204. Paul Lawrence Dunbar, The Tunnel, Anna The Detective, And Celeste Hunter!



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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Television Series Pick Of The Week!
Public Broadcasting (PBS) Wins Again With The French Series: The Tunnel!


The Public Broadcasting Service (1970) is celebrating its 48th year in operation this October. Your local PBS station and its many spin-offs pride themselves on selecting viewing pieces with interesting and sometimes quirky characters, fascinating locations and periods in time, great information, and thought provoking topics.


The Tunnel (2016-2017), a French production, fits perfectly into this selection mold. Clemence Poesy (20 European fashion magazine covers) and Stephan Dillane (the French Mel Gibson of years past) are detectives on the opposite sides of the England to France Euro Tunnel. Dillane (England) is straight forward detective. Poesy (France) has more quirks than ships in the United States navy.


The two detectives are forced to work together on murders, sabotage, missing persons, espionage, and a storage bin filled with the political goings on in France and England. One murder victim was placed in the Euro Tunnel on the spot that marked where England ends and France starts. Half the body on one side, half on the other. Jurisdiction fights for, amusingly, who should investigate the case quickly followed. You will understand the amusingly when you see this episode. English and French are spoken in the series, so there is some subscript reading that is necessary when French is spoken. The series can be found on your local PBS station and on your On Demand channels like Netflix. You will quickly fly through all the episodes and ask where is season three.



2. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Movie Discovery From Russia!
Detective Anna Shines While You Read Subscripts!
Aleksandra Nikiforova: Is She A Child Or Woman?!


The Detective Anna, straight from Russian television, is worth putting your nightstand glasses on to read the subscripts. The detective series takes place in 1890 Russia in the previously sleepy town of Zatonsk. The advent of European fashion, photography, mediums, mysticism, and the bicycle are just as interesting as the mysteries.


The nineteen year old Anna Mironova (Aleksandra Nikiforova) has visions that help solve the town’s murders and mysteries. Iakov Shtolman (Dmitriy Frid) is the new 39 year old detective that has just taken over the Zatonsk police force. He has trouble understanding Anna’s new abilities. Anna’s uncle is a phony medium that is paid handsomely for his seances. He sees Anna’s gifts and helps her hone the gifts he wished he had. Naturally, the two stars aren’t American household names. They are, however, worth a search on your television bonus channels. The time period in Russia and the advent of so many new things we take second handily now makes for a good watch. We are trying to get a copy of Night Swallows. Aleksandra Nikiforova stars in this story of women pilots in Russia in World War II. Maybe you will find it before we do? Amazon Prime is a good starting point for this search.   


3. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Music Pick!
Celeste Hunter Is A Voice To Relish And Remember!


Indie Radio Stations are just to the right of mainstream radio. Their music, performers, and messages are just as enjoyable and enlightening as mainstream offerings. Celeste Hunter is a favorite across a large number of stations and their record spinners. You Tube has a forty minute and a twenty minute interview with her from two different radio station celebrities. It is always enjoyable to hear how a performer creates his or her music and what are their present and past influences. Celeste’s down home, pointed ideas will help any performer in picking the directions and themes for their work.


I’ll Love You, Anyway was written by Celeste Hunter and maybe coming to a venue near you. It is a good start to investigate her music. The song won the number one Indie Song of 2016. The lyrics are tantalizing and are featured in three different videos. This is very unusual in the recording business. Maybe researching Celeste Hunter will bring you to a number of Indie stations you can add to your traveling and home choices. These Indie stations’ music presentation choices range from jazz to soft rock to classics in all categories.

4. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Graduation Gift Suggestion!
Candy Chang…Before I Die I Want To:!
Every High School And Graduating Class Should Leave This Gift!


A keynote speaker at the Rutgers University Business School Graduation in Camden, New Jersey mentioned a community project by Candy Chang of New Orleans. Ms. Chang took the loss of a friend, inner struggles, and general misgivings…and posted this message on the wall of an old building: Before I Die I Want To:…she left eighty spots to be filled in with chalk by passer-byes. She had no idea if she would get any response. Her next day inspection showed all eighty spots filled in while extra messages were, also, left on every vacant spot on the wall.


This one little reach-out has now spread across the world to malls, small buildings, train stations, and giant office building walls. Every one of this year’s high school and college class graduating classes should create an electronic portfolio of their thoughts and post their messages on a similar wall. They should, then, adopt (with permission) a wall somewhere in their community to post their serious, funny, and life challenging messages. Every student should, also, carry a lifelong Before I Die slip of paper with three Before I Die thoughts on it. These slips should be revisited at every reunion or during a tough time that life throws at the graduate. There will be tough times!


Please go to Candy Chang’s webpage for a full explanation and links to hundreds of Before I Die I Want To boards around the world (http://candychang.com/before-i-die-in-nola). Send us your pictures and extensions to this life directing idea.


5. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Newest Brain Enhancer Challenge!
Flip-Flops For The Individual Or For The Next Office Meeting Warm-up!


Sumo Jack and 7,230 of our 21,980 connections on LinkedIn enjoyed the challenge of Tom Palumbo’s last two-minute puzzle. The new two-minute mind enhancer follows. It is a great individual brain starter or perfect for an office meeting warm-up as members of your office staff call out the answers in less than two minutes. A Flip-Flop is a word that when the first letter is removed and placed at the end of the word, it creates a new word. Here are the clues for our two-minutes of Flip-Flops’ contest. Clues are provided and some Flip-Flops will be solved with the first clue, while others will be discovered backward with the second clue. Good Luck and see if you can discover two Flip-Flops of your own at the end of this challenge.



