139. Richard Gere, Halle Berry, Helen Mirren, And George Foreman

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1. Movies…The Hundred Foot Journey!

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It Is Worth The Thirty Mile Drive!
Om Puri And Manish Dayal Out-Cook Helen Mirren!

The title of the movie The Hundred Foot Journey describes the distance between two French restaurants. It is, also, however, a metaphor for the small and large journeys everyone will make in life. A number of these journeys appear in the movie and can be likened to all of us.

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Om Puri is the head of the Kadam family. He lost his wife when rebels firebombed and destroyed their family restaurant in India. He gathered his children and headed to Europe for a new start. The spirit of his dead wife and the accident she caused guided the family to a small “cuisine loving” French town. There, the family sets up an Indian restaurant directly across the road from a one Michelin Star restaurant owned by the stuffy Helen Mirren. One, two, or three Michelin stars of fine dining are the goal of all European restaurants. Let the food wars and at odds relationships begin in the marketplace, town, restaurants, and homes!

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Om’s son (Manish) is a cooking magician. Throughout the movie he shares his love of spices, food, and cooking. He relates food to, as his mother did and taught him, to life…the memories, tastes, sights, sounds, feelings, and smells. Dayal is a food learning magnet…reading about everything (old and new) and then experimenting with all sorts of delights. Charlotte Le Bon is the beautiful delight and chef across the street that shares Manish’s love of foods. Sharing drives and works in a large number of the movie’s journeys!

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  1. Art…Don Biehn…The Hundred Foot Journey For An Artist!

The feelings for food that Manish Dayal exhibited in The Hundred Foot Journey can be compared to the feelings of many an award-winning artist as they introduce their approaches to art.

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Don Biehn is a member of the American Impressionist Society and a good example for this point. He has won a number of awards for his portraits and landscapes with this impressionist group. Don has, also, created award-winning graphics for a large number of business groups, too.

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Biehn has a unique view of his art. He says: “I want the viewer to feel they have stood in the same spot, felt the breeze, smelled the air and water, and know the texture of the scene.” The paintings that we have selected seem to transport the viewer to the places he described in his quote. Biehn and Manish have much in common!

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  1. Television…Halle Berry’s Extant. It Is Worth The Wait!
    Berry, A Genetically Changed Person, Travels To Space And Back?

Fantasy in television, books, and movies is something that can’t possibly happen. Science fiction, in the same venues, is the magnification of a science concept that could happen in the future or next week.

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Extant (CBS Wednesday 10PM) is science fiction that already seems real. Halle Berry (Molly Woods) is sent into space alone and comes back pregnant. The space entity that she brings back is or isn’t dangerous. The baby (entity) is removed from her body without her knowledge and seems to want to control present-day America by absorbing minds and creating visions of deceased loved ones to interact with friends and family members. These interactions  are created by the entity with ulterior motives in mind.

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Goran Visnjic (John Woods) is a robotic engineer. He created his 10 year-old-son who is half human and half android. The human half seems to overriding and replacing the robot half. Pierce Gagnon (Ethan Woods), the young creation, senses the space entity and is in a war of minds with it. The first ten chapters of this series can be scene on CBS Re-Watch. It will become your new viewing entity if you start this science fiction voyage. Three chapters are left in the weekly show after you view the first ten on the free offerings on CBS Re-Watch.

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Berry is now leading the march of big name movie stars to television. She is being followed, this year, by Viola Davis in How To Get Away With Murder and Lawrence Fishburne in Black-ish.

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  1. Food…The George Foreman Grill…Fat Reduction At Its Best!

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Those that declare that Labor Day is the end to the barbecue season do not know the name George Foreman. This World Heavyweight Boxing Champion has just sold his one hundred millionth George Foreman Grill. No need to ask: Where’s The Beef?

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Michael Boehm, now an Illinois favorite son, created the grill. Foreman’s promotion of GFG as a lean, mean cooking machine has put two hundred million dollars in his own pocket. Foreman’s world-wide-appearances and great selling campaign continue to drive this kitchen friendly device’s sales. The cooking machine has a two-sided cooking surface. The sides cook evenly and the surface’s raised hinges create a fat transporting lane. These lanes remove the fat away from the meat. Leaner meat is, now, the final winner!

