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New Visitor’s…Please read the two paragraphs at the end of this column before beginning your explorations in theater, movies, television, books, and the Arts. It will say New Visitor’s Greeting and be in boldface.

Teen Dating Awareness Month…It is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Joy Keys, national radio personality, has a Podcast on the topic. It won’t load on my iPhone. I wanted to watch it while on the road. Hopefully, you will take a look at it and then share it with your children, friends, and co-teachers. Joy’s work in the past has been exceptional.

Please let me know what you think and any other unique resources you have on the topic of teen dating. I will share your ideas with the Let’s Talk column audience.

Literature…It is National Meet Janet Evanovich Month. She is the author of the now nineteen book series starring Stephanie Plum. The Katherine Heigl movie One For The Money is a nice preview for Evanovich’s writing. The Stephanie Plum series takes place in Trenton, New Jersey. We Philadelphians think everyone is our neighbor and support everything going on or written in our vicinity. The movie does not bring out the hilarity in the series. Stephanie’s grandmother attends funerals for fun. Stephanie has no career, so she decides to become a bounty hunter. How does one just do that from nowhere is the theme for the first books in the series. Each of these books starts with a number in their title: One For The Money, Two For The Dough, Three To Get Deadly. As I said, Evanovich is up to number nineteen in the series (Notorious Nineteen).

Super Bowl Favorite…I never wanted this column to be about me. I’d rather just talk about books, theater, literature, and such. However….A friend of mine is a New York Giants football fanatic. His Super Bowl eat and drink set-up for 56 is outstanding. Fifty-six is Lawrence Taylor’s number on the Super Bowl winning Giants of 1986 and 1991. Taylor is the host’s best friend. The 56 invitees has been a tradition for years. His Aunt Stella still has not cracked the 56. Guess he is not that wild about his aunt. Top that story sport fans!!!

Nice victory Ravens! Walk proud Baltimore.


Children’s Literature…Elijah Of Buxton By Christopher Paul Curtis is a follow-up his award winning books Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go To Birminham. Buxton provides an historical look at the free slave colony of Buxton, Canada founded in 1849. Though the main theme is about Elijah leaving the safety of Buxton to go on a slave help mission, the humor, tale tales, and dialectal writing will capture the imagination of the classroom teacher, parents, and the reluctant student reader. The book is a great read aloud for a multi-cultural audience. Check Christopher Paul Curtis and his additional book creations out at his book company’s website http://www.randomhouse.com.


Children’s Literature IIHeat By Mike Lupica definitely is the fast ball of baseball stories. The book takes place in the Hispanic community that surrounds Yankee Stadium. The themes of Little League championship dreams, Cuban immigration, the love of baseball, and those of inner city friendships, struggles, and accomplishments make this book a fast paced read. Boys and girls, whether they are baseball fans or not, will love the character interaction. Mike Lupica writes for the New York Daily News and appears on ESPN as the host of Sunday’s Sports Reporters.


Salute To Women’s Month…Girls Who Rocked The World by Amelie Welden is an excellent resource to support Salute To Woman’s History Month. Add this book to the two Internet sites that support women’s studies (greatwomen.org and nwhp.org) and you have three powerful tools for reference and research. The National Women’s History Project (NWHP) group was instrumental in organizing Salute to Women’s Month. The Girls Who Rock book is filled with great mini-topics for short term or long projects and research in women’s studies.

The fourth piece of knowledge you should add to your mental library is The American Association of University Woman’s website (www.aauw.org). The grants and fellowships offered to girls and women in the upper index bar are worth the peek at this website. Everything about women’s issue from birth to adult is discussed on this site.

Happy Birthday Snow White…The Disney movie Snow White was made in 1937. Seventy-five years just flies right by. Snow White certainly looks good for her age, doesn’t she? However, there is a great deal of controversy surrounding this fourteen year-old girl’s birthday. The original Snow White tale was penned by the Grimm brothers in 1812 and finished in 1857. Called Schneewettchen in 1812, the Grimm brothers would then write a completely different story Snow White and Rose Red in their later years. Maybe Snow White is one hundred years old. The Broadway play Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs in 1912 featured Snow White and gave names to the seven dwarfs.

New Visitor’s Greeting…Welcome to Let’s Talk, a freewheeling column on movies, theater, television, books, educational practices, current events, and the Internet. If you are a first time visitor to the column, I recommend that you start with the About topic in the Index Bar at the top of the page. Follow About with the Let’s Talk column in archives. It was the first column of the New Year. Proceed to Let’s Talk II and then work your way up to today’s column. These columns will introduce a plethora (a better word choice than myriad) of new ideas and old delights you may have missed. It will give you a foundation for some of the issues we are introducing and following up in newer columns.

New visitor’s comments are welcome, too. They are immediately placed on this page in the contributor’s comment section or are shared with the column’s readers on Sunday. You are welcome, also, to suggest topics for discussion or enlist help from the site’s family of readers. I am a compendium of useless information. Challenge me, please, with great theater, travel, history, books, movies, and educational issues that would interest a wide audience of readers. The “compendium comment” was stolen from Orson Bean. Bean used the quote many times on television talk show interviews. Please recommend my column to your friends, social media connections, and other lovers of discussion.


About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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