158. Steve McQueen, Harry Bosch, The Dying Girl, And Lyric Loonies


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A. A Graduation Quote Reminder That Should Be On
Every Classroom Doorway:

If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you.
If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you.

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1. Television…Michael Connelly And Harry Bosch!
The Ultimate Summer Binge (New)!

A Ten Part Series Builds Brain Betas…Ten More To Follow!

If you are looking for an author to add to your summer reading and television watching list, Philadelphia’s Michael Connelly (born here in 1956) has twenty five books, two movies, and a number of television series in his impressive professional portfolio. Connelly’s work is an under the covers, sand dune, mountain retreat, or backyard something special in every respect!

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Combining a book with a movie is a good introduction to an author like Connelly. Blood Work starring and directed by Clint Eastwood was the first book (#10) of Connelly’s that was made into a movie. Book, then movie, then comparisons of the ways characters were depicted will energize your summer brain cells. Connelly’s books feature and shape everyone in law enforcement and crime fighting from special investigators to much sought after criminals to the detectives, doctors, and lawyers that play minor and major roles in everything criminal.

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Matthew McConaughey played Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller in The Lincoln Lawyer. The Mickey Haller law series has five books in it. Haller is a renegade lawyer that works with everyone big and small. Haller is best, though, with the small and their problems.

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Bosch is a ten part television series based on Connelly’s novels. Harry Bosch is a half brother of Mickey Haller in the cross book series’ relationships designed by Connelly. The Bosch series was produced by Amazon for television and is being shown on Amazon Prime and two other On Demand channels. Bosch was an abused child who could have been destroyed by a brutal, multilevel foster system that raised him. Flashbacks throughout the show show he led the same life his victims are now leading. Bosch, in the television series, specializes in cases with missing and abused children. Ten more shows are being readied for your next crime solving binge.

Aside I…The album Dark Sacred Night, The Music Of Harry Bosch features the jazz from the ten part television series. Jazz buffs will enjoy Bosch’s listening choices.
Aside IINathan Filion (Castle), Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Stephen Cannell, and Denise Lehane are poker buddies, They should sell two seats at their table to movie buffs who would love to spend an interesting evening playing cards and talking books, television, and movies with them. A charity would greatly benefit from the money spent to join these five luminaries of entertainment.
Aside III…Michael Connelly has won 15 different writing awards from the Edgar Mystery Award to the Spanish RBA International Prize For Crime Fighting. This Spanish prize organization awarded Connelly $150,000 for his body of work. See you on the beach or lake with your Connelly book (or two) in hand!

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2. Movies I…Selecting The Ultimate Movie Binge Theme (Classic)!

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The Steve McQueen Retrospect Will Be Hard To Top!
Macho Without The Bluster!
King Of Cool And Suave Without The Crown!

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Steve McQueen had a film and real life presence far beyond the anti hero, cool, and the suave nouns and adjectives that appeared in every article about him. Where Harry Bosch was an imaginary foster child and juvenile delinquent, Steve McQueen was that and more in his early life. McQueen threw off his questionable past to become the world’s number one male movie star in the 60’s and 70’s. His twenty five movies put people in theaters in the United States and Europe where his film awards were just as numerous as his American awards.

Love With A Proper Stranger (Natalie Wood)
The Getaway (Ali MacGraw)
The Thomas Crown Affair (Faye Dunaway)

Before McQueen’s death at age 50 in 1980 from cancer and an operating table caused heart attack, he starred with every major male and female film star. McQueen’s roles ranged from the romantic to the rebel to the canny businessman. Our suggestions above and below will take you through a multidimensional look at his films and encourage you to try even more of his work as you binge on a great array of his movie themes.

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Bullitt (The Ford Mustang VS The Dodge Charger)
The Great Escape (Thousands Of German Soldiers And A Motorcycle)

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Cool must have been the ultimate compliment in the sixties and the seventies. See what adjectives you use to describe a movie legend’s work. The number of movie buffs that haven’t looked at Steve McQueen’s work is astonishing. Join them as they look for the first time and be astonished!

The Cincinnati Kid (A Full House…Aces Over Kings)
Wanted Dead Or Alive/The Hunter (Fugitives Plus)

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3. Movies II…Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl…Leukemia In A High School!
These Three Kids Can Act…But Stage Four Leukemia Is Crushing!

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Many movie goers take pause when the theme of a movie is death and dying. Cancer, death, and dying with young children put many movie contemplaters on complete stop, not pause. The work of newcomers Olivia Wilde (Rachael), Thomas Mann (Greg), and R.J. Tyler in Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl demands that you put hesitation aside and see this movie. The book by Jesse Andrews should be on every high school reading list.

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Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) and Connie Britton (Nashville) are distraught mothers. Molly’s daughter, Rachael, has stage four leukemia. Connie thinks her son, Greg, is the friend that Rachael needs right now. Greg thinks not!

Watching your not friend get sicker and lose her hair is not a good assignment for a 16 year old. Greg and his friend Earl (R.J.) are cinematographers. They make really lame take-offs on popular movies. They know the lame they stress is lame to the nth. They are making new lame to encourage, comfort, ease the pain, make Rachael smile…you pick one. It is an impossible task. The cinematic team, also, recruited everyone in school to join their new movie, Message To Rachael. Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl swept the January Sundance Festival Movie Awards. The Dying Girl won the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and The Grand Jury Prize.

See if Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl wins your accolades. Making humor out of a short life and dying is not an easy task!

Olivia Wilde (Emma DeCody) can be scene on the Bates Motel television series. Bates Motel is in season three. Emma has cystic fibrosis. At seventeen she has been given ten years to live. Emma is enamored with the school aged Norman Bates after she attended to a vomiting episode by him in school. Disease seems to follow her in the movies and on television.

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4. Music…The Is The Last Music Contest On This Column…Ever!
For This Week!
Lyric Loonies Take Stage Left And Right!
Dear Column Audience….Can You Top This?

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Thoughtful readers always ask where do ideas come from, especially the crazy ones. The Elvis Presley Festival is in Memphis next month. Elvis is to blame for this week’s Loonie Lyrics contest. I Forgot To Remember To Forget is a little known song of King Elvis recorded in 1960. You have to read the title twice to understand the concept and song’s theme. We featured Craziest Band or Performer Name already, so this is a convenient spin-off contest.

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This week’s challenge is twofold. What is the craziest lyric you have ever sung and what is the most poignant phrase? Your selection and side notes with revealing comments on how the songs affected you will help as we feature your suggestions in upcoming columns. http://www.elyrics.net has the song lyrics from thousands of singers and bands. That is a good start for your loonie lyrics quest, but listening to I Forgot To Remember To Forget is a better start!

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5. Education…Attention Deficit Disorder Help!
Dr. Mindy McNeal Shares A Wealth Of ADHD Resources!
Her Information Is Extremely Helpful To Parents And Teachers!
Help Is A Click Away!

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The Hey, You! app reflects best practice  for parents of all children. It is also a tool that teachers, coaches, doctors, and counselors can recommend when parents concede, “ I don’t know what do.” Used daily the consistency, repetition, and rhythm and rhyme turn toxic task completion into infectious fun for the whole family…
one routine at a time!

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Hey, You! President

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6. It Is Be Creative In July Month!
The Search For Creative And Ordinary Column Contributors Continues!

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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. We did this with Mindy McNeal’s work in this issue. Does your business need a boost? How about a summer travel share, good book, or neighborhood Pluto protest? We are open to everything except politics and religion. We get tons of spam for saying positive things about movies, books, and business. Imagine the spam over politics and religion?

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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. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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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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