69. George Strait And Diana Kruger

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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.


Music…George Strait…King of Country Music

What’s new in country music you ask?
No, you didn’t! Here it is anyway!

The Country Music Awards show is next Sunday (CMA’s) and George Strait appears on the cover of People Magazine. He is the precursor for the award show and has a creative feature as you follow him on the touring road.

Strait’s 1992 movie Pure Country is a good watch before the CMA’s. The theme of burnout, love of craft, and the one waiting in the wings to replace you, has been rephrased in theaters many times since then. In the movie he can’t drink or fight. He, however, has a good many other great qualities. Country Strong, a recent movie, is a good comparison viewing match from the women’s point of view.


His I Will Always Love You theme from the movie is a good computer play tonight as you are doing your course work. Forget about All My Ex’s Live In Texas. It is hard to be course creative while screaming the lyrics out loud in the middle of your work. Don’t listen to You Can’t Make A Heart Love if you are proposing to someone tonight. I Cross My heart is his best video for its simplicity in a world of songs being buried by the video.

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Movies…Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor… Tyler Perry’s new movie did outstanding numbers this weekend. The movie’s twenty-three million dollar weekend take made this five twenty-million dollar movie debuts in a row for Perry. Tyler Perry’s measure of movie success had only been accomplished by two others, Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis!

The theme of sex and betrayal that the movie sold on a religious holiday weekend made its success all the more amazing. Perry is known for his comedy but his audience of women followed him to these themes this weekend.


Movies…The Host…Diana Kruger

Diana Kruger could not carry The Host to big movie box office numbers this week. The Stephanie Meyer (The Twilight Series) novella of the same name did well but it did not translate into movie attendance. It was strange that this week’s audience for the movie was 80% women. It appears they did not take their significant other in the form of husband or boyfriend with them.  The college basketball championships had most men in this selection group hugging their television sets.


Monday Thinking Motivators…Storytelling Helpers…Candy For The Brain

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!

Do you have any storytellers or writers in the family?
This exercise will broaden their storytelling and writing focus!


Storytelling Creativity
The Rule Of Threes

If you have ever looked at the characteristic of a gifted or creative child you will notice that they always talk about “many ideas for an event, problem or situation”. This is one of a creative child’s key characteristics. This activity will help the children in your program broaden there knowledge as they take there story telling characters and try to find three things about them in each of the areas asked for below. Please have them have a good explanation ready for each of their answers.

Three places your character visited in the story

Three things your character wore in the story

Three things your character could have said but didn’t

Three phrases you might include in your characters description

Three things that would help people like your character

Three foods your character might like…Include some- thing odd

Three songs your character might sing

Three things your character might do well in school

Three new book titles about your character/Make a book cover for one of them

Three additional questions of yours that will broaden our storytelling creativity


Library of Congress…Poetry Events

Don’t forget to sign up for the Library Of Congress’s newsletters in your particular areas of interest. Their book, audio, and video archives are endless.

Here is the write-up detailing what the LOC is offering this week for those visiting the Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Poetry and Literature Center welcomes you to the Library of Congress tomorrow for two events just in time for the start of National Poetry Month. We’ll begin the festivities at 12:00 noon with Congolese poet Omekongo Dibanga, and at 6:30 PM our Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will introduce her winners for the 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowships. There’s more information below, so be sure to check out the listings. We hope to see you all there, and wish everyone a very happy National Poetry Month from the Library of Congress.

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Omekongo Dibanga
Poet Omekongo Dibanga, from the Democractic Republic of Congo, will read from his work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division and presented in partnership with teh Africa Society of the Summit on Africa.


Date: Tuesday, April 2 at 12:00 Noon
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading
Poets Sharon Dolin and Shara McCallum will be introduced by Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as her selections for the Library’s 2013 Witter Bynner Fellows. Both Dolin and McCallum will celebrate their selection with a reading. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.

Date: Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 PM
Location: Montpelier Room, Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Community News…What Do You Need Help Advertising?

Send us your upcoming events. We will help advertise your family, school, and community initiatives.


  1. Diana Muir (CEO/Director at One World School (formerly World Virtual School)) asked if I would advertise her Video Game course called: 3D Video Game Design. “Video Game Design” is a hot topic in high schools and colleges. Many of the gaming companies need some new blood as revenues and interest begin to drop. Here is what Diana said about the program.


My 3D Video Game Design course is available for summer enrollment. Designed as a virtual internship, students receive emails, communiqués, and directives from their virtual boss and co-workers working on a real-work project. The course gives students real world experiences and knowledge in planning, designing, producing, and marketing a real life 3D video game.


Only $250 per student, this is an accredited course that gives students something fun and rewarding to do for their summer and earns them credit at the same time! Visit http://www.worldschool.mobi/ for more information or email me for the details. There are discounts for groups of 10 or more.

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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