200. Shameless, Emmy Rossum, Winter’s Tale, And Phantom Of The Opera!

          

                

You Really Should Visit Amazing Philadelphia Over The Holidays! Please!

    

      

Here Are Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets Of The Week!

                                                  

1. Let’s Talk’s Best Holiday And December Warm Wishes!
Our December And Holiday Greeting!
     

Our non-religious column hoped Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah fell in December this year like it did a few years ago. Our holiday wishes would, then, ring out to 4/7 of the religious universe. Nonetheless, Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s 200th WordPress issue wishes everyone a joyous, safe, and healthy December.

2. Let’s Talk’s Best…It’s A New Year Baby List!
The End Of The Year Lists Are Everywhere!
The Forbes Money List Is A Favorite And Informative Office Staple!

            

This one is a shocker parents and parents to be! For the second year in a row Emma was the number one name selection worldwide for a new baby girl. However, Liam (a variation of William), knocked John/Jonathan out of the top boy’s name spot.

               

Emma has Old French and Old German origins. Emma means universal. Liam is an English derivation and means faithful protector. We were skeptical of the worldwide Liam choice. Therefore, we sent 10 office interns out to scour Philadelphia for a Liam. The Liam Neeson movie poster brought back to the office by an intern was creative, but didn’t score any points.  All the girls and two of the guys tried to find Liam Hemsworth. That would have made everyone’s day. Liam’s were nowhere to be found in our big city. If you are a 2017 Liam, please, call our University of the Arts’ offices. We will enter you on our worldwide Liam Pin Mapping Project.

         

   

3. Let’s Talk’s Best Music Of The Week!
Sam Smith Is The Savior Of The Forlorn And Forgotten!

If you are only buying one album this holiday season or for a birthday, graduation, or anniversary present, Sam Smith should be your choice. His lyrics, stories, and videos are eye-popping, soul soothing, and earful delights.

Sam Smith has won every major music award, performed with all the top musical talents, and suffered from six (we read too many tabloids) recent boyfriend setbacks. He knows of what he sings. Stay With Me is on everyone’s Best Of Sam Smith Song’s list. We placed it fourth on our list after:

       

One Last Song For You
I Am Not The Only One
Too Good At Goodbyes (all four singles are awesome single recording choices)
You can listen to these four songs for free on Vevo, YouTube, and a number of free before you buy recording sites.

Your second and third album choices should include Mary J. Blige The London Sessions with a host of great duets with European music’s top stars. Roy Orbison’s A Love So Beautiful with the London Philharmonic should be a list topper, too. Orbison’s album is a great follow-up to the immensely successful Elvis Presley and the London Philharmonic in The Wonder of You recorded two years ago.

      

              

         

4. Let’s Talk’s Best Phantom Of The Opera Performance!
Emmy Rossum’s And Gerard Butler’s Phantom…Sing My Pretty!
The Phantom Thinks Emmy (Christine) Is A Keeper!

Philadelphia should be your first look-see before heading to New York City for the holidays, a vacation, or a shopping spree. You might want to add Phantom of the Opera at the NYC Majestice Theater to your must see list, also. Phantom has zoomed through its 10,000th performance (2012) and is about to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary as the longest running show on Broadway (1988).

Emmy Rossum played Christine in the 2004 movie version of Phantom of the Opera. The 19 year old opera trained star excelled with Gerard Butler, Patrick Wilson, and Minnie Driver in the production. The movie can be seen on all your On Demand channels. Rossum has three contemporary albums that deserve a listen, too.

       

Learn To Be Lonely…Minnie Driver
All I Ask Of You…Patrick Wilson
are winners in addition to Phantom’s bigger known numbers.

PS…Another first for Philadelphia theater is that Matthew Murphy is the first African American to play the lead in Phantom of the Opera. His show played at the Kimmel Theater in November. Look for the road version in your town.

      

5. Let’s Talk’s Best Disgusting Televison Program!
Let’s Talk’s Best Emmy Rossum TV Performance!

Shameless! Season Eight Is A Keeper! Season Nine Is Booked!

William Macy is Frank Gallagher a drunk, a drug addict, and the head of a dysfunctional family of seven (six siblings ages 1-15 forced to fend for themselves). He is about to begin his eighth year in this role on Showtime Sundays at 9. You have to ask your friends if they watch Shameless. They will all say, yes, and that they are mesmerized by the disgusting antics of everyone in the show. The family has participated in every major and minor crime listed on your local police station’s crime blotter from larceny to murder. Our favorites are: stealing from the about to be dead and stealing from the dead. You have to see Shameless from season one, episode one on Netflix and attend a Shameless party where everyone drinks a shot of whiskey and tells something that is Shameless in their life. It is amazing the things people will share.

         

Did we mention awesome sex yet…with every sexual orientation and every position? This series may not be for the squeamish!

             

Emmy Rossum plays Fiona Gallagher. At sixteen she had to drop out of high school to raise Frank’s family. She doesn’t sing in this one. Nevertheless, there isn’t a thing in the lexicon of bad behavior that she, her brothers, and her sisters haven’t participated in to survive without a mother or father. The show is based on a British television series that doesn’t hold a candle to every disturbing behavior and scheme Chicago has ever seen. No one is safe from this family’s criminal creativity. You root for this family and their friends as some members seem to be finding there way out of depravity, but then they just pull you back in. They’ll leave you at the altar while stealing drugs from your house.

             

See for yourself, but please don’t laugh at their antics. If you start from episode 1, you will love seeing the characters grow over the eight years of the program. There are also guest appearances galore. Yeah, Joan Cusack and Dermot Mulroney.

       

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6. Let’s Talk’s Best On Demand Movie Of The Week!
Winter’s Tale...Love Triumphs In Past And Present New York!

Winter’s Tale (1983) by Mark Helprin is a fantasy and mythic love story. It stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, and Will Smith. The movie is a Warner Brother’s release. The movie will make you believe:
1. that hope cannot be destroyed by evil
2. that every good person is given one miracle to bring happiness, love, or life to another
3. that Colin Farrell can act
4. that Jessica Brown Findlay can follow her Downton’s Abbey’s Lady Sybil Crawley with another endearing performance
5. that two small girls in different time periods can steal the show

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Winter’s Tale is set in New York in 1914 and 2014. Colin Farrell (a boat cast away as a child like Moses) is a thief and mechanic. Farrell, while robbing a New York mansion, falls in love with a rich, dying piano player. This twenty-one year old is also a poet about life. While falling in love with Beverly Penn (Findlay), Farrell’s (Peter Lake) mission is to cure his love of consumption. Beverly’s little sister Willa believes love’s kiss will save her sister. So do we!

Peter Lake’s life story in the movie runs back and forth from modern day New York to the New York of the past. His adversaries are Will Smith, the devil, and Russell Crowe, the devil’s disciple. Crowe chases Farrell relentlessly in the past and in the present. If Farrell carries out his miracle, it will change the balance of good and evil. Crowe can’t let that happen! On Farrell’s side is a magnificent and mythical white horse. The horse did not receive any billing, nor did Will Smith. The horse should have received major billing.

  

7. Let’s Talk’s Best New Author Of The Week!
Barbara Freeman Is Writing Excellence!
From The World Of Young Girls To The World Of Caring Pets!
You Will Enjoy Barbara’s Work And The Book Share That Follows!

     

I am Barbara Freeman. My profession and passion is writing books as a Children’s Book Author. I create stories for children that educate, enhance their moral values, build their confidence, and raise their self-esteem. The books’ enchanting stories are great entertainment for children at all levels.

My first two published books were inspired by my love for my Pit Bull, “Sugar”. The two books are Sugar: A Princess Pit Bull Finds Her Family and Super Smart Sugar. The two books have earned five star reviews from Reader’s Favorite, a professional review company. The books are 1st place winners in the Purple Dragonfly 2015 Awards. They have been featured in AmeriKidz, Bully Girl, and Story Monsters Magazine. The books have been featured in a 20 minute segment on WOWT and in the 2016 Women of Distinction Magazine. The books are both being sold on Amazon.com, all Barnes and Noble stores, Laredo Publishing Company, University of Nebraska at Omaha Bookstore, Black Plains Museum in Omaha (Nebraska). The Pit Bull Princess in Amsterdam (New York), can be found on my website: www.barbarafreemanbooks.com

    

I have just completed and mailed the manuscripts for my newest book, Mirror, Mirror, to a list of publishers. It is categorized as multi-cultural, history, or self help. The book is about a young girl of color who has low self-esteem. The story utilizes a fresh and modern approach to capture the readers’ attention. Tina Thomas has an old-fashioned bedroom mirror which rocks, shakes, and shimmies! The mirror questions Tina, with a loud voice as it raps and rhymes, “Who is the prettiest girl that young Tina can recall?” Tina’s amazing adventure begins. This book is for all children and people who think a young girl should feel beautiful.

         

     

8. Margurite Nardon Gruen’s New Book Is A Close Let’s Talk Second Best!
The Band 4 Will Stretch Your Imagination And Love Quotient!
The Air We Breathe’s Connection Might Be One You Have Felt!

One of Marguerite’s recent book reviews starts as follows:

It takes blood, sweat, and tears to draft out a story, let alone create and publish a novel. There are countless wanna-be authors, but very few actually make it from concept to finished product. Marguerite Nardon Gruen is one of those authors.

                

Marguerite is a first-time author, whose idea for her novel came to her in in her sleep, quite literally. Her novel, “The Air We Breathe” began as a dream. With hard work and dedication, Marguerite has turned that dream into a reality. The book, a very compelling, readable debut novel, tells the story of two people from completely different worlds who are brought together by something bigger than either one. Once they meet, their lives are changed forever.

         

Fans of “The Band 4: The Air We Breathe” will also be happy to know that there’s a third book due in the trilogy which will focus again on the original novel’s main couple. Gruen teased, “It’s going to be about them remembering stories from their past along with finding out just how hard it was for her with Chase being gone so much.”

Find out more about Marguerite Nardone Gruen, “The Band 4: The Air We Breathe” and the upcoming sequels visit her official website.

