64. Frank Sinatra, Spring Break, And Selena Gomez


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.


New York, New York…Please play Frank Sinatra’s song New York, New York when reading this mini-tidbit about the Statue of Liberty. Play his Softly As I Leave You, also. It is one of his best. If you ever had to leave a girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife in the middle of the night or early morning, you will see why.

The Statue of Liberty has been closed since hurricane Sandy hit New York City two months ago. The statue did not receive any damage, but other buildings on the property were severely damaged causing the shutdown.


The statue draws three and a half million visitors each year to Bedloe’s Island and the museums. New York tourism takes a big hit when this historic site is not open. The viewing tower in the statues head has been remodeled and that view makes the trip extra special. For years visitors were not allowed up that high in the statue.

Many of our parents and grandparents passed through New York harbor and the statue on the way to their piece of America. The Seaport Museum in Philadelphia features the many immigrants who similarly passed through Philadelphia. Like those in New York, the Philadelphia museum has lists of these immigrants where you might find a family member. The Seaport Museum and the Philadelphia waterfront are a nice visit to place on your Philadelphia must see list.


Movies…Spring Breakers…There are very few movies opening tomorrow. Spring Breakers is probably a repeat of everything we did on spring break.

Could something new actually happen that hasn’t happened before. Maybe someone will drink too much. The movie with James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson is a beach and police station romp. Critics are complaining that Walt Disney family members shouldn’t be in anything that involves sex. Something about Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello on the beach not having any sex were in their write-ups. Shades of yesterday and Beach Blanket Bingo! Did people actually think they were talking about the game Bingo? A family friendly depicting this movie could not be found on the Internet.


Sports I…Caitlin Nahas and Basketball BellesCaitlin Nahas introduced this great book in my graduate course. It fits in perfectly with the men and women’s championships that are taking place these next two weeks. It is perfect for a Salute To Women’s Month presentation. Here are the points Caitlin highlighted about the book that should grace everyone’s library. It is a nice gift for the female athlete in the family and everyone else in the world, too.

Basketball Belles:
How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map
Written by Sue Macy
Illustrated by Matt Collins

}  The birth of women’s basketball in the United States, 1896.

}  Agnes Morley was sent to Stanford University to become a lady, and ends up playing with a basketball and taking her team to win the first intercollegiate women’s basketball game.

}  Author’s note about Agnes Morley (narrator), and women’s’ basketball

}  Timeline of important events in the evolution of women’s basketball

}  Attention to details in captivating illustrations, with similarity to Norman Rockwell

Here are some great themes Caitlin presented for the home schooled child using this book.

Women’s perceived role in the 19th century
History of women’s basketball
Independence Theme
Perseverance Theme
Timeline of American Events


Sports II…The Final Four College Basketball Tournament Revisited…Wow! Receiving more emails about the NCAA basketball Championship column in yesterday’s review than the new pope should have been no shock. It was! My favorite was the email that said the GNP will take more than the 7% hit that this column predicted yesterday. Her whole office calls in sick the first day of the tournament every year. Everyone then chips in and parties at one of the director’s houses. She said you can hear the screaming and yelling down the block as teams are eliminated from everyone’s bracket lists. Now that’s the American Business Ethic for you. And people are saying we have lost our zest for world leadership. Not at this party! Go LaSalle!

Mental Toughness… The Brainpower Project Part Three…Every issue of this column presents in puzzle, game, poetry, or creative writing form some little challenge that will keep you mentally sharp. The top index bar of this column has over one hundred of these creative encounters.  If you teach or are home schooling members of your family, these ideas are perfect for young and old alike. Past columns have recommended that you keep a writing or activity journal. Hopefully, you will rekindle an old love of poetry and writing or discover a new interest and skill. Cancel hang gliding this week and write the beginning of that book you said you were always going to do! Call mom, too!


Two Dimensional Stories…Today’s challenge involves writing a two dimensional story. I have presented it in a reproducible format if you want to share it with home schooled family members, students, or friends.

Here is the follow-up to yesterday’s Two Dimensional Story. Review yesterday’s theme before trying to find foods hidden in this history lesson.

Can you identify the words that represent the hidden theme in the story below. List them below and give each a creativity rating of 1, 2, or 3.

 King Romaine’s Realm

King Romaine did not relish the fact that his warring Franks had to be mustered for 6:00 a.m. roll call.  “Let us concentrate on the task before us.  Raise’n the Franks to new heights is more important then the spoils of war.  Let’s catch up and pass our neighbors in all areas,” he rapidly peppered his troops.  Small communities began to sprout throughout the land as the king’s word spread.  His enemies tried to continue to salt old wounds for they had a great stake in the continued division of the kingdom.  But the king’s plan for appeasement of the country’s enemies seemed to offset the assorted chops his detractors continually tried to make in his rule.  Only King Cole’s Laws have a higher place in Germanic history.


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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