75. Annette Funicello, Britney Spears, And Justin Timberlake

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A Princess Lost…Annette Funicello

Who was your prince and princess growing up? Last week many of us lost our princess. It wasn’t Britney Spears or Christine Aguilera or Justin Timberlake or Ryan Gosling. Hey, he might have been someone’s princess!!! It was Annette Funicello. She was the first Mouseketeer Princess, not Darlene Gillespie. She could sing, dance, make you laugh, and hopefully one day wait until you grew up, so you could marry her.

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Annette battled multiple sclerosis.
Her battles with this horrible disease were followed by friends, fans, and those that loved her. Many people that hardly knew her rooted for her, too.


The next time you feel sad, reach into the bottom of your draw, pull out your Mickey Mouse ears or T-shirt, and think of the times you smiled watching Annette, Darlene, Justin, Britney, Christine, or Ryan. It will make your day as Annette did many times for a host of “sit in front of the television viewers” like us.

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Music…Charice Pempengo

There is a new sheriff in music town and her name is Charice Pempengo (www.charicemusic.com). This fifteen year-old songbird can sing the petals off of a rose. Her appearance on Oprah and her singing engagement with Celene Dion have propelled her to the top of everyone’s must hear list. She is called the female Justin Bieber and can sing just about anything.


Music II…Renee Olstead

There is a new sheriff in music town and her name is Renee Olstead. This sixteen-year-old sensation can sing the wings off of a hummingbird. David Foster the songwriter, music stylist, and piano man has been singing her praises. David Foster, by the way, knows music like no other. He has been behind the piano for all the great vocalists.

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Music III…Tierney Sutton

There is a new “sheriff in jazz” in music town and her name is Tierney Sutton. This woman can sing the bright off of the sun. Her jazz band is featured everywhere on the Internet and she goes perfect with a glass of wine looking out anywhere.

You can her the song creations of each of these ladies on Pandora, Google Play, ITunes, Amazon MP3, and YouTube. Please take a look at David Foster playing with your song favorite on these same venues.


Poetry…Shakespeare Sonnet Facts

The new National Education Standards demand that everyone study Shakespeare. Here are some “Think Abouts” to get your Salute To Poetry Month research rolling in the optimum direction.

He wrote 154 sonnets.

The first 126 were written to a young man.

The remaining sonnets were written to a mysterious “Dark Lady”.

The sonnets seem to be in chronological order…while dedicated to a W. H.

They were first published in 1599.

Everyone in 1599 was writing sonnets, but Shakespeare was far and away the master.


Art…The Art Find It All…Art Encyclopedia

The Art Encyclopedia (www.artcyclopedia.com) is the one-stop-shopping place for all your art explorations. It has a catalog of all the world’s paintings and will take you directly to the museum that displays your particular favorite or research investigation subject.


The Internet encyclopedia has a great and ever changing list of the artists. The list starts with the artists most researched worldwide and, also, has an outstanding set of links to delve deeper into ever artist and art subject. You can take a tour through a wealth of museum finds with a click of your mouse or a voice command.


Finances…Show Me The Money…Tax Time Benefits

Hundreds of organizations are looking to give money away at this time of the year to save on their taxes. There are one billion dollars in education and business grants that have just been released by the national foundations and the federal government, too. Grants and formats to write for these grants can be found at www.k12grants.org. Sign your child’s class up for the mini-grants offered at www.adoptaclassroom.com and at www.donorschoose.org. Grant Wrangler www.grantwrangler.com is a site everyone should sign up for in the site’s email box. They will send you weekly updates of business and educational grants when they are released.


Creative Writing…The Road

Here is a quick writing challenge to start your week off and take you to far away places or just somewhere else instead of your kitchen or office.

Take this picture of a road and tell where you would like the road to take you. Draw a new scene from the end of your journey. Have everyone in your office take this challenge. This makes a sharp looking travel bulletin board for visitors to any company.


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.

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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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