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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Story of a toxic family | Mark’s Remarks

I like talking to older folks. There have been many I’ve “interviewed” over the years, tucking their stories in my little notebook. I read...

Living in fear of betrayal | Mark’s Remarks

Can you remember most of the times someone hurt your feelings? Many of us connect an incident to a person, regardless of the severity of...

My name is now an insult | Mark’s Remarks

I asked my son and daughter-in-law to explain why the name Karen was being used to post negative things on Facebook and in various...

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...

What’s so hard about it? | Mark’s Remarks

Teachers have never been fans of remote learning. We want our students in school. We miss them.  We want things to return to normal.  Although...

Cashmere Pulaski or Roman Polanski? | Mark’s Remarks

Schools around Illinois were not in session Monday to honor Casimir Pulaski. I’m pretty sure I’ve written a little about him before, being the...

Intentional listening, clarifying and responding | Mark’s Remarks

Almost on a weekly basis, educators have conversations with students relating to communication.  We are constantly talking to students about thinking before we speak,...

Petty, entitled, selfish us | Mark’s Remarks

Oh boy. People are fools. We have thrown out rational thinking and manners.  In this day and age, an increasing amount of people think...

Believing | Mark’s Remarks

It often takes some sort of a calamity for people to rely on God. Indeed, many people can go for long periods of time...

Devil’s Kitchen, the Enfield Monster and UFOs | Mark’s Remarks

I didn’t know until recently that this area of Illinois is sometimes referred to as “Devil’s Kitchen.” The name apparently comes from Native Americans and...

To my dear students | Mark’s Remarks

Boys and girls, I am afraid we are living in a very challenging time right now. You are part of history and someday you...

Toy spree | Mark’s Remarks

I’ve written before about getting the Sears catalog at Christmas, and pouring over the pages of shiny, colored photographs. I especially remember that tall...
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