190. Black Sabbath, Black History, Bathtubs, Sleep, and Great Art!

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1. Best Black History Research Of The Week!
Rosa Parks…One Person Can Make A Difference!

When Will You Make A Difference? Visit Her In Washington, D.C., Please!

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There were two great openings in Washington, D.C. last year and two must visits for you this year. The new Afro-American History Museum and The Rosa Parks’ (1913-2005) statue are the two must sees. Rosa Parks’ statue resides in Statuary Hall.  The nine-foot statue has Ms. Parks sitting on a bench. She has a determined look on her face signifying her struggles. This statue was created by Eugene Daub and Rob Fermin. The duo won out over 115 other designers and sculptors. Daub and Fermin decided on the bench representation of Rosa Parks you see in the photo above rather than one of her sitting on a bus seat. They felt the story they were memorializing should be about Rosa not the bus.

The statue should have been unveiled on December 1, they day Rosa was too tired and too resolute to give up her seat on the bus. The Montgomery Bus Strike that followed and the Supreme Court decision eleven months later changed history. It should have been commissioned and completed long before Rosa’s death in 2005.


The picture posted on this site and taken by Tom Williams has then President Obama and Terrell Anderson, Jr., a three-year old relative of Ms. Parks in it. Here are some things you can do to commemorate this historic woman and Black History Month. Rent or On Demand the film The Rosa Parks Story starring Angela Bassett.

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Read the book Rosa by Nikki Giovanni or Rosa’s Bus by Kittinger and Walker with your daughter or donate one of the books to your local school library.

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Visit Rosa Parks’s grave at www.findagrave.com and leave a virtual flower message or poem. Remember, all the museums in Washington are free!

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Walk outside your house and hold your fist up, clutch the bus hold-on strap or hold-on bar in your mind and think of the years you rode this bus standing for hours, tired, and forbidden to sit down. Then, think of Rosa Parks and say: Thank You!

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2. Best Business Of The Week! Mark Tetzner’s Animation Whiteboard Studio!
Art And Animation Will Increase Your Profits And Buying Audience!
Creative Videos For Your Business And Music Are A Great Resource!

Mark Tetzner’s animation work and videos are groundbreaking. We apologize that his videos can’t be uploaded to this column. Visit his website and video models at (http://www.pestanimation.com) for a look at a great business concept. Your business, really, could use a boost. Hey, you always wanted to be in movies. This German firm is catering to a large group of creative businesses and musicians in Europe and the United States. Here is what Mark said about his work, but his website introduction in  video form is worth a listen, too.

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“I have been creating animation-videos for the educational field, dentists, realtors and many, many other professions for more than 2 years now. What makes our videos different is that they are “art”. Some are emotional, some are cinematic. Tom found the idea fascinating and asked me to write this short article about it and provide images. My videos can be used on social media and websites, and I provide fantastic marketing training free of charge. The question is: How do I market my video once I have it and get the “word out”? My videos are mainly advertisements for businesses, products, but just recently we even started creating music-videos. The artists would send us their lyrics and music, and we turned them into little master-pieces.”

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We had such a blast! In essence, there is no subject that we can’t illustrate with our videos. We even promote books. I am proud to have built an audience from all over the world. Animating in real people and objects is, also, something we do. My customers, also, like to promote apps and inventions. If you would like to learn more about this work visit http://www.pestanimation.com

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3. Best Music Of The Week!
The Black Sabbath Finale!
All England Praises Them!

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Maria Lone Grove, one of our reporters in England, sent us this Black Sabbath update. Black Sabbath just had their last concert together in their home town of Aston Birmingham. These well known players of heavy metal may be the fathers of this rock category. Ozzy Osbourne still wearing full make up sounded great many years past his prime.

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Tony Lommie lost his fingertips in an accident with a metal slicer. He had to wear a washing up liquid cap melded and mounted to his fingers with a leather strip to be able to play his plectrum on the guitar. This device enabled him to create a completely new heavy metal sound for the band. You Tube has two pages of their best music through the years. Black Sabbath’s lyrics can be found on http://www.elyrics.com and are a suprisingly good, inspirational read.

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4. The Best Health News Of The Week!
The Bathtub, Meditation, And Sleep!

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Two friends recently informed us that their new house contractor was talking them out of putting bathtubs in their new home. He said bathtubs were a thing of the past, now replaced by massive, luxurious walk-in showers. Au Contraire (that means don’t do it in French)!

The Swiss International Sleep Research Center talks endlessly about the Human Growth Hormones (HGH) in your body that benefit from sleep. It doesn’t matter if you get six hours of sleep or eight hours of sleep if you don’t reduce the cortisol in your system before sleep. If your television or iPhone games are putting you to sleep massive amounts of cortisol are being shot into your body. You’ll sleep, but never reach the delta sleep phase necessary for efficient sleep.

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A quiet 30 minute bath soak is the best before bedtime…with meditation is even better. Keeping your bathtub is, also, best for the children you are going to bathe or when your grandchildren stop over. No bathtubs means the end to all those goofy floaties we all buy to play with in the tub. Destroying that business will greatly hurt the Gross National Product (GNP), too.

Please research the spoon of protein you should take before bedtime. Your health guides have ten different recommendations for every lifestyle. Plant based protein in liquid form is high on the recommended list, though we recommend a spoon of peanut butter.

PS…If there were an International Sleep And Medical Research Center, Switzerland would be an ideal location for the institute!

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5. Here Is Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Weekly Call-Out For Articles!
We Can Help To Introduce/Feature Your Next Project!

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Now that winter is over (fat chance), do you have a travel destination you can share to enlighten a worldwide reading audience? 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, business, 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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