172. Sally Field, The Flu Merry-Go-Round, Revenge, And Poldark!

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1. Let’s Talk Spring…Please Forgive Me For What I Said In Winter!

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This poem by A. A. Milne called Daffodownlilly screams out that Spring is almost here. You might want to put this poem on the outside wall of your office cubbie to brighten everyone’s mood! Winter is dead! Promise!

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2. Let’s Talk Movies…Why Not Sally Field?
Her Name Is Doris! She Will Help You Get Your Laugh On!

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There aren’t many laughs out there for the over forty movie audience amidst the violence, Superman and Batman battles, vampires, and imprisoned children and adults.

Hello, My Name Is Doris with Sally Field, Tyne Daly, and Max Greenfield might quench your laugh and empathy bug. It did for a packed audience on our preview night!

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Doris (Sally Fields) is sixty. John (Max Greenfield), the new public relations executive at her company, is thirty. Doris is in love! Her mother, who Doris has been taking care of for the last thirty years, has just died. Up to this point, Doris’s life has been a ferry ride to work, work, and then back home to mother care. Doris’s brother and wife want Doris out of the family house. They want to sell the house out from under her and split the profits. They try to get unwanted mental care for Doris! They are not nice! This complicated relationship adds to Doris’s woes and intricate dating strategy.

Doris’s dating advisor is a thirteen year old (Isabella Acres). Thirteen-year-olds know stuff and are computer savvy. Acres is Doris’s mother’s ward until Acres’ real mother gets out of jail. More complications and difficult relationship support, of course.

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If you need to know more of who Doris is before seeing this movie think of her as a pencil while the rest of the world is a computer. She is the eccentric, unseen worker who is blossoming into a person that everyone is finally seeing. Seeing this movie will help your love life blossom and compare your loves and eccentricities to those of Doris. Fear not! Her eccentricities will win the eccentricity battle. You will win with Sally Field, though, as she humorously and poignantly shapes the new Doris.

3. Let’s Talk Television…Emily VanCamp Stars In Two Cinematic Choices! Where Should Her Revenge End In The Television Classic Revenge and Her New Movie The Girl In The Book!

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Our binge watch selections are designed to keep you out of the bars and stay home and help the kids with their homework. Not math though! Your children will need a tutor for that one.

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Emily VanCamp is this week’s binge recommendation. She stars in The Girl in the Book with Michael Nyqvist. Nyqvist, while working with her dad’s publishing company, seduces as teen-age Emily. He makes her believe he cares about her writing while creating alone time with her. Nyqvist then dumps her and writes an award winning book about the seduction. The best seller has haunted Emily for fifteen years and has affected all her relationships. Nyqvist returns to her parent’s publishing company where she is working. Emily is assigned to Nyqvist to get his new book ready for publication. You will need to get ready for the unexpected twists and turns in this selection.

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Ana Mulvoy-Ten plays the young Emily. She has won multiple English Young Actor’s/Kid’s Choice Awards. Research and look for her in a number of new movies about to reach your cinema-plex. She is the next…..on the horizon……

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On to the real crux of this VanCamp selection. Four years of the ABC TV series Revenge can now be seen on ABC Re-Watch, On Demand, and Netflix-like providers. Emily VanCamp plays Emily Thorn. Thorn’s father was framed for terrorists activities and a plane bombing, sent to jail, and murdered there.

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Emily at age eleven was sent to an institution and foster care hell. Fifteen years later Emily is released from foster care imprisonment and brainwashing. She is met on her release by Gabriel Mann (Nolan Ross), a work friend of her father’s. Gabriel carries with him an outline of her father’s plan for revenge against everyone that conspired against him. The Grayson Family, lead by Madeleine Stowe (Victoria Grayson), were conspirators against Emily’s father. They weren’t the only ones.

The old adage that says if you seek revenge dig two graves isn’t even close in this one. A low count would be twenty graves in the program’s four seasons as Graysons, doctors, lawyers, psychologists, judges and multiple friends and foes are dispatched in the most creative, cruel, and unsuspecting ways. The multiple love fests conducted behind closed doors and in front of open doors in the Hamptons by Emily, the Graysons, and her co-conspirators is inspiring. The love and revenge pointers in this one will definitely help you get your own love-life or revenge on.

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4. Let’s Talk History…Poldark And Post Revolutionary War Cornwall, England…Not Many Are Manor Born Here!

Aidan Turner is Ross Poldark. Poldark is a scarred and injured prisoner of the Revolutionary War. He returns to his home in Cornwall, England three years after the Revolutionary War is over. Everyone thought he was dead, especially his fiancee (Heida Reed) who is about to marry his cousin (Kyle Soller). Soller and his father represent the rich Poldarks. Ross is still trying to make his way with no money, his dead father’s dilapidated farm (even for these times), and a twenty year old abandoned copper mine.

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Eleanor Tomlinson plays, first, Poldark’s servant, then his wife. She and their newborn daughter bring a wealth of happiness to Poldark and help him shape the directions he will take with the farm and the mine. Eleanor and Aidan have a hot and cold relationship with the manor born Poldarks. Local society casts a very dim view of this out of class marriage and Poldark’s attempt to get his mine running. Poldark is a history lesson for the late 1780’s in England, a primer on the English class system, and a lesson on how to shape family, community, and your own destiny and history with very little. You will gain immensely from watching this series that has completed its second season on Public Broadcasting (PBS). Poldark, like Revenge, can be purchased on CD or viewed on multiple re-watch offerings.

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5. Let’s Talk Good Health…A Quick Note!

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The big time flu season is March-April when alternating warm and cold days catch us outfit unaware for both parents and children. The Center For Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta says that 90% of adults go to work sick. They have better uses for sick days or their cash reward for not using sick days. Fifty percent of school children are sent to school sick. Parents can’t afford a day off from work or find a sitter. The washes hands and implements that everyone touches works. Upgrade your work and school wipe it-clean it program immediately. The Flu Season is not over.

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6. Let’s Talk Your Column Contributions!…Helping You To Reach A Larger Audience With Your Products and Your Ideas! A Free Reach-Out!

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 sites, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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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.



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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