202. Rosa Parks, Target, Water Conservation, Three Billboards, And Eagles’ Mania!



Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Office Tips Of The Week!


1. Your Internet And Business Outreach Times Four!
We Can Make Your Ideas Universal!


One hundred companies want to help you with your business or social outreach. These companies claim they will put your business website, work, and creative projects in the top ten of Internet readership. This, of course, is mathematically impossible, especially, if they are recruiting 25 companies or more.


Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s column’s staff says put a baby picture on your feeds. It will increase your readership 400%. It worked for Let’s Talk on LinkedIn one of the world’s busiest business and social sites and everywhere else we advertised. Give it a try! We can lend you baby pictures from our staff, if you don’t have any baby photos of your own.


2. Thank You Philadelphia Eagles! Thank You Philadelphia Eagles!


3. Fighting The Flu One Community At A Time!
Target Stores Will Pay You Five Dollars To Be Healthy!
Maybe Other Stores Will Follow Target’s Lead!


This year’s flu epidemic is horrendous. The number of deaths, specifically children, has been staggering. We thank Target Stores for trying to make a difference in this epidemic. Target Stores are doing their part to help in the time of multiple family tragedy by giving FREE flu shots and a five dollar gift certificate to those that want to get their shot and take advantage of this great offer. Let your friends know about this offer, if you have already you received your shot! Publications say the shot is only 30% effective…that translates to hundreds of thousands protected. Be one of the protected!


Three flu prevention reminders:
Please remember to vigorously wash your hands (often) for at least twenty seconds.
Pay attention to and clean the surfaces touched again and again in your home and office, even the sink handles.
If you use a hand Sanitizer make sure it is alcohol based. Alcohol based hand cleaning products kill twice as many germs.


4. Let’s Talk’s Train Excursion To Ebbing, Missouri!
It Is One Of Let’s Talk’s Best Weekly Giveaways…Ever!!
An All Expenses Paid Train Trip To Ebbing, Missouri For Four!


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has won multiple awards from the Golden Globes to the Sundance Film Festival. The three lead actors Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell have won a station wagon full of trophies, also. A mother’s battle to find who killed her daughter and not let the investigation die is the catalyst for the billboards demanding something be done. The Academy Awards are just around the corner. To celebrate the movie’s and its actor’s successes, the University of the Arts is offering a three credit graduate course surrounding a train trip to Ebbing, Missouri. We hope the three lead actors will present their ideas during the trip followed by some great Pennsylvania wine and eats.


5. Let’s Talk’s Best Environment Idea Of The Week!
Water Conservation Around The World Has Become Critical!
The Three Minute Shower Will Save An Astounding Amount Of Water.

Cape Town, South Africa will be out of water by this summer. Los Angeles may not be far behind. There is a water crisis in many areas throughout the world. We in the United States, like others throughout the world, take our seemingly plentiful water for granted. Let’s Talk’s office staff had a day to problem solve some little things that could make a difference. This three minute shower idea is a winner and a good start for everyone. It will put a huge sum of money in some inventive and creative electronic firm’s coffers, too.


Electronic companies should create a sturdy, ornate, and waterproof three minute clock to get you out of the shower, out of your shower talking and thinking mindset, and off to work or other adventures. After one minute the clock should say: Don’t worry you still have two minutes to go.
At the one minute mark your timer will say: Hey! You had better start rinsing!


The water savings is extremely important!
You will, also, notice a significant decrease in your water bill. Your morning shower uses more water than you will use in your home for the rest of the day. Give it a try and send us other water conservation ideas we can share on this column as part of our community service program.

6. Let’s Talk’s Best Poem And Project Of The Week (Reprised)
A Great Start To Black History Month!


Poetry… 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 the world and what they meant to those who grew up around them.

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.


The weather is 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 of your thoughts about yourself and others who have visited or have been influenced by this river, lake, stream, or pond. Place these thoughts, similar to Langston Hughes’s in a poem titled (Your Name) Talks of Rivers. Pick up Langston Hughes: Poetry For Young People at your local bookstore. It is a winner along with the other nineteen books in the series.


7. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Historical Event Of The Week!
Rosa Parks…One Person Can Make A Difference!
Year 105 And An Even Greater, Ever Growing Story!


The Rosa Parks statue was unveiled in Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. five years ago on the 100th anniversary of her birth. The nine-foot statue has Ms. Parks sitting on a bench. She has a determined look on her face signifying her struggles and her leadership in the civil rights and woman’s rights movements. 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 rather than one of her sitting on a bus seat. They felt the story they were memorializing should be about Rosa Parks, not the bus.


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


The picture posted on this site and taken by Tom Williams has former 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 Black History Month, this historic unveiling, and Rosa’s 105th.
Visit Statuary Hall in Washington, DC.
Rent 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. An even better idea is to donate one of these books to your local school’s library.

Visit Rosa Parks’s grave at www.findagrave.com and leave a virtual flower message or poem as we suggested for Martin Luther King, Jr. last month.


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


8. The World Of Sunrises And Sunsets Is Magical!
There Is A New Sky King!
Sir Bobby Hudson Shines Brightly From California To Florida!


Sky King was one of the longest running television shows of the fifties and sixties. His plane and niece Penny flew all over the west as a team of problem solvers extraordinaire. Sky King’s 12 year run makes a nice jumping off point to discuss another Sky King, amateur photographer Bobby Hudson. Bobby is a picture taker extraordinaire that would make Sky King proud.


We do not do religion on this column, but do not consider it a violation to share that Bobby thinks sunrises and sunsets are God’s best work as Bobby tries to capture the many creations he sees every day. We hope you enjoy his photos. Bobby’s sunrises and sunsets add a very nice finish to the end of this column.    


9. This year (2018) is the 24rd 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 five continents, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. Let’s Talk Philadelphia is distributed through multiple re-listing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 500+ readers subscribe to the column. 9,000 LinkedIn members enjoy the weekly two minute puzzle challenge as much as the articles. The 1955 champion Dodgers think Let’s Talk Philadelphia plays well in Brooklyn, also.


Join the yearlong celebration of outstanding writing, art, photography, fashion, businesses, 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 a two-paragraph description of your work. Remember to include the links where you can be found. Let your friends know about our column and the sign-up with an email address box in the bottom right hand corner of the column when it opens on their computer. Thank you!
Tom Palumbo, Editor


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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