177. Now You See It 2, Richard Gere, Joe DiMaggio, And Diets!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!

Best Book Series Of The Week!

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The You Series has won every New York Times Book Award. Dr. Michael Fredric Roizen, its author, is the award-winning Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. It was surprising that the local 40,000 square foot library only had the book on You: Diets available. Anyone would have predicted that diets would be the first book that flew off the shelf. The seven book You Series covers everything from teens to your waistline. The books are data tomes filled with great informational basics and advanced offerings for taking care of your teen to taking care of belly fat to being more youthful. The diet book is great for those not thinking of dieting, also. The simple, but most beneficial exercise section, is a must read for everyone. The book has 100 recipes for dieters and non-dieters alike. You will impress your lady and gentlemen friends with your cooking expertise while reducing their belly fat at the same time.

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Best Quote Of The Week!
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Don’t Be Afraid To Grow Old, It Is A Privilege Denied To Many!

This quote, attributed to Richard Gere, has been widely circulated. The quote, however, was shared by anonymous long before Gere was born. If you are over thirty, the saying activates the critical thinking and life management sections of your brain. Embrace the wrinkles and the memory losses, there are more to come!

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Best Travel Recommendation Of The Week!
The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum Is Calling!
Baseball History Magnified! Babe Ruth Copied Jackson’s Swing.

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Greenville, South Carolina is celebrating the eighth anniversary (June 22nd) of the opening of the Joe Jackson museum (http://www.shoelessjoejackson.org.). The small museum is located in the house where Jackson lived and died. Like Gere above, everyone thinks the Say it Ain’t So Joe saying is attributed to a young boy’s plea to DiMaggio after hearing of Joe DiMaggio’s retirement.

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The Say it Ain’t So Joe quote is little boy American folklore involving the White Sox baseball scandal (the Black Sox Scandal) surrounding the fixing of the World Series in 1919. Jackson lead both teams in every hitting category. Joe was still banned for his involvement in the world series fix by Commissioner Landis in 1920. Did the young fan say it to Jackson is a great debate topic?  Topic 2 is does Jackson deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Jackson still holds three team records to this day. Prepare some extra beds Greenville! The baseball lover’s caravan is on its way!

Best Heads Up For Music Fans!


If you thought Rihanna’s mega concert (the opening acts were 90 minutes) in Philadelphia last week was outstanding, wait until Adele hits the Wells Fargo Entertainment Center, September 9th and 10th. Some of the seats are pricey, but nowhere near the $1800 the award winning play Hamilton is getting on Broadway.

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Best Television Binge Watch
Breaking Bad (eight seasons with Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and Aaron Paul starring) And The Sons Of Anarchy (five seasons with Ron Perlman, Charley Hunnan, Katey Sagal, and Maggie Siff starring)!

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These two extremely violent television series have won every major and minor performance award. The first, Sons, is a motorcycle gang that has prostitution, drugs, pornography, and illegal arms as their primary businesses. The second, Bad, has a normal high school family man controlling the methamphetamine trade over a wide area. Watching both shows is a new psychology…that of rooting for the bad guy.

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Never in the history of television has the bad guy had such a large and devoted support audience. On top of this fact, the good guys FBI, ATF, state police, and local police are just as corrupt. The only good result from these two shows, in addition to their mantel full of awards, is that 1600 actors appeared in these two series. Netflix and all the re-watch channels are hosting the two series for nighttime commercial-less viewing. Decisions?

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2. Movies…Now You See It 2! Will It Be Money Magic Again?
Magic, Trickery And Skullduggery Across Two Continents!
Wait For The Reveal! The Best Is Yet To Come!

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Now You See It 1 garnered close to four hundred million dollars world-wide. It surprised the best illusionists and magicians in their theaters and movie producers in their movie studio offices. Now 1 is on every basic and Re-watch channel. You will enjoy the four switches in one before seeing the second movie in the series. It is helpful, but uncertain whether you need the foundation of the first movie to jump into the second movie’s plot. There is a review session in the beginning of the new movie.

