57. Stephanie Meyer, Twilight, And The Host


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 that this column presents. The section 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, creative games, and book talks to the site.


Books…Stephanie Meyer, of the Twilight series fame, has a new novella out called The Host. In this case out means since 2010. You can get it on your iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Cranny. You should read it before the movie of the same name comes out at the end of the month.


The theme of The Host is similar to Warm Bodies and other films this year. Can love change a zombie into a human (Bodies) or a robotoid into a human (The Host)? My guess is no! The movies, however, always have a different slant on things. Does the darkest heart have a right to be saved may be another discussion point around The Host and other cinema choices this year.


Melanie, the movies’ heroine is trying to stop a new set of invaders from taking over the world and capturing everyone’s mind and memories. Saoirse Ronan, a new comer to the big screen, plays Melanie. She is like the futuristic Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.


Computer Technology…There is an amazing nine-minute film out by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg extolling the virtues of learning how to write code for computers. They claim there will be over one million jobs in this area that will not be filled unless schools teach this basic school to career skill. Their video is titled: What Most Schools Don’t Teach. The film can be found with a Bing or Google search. It is also posted on their new website www.code.org. There are basic writing code lessons you can take on this site, too.


Mark Wangberg Art…Mark Wangberg is in California teaching, but was nice enough to send me some art pieces of his that I could feature on my column. Here is what Mark said in an email to me:

Hi Tom,

Thanks for emailing me!  Below are the flyers for an open house and classes I’ll be teaching at MarinMOCA, Novato, CA.  I’ll send along some j-pegs of my book arts work and my larger pieces from the past few years’ work.

I’ve been showing at the Water Gallery in Lansdale, PA, and my wife and I are curating a big show of Amazon art there this Spring.

Sincerely,Art II


Here is Mark’s California Flyer Marin California Museum of Art:

Join us for OPEN HOUSE and SLIDE SHOW with Mark Wangberg, book artist, poet, world traveler, and storyteller.

Date: Sunday, March 24 3-5 pm (Talk starts at 3:30)
Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Meet Mark Wangberg and hear about his lifelong passion for bookmaking, including his experiences in working with acclaimed book artist, Hedi Kyle. Mark has been making artist books for more than 40 years. He holds an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has taught book arts workshops across the U.S. and his work was included in Lark’s 500 Artist Books. Mark’s work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Recently, he has been involved in giving book and paper making workshops among native tribes in Africa and the Amazon. He is a published poet.

art III

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 I…Doublets…Here is another poetry challenge for your writing portfolio and poetry skills development adventures. Doublets are poems that have two words in each line. Normally the lines do not rhyme. The two words describe the subject that appears in the title and relate to the theme of the last words.


Baseball Game

Running, sliding

Hits, errors

Bats, gloves

Fans, stands

Cheering, jeering

Summer fun.


Poetry II…The Human Family By Maya Angelou

This is a great poem to use to get ready for April’s Salute To Poetry Month. There is a must see reading by Maya Angelou of this poem on YouTube. Show it in your home schooling program, classroom, community group, or just view it by yourself. Maya Angelou has a great six part series of videos talking about the art of writing and her world vision, also. Her website is http://www.mayaangelou.com.

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

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:

Charlie Brown

Wyalusing High School…Wyalusing High School, Wyalusing, Pa is putting on You Are A Good Man Charlie Brown Thursday March 14th through Saturday March 16th. You will be greatly surprised at the quality of the performance. This small town in upstate Pennsylvania has a great reputation for sending its students to careers in music and theater. Another contingent of their graduating class will be attending the University of The Arts In Philadelphia this fall.

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

Soffer ISoffer II

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.


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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