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.
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…Colin Farrell opens this weekend in Dead Man Down. It is a fast moving thriller about revenge and good and bad people flying all over the place. Colin’s co-star and partner in revenge is Noomi Rapace. She starred in the Swedish version of Steig Larson’s three books, starting with the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Your local cable channel and Netflix like provider has all three in a Swedish trilogy packaging.
Being hung for saying the Swedish version is better on all three movie-counts is a chance one has to take.
Farrell, the Irish heartthrob, finally has his agent putting better actors around him. That was going to be this column’s recommendation until his new movies were reviewed. Winter’s Tale, an endearing fantasy, has Farrell starring with the movers and shakers in filmdom. This cast features Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly, and William Hurt.
He follows that movie with Saving Mr. Banks and is playing off the likes of Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, and Kathy Baker in this movie. Saving Mr. Banks is the story of the creation of Mary Poppins by the Disney studio. It is Disney’s latest release for Christmas.
Stars And Stripes…It is the Star-Spangled Banner’s birthday. The Star- Spangled Banner was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. He penned his song as he watching the British bombarded Fort McHenry in Baltimore. However, it wasn’t until March 1931 that president Herbert Hoover made the Star Spangled banner our official National Anthem. It has changed over the years from four verses to the one we sing now. It was put to music much like an anti-war song sung in British taverns.
The original flag is now on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. Here are the facts about the flag the Smithsonian shares on their website:
Can you review your day for us in an ordinal poem like the one featured below?
First…I jumped out of a comfortable bed,
Second…Was Breck shampoo all over my head.
Third…Pancakes at the breakfast table,
Fourth…A chewy dog bone for Mabel.
Fifth…It’s bags packed and out the door,
Sixth…The mandatory stop at the candy store.
Seventh…I arrive at school, once again late,
Eighth…Staring at a math test marked with a great.
Ninth…Attending classes one and all,
Tenth… Pushing and shoving on the way to the mall.
After highlighting an event or day from your life, try chronicling a famous person’s exploits in an ordinal poem or take the sequence of a sporting event and try to put it into a similar rhyme scheme.
Art And Music…Some of the most creative pieces of artwork can be found on the album covers of today’s and past performers. Look through you CD and album collection and take time to evaluate the art on your favorite covers. Compare the artwork on your choices to the ones featured below.
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.
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