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Monday, January 18, 2021

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...

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...

How to torture people | Mark’s Remarks

I think perhaps the greatest form of torture I can come up with would be to replace a kitchen faucet some 20 years or...

Buzzsaw maniac | Mark’s Remarks

One would think that the title of my column would have something to do with the Halloween season, yet I’m not talking about anything...

The facade of relationships | Mark’s Remarks

It’s wild to think that in a day and age like this one, loneliness is more pronounced than it has ever been. Even though...

June Cleaver’s Dark Side | Mark’s Remarks

Readers, I am shocked and scandalized by the behavior I have just witnessed from one Miss Barbara Billingsley.  Remember her? She was Beaver’s mother.  As...
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