197. Friends, Puzzles, Despacito, American Assassin, With Will And Grace!




Here Are Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets For The Week!


1. From Russia With Love…The Best Puzzle Of The Week!
Mind Stimulation Is A Very Good Way To Start Your Day!


Alexandra and Gabrielle from Saint Petersburg, Russia are frequent contributors to this column. Their article and photos from Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum many issues ago (5 million pieces of history, 3 million pieces of art, five days to tour) were astounding. A short museum tour refresher snippet follows in the link below. After viewing the tour link below, the Internet hosts ten more videos featuring immensely enjoyable art and history from the museum’s acres and acres of buildings. One of a kind features from seeing two of the world’s twelve existing DaVinci’s to the Hermitage’s opulence can be found in all ten Internet features. Gander and history up art fans!




Alexandra and Gabrielle are with us this week on a lighter note! They joined 1300+ puzzle enthusiasts in trying to solve a weekly two minute puzzle that we created on the monster business site LinkedIn. The girls mentioned the puzzles as being mean. We think that is good in Russian. Here is the challenge they called being mean, enjoyed, and suggested we include in our Let’s Talk Philadelphia column this week. This is a very different start for a column.


Tom Palumbo’s Two Minute Puzzles!
What Comes First! Triple Plays Rule!


Place the same word in front of each of these words below and you will complete a Triple Play (18 triples in all). You have two minutes to complete the task. Print the puzzle out before you begin. It will help you speed through your task. Turn your egg timer over now!

1. shine down day (example)  The Answer is: sun…sunshine sundown Sunday
2. foot Dipper Ben
3. thumb bean Hornet
4. hole board chain
5. fly fingers tray
6. one body time

7. Jackson Johnson Jefferson
8. ball bag sprout
9. flakes stalk cob
10. boat iron engine
11. light quarters stone
12. Jack bean rope

13. ball stand some
14. America Dakota Carolina
15. light fly coat
16. springs temper dog
17. George Louis Charles
18. ache throb murmur

2. The Best Television Of The Week!
The Bring Them Back Cry Of The Week!
Will And Grace Please Step Forward!
Friends…Can’t We Just Be Friends?!


Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack, and Sean Hayes are back next week in Will and Grace (NBC/1998-2006). Their 16 Emmy’s scream quality fun, gay relationships, and fast comedic banter with more to come. We are ready! The television trailers seem to show they haven’t lost a comedic step in the last eleven years.


Will and Grace’s return triggered days of office discussions on future feature articles. What television show needs to return to the small screen and what television show needs to be made into a movie?…think Sex and The City, jumped to the forefront in the discussions! The winner by a mile to return to television and to appear in your local cinema in our staff pool was Friends. The Cosby Show was second! Please run this contest for a top three in your office and see if Friends is, also, the winner in your office’s neighborhood. It is time we started the ball rolling on our favorites. EMail campaigns are easy to start. Go for it!



3. The Best Music Of The Week!
A Salute To Puerto Rico!
Despacito (Slowly): Simple, Poignant Lyrics We Feel While Dancing!
Justin Bieber And Luis Fonzi: A Can’t Stop Listening To Collaboration!


As the summer music season winds down with 90 degree weather in Philadelphia (one day from autumn), a look back at this summer’s two music sensations is in order.
This summer’s music victors by quarks (we used light years in the last column) are:
Despacito with Justin Bieber and Luis Fozi, written by Erika Ender and Luis Rodriguez and anything with Fifth Harmony (now four harmonies).


This link is ABC’s complete rundown of the history of Despacitohttp://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/making-despacito-rise-summers-top-song-49944696.

Despacito was number one for 16 weeks on the Billboard Top Ten this summer, sold 4 million records, and had 5 billion listens on You Tube. Despacito (Slowly) numbers by Luis Fonzi, Daddy Rapper and Justin Beiber streamed mega successfully across five continents. Fonzi’s number was filmed in one day across the streets of Puerto Rico with Miss Universe (Miss Puerto Rico 2016, Brenda Jimenez) dancing anyway she wanted to the song’s music and lyrics.


