191. Sex, Chocolate, Helene Fischer, Elvis Presley, And Cinderella!



The Best Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia!


1. The Best Sex Advice Of The Week!
Sex Is Far Better Than Chocolate!
The Battle Between The Two No Longer Rages!
Hail Sex! The Winner By Miles!


Our new advertising agency, Creative Pool, Inc./Europe’s best, says we can triple our readership if we make our articles more provocative. Sex and chocolate will lead every issue in the future. They are the two most hit words on the worldwide Internet and will create buzz in any column. Their words, not ours.


Five major publications, including Cosmo have recently touted chocolate over sex. We, University of the Arts’ staff members and alumni, had to test this premise. One hundred staffers and interns ages 12-71 participated in our survey. 61 sex/chocolate testers were women. 39 were men. Based on the national participation average, both sex and chocolate had to be consumed 3 to 5 times in the testing week. The results were eye opening. 97 votes for sex and 3 for chocolate. The three chocolate votes came from our three sixth grade interns. Maybe college folk are more active than Cosmo readers?


Each sex/chocolate survey member was asked to include a follow-up comment on their personal choice. Here are the three best comments of the 97 pro-sex people:

1. Make up sex is exhilarating. Make up chocolate just tastes like chocolate.
2. Chocolate can’t give you a rubdown after sex.
3. How many delightful children and adorable grandchildren can chocolate create?


We followed our sex research with the Sex And Movie Titles’ Project. The pick three movie titles that describe your sex life should be your next office challenge. Participant selections should be tallied and namelessly posted on your coffee room bulletin board. The laughter will follow. Here are the three most appearing choices in our office, not the best!:

1. Some Like It Hot (8)
2. Sleepless In Seattle (4)
3. The Waiting Game (2)



2. The Best Music Of The Week!
Helene Fischer Is Europe’s Reigning Music Queen!
Vegas Loves Her, Too!


When your latest musical tour draws 900,000 fans and your television show is in a completely filled 10,000 seat stadium, Let’s Talk Philadelphia and the world take notice.
When you sell 15,000,000 albums, Let’s Talk Philadelphia and the world take notice.


When you win 20 music and entertainment awards (Echo/Bambi) before the age of 32, Let’s Talk Philadelphia and the world take notice.
When your Farbenspiel (2013) album becomes the best selling German album of all time, Let’s Talk Philadelphia and the world take notice.

We, also, take notice when Helene’s new, yet to be named, 2017 album sells 400,000 copies in a pre-release sale.


Helene Fischer has performed with everyone in the music business from Andrea Bocelli to after death, wonder of electronic collaborations with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Listening to her Just Pretend duet with Elvis Presley will make you an instant Fischer fan. Researching Helene’s television show, English Ones’ album, and work in German and English will provide you with hours of musical enjoyment and one of a kind showmanship. Binge on music lover!

3. The Best Class Trip Of The Week
Washington, DC. Has It All!
History, Art, Science, The Capitals, The Nationals, Da Vinci!


And The Best Art Of The Week…Leonardo Da Vinci And Ginevra de’ Benci


Classes are ready to take their end of the year class trips to Washington, DC. The National Gallery of Art and its multiple buildings of amazing have to be the first stop on any trip to Washington, D.C. The National Gallery of Art’s newly renovated wing of art nirvana just opened last year (2016).

The National Gallery’s museum’s ten new exhibits are presently lead by The Birth Of Impressionism. Another top suggestion is to see the two sides of a one of a kind Leonardo Da Vinci painting called the Ginerva de’ Benci. This painting has to be researched before your trip and has to be seen on your trip.


Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452. There isn’t much information about the first 22 years of his life on any Internet research stop. Leonardo da Vinci painted Ginevra de’ Benci, a young 16 year old Florentine noblewoman circa 1474. She was about to marry Luigi Niccolini and it is uncertain who commissioned the painting.

This seems to be one of Da Vinci’s first recorded works and it is a gem. The painting is an oil on wood panel. The work was purchased for the National Gallery of Art by the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund. Research says Genevra is missing a six-inch piece at the bottom of the painting that may have been the subject’s folded hands. Our art classes try to reproduce the six inches with Da Vinci’s possibilities and crazy ones of their own.


Ginevra de’ Benci is the only Da Vinci portrait painting in North America. The painting is one of only four female portraits painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. Cecilia Gallerani, the Mona Lisa, and La belle ferronnière round out the four.

Leonardo Da Vinci titled the Ginevra painting Beauty Adorns Virtue.

Karen, our local art historian, says the three Da Vinci paintings in the Louvre are better. Name dropper! She claims the Louvre has three others among many that are worthy of viewing and our research: The Mona Lisa, St. John the Baptist, and the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne.

Da Vinci 4        


Karen says her personal favorite the La Scapigliata is at the Galleria Nationale in Parma. How much is a class trip to Italy?


4. It Is Salute To Poetry A Month Later Than The World’s April Poetry Salute!
Where Were You When You Wrote Your First Poem?

Time To Bring Out And Share Your Best Work On The Office Bulletin Board!
Here Is Our Variation Of Cinderella By Sylvia Plath!


Cinderella Lost By Tom Palumbo

I lean to my Cinderella in precious shoes,
Tall, blonde, and temper flaring.

Of gentle as the rose garden grows; now angry,
Begins on strained guitar to tell me why…

The room and hall are spinning,

Where classmates pass out of my purgatory like phantoms:
Sun splatters on my locker door,


Reflecting a love no more,

Where others will dance in a frantic pace,
Follow many from the past in a similar trance,

Near twelve it punches me hard once more,
She clings to another Prince.

As amid tomorrow’s talk of the night gone by,
I hear the scornful cry of the motionless day.



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



Now that the Cinqo De Mayo celebration is about to begin, do you have another feast, festival, or celebration we can attend or should feature in this column? How about sharing a travel destination with our 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, museums, business, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self zoom 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 past 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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