112. Taylor Swift And Russell Crowe

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1. The 20th Anniversary Of Let’s Talk

The approaching new year (2014) is the 20th Anniversary of Let’s Talk. What once was a newsletter shared in University Of The Arts’ lectures and classes, professional development presentations up and down the east coast, and in book publications for Good Apple Publishing is now a Word Press column that is read across four continents and Philadelphia. Let’s Talk is distributed through multiple relisting sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Mom occasionally reads it at home, also.

Join the year-long celebration of writing and creative discussion by contributing a story, book, movie, art piece, award notice, photography, game, business, multimedia, travel, or theater write-up for the column. Your ideas should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. Your varied ideas, experiences, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching.

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2. Movies…Noah…Russell Crowe Saves The World

As presented in our mission statement, Let’s Talk does not discuss religion, politics, or disparage The Great Pumpkin. The following movie suggestion does not violate that policy.

If Charlton Heston can play Thomas Jefferson, Moses, Ben-Hur, Michelangelo, Marc Anthony, and John The Baptist then Russell Crowe, surely, can play Noah. The previews for Crowe’s upcoming apocalyptic movie of the great flood are captivating and bring a dinner table worth of questions to the forefront. They key question posed was what about the area’s inhabitants. They laughed at first, but then the rains came. What happened next is the key to this newly fashioned epic.

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Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Jennifer Connelly (Mulholland Falls), and Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) comprise Noah’s family and join him in the fight to follow his charge, build the ark, collect the animals, and fight off the locals. The movie is an action adventure with just as much fighting as saving! Very unusual!

The big dinner question was how can this tremendous ark while being built in Brooklyn collect two of every species of the world’s creature inhabitants?

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In the movie, it seems that his Internet message brought every animal to the ark rather than through his search and collection methods. The far corners of the existing world at that time were just as expansive as they are now! Russell Crowe really had remarkable sorting, collecting, and acting skills that he used in this movie!

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3. Music…Teardrops On My Guitar…Taylor Swift
    Music…Tears On My Pillow…Little Anthony

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Analysis and evaluation are two of the top critical thinking skills presented in classroom and business programs. Using the top recording stars to initiate these two skills will enrich any level classroom.

Here is a teaching format that you can use with any singer, or group, and their songbook. Every student will pick his or her favorite singer or group to research and then present in a reporting structure similar to the one presented below with Taylor Swift.

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Taylor Swift has 62 song videos on You Tube. Her songs always seem to tell heartfelt stories that every teen has experienced. The country song mantra of “three chords and the truth” rings true in all Swift’s music. Taylor’s first two songs Tim McGraw and Teardrops On My Guitar (54 million hits) featured in her first album Taylor Swift give insights into her teen years and early recording days. Take another artist that sings about tears and compare their message to Taylor’s message. Little Anthony and The Imperials might be a good start if a song doesn’t immediately come to mind. How does the story told in Tears On My Pillow compare to Teardrops On My Guitar. As both artists got older how did their song themes change? How would you rate their videos?

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4. Movies II…The Monuments Men…George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Bill Murray Rescue The World’s Great Art.

Walt Disney fans are looking forward to Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson’s presentation of the story of how Mary Poppins made it to the movie screen. Usually movies have different trailers. This movie seems to only have one which is seen everywhere you go as you visit your local movie or view your favorite television show.

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Art lovers are looking forward to The Monuments Men and what pieces of Europe’s great art will make it into the war movie. George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Bill Murray head a team of soldiers that is trying to save Europe’s art from the Nazis as the Germans try to both horde and hide this art or destroy it. In real life the monument men rescued five million pieces of art. A large number of these art treasures were traced and recorded by the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. This foundation has been lobbying for the President’s Gold Medal for these war heroes. The movie might give this movement added momentum.

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5. Music II…The Sound Of Music Was 18 Million Viewers Strong

Carrie Underwood was outstanding in The Sound Of Music. The live stage version of ‘Music’ filled households with a familiar story they could experience for the first time, or re-live, and enjoy. The viewing numbers topped everything out the last eight years. The seeing if Carrie Underwood is the new Julie Andrews comparison was not fair. However, putting Underwood under this microscope was a big draw for the show.

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The big discussion now is what musical should be presented next in this live mode and who should star in the production. The next musical would have to be a show that large numbers of viewers know. Naturally, there would have to be star power to generate that needed pre-show buzz. Our selection is Grease starring Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. The secondary roles could be filled with a ‘who is who’ in music, also. 20 million critics alone would tune in hoping Britney would stumble. She will prove everyone wrong just as Carrie Underwood did!
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6. Community Service…Your Holiday Donation

Money once again is tight this holiday season. Holiday donations were way off last year. If things are tight, hopefully, it is in your clothing. Three organizations will gladly take anything clothing wise that doesn’t fit. Purple Heart will pick up the clothes at your door and distribute them to children and the aged. The Abused Women’s Shelter in your neighborhood could use clothing for the many women that flee abuse with just the clothes on their back. Many Nearly New Shops support the homeless and your local hospitals children’s ward. Instead of putting your clothes profits back in your pocket, please donate it back to the shop. They, then, donate the money to local charities listed in their brochure.

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7. David Statham Is An Action Hero!
Homefront Is An Action Movie!

David Statham has destroyed the opposition from bank robbers to illegal transporters to drug smugglers in his last ten movies. Why would anyone, then, after seeing his name in the credits for Homefront want to harm Statham’s movie daughter. As soon as Kate Bosworth, Winona Rider, or James Franco (the baddies) approached his daughter, you could hear the whole theater say: “don’t do that” in unison. Despite this uproar, the threesome seemed indifferent to everyone’s warning.

