119. Shirley Temple, Colin Farrell, And George Clooney

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1. A Life Well Lived…Shirley Temple

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Every parent has one wish after good health for his or her child or children. The wish is not fame or fortune. The wish is that they lead a good life. Shirley Temple led a good life and while doing so she made millions smile and helped even more with their disabilities. She is the greatest child star in film history. Her humanitarian and foreign-service work rivaled her film work. Her reward for this good life was a small column on page eight in the local paper that just announced her death.

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If you get a chance, please go to www.findagrave.com and leave a poem or virtual flower on her gravesite. It is a nice thank you from you, your children, and grandchildren.

In contrast Philip Seymour Hoffman died with a heroin needle in his arm. Great actor yes! Final image, no! This image, his love letters, and his life story have been on the front page for a week with countless twists and turns. Shirley made page eight. She is first in this column.

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2. Movies…Winter’s Tale...Love Triumphs Over Fantasy

Winter’s Tale (1983) by Mark Helprin is a fantasy and mythic love story. It stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, and Will Smith. The movie is Warner Brother’s second release in two weeks. WB’s The Lego Movie will make 250 million dollars. Winter’s Tale will not make anywhere near that. It will, however, make you believe:

  1. that when good people die they become stars in the sky
  2. that hope cannot be destroyed by evil
  3. that every good person is given one miracle to bring happiness, love, or life to another
  4. that Colin Farrell can act
  5. that Jessica Brown Findlay can follow her Downton’s Abbey’s Lady Sybil Crawley will another endearing performance
  6. that two small girls in different time periods can steal the show

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Winter’s Tale is set in New York in 1914 and 2014. Colin Farrell (a boat cast away as a child like Moses) is a thief and mechanic. Farrell, while robbing a New York mansion, falls in love with a rich, dying piano player. This twenty-one year old is also a poet about life. While falling in love with Beverly Penn (Findlay), Farrell’s (Peter Lake) mission is to cure his love of consumption. Beverly’s little sister Willa believes love’s kiss will save her sister. So do we!

Peter Lake’s life story in the movie runs back and forth from modern day New York to the New York of the past. His adversaries are Will Smith, the devil, and Russell Crowe, the devil’s disciple. Crowe chases Farrell relentlessly in the past and in the present. If Farrell carries out his miracle, it will change the balance of good and evil. Crowe can’t let that happen! On Farrell’s side is a magnificent and mythical white horse. The horse did not receive any billing, nor did Will Smith. The horse should have received billing.

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3. Movies II…The Lego Movie…Filling Millions Of Small Seats


The Lego Movie has raked in over 150 million dollars in less than two weeks. It is ludicrous to compare The Lego Movie’s numbers to anything out now. Lego’s have been a rite of passage for boys and girls for over eighty-two years. The company was founded in 1932. It is the third largest toymaker in the world. The name ‘LEGO’ comes from the Danish words “leg godt.” Loosely translated, it means “play well”. Naturally they didn’t play well with their competition.

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The mastermind behind Legos in 1932 was Ole Kirk Kristiansen. After being passed down through family members, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the founder, now owns the company. Their company site relishes the fact that they have sprung from a carpenter’s workshop to a global toy entity. Their ads are similar to the “we came from a garage” ads of Google, Apple, Annie’s Pretzels, dad’s paddling board, and a number of other companies. The Lego webpage has great ten year time lines of products they created up to today’s Lego brick.
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4. History…Black History Month…Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson is “The Father of Black History Month.” In 1924 he called for his fraternity to develop a national emphasis on Negro history, Negro accomplishments, and Negro traditions. His fraternity created Negro History and Literature Week and then changed it to Negro Achievement Week. After two years of campaigning and speaking, in 1926 Woodson decided that February, because of the birthdays of Fredrick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, should house Negro History Week.

In West Virginia in the 1940’s Negro History Week was changed to Black History Month. It wasn’t until 1976 that this groundswell of pride produced Black History Month across the United States. Five things you shouldn’t forget as we are half way through this month’s celebrations are:

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  1. researching Carter G. Woodson’s career
  2. renting or watching the movie 42 on your instant demand channels
  3. reading the book The Year of The Boar and Jackie Robinson
  4. watching the movie My Friend Martin
  5. participating in a community service project

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5. Sports…The Baseball Wellness Pill…Babe Ruth Hits Another Home Run

ESPN, the sport network has a Sunday program very similar to the “Make A Wish” Foundation’s efforts on behalf of critically ill children. Each week you see college and professional athletes with young children on their lap, or athletes playing catch with a boy or girl, or a team of players faking a tackle as a child runs for a touchdown. You see this medicine making a difference in a sick child or teen’s recovery, but you also cry for the children that had this day of delight and later died from their illness.

