40. Michelle Obama And The Ben Franklin Diet


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

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Please, also, check out my educational website at aimtjp.wikispaces.com. No www. is needed. If you have any teachers or children in the family, they will enjoy it immensely. There are tons of immediately ready to use ideas in reading, children’s literature, Internet explorations, problem solving, and poetry on the opening screen and in the Public Dropbox.


Ben Franklin Who?…Never thought the Ben Franklin Diet would be a lead tidbit on my column. We know Ben Franklin as a universal citizen, a politician, and an inventor. He, too, was a man ahead of his time in his knowledge of food and health. The book opens rectifying this image we have of Franklin as robust and large person. He was in fact a thin person all his life until his late years when French food took over his stomach. The Franklin book discusses his eating principles. It includes recipes for his favorite foods and simple meal plans. He knew about the benefits of grain long before present day health gurus. I am having trouble finding his book in my normal search outlets. I can seven-day order it ($9). Better, I find it when looking in all my little bookshop nooks and crannies. My support the little guy program continues. Okay Patti, are you happy I ran with your suggestion?



Fashion…Michelle Obama’s new portrait was just released today. She looks better than the president and almost as good as Gabrielle Union. Sorry Halle Berry, you do look good in your new movie (The Call), though. Berry’s new movie, about a 911 operator whose mistake causes a murder, looks eerie. The trailer grabs you into wanting to see if she makes amends.


Movies…If you are teaching Poetry or English Literature to junior and senior high school students or just enjoy a good movie, then Bright Star is today’s recommendation. It is an enchanting but tragic period piece surrounding John Keats and the woman in his life, Fanny Brawne, played by Abbie Cornish. Cornish is little known, but, outstanding in everything she does. She just appeared with Bradley Cooper in Limitless (2011). The movie is in the free archives on every television package. It is worth getting in your ‘mail it to me’ programs from Netflix, Blockbuster, and other services.

Books…Google Books is a great find for the avid reader, the student looking for advanced resources, and the researcher. I have used Google Books for all my graduate courses. You just type in a title like: Poetry Across The Curriculum, The Cultural and Historic Significance of Philadelphia, Amelia Earhart, Poetry, or Reading and Writing and a wide variety of free reading choices at all levels appear. I have been reading a number of books on how college teachers should upgrade their reading and writing selections and activities across the curriculum. Seeing what other instructors use in the same courses I am presenting gives my courses extra direction.


Children’s Literature I…One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes is the story of one hundred ants looking for food but walking in a straight line to find it. The ants problem solve that two lines of fifty…four lines of twenty-five, and so on would be faster. This story is great for problem solving, critical thinking, and ‘one hundredth day of school’ celebrations. A Remainder of One is a great follow-up strategy story. The two books show the great link between reading and mathematics that more and more authors are starting to embrace.


Children’s Literature II…Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth follows the journey of an inner city child that is challenged to find the meaning of the word ‘beautiful’ in her surroundings and then in her life. At first it is a hard task as she wanders the graffiti riddled streets of her neighborhood. Slowly, with the help of a neighbor, she begins to discover the beauty of life and enjoy the meaning of the smells around her. She is, then, able to see the real meaning of the word ‘beautiful’ in places that on the surface aren’t.

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 strong 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 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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