1. Let’s Talk’s Best Holiday And December Warm Wishes!
Our December, New Year, 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 232nd WordPress issue wishes everyone a joyous, safe, and healthy December and New Year.
1A. Let’s Talk Philadelphia…29 Years And Counting!
At One Time We Were Just A One Page Newsletter Handed Out At The Corner Of Broad And Walnut And University Of the Arts Classrooms In Philadelphia!
Wow! 29 Years Is Almost Three Decades Of Writing!
Let’s Talk Philadelphia needs your help for our thirtieth year to be successful. Let your friends and Email list know about our work. Send us a Quick Note for our Quick Note section or send us six pictures and two paragraphs on a topic of your choice that would interest 27,000 sometimes worldwide readers. Lauren Litwa’s art piece and Terri Erbacher’s suicide prevention submissions in this column will give you some idea on how to structure your thoughts. Everything is FREE!
Send your work to Tom Palumbo at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Looking forward to featuring your ideas…Thank You For The Help!
2. Let’s Talk Philadelphia…This Month’s Three Most Important Topics!
Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Children…And School Safety!
Dr. Terri Erbacher Has Suicide Prevention, Health, and Safety, And More In Her Books, Website, And Internet Shares!
They Are Must Reads And Must Visits!
Terri A. Erbacher, Ph.D. is an author, distinguished speaker, consultant, and guest expert in the media, including NPR. She is in her 23rd year practicing as a School Psychologist and she founded her private practice, Erbacher Consulting Associates, PLLC, in 2014 (found at erbacherconsulting.com). Terri’s practice focuses on training, coaching and consultation, and procedure development. She has presented widely on the topics of school crisis response, suicide prevention, assessment and intervention, as well as threat assessment. Her work, also, focuses on trauma. She conducts trauma evaluations both privately and through the juvenile court system.
Dr. Erbacher served as a Clinical Associate Professor of School Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for over 13 years where her coursework and research focused on school-based crisis intervention and suicide risk. Dr. Erbacher has written extensively on the topics of suicide and crisis response in book chapters, journal articles, and newsletters. She is the lead author of the text Suicide in schools: A practitioner’s guide to multi-level prevention, assessment, intervention and postvention released in 2015. Dr. Erbacher is a co-author on a text that was just published entitled Developing Comprehensive School Safety and Mental Health Programs: An Integrated Approach.
Dr. Erbacher currently serves as the Crisis Committee Chairperson for the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania, is past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, past Chair of the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force, served as clinical advisor to Survivors of Suicide, Inc., and served on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. Dr. Erbacher has been active in the enactment of Pennsylvania legislation and is currently serving on the Pennsylvania Commission for Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee Workgroup and is a subject matter expert for developing Pennsylvania’s Act 18’s model policy and training, which includes the assessment and management of both suicide risk and threat risk. Dr. Erbacher’s passion for helping children in crisis and training schools and mental health professionals has led to her receiving multiple awards for her service to the community including those from the Survivors of Suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and she has been named Pennsylvania’s School Psychologist of the Year.
Don’t forget to visit erbacherconsulting.com. Dr. Erbacher’s and her writing partner Jeffrey Roth’s ideas and resources are life changing and life saving.
3. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Features Lauren Litwa’s Art For The Holidays!
Multiple Award Winning Painter Lauren Litwa Puts The A In Artist!
Thank You Again Lauren For Brightening Another LTP Column!
Lauren shares: Below is Eternal November Bonfire II which is newly completed. I am working on a new painting influenced by a visit to the Grand Canyon with a white flower called Sacred Datura. It is interesting that this perennial is sometimes used as a hallucinogen due to its psychoactive alkaloids. It will be fun to see how this one ends up. Each painting is a journey.
My Painting Eternal November Bonfire 1 was accepted into the annual Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts Virtual Exhibition. This is a wonderful selection of paintings and sculptures and I am thrilled to be included in this year’s show. This year the juror was Rebecca Segall of Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia.
Tuscany Dream 30 by 30 Oil/Linen
We made it to the Vista in upstate Pennsylvania on a beautiful fall day. Nature always keeps me grounded and inspired, especially, in these crazy times. Thank you for keeping in touch with me about my paintings. Studio visits are available. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving. Best wishes, Lauren.
Additional paintings and prints can be found on Lauren’s website: https://laurenlitwa.com/
Lauren’s mailing address is and should be added to you address book:
5131 Russett Road
Rockville, Maryland 20853
4. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Monthly Quick Notes!
