58. Amelia Earhart And Rudyard Kipling

Amelia Column Cover

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.

Amelia Doris Rich

Books…It always amazes when someone in their book leader says that this is the defining work on the subject in question. In biographies, the defining work should be by someone that sat down with the subject and delved deeply into their life’s work, their family, and their world-view. Doris L. Rich comes close in Amelia Earhart: A Biography. She not only met with family members but she interviewed people that interacted with Amelia Earhart every day.

Her book introduces a good deal of the Amelia that we didn’t know. It takes you through her life in Kansas, New York, Philadelphia, Canada, and Boston. These views only scratched the surface of what was revealed. I loved the chapters on Amelia’s early childhood and questioned the chapters on Amelia’s marriage of convenience. If you are looking for a book for Salute To Women’s Month, you couldn’t find a better read.

Riki Tikki Tavi

Children’s Literature…Earlier in the month, we featured Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem If. Kipling was best known for his Charge of The Light Brigade in the poetry world. In the world of children’s literature his Riki-Tikki-Tavi is a standout. It comes from a bigger work titled The Jungle Book. The book shows his great breadth of writing skills and sails across multiple themes that he has mastered.

The Riki-Tikki-Tavi story takes place in India. Riki-Tikki-Tavi is a pet mongoose and family friend after being rescued from a flood. India, of course, has a cobra problem. Riki would seem two small and fragile to protect anything or anyone, especially a King Cobra. The conversations Kipling structures between creatures in the story keep you spellbound the same way audiences of children are when the story is read to them. Nag and Nagaina are the two gigantic cobras that rule the land and want to rule the garden and house where Tavi lives with his child friend Teddy. Can a little creature have a big enough heart to ward off these two monsters is the theme of the story. Award winning artist Jerry Pinkney helps retell this story in the edition previewed here.

Visitors Council

Making Business Connections… If you are anywhere near Philadelphia the first Thursday of every month, you should try making the International Visitor’s Council fete. Leaders from every group in the Philadelphia area attend this welcoming of new old and old visitors to America and Philadelphia. Here is what Nancy Gilboy, President and CEO of IVC, had to say about attending their celebration of America:

Hi Tom,
How’s this?

IVC’s First Thursdays are the city’s friendliest receptions where you can meet international guests of the United States Government, Sister Cities, foreign companies, and others to welcome them to the United States and Philadelphia. Practice your language skills, make new local friends and stay in touch with what’s happening internationally directly from people who really know. It’s the easiest way to practice Citizen Diplomacy and create a positive U.S. image without leaving Philadelphia! The next one is Thursday, April 4th.  They’re always lively and always at the Courtyard Marriott, across from City Hall.  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  The night is free for members of IVC; $15 with a reservation; $20 without a reservation. Contact Alan Hatfield at 215.683.0992 or alan.hatfield@ivc.org.

Visitors Council Staff

NANCY J. GILBOY, President & CEO
IVC – International Visitors Council of Philadelphia
U.S. Department of State | City of Philadelphia Sister Cities Program

 Rebecca Hoenig Art…Rebecca Hoenig’s artwork is part of a new exhibit in Philadelphia’s City Hall. Here is what she said about her work and the show.


Dear Tom,
Thanks for the invitation to share my art with you. Currently, I have 3 mixed media sculptures in an exhibit at City Hall in Philadelphia. Entitled Library of Life, the show has work by 40 artists related to the collection and mission of The Drexel University Academy of Natural Sciences. I have attached one picture of my work above. Here are two links:


City Hall Museum

My 3 pieces are in glass cases on the second floor near the Mayor’s Office. The show began this week and runs until May 24th. Please let me know if you have any further questions…..Rebecca

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…Triangular Poetry…Triangular Poems start with one word, generally the title, and progress so that each line has one more word. You can use a rhyme form or experiment with all types of prose and writing themes.

Learning place
Gain enough knowledge
Literacy you will erase.
Help yourself and a friend
Many people find education without end.

After writing your triangular poem, try to find illustrations that would support the theme of your poem creation.

If you are just joining this column and would like to try writing in other poetry structures and formats, the last fifteen (#47-#57) columns have some one of a kind ideas and challenges for your writing.

 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. Many years ago one of this groups singers went on to become President Reagan’s nurse.

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 map

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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