LINK: http://www.margueritegruen.com

          

At 23 Chase Martin was part of the biggest Band on the planet. On the eve of making the biggest decision of his life, filled with distress and anxiety, he couldn’t even look his 3 band mates in the eye because of what he was thinking of doing. They were one quarter of each other, not one quarter of the Band. They knew it was coming and were praying for a miracle to come save their brother.

After living under the influence of her strict parents for 27 years of her life – Marguerite was just discovering what she wanted to do with the life she felt she was held hostage to.

Until, one night in London, in a coffee shop she felt someone in distress!

She sees Chase, telling him she can feel his anxiety 6 tables away. Soon he realizes he can feel her emotions too. They don’t understand how that can happen and it scares them. They are somehow connected.

Neither can breathe when they think of parting ways.

This is a story of a celebrity couple trying to live normally. It is filled with family, kindness, respect, and heart breaking tragedy. But in the end, love conquers all!

                 

9. The 23rd Anniversary Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia Dances Ahead!
The 24th Anniversary is just a month away!

    
How we started? 

Part of Joan River’s comedy routine 23 years ago was asking the Johnny Carson audience, “Can we talk”. We thought Can We Talk Philadelphia would be a great name for an entertainment and business column. Never mind! Research showed us Can We Talk T-shirts are sold at Joan River’s comedy venues. Disappointed, we went with a close second of Let’s Talk Philadelphia.

    

This year (2017) is the 23rd Anniversary of Let’s Talk Philadelphia. What once was a newsletter shared in University Of The Arts’ lectures and classes, professional development presentations up and down the east coast, and in book publications for Good Apple Publishing is now a Word Press column that is read across five continents, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. Let’s Talk Philadelphia is distributed through multiple re-listing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 500+ readers subscribe to the column. 7,500 LinkedIn members enjoy the weekly two minute puzzle challenge as much as the articles. The good sisters of St. Rosalie’s think Let’s Talk Philadelphia plays well in Brooklyn, also.

      

Join the yearlong celebration of outstanding writing, art, photography, businesses, and creative discussion by contributing a story, book, movie, art piece, award notice, photography, game, business, multimedia, travel, or theater write-up that world-wide readers will enjoy. Your ideas should be sent to: Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send six photos with your two-paragraph description of your work. Remember to include the links where you can be found. Thank you!

                 

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199. Mickey Mouse, Singles Day, Frankenstein, And Megan Leavey!

       

       

     

Here Are Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets For The Week!

     

        

1. Let’s Talk’s Best On Demand Movie Of The Week!
Kate Mara Tells Megan Leavey’s Story!
Sergeant Rex By Mike Dowling Makes A Good True Story Read, Too!

       

If the new movie Megan Leavey were named A Girl, A Dog, And A War, it would have lasted much longer in theaters throughout the United States and across five continents. Megan Leavey’s quick move to your On Demand and special channels is a boon to movie watchers, dog lovers, true story researchers, and war movie fans.

        

The most dangerous position in modern warfare is not the airplane pilot, the tank commander, or the normal foot soldier. The most dangerous position in modern warfare is the war dog (military K9) and its handler. These two (soldier/dog) are on every snipers, bombers, and assassination must kill list. The dogs are trained to sniff out explosives, weapons, and a variety of munitions. Each dog’s life-saving value, as you will see in this movie, is immeasurable. Kate Mara plays one of these handlers as you follow her through an unhappy home life, her recruitment, military training, the brutality of war, and her quest to adopt Rex, her partner in Iraq, on his retirement.

      

Megan Leavey served two tours (four years) of duty in Iraq with Rex. Both were wounded in action and received a slew of medals for their work and valor. Rex returned to Iraq for a third tour before facial injuries facilitated his retirement and Megan’s battle to adopt him. Megan, a Yankee fan from California, and Rex were honored in pre-game ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. Even if you are not a Yankee fan, this is a movie you will enjoy with family, friends, or with your dog in your lap.

          

2. Let’s Talk’s Best Foreign Television Shows Of The Week!
Sniffer From Russia!
Wanted From Australia!

         

We have previously touted Annika Bengtzon (two seasons) from Sweden and Crossing Lines (four years) from Germany, France, and Italy as the best programs in European television now available to audiences in the United States. Annika is a Swedish crime reporter while the Crossing Lines team is a European crime fighting unit. The shows were recommended for their production values, acting, unique stories, and ability to include picturesque and historical locations in their detection quests.

               

We are now adding two new and very quirky to the nth degree shows to our Recommending Something Different List.

       
Sniffer (season four) stars Kirill Karo, Ivan Oganesyan, Mariya Anikanova, and Nikolay Chinddyaykin. Karo’s uncanny sense of smell is a great crime detection and fighting aid. Likewise, it leads him into a basket filled with weird, embarrassing, and hard to explain situations. In each episode his nose is like a college science class. It is unbelievable what his nose can decipher in crime and everyday life, but that makes the viewing interesting as you scream no way a number of times in each episode. It helps that the cases he attempts are different from what you see on American television.

      

Just as Sniffer takes you across Russia to solve horrible and funny crimes, Wanted (two seasons) whisks you across Australia’s major cities, its outback, and, in season two, Asia. Two polar opposite women, think ditzy waitress and uptight accountant, are fleeing murder, embezzlement, ex-boyfriends and their families, crime lords, drug smugglers, the good police, the bad police, and bad hairdos.

            

If you are thinking of running away or fleeing to the suburbs or country, these two women are the poster children for how not do it. Rebecca Gibney, Geraldine Hakewill, and Anthony Phelan star and it is hard not to like them for their quirks, banter, and stupid, really stupid, decisions. You won’t recognize the actor’s names in Sniffer or Wanted, but you will have fun trying to keep one step in front of them in their adventures.

     

     

3. Let’s Talk’s Best Book Of The Week! Frankenstein!
Mary Shelley Celebrates Frankenstein’s 200th Birthday!
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) Is A Distant Second!

         

As our office prepares for Halloween, a burning question surfaced on the two hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein and ninetieth birthday of Mickey Mouse. The question is which character appears in more movies and can you guess in how many movies for each to win the office’s weekly dollar pool? Guessing Dracula movie numbers is the tie-breaker. Last week it was how many points the Eagles would score on Monday Night Football. Congratulations Jennifer! We have a large amount of time to waste at work. So, please, write down your answers and challenge your office staff with this movie puzzle before we reveal the answers in the next paragraph.

             

Add to your GUESS protocol this question, also. In what year did the first Frankenstein, Dracula, Mickey Mouse movies appear in theaters?

          

The first Frankenstein movie was in 1910. Mary Shelley appeared in the movie credits, for as you see below, her name did not appear on the cover of her book.
The first Mickey Mouse movie Steamboat Willie was in 1928. It was one of the first talking cartoons.
The first Dracula movie was 1936. We would have thought that something appeared earlier.

                    

Mickey Mouse has 130 movies in his shopping bag. These films earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.
Frankenstein has 56 full length movies. Three (3) of the movies are pornographic films. We have order 9 copies of these films for the office staff who will report out on them in our next issue.
There have been 28 Dracula movies not counting over 20 Dracula cartoons.

       

4. Let’s Talk’s Best Halloween Puzzle Of The Week!
Frankenstein’s Body Part Hunt (Three Years Running)!
Run This Worksheet Off For A Teacher Friend Or Children In The Family!

                                 

Can you picture the poor teacher that has Frankenstein (you know the monster made with assorted body parts) in his or her class? He or she knows Frankenstein is looking for more body parts, but at the same time, the teacher is responsible for teaching reading and mathematics. The activity you are about to do is the same activity this teacher designed to keep Frankenstein’s and his classmates attention. Frankenstein had fourteen correct and almost collected a whole body. See how many body pieces you can collect. The clue (Column A) will give you a clue word (Column B) that contains a body part (Column C). Underline the body part and record what fraction (Column D) of your whole word is made up of that body part. Good luck fiendish people while building your monster. Hope you do better than that big Frankenstein person!

      

Clue                                       Clue Word               Body Part                 Body Part/Word

  1. Clogged sink fixer         plunger                        lung                                 4/7
  2. Opposite of later     ____________ ____________            ____________
  3. Form of pearl jewelry     ____________ ____________            ____________
  4. Soil color     ____________ ____________            ____________
  5. Tea pot part     ____________ ____________            ____________
  6. Boat synonym     ____________ ____________            ____________
  7. Answering’s opposite     ____________ ____________ ____________

      

  1. Slow creature     ____________ ____________            ____________
  2. John Elway’s sport     ____________ ____________            ____________
  3. Dear Sir: is a     ____________ ____________            ____________
  4. A mass of bees     ____________ ____________            ____________
  5. Condition of icy road     ____________ ____________            ____________
  6. Large cooking fireplace    __hearth___ __heart______ ___5/6_____
  7. A diamond’s key features    _________ _____________ ____________
  8. Exchanging     ____________ _____________          ____________
  9. Prayer position     ____________ _____________          ____________
  10. Movie candies ______ bears     _________            ______       _______
  1. February follower ____________ _____________          ____________
  2. Newborn’s bed ____________            _____________          ____________
  3. Type of beans __kidney____ ___kidney____         ___6/6_____

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5. Let’s Talk’s Best Business Topic Of The Week Four Years Running!
Alibaba…Making Money On A Singles’ Project!
Asia/Europe Celebrate Singles Day With Billions In Sales!
11/11 Is Now Etched Into Merchandising History Forever!
Get Ready For This Year’s Onslaught Of New Products!

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The newest creation in marketing is Singles Day. The ones in 11/11 when Singles Day is celebrated make it a perfect reminder when singles worldwide should assert their oneness. This brainstorm from the creative minds in China will generate a whopping single day take of 15 billion dollars in sales. What should you/we buy as participants?

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The Chinese and Alibaba convinced the single men and women of the world that the only way to celebrate who they are as singles is to drop a ton of money on a wide range of specifically advertised products each year. Amazon, one of the US’s top five money generators, takes six months to raise fifteen billion in sales. China does this in a day. We repeat: China does this in a day.

Is Alibaba is coming out with another stock offering. Not! The 15 billion dollars is already in their coffers! Maybe we can catch a piece of their next 15 billion dollar day.

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An Important Side Note: You should know that having 15 billion dollars in ones would allow us to walk to the moon on those bills. The power/reach of money reigns supreme, once again!

