184. Pete’s Dragon, Robert Redford, Whitney Houston, And The Hall Of Fame!



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


The Best Goodbye Of The Week!


It is the 25th Anniversary of the movie The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. A reader sent us a link from Whitney Houston’s funeral ceremony. It was Kevin Costner presenting her eulogy. We didn’t know he was a speaker! His 15 minute tribute to Whitney is a must see for everyone. It can be found by placing the link that follows in your address bar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wjh0N1EzPI
speech was a funny, stirring, and emotional tribute defining the Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston friendship while chronicling Whitney’s career.


The Best Song Stylist Of The Week!
Lynnie Godfrey…Two New Albums And A Way Back When Career!
Allentown Residents Can Enjoy Her With Their Symphony Next Week!

Lynnie Godfrey is a universal women, a phrase we have used once before. She is an award winning singer, director, actor, author, and producer. Her television and stage performances in ten world wide productions including Eubie the story of Eubie Blake, music artist extraordinaire are exemplary. Godfrey has garnered awards in every theater category. In the musical Eubie she formed a great trio with the Hines Brothers…who became life-long friends. She is an endearing friend everyone wants during and after a creative production! There are three interviews with Lynnie on Vevo and You Tube. Catch one if you can! You will see we speak the truth!

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Lynnie has one of the most memorable lines in television history on her resume to go with all her awards. In a dialogue war with a female family member on Hauser 740 (Archie Bunker’s old house), the family member says we have to stop looking back at black historyLynnie Godfrey tells the actress, to audience applause, that: When you give up your history to get where you are going, you will be nobody when you get there. Thank you Lynnie!


Both of Lynnie’s new albums are great gifts for the jazz and soul fan. As her website says: her renditions of classic Christmas songs will definitely put a whole lotta swing in your Christmas stocking! Everyone’s stocking could use some swing and more. A Swing Not Coal slogan might make a great T-shirt for the holidays along with her album cover.

The Best All Stars Of The Week!
Ken Griffey, Jr. And Mike Piazza Enshrined!
Has Every Story Been Written Or Told?

Let’s Talk Philadelphia supports everyone in our region. BUT! Even though Mike Piazza lives just outside of Philadelphia and his car dealership is in Langhorne, another close suburb, we thought the one thousand stories about his Hall of Fame career totally covered his accomplishments. This changed with one line in USA Today in their quick notes section that said: Ken Griffey, Jr. was the only number one draft pick in baseball history to make it to the Hall of Fame. Eye Opener!

Even if you are from another country or not a baseball fan, that phrase gives you hope in whatever you do. Thousands of scouts, baseball experts, general managers, coaches, and computer programs could not pick greatness. There is hope for everyone, if you don’t let these experts, critics, or negativity spreaders stop you from your goals. Get good coaching, work hard, and learn your game, whatever it is. Good luck future Hall of Famers!


Let’s Talk Philadelphia happily salutes two great Champions Of Baseball and their quest for excellence through hard work and perserverance!

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Best Artist Of The Week!
Lauren Litwa Holden (LitwaArt.com)!
The Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence Features Her Work!
And So Should We!

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As Democrats and Republicans cycle through the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg, one thing remains the same…Lauren Litwa Holden’s painting titled Teklas Ladder in the governor’s dining room. These two political groups can’t agree on anything, except Lauren’s art. Her work stays, they go!

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Lauren has the great distinction of being from Wawa. We do not know if Wawa is a country, state, enchanted area, or a grocery store attached to a gas station…with good coffee. Where are you from pretty girl?…followed by the answer Wawa isn’t good for the dating scene either. Think about that dating dialogue a little, if you please?

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Lauren is moving her studio and we can’t wait to see her new digs. We are hoping the governor’s mansion has room for her, so they can finally get something right. Hopefully, we selected some of her most memorable work to get her right on this column.


2. Movies…Pete’s Dragon…The Definition Of Magic!
Does A Dragon Make A Good Friend? Better Than A Dog Or Cat?
Is It A Boreal Forest Or One Inhabited By Strange Creatures?


Robert Redford appears for twenty minutes in Pete’s Dragon. The thirty seconds he spends half way through the movie explaining magic to his forest ranger daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, solidifies the whole spirit of the movie. He is not talking about hocus-pocus magic. He is talking about how Elliot’s magic changed his life. He could, also, be talking of the magic of the forest, a good book, a well spent life, a creative idea, or the magic in holding your son, daughter, or 21 month old granddaughter in your arms.


