68. Kirsten Dunst And Kristen Stewart


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…
Check out the poetry site on the index bar above.

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…On The Road…Kirsten Dunst is making news for her Cannes Acting Award, her new movie On The Road, her thirty-first birthday on April 30th, and her kissing scene, at age eleven, with Brad Pitt. If you are not as familiar with her film background, YouTube is filled with her interviews.

Her thirty-minute interview for TheHotButton shows she really understands acting, movies, her screen portrayals, and her creative choices. She claims that having an inner focus helps her make great art. The actors and directors she has created this art with are on everyone’s “best” lists. This helps, also. Her movies The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Secret Door with Sophia Coppola directing seem to be her favorites.

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Jumanji is one of her child actor best. Jumanji, opposite Robin Williams, is a classic children’s story that shows that at young age she was ready to catapult to where she is today in moviedom. The Chris VanAllsburg book, brought to life in this movie, brings a board game to life in her home. She and her younger brother and then thrown into all sorts of adventures and get-away-froms. The book is a must read award winner and the movie is a delight for family member and child watching.


In On The Road, Jack Kerouacs 1957 novel, Dunst and Kristen Stewart play wild and sex obsessed beat generation women. The movie accentuates their movie parts far beyond the books original intention.

Upside Down is another movie Dunst has coming out in the next few months. She stars with Jim Sturgess and the movie is billed as a futuristic, star-crossed lover epic. She does well in this movie with her kissing scenes and her tango dance scenes.

Almost forgot…She kisses Spiderman like no other!

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G. I. Joe Retaliation…It opened this weekend. There was lots of shooting.

Bruce Willis, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), and others save America and the world. Hasbro the company that produces the G.I. Joe paraphernalia will sell a million new G.I. Joe toys and game wear. The next G.I. Joe movie is soon to follow.



Poetry…Sense Poetry…Today’s challenge is writing a poem that highlights the five senses. The poem below is a Salute To Poetry Month and baseball season starter.

Sense Poetry uses a simple format that combines the five senses with creative thinking and poetry rhyme schemes.


Baseball smells of hot dogs in the stands,

Baseball feels like slide burns on your hands.

Baseball tastes like the fresh outdoors,

Baseball looks like the endless rounding of the fours.

Baseball sounds like the joy of summer.


Love and Affection Poetry uses a simple format that combines the five senses with creative thinking and poetry rhyme schemes.

                  Annabelle Lee

I crave the look of love in your eyes,

When I taste the sweetness of your lovely lips.

You will sense the sound of a heart’s uncontrollable beat,

When I touch you so gently on the face

I know you have loved me to the sound of no other.

Go for it writers of great poetry.

Poetry II…Internal.org is a great starting point for Salute To Poetry Month. Fifteen of the most famous poets and their work are presented on the site. A brief biography of each poet is given to add to any research project. Look up Poe on this site and you will, of course, find the real Annabell Lee.


Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Edgar Allan Poe


Brain Power…The Sunday Puzzle…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 Easter egg hunting this week and write that puzzle creation you said you were always going to do! Call mom, too!

Vexing Vocabulary


scarf                slouched          bizarre             stampede         splinter                        python

kneel                square              message           puzzle              shriek              rhyme

yawn                gasp                 dozen               nudge              sofa                 interrupted

monsoon         ignored            rhinoceros       mantel              volcano            exhaustion


Hink Pinks are answers in rhyme form to crazy and, hopefully, humorous definitions.  A chubby meower is a fat-cat. This thinking drill is used in just about every language arts activity book that was ever written. After trying to guess the Hink Pinks that will satisfy the clues below, can you incorporate your vocabulary list or another list in your textbook book into Hink Pink questions and answers to challenge your classmates? One of the two words in the Hink Pink that you are trying to discover is from your own vocabulary and does not appear in the list above.

  1.  How does a mother deer know that her youngster is tired? Fawn/Yawn (CS-6)
  2. What would hundred-leg insects running wild be called? ___________________
  3. If your mother’s brothers and sisters have loads of children, you probably have _________________________________________________________________
  4. If you had a wood piece stuck in your hand during a snowstorm, it could be called a ________________________________________________________________
  5. What would an exploding can of cleaner that usually unclogs your sink pipes be called? ___________________________________________________________
  6. A mild scream might be a ____________________________________________
  7. What would an arab’s yell then be called?  ______________________________
  8. Children with nothing to do that no one pays attention to might be called the _________________________________________________________________
  9. A twelve o’clock rain in Japan is called a  _______________________________
  10. A weird running automobile is a  ______________________________________
  11. A missing snake might be called a _____________________________________
  12. A poorly drawn rectangular figure is a  _________________________________
  13. The unsolved mystery of the dog that would not stop biting people was a called a _________________________________________________________________
  14. A period for jokes is called ___________________________________________
  15. How do you let someone know they are next in the chocolate line? ____________


Try writing definitions for these answers:  funny bunny, big wig, damp tramp, red bed, whale’s tales, pink drink, jolly collie, merry cherry, astute fruit, glad dad, heavy Chevy,
Give each Hink Pink answer a creativity score (CS) from 1-10 with ten being the highest.


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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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One Response to 68. Kirsten Dunst And Kristen Stewart

  1. tjpalumbo says:

    Al, Many events good and bad shape our art, music, and writing. Stephen King’s weirdness is not affected by death. Poe’s whole life was in the doldrums. The absinthe that he drank didn’t make him any brighter either. The Raven, his best work, only made $14 while he was alive. Have you read Kipling’s In Memoriam….to a dear dead friend. See you in Tunkhannock in two Saturdays for future discussion. Tom

    Tom Palumbo 215-262-9986 96 Schan Drive Churchville, PA

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