Sylvester Stallone who wrote the screenplay would have been the ideal soothsayer…if they listened to him, there would not be a movie or any of Statham’s fast paced beat-downs.

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Izabela Vidovic plays Statham’s fiery ten-year-old daughter. After her mother’s death Statham moves her from the city to what he thinks is the quiet country. After ten movies, filled with countless disappointments, he should have known better! His daughter’s altercation in school with the school bully brings James Franco, the region’s drug king, in to settle the dispute. Escalation, like Grease, is the word! You had to be there to understand that last sentence. The movie welcomes Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth back to the silver screen. They were good at bad while taking drugs and arranging bad beats. Transporter 1’s story is still the best in Statham’s flicks!

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8. Books…Brain Games I, II, III. The Will Shortz Experience

If you are a puzzle and game enthusiast then you should meet Will Shortz. His brilliant mind designed The New York Times Crossword long before computers took over this job. He has fifteen books on Games and Puzzles but his best works are Brain Games I, Brain Games II, and Brain Games III. Each book contains over 150 game vignettes that will lead you into a number of interesting game categories. The books make excellent presents for the holidays and will keep the whole family in a creative challenge mode over the holidays.

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9. The Creative Puzzler…Replacements

Here is this week’s puzzler challenge. The good puzzle maker makes the concept look easy until you try to solve the challenge. Replacements are those types of challenges. See how quickly you can arrive at the solution for each of the little tasks that follow.

A. Replace the first and last letters of the words below and make new words. Try not to use the letter S in any of your changes. Some words will have more than one answer. Can you design five replacements to share?

Ex.  Climb            blimp

1.  Ballet               _____________    7.  Liver      ________________
2.  Polio                _____________    8.  Blast       ________________
3.  Half                 _____________    9.  Trance    ________________
4.  Honey             _____________    10. Cream    ________________
5.  Short               _____________    11. Crawl     ________________
6.  Lava                _____________    12. Deliver   ________________

B. Replace the double letters in the words below with a new set of double letters and make a new word. Some words will have more than one answer.

Ex.  Soon             Seen

1.  Funny              ____________      8.  Tally       ________________
2.  Million             ____________      9.  Offer      ________________
3.  Rattle               ____________      10. Seethe    ________________
4.  Hill                  __________          11. Fitting    ________________
5.  Feet                 ____________      12. Baggage ________________
6.  Bassoon           ____________      13. Butter    ________________
7.  Tooth              ____________      14. Bassett   ________________
15. Pull        ________________

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10. Michelle Frazier Knows Coffee…International Gourmet Coffee

Any time there is a craft show, street fair, or event in the Philadelphia area, everyone looks around for Michelle Frazier’s coffee booth. She is an expert coffee maker, coffee mixture designer, and business owner. Her flavors will tantalize the coffee drinker that has tried everything. Here is what Michelle shared about her business passion.

Do you or anyone you know drink coffee or tea at least on occasion?  If you do, International Gourmet Coffee will appeal to your taste buds?  Michelle Frazier is a proud business owner of International Gourmet Coffee. She provides individuals with the opportunity to positively improve their health, increase their wealth, and change their lives by higher standards. These higher standards are delivered one cup at a time, driven by Gourmet Healthy Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate and more.

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A. The Wealth Business Project is to helping 1000 Families in the area earn extra income with enjoyable part time work.
B. The Health Project has given 1000 people the Gourmet Healthy Beverage Experience. Members of this project have let your body and taste buds be the judge. They get healthier one cup of healthy coffee or tea at time.

Michelle was invited a Guest Speaker on the Art Fennell Reports. Check out a short YouTube Clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV9XWyOXZM4

For more information:
Website: http://www.frazierorgano.organogold.com
Email: frazierorgano@gmail.com
Phone: 215-284-9593
“Change Your Coffee, Change Your Life!”

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11. Local Entrepreneurs…Creative People, Creative Ideas

Let’s Talk looks forward each week to the contributions of the area’s best writers, illustrator, photographers, artists, and entrepreneurs. The reflected glory concept greatly enhances this column each week. Do you have some piece of work or idea that would enhance Let’s Talk? Send it to tjpalumbo@aol.com along with some nice photos and a two-paragraph description. Your write-up is posted exactly as written with an introduction lead-in from the column’s editor.

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12. Holiday Projects, Games, And Puzzles

The multiple award-winning site (aimtjp.wikispaces.com) is filled with activities that will keep both the terminally bored and creative student mentally active over the holidays. The site has great suggestions for websites you should explore, videos you should watch, book talks you should review, PowerPoints you can re-create, and games that will keep both sides of your brain active after holiday meals and treats. Its sister site (catapultintopoetry.wikispaces.com) is just as rewarding for the poetry and creative writing lover.

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13. The Public Drop Box Concept

The Public Drop Box section in the beginning list on the website (aimtjp.wikispaces.com) is filled with large amounts of creative content that are housed in gigantic sized folders. These folders are too large to send in an email, but are easily dropped to and saved on your desktop. You can save the whole folder, say educational videos, and its contents or you can save individual files that you like from each folder. If you have numerous webinars, videos, and PowerPoints you want archived, you should explore the drop box concept and other sites offering similar capabilities. Drop boxes will enhance what you present and share at business meetings and professional development sessions. It will let you share imaginative content and innovative archives with your audience long after the conclusion of your meeting. They will remember you each time they access your information!


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 112. Taylor Swift And Russell Crowe

  1. Jenny Witterick says:

    Tom, I really love this picture of you. How do you find so many things to think about. Your column is just wonderful. Jenny

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