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Note to my young teacher self | Mark’s Remarks

I can hear my anti-fans (mostly “friends” and family) now:  “Here’s Tullis, writing another teacher column.  Here he is, writing as if he’s the only teacher who ever retired.  What’s…

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Exceptions ARE the rule | Ott Observations

One of President Ronald Reagan’s most famous quotes is “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” His sentiment…

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Choosing conversations | Mark’s Remarks

Do you ever have conversations with people and then you walk away kicking yourself for continuing the conversation? I mean, there are just people you have to take in small…

Graham A. Colditz, MD, Deputy Director, Institute for Public Health, is photographed at FLTC on March 15, 2022. MATT MILLER/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Most of us should eat more fruits and veggies – Springtime produce can help | For Your Health

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz Siteman Cancer Center Spring always feels special. After even mild winters, the longer days, warmer temperatures and greener parks can lift our spirits and offer…

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A moment of your time | Mark’s Remarks

I just read an article in my hometown newspaper, written by my college sociology and composition teacher who happens to be a phenomenal writer and historian. She wrote about a…

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A self-loathing nation | Ott Obeservations

This past month, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s a day where most of us claim to be a little Irish.  I found myself thinking about my vacation a few…

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Tornado chaser | Mark’s Remarks

As a kid, I was terrified of tornadoes. Storms didn’t bother me too much, but tornadoes really messed me up. I could really whip myself into a dither thinking about…

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Getting the urge | Mark’s Remarks

My wife has been threatening me for the past few years as my retirement loomed.  Not in a bad way, by any means, but sort of a gentle coaxing. Not…

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The boys who cry wolf | Ott Observations

Reading headlines and listening to political sound bites got me thinking about the old Aesop fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” It is about a shepherd boy who repeatedly fools…

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Heels | Mark’s Remarks

I wonder how neglect of certain items in our lives began? I look in my closet sometimes and see a pair of shoes that are sort of squished back in…