55. The Mentalist And Castle


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.

Television…Once again, it is one of our ‘Time To Decide’ columns. Previous competitive, decision making columns included:

Stevie Wonder Versus Michael Jackson
Michael Jordan versus LeBron James
Little Red Riding Hood versus Snow White
Billy Joel versus Bon Jovi
Hallie Berry versus Gabrielle Union
Grumpy versus Doc and

The Monitor versus The Merrimack.

This time you are voting for The Mentalist or Castle. Our rules are simple. Nathan Fillion stars in Castle. Simon Baker stars in The Mentalist. To vote you must first see a previous work by each actor. Baker in The Guardian and Fillion in Firefly can easily be found in your movie listings. You must, also, see them in their present roles. Stana Katic (The Mentalist) and Robin Tunney (Castle) their beautiful co-stars can not influence and count in the voting. We, probably, should have a separate vote-off for the two of them.


Same as before, you have to choose and leave a comment. No line straddling allowed. If only one show existed, which one would you choose is the concept for this discussion?

Women’s History Month Setback…It was highly publicized today that in spite of women taking up 53% of the American work force, they only hold 15% of the executive jobs. The concept of ‘women can do the work but can’t direct the work’ is a foolish one. The good old boy network is alive and well and this month’s activities should include some kind of national symposium on the problem.


Frankenstein Revisited…Happy birthday Frankenstein, you were published today in 1818, though written in 1816 by Mary Shelley. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was 21 when she wrote the story. It developed the first theme in the realm of science fiction and the book is frequently called the world’s first science fiction novel. In Shelley’s tale, she shaped a horrible looking but gentle creature. As her creature looks for companionship, events around him turn him to the dark side.

Mary Shelley was married to the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. She wrote her book on a ‘ghost story’ challenge from their friend Lord Byron. Most of the movies created surrounding her themes do not do the book justice. She wanted the reader to understand and see the beauty and goodness of nature in her writing. This, obviously, did not happen.

Poetry And Creative Writing Overview…This daily column featured section encourages you, the column’s reader, to compose challenging and not so challenging poems and writing pieces. By doing this, you will, hopefully, discover a hidden talent, find a new enjoyment, and protect your brain from turning into jelly in the later years of your life.

Poetry…The Prepositional Poem is very rarely introduced in writing class. It is a nice thought provoker. Go to Google or Bing and print out a list of prepositions before beginning this writing experiment. This poetic form is four-lines long. The first three lines of the poem (following the title) are prepositional phrases. The first line sets the stage while the fourth line is the key point the phrases are building to and highlighting. Review the poem below and then pick your title before prepositional phrasing away.

The Prey

In the sand,

Under the ocean,

With hungry eyes,

The eel silently waits for dinner.


Airlines And Knives…Our one column campaign to get the FFA to rescind their ‘you can carry a knife on a plane’ ruling may be working. A public ground swell has challenged the ruling. Flight officials saying “they don’t have time to look at these little things, because they are interested in the bigger picture” are complete idiots. Please continue to protest!!!

No Turn On Red Signs…Pennsylvania is one of the few states to have these signs in places other than schools and hospitals. We can all name a hundred places where you can see a mile in every direction and the corner still has this sign. The Bethlehem Steel and Aluminum agent that got our state representatives to approve this sign campaign was paid millions. Sign sites should be reevaluated. A sticker saying “X-Caution” should be placed on top of the word NO on the spots that are not dangerous. These signs would now read X-Caution Turn On Read. It would be a great campaign to cut on gas consumption and gas emissions. Cars just sitting their waiting for the light to change instead of making an unhindered turn contribute greatly to both.

Community Events…Please let us know about events in your community that we can help promote. Here are some that have been submitted for this week:

Alice Walker

Cheyney University…Cheyney University in West Chester, Pennsylvania is having An Evening With Alice Walker event on Saturday March 16th. Alice Walker is best known for her book The Color Purple (1983). Revisiting the movie version of The Color Purple (1985) with Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey before attending the lecture will put her work back into mind. The money collected from the event’s dinner and lecture will benefit students in the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University. Additional event and ticket information can be found on the university’s website.

West Chester University…West Chester University’s Bull Center for the Arts is hosting an art conversation and two new exhibits by Alan and Libbie Soffer.  The university’s Bull Center is located at 2 E. Rosedale Ave in West Chester, PA 19383. The opening reception on March 16th is from 2-5 pm. “An Artists Conversation” with John Baker begins at 3 pm.

Alan’s exhibit is titled: DREAMING encaustic drawings on wood
Libbie’s exhibit is titled: wisdom of my insecurity
Both exhibits run March 11 – April 19, 2013.


Williamsport High School…Williamsport High School, 2990 West 4th Street, Williamsport, Pa. is hosting their “one hundred vendor” Spring Craft Fair on Saturday March 16th. Williamsport, Pa is noted for their summer Little League World Series and their winter and spring craft fairs at the high school. Come early, if you like the arts and assorted selections in a wide range of craft categories. The vendor’s items are outstanding and go rapidly. The show is from 9am-3pm.

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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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