92. Johnny Depp, Emma Watson, and Stevie Wonder

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The Bling Ring: Emma Watson’s Innocence Destroyed…Sorry Harry Potter!

The Hollywood Burglar Bunch was a group of rich teens operating out of Calababas, California. They stole from the rich and gave to the rich…themselves. The new movie The Bling Ring written and directed by Sophia Coppola chronicles their year-long stealing spree.

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This is a dark and sometimes humorous movie. The “bling robbers” and stars are lead by Emma Watson, Katie Chang, and Israel Broussard. They are the manipulating, manipulated, and plotting leaders of a soon to be out of control group of celebrity stalkers. This group, however, stalks celebrity possessions, not the celebrity. In real life, they were the leaders in their school and the least likely to recede.


The group stole over three million dollars in “bling stuff” from Paris Hilton and a “who’s who” list of Hollywood stars. They had over 50 celebrity’s homes in their “next to visit” database when an anonymous tip lead to their arrest. It is hard to call the trips to Hilton’s home robberies because the ring said Paris Hilton’s key was conveniently placed under the front doormat and her door was open.


The Bling Ring movie is being touted in all the major magazines and newspaper. USA Today opens with a half page shot as the lead to their entertainment section. However, out of the twenty local Philadelphia theaters, only one is showing the movie…and that theater is by far the smallest in the region.

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Maybe the movie will get lucky and build momentum like Silver Linings Playbook did. It will need more than one review and one theater to do so! Maybe you can help???

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Bob Dylan: Maligned Twice And Certainly Not Deserved

We have been going out of our way in this column to attract a younger reading audience with discussions and insights on younger themes, younger artists, and teen angst.

Bob Dylan New Album

There is a time, though, when you cannot sit by and watch one of your icons in movies, theater, music, or the mystical arts be attacked by the unknowing. In this case it is Bob Dylan. He has just released his 37th album and for some reason he has caused a “let’s attack the red headed stepchild” stir.

Time Magazine called him a Storm Trouper in their lead. They thought the heading was creative, but it is way too negative connotation wise. It is like saying I love you, but…anything after the word but, eliminates the I love you.

At the same time Flavorwire has called Dylan an overrated lyricist and has caused a national outcry.

James Taylor said he wrote a song and then tried to find an audience for it. Bob Dylan wrote for the huddled masses yearning to be free and wanting to understand love, war, break-ups, success, failure, and the human condition. (thought we’d throw in “human condition” as a series extender hoping everyone knows what it means, because we don’t).

The Bob Dylan dot com website has all his songs and their lyrics. Here are our three favorites about lost love, the lies of war, and friendship.

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1. Now and then there’s a fool such as I am over you
You taught me how to love and now you happened to be untrue
I am a fool but I love you, dear, yes I will until the day I die.
Now and then there is a fool, a fool such as I. (A Fool Such As I, 1962)

2. I ain’t lookin’ to compete with you
Beat or cheat or mistreat you
Simplify you, classify you
Deny, defy or crucify you
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you (All I Really Want To Do, 1964)

3. I’ve been down on the bottom of a world full of lies.
I ain’t looking for nothing in anyone’s eyes. (Not Dark Yet, 1997)


Featuring looks at the top college and high school writers and artists in the area. Their refreshing pieces of work, viewpoints, and opinions on movies, gaming, theater, television, and the arts will add greatly to our “Let’s Talk” column.

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Here is Sean Gallagher’s take on the new movie The Lone Ranger.

His column byline is Sean Gallagher Loves Movies.

In Defense of Disney’s The Lone Ranger

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The Lone Ranger is a bizarre, overlong and undeniably flawed film-but I can’t deny that I had fun watching it. This $215 million action-adventure stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer as Tonto and the Lone Ranger, respectively. Director Gore Verbinski combines elements of some of his previous films, namely Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango, which makes for a very strange western. You get the over-the-top, sometimes cartoonish action of the Pirates films and the quirky, offbeat humor of Rango. Parents should know that for a Disney film, this is exceedingly violent and sometimes bloody. This is a case where the PG-13 really applies; kids 12 and older should be fine.