         

6. Let’s Talk’s Best Songs Of The Week!
Keith Urban Versus Coffey Anderson!

Here are the top five plays from our Philadelphia office’s play list this week. Let us know, please, what singers and songwriters we can feature from your area’s, office’s, or home’s playlist.

1. Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy To Come By…Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
These two of Philadelphia’s best all time performers prove old keeps getting better…

2. Better Today By…Coffey Anderson
An office mate’s wedding song that will soon be in the top ten of wedding songs with Elvis Presley’s I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

3. Come Back To Me By…Keith Urban
He tells his girl to go out and experience the world and maybe she will come back to him…

 

      

4. Rihanna’s Greatest Hits By…Rihanna
Who writes this woman’s lyrics and designs her videos? They are the best stories and enactments by far in all of music…dom…

5. Attention By…Charlie Puth
Three songs by Charlie Puth were entered into top five consideration. This song’s odd theme has an ex girlfriend appearing everywhere he does to rub in their separation.

                          

7. The 23rd Anniversary Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia Jumps Forward!

        
How we started? 

Part of Joan River’s comedy routine 23 years ago was asking the Johnny Carson audience, “Can we talk”. We thought Can We Talk Philadelphia would be a great name for an entertainment and business column. Never mind! Research showed us Can We Talk T-shirts are sold at Joan River’s comedy venues. Disappointed, we went with a close second of Let’s Talk Philadelphia.

This year (2017) is the 23rd Anniversary of Let’s Talk Philadelphia. What once was a newsletter shared in University Of The Arts’ lectures and classes, professional development presentations up and down the east coast, and in book publications for Good Apple Publishing is now a Word Press column that is read across five continents, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. Let’s Talk Philadelphia is distributed through multiple re-listing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 500+ readers subscribe to the column. 7,500 LinkedIn members enjoy the weekly two minute puzzle challenge as much as the articles. The good sisters of St. Rosalie’s think Let’s Talk Philadelphia plays well in Brooklyn, also.

        

Join the yearlong celebration of outstanding writing, art, photography, businesses, and creative discussion by contributing a story, book, movie, art piece, award notice, photography, game, business, multimedia, travel, or theater write-up that world-wide readers will enjoy. Your ideas should be sent to: Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send six photos with your two-paragraph description of your work. Remember to include the links where you can be found. Thank you!

              

Like the creative musical artists above, your varied ideas, experiences, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching.

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198. Thinking, Marshall, Holmes/Cruise, Art, And Mary J. Blige

                     

            

       
Here Are Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets For The Week!

    

        

1. Music…Marshall…A Young Thurgood Marshall’s Early Battles!
Mary J. Blige And Andra Day: Special Sisters In Rhythm, Blues, And Rock!
Chadwick Boseman Completes A Triple Play With 42 (Jackie Robinson),
Moving On Up (James Brown), and Marshall (Thurgood Marshall)!

     

Marshall, the story of Thurgood Marshall’s early years, opens in theaters throughout the world on October 12th. Chadwick Boseman stars as the young Thurgood Marshall long before Marshall’s Supreme Court days. Boseman was spectacular in 42, The Jackie Robinson story and in Moving On Up, the James Brown story. Boseman looks even better in the Marshall previews as a seemingly out of his element lawyer southern lawyer defending a black man’s attack of a white woman. We know Chadwick is going to be exceptional, once again, in this feature.

                                   

Let’s Talk Philadelphia wasn’t invited to the private Philadelphia preview of Marshall two weeks ago. Therefore, out of touch until the 12th, we are going in a different direction (think soundtrack) with our Marshall story for this issue. Every time Beyonce and Rihanna perform in Philadelphia their accolades could fill a large sized foot locker. Their performances, however, couldn’t persuade our office staff from voting Mary J. Blige Number 1 in Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, Hip-Hop Soul, and Rock in our office poll. Her songs definitely define her as our office’s Queen of Love, Strength, Pain, Acceptance, and Struggle.

MJB’s music videos and their story lines are just as revealing and dynamic as her songs.
Try these three selections on Vevo and You Tube and you will be hooked:
1. Take Me As I Am…I still stay strong, you can’t pull me down!
2. I Am…No one is going to love or treat you better!
3. One…A great collaboration with U2!

             

Before reading the next segment, please listen to these four songs by Cassandra (Andra) Day. You will, then, share our excitement over this new music maker. Can an office have two queens?

1. Stand Up For Something
2. Rise Up
3. Only Love
4. I Want It All

In 2015 at age 30, Andra Day exploded on the music scene with her first album Rise Up. Since then, she has performed with more than twenty top recording stars and has sung in every major venue in the United States including the White House and the Democratic National Convention. Andra was discovered by Stevie Wonder after hearing cover songs and mashups (blending two songs together) she and her sister performed, recorded, and filmed in their bedroom for their You Tube channel. She was first recruited by Stevie Wonder to duet on his Coke commercials in 2015.

             

A whole new group of fans will now emerge after seeing Andra Day’s performance in Marshall of Stand Up For Something and on the Marshall Soundtrack where she performs the song with Common. You will see that she sounds more like Adele with her soulful longings than Adele.

                           

2. From Rome With Love…The Best Puzzle Of The Week!
Mind Amp…ing Is A Very Good Way To Start Your Day!

Anagram It!

         

5,000 Palumbo Two Minute Puzzle enthusiasts set a new LinkedIn record last week. We are thanking those readers with our REALLY EASIEST puzzle this week and including it in this issue of Let’s Talk Philadelphia to add a little pop to your brain.

     

An anagram is a word that can be changed into another word without adding or subtracting any letter. Anagram one of the two words that follow and you will have a pair of opposites. Start your two minute timer. Good luck!

     

Example…Post/Go = Stop/Go
1. Finder/Foe =
2. Costly/Reef =
3. Walk/Urn =
4. Nice/Name =
5. Subtract/Dad =
6. Frown/Ring =
7. Sale/Open =
8. Owl/High =

        

9. Tea/Starve =
10. Spend/Vase =
11. Lane/Fat =
12. Pear/Sow =
13. Lived/Angel =
14. Work/Foal =
15. What/Freeze =
Can you write three Opposite Anagrams of your own?
That is the real challenge?

      

3. Movies…Best On Demand Movie Of The Week!
No! Weirdest On Demand Movie Of The Week! Miss Meadows!
Katie Holmes Teaches, Gardens, Dances, And Kills!

   

Since their divorce in 2012, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have appeared in over twenty movies, television shows, and acting vignettes. Their new movies American Made (Tom) and Lucky Logan (Katie) have the same action, love scenes, battles of wits, and chases (car, plane, boat) that we expect from their scripts and production companies.

                  

We thoroughly researched five of Cruise/Holmes’s twenty movies for a lead-in for this highlight. We were going to have our readers compare Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the movie Night and Day to their two new features and movie love interests. Then, we found Katie Holmes on Netflix in the movie Miss Meadows.

           

Unequivocally, Miss Meadows (2014) is the strangest movie you will ever see!!!

Miss Meadows (Katie) is a school teacher that wears tap shoes, frocky 1950 dresses, and white gloves everywhere she goes in town, in her garden, or in her house. Her tap dancing is most memorable in the movie. This playful miss will warm your heart until she pulls a small gun from her small purse and becomes the town’s first and most surprising vigilante.

                             

Katie protects everyone in her neighborhood from possible thieves and predators. She is a teacher, so keeping young children like Ava Kolker safe is in her prime directive. The sheriff’s city-wide list of criminals is another one of Miss Meadows’s undertakings. Mary Kay Place, her next door neighbor tries to help, but her advice is twisted to non-understanding by Katie. James Dale, the police chief is the love interest who also takes turns trying to guide Katie. Even the twice daily phone calls to her mother Jean Smart can’t redirect this sweet vigilante. Redirect some of your time to see this movie and call out Why Me at its unexpected conclusion.

                    

PS…Look out for the upcoming Ocean’s Eight!
Who Will Katie Holmes Kill In This One!

     

4. Television…The Best Cartoon/Adult Swim Network Show Of The Week! Julia Diehm Makes This Column Younger And Brighter!
Samurai Jack Will Keep Your Mind Jumping! Julia Promises!
Eight Primetime Emmy’s With More To Come!

   

We asked High School senior Julia Diehm for ideas that will help Let’s Talk Philadelphia appeal to a younger audience. We like Julia’s viewpoints and hope this is the first of what will be many shares by Julia.

     

Here are Julia’s comments and interesting viewing suggestion for all ages:

If you were in elementary school during the early 2000s, chances are you tuned in to Cartoon Network every once in a while. Unfortunately for me, I was a toddler at the time, so I wasn’t able to witness one of the greatest shows on television: Samurai Jack. But when I was old enough to watch TV, I, like many other girls, liked the Powerpuff Girls. So I was pretty confused to see a picture of Professor Utonium in a Japanese costume of some kind. Well, as it turns out, he was an entirely different character made by the same production crew. They dubbed him Samurai Jack, a young prince from feudal Japan sent to the dystopian future by an evil entity named Aku.

        

The show achieved many awards and much acclaim during its run, and for good reason. It blended comedy and action like no other children’s show did. Its audience was treated with intelligence, being given an impressively mature story line while keeping the innocence and family-friendly tone it should. The director, Genndy Tartatovsky, had an incredible talent to weave tales with little to no dialogue, creating an atmosphere all its own.

       

But the story was short lived as it was cancelled after season 4. There was no epic finale nor conclusion. The last episode was like any other. The show was on an apparent hiatus since 2005 with some rumors it was coming back. But the Samurai did not return to the small screen until 2017. With the knowledge that its audience was now grown, the show moved to Adult Swim with a new tone, complete with more violence, gore, and mature themes. From suicide to innuendos, this final season tackles it all. But don’t be fooled – the humor and ingenious storytelling are still there. It is quite rare for a beloved show to return with such success, so I highly suggest giving it a try.

PSS from Wikipedia: A remastered version of The Premiere Movie is set to receive a special theatrical release on October 16, 2017; prior to Samurai Jack: The Complete Series being released on Blu-ray and Digital HD on October 17, 2017. It contains remastered versions of the first four seasons of the Samurai Jack series.

        

5. Art…The Steve McKinney Story Is Just As Interesting As His Art!
Kelli McKinney Is Steve McKinney’s Biggest Fan!
Here Is Her Story! It Is A Reader’s Digest Humor In The USA Classic!

