133. Kismet Versus Serendipity

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1. Defining Summer…Jersey Boys Joins Eddie And The Cruisers!

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If you are seeing the movie Jersey Boys this week, you are going for the music and it hardly seems likely that you will be rating the movie’s cinematography. If you know Frankie Valli’s songbook, you know you will love the movie. The movie runs from the Jersey shore to California. The Jersey shore themes have a rich connection to Philadelphia and the northeastern seaboard cities.

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Every Friday at 4PM Philadelphia work closes an hour early for the weekend trek to the beach. No matter your age, the Jersey clubs had your kind of music and a meeting venue for new friends. This meeting place for lasting friendships was ten times better than Facebook and Twitter put together. As one club closed at 2am, two other clubs opened with great bands and single performers. Six beers for a dollar might date us as column staff members. Oh! For the good old days of affordable libation!

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Movie critics throughout the country are telling you director Clint Eastwood’s cinematography doesn’t match the movie’s themes. They are there to criticize. They do not know how to ‘embrace the music’ that may not have been part of their lives. These critics somehow missed that the movie’s theme is musicnot lighting. Don’t let this stop you from seeing the movie.

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When you get home, the movie Eddie and The Cruisers is a ‘tell me more about beach’ music suggestion. Michael Pare and Tom Berenger fight the battle of lyrics and music in an early work for both of them. Streets Of Fire with Pare and Diane Lane is a very different look at the music in movies as another suggested follow-up to a Frankie Valli weekend.

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2. Defining This Summer’s Dating Philosophy
Kismet Versus Serendipity?
Life Awaits! Where Is The Origin Of These Ideas?

The philosophical office discussion about dating this week centers around the concept of is dating fate or chance? This will stop work in any company or office and is also great dinner conversation. This discussion is a nice follow-up to last week’s well received discussion on can a left-handed, redheaded women find true love in the Philadelphia area. Is dating Kismet or Serendipity, fate or chance? Even John Cusack in his movie (2001Serendipity) with Kate Beckinsale couldn’t help with this perplexing issue. Everyone that has ever dated someone had multiple opinions on this topic. Finding the perfect date meeting place to put these two philosophies together seems to be the scourge of the “bar and Internet” generation. Scourge may be a harsh word, though, for such a loving discussion and search.

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Segue Way I…The Three Princes Of Serendip is an English fairy tale that has a great ‘derivation history’ back to Persia in the 1300’s. Princes is the silly story of three princes trying to find a camel, but making numerous unrelated discoveries on the way. Word historians claim this book has to be the origin of the word serendipity.

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Segue Way II…The RIA University has been studying the concept of Kismet (pronounced kismat) for years and they trace its origin to early India. Their website asks: “Are you the master of your own fate, or does some other person, force, or entity direct your destiny? Is “destiny” nothing more than sheer chance? These questions have plagued mankind since at least the beginning of recorded history. But have they really ever been answered satisfactorily?” One of these days we will know!

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Segue Way III…Don’t Miss Playing The New And Improved (2006 original) Fate Game! Finally A Girl Oriented Game!

3. Health…How Fat Is Fat! Bacon Rules Everywhere, Even In Salads!

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USA Health Studies just released statistics showing that the world is getting 10% fatter every thirty years. In sixty years, all doorways and chairs will be four inches wider and bacon will be declared the national symbol in place of the Bald Eagle.

If Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities were to be written in 2074, the orphan boy featured in the story would be saying more bacon please, instead of, more gruel please! It is our office’s mission to stop this ‘continued fat boom’ from happening. The building’s elevator has been shut off. Forthwith…The daily walk up to our eighth floor offices will, now, be followed by a soothing shower and invigorating back rub.

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4. Championships…Who Won The July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest?   Inquiring Minds Want To Know

This vignette probably shouldn’t follow the health study above.
Joey Chestnut
regained his Nathan’s July 4th Hot Dog Eating Championship in the men’s division with 61 gulps. Once again, he is a well prepared eating monster. In the women’s division Miki Sudo defeated three-time champ Sonya Thomas with 27 big franks. These statistics can be verified by running the video tape.

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Here are two more astounding statistics from the Nathan’s contest. The company says that New Yorkers eat 400 million hot dogs a year. This cannot be verified by viewing any tape, though! Philadelphia, the land of pretzel eaters, trails New York by tons literally and figuratively. Philadelphia eats only 250 million franks a year. Philadelphia is much, much, more discerning in our food choices. Most visitors to Philadelphia realize that cheese steak and pork sandwiches rule the day.

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5. Music I…Say Something By A Great Big World!
That Song You Hear Again And Again!

If you hear a song you never heard before playing at your barbershop, local restaurant, your Sirius channel 16 The Blend station, and your Acme Market all on the same day, should it be featured on a music revue? Say Something by A Great Big World is the “its everywhere, its everywhere” song.The best version of the song is the duet with Christine Aguilera. The 100 million Internet plays confirm that playing this song and watching the video is a worthy effort. It is our top pick for the week.

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Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino met studying music at New York University. You can get to know the duo of A Great Big World by viewing their music videos or listening to the following songs that present a good variety of their work. Their new album is titled Is Their Anybody Out There.

