Tammy Taylor

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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. …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Pictured is Katie Albert at the top of the Duomo in Florence, Italy

Travelogue | Katie Albert

My name is Katie Albert. I am a Waterloo High School graduate, resident of Waterloo, and full-time student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville majoring in psychology with a minor in…