84. Vince Vaughn And E. L. Konigsburg


Books…Death Of A Heroine…E. L. Konigsburg


When you decided to go on your ‘Great Adventure’ or run away from home as a child, where was your destination? Who would you take with you? Did your getaway take you to deep space, back in time, the ocean floor, the mountains, a silent wood, grandma’s house, a book location, or The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City?


For many, thanks to two-time Newbery Award winner E. L. Konigsburg’s book The Mixed Up Files of Basil E Frankweiler (1968), it was the Museum of Art in New York. Like ten-year-old Claudia in the book and her younger brother Jamie, who she dragged along on the escape, you knew you could go on a great search like they did. Ignored at home, Konigsburg has Claudia and Jamie running off to New York and living in and beating the security in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They did leave a note!!!

While sleeping in The Henry The Eighth’s bed, pilfering food money from the wishing fountain, and beating security by standing on the toilets during guard bathroom checks, the adventuresome duo almost knock an angel (The Angel) off of its pedestal. Claudia and Jamie fall in love with the statue and notice an M in its dust. Off to the museum’s office records they go. They have to know its secret. Michaelangelo…Yes? Michaelangelo…No?

Image  Mike

Enter Mrs. Frankweiler who donated the statue to the museum and who lives in Connecticut. Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is played by Lauren Bacall in the movie. She wants to know the children’s secret of how they beat a museum she donated millions to and they want to know the secret of the statue. Here lies the mystery and the decision the children have to make. Here lies the encouragement for the book reader’s next quest and adventure.

Konigsburg is one of only five authors to win the Newbery Award for best book twice. She holds the distinction of being the only writer, though, to win the Newbery and the Newbery runner-up book in the same year. Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth, was selected as a Newbery Honor book in 1968 and was actually written before the Frankweiler book that was the winner.


Elaine Lobl (E. L.) Konigsburg died last month at age 83. Something about the way she shaped her museum adventure for all adults and children will live on as her work is continually shared and the new reader realizes there are so many other adventures that can be taken. You, of course, after reading the book, don’t have to be a child to be encouraged to take an adventure.


Google…The Internship With Vince Vaughn And Owen Wilson

Please check your stock portfolios to see if they contain any Google stocks. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are going to work at Google. Well, they are not there yet, because they have to go through their Internship. They made a movie about this job search called The Internship. Vaughn and Wilson look dapper in their Google beanies. Defrocked in their business world, their job search takes them to Google. They are trying to compete against a world of creative twenty-year-olds. However, not knowing what an app is could be seriously limit their abilities and their progression in the world of social media.


Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn were hysterical in The Wedding Crashers. Rose Bryne plays the girl connection in The Internship. Too bad they could not schedule TWC’s Isla Fisher to appear in this one with them, too. She must have been busy making Now You See Me. She would have been a hoot working for Google and trying to rein in Vince Vaughn similar to the way she did in The Wedding Crashers. Rachel McAdams wasn’t too bad at crashing weddings, either. What a repeat foursome that would have made!

Television…A Gifted Man… Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale, and Rachelle Lefevre.

Gifted 3

The Gifted Man series is about to begin season three. If you enjoy crying ever other episode during your favorite television show, this is the series for you. Patrick Wilson plays a brain doctor torn between his lucrative multi-layered practice and the inner city medical center that his wife started.


Jennifer Ehle plays his wife and she is a Ghost Whisperer in red hair not the black hair of Jennifer Love Hewitt. She is sometimes the voice of reason and sometimes the voice of getting things done at all cost. Margo Martindale is snippy and always there at the doctor’s side as his secretary. She keeps his life and business straight on the lighthouse beam. She is caring, serious, direct-to-the-point, and lovable.

Gifted A

The shows theme pits medicine, against holistic medicine, against faith healing, against mysticism. Everyone that watches claims this is the right path. The show introduces the many paths of wellness, healing, and distress both mentally and physically.

Brain Benders…Let’s Go Fishing

Let’s Go Fishing


 A large number of Sea Creatures can be hooked by solving the clues below. After getting the clue you will use that answer to connect it to a sea creature’s name. Nail helps you think of snail in the example and so on down the clues. Each letter of your answer weights seven pounds. Figure out the weight of each creature. Then, total the weight of all the creatures captured. Good luck and remember to catch and release. Don’t forget to pick up all your litter so we don’t have any stream pollution.


Clue                                                Creature                                 Weight

EX.  A hammer hits                                   Snail           5 x 7 = 35 lbs.

1.  Cheats you on a loan                    ____________      ____________

2.  Our brightest star                         ____________      ____________

3.  A parrot sits on                            ____________      ____________

4.  Goes with peanut butter                ____________      ____________

*5. Bounces around helplessly            ____________      ____________

6.  Opposite of in                              ____________      ____________

7.  “Barbie” and “Ken” are               ____________      ____________

8.  What Mary had                            ____________      _____________

*9. A musical instrument                   ____________      _____________

*10. Ruins the appearance of              ____________      _____________

11. Rhymes with pod                        ____________      _____________

*12. Opposite of down                      ____________      _____________

13. A small person                            ____________      _____________

14. You can fence with                      ____________      _____________

15. Is a long spear or railroad nail        ____________      _____________

16. Your nose does this                      ____________      _____________


*Double the weight of any fish you catch that has a star next to it.  One in fifty people solve the ones that are starred. What is the weight of your catch catch? __________ Can you take this concept and generate clues for animals, insects, or famous people? You might want to open a fish book while doing this challenge just so fish names are in your mind as you try to solve the clues.


Medicine…New York’s Botanical Gardens

Back to medicine…The New York Botanical Gardens new exhibit Wild Medicine: Healing Plants From Around The World running May 18th to September 8th and their Renaissance Garden are two unique reasons to include the gardens on your next trip to New York.


Whatever your malady is from depression to toothache to anxiety to skin wounds to malaria, there is a plant for you at this exhibit. There are over five hundred plants featured and there is a cure for everyone and everything. The history and origins of the plants from the Chinese to the Greeks are amazing and will lead to all types of “after gardens” research. Don’t forget Medicine Net (www.medicinenet.com) for some of your additional health searches.


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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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