        

While sitting in my den one spring day, my husband, Steve, walked into the room and said, “I want to paint”! I, taking him seriously said, “which room”? No! he replied, “I want to be an artist”! As I gasped, knowing his history of hobbies, I just thought, here we go again.

     

I need to add that the only paint brush Steve has ever picked up was to paint the interior of our house. Not even in school did he paint, anything! Finding ourselves at the art store, Steve now has over 60 paintings, in less than two years time, and I no longer have blank walls. Being his wife and his biggest fan, I want to say, that I’m so proud of his God given talent. From abstracts to mountains, let your imagination flow, Dear Husband!
                                                                                                                                                              

6. Art II…Jessica Klein Is A Cheerleader For The New Jersey Art Scene!
ArtWorks Trenton Is A Must For Your October/November Visiting Schedule!

    

Hey Tom!
My name is Jessica Klein. I’m an abstract artist from South Jersey. I’ve been painting for four years, finding success within the Trenton art scene. Some great events to lookout for are Art All Day and Art All Night! AAN is held at Roebling Wireworks Factory each year in June, this year marking its 12th Anniversary! The show is sponsored by Artworks Trenton. I’ve had the privilege of working with wonderful people, a shout out to C.A. Shofed, and have made beautiful friends in such a growing art mecca and community.

           

Go Trenton!

    

Looking back, Trenton is where I ended up, but my journey began in Delanco, New Jersey. Our hometown library here in Delanco holds its annual art show every October and is in its 4th year! This is the funnest and most enjoyable show for me because this is where I feel comfortable introducing new concepts. The Made in Delanco Show allows me to feel brave and I am so grateful to give and get support, to and from my lovely, librarian and friend, Katharina Radcliffe. Remember to stick by your local library. Thanks for reading!

All My Best,
Jessie “Overcivilized Communications” Klein

       

7. The 23rd Anniversary Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia Continues!

    

This year (2017) is the 23rd Anniversary of Let’s Talk Philadelphia. What once was a newsletter shared in University Of The Arts’ lectures and classes, professional development presentations up and down the east coast, and in book publications for Good Apple Publishing is now a Word Press column that is read across four continents, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. Let’s Talk Philadelphia is distributed through multiple re-listing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 500+ readers subscribe to the column. 7500 LinkedIn members enjoy the weekly two minute puzzle challenge as much as the articles. The good sisters of St. Rosalie’s think Let’s Talk Philadelphia plays well in Brooklyn, also.

      

Join the yearlong celebration of outstanding writing, art, photography, businesses, and creative discussion by contributing a story, book, movie, art piece, award notice, photography, game, business, multimedia, travel, or theater write-up that world-wide readers will enjoy. Your ideas should be sent to: Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send six photos with your two-paragraph description of your work. Remember to include the links where you can be found. Thank you!

 

Like the art above, your varied ideas, experiences, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching.

 

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197. Friends, Puzzles, Despacito, American Assassin, With Will And Grace!

      

       

           

Here Are Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets For The Week!

            

1. From Russia With Love…The Best Puzzle Of The Week!
Mind Stimulation Is A Very Good Way To Start Your Day!

     

Alexandra and Gabrielle from Saint Petersburg, Russia are frequent contributors to this column. Their article and photos from Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum many issues ago (5 million pieces of history, 3 million pieces of art, five days to tour) were astounding. A short museum tour refresher snippet follows in the link below. After viewing the tour link below, the Internet hosts ten more videos featuring immensely enjoyable art and history from the museum’s acres and acres of buildings. One of a kind features from seeing two of the world’s twelve existing DaVinci’s to the Hermitage’s opulence can be found in all ten Internet features. Gander and history up art fans!

             

https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhsm-SGMedia-sgmedia_tracker&hsimp=yhs-sgmedia_tracker&hspart=SGMedia&p=the+hermitage+st+petersburg+virtual+tour#id=6&vid=c8647f7703296285deb4d6d8067e389e&action=view

          

Alexandra and Gabrielle are with us this week on a lighter note! They joined 1300+ puzzle enthusiasts in trying to solve a weekly two minute puzzle that we created on the monster business site LinkedIn. The girls mentioned the puzzles as being mean. We think that is good in Russian. Here is the challenge they called being mean, enjoyed, and suggested we include in our Let’s Talk Philadelphia column this week. This is a very different start for a column.

     

Tom Palumbo’s Two Minute Puzzles!
What Comes First! Triple Plays Rule!

       

Place the same word in front of each of these words below and you will complete a Triple Play (18 triples in all). You have two minutes to complete the task. Print the puzzle out before you begin. It will help you speed through your task. Turn your egg timer over now!
    

1. shine down day (example)  The Answer is: sun…sunshine sundown Sunday
2. foot Dipper Ben
3. thumb bean Hornet
4. hole board chain
5. fly fingers tray
6. one body time
    

7. Jackson Johnson Jefferson
8. ball bag sprout
9. flakes stalk cob
10. boat iron engine
11. light quarters stone
12. Jack bean rope

       
13. ball stand some
14. America Dakota Carolina
15. light fly coat
16. springs temper dog
17. George Louis Charles
18. ache throb murmur

2. The Best Television Of The Week!
The Bring Them Back Cry Of The Week!
Will And Grace Please Step Forward!
Friends…Can’t We Just Be Friends?!

       

Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack, and Sean Hayes are back next week in Will and Grace (NBC/1998-2006). Their 16 Emmy’s scream quality fun, gay relationships, and fast comedic banter with more to come. We are ready! The television trailers seem to show they haven’t lost a comedic step in the last eleven years.

      

Will and Grace’s return triggered days of office discussions on future feature articles. What television show needs to return to the small screen and what television show needs to be made into a movie?…think Sex and The City, jumped to the forefront in the discussions! The winner by a mile to return to television and to appear in your local cinema in our staff pool was Friends. The Cosby Show was second! Please run this contest for a top three in your office and see if Friends is, also, the winner in your office’s neighborhood. It is time we started the ball rolling on our favorites. EMail campaigns are easy to start. Go for it!

       

      

3. The Best Music Of The Week!
A Salute To Puerto Rico!
Despacito (Slowly): Simple, Poignant Lyrics We Feel While Dancing!
Justin Bieber And Luis Fonzi: A Can’t Stop Listening To Collaboration!

        

As the summer music season winds down with 90 degree weather in Philadelphia (one day from autumn), a look back at this summer’s two music sensations is in order.
This summer’s music victors by quarks (we used light years in the last column) are:
Despacito with Justin Bieber and Luis Fozi, written by Erika Ender and Luis Rodriguez and anything with Fifth Harmony (now four harmonies).

       

This link is ABC’s complete rundown of the history of Despacitohttp://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/making-despacito-rise-summers-top-song-49944696.

Despacito was number one for 16 weeks on the Billboard Top Ten this summer, sold 4 million records, and had 5 billion listens on You Tube. Despacito (Slowly) numbers by Luis Fonzi, Daddy Rapper and Justin Beiber streamed mega successfully across five continents. Fonzi’s number was filmed in one day across the streets of Puerto Rico with Miss Universe (Miss Puerto Rico 2016, Brenda Jimenez) dancing anyway she wanted to the song’s music and lyrics.

         

Fifth Harmony set every female group listening record on You Tube, Vimeo, and Vevo this summer. We mentioned, before, that we liked numbers in the billions. Fifth Harmony’s number of listens is over four billion…with album sales in the millions. They dance better than they sing and never stop moving in any of their song videos. Meet them for the first time through their songs: Down, Worth It, and Work From Home. Your morning exercises will zoom with these songs and others…new dance moves are included. Their work is ten times better than Sweating To The Hits.

           

4. Movies…The Best Shoot Them Up Of The Week!
American Assassin Is A Sleek Surprise!
Michael Keaton And Dylan O’Brien: A Get It Done Killing Team!

       

Vince Flynn (1996-2013) books cover the three levels of the American investigative services: assassins, spies, and investigators. These three groups have their agents trained by the armed forces, the Central Intelligence Agency, and those trained in secret hideaways throughout the world. In the eight book Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien in the movie) series, Flynn introduces a fourth training sector even deeper than the first three.

         

In American Assassin, Michael Keaton trains (blind folded on arriving there) agents for Sanaa Lathan, an under the radar operation’s director for the CIA. After a personal tragedy Mitch Rapp has developed the skills to be a super assassin. The fast moving missions in this movie and the book series take you from the world’s most deserted islands to the world’s largest cities. Michael Keaton handles all the hand to hand combat instruction, looks good at his training center doing so, and joins agents in the field for the most dangerous operations.

              

You can compare the investigative techniques, fight scenes, nuclear elements search, undercover work, Russian/Israel involvement, and agency battles with any of the movies you have seen recently. Avoiding a nuclear holocaust is just one of the five themes in this movie. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is the second action flick out this week. This is Ryan Reynold’s break away from his highly successful Marvel performances. It makes a good companion piece if you are waiting for your wife or girlfriend while she is shopping at Macy’s or a similar shopping hangout.

           

               

5. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Award Winning And Free Educational Resources!

          

Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Educational Website

Please check out our FREE educational website at aimtjp.wikispaces.com.

No www. is needed. If you have any educators, creative writers, entrepreneurs, teachers, or children in the family, they will enjoy the multi-level information and resources immensely. There are tons of immediately ready to use ideas in reading, children’s literature, Internet explorations, research, problem solving, games, puzzles, critical thinking, and poetry on the opening screen and in the Public Dropbox.

    

The creative ideas on the site are in PowerPoint, video, worksheet, and QuickTime talk formats. Teachers and graduate students from throughout the area have contributed creative lessons, creative games, and book talks to the site. The Public Drop Box has extensive files from twenty years of book authoring and graduate courses.

Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Poetry Site!

Let’s Talk’s poetry site contains audios, videos, Power Points, Internet resources, and worksheets in both poetry and creative writing. It can be found at: (catapultintopoetry.wikispaces.com). Thousands of homeschooling parents, administrators, poetry enthusiasts,  and teachers use the website and its creative resources. The site is streamlined throughout and dotted with easy to follow directions.

