182. Star Trek, Demi Lovato, Billboard Awards, and Tesla!

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

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Best Quote Of The Week Award!
Katherine Paterson’s Books Will Enchant Your Library!

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“Reading makes me want to write, and writing makes me want to read. And reading and writing make it a joy to be a part of the great human adventure we call life.” ___ Katherine Patterson

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Most discussions on Katherine Paterson and her illustrious book career start with her Newbery Medals (best children’s book of the year awards) for Bridge To Teribithia and Jacob Have I Loved. These two books are excellent reads, of course. We, however, think everyone should start with Paterson’s book Gates To Excellence: On Reading And Writing For Children. Gates To Excellence is: Katherine Paterson taking you on a tour of her life, her adventures with her children, and her books. You will listen to the words of a marvelous writer as she talks about instilling imagination in all children. Her love of books, great writing, and critical thinking adds to a stirring book presentation from a national and international treasure.

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Katherine Paterson is one of only three writers to win the Newbery Award twice. There are twenty other prestigious American and European book awards on her library shelf…from the National Book Award to The Hans Christian Anderson Book Award. After Gates To Excellence, her seventy-five books are worth previewing before picking the second gem of your summer reading!


Best Idiots Of The Week Award!
The Naked Numbskulls!
The Lawnmower Was The Best They Had Ever Ridden!

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Philadelphia and the rest of the northeast section of the United States will be getting a 100 degree heat wave Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of this week. The power grid will be strained! Clothes will be shed!  Strange things will happen after clothing removal, but nothing to rival this tidbit from Joplin, Missouri.


A naked couple was arrested in Joplin for driving a stolen lawnmower to their home. They were skinny dipping in a creek when their clothes and we assume their car keys were stolen. The only option available to their nakedness was to steal a lawnmower and ride the mower home…then parking it on their front lawn so everyone could see the evidence of the theft. We are sending two staff members to Missouri to get pictures and interview the clothed couple (our request) while sipping lemonade (their offer). In the meantime: C’mon Philadelphia! We can easily top this story when the heat hits! Make Us Proud! Put Pennsylvania on the naked map! One hundred women just did their protest naked at Cleveland’s Republican Convention. The precedent has been set. Go Philadelphia!

Best Or Worst Medical Discovery Of The Week Award!
Don’t Read This Section Without Your Doctor’s Permission!
If You Do Read It, Do Not Try Anything That Is Mentioned, Please!
Consult Your Doctor Who Will Shake His Head And Say…No, No!


Once a month the Essential Oils’ Lady comes through offices, neighborhoods, and community fairs. If it is through your office, everyone looks and smells just a little bit better after her visit. On her last visit, Lavender was one of the variety of fragrances in her beneficial creams and oils that saturated the air in the office for two days.


Each month the Essential Oil’s Lady, also, has a bit of advice that, after digesting, everyone follows with the word: Really? Honey on age spots to make them disappear? Carla says it works and makes her sweeter to kiss, too. Really?


This week everyone is using Oregano Oil on moles. The moles are dropping off workers faster than Pluto dropped out of the nine planet’s club. Oregano Oil burns skin, so everyone had to be careful to cover their moles with the oil while using a cotton swab. Some websites say to put lavender oil on the mole first to stop the oregano’s sting. Is anyone else out their as stupid as we are? What were your results? Let Us Know? We might feature one more exotic medical recipe if you have one. Let Us Know?


2. Movies…Star Trek Beyond…It Zooms Then Fires!
The Science Fiction Of Fifty Years Ago Is Now Real!

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Star Trek Beyond, the third movie in the recent film revival, has the monumental task of kicking off the 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek 4 is already in the works and the revival of the Star Trek television series, after a ten year hiatus, is imminent. Deep space is big and filled with rabid and anxious fans.

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Justin Lin has followed J. J. Abrams to direct Star Trek 3. The globs of money (1.2 billion) he made directing Fast and Furious 7 has put him on the must have list of every Hollywood producer. He has made Beyond visually stunning in 1D, 2D, and the four different types of 3D offered to movie goers for Star Trek Beyond. The action tops anything in Fast and Furious and in any previous space movie including previous Star Treks. Lin has meshed his Star Trek with humor, backstories, explosions, crashes, and majestic looking planetary systems. He, also, tells a great story with new characters and old pieces of Star Trek history thrown into the mix.


Captain Kirk is bored with Deep Space Nine and the lack of action. He is pinning for a promotion (Admiral?). Hold that thought as the Enterprise is attacked and two new characters to the series are introduced. Idris Elba, who you can’t recognize because of his monster gear, is the devastatingly (to the universe) evil Krall. With Kirk and The Enterprise in the way, he seeks the ultimate weapon to wipe out the Federation.