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Even when The Lone Ranger’s messy narrative occasionally meanders, the chemistry between Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer works well. Depp really steals the show as Tonto, even if we’ve seen him do this shtick before. It’s a credit to director Gore Verbinski that this unnecessarily long (149 minutes) and sometimes corny film ends up working, warts and all. Verbinski really knows how to stage large-scale, overblown action that is both clever and entertaining. I had no familiarity with the character of the Lone Ranger going into this movie and I just wanted to enjoy myself. Despite a few poor narrative decisions (cheesy framing device, drawn out middle), The Lone Ranger is an enjoyable B-movie with well-constructed action and some witty humor.

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Poetry Patterns

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Please welcome Gineen Hamdan: The High School Poetess. Hope she doesn’t mind that we bolded our favorite quatrain and stanza as she discusses life as it is and as we want it to be.

 The divinely orchestrated

 The day is just another,
My mind is in the gutter.
Dreams were wasted without any traces
My heart likes to flutter.

Poetry Fence

My soul is caught up in this world yet I wish it were with the wind,
Nothing more than a fool’s desires redundantly uttered.
She may not possess the art of a lioness’ heart but she’ll bring you the whole thing….
Make you look twice and wonder how she sings, so don’t be fool-hardy with this love of ours.

Poetry Window

Take it for granted once, and you’re the recluse to your own desires
No more keeping things out of my reach…
You’re preaching to the choir…
What a life, all forged in poetry…
What a mind! Such a lack of diplomacy…
All because she stood for freedom… The power of will.

Poetry Woman

A troubled youth, rockin’ out to a muse
If only she cared…
She’s spoon-fed the hope that leaves her in despair…
Play her out, her heart always can repair…

I can run you the warmest of warm or the coldest of cold…
I can drop you like the judgments you dropped on me
Don’t mistake my unavailability for indifference…

The luxury of not knowing each other has been our fundamental essence
The lost cause has nothing to lose, much to prove

Nothing in store, the cards are dealt
Story of a champion, and regards to how she felt
A quiet girl with the loudest thoughts.

Poetry last
A reckoning is something to be brought out…
An earnest clairvoyance… her soul is buoyant…
The light precedes her hopes of a future… She might just be a dope loser…
Burned my heart of gold, and dripped the blood over the silliest things I did…

The tears boil and leave a trace, Hearts beat a distance, the love is misplaced…

 Fourth Of July Weekend Playlist


Try a couple of our Fourth of July musical suggestions. We think you will love the songs and the classic performances. If you are not familiar with the artist or song or album, it is a good time to make a new connection. Those performers on this week’s list are classic storytellers and some are great performers of July Fourth appropriate music…Live on Don Mclean’s Bye Bye American Pie, America’s Ventura Highway, and Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA!!!

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Jane Olivor…I Had This Man
Peter Cetera…Have You Ever Been In Love
Stevie Wonder…Living For The CitY
Katherine Jenkins…I Believe

Albums 4 Albums

Demi Lovato…Made In The USA/Something We Are Not
Michael Buble…Feeling Good
Alicia Keys…Fallin’
Don Mclean…Vincent

Albums Nickelback  Albums Keys

Nickelback…If Today Was Your Last Day
Matchbox Twenty…If You’re Gone
Frank Sinatra…Softly As I Leave You
Andrea Bocelli…Because We Believe


Helping Local Businesses, Entrepreneurs, And Artists

More and more community members and business representatives are sending information about their companies, businesses, and work to the column. Here are the two latest that have reached out to the column through email or the business site LinkedIn. We have recommended LinkedIn a number of times for business dialogue and social media connections. It has surpassed Facebook for business connectivity. Here are our latest business updates:

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A Creative Educator’s Database

The creative educator’s database should include this group of unique individuals all doing things that will make a difference in the way students and teachers read, write, problem solve, think creatively, and interact with technology.


Anne Shaw is making a difference in San Antonio, Texas with creative summer programs. Here is what she shared:

Dear Tom,

Thank you for inviting me to connect on LinkedIn.  I am very interested in visiting your web sites, and will do so today.

In the meantime, I would be so grateful if you can assist me in getting the word out to educators about our Summer Institute in San Antonio this month.  Here are links to the Summer Institute brochure and to our July newsletter.