      

6. The 23th Anniversary Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia!

This year (2017) is the 23rd Anniversary of Let’s Talk Philadelphia. What once was a newsletter shared in University Of The Arts’ lectures and classes, professional development presentations up and down the east coast, and in book publications for Good Apple Publishing is now a Word Press column that is read across four continents and Philadelphia. Let’s Talk Philadelphia is distributed through multiple re-listing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 500 readers subscribe to the column. 7500 LinkedIn members enjoy the weekly two minute puzzle challenge as much as the articles. The good sisters of St. Rosalie’s read Let’s Talk Philadelphia in Brooklyn, also.

     

Join the yearlong celebration of outstanding writing and creative discussion by contributing a story, book, movie, art piece, award notice, photography, game, business, multimedia, travel, or theater write-up that world-wide readers will enjoy. Your ideas should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send six photos with your two-paragraph description of your work. Remember to include the links where you can be found. Thank you! Your varied ideas, experiences, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching.

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196. Halle Berry, Naps, Winter River, Shawn Mendes, And Flash Mobs!

                         

      

The Best Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia!

         

Here Are Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets For The Week!

     

     

1. The Best Hint Of The Week!
The World Of Napology Is Filled With Great Knowledge!
A Nap Added To Your Schedule Might Be Age Defying!

     

Naps prevent mistakes, help memory, and lower your blood pressure. Ten medical sites will help you create a nap schedule for your particular mental and body type. Everyone should take an Internet look, take a nap, and experiment with their sleep needs and patterns. Let’s Talk Philadelphia encourages organizing an informational napathon.

      

2. The Best Music Of The Week!
Shawn Mendes And Three Billion Listeners!
The 2017 Video Music Awards Are A Close Second!

      

A 19 year old Canadian singer, Shawn Mendes, is the hottest thing in music today, even though, he didn’t win a MTV VMA award this weekend. Nothing Holding Me Back with Ellie Bamber, I Know What You Did Last Summer with Camila Cabello, and Treat You Better, each, have 2 billion Internet plays and mega sales.

Two billion plays is a really, really big number as Shawn shares his originally written themes of dating, friendship, and finding the best person for yourself. His second 38 city world tour sold out in an hour. He has sold out two of the largest indoor theaters in the world: Madison Square Garden in New York City and the O2 Arena in London.

        

Shawn Mendes’s four albums Handwritten (2015), Illuminate (2016), Live From Madison Square Garden (2016),  and Shawn Mendes Greatest Hits (2017) made Billboards Top Ten. Each album has sold a million copies or are closing in on that number. His number one Billboard opening with Illuminate on the Billboard Chart Top Ten Chart made him one of the five youngest singers to ever open up at number one on the industry respected chart.

   

Mendes started his singing career by placing little musical clips on an Internet site called Vine (https://vine.co/). Vine features snippets by singers, musicians, artists, businessmen, and more who are looking to be discovered or are looking for funding for larger products. Mendes, at age fifteen, recorded covers by artists like Ed Sheeran and Charlie Puth. Ziggy Chareton from Island Records and Andrew Gertler, a music agent, loved his work and saw the giant Vine following Mendes was creating and signed him to a recording contract. Chareton and Gertler’s bank accounts started to swell three years ago and will continue to swell for many years to come.

          

Start your Mendes investigations with one of the album lockets sold at his concert or his song Treat You Better. Treat You Better is the story of a want-to-be boyfriend who tells the object of his affection that she can be treated much better than she is being treated by her current boyfriend. Treat yourself to some great music by buying a Shawn Mendes album!

       

3. The Best Movie Few Viewers Will See!
Wind River….A Crime Fighting Duo Of Jeremy Renner And Elizabeth Olsen!
The Wyoming Wilderness May Be The Final Winner!

     

The filmographies of Jeremy Renner (age 46) and Elizabeth Olsen (Age 28) are long ones. Their work lists intersect in three places including their first meeting on the sets of the across the world filming of the Avengers in 2014. Their latest venture, Wind River, has them joining forces in the frozen and picturesque mountains of the Wind River area of Wyoming.

    

Olsen (the youngest of the Olsen sisters by three years) is a FBI agent who steps into the frigid Wyoming winter with Florida stamped all over her shoes and clothing. Renner is a Wildlife and Game Commission officer estranged from his Indian wife and joint caring for their 7 year old son. Graham Greene is the local sheriff. All three are out of their element trying solve an Indian woman’s murder…though the whole, when the three are put together, far exceeds their parts.

     

     

4. The Best Woman Of The Week!
Halle Berry’s Relentless Fight For Her Son!
Kidnap Shows Her Acting Grit And Mettle, Once Again!

       

Kidnap is another small movie that won’t gather a humongous (a third grader’s best descriptive word for large) audience. Halle Berry, a single mother, is enjoying the day at a local theme park with her young son. She turns around for a minute and her son is gone. This is every parent’s fear and is magnified for the audience by Berry’s lack of immediate help…because everything is moving so dramatically fast as she tries to rescue her son.
        

Berry sees the kidnappers driving off with her screaming son. In an in vain effort to free her son, she frantically takes part in the pursuit of the kidnappers. She is the only star in the movie and Berry fans will revel in her artistry, enjoy supporting her in this movie, and cringe many a time while watching her in her plight to recover her son.

     

       

5. Best Flash Mob Dance Presentation!
Uptown Funk At The Sydney, Australia Waterfront!
Dance On Lost Continent Friends!

    

The flash mob phenomenon of musical and dramatic surprise is over twenty years old. Our office decided to cull the flash mob categories and come up with a best flash mob contest. You can spend hundreds of enjoyable hours looking at surprise presentation venues: a street, wedding, airport, birthday/anniversary reception, and engagement flash mob. Flash mobs use dance, song, and instrumentals to bring enjoyment to large and small unknowing crowds of people. The themes of jazz, rock and roll, rap, theater, and poetry are just a few of the many themes used that you will enjoy. It was hard going through hundreds of selections, but our friends from Australia are the undisputed winner. Click on the link below or insert the link in the address bar of your computer. Then, enjoy the winning flash mob and see hundreds of others in the index bar on the right when the selected video opens.

The flash mobs orchestrated by Justin Timberlake and Selena Gomez finished second in our office’s contest! The movie La La Land’s flash opening finished third.

      

https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhsm-SGMedia-sgmedia_tracker&hsimp=yhs-sgmedia_tracker&hspart=SGMedia&p=flash+mob+you+tube#id=1&vid=6a3e477549e674a6bd70505f3f1a0647&action=view

6. This Week’s Best Ideas For Back To School!

                 

Internet Explorations
What should I sign up for on the Internet is asked by every businessman, teacher, Beyonce fan, and housewife? These interested groups go on to say that after signing up, they don’t want to be bothered by countless irrelevant emails, circulars, and spam. The sites that follow are good recommendations for anyone that wants to stay informed and wants to advance in their profession…and avoid junk mail after signing up.

     

       

  1. LinkedIn is a free professional site with multiple categories and group memberships. The site allows you to select business groups, national associations, and former colleges and universities you attended each offering you general information for your job and specific information for advancement in your profession. You can participate in group discussions, leave discussion questions for all to respond, or take seminars and lectures in a number of areas. The groups post jobs throughout the country, too. The LinkedIn groups that I am a member of include: Temple University, The University of the Arts, The Black Journalist’s Association, The Educational Network, The School Principal’s Association, and Educational Leadership. When you go to the site, you will have a menu of thirty groups you can join. Pick the groups in your professional area or general area of interest. If you want to expand your knowledge base, pick something far afield from your areas of expertise.  
  2. SurfNet Kids (www.surfnetkids.com) has been reviewed a number of times in this column. Barbara Feldman, an award-winning journalist, created the site. Anything that you want to know about education, current events, school subjects, and history appears here. It is perfect for the researcher, student, teacher, or home schooling parent. There are activities that you can join for each day of the week or archives that you can explore on every subject area. If there is an event that is presently happening, it is featured on the daily calendar with all kinds of articles and links to understand the event to the greatest degree. Email sign-up is free and you will relish the weekly newsletter articles.         
  3. Book Page (http://www.bookpage.com) is the online companion to the 25 page monthly circular found at the entrance to most local libraries. You can have fifty sent to your school library for free. The magazine contains author and illustrator interviews, reviews of books, CD’s, and movies, and features in research, current events, and library science. The Book Page newsletter is free and has any easy email sign-up.   
  4. New York Times Education Network (http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/NIE/index.html) is the perfect addition to anyone’s desktop of information. Sign up for their classroom or home addition with the link on the left. Sign-up appears in their Index Bar at the top of the page. My students like their blog. It breaks down sometimes hard to digest information into little understandable chunks. The blog is filled with daily and archived information and can be found at (http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com). Using the New York Times in the classroom will enhance the study of current events, literature, reading, the arts, and the sciences. Your parents will be impressed that The New York Times is part of your educational program.
          7. This Week’s Best Ideas For Back To School (Part II)!

    Jenny Wise, who has always lived up to her name, claims these back to school site suggestions from her vast storehouse of knowledge are better than ours. Jenny’s website suggestions are quite diverse!
    The battle begins!
    There will be crying!

    If you are a home schooling parent or teacher Jenny has a hallway closet full of great additional ideas for you. Please check these out on the link below.

    Hi Tom,
    Here are some websites I think your readers will enjoy exploring for the new school year.

    Guide to Finding Lesson Plans
    http://www.library.illinois.edu/sshel/specialcollections/curriculum/lesson.html

    K-12 Student Financial Literacy Lesson Plans
    https://www.mortgagecalculator.biz/resources/financial-literacy-lesson-plans.php

          

    University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies: K-12 Lesson Planshttp://www.cts.umn.edu/education/lessonplans

    Engineering the Future: The Educator’s Guide to Building and Construction
    http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/educators-guide-to-building-and-construction/New

    England Primate Conservancy: K-12 Lesson Planshttp://www.neprimateconservancy.org/lesson-plans-k-12.htmlThe Educator’s

    Guide to Real Estate Lesson Plans

    https://www.redfin.com/blog/2015/08/the-educators-guide-to-real-estate-lesson-plans.htmlStorytelling in the Classroom as a Teaching Strategy
    http://www.teachhub.com/storytelling-classroom-teaching-strategyThe Educator’sGuide To Addiction Prevention: The Most Effective Strategies and Resources To Implement in The Classroom
    http://www.drugrehab.org/educators-guide-to-addiction-prevention/

    Strategies for Fostering Inclusion in the Classroom
    https://teachingcenter.wustl.edu/resources/inclusive-teaching-learning/fostering-inclusion-in-the-classroom/

    Best Wishes,

    Jenny Wise

     

    8. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Monthly Call Out For New Ideas!

