95. Katy Perry And Pink

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Katy Perry: Blue Is The New Pink

Rock sensation Pink, A Doylestown, Pennsylvania product, is in the recording studio this month preparing for her This Is Love Fall Tour. The tour begins in October. She will be performing in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center on December 6th.


Katy Perry is in Paris this week without her musical entourage. Katy has been kidnapped by Gargamel. Gargamel has created the Naughties. Smurfette (voice by Katy Perry) can stop the Naughties from being evil and change them to good Smurfs. It is something about spells and stuff that dot this week’s Smurf 2 movie landscape.


Don’t blame us for this write-up. We asked a five-year-old Smurf lover, who wouldn’t share her popcorn with us, to explain the movie. We apologized to her because we didn’t see Smurfs 1…still no popcorn…plus she refused to use a booster seat and stood for most of the movie.


The power of Katy Perry’s and Pink’s music is world-wide. The power of the Smurf is universal…No! Interplanetary. A five-year old’s play-by-play description of Smurfdom is interplanetary and almost follow-able, too.

Every five year old has a Smurf doll, t-shirt, or Smurf dress. Katy Perry looks outstanding modeling her Smurf dress at all the worldwide previews. Looking like Perry is the dream of every ankle biter in the community. Buy your Smurfette the t-shirt and make her day….his day with Smurf 2, too.


Morris Chestnut: Black Is The New Pink


The Best Man Holiday looks like one of the best new movies in the fall line-up. If you can’t get Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, or Morgan Freeman to star in your “family and friend foibles” laugh and cry fest then recruit Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Taye Diggs, and Harold Perrineau to tell your story of an old group of friend’s reunion that goes right and horribly wrong….in a humorous sense!


The movie looks like a typical Italian wedding with three fights, two break-ups, rekindled love and romance, and grandma blaming Uncle Vinny for everything. The only tradition missing in this reunion flick is that at an Italian wedding the whiskey sour fountain has to be drained by the end of the night or it is bad luck for the bride and groom. Some wine did help loosen up lips and minds for some straight and blurred talk.


We have enjoyed each of the male and female actors in this movie in a number of memorable comedies and dramas in which they have previously starred. Together they will please you five times more.

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Gemma Arterton, Redgrave, and Stamp: Gray Is The New Pink


Gemma Arterton is the 27 year-old choir director in the English movie Unfinished Song: A Song For Marion. She is paid to teach music to unappreciative youth groups during the day. Her early evenings are taken up with a free gig directing a choir of twenty or more 60+ year-olds. She calls this evening choir group the OAP’s, The Old Age Pensioners.


Vanessa Redgrave is dying of cancer. She is a much-loved member of her small English community. Her four loves are her curmudgeonly husband (Terence Stamp), her son, her granddaughter, and music. She lives for her choir evenings with Gemma and friends. Her husband thinks it is a drain of energy on her ever-shortening life. Stamp levels proud words at the choir in anger. Repairing this disconnect with help from his wife will take some doing.


You don’t know if “music is going to change the savage soul” of Terence Stamp, but Arterton has changed the way everyone in the choir and community has embraced life. She stresses that being laughed at is great as you try new things. Her music for old timers embraced hip-hop, sex, and new views. It was a treat to watch this mental, emotional, and physical reformation of everyone. A handkerchief is needed as you enjoy this change in tears and laughter, though.


At the end of the movie Arterton says that songs shouldn’t be judged by the great voices that have sung them. They should be judged by the journey the music has taken. She is talking about the journeys everyone in this movie has taken___A underappreciated son reconnecting with his father, a husband understanding his wife after fifty years, a young child understanding the relationship between her dad and his dad, a curmudgeon embracing music, and a choir of old folk hip-hopping to a beat of a different drummer. Please go out of your way to find where this gem of a movie is playing.


Rediscover Gemma Arterton for the first time in Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia, Hansel and Gretel, and Clash of the Titans. You will like the variety of her work and how her hair color changes her personality.


Inspiring Video: Rita Pierson…Everyone (Kid) Needs A Champion

Jenny Witterick, a good friend and author of the holocaust bestseller, My Mother’s Secret, sent in this inspiring video suggestion: (http://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion.html)

The video is a presentation by Rita Pierson, educator extraordinaire. Pierson’s talk presents the secret of her forty years of teaching success. Presented to an audience of parents, students, and teachers, Rita talks about relationship messages we can all embrace. The message is perfect for a teacher, parent, or businessman.

The TED Network, that hosted this talk, has an overwhelming video archive of talks for educators, businessmen, housewives, and entrepreneurs in every subject area. Drop your email in their sign-up box and once a week they will cull and present the best in creative videos to you. Let us know about the ones you liked best so we can share them with this column’s audience.


