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Friday, July 30, 2021

Man cards and the demise of the male species

I had a good conversation recently with a gentleman I respect very much.  We talked a good deal about how guys are, about friends...

What’d ya get? | Mark’s Remarks

Every year, when school starts back up, I like to eavesdrop on my students a little. I usually hear them talking about “what they...

That was the year that was | Mark’s Remarks

When I look back at this year, I can honestly say it’s been one of the worst.  I won’t begin to list all the...

Mismatched

My youngest daughter has always been her own person. She is still, after living almost a decade, able to be a free thinker and...

Christmas recommendations | Mark’s Remarks

Some of my earliest memories of Christmas involved being sprawled out in front of the television set, watching all the Christmas shows.   Back then,...

Filling space | Mark’s Remarks

I read books that are designed for middle school students because I want to see what they are reading and what I can recommend....

Letter to the Commander in Chief

Dear Mr. President: When you became a candidate in 2016, I rooted for you. I wasn’t pleased with your demeanor or with much of how...

Hope, attitudes and comfort food | Mark’s Remarks

I’ve been on a diet for about two months. I haven’t lost a bunch of weight, but I’ve changed my eating habits and my...

Listen, my children | Mark’s Remarks

When kids get into my class, I don’t allow them to raise their hands while I’m talking. When their hands go up, they stop...

A firm handshake | Mark’s Remarks

I was asked by my daughter why people lie.  It really surprised me that a 9-year-old would ask such a question.  You may guess why...

Grateful. Thankful. Blessed. | The Happy + Healthy Life

Having gratitude isn’t just about saying “thank you” to the bagger at the grocery store or the kid who holds the door open for...

Time for change | Mark’s Remarks

As you read this, it is most likely the week or day when our country is on the edge of its seat.  So many...
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