          

    With 40,000 WordPress reads…..being featured on Let’s Talk Philadelphia (thomasjpalumbo.wordpress.com) FOR FREE should greatly enhance your art, photography, and business message. The twenty year old, always positive, twice monthly, business and entertainment column comes out of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Your contacts will be graduates who are leaders in the world of art, photography, music, business, and technology, as well as, teachers from throughout the world. You will meet over 20,000 LinkedIn, PortaPortal, and Wikispace friends. Wow them with your work and ideas!

      

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    Angel hair pasta with clam sauce
    Photography
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    Travel suggestions
    Book reviews
    Adele
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    Out of the mainstream movies and television presentations
    Music that we missed
    Cute little puppies
    A good night’s sleep

    Minnie Mouse

      

    Please send six pictures and two descriptive paragraphs about your submission to tjpalumbo@aol.com. Past columns will show you interesting and unique write-ups by many of our contributors. We will column…ize your work immediately. If you are joining us, don’t do the hard sell. Show how your art or business message is different and worth exploring.

    Looking forward to featuring your work, creative ideas, and community message!

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195. Charlize Theron, Paul Newman, Elvis Presley, And Collabro!

              

                                         

The Best Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia!

          

Here Are Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets For The Week!

        

A Happy Tenth Birthday IPhone!
You Really Changed The Game!

       

A Happy 82nd Birthday Elvis Presley!
You Really Changed The Game!

                 

1. The New Movie…Atomic Blonde Explodes Into Your Theaters This Week!
Charlize Theron Exposes Her Breasts, Her Brains, And A Lot Of Brawn!

       

Charlize Theron has won the Academy Award (Monster, 2003), Golden Globe Award, Silver Bear Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for her exceptional acting. She is in the top ten of Hollywood moneymakers every year and on Time’s List of the 100 Most Influential People In The World. She has acted in, voice overed, and produced twenty-five films in the last ten years.

     

It isn’t a stretch, then, for the British MI6 agency (James Bond before James Bond) to send her to Berlin in 1998 to save the Cold War. She is assigned to retrieve a list of British spies working in Russia and Berlin. Naturally, death will reign everywhere if this list is exposed to the highest bidder. The exposure of this list will crush the British, American, German, and Russian Cold War battle. The Berlin Wall is about to come down and new spy alliances are about to be formed.

     

James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, and Toby Jones help and hinder Charlize (Lorraine) in this retrieval effort. The exotic, new British agent, Sofia Boutella is Charlize’s love interest in the movie. Charlize kisses her passionately and trains her while destroying ten opposing agents in great, choreographed fight scenes. Critics are calling Charlize Theron a new name, the John Wick (Keanu Reeves) of fighters. Bruce Lee is a more appropriate comparison in this slugfest.

     

Ronald Reagan is also the hero in this story (The Coldest City by Kurt Johnstad) as the Berlin Wall comes down after 29 years and 5,000 successful leaps across the wall and even more deaths. Gwen Stefani added to a great soundtrack, but didn’t help in any of the fight scenes. Sorry, The Voice lovers.

         

2. The Best On Demand Movie Of The Week…Twilight!
Paul Newman Assembles The Best Detective Cast In Cinema History!
Where Is A Good Old Time Detective Movie When You Need One!

    

Do you enjoy Paul Newman in a fast paced or slow paced mode?
The 84 movies that Paul Newman starred in, directed, and did voice overs for can calm you down or rev you up in a minute. Just don’t look into his hypnotic blue eyes. In Twilight, Newman is a calm, retired detective that is about to get revved up by delivering a package of payoff money for his best friend Gene Hackman. Newman lives with the moneyed Hackman and has a thing for Hackman’s wife. If someone only told trusting Paul about the money before hand!

      

Gene Hackman is dying and wants to clear up all the past sins of he and his wife Susan Sarandon. Even before the package can be delivered, bodies start piling up all over the place. Newman’s former friends in the police department Stockard Channing, (a former lover) and Giancarlo Esposito get involved as Newman is found at multiple murder scenes. Newman can’t help himself.
        

Wait! Still more stars to come! James Garner is in the same detective business that Newman once prowled. Garner is in the thick of all the investigations. Margo Martindale and her son Liev Schreiber are blackmailing everyone and add to the body count. Youngness is thrown in with Reese Witherspoon as Hackman’s daughter.

                

3. The Best Sequel Of The Week!
From Enchanted To Disenchanted!

Say it ain’t so Amy Adams and Mr. Mc Dreamy. Eleven years after the original, you are going to bring the cast back in 2018? How could the princess’s life be anything but perfect. You will try to convince us that trouble from the cartoon world is still after you? Susan Sarandon has been de-witched and can’t harm you in any way.The movie is one of ten remakes out next year. Five stations review all the movies out in 2018 with great trailers.

        

Maybe Idina Menzel will sing and dance in this one. Sing please sweet songbird! Please do not re-make Pretty Woman next! Pretty Please!

         

4. The Best Music Of The Week!
It Is In Collabro’s Stars To Be Great!
They’ll Make Their Mothers And Les Miserables’ Fans Proud!

       

For the second week in a row we are traveling across the Atlantic for this week’s musical selection. Collabro is the only singing group to win Britain’s Got Talent (2014). Since their victory in 2014 in front of forty million viewers, they have performed twenty-five shows a year across the world. The boys can sing to the nth degree with no emerging star!

         

Collabro’s winning song on the BGT show and first album title is Stars. It is a cover of the featured song in Les Miserable, the musical. The five-some do a powerful rendition of the song. The song can be found at this long address or just putting it in a YouTube search. https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhsm-SGMedia-sgmedia_tracker&hsimp=yhs-sgmedia_tracker&hspart=SGMedia&p=collabro+you+tube#id=3&vid=78d16f8d64731e92553d082160d2fb3f&action=click

         

Collabro has three albums that would make great presents for any music lover. They feature four great voices and performers after one of the original group, Richard Hadfield, went solo. He is not having as much success as Justin Timberlake and Diana Ross did with their new singing careers after their group break-ups. Sample these three songs by Collabro and you will run to Amazon or Best Buys to buy their albums.
1. Stars
2. If I Had A Dream
3. A Thousand Years

          

             

5. The Best In Fashion Sense And Scents!
Daisy By Marc Jacobs Is Way More Than A Flower!
We Enjoyed Enjoying This Fragrance!

           

Our office’s fragrance testing and evaluation protocols have changed…drastically changed! We can no longer afford to buy testing products and fragrances for everyone in the office for evaluation. We don’t want to be compromised by accepting samples from various companies, either. We now visit the fragrance departments of Macy’s, Bloomingdale, Sak’s, and the Dollar Store to interview their counter salespeople.            

We asked a male and female salesperson to pick the top two fragrances sales-wise and two fragrances they think shouldn’t be overlooked. We then let the testing/sniffing begin. One half of a glass of white wine ( for daisies) is consumed between each fragrance test to not contaminate the smells. This is the best part of the testing, by far.

                     

This week’s selection is Daisy by Marc Jacobs. In addition to its summery fragrance was the winning displays at all the stores where it was being sold. The displays set the summer field of flowers mood while you were sampling the product. It was great marketing at its best. Two of the clerks after our selection told us they were wearing Daisy, too, without any remuneration from the store or company. Go Marc Jacobs!

     

6. The Best Book Of The Week!
A Philadelphia Author and Public Speaker Supreme!
Heather Townsend Should Be Invited To Your Neighborhood!
Her Message Is Extremely Important!

     

Dr. Heather Townsend, affectionately called Dr. T., is an author and educator. As a Philadelphia native, she followed in her parents footsteps, and attended Temple University for undergraduate study. She went on to become a teacher, just like her mother who taught in Philadelphia public schools for 38 years. In 2005, she completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University, in Delaware, where she currently resides.  She has been spear-heading various educational initiatives in the tri-state area for over 25 years. Dr. Townsend is currently on a book tour for her first children’s vocabulary book, entitled Black IsBlack Is…is an innovative children’s vocabulary picture book, which teaches high-order thinking skills while building positive images of Black culture. More information can be found at http://www.drheatherltownsend.com/.

      

Dr. Townsend is also the primary author of an exciting curriculum called Around the World in a Summer! As a founding board member and current Director of Curriculum & Instruction for a trailblazing education agency called One Village Alliance, she has trained and coached a multitude of educators on holistic educational practices. The Around the World in a Summer! model takes children on a journey to each of the seven continents through literature, math, money & numbers, arts & crafts, culinary arts, music & movement. The seven week enrichment program is currently running in Salem, New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware. Some additional highlights of the program are weekly guest readers and presenters from around the world, technology integration, and service projects. More information can be found at www.iamthvillage.org.

      

 

       

     

7. What Creative Ideas Are Percolating In The Back Reaches Of Your Mind?
Inquiring Readers Want To Know!
Let’s Talk And Its Readers Can Use Your Art, Book, Or Business Acumen!

     

Coleen O’Brien: Entrepreneur Extraordinary!
Her Products Will Start You Off In Your New Business!
Working From Home Or In Your Community Is A Hoot.

Here is what Colleen shared with us…My drive in my business is in the thought that someone will put my products in their lives and through that it drives me to deliver as many products to them with the thought that I am adding value to an occasion/event/day to day activities. Knowing that something I offered is being presented through the thought that someone like you is motivation of my next stage or adaptation of getting these products to you!

  

Now this leads me into “My work” and how I deliver it to you. Over the past year I have been decidedly directing my business into how I can spread my brands names throughout not only my local business connections but across the states and the international sector as well. The question is, “How do I tie the masses and link them direct to me?” The answer to this is. The obvious-talk to the palpable consumer not only through technology, websites, ads, but the new “Now” live feeds of video and social media! I am immediately with you and in someone’s home, life, and daily activities all day and night 24 hours a day! The best part of this is people find you! Now I am a direct link to you! Please enjoy some of the imagery of my products. I offer lifestyle brands and something for everyone.

