66. Janis Joplin And T. S. Eliot


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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.


Movies…Review Is Good For You…Remix For The Croods And Olympus Has FallenThe Croods $44.8 million box office was a good weekend showing for the latest cartoon to capture the younger audience, though parent friends said it was hysterical. The movie’s theme revolved around the ice age and its animals. We featured both movies in our weekend lead-in column.


The big winner this weekend was Olympus Has Fallen and its take of $30.5 million. Olympus jumped ahead of Bruce Willis’s opening of $24.8 million for A Good Day To Die Hard. Olympus Has Fallen refers to the White House. Gerard Butler, in his take no prisoner’s mode, will try to save the White House and the President.  Dermott Mulroney and Morgan Freeman give good and bad guy support to Butler as he tries to restore his reputation and regain a place on the President’s guard.

Olympus Has Fallen
will be followed this year by White House Down with stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Anton Fiqua, the director for Olympus Has Fallen, really destroys the White House. Hopefully, it will be restored in time to be destroyed again in June by Fox and Tatum?

More Great Singers…The List Continues 20-41…The Greatest Singers Of All Time top twenty in the last column was criticized by a large number of readers. Their main criticism was that only two women appeared in the top twenty.

Review the top one hundred list in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 2008 musical research and poll. Here are the magazine’s next picks. This twenty highlights the work of four women.

41 Chuck Berry
40 Curtis Mayfield
39 Jeff Buckley
38 Elton John
37 Neil Young
36 Bruce Springsteen
35 Dusty Sprinfield
34 Whitney Houston
33 Steve Winwood
32 Bono
31 Howlin’ Wolf
30 Prince
29 Nina Simone
28 Janis Joplin
27 Hank Williams
26 Jackie Wilson
25 Michael Jackson
24 Van Morrison
23 David Bowie
22 Etta James
21 Johnny Cash


Poetry…catapultintopoetry.com…April is Salute To Poetry Month. We have created a website that has everything you can ask for to help you embrace or teach poetry in April and throughout the year. Catapultintopoetry.com (no www. is needed in the address bar) has a 40 lesson PowerPoint with word for word directions that can be used at any level. It is written so you can introduce each frame to a group of students, teachers, or home schooling parents.There are familiar poetry formats and a host of new ones to explore on the document.


The site also has a number of additional PowerPoints that are great for memory work, movement activities while reciting poems, and creative expression using poems. There are a number of links to other poetry sites and a group of reading to use lessons in worksheet format. The index bar at the top of this page has a number of activities in creative writing, spelling, phonics, vocabulary, and short term projects. Have fun explring all the sites we have introduced.


Just Write…Writers Write…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!


Creative Writing…Describing Day and Night In Creative Fashion…Try developing a description format similar to the one used by T. S. Eliot. It is presented below in a form that can be copied for a classroom presentation or lesson for a home-schooled student.

Preludes by T. S. Eliot

The winter evening settles down
With smell of steaks in passageways.
Six o’clock.
The burnt-out ends of smoky days.
And now a gusty shower wraps

The grimy scraps
Of withered leaves about your feet
And newspapers from vacant lots;
The showers beat
On broken blinds and chimney-pots,

And at the corner of the street
A lonely cab-horse steams and stamps.
And then the lighting of the lamps.

 We have examined poems where the poet tries to describe the night, day, morning, or evening in two formats. The first format takes you through an experience exactly as the poet has experienced this particular time. The second format that we have investigated lets the poet describe the time in a more imaginative free association.


Which format did Eliot select?

What can you tell about the characters in this story?

Is a time period evident?

How would you follow Eliot’s form in a more modern description of the start of evening?

 Write down your five descriptive visions of evening. Pick one to enhance. Place them in a format exactly like Eliot’s. Select a person/s and place them in an evening situation without describing who they are. Describe something at the corner of the street that would be a little more modern and recognizable to each of us at the end of your poem.

 Illustrate your modern day poem for our T. S. Eliot display board!!!

This column is always trying to highlight work by local artists, writers, and poets. We like featuring people who are making a difference throughout North America, too. Unique business ideas are, also, featured.


Here is Today’s Look-see! It comes from Donald Dambrogio and his Bright Ideas Press publishing work.

Here is what Dom said:

Dear Tom,
This is a busy time of year at Bright Ideas Press. Not only are we getting ready to roll out our new Math series:  Simple Solutions Common Core Math, but we are in the middle of our Summer Solutions season as well. Summer learning is so important to children everywhere.  Research spanning 100 years* shows that students typically score lower on standardized test at the end of summer vacation than on the same test at the beginning of the summer. That is IF they do not engage in educational activities over the summer (*White, 1906; Entwisle & Alexander, 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey, 2004).

Summer Solutions has six subjects that parents can choose from Math, Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension, English Grammar, Study Skills, and Pre-K in order to tailor their children’s summer review to cover the skills and concepts most needed. Parents and teachers were so happy with the results that they saw we even won 2012 Parent-Tested, Parent-Approved Award.

Please invite your readers to learn more about Simple Solutions and Summer Solutions by going to our web page: www.simplesolutions.org. Our blog also has many ideas and activities that both teachers and parents can use: www.simplesolutions.org/blog.


New Visitor’s Greeting…Welcome to Let’s Talk, a freewheeling column on movies, theater, television, books, educational practices, the arts, 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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