Thank you very much!
Anne Shaw, Director
21st Century Schools
Austin, Texas

Carol Josel

Carol Josel has some outstanding resources for parents. She is another one of our best of Pennsylvania educators. Here is what Carol shared:

Dear Tom,
Thanks so much for somehow finding me. I would have considered including the two websites you suggested in the next issue of my e-School-Wise Newsletter, but unfortunately can’t find either of them on the Internet.  Any idea why? Found yours, though–very impressive. Meanwhile, thanks, too, for offering to include me in a column, so here goes with the paragraph you requested; my photo is attached. Thanks again. ~ Carol

Carol Josel is a learning specialist who worked with middle school children and their parents at the Methacton School District in Pennsylvania for more than 25 years and now supervises student teachers at both Gwynedd Mercy College and Ursinus College. Along with the booklet, 149 Parenting School-Wise Tips: Intermediate Grades & Up, and numerous articles in such publications as The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and Teaching Pre-K-8, she has authored three successful learning guidebooks: Getting School-Wise: A Student Guidebook, Other-Wise and School-Wise: A Parent Guidebook, and ESL Activities for Every Month of the School Year. Carol also writes for examiner.com; you can find her articles at http://www.examiner.com/wise-parenting-in-philadelphia/carol-josel. For more information, go to http://www.schoolwisebooks.com or contact Carol at carol@schoolwisebooks.com.

Carol A. Josel, Learning Specialist

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Bob Abbatecola very convincingly reinforces how important school security has become. His Scholar Chip looks like it is worth investigating. Give Bob a call and here is the information Bob shared:

 Thanks for the email and the great info.
Here is a paragraph about ScholarChip and a photo for your column.

ScholarChip produces multifunctional ID cards and services for contactless campus environments. Its cards are NFC enabled and can be used to take attendance, monitor entry and exit, make payments, and monitor student activity. In March 2012, ScholarChip released its first School Safety and Operations platform compatible with NFC-enabled mobile phones.

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The NFC technology makes it possible for the ScholarChip’s ID cards to exchange data with smartphones through a contactless tap. Students can use the cards to check in when they enter their school or sign into class, just by tapping their card against an NFC-enabled phone or kiosk. Previously, these cards could only be read at permanent kiosks equipped with Omnikey RFID readers. Also in 2012, ScholarChip partnered with the Philadelphia public transportation system to launch a transit payment system for students. The initiative will let students pay their transit fare via their contactless ID cards. Schools will also be able to reduce truancy by tracking student IDs with NFC and mobile phone apps. The system creates a real-time interface between the ID cards, the school attendance platform, and the contactless public transport readers. Dr. Maged Atiya founded ScholarChip in 2000. The company is headquartered in Long Island, New York and has additional offices in New York City and Philadelphia.


Danyelle Stesner offers great original content at VideoClass for the teacher or student looking for an imaginative boost in content and new ideas. She also offers a great outlet for teachers and curriculum designers to sell their wares on her site. Here is Danyelle’s mini-write-up:

Hello Tom,

My name is Danyelle Stesner and I am the Content Manager at VideoClass.com. Thank you for your links (I was unable to access catapultintopoetry.com) and I am also now following you! It was brought to my attention that you would like a paragraph write up of VideoClass.com and our company image. Below I have pasted a paragraph description. If you would prefer a longer write-up, we have many available on hand. I look forward to your newsletters.

E-learning across all areas for today’s fast paced society.



Our mission is to better educate the world through the VideoClass knowledge sharing community and with the ease of modern day technology.


We are an education based website that covers every taught subject area in the United States. Our highly informative lessons, grouped with engaging exercises, and supplementary materials ensure that the most thorough and accurate information is being conveyed. Not only do we pride ourselves on the thoroughness of the website, we also allow our community members to join in the knowledge sharing experience. Members of the VideoClass community have the option to share or sell their knowledge by making their own, original video lessons, exercises and supplementary materials. Our Android and iPhone applications provide the opportunity to access video class in more places than ever before. You can profit from learning, or feel the cost of ignorance.

Danyelle Stesner

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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 92. Johnny Depp, Emma Watson, and Stevie Wonder

  1. Al Minetola says:

    Saw the LR movie Fri. I was dis appointed, I thought it was about finance and banking (The loan arranger). Certainly not the characters of my youth in the 50’s. It was entertainment for a rainy day in Atlanta. The prices we paid were the real crimes of the show. C YA Al

    Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2013 19:22:11 +0000 To: aminetola@hotmail.com

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