Coleen O’Brien

      

coleenteresa@yahoo.com
www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/coleenobrien
http://www.mymaryandmartha.com/coleen

                

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194. Angelicus Celtis, Barberry, Dear Evan Hansen, And Ruth Wilson!

                          

Amelia Earhart!…Your 80 Year Old Disappearance Mystery Has Been Solved!
The Video iBook Amelia Earhart, Once Again’s Facts Have Been Confirmed!
Pictures Of Amelia After 1937 Have Just Been Released!

         

            

Do you have a small story? The New York Times looks for the big story! Let’s Talk Philadelphia looks for the small story to make it bigger.

         

The Best Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia!
                       

 1. The Best Music Of The Summer!
Dear Evan Hansen Sweeps Broadway’s Musical Awards!
The Ben Platt And Laura Dreyfuss Star Combo Captivates!

        

You have two great musical theater choices on your visits to New York and Philadelphia this summer. Dear Evan Hansen swept Broadway’s coveted Tony Awards. Saturday Night Fever at The Walnut Theater in Philadelphia features students and staff from The University of the Arts where this column originated.

         

Saturday Night Fever is the 1977 John Travolta movie brought to the musical stage. It is the story of Brooklyn, friendship, dating, and using dance as an exhilarating form of expression. Tony Manero is a paint store clerk during the week, but the king of the dance floor on weekends. Dear Evan Hansen is the story of a shy teenager, a first love, a lie, and family. You can connect, first, to the Saturday Night Fever musical by watching the Travolta movie on every On Demand channel.

        

You can connect to Evan Hansen by previewing these two special song selections. A pair of great songs from Dear Evan Hansen are featured on You Tube and in the Today Show archives. They will give you a great feel for the story. Dear Evan Hansen stars Laura Dreyfuss (Glee) and Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect) sing Only Us (what came before won’t count any more) in a 3:44 studio recording session that will light up your day. This same song is featured on the Today Show with a nice lead-in interview with Laura and Ben. The song Only Us describes the perfect mindset for dating. 

A second song from Dear Evan Hansen and, also, featured on the Today Show is Ben, Laura’s and the whole cast’s presentation of You Will Be Found. You will listen to both of these songs more than once…and then run to get tickets! Check the show’s web page. Dear Evan Hansen is going on the road in the fall! Maybe near you?

                

     

2. The Best Music Of The Summer II!
The Nessun Dorma By 8th-12th Grade Choir Makes Wales Proud!
The Girls Are Crying, The Audience Is Crying, And You Are Next!

Let’s Talk Philadelphia is always scouring the European music scene to report on groups and individuals our European readers are embracing. There are three European X Factors and two European Got Talent programs that will give you are great fortnight of listening on Vimeo, YouTube, and similar free listening and viewing sites.

       

Our best choice from Europe this week is the Angelicus Celtis choir from Wales. These really likeable young girls sing opera (Nessun Dorma…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2lmk6kW-T0), musical theater (Phantom Of The Opera), and rock and roll (Jerusalem) with such an infectious joy that you will be scrambling for other songs they have recorded after viewing our three recommendations and watching their progression through Britains Got Talent.

                

3. The Best Television Of The Week!

      

Ruth Wilson: The Lips That Launched A Thousand Ships!
From Mourning Mother To Psychopathic Murderer! Wowsa!

The Affair, Revenge, And Luther!
Summer Viewing At Its Mindless Best!

           

If you were to ask a graduate class in creative writing to record the elements of a top notch summer movie, television show, or book, these elements would appear in their top five:
a. Light…not too much thinking is needed during and after the selection
b. Multiple plots…lots of things going on, hopefully tied in in the end
c. A vacation locale…the beach, mountains, river, lake, or backyard hammock
d. Kissing with sex thrown in for the non-churchgoing…lots of kissing
e. Likeable and hate generating characters…unique, unexpected character development

          

Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) calls Revenge (ABC…2011-2015) the standard for all future television shows. It has our five elements with revenge thrown in as Emily VanCamp goes after Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, and the Grayson family’s henchmen for falsely imprisoning and murdering her father. Revenge makes a great warm-up watch before our next two summer viewing suggestions.

                

The Affair (Showtime…Series 1-3 free on On Demand) takes place in the beach rich Hampton communities of 118 mile long Long Island. The show is ready to start season four in the fall. The median price of a home in Southampton is 8.5 million dollars, so the locals are always butting heads with the super rich.

           

Ruth Wilson (waitress) and Joshua Jackson (the local poor and struggling) are a happily married couple until the drowning death of their four year old son. Blame flies everywhere! Dominic West (author) and Maura Tierney are a happily married New York couple (they represent the rich) until, while vacationing in the Hamptons, Ruth saves their daughter’s life from chocking and The Affair begins. Sprinkle in two divorces, two weddings, a murder, drug smuggling, children growing up in divorce, and SPF 12 sun block, and you have 32 episodes of an often riveting binge watch. Fear not! You will be, easily, pulled into the Long Island and New York City kissing and sex fest. The heat in this series is only matched by a sweltering summer sun.

        

The multiple award winning Luther books (Neil Cross) and television series (BBC England 2010-2018) stars Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson. Elba (Luther) is a London detective that takes on the most horrific of cases. Wilson (Alison) is a deranged and cunning murderer that is infatuated with Luther and willingly, but not invited, teams with him to solve cases and save his life. Partnership misunderstood is this pairing’s title. The English tabloids and TV fans love this show.

         

Ruth Wilson’s workaholic…ism while starring in two series at the same time is matched by Idris Elba’s as he stars in a series and next month’s much anticipated The Dark Tower movie. Stephen King, Idris Elba, and Matthew McConaughey team in a book series brought to the screen that every high school student in Philadelphia has read.

       

4. The Best Gardening Tip Of The Week!
The Barberry Color Blaster!
This Is The Perfect Segue From Murder To Gardening! Maybe not!

       

In our last issue we featured Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue fragrance for men and women to put a little more color into your life. This week’s column color comes from featuring the Barberry, a shrub for all seasons. It will add color to your home and keep away the unwanted creatures that ate your flowers, plants, and shrubs.

        

The most frequently asked Questions To Debbie in our gardening department are: (a) how do I get deer and other animals to stop eating my favorite flowers, plants and shrubs; (b) what can I plant that is colorful and deer resistant. The Internet and your local plant nursery have lists of plants that favor the sun and shade, as well as, the plants that animals like and don’t like. You can print them out at home or take the list with you when you leave your local nursery.

        

Our surround your home and garden favorite, by far, is the Barberry. It is reasonably priced plant that comes in magnificent colors, is multi-sized, is easily shaped, keeps its color all year, and animals don’t like it because of the barberry’s tiny barbs on each branch. Please send us pictures of your newly barberry…ized home if you decide to follow our monthly garden suggestion for July….with more to come! As we were writing this column, one of our office staff (Pat) said she is on a deer sanctuary and the deer don’t like her white daisies. This, of course, we don’t believe. Try both and report back!

         

If you need additional color on your property, the king and queen of color are the Japanese Maple and the Japanese Plum. They add class to any location. Stay tuned to this column for future home, fashion, beauty, essential oils, make-up, and everyday product hints and updates. You will enjoy our New Product section at the end of this column, also.

             

5. The Best Gift Of The Week!
Nametests Is Free, Easy To Initiate/Understand, And Well Received!
Nicely Framed Or As a Refrigerator Magnet, Your Family Stands Proud!

      

NameTests is a free we will find your name’s origin site. Place your last name in Nametests’ search box and the site will give you an easy to frame description of the origin and meaning of your name. The print out can be put into some great formats.

     

We framed an 8 by 11 inch printout on nice paper and then printed a number of 4 by 6 inch printouts and placed them on 4 by 6 inch refrigerator magnets for family members. After you see the site you might want to do your family description on cups, a flag, a calendar, or notepad. Sites like VistaPrint will do that and more for you.

     

6. Businesses, Businesses, Businesses!
What’s New In Your World?
Let’s Talk Is A Forum For New Business Ideas!
This Week It Is Pet Memorials By Liz Lee.

        

Pet Memorials…Ballparks, country clubs, famous streets, and buildings have instituted a fund raising gimmick called The Brick Program. Place the name of someone you want to memorialize on a brick and it will be inserted in a featured location (walkway, wall, cemetery, concourse, memorial) by the organization sponsoring the program. Prices, of course, will vary greatly!

                    

Liz Lee (lizlee@whidbey.com) came up with a unique memorial for your pet that is far more fitting and colorful than a brick. Hopefully, it will give you an idea starter for your next business or to memorialize your favorite pet? Here is what Liz shared:

       

I started painting pet portraits on stepping stones when my neighbor’s
dog died and I wanted to help ease her pain by painting a memorial for
him. She loved it and placed the stepping stone by her front door and
the word spread. Now I gleefully paint pet portraits as memorials and
living tributes. As Mark Twain said, “The secret of success is making
your vocation your vacation.”
Liz Lee

     

Pictured are: Andy, Cortez, Hairy Krishna, Joshua, Lil Shaver and Pandora.

      

7. What Creative Ideas Are Percolating In The Back Reaches Of Your Mind?
Inquiring Readers Want To Know! Ben Franklin Wants To Know!
Let’s Talk Readers Can Profit By Your Art, Book, Or Business Acumen!

       

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193. Debra Winger, Summer Books, Dolce, Arterton, And Cruise!

                            

 

      

The Best Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia!

         

A. A Happy Canada Day Shout Out To Our Canadian Readers!
Here is Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s sneak preview for the week!

    

A1. The Newest Movie…Baby Driver Turns Into Your Theaters This Week!
Youngsters Ansel Elgort And Lily James Star With Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Berthal, And Kevin Spacey!
Some Of The Twists And Turns Are Familiar, Some Are Not!

       

The Transporter television series with Chris Vance (two seasons) and the Transporter movie series (four movies) starring Jason Statham feature two older men driving fast cars through scenic European locales while transporting all types of dangerous and beautiful people and objects. Winning all facets of the martial arts’ fight scenes sprinkled through their adventures, is another plus for these two older drivers.

