78. Katherine Heigl And Robert DeNiro

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World Hunger…Ben Affleck And The World Hunger Project

Ben Affleck and a number of his Hollywood friends are supporting the World Hunger Project. The plight of the world’s hungry will be brought to the forefront as he and others live on $1.50 a day for a week. In America that is impossible! You can’t live in a house, turn on the television, use a phone, or ride anywhere in your car if you want to live this existence for a week.


A better way to defeat hunger in the United States is to get American business and major donors behind this effort. Wells Fargo Bank gave sixty-seven million dollars ($67,000,00) to put their name on a sport’s arena and building in Philadelphia. The beleaguered US Postal Service gave thirty million dollars ($30,000,000) to put their name on Lance Armstrong’s shirt. Businessman David Rubenstein, the co-CEO of The Carlyle Group private equity firm, just gave ten million dollars $(10,000,000) to rebuild Jefferson’s slave quarters at Monticello.


We could un-slave and feed hungry American children with this one hundred and twenty million dollars. This effort is much more rewarding than the three highlighted above. That will never happen because t-shirts, sides of buildings, and slavery images are more important than America’s and the world’s hungry children. Thanks for trying Ben!!!



Longmire, a television show with a difference, is gearing up for its second season. It can be found on the Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E). Longmire debuted as A&E’s #1 original-series premiere of all time with 4.1 million viewers. Glades, getting ready for its fourth season,  another viewing favorite can be found on A&E as a second watching choice. Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase, and Adam Bartley star in this modern day western. Katee Sackoff you will remember from the medical, plastic surgery series Nip and Tuck.


The show plays like the Gunsmoke of the 2013’s. The story takes place in Absaroka County, Wyoming. The county has 1,000 inhabitants and three murders a day! Murder She Wrote with Angela Lansbury had more murders per her 1,000 inhabitants. Hopefully, you will get the emphasis point of the last line as the show’s writers strive for great story lines and introduce interesting characters. Robert Taylor, who is just as good looking as the Robert Taylor of yore (Ivanhoe), is the often over-matched sheriff. He fights misdeeds, crime, and his own staff every week.


Last year’s episodes can be found at TV.com and a variety of Internet television replay sites. DVD’s of the first year of the show probably exist, too.


Today is the anniversary of Ken Curtis’s death. He played the actor Festus on Gunsmoke. It is a pleasure to remind everyone of the little guy that we often overlook while watching television. Alan King played a similar role, not a cowboy, in a Billy Crystal movie that featured the importance of the roles of those who made up the crowd. We never notice them.

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Movies…The Big Wedding

Amanda Seyfried gets married more times in the movies than Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor got married in real life. It helps to look like the neighbor’s young daughter. Please remember her last wedding in Mama Mia, the musical. Pierce Brosnan was her dad in that one. We have rooted for her a number of times in this column because she is from Allentown, Pennsylvania.


Robert DeNiro, Susan Sarandon, and Diane Keaton, play her mother and father-in-laws in this one. Listing the three names might prove confusing as De Niro is married and not married in a wealth of movie hi-jinx’s.


Movies II…Now You See Me

May is finally here with its awesome selection of movie openings. The lines are already forming for Iron Man 3, Superman 37, Hangover 3, Star Trek 12, Wolverine 2, Red 2, Despicable Me 2, and Monster University.

The best trailer lead-in for May on the wide screen was the introduction to Now You See Me. The movie’s take from the rich and give to the poor theme is interlaced with some great magic and special effects.


Woody Harrelson, Jessie Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Isla Fisher will take you on a non-stop magical ride that will have you immediately asking for part two in the series. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Mark Ruffalo chase and support them. Banks all over the world are being robbed. The robberies were conducted by a team of amazing thieves. Maybe The Amazing Kreskin was involved! The thieves are are not at the robbery scene, however. This is making a number of people unhappy while the teams audiences are getting repaid for their loses in big bills.


Entrepreneurs Unite…The Uncommon Individual Foundation’s Entrepreneur Project

The Dawson’s (Carmen and Hanna) seem to have violated the spirit of Bring Your Child To Work Day. They brought their son to work as a technology presentation. Next year, following this example, others might bring their children as a pop-up, mannequin, diorama, or cardboard poster. This is not right!

Their Entrepreneur Project, however, in spite of the above violation, is one that should be duplicated throughout the United States. For the last nine months, Carmen has been training twelve entrepreneurs in businesses ranging from plastic recycling for fashion to a host of technology offerings.

He groomed the experienced and inexperienced in all aspects of business models, advertising, planning, budget, and product development. He, then, brought them together to present their models to money lenders, businessmen, Angel groups, self-help corporations, and members of the federal government’s (SPA) entrepreneur assistance group. The entrepreneurs presented their ideas in a fast paced format to an audience of over forty people that could make a difference in their projects.

Take a look at the Uncommon Individual Foundation’s website (ww.uif.org) for additional information. Carmen would make an excellent presenter to your local group of entrepreneurs or a college business class.

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Books…My Mother’s Secret And Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting

My Mother’s Secret (Holocaust theme) by Jenny Witterick and Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (evil let loose theme) are zooming up the American and Canadian best selling book lists. Secret is two in Canada and Daddy is fifteen in the United States, though Mary Higgins Clark has another of her books at three. We featured both authors in this column after a January meeting with them.

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Listen to Jenny Witterick in an April 21st radio interview (http://www.barryshainbaum.com/radio.html) and Mary Higgins Clark in a number of talks on YouTube. Their ideas and themes are diverse but their new books are must reads. Jenny’s radio interview will bring you in closer touch to a poignant subject and the history that she depicts in her best selling book.

Community Service And More…

Helping Local Businesses And Individuals


1. Nina Simone And More Night

If you are a poetry fan or just looking for a great night out, you might want to join your friends from Camden, Philadelphia, and Cherry Hill at this exciting night Oni Lasana outlined for me below.


Oni wrote:

Peace n’ love everyone,

Hope this finds you in the best of health!

I am so pleased to share this great news! My “In The Company Of Poets” soul sister, Debra Powell-Wright has edited a landmark book based on Nina Simone’s song, Four Woman.  My poem, Another Woman Thang,  is published in the book, and I will also be presenting, Love Must Fall from my still selling Sister Wings CD!


See me here at Susquehanna Bank Performing Art Center in Camden, NJ: ttp://youtu.be/EiaDbY14afs  please “like” or “share” and subscribe to my You Tube channel…thanks & much love…


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2. Bullying eMagazine

Shona Anderson wants to let everyone know that this month’s issue of eBullying Magazine is now on line. Schools throughout the country are taking the no bullying pledge with rules displayed throughout their cafeterias. Her magazine would be a great resource for these stop bullying efforts.

Here is what Shona said to me in an email:

The April 2013 edition of Stop-Bullies.com eMagazine is now available for viewing by clicking here:


Please, also, visit the STOP BULLIES WEBSITE for more useful information.

Together we can bring an end to bullying.



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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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