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In 1926 Babe Ruth heard about a young child’s fight for life from brain swelling after being kicked by a horse. He sent him a baseball saying he would hit a home run for him in the next day’s (Wednesday) World Series game. Ruth hit three homers that day. The 11-year-old boy, Johnny Sylvester, said the ball and its message helped him to recover. He and Ruth became friends and when Ruth was ill years later, Johnny visited him.In this case payback is a very interesting footnote.

That famous ball just sold for $250,000. It is too bad it went to a collector instead of a hospital that could use the money helping other ailing children.

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6. Television…The House of Cards…Netflix

The second season of House of Cards has just begun. This addicting show is another reason why television is ruining people’s lives. All 13 chapters of the show can be viewed immediately. Like the television show Scandal, House of Cards highlights governmental evil times ten. Kevin Spacey is killing his way up to the presidency. He is now the vice-president in season 2. It took him three murders to get there. Two in season 1 and a shocker to start season 2.

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Robin Wright, who plays his wife, is just as devious. No one crosses her in business or life. Having every episode on your television, computer, and phone ruins your life. You actually hope the train you are riding on is delayed on your way to work, so you can finish an episode. Netflix should do a study tracking how long a viewer takes from the time they watch the first episode until they finish the thirteenth…a day, a few days, a week, more? It would be an interesting statistic and highlight the devotion to a show and the watching patterns of interested viewers.

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7. Creative Thinking…Words That End Words

Here is a simple but different challenge for the Scrabble and Words With Friends’ enthusiast. The following list highlights three letter words that start with the letter P and end with a two-letter word. The list includes pin, pat, phi, par, Pam, pal, pad, pup, pit, pox, and more.

How many words can you find that start with P and end with a three-letter word making four words as the total? Pare and pear are starters.

If you want to take the super challenge, see how many six-letter words starting with ST your can create that end in a four-letter word. Starch and strain are two great starts for this category.

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8. Movies III…The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel

George Clooney’s (star and director) The Monuments Men did not kill them at the theaters. The story is a great part of history, war, and art. Researching the story takes you through Europe’s museums, homes, countryside, and secret hiding places. The Monuments Men were three hundred and fifty men responsible for saving and retrieving the great art of Europe at the end of World War II. Only five members of this group are still living.

The Nazis and collectors were hiding and hording pictures, sculptures, tapestries, and valuable household items from looted homes and museums. The Russians were procuring anything they could find from the defeated Germans and towns they conquered.

It is estimated that over 6 million works of art were stolen and over a million were destroyed. The Monuments Men are credited for recovering over three million treasures. Each year new works of art are discovered in homes, barns, and hidden repositories. Monuments is a buddy picture with Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bill Murray leading the charge behind Clooney’s art finding leadership. The movie deserves a larger audience interested in the history of this time.

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Cate Blanchett’s role as the French art curator, Claire Simone, deserves researching. The women fooled the Nazis and helped the underground and The Monument Men save thousands of pieces of priceless art and family mementoes. History says she was fluent in German, but didn’t let the Nazis know. This helped her immensely in her world of espionage and art protection.

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9. Culinary Arts…In Search Of Grant Money…Can Anyone Help?

Philadelphia’s West Catholic Preparatory High School has an outstanding Culinary Arts’ Program. It is an exemplary school to career platform stressing far more than just preparing and cooking food. It examines every area of the food growing, preparation, and distribution industries and gives students the information and leadership skills necessary to excel as entrepreneurs in all these areas. It does all this while integrating creative instruction in the culinary arts with each student’s reading, writing, mathematics, and science curriculum.

We are requesting funding for a uniquely designed undertaking titled: The Teach, Feed, and Read Project. The project will bring classrooms from throughout the area into West Catholic’s culinary arts center to:
1. learn the culinary arts
2. research and develop better and affordable food choices
3. make students turn around trainers in nutrition and the culinary arts
4. distribute to the area’s needy the food products the program will create
5. share participant reading and writing products
6. enhance each student’s skills in food preparation, business development, leadership, reading, and writing

The $10,000 we are requesting for this project will:
1. pay for transportation for the program’s participants visiting our center for lessons
2. allow us to purchase supplies and additional cooking and baking products 3. fund the recipe, cooking, and nutrition pamphlets we will create and distribute
4. help with the purchase of protective food delivery packaging for the community outreach portion of our project
5. buy equipment necessary to create culinary arts’ videos and webinars that we will share city and statewide

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10. Music…This Week’s Recommendations

Please try adding Michael Buble’s Close Your Eyes, Dolly Parton’s From Here To The Moon and Back, and Bianca Ryan’s cover of Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart on your playlist this week. Bianca is from Philadelphia and her 6 million song views and 35 million votes for America’s Got Talent are inspiring for all eleven year olds. Her America’s Got Talent win is, also, exciting. All these songs and performances can be found on I Heart Radio, Sirius, and You Tube. Your favorite new music connection has them, too.

