86. Star Trek And Memorial Day

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Star Trek: Into The Darkness…View Deeply And Prosper

The battle this Memorial Day weekend wasn’t the Enterprise versus Klingons. The fight was Star Trek in week two versus Fast and Furious 6 in its first week. The ‘Furious Six’ took in one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) and was the second busiest opening of the year.

Here are the notes from the new Star Trek Movie:


Chris Pine (Kirk) is good looking.
Chris Pine (Kirk) is very good looking.
Zoe Saldana is good looking.
Zoe Saldana is very good looking.
We know this because she is Spock’s girlfriend and “it is only logical” that he would pick the best Enterpriser for his mate. She is obviously the best kisser and couple’s disputer as the movie showed on three occasions.


Alice Sophia Eve from She’s Out Of My League is good looking.
She is no match for Spock’s intelligence while trying to do his job.

The themes that drive this movie and its space adventure are threefold:
1. Is the enemy of your enemy your friend?
2. Do warriors cause wars to keep their jobs?
3. What are the sacrifices a friend will make for a friend?

The Enterprise is on a five-year mission. Too bad the death of Kirk will hamper their new adventures and missions…where no one has gone before is somewhat hollow now???

Chris Pine (Kirk) is good looking.
Chris Pine (Kirk) is very good looking.

Books That Salute Memorial Day…The Reluctant Dragon
The Reluctant Dragon
was written in the year 1898 by Kenneth Grahame (Wind In The Willows). Michael Hague’s new and vibrant illustrations bring the story to life once again. The book makes a great present. It was originally a chapter in a larger book. Reluctant is the story of the last dragon left on earth and St. George, the last dragon fighter left on earth. The dragon is the last one left of his kind because he enjoys discussion, good food, poetry, reading, and art, not fighting.

The townsfolk want them to battle until only one is left. The two friends do not want this fight. A young shepherd boy designs a fake fight to appeal to the townsfolk. The make believe killing of the dragon is cheered by the townsfolk.

The last illustration in Michael Hague’s book of the boy, dragon, and knight skipping down the road holding hands is precious.

Books That Salute Memorial Day…The Wall
Eve Bunting is the author of a library of books everyone should own. Her themes are universal. This is her finely illustrated story of a family’s trip to The Wall in Washington that commemorates those that died in the Vietnam War. The name of oldest child in this family’s appears on The Wall. Mom is crying in the car before they even get to The Wall. When the younger daughter asks why mom is crying the father tells her it is a woman’s thing. Dad is shortly overcome by the woman’s thing when they get to the wall.


Books That Salute Memorial Day…The Big Book For Peace

Greenpeace the world’s largest support peace organization receives the money from the sale of this book. It is twenty authors and illustrators talking about peace in stories and illustrations. It has been featured in this column before. This is a timely reminder of a great gift whose proceeds go to a worthy cause.

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Memphis…Elvis Presley And The Beale Street Experience

Elvis Presley’s August Memphis fest is fast approaching. If you are looking for a trip or a great vacation in the beginning of August, this is the place to be. Forty thousand Elvis fans flock the city and take part in a candlelight vigil. After visiting the Presley house and his and his parent’s graves in the backyard, music fans journey to the musical venues (bars, clubs, outside bandstands) on Beale Street. The is a giant closed off street on weekends that is five time bigger than Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Everyone has their favorite haunt and will gladly share their best three selections for an evening of music. Just ask!!!


Music…DePeche Mode Is Touring And Recording Again

Depeche Mode is at the Revel in Atlantic City on August 30th. They are the English electronic music band formed in 1980. The band’s original sound has been copied by countless groups since then. The Mode, in 1980, was fronted by lead singer Dave Gahan. It also featured Andy Fletcher, Martin Gore, and Vince Clarke. In addition to their thirty-three years on again and off again on the road, they have produced 18 albums. That’s a wow!!!

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Creative Writing…So You Want To Be An Author?

Diary Selections of Famous People in Fact and Fiction

Good writers can talk about more than themselves. They can mentally wear the shoes of the person or situation they are discussing. These challenges will energize your writing skills and place you into some challenging writing modes. Try a few selections that peek your interest, not all of them.


After reading some famous diaries, keeping diary notes about yourself, and discussing other famous writers, such as Maya Angelou, Ann Frank, and Lewis Carroll, you should be ready for this short-term project challenge. It is called Diary Selections of Famous People and Objects in Fact and Fiction

In this challenge you will choose a situation from those that follow and assume the identity of the famous person or object involved. You will try to write his or her exact feelings before or after an historic or not so historic event. You are encouraged to practice being serious, humorous, or way out crazy in your writing thoughts.

Try selecting a different situation each day, or with your teacher’s approval make up some of your own that others might choose. Keep your ideas in a blog, tweet, journal, writer’s log, diary, or electronic portfolio.


Don’t forget to brainstorm some great titles for each project you select before selecting the one audiences will like best.

Project 1.  Kobe Bryant’s tweet after his season ending injury and learning he would not play in the playoffs.

Project 2.  Harriet Tubman’s entry during one of her slave rescue trips.

Project 3.  A computer discussing people who peek away at his or her keys.

Project 4.  Joe Flacco’s interview after winning the Super Bowl.

Project 5.  Oprah Winfrey’s initial thoughts on the acceptance for broadcast of her new television talk show.


Project 6.  The new diamond necklace hanging on a music star’s neck.

Project 7. Joan of Arc’s thoughts before she was to be burned at the stake.

Project 8. The Columbus entry after months on the high seas without sighting land or on first sighting land.

Project 9. Abraham Lincoln’s entry the night before he was to present his Gettysburg Address or thoughts on train composing the address.

Project 10. The Wright Brothers first thought the night they found they had a vehicle that was capable of flying.

Project 11. Beyonce’s acceptance speech after her latest AMA music award.

Project 12. Cinderella’s thoughts the night she learned she couldn’t go to the Prince’s ball.

Project 13. Robin Hood’s journal evaluation the first time he met Little John and his new band of merry men.

Project 14. Your pet dog or cat on their treatment at your house.

Project 15. Betsy Ross’ entry the night she was told that her flag would be used as the nation’s banner.

Fifteen more creative writing ideas will be highlighted in the next column

Helping The Community, Entrepreneurs, And Local Artists


Put a camera into a child’s hand and with a little instruction magic can happen. Here is what Cameras For Kids said about there effort:

Hi Tom,

Hello and thank you for visiting the CAMERAS FOR KIDS website. On this website you’ll be able to learn about photography, exchange ideas with other kids, practice projects created on this site, and show off some of your pictures with others. Lighting, composition,
colors, and styles as well as camera functions and definitions will be placed on this site.
Along with photography, other subjects and chances to learn will also be added from time to time. Some of of the topics will include animals, nature, science, and many other cool things that are going on in the world around you. If you have a neat idea or subject to add to the community. There’s also free downloadable lesson plans and free coloring book as well. http://www.projectecotec.net/camerasforkids/index.htm You’re welcome to grab images of the website if you’d like.
The Cameras For Kids Book is available at Amazon… http://www.amazon.com/Cameras-Kids-Inexpensive-Projects-Photographer/dp/1449502350/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369611484&sr=1-2&keywords=john+crippen

Thanks and have fun! – CFK Staff


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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 86. Star Trek And Memorial Day

  1. Jenny Witterick says:

    The Reluctant Dragon sounds like a wonderful story Tom…I will make sure to read it.

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