Clue 1…Clue 2
Give off…small insect     Emit-Mite


  • An automobile…circle part
  • Beg…a big jump
  • A body part…a planet
  • A purple fruit…unwanted body growth
  • Touch lightly…likely
  • Type of smile…piece of jewelry
  • Dog pest…plant growth
  • Engine mist…sport groups
  • Not high…a bird
  • A drink…consume food
  • Your title…a religious word
  • A witch is…dreadful
  • School dance…frolic
  • English carriage…inclined walkway
  • Possesses…fire residue
  • Frightens…An embrace
  • French pastry…a girl’s name
  • Lively…A small elf
  • The answers to this challenge appear at the end of this column!!! 

    7. grace76             7. gra236. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Salutes This May’s Royal Wedding!

    Princess Diana’s And Grace Kelly’s Weddings Are In The News!
    We Decided To Feature The Beauty Of Grace Kelly!

    Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s
    Best Old Time Movie…To Catch A Thief!

    Grace Kelly And The Blue Dress! Take Notice Meghan Markle!
    Cary Grant’s Captivating and Mischievous Light Brown Eyes!9. grace             7. grace888           

    Here is a nice warm-up for Meghan and Harry’s wedding! If you enjoy watching movies from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, you can watch them in two forms. Classic means you are watching the movie in its original untouched format…black and white and grainy in many cases. Retro (your second choice) in many cases means you are watching a completely restored movie…color added where it never was or color enhanced in high definition (HD) where color existed.

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    The newly reconditioned To Catch A Thief (1955) in its high definition glory will immediately be placed on your old movie best five. The movie is truly a piece of visually restored wizardry. Cary Grant is a retired jewel thief that meets Grace Kelly and her jewel enriched mother on the French Riviera. Grant has to prove with Grace’s help that he is not committing a financially enriching series of jewel thefts. Robbie, his movie name, was previously known all over Europe. Fifteen years ago Robbie was noted for his jewel-stealing-magic and light footed roof-climbing stealth. Up to this point retirement had suited the former jewel thief quite handsomely.

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    Forget the jewel theft themes and the great Grant-Kelly partnership, the fashion in this one rivals that in any movie or royal wedding. If you Gogol a blue dress search, and there are a large number of blue dresses in this world, Grace Kelly’s To Catch A Thief movie dress appears in them all. It was one of five classic dresses she wore in the movie that everyone in 1955 wanted. Movie watchers enamored with the featured outfits immediately ran to the stores after this one. Will this week’s wedding outfits cause the same stir? The movie feels like it was made yesterday and the heists, fashion, and repartee will keep you watching with interest and will encourage graceful munching on your movie snack pack! See if this week’s wedding ensembles rival Grace Kelly’s selections.


    7. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Goodbye To April’s Salute To Poetry Month!


    Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Authors And Poets
    Paul Lawrence Dunbar Is A Fitting Salute To The End Of Poetry Month!

    Paul Laurence Dunbar was an African-American poet, novelist, and playwright. In thirty-three short years he framed the African and American experience for millions. His themes ranged from dreams to religion to everyday life. Here are few stanzas from our poem favorites:



    Few are the years since that notable blessing,
    Raised you from slaves to the powers of men.
    Each year has seen you my brothers progressing,
    Never to sink to that level again.



    The wind is soft above,
    The shadows umber.
    (There is a dream called Love.)
    Take thou the fullest slumber.



    Ring out, ye bells!
    All Nature swells
    With gladness at the wondrous story, —
    The world was at lorn,
    But Christ is born
    To change our sadness into glory.

    Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio. It is a fitting tribute to Dunbar’s legacy that the University of Dayton manages his (www.dunbarsite.org) homepage.

    8. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Continues To Grow!


    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 and the eight sections of Philadelphia. Let’s Talk Philadelphia is distributed through multiple re-listing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 22,000 LinkedIn members enjoy the weekly two minute puzzle challenge as much as the articles. 500+ readers and re-listers subscribe to the column.


    Join the yearlong celebration of outstanding writing, art, photography, fashion, business, and creative discussion by contributing a story, book review, poem, movie suggestion, art piece, fashion tip, 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. This constraint is a tough one. Remember to include the links where you can be found. Let your friends know about our column and its sign-up feature…an email address box in the bottom right hand corner of the column when it opens on their computers.

    Thank you!
    Tom Palumbo, Editor

    Answers to Flip-Flop

  • An automobile…circle part/car arc
  • Beg…a big jump/plea leap
  • A body part…a planet/heart earth
  • A purple fruit…unwanted body growth/plum lump
  • Touch lightly…likely/tap apt
  • Type of smile…piece of jewelry/grin ring
  • Dog pest…plant growth/flea leaf
  • Engine mist…sport groups/steam teams
  • Not high…a bird/low owl
  • A drink…consume food/tea eat
  • Your title…a religious word/name amen
  • A witch is…mean/evil vile
  • School dance…frolic/prom romp
  • English carriage…inclined walkway/pram ramp
  • Possesses…fire residue/has ash
  • Frightens…An embrace/scares caress
  • French pastry…a girl’s name/Eclair clair
  • Lively…A small elf/esprit sprite

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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