Children’s Literature…Henry’s Freedom Box


The famous Underground Railroad story of “Boxcar Brown” has been told numerous times in book and theatrical form. Ellen Levine’s and Kadir Nelson’s award winning Caldecott Honor version of this story is a writing and illustration standout that deserves to be on everyone’s bookshelf!


To escape slavery after his wife and children are sold and separated from him at a slave auction, Henry Brown has himself shipped 350 miles from Richmond, Virginia to Philadelphia, PA. Henry’s container was a 36 inch by 24 inch by 30 inch box. Fear of being caught and the trauma of being tossed upside down and all around on a wagon, ship, and oxcart for 27 hours will jolt any imagination as you read the way Ellen and Kadir framed his story.


From the time he was a child Henry wanted to escape from slavery. The book introduces Henry’s early years in slavery and that slaves weren’t even allowed to know their ages. This will shock any classroom audience and spur an endless array of questions from 3rd to 5th graders. The book was awarded an Internet ‘appropriate seal of approval’ for this age group.


Poetry For Young People Series…Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Revisited)


Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do or die:
Into the valley of death
Rode the six hundred.

 August fifth (counting from 1809) marks the 204th birthday of Alfred Lord Tennyson. He was the hugely celebrated Poet Laureate of England and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria’s reign. He has been one the mainstays of this column any time poets with a breadth of subject areas is brought up.


Though known worldwide for his Charge of the Light Brigade and endless discussions of why men would knowingly, under orders, ride to their death, his other must research theme and poem topics include: King Arthur and Camelot, monsters like The Kraken, Mermaids, God, love, death and dying, and loyalty. Thirty poems are contained in this easy to digest anthology of his poems.


Elvis Presley: A Week Long Celebration

The week long celebration of Elvis Presley’s August 16th death is about to begin in Memphis. The tour of the Presley home is a must embrace. He and his parents are buried in a simple backyard gravesite. Priscilla Presley has preserved his simple dwelling and a class presentation of his work and life.


Thousands of presents are left at the grave site each year. They are collected and donated to area charities. Next week’s 10,000 fans and friends at the candlelight vigil is something that has to be seen. If you can’t be there, the Elvis Presley (channel 19) on you Sirius station has the festivities and 24 hour a day Presley presentations. The Presley songbook is massive. He does everyone’s songs better than they do, except for the Beatles. He comes close there.

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Don’t forget visiting the great music venues on Beale Street in Memphis if your stay is for more than one day. As mentioned before in this column jazz, rock and roll, country, new age, and easy listening are featured up and down the street and at four weekend out-door bandstands. You are welcome in suit and tie or when you get off of your motorcycle.

By the way Robert Pattison, ex-vampire and former Kristen Stewart beau, is dating Elvis’ granddaughter. Stay tuned for family fireworks there!


Hello Local Entrepreneurs, Writers, Artists, and Businessmen…

This column is a great forum for your ideas. It goes out to over ten thousand readers through Facebook, LinkedIn, and the Patch newspaper network.

Here are the businesses and creative ideas we are featuring this week. Hopefully you can discover something new that you can use or pass on to a friend.

HaskinsUp Is A Choice  KarenH

Karen Haskins has a new book out that will make a difference in student’s lives. It is perfect for Character Education Programs. Bounce, Down Is Inevitable, Up Is A Choice is its title. It is perfect for middle grade and high school students.


Here is a rewarding program that Peter Berg put together and what he shared with this column’s audience:

Hi Tom,

Thank you for your interest.  Here is the two paragraph (below) write up about my work along with a photo (attached). Thank you again.


Thank You For Helping Me Empower Youth to Take Charge of Their Health, and Be The Masters of Their Lives


Working together with youth and families, I help empower youth to take charge of their health and be the masters of their lives, without medication, diets or suppressing their inner voice. We create a partnership to help youth feel and do their best, making sure they have the knowledge to be healthy and happy. I believe that youth should know about their health, how to best care for themselves and know when and if to ask for help from adults.


By working together either in a small group or individually we explore ways to balance your time and energy and deal with the obstacles to your health so that you can do the things you love in a way that nourishes you and gives you a way to express yourself. Health is not simply the absence of disease or illness, it’s sustaining a balance in mind, body and spirit.  This is what my work is ultimately about, helping young people empower themselves to work with their natural inclination and drive to be healthy, whole and balanced.

Peter Berg
Holistic Mental Health / Youth Empowerment Coach

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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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2 Responses to 95. Katy Perry And Pink

  1. al minetola says:

    “Ours is yet to do or die”. “Duty, Honor, Corps”. These are codes you either understand or… If these have to be explained the questioner will probably NOT get it. They are taught by example by REAL LEADERS, something our society is lacking. C YA Al

  2. Susie Q. Again says:

    The advice given to young adults should also be stressed to older adults as well, who become remiss in taking care of themselves

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