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Vengeance | Mark’s Remarks

High school years are often looked at with rose-colored glasses, as is much of our childhood.  That is, if we choose to...

Fog | Mark’s Remarks

When does our brain start to experience fog warnings? I am amazed at how quickly I’m forgetting things. I used to be...

Performance parenting | Mark’s Remarks

Parenting is a tough job.   When your kids are nearing adulthood, you tend to look back and wonder...

The price of good beds and backs | Mark’s Remarks

How many of us remember actually looking forward to sleeping on the floor? Anyone? It was fun to sleep on a couch...

The longest month |Mark’s Remarks

Every year around this time,  teachers start to repeat tired old sayings like “We still have a month of school left! May...

Mark’s Remarks | I’m bored

I have a sign on my classroom door that says “It’s OK to be bored sometimes.” It’s not because I’m a boring...

Mark’s Remarks | 21 years

My oldest son just turned 21. For real. I was looking at pictures of that tiny baby a few days ago and...

Tolerance | Mark’s Remarks

Have you noticed lately that the greatest sin in the world has become disagreeing with someone?  It’s been a gradual shift in...

House guests | Mark’s Remarks

I’ve heard two wise sayings about house guests.  My maternal grandmother often said: “To each his own.” My wife’s maternal grandmother often...

Thrift Store Madness and Dressing Weird in the 80s | Mark’s Remarks

Do any of you remember the phase in the 1980s when all the cool kids were wearing oversized coats, vintage hats and...

Tricky Micki | Mark’s Remarks

My wife will get me after she reads this column, so I may have to move into one of your basements.  Please...

The Demise of Community Institutions | Mark’s Remarks

In my hometown of Fairfield, Illinois, we always had the constant presence and importance of two community institutions: the local newspaper and local radio...

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