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The sold out theater at the Thursday night, day early opening applauded at the movie’s end. This means first time viewers and and those that saw they original enjoyed the movie equally. Now See See It 2 has some new characters and some missing characters. The Four Horsemen are/is a heist team most supreme (three men and a woman). The team has a variety of magical and sleight of hand skills. They, unfortunately, lost their leading lady, Isla Fisher, and her red hair to a pregnancy. Red hair really is a great boast to any magician’s act. Fisher was replaced by Lizzy Caplan, the Masters and Johnson star. Caplan is the Queen of Beheadments in a shocking introduction to her new heist group. You will jump out of your seat at this shocking!

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The  world-wide numbers for NYSI2 are steadily growing. As before, we remind magic fans to see the Illusionist and the Prestige. They are two star filled, well acted, and amazing magic and illusion presentations. These two old movies have passionate kissing. Now You See It 2 does not. NYSI2 does show a great passion for fooling the audience.

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3. Books…The Jerry Spinelli Book Experience!
Which One Of The Thirty-Three Books Have You Read?
Philadelphia Claims Another Superstar!

If you have written 33 books, have won the Newbery Medal for best children’s book, and have a play, a movie, and a television series based on your books and characters, there has to be a title that says more than author! Our staff is working on a descriptive one for Mr. Spinelli! Suggestions?

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Most children’s literature instructor’s, librarians, and book store owners would recommend Jerry Spinelli’s Maniac Magee (Newbery Award Winner) and Wringer as two good beginning of the summer reads for any fourth through eighth grader. We are going in a different direction with our book recommendations of There’s A Girl In My Hammerlock followed by Stargirl (2000) and Love Stargirl (2007).

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Maisie Potter (Hammock) couldn’t make the cheer leading squad. She did make the boys wrestling squad at 105 pounds, though. Susan Caraway (Stargirl) wears 1920 flapper outfits to high school, has a tablecloth and flowers for her lunch table each day, and cheers for both teams while she is on her school’s cheer leading squad. The Spinelli themes of non-conformity in young girls paves the way for non-conformity and outlines its pitfalls in both stories. The books have great themes for helping young women to be anything they want to be in an often critical world for those straying from conservative and stereo-type paths.

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Jerry Spinelli spent most of his life in Norristown, PA and now lives in Phoenixville, PA with his wife and scattered six children. Both towns are suburbs of Philadelphia. Spinelli is in The Let’s Talk Philadelphia Hall of Fame. You will love visiting the Hall of Fame after we raise the 10 million dollars for its construction.

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4. Movies II…Maggie’s Plan…Planning For Love The Greta Gerwig Way!
This Movie May Be The Instruction Manual For All Relationships!

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Greta Gerwig works at the local university and wants a baby, not love. She decides to by-pass the old fashion way and employ a sperm donor. The donor is a college friend, great mathematician, and now a pickle designer. Hey! His pickles are great tasting! Ethan Hawke, noted college instructor and author, crosses Gerwig’s university lunch table. She begins helping Hawke on his latest book and real love takes over Greta’s brain.

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Hawke brings a university library full of dysfunction and a wife (Julianne Moore) to the equation. Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph lend support as Greta’s brother and wife. Greta takes it all on, and then, there is that movie moment that no one sees coming. Maggie’s Plan is for the small venue movie lover. After you see the 23 big buck movies at your local cineplex, try to fit this little gem into your watch list.

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5. Books…Paranormal…Kiersten White…The Seven Book Series!

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Stay tuned for the Kiersten White story as soon as we finish reading her seven books about urban fantasy. We didn’t realize there were paranormals running throughout Europe, our cities, and small towns. Kiersten White, who looks younger than the young adults she writes for, has given us a squad of detectives that can see the/these ever growing and deviously dangerous paranormals. Teenager Evie gives guidance to this battle.

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If you have read any of Kiersten White’s books, please let us know if we are safe or not! Please send us your best two paragraphs about Kiersten and her stories so we can make believe that we really have her writing and life story down.

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6. Do You Have A Column Idea In The Back Or Front Of Your Brain?
What Do You Think Should Be Featured On This Column Call-out?

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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 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.

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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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