Elliot, by the way, is Oakes Fegley’s (Pete’s) forest and cave living friend. Pete’s parents were killed in a crash and he was left to fend for himself in the woods at age four. Pete was rescued by Elliot, the dragon. Elliot was named after a character in a book Pete was carrying in his backpack. Pete asked the dragon if he was going to eat him after being saved from wolves by the dragon…he shook his head no…and the bond begins!

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Pete and Elliot have lived a charmed, carefree, peaceful, and idyllic life for six years in a somewhat untouched, boreal forest. Untouched is, now, short lived as loggers, to forest protector Howard’s dismay, are cutting down everything in sight. Once Pete is discovered, they want to capture him and put him on display. Oona Laurence (Howard’s young daughter) and Wes Bentley (Howard’s husband) are the good guys and want Pete to join their family…then a dragon reappears! And then the chases begin!

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Take part in the magic this weekend at your local theater. You will applaud at movie’s end like other audiences who enjoyed the movie in D and 3D. Research boreal forests, Boreal the Greek god of the north wind, and the Aurora ( goddess of the dawn) in Aurora Borealis. The three topics are nice spin-off investigations after seeing the movie.

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 3. Health…Everything You Should Know About Cures And Drugs!
What Does Your Next Drug Or Medicine Give Or Take Away From You?
How Strong Is Your Medical Care. How Can You Make It Stronger?

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There are six drugs being sold on television that say in their disclaimer that death or stroke are two of the side effects. How can drug companies be allowed to advertise something that kills you. If they are allowed to sell drugs that kill you, shouldn’t they have to, at least, tell how many victims have died because of their product? Where is the Federal Drug Administration when you need them. We need help and you at home need help, too. Here are two book suggestions to become more knowledgeable about health and the foods and medicines you use. After seeing and reading this first book in our doctor’s, dentist’s, and hearing specialist’s office (desk, waiting room table, reading rack), we thought it should be something everyone has in their home. Everywhere you see the word nurses in the company’s write-up that follows, insert your name, then buy this invaluable guide!

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“The 37th edition of the best-selling, original Drug Handbook For Nurses provides complete monographs for more than 900 generic and thousands of brand-name drugs. Monographs are consistently formatted for ease of use and focus on the practical information that nurses need. Each monograph consists of generic and trade names, pronunciation key, pregnancy risk category, pharmacologic class, controlled substance schedule (if applicable), available forms,  indications and dosages, administration (with drug incompatibities for I.V. drugs), action (including tables showing route, onset, peak, duration, and half-life), adverse reactions, interactions, effects on lab test results, contraindications, nursing considerations, and patient teaching.

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Also includes chapters on general drug information (pharmacology/pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacogenomics, safe drug administration, therapeutic classifications), numerous appendices, and new easy-to-spot symbols for Canadian drugs (maple leaf) and Do Not Crush (DNC) drugs. Text is complemented by free Toolkit containing hundreds of online resources.

You can also count on Nursing 2017 Drug Handbook to tell you unapproved, off-label drug uses so you’ll always know why a drug is prescribed. And, this year, be a more confident nurse with fingertip access to …
• 32 NEW FDA-approved drugs. ”


The second book is a Reader’s Digest Food Cures publication that defines the benefits of the foods we eat and, then, gives 75 powerful recipes for healthy eating. Both books are in your local library or can be ordered on line or through your book store.

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4. Photography…Ruth Don Shevlin Tells Her Story!
Each Photograph Has A Story! Hers? Yours? Creativity Plus!
Her Photographs Are Outstanding Story Starters For Any Classroom!
Ruth’s Captions Are Probably Better Than Yours, But Go For It Anyway!

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Here is what Ruth shared about her work:

I’ve always loved art. My medium could be paint, glass, wood or icing. Photography enabled me to capture what other mediums couldn’t. I was working in advertising in Chicago and shooting with an Instamatic camera. My Art Director said “You can’t
make an Instamatic do what you want to do.” He lent me his Pentax for a week and
I was hooked. I enrolled at Columbia College of Photography and my parents bought
me my first 35 mm, a Canon F-1.

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I’m drawn to photographing children, animals, crumbling buildings, street scenes
and social commentary. I hope my work conveys the emotion that draws me to my subjects. I love finding the unusual in the ordinary and the ordinary in the unusual. With imagination, an artistic eye and the ability to really see what’s in front of you, every day offers new possibilities for creativity.
–Ruth Don Shevlin

Thanks Ruth for your share. Everyone in the office will be writing their captions under each picture. Local classrooms, we hope, will do the same.


5. Free Advertising…Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Weekly Call-out For Articles!
30,000 Reads Is A Nice Round Number To Introduce Your Next Project!


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!


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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