Fifth Harmony set every female group listening record on You Tube, Vimeo, and Vevo this summer. We mentioned, before, that we liked numbers in the billions. Fifth Harmony’s number of listens is over four billion…with album sales in the millions. They dance better than they sing and never stop moving in any of their song videos. Meet them for the first time through their songs: Down, Worth It, and Work From Home. Your morning exercises will zoom with these songs and others…new dance moves are included. Their work is ten times better than Sweating To The Hits.


4. Movies…The Best Shoot Them Up Of The Week!
American Assassin Is A Sleek Surprise!
Michael Keaton And Dylan O’Brien: A Get It Done Killing Team!


Vince Flynn (1996-2013) books cover the three levels of the American investigative services: assassins, spies, and investigators. These three groups have their agents trained by the armed forces, the Central Intelligence Agency, and those trained in secret hideaways throughout the world. In the eight book Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien in the movie) series, Flynn introduces a fourth training sector even deeper than the first three.


In American Assassin, Michael Keaton trains (blind folded on arriving there) agents for Sanaa Lathan, an under the radar operation’s director for the CIA. After a personal tragedy Mitch Rapp has developed the skills to be a super assassin. The fast moving missions in this movie and the book series take you from the world’s most deserted islands to the world’s largest cities. Michael Keaton handles all the hand to hand combat instruction, looks good at his training center doing so, and joins agents in the field for the most dangerous operations.


You can compare the investigative techniques, fight scenes, nuclear elements search, undercover work, Russian/Israel involvement, and agency battles with any of the movies you have seen recently. Avoiding a nuclear holocaust is just one of the five themes in this movie. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is the second action flick out this week. This is Ryan Reynold’s break away from his highly successful Marvel performances. It makes a good companion piece if you are waiting for your wife or girlfriend while she is shopping at Macy’s or a similar shopping hangout.



5. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Award Winning And Free Educational Resources!


Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Educational Website

Please check out our FREE educational website at aimtjp.wikispaces.com.

No www. is needed. If you have any educators, creative writers, entrepreneurs, teachers, or children in the family, they will enjoy the multi-level information and resources immensely. There are tons of immediately ready to use ideas in reading, children’s literature, Internet explorations, research, problem solving, games, puzzles, critical thinking, and poetry on the opening screen and in the Public Dropbox.


The creative ideas on the site are in PowerPoint, video, worksheet, and QuickTime talk formats. Teachers and graduate students from throughout the area have contributed creative lessons, creative games, and book talks to the site. The Public Drop Box has extensive files from twenty years of book authoring and graduate courses.

Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Poetry Site!

Let’s Talk’s poetry site contains audios, videos, Power Points, Internet resources, and worksheets in both poetry and creative writing. It can be found at: (catapultintopoetry.wikispaces.com). Thousands of homeschooling parents, administrators, poetry enthusiasts,  and teachers use the website and its creative resources. The site is streamlined throughout and dotted with easy to follow directions.


6. The 23th Anniversary Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia!

This year (2017) is the 23rd Anniversary of Let’s Talk Philadelphia. What once was a newsletter shared in University Of The Arts’ lectures and classes, professional development presentations up and down the east coast, and in book publications for Good Apple Publishing is now a Word Press column that is read across four continents and Philadelphia. Let’s Talk Philadelphia is distributed through multiple re-listing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 500 readers subscribe to the column. 7500 LinkedIn members enjoy the weekly two minute puzzle challenge as much as the articles. The good sisters of St. Rosalie’s read Let’s Talk Philadelphia in Brooklyn, also.


Join the yearlong celebration of outstanding writing and creative discussion by contributing a story, book, movie, art piece, award notice, photography, game, business, multimedia, travel, or theater write-up that world-wide readers will enjoy. Your ideas should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send six photos with your two-paragraph description of your work. Remember to include the links where you can be found. Thank you! Your varied ideas, experiences, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching.


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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