61. Johnny Depp And The Lone Ranger


New Visitors…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.

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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.

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Movies I…Johnny Depp and The Lone Ranger…The big question this week is whether or not Walt Disney Studios is going to open with this movie soon. It is not that there is a gigantic fan club waiting to see the Lone Ranger from past comic book and movie days. The real buzz is seeing the creative Johnny Depp, once more, mastering a unique and challenging character.

Will Depp, as Tonto, be comedic, straight to the character, or an off some other direction character as he saves, then supports, the Lone Ranger. Past Lone Rangers are remembered, but not too many past Tontos. This will no doubt be the exception.

As you research the eight year run of the television show (Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels) and the original radio show, you realize the Lone Ranger and Tonto originally rode together on Silver. This was quickly changed when rescues had to be conducted in a faster manner. I guess!!!



This week’s big movie openings are Olympus is Falling, another “They Are Taking Over America” movie and the Croods, an animated caveman cartoon for children. You will enjoy the discovery of fire and shoes in the latter.

Apologies to all the heroic war teams ever created in movies or that have defended us in past movies, Patrick Swayze and the Wolverines in Red Dawn (1984) are still the best defenders of all America. The folks in Sunday’s The Walking Dead that are continually eradicating zombies did not qualify for this category.


McDonald’s and Books…This is a double shout out to McDonald’s. Thank you for handing out fifteen million (15,000,000) non-fiction books with your Happy Meals in England. The classroom nutrition curriculum you created in the United States took some doing. Happy Meals, by the way, usually come with a toy. Maybe a few dozen additional American companies will join you in this effort.

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Dorling Kindersley (DK Publishing) were partners with McDonald’s in this record setting book give-away. Thousand of US schools use DK Publishing’s  CD’s, website links, and books while exploring subjects from dinosaurs to whales. Visit their website and donate a dozen books to a school classroom or school library. They are much needed and will be greatly appreciated.

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Common Vision From California and The Environment…Common Vision from California did not want to be outdone by McDonald’s so they too created an interesting curriculum for schools throughout America, too. Here is the up-date a Common Vision Staffer sent us from California.

There are all sorts of grants on the Internet for schools that want to support an environmental initiative in their classrooms.
Orchard Curriculum launched at four Southern California schools
We We figured that if McDonalds could contribute to public school curriculum, well…so can Common Vision. We are very proud to announce that we just launched the first unit in our Orchard Curriculum at four Southern California elementary schools: Carthay, Palms, Round Meadow, and Vista del Valle.

Thanks to your support, Common Vision’s week-long unit on decomposers features the California Education and Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum as a base and includes hands-on compost and mulching exercises in the orchard. Now, in addition to leaving a wake of fruit forests in food deserts, we are also leaving behind lesson plans straight out of the book of life itself.

For example, orchard-learning activities include composting and mulching, when students are introduced to the deep ecological reasons for maintaining soil health. Our juicy curriculum transforms school orchards into living classrooms right in the heart of the city. Now, that is some serious schweetness!!!

California is currently poised to lead the nation in environmental literacy with the Education and Environment Initiative (EEI), a national model designed to help prepare today’s students to become future scientists, economists, and leaders in protecting the environment.

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Poetry I…Epitaphs…Epitaphs are sayings written on tombstones, delivered at funerals, or appearing in death notices in the newspaper. Some epitaphs are poignant while others are humorous. Both forms, of course, are designed to give an insight to the deceased often in a small, short presentation venue, like a tombstone.

Here lies Bill who caught a chill,
While sledding on Blueberry Hill.

Mary’s attendance record is now broken.

Can you hear me now?

Here (above) are three of my favorite epitaphs. Try writing some of your own and researching other creative writing snippets on a Internet search.

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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