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The painted Jaylah, Sofia Boutella (the best actress to ever come out of Algeria), adds an additional interesting story to Kirk’s and Krall’s battle. The two combatants decide to use her planet as a prison, base of operation, and fighting venue. Her planet, amidst the turmoil, has no winners. However…Everyone wins in this one! We are talking about the movie audience of science fiction junkies, school teachers, runway models, long time viewers, and those enjoying their first Star Trek experience.

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Trekkers! Don’t forget our three outer space encompassing television recommendations of Dark Matter, The Expanse, and The Jetsons. These three shows will fill every one of your interplanetary voids until you visit Star Trek Beyond and the two previous Star Trek movies. Remember Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin. They certainly would be smiling after this space adventure. You will, too.

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3. Music…Demi Lovato…The Latina Lover’s Delight!
Billboard Knows Great Music! Lovato To Gomez!
Billboard’s Women In Music Salutes Are A December Enchantment!
Google Past Classics And Enjoy!

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Lady Ga Ga won the Billboard’s Women In Music Award as Female Artist of the Year. Her song Til It Happens To You accompanied by six violins brought audiences to their feet at the Billboard Awards and at the Oscars. The song champions the fight against women’s abuse on campus, at home, and in the workplace.


Of the night’s ten performances, Demi Lovato’s Stone Cold was classic Lovato: beautiful voice, great lyrics, and perfect staging. Both songs will be best plays on your stereo system this week. Adding drama to the Demi Lovato story is her feud with fellow Latina Selena Gomez. From best friends to venom spitting rivals would make a good story. We do not have enough evidence to run with that story, so we will stick to the music.

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In case you didn’t recognize her, Selena Gomez is the lead for the new iPhone 6S campaign. Her red dress and her song Good For You as background music have garnered big numbers for the Apple coffers. 750 million hits on her website have transferred to Apple iPhone 6S worldwide sales (not all 750 million). She has done the same thing for Pantene products as their spokesperson. Here are Selena’s top three songs determined by their Internet plays. Relish adding them to your weekend listen.
1. Good For You        2. Love You Like A Love Song         3. Same Old Love Song

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4. Transportation…Tesla…Great To Ride In, Great To Sleep In!
Now Featuring Motorcycles And Trucks!
A Safe Driving Message Is An Important Part Of The Following Discussion!

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For the last one hundred years Tesla has been the name that has been synonymous with great discoveries in electricity. The company has excelled first in lighting up the neighborhood and now running the world’s most coveted cars. Tesla car production is six months behind its demand. Motorcycles and light trucks are next on Tesla’s agenda.

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Tesla makes the first fully electric sports car, a luxury sedan, and a crossover. Their Model S plug-in is second in the world in sales to the Nissan Leaf. Pollution free driving has been one of the company’s many goal for eight years. The company’s new Model 3, featured below, will sell for $37,000 in 2017 and bring the possibility of putting a completely electric car into everyone’s garage. This is good automotive news. Unfortunately, controversy is following the company on the highway and in courts.


One of Tesla’s cars has a drive itself mode. While this mode was engaged by a Tesla owner, a massive trailer truck crossed into the wrong lane. The trailer wasn’t seen by the driver or the self driving system that was engaged on the Tesla. The Tesla driver was killed. Was it the driver’s fault or was it the self driving system? The sun blocked both the driver’s eyes and the cars protection system. Even with cruise control on every car, you still should be aware of the road. Psychologists say dependence on a self driving system adds as much as seventeen seconds to a driver’s reaction time and disengagement ability.

Please be careful using your cruise control. Practice the time you need to have it disengaged. This issue is far more than just a Tesla issue.

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5. Art…Julie Turner’s Message In Creativity!
An Artist And Her Art On A Mission For Opioid Abuse Awareness!
Ms. Turner’s Art And Family Tragedy Shared!

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The first three paintings show the pain and grief caused by drug addiction. Additional work can be found on Julie Turner’s gallery page: (http://www.julieturnergallery.com/index.html). We follow Julie’s art and story through the mini-bio she shared with us:

Julie Turner is a visual artist who works in many disciplines: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, stained glass, video, multimedia, and digital imagery. She has shown work in New York, Las Vegas, and abroad. Her most recent work is a combination of acrylic on canvas paintings and digital art, for Giclée prints. Her style is unique, a blend of Abstract Expressionism and Expressionism – applying paint directly to canvas with her hands.

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Ms. Turner enjoys exploring her imagination, as she develops compositions. Her artwork is a direct reflection of that which inspires her: love, family, friends, nature, music, dreams, astronomy, and spiritual/metaphysical subject matter. In 2014, Ms. Turner’s step-son, Nick, died from an opioid overdose. Since his death, she advocates for awareness, regarding the dangers of opioid use, abuse, and the disease of opioid addiction. She has also brought awareness to the opioid epidemic through her artwork.

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Thank you for supporting the arts – and me. Much appreciated!
Best regards,
Julie Turner


6. Our Weekly Call Out For Interesting Column Submissions.
There Is An Interesting Share In Everyone!
Join Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, And A Large Reading Audience!

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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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