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  1. Television…Prime Suspect…Seven Years Of Excellence!

Netflix and the BBC are now featuring 7 years of Prime Suspect. It is the English detective series starring a young Helen Mirren. The series is twenty years old, but as previously shared with readers, it was the precursor to tens of women starring in lead roles in a detective series. This was the first show with a woman lead. Mirren shines!

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Lead Inspector Mirren is in a world dominated by men. These men never have and do not like taking direction from a woman. She, however, is unrelenting in her commitment to her job, to solving the most difficult cases, and to team building. Men included!

Each of the shows is one hour and a half long. Please pack in the popcorn, chocolate, and additional assorted treats (raw carrots for the health conscious, we care) before clicking the run button on your television. You might not want to hit the pause button in the middle of an exciting case. Go Helen Mirren and Go Philadelphia Eagles!

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6. Oceanography, Once Again…The White Lobster…Slow And Steady!

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The Let’s Talk column (we are now at #139) has featured over 1200 interesting (we try) discussion vignettes. Why has an article on the blue lobster generated more responses than discussions on health concerns, murder in the classroom, country-wide devastation, community service that has made a huge impact, business discoveries, creative ideas, and people making a difference? Maybe a large number of people like the color blue?

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The best submission on this subject was another lobster rarity. Two albino lobsters were caught in two different places this week. Thanks for the share Kathryn Ann. We thought the blue lobster was rare. The albino lobster, as you reported, is only a one in one hundred million find. We have collected pictures of other albino instances in other species. No more lobster news please! Red Lobster is featuring all sorts of specials this week.

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7. Movies II…The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!
Richard Gere Visits And Upsets The Apple Cart At Age Sixty-Five!

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Richard Gere celebrated his 65th birthday on August 31st. Before doing this, he completed the movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! The first hotel was an escape in India for older folk looking for an interesting ‘later in life’ refuge. Comedy and lessons in life, of course, followed.

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Gere joins originals Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel in creating an even better refuge. Gere doesn’t seem to fit. Nonetheless, every one of the women over 70 in the hotel has volunteered to help him lose his virginity. Some of the younger woman said they would make this sacrifice, also. You can just feel the love in this cast through these pages.

Patel is getting married and wants to expand his hotel idea to a second location. The arrivals of Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig) have filled his first “Best’ hotel. It is now an “overcrowded” respite for the old and beautiful. The relationships of all the originals have moved forward and drive the movie toward an interesting Indian wedding between Patel and his love Sunaina (Tina Desai). The 2015 movie season is getting into ‘hotel’ shape now.

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8. MusicJohn Cougar Mellencamp…Jack And Diane Bettered?
It Is Good…But Jack And Diane Rule!

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John Cougar Mellencamp’s new album Plain Spoken is being released on September 23rd. The album has ten new songs and features Plain Spoken and Troubled Man. It is JCM’s 22nd album and follows his strange Ghost’s album.

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A number of studies indicate that loud music enhances creativity. If you want to push your creativity to the maximum, these office suggestions will do the trick. The best of John Cougar Mellencamp as voted by 100 office members is as follows:

1. Jack And Diane
2. I Need A Lover
3. Small Town
4. Hurt So Good
5. Paper In Fire

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The strangest John Cougar Mellencamp song is Rain On The Scarecrow! Opinions please?

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9. This Week’s Suggested Themes That Did Not Make The Cut!

  1. A Review Of Where 9/11 Families Are Making A Difference Today!
  2. The Giver Movie…Another futuristic cast society!
  3. The Stand Up (2) To Cancer Concert!
  4. The National Anthem Is Created At Fort McHenry In Baltimore!
  5. Armin Boehm Mixed Media Art!
  6. Songs About Evil Woman From Bon Jovi To Santana!

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10. Your Ideas Enhance This Column!

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, education, travel, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We don’t go there!

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Our reading audience is insatiable for any new idea…even yours!

Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column 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 in a personal section as well as throughout the Let’s Talk’s discussions, too. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! 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.

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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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