A. A Holiday Gift…Bose Alto Frames!
Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses Are Calling You!
Forget The Ear Plugs And Giant Speaker Headsets!
The Sound Is Amazing!
Definition Of Cool! The Look Is Great, Too!
The product reviews are excellent and there are a great many reasons you should get these musical Bluetooth activated (phone/computer) sunglasses featured on every product review site. Here is our favorite reason why:
You are sitting at a meeting or lecture with my sunglasses on listening to Elvis Presley’s Just Pretend (an office favorite by him). Everyone’s asking you why you have sunglasses on. You tell them you just got your eyes checked and the eye drops in your eyes are killing you. What a way great way to spend a business meeting or lecture. A boring business meeting or lecture! Music up Bose sunglasses fans!
B. Business Help For Wrangler And Levis Jeans!
Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On!
Sing It Mel McDaniels!
You Wore Them Well Jessica Simpson Here And In The Video!
If you haven’t heard Mel McDaniel’s song of an unassuming lady walking down the street in her blue jeans, then you should listen to the four versions on You Tube. Our local country and western bar (with dancing) features a contest, the song, and five ladies in jeans from the dance floor to do their best shaking to the tune in a thirty second time slot. Crowd applause and whistles determine the winner. It is less sloppier than a wet T-shirt contest! There are prizes!
Wrangler Blue Jeans or Levis Blue Jeans should take this contest nationally. The contests would shake hundreds of thousands of dollars ($) of sales into their pockets as the contest videos go viral. It will, also, give a nice modeling stage for their other clothes lines that winners would receive.
Wrangler/Levis should approach Mel McDaniel and see if a tour bus of the jean company’s best dancers can come along and dance at his concerts. There, too, new lines of clothing would be displayed and handed out to the crowd. You heard it first here Levis/Wrangler. Contact us. We have a jean’s pocket filled with groundbreaking money makers.
C. This May Not Be Your First Rodeo!
What Kind Of Crazy Brainstorming Things Do You Do At Your Meetings?!
When someone tests your intelligence or know how, do you use one of these two sayings on them?:
1. I just didn’t get off the turnip truck yesterday…
2. This isn’t my first rodeo…
Our staff thought there are other things that could be said. Everyone wrote down two of their best thoughts and in a share out, here are the top three comebacks our staff members selected:
1. This isn’t my first trip to the grocery store won out over a number of other trips shared.
2. This isn’t my first martini won out over this is not my first light beer. (brother/sister) sitting next to each other.
3. There is a reason the limo stops at my house. My exaggerated!
Here is next week’s meeting challenge if you want to chime in. One of our office mates says that every time his wife asks him where he is going…he says Chicago…and it is amazing how times this comes up in a week…and she keeps asking him knowing what he is going to say. What other crazy thing could we say?
There is a children’s book by Judi Viorst titled Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day where the lead character, Alexander, says he is going to Australia.
D. Supermarket Help!
Listen Up Acme, Shoprite, Aldi, Walmart, And Friends!
We Can Put Money In Your Pockets, Too!
Most supermarkets have small carts, big carts, and arm baskets in the front of the store that a shopper grabs/uses depending on what they are going to buy. They are losing thousands of dollars by not have arm baskets and small carts in the back of the store.
Shoppers sometimes rush into a store needing two items. They get to the back of the store and start seeing other things they should buy. They don’t buy these things because who wants to run all the way to the front of the store and then back again with a cart. Case solved! Easy to reach carts in the back of the store! Money! Money!
E. Left And Right Brain Researcher Stephanie Is Driving Us Crazy Again!
She Needs A Life!
Here are her three questions for this week:
When crossing your legs, do you cross your right leg over your left or left over right. Does the leg on top match up, to your being right handed or left handed?
When brushing your teeth did you ever try using your other hand for brain expansion?
When clicking your car closed do you click the one time click that is needed or do you click twice.
5. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Knows Creative Thinking!
27,000 LinkedIn Readers, Also, Got A Chance To Solve These Puzzles, Too!
Here is Tom Palumbo’s latest Two Minute Puzzle: The Name Game!
Each clue below will generate a word that has a name as its counterpart. See how many clues you can solve in two minutes. The answers will be at the end of this column. Previous columns, also, have puzzles that will challenge your ability in critical thinking. Previous solvers have reported that it is faster if someone reads the hints to you and having you say pass on the ones you do not get immediately.
