122. Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars, And Kevin Spacey

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1. Call For April Column Contributors!
Free Advertising And A Larger Audience For Your Creations! Why Not!


Join our yearlong 20th Anniversary celebration of writing and creative discussion by contributing a story suggestion, book review, movie write-up, art piece, award notice, photography portfolio, game grabber, business join-up, multimedia purchase, travel tidbit, or theater ‘can’t miss’ for our Let’s Talk column.

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Your ideas and suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography on Let’s Talk over our discussions. Thank you! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We subscribe to the concept of reflected glory! Ask your friends to drop their email in the follow box in the bottom right hand corner of the opening page.

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2. Finance…Veronica Mars Is The Winner!

Veronica Mars has been dead for seven years. Fans of the television program thought $2,000,000 would bring her back from the dead. They posted their plea for help on Kickstarter, a group and individual funding site. 100,000 supporters contributed a whooping six million dollars to resuscitate this quirky show in movie form. A large number of people paid $10,000 for a speaking part in the movie. This may be the next big concept in the road to stardom for the little guy. See if Kickstarter would be a good money collecting site for one of your ideas?

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The movie debuted in theaters two weeks ago and was a refreshing look at all the original characters ten years later. You can, also, order Veronica Mars starring Kristen Bell at the same time through your On Demand channel’s subscription service. Veronica was originally the police chief’s daughter and a high school detective. Her best friend was a school murder victim and one of Veronica’s first cases. Now, Veronica is a lawyer. She is returning to her seaside home to rescue an old boyfriend. Her new boyfriend awaits her return to the big city.

Even if you haven’t seen the original program, the first eight minutes of the movie will catch you up with past events. The movie did Veronica Mars and her fans proud. It deserves, as we have said about many of our recommendations, a much bigger audience.

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3. Food…Jump, Shout, And Eat

Philadelphia has been compiling food awards for years. Two awards slid down the table this week. Gourmet Magazine awarded Philadelphia their “The Best Sandwich City In America” prize.

Philadelphia’s DiNic’s roast pork sandwich served at the Reading Terminal in Philadelphia, then, was voted “Best Sandwich in America” after some very flavorful competition.
These five sandwiches and eating staples are served across the city and defined Philadelphia eating at the award contest:

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1. The Cheesesteak Sandwich…Steak, provolone, onions, and a variety of sauces!

2. The Pork Sandwich…Pork slices and a collage of toppings!

3. The Pretzel Sandwich…Meats and cheeses on a Philadelphia invention!

4. The Peanut Butter And Fruit Jelly Delight…Kid Nirvana!

5. The Hoagie…’Must Go’ Everything On A Roll!

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August is Sandwich Month and Zagat’s Magazine features fifty sandwiches that define our fifty states to prepare everyone for cross country eating. Here is the link to their list: (www.zagat.com/b/50-states-50-sandwiches?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=desktoptopperformers) or you can type in “50 sandwiches, 50 states” in your search engine.

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4. Baseball…The National Women’s History Project!

The National Women’s History Project (www.nwhp.org) is a revealing site for all researchers and history enthusiasts. We have introduced their far reaching work numerous times in this column. Their April calendar of facts is impressive. Their baseball fact to start the season is an eye opener. Sign up for their newsletter and you will be light years above your local historian.

Here is one of our NWHP favorites for April from their newsletter:

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April 2, 1931…17-year-old Jackie Mitchell, the second woman to play baseball in the all-male minor leagues, pitches an exhibition game against the N.Y. Yankees and strikes out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The next day, the Baseball Commissioner voided her contract, claiming baseball was too strenuous for women. The ban was not overturned until 1992.

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This is the 20th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s lifetime home run record. Send Hank a card, email, or a thumbs up. He weathered a brutal sea of hate while chasing this goal.


5. Art…Our ‘Meet The Creative Artist Program…Stephanie McCarthy

Stephanie has a special mission of saving our environment through her art. Here is what she said about her work. We are featuring it throughout this column:


Through my art, I tend to create images that have an undertone of satire. They are commentaries on aspects of the community that I feel are somewhat unscrupulous and morally incorrect. “My views on certain practices within the community, and the nation as a whole, influence my illustrations because I am passionate (almost feverish!) about the subjects, specifically food production, environments, political…general problems in society that I deem unethical.

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It should be known that I tend to be rather shy about my opinions, and so making my art allows me to represent my thinking in a way that shows my perspective. As mentioned, for example, I am an advocate for healthy foods, and much of my previous work has explored the ethical treatment of animals and the food that we consume as a nation. This major concern of the welfare of not only the animals involved, but also the detriment to the environment and community are serious, and the culture surrounding the food production industry motivates me to create. For the most part, my images are ambiguous in nature, making the viewer stop and think and use the image as a vehicle for self-reflection. My art is an excellent tool for metaphors! Recently, I have expanded my subject to include aspects of life in general. More to come!


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6. Finance 2…The Stock Market Tumble…E-Trade Baby Fired

It doesn’t take a genius to analyze this week’s giant stock market tumble. E-Trade fired the E-Trade Baby and replaced him with Kevin Spacey, the House of Cards’ murderer. E-Trade and the financial network told us they would rather have a conniving killer representing their company instead of a hilarious baby.

Bam! The country has spoken. If this is what the stock market is…we do not want any part of it…Tumbling stocks followed. Write your local congressman. Get the baby back! Save our stock market! Image is everything!

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7. Poetry…Robert Frost Ends The Word…Again!

Each “Salute To Poetry Month” we remind educators to use this Robert Frost Fire And Ice poem in their classrooms. The way children and adults perceive the end of the world is shocking and enlightening. It is a great discussion piece and creative impetus for writing and artwork. Let students brainstorm on their own before putting them into teams. An ‘end of the world’ bulletin board is a nice classroom project. Nice may be the wrong word in this case?

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Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Robert Frost



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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