A. Say Something (Awesome collaboration with Aguilera)
B. This Is The New Year (A Lip Synch To Their Song By Their Friends)
C. Already Home (The kissing from two different video screens is a different concept that media fans will enjoy)
D. I Want It (the question is…should you sell your soul to rock and roll?)
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Another way to meet this duo is through viewing their “Thirty Videos In Thirty Days” worldwide web concept. Just trying to come up with thirty themes in addition to their songs had to be a creative challenge. Day 29 Do You Think You Know Me is their version of the old television Match Game show. How would you do matched against a business partner or your better half testing what you know about them?

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6. Music II…Florrie…The New Topping The Old? Maybe?

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This week’s new talent and second music pick is Florrie (Florence Arnold by the way of England). Like Joan Jett (I Love Rock And Roll, Dirty Deed Done Right) who rocked the music scene in the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s, you won’t find a ballad or slow song anywhere in Florrie’s musical offerings. Try Florrie’s I Am Going To Get You Back and Give Me Your Love before, also, rediscovering Joan Jett for your trip to the beach or mountains. Florrie doesn’t wear Joan Jett’s signature black jacket, but she looks great behind Florrie’s signature drums.

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7. Music III…Sasha Allen…The New Ballad Queen!

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Let’s talk ballads and if we talk ballads, we have to talk Sasha Allen. She starred on Broadway (a short hop from her Harlem home) in Hair, and sang backup for Christine Aguilera, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and Usher. Sasha Allen was a semi-finalist on The Voice last year. If you were planning a musical trio to balance each other on a road tour, Sasha would be the perfect ‘slow down the music’ insert as a traveling companion to Joan Jett and Florrie on tour.

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8. Our Yearly Summer Challenge…Creative Writing Themes!
Diary Selections of Famous People in Fact and Fiction
. Good writers can talk about more than themselves. They can mentally wear the shoes of the person or situation they are discussing. These challenges will energize your writing skills and place you into some challenging writing modes. Try a few selections that peek your interest, not all of them.

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After reading some famous diaries, keeping diary notes about yourself, and discussing other famous writers, such as Maya Angelou, Ann Frank, and Lewis Carroll, you should be ready for this short-term project challenge. The challenge is called Diary Selections of Famous People and Objects in Fact and Fiction. Each summer we present this creating writing update to our readers.

In this challenge you will choose a situation from those that follow and assume the identity of the famous person or object involved. You will try to write his or her exact feelings before or after an historic or not so historic event. You are encouraged to practice being serious, humorous, or way out crazy in your writing thoughts.

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Try selecting a different situation each day, or with your teacher’s approval make up some of your own that others might choose. Keep your ideas in a blog, tweet, journal, writer’s log, diary, or electronic portfolio. Don’t forget to brainstorm some great titles for each project you select before selecting the one readers will like best.

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Project 1.  Thoughts from the soccer ball being used during the USA’s world cup defeat.
Project 2.  Harriet Tubman’s entry during one of her slave rescue trips.
Project 3.  A computer discussing people who peek away at his or her keys.
Project 4.  Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson’s Super Bowl winning interview.
Project 5.  Oprah Winfrey’s initial thoughts on the acceptance for broadcast of her new television talk show and new OWN Network.
Project 6.  The ocean taking to the sand on the seashore.
Project 7. Joan of Arc’s thoughts before she was to be burned at the stake.
Project 8. Martin Luther King, Jr. after his first sermon or I Have A Dream Speech.
Project 9. Abraham Lincoln’s entry the night before he was to present his Gettysburg Address or thoughts on the train heading to Gettysburg.

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Project 10. The Wright Brothers’ first thought the night they found they had a vehicle that was capable of flying.
Project 11. Beyonce or your favorites’ acceptance speech after their latest AMA music award.
Project 12. Cinderella’s thoughts the night she learned she couldn’t go to the Prince’s ball.
Project 13. Robin Hood’s journal evaluation the first time he met Little John and his new band of merry men.
Project 14. Your pet dog or cat on their treatment at your house.
Project 15. Betsy Ross’s entry the night she was told that her flag would be used as the nation’s banner.
Project 16. Sleepy (the Dwarf) on his feelings about Grumpy’s complaining.
Project 17. Daniel Boone’s entry the first night alone in the woods.
Project 18. Snow White’s diary notes the day she awakened from her sleep.
Project 19. Robinson Crusoe after first sighting footsteps on his island.
Project 20. George Washington’s entry the last night of his horrible winter stay at Valley Forge or after his victory at Trenton.

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Project 21. Paul Bunyan on learning that his footsteps made the Great Lakes.
Project 22. Van Gogh’s thoughts and reasons the day before and the day after cutting off his ear.
Project 23. Mary Shelley’s thoughts on creating the seemingly unsympathetic monster ‘Frankenstein’ in her new novel.
Project 24. Beethoven’s notes on learning that he would soon be deaf.
Project 25. The entry of Sally Ride, the astronaut, the night before her first space flight or Sally Ride’s notes her first night in space.
Project 26. Harry Potter learning he could fly.
Project 27. The Great Sphinx on all the history it has seen.
Project 28. Your cell phone always responding to your voice commands.
Project 29. A computer discussing its favorite emails.
Project 30. Dancing shoes, boots, or sneakers discussing the last person to wear them.

Additional writing, book talks, and poetry activities can be found at (aimtjp.wikispaces.com).

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Rock On Bon Jovi Fans!

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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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