1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!
Best Short Story To Start The Summer!
Kurt Vonnegut’s Long Walk To Forever!
If you have five minutes to start your summer reading, you will enjoy starting sunshine season with Kurt Vonnegut’s Long Walk To Forever. A soldier goes AWOL to rush home and tell the girl he adores that he loves her. She is about to marry another and never realized the power of his affection for her. Every creative writing and short story writing class in America uses this story for the great discussions it generates on love, writing, and communication. A student in a recent writing class said Vonnegut’s short story Long Walk To Forever should be called The Dialogue of Love.
If you have never thought of including Kurt Vonnegut in your reading before this, try viewing Vonnegut’s four and a half minute video on creative writing and plot creation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP3c1h8v2ZQ). Vonnegut presents his ideas to an audience of writers. The information in Vonnegut’s video presentation is so obvious that we forget how important his basic writing tenants are to all story telling and to the construction of all stories. Genius is apparently not needed in writing.
Best Sites For Finding Your Summer Reads!
GoodReads, Reading Is Fundamental,
The African American Book Club, And Planet Esme!
These four recommended sites will give you every possible summer book suggestion for adults and children. Author talks in audio and written form are a favorite as authors and illustrators bring their best works to life with personal insights that readers will love.
Best Child Exploration For The Summer Internet Site!
Would A Surfnet Widget Be Appropriate For Your Website?
Barbara J. Feldman Is The Driving Force For Surfnetkids.com!
Surfnet.Kids.com has been a recommendation a number of times on this column for hosting every subject any four through twenty year old would like to investigate or research. Surf Net Kids’s educational archive is one of the largest on the Internet (a one stop educational cornucopia). Sign-up for all this great Surfnet information is free.
If you need an educational connection here is what Barbara offers in her latest issue.
Are you in charge of a website or blog for kids, teachers, or parents? If so, let me reintroduce the Surfnetkids Widgets. They are little snippets of daily fun facts, coloring pages, jokes, inspirational quotes, and a Surfnetkids Calendar. You can place a single line of code on your site or WordPress blog, and have fun, “of the day” content from Surfnetkids. Research the Surfnet site for directions and additional offerings.
2. Music…Sara Bareilles…Broadway’s Best Has Shined Elsewhere!
The Play Waitress Is Ready To Serve At This Weekend’s Tony Awards!
Sara Bareilles has just been nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics). She is a first time nominee for a Tony Award. Bareilles has been nominated for the Grammy Award five times. Broadway producer Barry Weissler and theater director Diane Paulus recruited the amazing songstress to write the musical score for Waitress, a Broadway adaption of the 2007 movie of the same name. The accolades for the play and Sara’s work are on a seven month run.
Sara’s task of putting the life of a pregnant waitress in a difficult marriage to song was a daunting one. Bareilles’s writing background for Gravity, Brave, and her personal memoir Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song gave her some insight and visual ammunition for the stage version of Waitress. The Tony’s are on Sunday night. A win for Sara is a win for America, though all the nominees are American. We can’t lose!
The movie Waitress, starring Keri Russell (The Americans…FX), was an art theater success in 2007. Waitress can be seen on all your re-watch and On Demand movie channels. The cooking tips throughout are as good as the movie. Say pie! Delicious!
If you can’t get to Broadway to see Jessie Mueller bring Sara’s theater work to life in Waitress, we recommend catching Ms. Bareilles’s and Jessie’s talents on Vevo or your local video movie channel. Our top three great watching suggestions feature Sara Bareilles singing:
Gravity with Elton John,
Chandelier with Sia, and
Brave with an intimate, well versed, Atlanta, sing along audience.
3. Travel…The Haunted Lighthouse Versus The Regular Ocean Watcher!
Lisa McCray Shares Some Of Her Great Photographs And Perspective!
Your Next Travel Destination Might Include These Lighthouses!
Not exactly sure if this is what you were looking for,
but, please read and let me know if this works.
Lighthouse enthusiasts know there is nothing quite like visiting a new
lighthouse on their list, to climb those spiraled staircases, and be rewarded
with the spectacular views from the top!
Long before lighthouses were automated, one can only imagine
the daily life of the keepers of the lights, carrying heavy containers of oil
to the top to keep the lights lit….helping ships at sea to avoid dangerous
shoals and shipwrecks.