Placed in front of your door…Mat/Matt
1. A high force wind storm…
2. Go to court to do this…
3. Cowboy jacket…
4. A color (a girl’s name)…
5. A singer’s prop…
6. Two Christmas songs…
7. A flat tire need…
8. A soft touch…
9. A duck body part…
10. Wall repairer…
11. A dinner prayer…
12. A season…
13. A deer seeker…
14. A Scottish musician…
15. A green gemstone…
16. A green wall climber…
17. A staple in the world of money…
18. A sweet…
19. A beach/ballgame staple…
20. A deep green…
21. Death certificate…
22. The bathroom…
23. Distance traveled…
24. The key part of a song…
25. A horse…
6. Let’s Talk Philadelphia And Our Favorite Christmas Movies!
What Is Your Favorite Christmas Movie?
Ours Will Brighten Your Day!
Movies I…Love Actually…With Hugh Grant And Friends!
It is surprising how many people have not seen or heard of our “start the holiday’s” movie choice: Love Actually. The movie tells the story of eight relationships during the holidays in London. The lovers range in age from ten to sixty. Love Actually is the story of love in all its forms: the overlooked love, the didn’t know you cared love, the new love, the impossible to repair love, the re-found love, the person that is loved and thinks there is something better out there, and the search for love. We missed some love categories along the way as we will miss some of the twenty stars like Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, Heike Makatsch, Alan Richman, Sienna Guillory, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thomas Sangster, Olivia Olson, Claudia Schiffer, Liam Neeson, Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth, and Emma Thompson, that had key roles in the story.
Love and the holidays, naturally, are the key ingredients in the movie. The main theme of Love Actually is defined by Liam Neeson’s ten-year-old son. He seems to be in the doldrums after his mother’s death. “What is wrong,” is asked by his father in a sit down and talk session? The ten year old talks not as much about his mother as he does about his new love.
He states: “I’m in love.” Then he goes on to say: “Is there anything worse than the total agony of being in love?” Wow!…from the mouths of babes (a ten year old). Dad thought his problems after his mother’s death were far worse.
The movie unquestionably depicts the joy and agony of love and is worth discovering or re-discovering to start the holiday.
Movies II…The Twelve Dates Of Christmas
After you roam your television and movie package channels for the best that is out there, (The Hallmark Channel has 40 Christmas movies) you might like the predictable Amy Smart romp called The Twelve Dates Of Christmas. Amy is trying to reconnect with an old love and on the way she sees people all around her who need to make a connection. She can’t help herself, but she seems to understand everyone else’s problems. She is more of a connector than a matchmaker!
Mark-Paul Gosselaar from Franklin and Bash is Amy’s standby love if she can’t recapture her past favorite. He is her Christmas Eve blind date. This blind date is relived 12 times. Hence, The Twelve Dates Of Christmas. Amy can’t get old or new relationships right. When watching this movie or Love Actually, you ask yourself how the author is going to bring all these relationships together at the movie’s conclusion….if that is the goal! The matches seem so far from each other. Somehow, in both movies, this accomplishment brings each movie to a really satisfying conclusion.
7. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Knows Creative Thinking!
27,000 LinkedIn Readers Also Get A Chance To Solve These Puzzles, Too!
Here are the answers to Tom Palumbo’s latest Two Minute Puzzle: The Name Game!
Each clue below will generate a word that has a name as its counterpart. See how many you can solve in two minutes. The answers will be at the end of this column. Previous columns, also, have puzzles that will challenge your ability in critical thinking.
Example: Placed in front of your door…Mat/Matt
1. A high force wind storm…Gail
2. Go to court to do this…Sue
3. Cowboy jacket…Jean
4. A color (a girl’s name)…Amber/Scarlett/Violet/Hazel
5. A singer’s prop…Mike
6. Two Christmas Songs…Carole/Noel
7. A flat tire need…Jack
8. A soft touch…Pat
9. A duck body part
10. Wall repairer
11. A dinner prayer
12. A season…Autumn
13. A deer seeker…Hunter
14. A Scottish musicians…Piper
15. A green gemstone…Jade
16. A green wall climber…Ivy
17. A staple in the world of money…Penny
18. A sweet…Candy
19. A beach/ballgame staple…Frank
20. A deep green…Kelly
21. Death certificate…Will
22 The bathroom…John
23. Distance traveled…Miles/Myles
24. The key part of a song…Melody
25. A horse…Colt