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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.
  • Style | Mark’s Remarks

    Who decides the style trends? I’m still amazed at some of the things we wore back in the day. In the 1980s, we took our pant legs and tight-rolled them.  We flipped up our polo shirts and...

    • Posted September 12, 2018
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  • Excessive Talking | Mark’s Remarks

    I recently had my 29th parent night, with eager and nervous parents visiting, wondering what this year of school would be like for their children. It’s always interesting to meet parents. Teachers see quite a lot and...

    • Posted September 5, 2018
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  • Abbreviated Vacation | Mark’s Remarks

    We had big dreams in the early spring of a vacation on the beach.  Our plan was to drive to Virginia Beach, visiting the homes of the presidents along the way. The girls wanted the beach and...

    • Posted August 29, 2018
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  • Fears And The Younger Self | Mark’s Remarks

    I think about what I feared when I was younger and how many of those fears have gone away. I also realize that things worry me that didn’t worry me when I was younger. I’m told that...

    • Posted August 22, 2018
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  • The Art of Nosiness | Mark’s Remarks

    There are people who are so good at it, you don’t even notice. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t you know a nosy person who has to know everyone’s business all the time? The funniest people...

    • Posted August 15, 2018
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  • A Critical Spirit And Getting Scolded | Mark’s Remarks

    I think there is a common thread, or many common threads, that run in groups of people who grow up in small communities. In those places, everyone knows everyone. Although you have a close community in which...

    • Posted August 8, 2018
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  • ‘The Scared Witless Club’ | Mark’s Remarks

    In my most evil moments, when I am ready to criticize and judge everyone on the face of the Earth, I talk about some people who are members of the “Scared Witless Club.” A crass, less apologetic...

    • Posted August 1, 2018
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  • I Know You Pray | Mark’s Remarks

    We attended church always, but I particularly remember going to a country church where we had service and then went in the back for Sunday school. When I was very small, believe it or not, the church...

    • Posted July 25, 2018
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  • Youth | Mark’s Remarks

    You see the older guy who still keeps himself fit and trim, and is admired because of it.  But he won’t allow himself to be associated with older folks, so he hangs out with none of them,...

    • Posted July 18, 2018
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  • Swimming Lessons, 1974 | Mark’s Remarks

    It was the summer of 1974 and my mother decided it was time for me to learn to swim.  There I stood in my swim trunks, pasty white and skinny as a bean pole. I was scared...

    • Posted July 4, 2018
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  • Roxaboxen | Mark’s Remarks

    A dear friend recently brought my daughter some books, and one of them was the classic story Roxaboxen by Alice McLerren. I had read the book long ago when I became a teacher but had lost my...

    • Posted June 27, 2018
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  • Fun Basements | Mark’s Remarks

    Our first basement was unfinished and old. It leaked a little if it rained a lot. The concrete walls were cool. The uncovered rafters had pretty, untouched and solid wood from 1953. We loved it. We set...

    • Posted June 20, 2018
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