Let’s Talk Philadelphia Wishes You The Happiest Of Holidays!
1. Welcome…Our New Visitor’s Column Greeting!
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2. A Quick Note For Our Reader’s In The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area!
Meishan Pan’s Art Studio Opening Is A Must See!
East Falls in Philadelphia, 3510 Scott’s Lane (building 2199), is the place to be Saturday from 2-6pm. (And any other day thereafter!) International artist Meishan Pan is joining the Philadelphia art community with a great location, studio, and creative programming for children, teenagers, and adults.
Her new Splash Art’s center will feature programs for all ages, splash paint parties, Paint Night, individual and group lessons, wedding party fun, and birthday party art explorations. Your high school artists could use a great mentor! 215-987-6134 to schedule your event or lessons. Join Meishan and her family on Saturday December 16th for ribbon cutting, drinks, and light fare.
3. Books/Television…Annika Bengtzon And Liza Marklund!
Twenty Books And Counting!
Every European Writing Award And Counting!
A Great Six Part Television Series And Counting!
Liza Marklund is a Swedish author, columnist, crime reporter, and number one international crime story writer. Her twenty books have been translated into thirty languages. She has won every European book award. One of her most notable accomplishments is being number one in Europe and the United States with the book The Postcard Killers. She wrote this book with James Patterson. Liza Marklund owns the third largest publishing house in Europe, so her ideas will be shared with a gigantic and appreciative reading audience for a large number of years to come. Amazon and a number of other book selling sites have Marklund’s books ready to order. Many companies reach everyone’s mailbox in a day.
If you subscribe to Hulu Plus, Netflix, or a similar service, look for Liza Marklund’s Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter. This hour and a half program from Swedish television is an enjoyable change from American programming. The production values and stories are outstanding. Malin Crepin plays the foot soldier of a Swedish newsroom. She would rather be in the field chasing stories than behind a desk. She is a better detective than the detectives she’s researching and following. The inner stories of those working around her are interesting, but the six part series doesn’t need this to fly. Annika carries the show. Annika Bengtzon is featured in eleven of Liza Marklund’s books. These books are on your library shelf and at your local bookstore.
4. Sand Castles…Can’t Wait To See If Christmas Is Better At The Beach!
Don’t forget to sign up for the Atlantic City Sand Castle Contest or the contest at the closest beach to your home. There is still time to for you to organize a sand castle contest for all the holidays being celebrated this month. Hey! If you are not near a beach, have a truckload of sand dumped in your school yard and let the fun begin. Don’t forget to invite the local newspapers and come up with a catchy theme. Build strong! Castle creators!
5. Poetry…Langston Hughes Two Weeks In A Row!
Readers Asked For More Things To Do With His Poems!
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River Writing and River Walks…
Langston Hughes said that a train trip that crossed over the Mississippi River was the inspiration for his poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers. On this trip his thoughts traveled to past African Americans who were influenced by the Mississippi River and the thought that “someone who was sold down the river as a slave had the worst fate imaginable.” He then said, he thought about the great rivers of Africa and throughout the world. Langston Hughes (as we now do) wondered what these rivers meant to those who grew up around them, as well as, those that traveled a particular river.
In The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes he says:
I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I bathed in the Euphrates when the dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.
I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusty rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
This week’s frigid weather will be beyond terrible, but do this anyway. Take a walk past a local river, lake, stream, pond or imagine yourself standing on the banks of one of the world’s great rivers. Record five thoughts about yourself and others who have visited or have been influenced by this river, lake, stream, or pond. Place these thoughts in a poem titled: (Your Name) Talks of Rivers. Challenge the students in your classroom to do the same, if you are a teacher.
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