1. May Contributors!
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2. Television…The Black Box…Kelly Reilly
With the new television season at hand, everyone is scrambling to find a new small screen comedy, romance, drama, mystery, vampire, or sci-fi epic to fall in love with on an available night or on a re-watch channel. Far more television guide searchers, though, are looking for a show that deals with neurological science and the mysteries of the brain. Those viewers, likewise, want a bi-polar, but brilliant, redheaded female doctor to lead a cast that has Vanessa Redgrave in it.
It is amazing how extraordinarily easy this last request was to find. Black Box is on ABC’s new Thursday night schedule at 10PM. Kelly Reilly from the movies Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr. and Flight with Denzel Washington plays a bi-polar doctor in distress. Reilly is the head of a neurology clinic that does wonders with adults and children. She can solve their problems, but can’t solve her own. In her mind she needs to be off her medication, creative then, but way overboard wild and dysfunctional.
Three different (real life file’s) cases were presented in the first episode as the show’s central characters were introduced. Hopefully this format will continue in future shows. The show kept us hopping mentally as we decided, with the doctors, what was the best course of action for each patient.
We are looking forward to Vanessa Redgrave getting out of her psychiatrist’s office and doing more than just dealing with Kelly Reilly’s bi-polar problem.
3. Music…This Week’s Two Outstanding Listens
A. Paul McCartney…Fifty Years of Musical Excellence
B. Adele And Christina Perri…This Present Year’s Musical Excellence
A. In first place for creative music this week is Paul McCartney. Paul McCartney Live At The White House is a musical tour d’ force for everyone. The show is an hour and one half of outstanding music introduced by President Obama and narrated by Paul McCartney and his musical guests. The program presented spanned McCartney’s time with the Beatles, Wings and his present work. Your favorite song is definitely in the show.
Paul McCartney is joined by a host of young and old creative artists at this musical tribute highlighting his career. They included Stevie Wonder, The Jonas Brothers, Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris, Jack White, and Lang Lang. President Obama presented the much deserved Gershwin Prize In Music and Songwriting to McCartney. You will love the sound and intimate White House East Room setting. Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy routine is a special treat, too. Faith Hills’ rendition of Long and Winding Road took the ‘greatest applause’ trophy for the night. The performance of Ebony and Ivory by McCartney and Stevie Wonder was a close second. Put this on if you are biking with your favorite friends, doing term papers, or cleaning house. The time will just wiz by.
B1. The Christina Perri Experience!
Love You For A Thousand Years!
166 million Christina Perri fans can’t be wrong. Everyone is looking for someone to love for a thousand years. They are, also, looking for someone to light the thousand “love candles” she has in her video to attract this love. Queue the gaffer! He/She is the person that does everything ‘extra’ on a movie set. Coffee runs not included!
B2. A Blonde Adele Sets Fire To The Rain
Someone Like You may be an Adele ‘Internet listen’ favorite with over one billion hits. We, however, recommend Set Fire To The Rain from Adele’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Adele’s blonde hair might shock you just a bit. The lyrics won’t. It is a neat concept…that one will go so far for love that they will set fire to the rain. Stressing the warmth of snow in Adele’s next song is an office recommendation. Writers call these thoughts an oxymoron, as two opposite concepts are combined in a sentence, story, or song. A ‘dark light’ is an oxymoron example that comes to mind.
By the way, the best selling musical artist’s list of all time is a surprising one. The following artists and groups rank one through six:
The Kennedy Center Honors The Led Zeppelin in 2012 is a must watch and our runner-up selection for the week. Are they better than the Rolling Stones and The Beatles as the world’s best rock and roll band? Is there a vote imminent? The Robert Plante lead band could play anything from raw blues to hard rock to the classic love ballad. Listen up unbelievers!
4. Summer Weddings…The Golconda Diamond…Get Me One, Please!
When a friend tells you she is more sparkly than a Golconda Diamond, you have to immediately sprint to you research engine and look up this “gem’ of a statement. The Golconda Diamond and its numerous spellings is one of the unrivaled diamonds in the jewelry world. It comes from a mountain region of India that has an fort and timeless history sitting on top of it.
The diamonds are known for their clarity, purity, and amazing color. The Hope Diamond, one the region’s best know finds, is known for its brilliant violet-blue color and research worthy history. The diamond was taken from India’s Kollur Mine. The history of the diamond spans the world of the 1600 French Courts to the museums and art auctions of today. It was named after one of its owners after it exchanged hands many times over the centuries.
