168. Downton Abbey, Frank Sinatra, Brooklyn, And Suffragette!

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 A. A Holiday Footnote And Best Wishes To Everyone Celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or Ramadan.

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For the third straight year, the best sweater and T-shirt seller of the holidays continues to be: Santa, Please Define Naughty! There is still time to get one!

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1. Celebrations…Downton Abbey’s Final Season!
Are You Among The Lucky One Thousand?
Dress Up And Be There! Get Your 1925 On!

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The Tumultuous 1925 Starts In Your Local Theater Or On Your TV Screen!

This is the sixth and final season for the multiple award winning Downton Abbey.
PBS Broadcasting has given episode one of the new season to 1,000 theaters (big and small) throughout the United States. These theaters will show the starting episode for the final season for free. Wide screen Downton Abbey has to be a great experience.

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Hopefully, we have shared this revelation with you in time for you to search out a local theater for the event. Book groups, historical societies, and fans of the show are, already, getting their period outfits ready to look their 1925 best during the opening show and the tea parties planned at the theater or for after theater celebrations.

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2. Movies…Suffragette…What Has Changed Since 1915?
Can Meryl Strep And Carey Mulligan Lead The Mission For All Women?
It Is 2015 And Woman Still Can’t Vote In Saudi Arabia!

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Buy your thirteen year old daughter a Girl Power shirt or sweater and take her to see this movie. It should be a must see on everyone’s list! The movie features Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, and Meryl Strep as they fight for women’s rights in 1915 England. The movie’s main theme is the right to vote. It covers, however, every women’s issue of the time from fair pay to a mother’s right to her children. Suffragette has only made 10 million dollars world-wide, so it is shocking that the movie, its actors, and its themes haven’t grabbed the how did I get here imagination of larger numbers of women and general movie goers.

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Stay for the final credits and see a country by country list of how long it took women to get the right to vote around the world. Even in 1928 England the government didn’t think their women under thirty had enough smarts to understand how to vote.

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3. Music…The Frank Sinatra Grammy Music Festival!
CBS Assembles A
Fascinating Entourage Of Entertainers!

Frankie Valle’s song Oh! What A Night! might be referring to Sunday’s The Grammy Tribute To Frank Sinatra (CBS) on what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100 birthday. Celine Dion and Seth MacFarland hosted an impressive array of singers, bandleaders, and performers as they transformed some of Sinatra’s favorite songs into new styles, solo performances, and group medleys.

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Here are seven songs and performers we enjoyed out of the thirty songs that were part of the evening’s show. You can see all thirty songs performed on CBS Rewatch or on your cable provider’s On Demand network.

Frank Sinatra won nine Grammy Awards. Sinatra, also, won the Album of the Year Award an amazing three times. The albums that won were: Come Dance With Me, A Man and His Music, and September of My Years.

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These selections and singers were 7 of the 21 songs presented during the evening.
All The Way/Celine Dion
The Best Is Yet To Come/Adam Levine
I’ll Be Seeing You/Trisha Yearwood
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning/Nick Jonas
I’ve Got A Crush On You/Alicia Keys
I’ve Got The World On A String/Tony Bennett
The Lady Is A Tramp/Garth Brooks

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Softly As I Leave You (single and album) are two of Sinatra’s best if you are looking for someplace to start to expand your musical ear. Elvis Presley liked the song so much that he had the Sinatra version playing during the announcement of his death, even though Elvis sang/spoke the song but never recorded it. The songs Dear Heart and Emily are two hidden gems on the Softly As I Leave You album, also!

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4. Movies II…Brooklyn…It Is Everyone’s Story!
Can An Irish Immigrant Make A Home In Brooklyn?

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Saoirse Ronan has already won the New York Film Critic’s Best Actress Award  for portraying a young Irish girl trying to navigate the streets, stores, and boarding homes in Brooklyn, a new movie release. Michael Keaton won best actor for Spotlight to share the stage with Ms. Ronan in New York. The New York award is the first of the award season leading up to the Academy Awards in March.

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The story is about conflicts, contrasts, and choices. Ronan thinks the challenge of New York with the help of a local priest (Domhnall Gleeson) is what she needs until homesick sets in. Her sister and mother need her back in Ireland. She has an Italian boyfriend in New York and a budding romance in Ireland. Her new boarding house and the five women sitting around the table sharing their life is funny in New York, but doesn’t compare to her quaint Irish home.

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In New York, Saoirse is becoming an accomplished salesperson. In Ireland she would be going back to a store clerk’s job and being ridiculed by the matronly store owner. Brooklyn is probably the story of every immigrant that came to America. Will you agree with her decisions is for after movie discussion and tea like the Downton Abbey viewers will relish at the conclusion of their movie visit.

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5. Artist’s Corner…Featuring Lourdes Schaffroth’s Wooden Wonders!
Check Your Barn For Missing Planks! Lourdes May Be Nearby!

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Hearing artists as they talk about their creative visions and the unique concepts in their art is just as enjoyable as seeing these same artist’s original work. Lourdes Schaffroth’s use of wood (and barns) as one of one of her themes makes perfect art sense for your country home’s walls or fireplace. Here is what Lourdes said about her work.

Hi Tom:
Thank you for the opportunity to tell you about my work. I paint in
oils, acrylic and gouache. My favorite subjects to paint are the
distressed barns and farmhouses that dot the scenic rolling hills of
northeastern Pennsylvania. These old relics are slowly falling down from
lack of care or being replaced by the steel buildings that are quicker
and easier to build in their place. I see so much color and texture in
the old weathered barn siding, so much life that has been experienced by
these old boards that I enjoy bringing to and showing in my paintings
large and small. I even frame my paintings in the authentic vintage barn

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Feel free to visit my website at http://www.bylourdes.net for a further
look at some of my paintings that have been sold and are available now.
Please note, that I will be having a show at Fern Hall in Clifford, PA
with a reception sometime in the early spring. In addition, I bring my
paintings out to the public in various venues like Summer and Fall
Festivals in the area. The Susquehanna Artist Tour is where all are
welcomed to visit my studio for themselves and on the third day, see a
demonstration of my painting techniques. All dates and times will be
available on my website, which is updated often with new information and
paintings as they are completed. Any questions can be addressed to me
through my site or to lourdes@nep.net. Again, thank you and I wish you
luck in all of your endeavors.

Lourdes Schaffroth
Kingsley, PA

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6. Creative Ideas…Column Contributions And More!
Your Share Makes Us Look Good! We Like To Look Good! Help!

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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, educational news, travel, or more for our readers? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!  Too Dangerous!                                                                                

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Our reading audience and fans of Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, and the borough of Brooklyn are looking for your creative ideas. What can you contribute? Everything!

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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 Philadelphia’s discussions. 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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