25. Smash And Katherine McPhee

Smash 5

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.


Good Health News…I apologize to readers (3) who were offended at yesterday’s column starting with Cancer News. If you don’t go back and read past entries from previous columns, you are missing out on some important updates, interesting conversations, and an occasional bit of humor.

I have repeated yesterday’s comments below in case you don’t want to click on Let’s Talk XXIV. You will be missing a cute picture of a “duck hugger” and two word omissions (that I still can’t find) if you don’t go back.

Now for the good health news! At present, five million Americans are over eighty years old. In forty years eighteen million Americans will live past eighty-five. The 400% increase prediction is astounding. That means that if you have not reached the age of forty-five, you will be living until eighty-five. So, please stop your worrying. Just get some new clothes for the journey. On second thought that is the wrong advice. An eighty-year (80) long University of California study called “The Longevity Project: Surprising Studies For Health and A Long Life” shows worriers and over-workers do live longer than their peers that do not exhibit these traits. Prudent and persistent groups lived far longer than funny, carefree groups. There were too many risk takers in these carefree groups. Read the study, it is a real eye-opener. Here are some of the things that stood out for me in the study:

1. Married men lived longer than single men.
2. Married women did not live longer than single women.
3. Continually productive men and women lived longer than their laid back counterparts.
4. The benefits from carrying for others in social relationships will add years to you life
5. Pets will not increase your life expectancy
6. Starting school too early is a negative
7. Too many food debates from Omega 3 vs Omega 6 block us from major health issues

World Cancer Day…Yesterday was World Cancer Day and it flew by like a cow in a hurricane. The only article I could find was on page four. The Super Bowl gets four weeks of coverage. World Cancer Awareness Day gets page four. The news was scary and that it was buried or not covered worries me more. One out of two men worldwide will experience some form of cancer in their lifetime and one out of three women will experience the same. Thirteen million deaths are predicted worldwide in the next decade. We are at the eight million deaths a year mark now. Tobacco companies seem to be targeting third world countries where laws are less stringent and cigarette use is running wild. The anti-message does not seem to be getting out in these areas. Pollution from new industries is on the rise in these countries. It, too, is adding to the rise cancer deaths.


Smash Television…The second year of Smash previewed last night with a two-hour event. The show is a back scene look at the New York stage and what is necessary to jump start a new musical. Unlike everyone that I read this morning, I really liked it. The music and stage ensemble featured in this show has a new musical that highlights the life of Marilyn Monroe. They have left their run in Boston and want to bring it to ‘big time’ Broadway. The backstage antics and one-up-man ship amongst the woman seem to be just as interesting as the onstage presentation.

The featured singers last night were Katherine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Christian Borle, Wesley Taylor, and Megan Hilty. Without a glitch! Who cares who is the best singer! Their song presentations meshed with the show’s plot and made the two hours fly along. Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, and Anjelica Huston are the on screen executives of this show’s productions. Please give the show “a look or a record” for a later viewing review.


Children’s Literature… East of the Sun and West of the Moon By Mercer Mayer rivals and in my opinion surpasses any illustrated book in the pantheon of children’s literature. Every page’s art is like buying a just completed oil painting from a nationally known or local artist. The story is enticing, also. A princess rejects a suitor, then, is sorry for her mistake. She now is on a quest to find her suitor and rekindle a relationship. I’m making a primary book sound upper grade__ish. In her search for the prince, she comes upon and asks help from a cadre of beautifully drawn animals, spirits, and people. The illustration and drawing of the prince in the ice is one of my all time literature favorites. The Me And My Dad and The Under The Bed and In The Closet series that Mercer Mayer contains a wealth of good bedtime reads.


Children’s Literature II…Talking About Bessie by Nikki Grimes retells the story of Afro-American aviator Elizabeth Coleman at the dawn of aviation history. It is the period of time after World War I and female pilots are rare. Afro-American female pilots are non-existent. Amelia Earhart stole the headlines, but Bessie’s exploits will steal your imagination. Nikki Grimes writing style of interviewing imaginary and real people from Bessie’s life is an excellent writing model for student biography investigations and group work. Writing about Beyonce, LeBron James, or President Obama as three real and three make believe people will light up your writing portfolio.

Shout Outs…

 To Kasey At The Lindt’s Chocolate Plant…Moving your chocolate to second place behind The Bloomer Chocolate Company was not a bad thing in my mind. I did it to increase my column’s audience. Thank you for reminding me about your delicious sugar free selections. You are, without a doubt, number one in that area. I will put out a new list in each category as soon as I can find a decent movie to see where I usually test the chocolate varieties that people recommend.

To Nancy in Tampa…I own and enjoy Kevin Bacon’s album. His all time memorable role in Footloose_the new version didn’t even come close_is a keeper, too. I have not caught his Monday show The Following. Your strong recommendation might definitely lead me to view the show next week.

To Al In Virginia…Hope your trip to the Amazon next week is a great one. If it tops your motorcycle trip though Australia, your camel rides in Egypt, and your dives at the Great Barrier Reef, please let me know. I can feature your daily journal on my column. Enjoy!

To Tom And Mandy In California…You are right. My column is too local. Maybe you can give me some ideas that will attract a more national crowd. I can talk California and Lake Tahoe like you have advised in your notes. Your recommendation about getting a travel company to sponsor my site is a good one. However, right now sponsor free and money poor is my goal.

To AnnaMarie At The Isotonix Vitamin Company…I am in my fourth week of taking Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Not a single brain wave has increased in efficiency. Will this take time or will I just be brilliant one day?

To The Groundhog…Fifteen in Philly this morning not counting the wind chill. The blizzard of the century is going to hit the Northeast starting Friday. What were you thinking last week?

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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