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Monday, December 9, 2019

Little celebrations | Mark’s Remarks

Of course, I always write school-related columns this time every year. Being a teacher for almost 25 years, starting school is always monumental time....

Compassion for the bug | Mark’s Remarks

As the school year begins, I find myself spending every waking moment at school. I often go in early in the mornings on weekends...

No boys allowed | Mark’s Remarks

When I first started teaching almost 25 years ago, there were only a few men on the staff. In my own particular grade level,...

Listen to the words | Mark’s Remarks

Go figure. I like to listen to the oldies station. If you’ve read any of my columns about my love of history, that will...

The magic of an ordinary birthday | Mark’s Remarks

Bless Andrea Degenhart’s heart. Every year she wishes me a happy birthday in her column. You would think that all of us at the Republic-Times...

The airwaves | Mark’s Remarks

In my hometown, we have a little radio station that started broadcasting in the 1950’s. I grew up listening. In the mornings, there would be...

Waiting for Rosie | Mark’s Remarks

I know most of you remember watching "The Jetsons" when you were a kid. Or maybe when your kids were kids, or whatever. The...

The night the lights went out | Mark’s Remarks

Recently, we had a power outage that was, I thought, wonderful. It seemed everything halted for a time. We lit candles and sat around...

How hard is it to smile? | Mark’s Remarks

I went to a local business office not too long ago. A lot of you must go there from time to time. I will...

The Hex | Mark’s Remarks

I don’t really believe in hexes, but I do something I call putting a “hex” on old houses. Maybe it should be called "saying...

Oh well | Mark’s Remarks

Let’s face it: we are, for the most part, a self-centered society. How many times do you listen to a conversation, all the while...

Dreams? | Mark’s Remarks

I always read Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant to my fourth graders every year. It is a fun, complicated and terribly disgusting book. Kids...

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