48. Mariah Carey


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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Music…Maybe this is the year Mariah Carey will get some long overdue, across the board respect. She has eighteen songs that soared to the top of the music charts. She was the writer of seventeen of them. She passed Elvis Presley for second place now in number one singles. The Beatles are the only ones to have more. She is back in the studio recording, so watch out Paul McCarthy. Mariah’s albums have sold 144 million copies.

Her stint as a judge on American Idol shows her as a caring, nurturing individual capable of making the talented far better than they could have dreamed. Play her song Hero from 1993 and perhaps she will become a hero in your mind. Perchance you played her All I Want For Christmas Is You over the holidays. The song will fire a smile onto your face, too. It has over 34 million hits on YouTube.


Mariah is the mother of two-year-old twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe. The twins had the unique distinction of being born on the third wedding anniversary of she and Nick Cannon.


Her new song, Almost Home, from the movie Oz The Great and Powerful has debuted at number nine on the pop charts.


Award Winner…Apologies to Dan Franz for not including this picture in a previous article of the outstanding award he won. With Dan in the picture is his proud mother, Nancy Legath. The previous article is reprinted for everyone below.

The Cinematic Arts And Dan Frantz…Dan Frantz, a native of Downingtown, PA, was named 2012 Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Cinematic Arts. Dan was the only Cinematic Artist in the national to earn this award. He was given the prize at a ceremony in Washington D.C. in the summer of 2012 by Arne Duncan, National Secretary of Education. Dan’s work was on display in the Smithsonian last summer. Attached is a link of an article Dan wrote about his experiences filming a documentary in Africa.


Dan…The next time Susanna Manziaris goes to Kenya to build another school, you could create a great documentary of the work a 16 year old is doing in Africa. She is a one woman movement trying to enhance the education of young girls in Kenya.


Children’s Literature I…Caitlin Nahas has a number of book suggestions for Salute To Women’s Month. This is the third time her ideas have been featured in this column. Her selections include:

A Is For Abigail is written by Lynne Cheney. It highlights amazing women in every area. Here is what Caitlin stressed:

}  Alphabet Book Format

}  Introduces the reading audience to a variety of women in history who have accomplished great things!

}  From women’s rights and trailblazers, to doctors, poets, and performers, and then onto inventors…

}  Lynne Cheney is Vice President Cheney’s wife

}  It is a great critical thinking piece as the reader decides who they would select for each letter of the alphabet


My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fossberry introduces some great role models for girls and boys.

}  Isabella is an imaginative little girl. With the support of her mother, she can be anything she wants to be…and her name is NOT Isabella!

}  She can be Rosa Parks, and Sally Ride, Marie Curie, and her own mother.

}  Isabella highlights some of women’s greatest role models for empowerment and accomplishments!

Columnist’s Note…Each day this section of the column features a poetry activity, creative writing exercise, or critical thinking puzzle. These three challenges should be kept in a portfolio or diary. They are designed to activate both sides of your brain. They, also, will prove everyone has a poem or a story they can write with a little encouragement.


PoetryToday’s writing challenge for your poetry portfolio and diary will include some couplet work with practical themes.

Try taking an easy poetry concept like the couplet into the advertising world. Pick three stores that you frequent or three products that you use and see if you can highlight them in couplet form. Place you couplet in an envelope and mail it to the regional offices of the company you assisted. Viola! You will soon see gigantic sums of money heading your way. Ten percent of your profits go to this column for better graphics. Here are some examples:

NIKE is the one,
To make all sports fun.

X-Box gives you the power,
To compete each and every hour.

Think Sony widescreen LCD,
What everyone needs in a new TV!

Puzzle Patter…Hink Pinks or Rhyme Twos are rhyming definitions. They appear in every puzzle book across the thinking spectrum. Look at the examples and see how many you can solve. The answers will appear in tomorrow’s column.


Example         Chubby meower = Fat cat
Large oinker = Big pig
Giant car = Heavy Chevy

1.  The front horse =                                     _______________________________

2.  A bird playground  =                               _______________________________

3.  This president won’t do it  =                  _______________________________

4.  A happy dog =                                          ______________________________

5.  Nightwear for the islands =                    _______________________________

6.  Broad arachnid =                                     _______________________________

7.  Something to hit cigarette users with =            _______________________________

8.  Ideal place for bird hatching =               _______________________________

9.  Viking bronco =                                        _______________________________

10. Blossom strength =                                _______________________________

11. A positive drape =                                  _______________________________

12. Laughter storage area =                                    _______________________________

13. Disney elephant soup =                         _______________________________

14. A crocodile server =                                _______________________________

15. A drummer’s dialogue =                                    _______________________________

16. A monster movie =                                 _______________________________

17. An unshaven tooth taker  =                   _______________________________

18. Louisiana limas =                                                _______________________________

19. A rat’s dwelling =                                                _______________________________

20. A sport storage place =                          _______________________________

21. A mathematical farm implement =       _______________________________

22. Ordinary discoloration (oops) =           _______________________________

22. Our closest planetary orb =                   _______________________________

23. A wand bearing mathematician =        _______________________________

24. A place to give out aspirin =                  _______________________________

25. Illness reducer =


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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