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11. Medicine and Science Fiction…Arthur Doweyko’s…A New Friend

Arthur Doweyko is certainly a fascinating connection for book, science fiction, and medical research lovers. Here is what he says about his new book and his life-long design of life saving, creative, and award winning products. We can’t wait to read his new book.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today. I appreciate your insight and suggestions. As requested, I’ve enclosed below a few paragraphs about Algorithm and about me. Attached you will find a couple of pictures (2 tentative covers and me).

Algorithm is a fast-paced, science fiction mystery/thriller. Using real science and real events, I will draw you through a series of discoveries and adventures, which ultimately lead to a surprising view of mankind’s purpose on Earth. 

A gold medallion found in a lump of coal sets the stage for a hair-raising adventure for two scientists, Adam Dove and Linda Garcia, who struggle to discover its origin and meaning. Analyses reveal it to be millions of years old, containing a sequence of symbols resembling a computer program. Besides dealing with the paradigm-shifting implications of this finding, they are pursued by a Nazi underground bent on retrieving the disk and a mysterious alien presence, which may be more interested in destroying it. 

Ultimately, Adam and Linda face the most difficult decision of their lives, one that offers the answer to mankind’s purpose on Earth, but at the cost of leaving behind all that they know and love. Join them on a white-knuckle adventure from Earth to the planet of the Makers, 10,000 light-years away. 

As a scientist, I have authored 100+ publications, invented novel 3D drug design software, and I share the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for the discovery of Sprycel, a new anti-cancer drug. My writing themes are hard science fiction, fantasy and horror. My novel, Algorithm, garnered a Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA) and will be published by E-Lit Books in 2014. I have published a number of award-winning short stories, many of which were named as finalists in RPLA competitions. P’sall Senji and The Last garnered Honorable Mentions in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. I live in Florida with my wife Lidia, teach college chemistry and happily wander Florida’s beaches when not jousting with aliens.

Contact Info:

Website:  http://www.ArthurMDoweyko.com
Read Algorithm Part I on Wattpad:  http://www.wattpad.com/story/6009501-algorithm
Follow on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/aweyken

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12. Business…The Tri-Business Lady…

Here is a business entrepreneur extraordinary. Donna offers assistance and products in three different areas. Here is what she said about her diversity.

Hi Tom,
I am an avid believer that we can all help each other. I attached a flyer of my Free Seminar offerings. I have been a Massage Therapist for 20 years, have an Aromatherapy line of products and sell cigars at events under the name ‘The Cigar lady’. I do write mini-wellness tips regularly. Some of these I post on Linkedin, facebook and my web-site. My goal in life is to teach people how to defend themselves from illness naturally. My strength comes form my own experience. I can quote studies and percentages, but by living a natural lifestyle, I am a better example than what you read.

Talk to you soon,
Donna Opuszynski LMT AAS BA
Free Wellness Seminars

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Seminar Topics:
1. Self-Care Massage: Don’t let numbness in your arms slow productivity down. This is a great seminar for office workers
2. Aromatherapy and the Art of the Sell: Learn how essential oils can discreetly nail down that sell!
3. Decreasing work place illness naturally: Learn the science behind the power of Essential oils
4. Benefits of Massage and how it increases energy: includes easy stretching techniques

Contact: Donna Opuszynski LMT AAS BA
Zynski Co.
http://www.zmassagetherapy.com        610-909-0097

Celebrating 20 years!

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13. For New Readers Only

The 20th Anniversary Of Let’s Talk

This 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 re-listing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 475 readers subscribe to the column. The good sisters of St. Mary’s convent read it, also.

Join the yearlong 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. Thank you! 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.


14. Let’s Talk’s Educational Website

Please check out our FREE educational website at aimtjp.wikispaces.com.

No www. is needed. If you have any educators, creative writers, entrepreneurs, teachers, or children in the family, they will enjoy the information immensely. There are tons of immediately ready to use ideas in reading, children’s literature, Internet explorations, research, problem solving, games, and poetry on the opening screen and in the Public Dropbox.

The creative ideas on the site are in PowerPoint, video, worksheet, and QuickTime talk formats. Teachers from throughout the area have contributed creative lessons, creative games, and book talks to the site. The Public Drop Box has extensive files from twenty years of book authoring and graduate courses.

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15. Let’s Talk Poetry

Let’s Talk’s poetry site contains audios, videos, PowerPoints, Internet resources, and worksheets in both poetry and creative writing. It can be found at: (catapultintopoetry.wikispaces.com). Thousands of parents and teachers use the website and its creative resources.



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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