           

It is not a big reach to see that this formula would attract American movie makers and American audiences. Baby Driver’s studio (Tristar Pictures/Sony) picked a star studded caste, a US locale (Atlanta), a younger driver, a pretty damsel, and well planned multiple heists by despicable characters to draw a sold out Tuesday night premiere.
Rotten Tomatoes, a critic site that hates everything gave, Baby Driver a 98% and best action flick kudos so far for the summer. That truly is scary!

      

Kevin Spacey is a master planner of every type of robbery. He never uses the same crew twice. Ansel Elgort, Baby and Spacey’s designated driver, is the only thing that stays the same. Ansel is Spacey’s good luck charm in an unmatched series of successful heists. Steve McQueen would be proud of Elgort’s choice of music and his driving skills. Baby is paying off a debt to Spacey. He thinks he has completed that task and is ready to leave town with his hearing impaired stepfather and waitress girlfriend Lily JamesNot so fast!…as you would expect movie goers!

     

Critics will say Lily James (Debora) is no Cinderella in Baby Driver! Hope they didn’t expect her to be in a getaway car in a puffy blue gown and glass slippers. Baby meets Debora in the diner where his mother worked before being killed in a car crash with her abusive husband. Mom transferred her love of music to Baby. Everywhere Baby goes in the movie from his heists to the diner to the heist planning warehouse, his ear buds are in with a diverse selection of songs being played and recorded. Music is one of the movie’s themes. Driving fast and being most elusive is another theme.

     

Baby Diver, The Mummy, and Baywatch are three old time themed movies that won’t win Academy Awards, but they will win you an exciting evening of moving watching. Give them a view and let us know what you think?

                    

1. The Best Children’s Books For The Summer and All Occasions!

The two links below contain a Let’s Talk Philadelphia video book talk and a Let’s Talk Philadelphia best website’s discussion video.

Best Video Book Talk Of The Week!

http://uif.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/a479d4f65e8749cdb573d8fa0f3cd4051d?catalog=3abc4bd7-183b-472a-9e3b-b884d4cf6eec

Paste these two these to links into your computer’s address bar and they will immediately open. They contain videos of books and websites at every level that you will enjoy exploring. Please share these sites with your children, your friends, parents, and teachers you know.

       

Best Video Web Site Talk Of The Week!

http://uif.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/a479d4f65e8749cdb573d8fa0f3cd4051d?catalog=3abc4bd7-183b-472a-9e3b-b884d4cf6eec

   

2. The Best On Demand Sitcom Of The Week…The Ranch!
Debra Winger And Elisha Cuthbert Know How To Handle Cowboys!
Sam Elliott And Ashton Kutcher Don’t Stand A Chance!

    

Netflix’s The Ranch is about to begin its third season. This means that all the On Demand television services are featuring its first two years for free. The series was just featured on Parade Magazine’s cover for their salute to Father’s Day Sunday issue.

          

Ashton Kutcher is an aging football player that returns home to save the family ranch run by Ashton’s father Sam Elliott and Ashton’s brother, Danny Masterson. Ashton and his father major at bumping heads about everything. His brother is the guide on the side with comic retorts that the canned laughter audience relishes. Debra Winger, bar owner and estranged sleepover wife of Elliot’s, gets the most laughs, though, as the audience laughter program seems to be turned up every time she makes fun of her family for their questionable work practices and constant squabbles.

     

Elisha Cuthbert is Kutcher’s love interest as a large part of the program takes place in the local bar. This relationship should steal the show. It doesn’t. Debra Winger’s does. For twenty years Winger was the Duchess of Delight in works like Urban Cowboy, An Officer and A Gentleman, and Black Widow. She is older now, but still a great screen presence. The Ranch is the only cowboy sitcom ever appearing on television. Live calf deliveries may not be for everyone. This program has something for everyone, though.

        

3. The Best In Fashion Sense And Scents!
Dolce Gabbana Should Be In Your House!
Light Blue Is A Refreshing Fireworks Ensemble!

Dolce and Gabbana’s biggest advertising campaign of the last five years has the fragrance Light Blue appearing on every website search and in every men’s and women’s magazine. Magazine fragrance test strips that you open, rate, and hopefully enjoy are a big thing in promoting new products.

If your office or car is funky smelling from the weird fragrances that permeate the air and stick to seat covers, Light Blue may solve a serious problem. LB is light, refreshing, and not over-powering. Light Blue comes in packages for men and women. Our office put it to the test and the office suddenly seems to be refreshing when you enter it in the morning. Twelve offbeat smells are no longer competing for air dominance.

     

Stay tuned to this column for future fashion, beauty, essential oils, make-up, and product updates. We have a new mission. We can improve your everything!

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Gemma Arterton, Vanessa Redgrave, and Terrance Stamp

Next to Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander, Gemma Arterton has been in more movies in the last three years than any actress in Hollywood. Her filmography on her Pinterest site really captures her wide variety of roles (www.pinterest.com/explore/gemma-arterton-movies). Gemma is a staple for On Demand, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime viewing. Our favorite is one of her earlier works: Unfinished Song: A Song For Marion.

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At the end of the movie Song For Marion, Gemma Arterton says that songs shouldn’t be judged by the great voices that have sung them. They should be judged by the journey the music has taken. She, of course, is talking about the journeys everyone in this movie have taken___An underappreciated son reconnecting with his father, a husband understanding his wife after fifty years, a young child understanding the relationship between her dad and his dad, a curmudgeon embracing music, and a choir of old folk hip-hopping to a beat of a different drummer. Please go out of your way to find where this gem of a movie is on your television as we continue:

Gemma Arterton is the 27 year-old choir director in the English movie Unfinished Song: A Song For Marion. She is paid to teach music to unappreciative youth groups during the day. Her early evenings are taken up with a free gig directing a choir of twenty or more 60+ year-olds. She calls this evening choir group the OAP’s, The Old Age Pensioners.

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Vanessa Redgrave is dying of cancer. She is a much-loved member of her small English community. Her four loves are her curmudgeonly husband Terence Stamp, her son, her granddaughter, and music. She lives for her choir evenings with Gemma and friends. Her husband thinks it is a drain of energy on her ever-shortening life. Terrance Stamp levels proud words at the choir in anger. Repairing this disconnect, with help from his wife, will take some doing.

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You don’t know if music is going to change the savage soul of Terence Stamp, but Arterton has changed the way everyone in the choir and community have embraced life. She stresses that being laughed at is great as you try new things. Her music for old timers embraces hip-hop, sex, and new views. It was a treat to watch this mental, emotional, and physical reformation of everyone. You will need a handkerchief as you enjoy and experience this change through tears and laughter in everyone in the story.

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Rediscover Gemma Arterton for the first time in movies like Their Finest, The History Of Love, Quantum of Solace, Gemma Bovery, Runner Runner, Prince of Persia, Hansel and Gretel, Voices, and Clash of the Titans. You will like the broad range of her work and how her hair color changes with each new personality she brings to life on the big screen.

          

5. The Best Of Portia Mortensen’s Art!
Abstract Art, Horse-Womanship, And The Farm!
Portia’s Art Is Perfect For Your Home Or Office!
Her Horses, However, Are Not For Sale!

        

Portia,
We missed your showing, but we hope we haven’t missed highlighting your extremely creative work and wonderful ideas about the world of an artist!

         

Portia shared this with us in the two paragraphs we ask all contributors to compose for our column:

        

I would describe my paintings as notations of balance. These paintings are inspired by  three major influences : the canopy of color suspended through the change of season in my adopted home of Pennsylvania; my relationship to the horses I train and learn from everyday; and the concept of visual pattern that is found in written language. These influences converge to determine the feel, movement and content of each piece.

     

Moving from Zimbabwe (Africa) to the East Coast has opened me up to the generosity of color offered by the seasons. This ever changing suspension of color and weather influences my painting at its core level.

      

My other passion in life, dressage, is about balance, cadence, tempo, and Rhythm. All these elements are central themes of my work. In riding, and painting, the artist has to work through a set tonal structure and trust her instincts to find her way of out a maze of infinite possibilities. A painting is a living thing, and, like a horse, must be listened to. I often consider a painting finished when I can hear it.

        

The visual pattern found in written language is a concept I am intrigued with. Be it calligraphy, sheet music, a page of Braille, or something as simple as a shopping list. In an abstract sense there is an ebb and flow of characters on the page, a balance and rhythm between positive and negative shapes. In a parallel yet more literal sense, reading between the lines there is often more importance in what is left unsaid. And so I ask the viewer, to really look, what is the subject matter, the rocks, circles, squares or the foreground? The illusion of space or dimensionality? The putting on, or the taking off of paint? That which is erased, or that which is evident.

Portia

         

6. What Creative Ideas Are Percolating In The Back Reaches Of Your Mind?
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192. Brad Pitt, Free Money, Eurovision Music 2017, And Cameron Diaz!

                           

The Best Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia!

       

1. The Best Questions Of The Week!
Why Did Brad Pitt’s New Movie Go Directly To Netflix?
Does Brad Pitt Do Military Satire? Well? Medium? Medium Rare?
Will Pitt’s War Machine Movie Enlighten Us On The Afghanistan Conflict?

The 1984 movie Ghostbusters put the catchphrase Who You Gonna Call on millions of lips and millions of pieces of paraphernalia from t-shirts to coffee cups to cell phone covers. The two Ghostbuster movies of 2016 have brought the phrase back into the minds of a new generation of movie viewers and catchphrase users.

         

In the 1991 movie Thelma and Louise, Susan Saradon and Geena Davis needed a hot male body to ride along with them while fleeing the police…
Who You Gonna Call…Brad Pitt.

       

In 2001, 2004, and 2007 Oceans 11-13 movies, George Clooney needed someone brilliant and suave to help him pull off a series of multi-million dollar casino and art heists…
Who You Gonna CallBrad Pitt.

       

In the 2004 movie Troy, King Menelaus needed someone to rescue his wife Helen and lead an armada of a thousand ships to recapture her from Paris
Who You Gonna CallBrad Pitt.

              

In the 2014 movie Fury, General Patton needed a tank crew commander and his men to win the war (hold a strategic crossroads…we like to exaggerate)…
Who You Gonna Call…Brad Pitt.