Jean Baptiste Tavernier, a travelling merchant, purchased the diamond and then sold the diamond to King Louis XIV of France in 1668. King Louis had the diamond recut by Sieur Pitau to 68 carats. It was then called “The Blue Diamond of the Crown” and was worn by Louis at formal ceremonies. After seeing it you would surely want one for one of your family ceremonies… just for the day of your wedding and the first dance!
5. Books…Tenaglia Teaches Teachers And More!
Anne Tenaglia has a new book ready for your inspection and use.. Your friends and lending library will love it. Anne’s ideas are perfect for teachers, parents, students, and educators. Here is what Anne relayed to us and what Amazon book reviewer Judy C. Keller said about Anne’s new work.
This is a review of my new book. It Wasn’t In The Lesson Plan was reviewed by a Judy C. Keller for the Amazon book store. Is it kosher to send you this? I did contact her and she said it was okay to share the review with you. The cover photo is attached and an eBook pdf copy for you to read if you are interested. It’s an easy read.
Judy C. Keller’s Review
The struggle in city schools is an old one, and It Wasn’t in the Lesson Plan: Easy Lessons Learned the Hard Way by Anne Tenaglia, is told through the eyes of a flexible, smart, and determined teacher with 37 years of experience in Philadelphia schools. The stories of the children she helped and tried to help in her career say much about the triumph of academics when poverty drags students down so far they sometimes cannot progress. However, as interesting as the anecdotes in this book are, they really reveal something else equally interesting: the emotional journey of a talented educator. She had to adapt to new situations every year, and each student presented challenges she was willing to work to overcome.
I am just blown away by the stunning successes she recounts and equally moved by some of the sad failures. This book definitely would be a great handbook for new teachers, no matter where they happen to be. The stories are ones that could only be told through experience. The trove of notes, journals and anecdotes that the author collected over the years in order to write this book are invaluable in of themselves. Equally interesting is the personal development she experienced through each and every student that came into her classroom. While this is not the purpose of the book, the anecdotes take you through a breathtaking journey of years, leaving you with a deep admiration for the woman who lived all this. If you’ve ever lost faith in the public school system, this lady will give you new reason to hope. If there are more people like her out there, students will be truly blessed.
Finally, even if you are not a teacher, there is a lot to learn from this book. Understanding, willingness to bend the rules, and compassion coupled with a sense of fun and an ear for music could go a long way for just about anyone negotiating the jungle we know as modern life. The lessons not found in the plan are for all of us.
The book can be found as a paperback or Ebook at http://www.outskirtspress.com/itwasntinthelessonplan
6. Art…Fenway Park Or The Art Of John Singer Sargent?
David Ortiz Or Sparkling Color Portraits?
A trip to Fenway Park is a great experience for baseballs fans and it is even a thrill for first year ballplayers representing their team in a baseball game. The seats behind home plate at Fenway Park seem to have the same slats used in 1930. A double play for the day is a visit to Boston’s Museum of Art, a short ten minutes away from the park.
The museum structure is an impressive one. John Singer Sargent’s mythology murals and their history as told by our guide even more impressive. By 1921 Sargent was recognized in England, France, and the United States (three places he lived and painted) as one of the world’s best. Sargent was commissioned to do the art museum’s ceilings and walls. When the museum opened in 1921, Sargent’s recognition for magnificent work was propelled light years ahead. We have sprinkled Sargent’s work throughout this week’s column.
7. Movies…Brick Mansions…Paul Taylor…Lights, Camera, Action!
Two hundred years from now when someone wants to know the derivation of the phrase “lights, camera, action”, they will be shown the movie Brick Mansions. It was Paul Taylor’s last work before his tragic death in a car accident. The continuous action is much like his work in the billion dollar Fast And Furious series he co-starred in with Vin Diesel.
Detroit’s inner city, once again, takes the bad rap for this one. Their movie counsel office is bringing a large number of movies and television shows to the city. This should help Detroit’s depleted coffers. In this future age look, Detroit is a walled city separating the haves and have nots. Brick Mansions house the haves. The battles for the turf of both groups constitute the theme of the movie.
David Belle supports Taylor and brings the good cop bad cop theme with tremendous building-to-building stunt leaps to the movie. RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan leaves his friendly confines of rap music to co-star in this battle for inner Detroit.
Don’t lean over to kiss your first date in this one. You will miss too much by doing so. The slap will hurt, too.
8. Telephones…Four Helpful Hints For Your Cell Phone Usage!
Nancy Cummings from Tampa Florida shared these four cell phone secrets. She suggest printing then storing these ideas in you car’s glove compartment
Four Things You Need To Know About Your Cell Phone