52. The Great And All Powerful Oz Versus Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

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.

Educational Website…
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. Teachers from throughout the area have contributed creative lessons and book talks to the site.


Movies…Billed as the movie event of the year, The Great and All Powerful Oz opens this weekend. The premise is how hard is it to kill an evil witch if you are a magic man (James Franco) from Kansas? The witch is Mila Kunis. She is too cute to be evil. Let’s see if she can pull evil off and not frighten too many young children in the audience at the same time.

Mila of Hart of DixieMila As The Witch

Mila was introduced in a previous column for her role in the television program Hart of Dixie. It is on the CW channel at eight on Mondays. She plays a city doctor that inherits a country practice from her deceased father. She flounders around like a duck out of the ice cream parlor, but quickly wins the town-folk over with her wit and skills.  Everyone on the show is cute and kooky and that is the way the show plays. The series has received good reviews from even the grumpiest of critics.

As you think of Mila not being witch-like, what actors were the person they were representing. Here is my five of actors so unbelievable that they were believable…or so believable they were unbelievable:

Daniel Day Lewis was Lincoln.

Bette Davis was Queen Elizabeth.

Richard Burton was Henry VIII.

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Elizabeth Taylor was Cleopatra.


Peter O’Toole was Lawrence of Arabia

Bambi was a deer.


Daily Inspiration…Today’s quote comes from the fifteenth century mystic Paracelsus:

I went in search of my art, often incurring danger of life. I have not been ashamed to learn that which seemed useful to me even from vagabonds, executioners, and barbers. We know that a lover will go a long way to meet the woman he adores: how much more will the lover of wisdom be tempted to go in search of his divine mistress!


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.

 Poetry…Al……Here is the poetical inspiration you missed in Peru. The poem If by Rudyard Kipling has been used at hundreds of graduations. It is the story of you going out and grabbing the history of the world and its people in your travels. The poem is in a whole line of poems of encouragement used in my poetry courses. Langston Hughes’s Father To Son is another favorite.

Rudyard Kipling

If By Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Poetry II…Music And The Quatrain….

Favorite music work’s sites can be found all over the Internet. My favorite is www.elyrics.net. It takes you throughout the world of music with songs from every artist. Andrea Bocelli is a blind tenor. Here is a poetic tribute to him in quatrain form. Pick your favorite musical talent and bring them to life in a quartrain.


Andrea Bocelli

His talent and his message
Sing out so loud and clear.
Don’t let a handicap hold you back
From things important and dear.


Thursday Puzzle Patter…The answers to yesterday’s Sound Reasoning puzzle appear below. If you haven’t completed the puzzle, please go back to yesterday’s column 51, complete the puzzle, and then return to this page to check your answers

Wednesday’s Puzzle Challenge…Sound Reasoning

Today’s challenge is called Sound Reasoning. It takes a simple concept like the homonym and electrifies it in a puzzle. Each hint below will generate a pair of homonyms. Analyze the clues and then select your answer pair. How many of the problems below did you solve by getting the second word before the first word. This activity encourages the use of a mental, problem solving technique called working backwards.

Examples:    Just price – Fair fare

Single victor – One won

A light colored sand toy – Pale pail

Restaurant table request – For four

An island walkway – Isle aisle

A forbidden musical group – Banned band

Sea journey for ship members only – Crews cruise

A hurled king’s seat – Thrown throne

Sound Reasoning answers.

1.  Cherished forest creature               dear   deer

2.  damaged vegetable                       beat   beet

3.  hairless hibernator                        bare   bare

4. A giant sea creature’s cry               whale wail

5.  unadorned aircraft                        plain   plane

6.  a time dear to us                          our    hour

7.  a rabbit’s fur coat                         hare’s hairs

8.  a well-liked tree                   popular        poplar

9.  main school head                          principle      principal

10. a dragged frog                            towed            toad

11. hurting window part                    pain   pane

12. one of Henry VIII’s wives             an      anne

13. popular/frequented hotel               in       inn

 Column Ending

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 stories, comments, and photos 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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