The most photographed lighthouse in North America is the Portland Head Light,
located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Like many others, Portland Head Light is
said to be haunted. The lighthouse bears a posted sign detailing the wreck of a
ship that occurred close to the lighthouse on a cold, winter Christmas Eve night in 1886. Are lighthouses haunted or are they stories to heighten the mystique? Lisa McCray
Thanks Lisa for photographing these lighthouses for this article: Delaware Breakwater, Maine Cape Neddick, Maine Portland Head, Illinois Grosse Point, and Wisconsin Wind Pointe. We included the Lighthouse of Alexandria for people who forgot the story of this Seventh Wonder of the Ancient World.
4. Television…The Late, Late Show (CBS) Karaoke Carpool!
James Corden Teams With The World Of Music And Theater!
Get Your Ride On Only Without J Lo, Adele, or Gwen Stefani!
James Corden Is Hosting Sunday Night’s Tony Awards!
You are sitting in your writing portal trying to think of a lead-in for James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke when you get a call from Chicago and a text from Indonesia saying you should write up The Late, Late Show’s Carpool Karaoke skits. Kismet! Indonesia was a stretch, but we do have a new reader from there!
Thanks Elvack and brother for tuning in!
If you haven’t seen one of James Corden’s skits before, you are the only one in the world (like us) that hadn’t seen it…before researching this segment for our column. Now the Karaoke bits are a watch while you are working addiction. You just can’t watch one episode. Your three favorite recording stars are somewhere on his list. James Corden is driving to work. He keeps miraculously picking up singing stars from every musical category to ride along with him and sing along with anything that pops up on the car radio. Corden’s viewing and on site show audience do not know who the night’s ride along and sing along selection will be.
Corden is driving to the studio (scary) and the car radio is programmed for that particular singer’s songs. Corden, then, performs well in duets with every star on the way to work. The conversations with each recording star on the way to the stage or theater are typical work talk chatter like: J Lo did you really spend a million dollars to insure your ass?
We are not the only ones reviewing Carpool Karaoke. Here are the number of hits for the most watched segments of the show:
Adele 108 million watchers
Justin Bieber 79 million viewers
One Direction 69 million watchers
Sia 46 million viewers
It didn’t make the top three but the segment with Gwen Stefani, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts are must watch television. J Lo was a great passenger, also. She made an enjoyable, funny, sing along and watch on their drive to work.
5. A Let’s Talk Philadelphia Watch Out!
Three Shows Coming To Your Movie And Television Screens!
Lethal Weapon, The BFG, And Banshee!
Every movie critic categorizes the Lethal Weapon movie series (1987-1989) as Mel Gibson’s best work. Gibson and Danny Glover were a great mix of crazy and sane in the series as two detectives fighting California evil. These movies weren’t close to Gibson’s best work in We Were Soldiers. Soldiers is the story of the 58,000 American soldiers and 15,000 American civilians killed in Vietnam. Gibson was the commander of a group of these soldiers in one of the most horrific battles of the war. Leave no man behind was the battle mantra! It was not a successful battle cry.
The FX Television Channel is reprising the Lethal Weapon story for inclusion in their new summer offerings. Dante Brown plays the Glover role, though, not as old as Glover was in the original. He is still that play it by the book, straight and narrow detective that Glover was in the original movies. Clayne Crawford plays the insane Riggs. The four minute preview on FX Rewatch lets you see some of the original good detective manners Riggs displayed. Jordana Brewster from the Fast and Furious 7-part series is the Renee Russo in this new TV rendition of Lethal Weapon.
Steven Spielberg does not make schlock! His latest movie project opening July 1, 2016 is Roald Dahl’s The BFG. The BFG stands for the Big Friendly Giant. Sophie is an orphan who can’t sleep at night. Unbelievably, she looks out her window one night to see these mysterious giants running through her English town. These giants scamper all over Europe stealing and eating orphans no one will miss. They talk about how different children taste from the various countries they plunder and pillage. The giants are not at all cuddle-some…except for The BFG. The BFG rescues Sophia and stops Sophie from being snatched and eaten. He is much smaller than his giant mates and has speech problems. He is the perfect friend for Sophie and partner in her mission to stop these giants for reigning havoc on other orphan children throughout Europe like Sophie.
Is it proper English to say Pennsylvania kills the better or Pennsylvania kills the best? Banshee, in its fourth season, is the Cinemax and Pennsylvania based series showing murder most foul in parts of Pennsylvania known for friendliness. We use the murder most foul quote far too much in this column. No one in Banshee seems to be friendly and it is impossible to separate the good guys and girls from the bad. Catch the Banshee series and Pennsylvania landscape on all the Re-watch Channels provided for your TV and see if you are a good separator.
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