’s Remarks

    I’m telling you, there’s one in every crowd: someone who has to rain on your parade. Some folks don’t even know they are doing it. The older I get, the more entertaining I find such folks. First,...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Agendas | Mark’s Remarks

    Small towns are interesting places. People come together in various fashions, whether it be in neighborhoods or at functions.   Most of the time, around here, sporting events are the place we interact the most. So you...

    • Posted February 13, 2019
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  • Tracy and Hepburn | Mark’s Remarks

    I remember watching “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” one rainy afternoon and really loving the duo of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. After that, I tried to see all of their movies and I became a fan...

    • Posted January 30, 2019
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  • The Male Minority and Missing the Boys | Mark’s Remarks

    We just dropped our No. 2 son off at school to join his brother, and now I am in the minority. Just like that.   We had to put the dog down a few weeks ago, so...

    • Posted January 23, 2019
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  • Why Isn’t This On Anymore? | Mark’s Remarks

    Christmas vacation tends to give us a little more down time, although I always have plenty to do. Still, there’s a little more time to reflect, relax and look back on things. Often, I like to share...

    • Posted January 9, 2019
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