205. Manuel-Lin Miranda, Robert Frost, Mary Cassett, And The Mexican Ballet!



1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Twice-Monthly Greeting!


Welcome to the 205th issue of Let’s Talk Philadelphia using WordPress. Let’s Talk Philadelphia has joined 1 billion other site creators who use WordPress. Our five continent readership has far exceeded all expectations. The column has featured a wide variety of topics since 1994.


In addition to Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s  look at television, theater, books, fashion, business news, art, and photography, we feature contributions and creative ideas from people from all over the world. Each column introduces a wide range of themes. Reading five years of back columns on this site is just as enriching as exploring the most recent years.


You can 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. Please, remember to include the links where you can be found.


2. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Song Choice!
Dear Evan Hansen And Hamilton Stars Unite In Song And Purpose!
The March For Our Lives Initiative Benefits!


The recent, horrific, slaughter of 17 young lives in The Parkland Florida School District encouraged two Broadway Theater mega-stars, Ben Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, to record the song Found Tonight and donate the money from their new record to The March For Our Lives Initiative. Elements from the song the Story Of Tonight from the play Hamilton and elements of You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen were combined to make Found Tonight. The single raised over a million dollars for the March On Washington. The record continues to raise money for programs across other states. Your purchase will enlighten your music sense and you will help a large number of communities continuing to join this mission.


We may not yet have reached our glory
But I will gladly join the fight
And when our children tell their story
They’ll tell the story of tonight…

This is the link to the recording studio version of the song. You will enjoy Ben’s and Lin-Manuel’s recording process and revel in the final product.


3. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Features Danish Television At Its Best!
Don’t Wish For Rain! Not Now! Not Ever!
And Whatever You Do, Don’t Drink The Water!


Robert Frost’s poem Fire and Ice is a great lead-in to this first show from Denmark created for Netflix. It is called The Rain and predicts the end of the world, but not from fire or ice. Frost’s poem has always been a great classroom selection that generates endless writing and discussion about the cause of the end of the world. This series’s 8 episodes may create the same stir in the adult world.


Alba August (Simone) and Lucas Lynggaard Tonnesen (Rasmus) star as siblings who are locked in a bunker for seven years while waiting for their scientist father to return. He may have the answer to this deadly rain. As their food runs out, brother and sister are forced into a world that has been ravaged and is still being ravaged by deadly rain.

In search of their dad and the answer to this destructive rain, they meet Mikkel Boe Folsgaard (Martin) an older and wiser displaced soldier that joins them on their quest…as they pick up all sorts characters and story branches along the way. Some of these branches are familiar, while others offer intriguing and deceptive twists and turns.You have to read subscripts, but they move the story in rapid fashion. It is a decent binge (May 4) and season 2 is in the works.

Fire And Ice
by Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.


But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice

Is also great
And would suffice.         


4. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Pick For The Best Of Mexico’s Theater And Music!
This Ballet Is A Night Of Enchantment, Wonder, And Performance Magic!


The Ballet Folklorico De Mexico has just celebrated its 100th anniversary with a worldwide tour that stretched from Mexico to London. In the past, they have performed in 80 countries worldwide and have a spin-off group of some of their best performers in Toronto. The ballet’s performance themes are based on the traditional dances, music, and costuming of Mexico. The two hour performance of over sixteen numbers will have you dancing in the aisles, even if you don’t know the steps.


Silvia, of Mexican origin and the best writer in our work-way, shared this link for the ballet’s two hour Festival of Mexico: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-9zELMqdms). Cook up some Mexican treats, cross your legs in front of the screen, and marvel at the 60 piece orchestra and expertise of the actors, singers, and dancers. If you are ever in Mexico City, the troupe performs there three times a week. Keep an eye out for their next tour schedule, also. It may be close to your humble abode!


5. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s New Puzzle Challenge!
It Is Our Mission To Improve Brain Function World-Wide!
Back Issues Have A Number Of Challenges, Also!


I am smirking because I have already completed Tom Palumbo’s latest two-minute puzzle. 8,857 of our 22,900 LinkedIn friends tried the last puzzle. Have fun with the new challenge Let’s Talk Philadelphia readers!…Jack


Rearrange the pairs below in easy-to-recognize historic and everyday people, places, and things. You may not change the order of the paired letters when you rearrange them into a word. If you are the teacher in the classroom, these are cut-out pairs of letters that the students can, of course, cut out, then move around before making up challenges of their own.

Example: HO  SE  RE  AS   =   SEASHORE  












6. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s New Book Review
Hans Andrew’s New Book Is A Great Teaching Companion!
It Fits In Perfectly With Succession Planning Workshops!
Every Teacher Should Take One After Reading Hans’s Book!


Hans Andrews was an active educator in the roles of secondary school teacher, counselor, university professor, dean of instruction, and community college president. Hans has turned his experiences into three major areas needing major improvements in his publications on his Matilda Press business website.  He felt all three areas had been left behind by far too many K-12 schools and universities:  (1) accountable teacher evaluation; (2) recognition for our best teachers; and (3) dual-credit which he developed as the first program in Illinois 30+ years ago!


Hans feels every school district should be interested in his book, Recognition vs. Merit Pay For Our Best Teachers, as there are far too many of our very good teachers, counselors, special education, music and art teachers, adjunct teachers, and others going wanting in terms of recognition from their schools.  All three of his books are found on his Matilda Press website (named for his Grandmother Matilda Nelson who helped raise him):  http://www.matildapress.com  The books are also available on web book stores such as Amazon. Hans’s ideas would benefit every member of the workforce, not just the educational community.

7. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Internet Sign-up Sites!
There Are Hundreds Of New Sites Each Week!
We Think You Will Enjoy These Classics!


Hey Internet!…What should I sign up for on the Internet is asked by every businessman, educator, student, and housewife? What would be most beneficial to my my home, business, and family activities? This interested group goes on to say that after signing up, they don’t want to be bothered by countless irrelevant emails, circulars, can’t miss deals, and spam. The sites that follow are good recommendations for anyone that wants to stay informed, up-to-date, and wants to advance in their profession or ne endeavors.


  1. LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) is a free professional site with multiple categories and group memberships. The site allows you to select business groups, national associations, and former colleges and universities you attended each offering you general information for your job and specific information for advancement in your profession. You can participate in group discussions, leave discussion questions for all to respond, or take seminars and lectures in a number of areas. The groups post jobs throughout the country, too. The LinkedIn groups Let’s Talk Philadelphia joined include: National Business Incubators Group, Temple University, The University of the Arts, The Black Journalist’s Association, The Educational Network, The School Principal’s Association, and Educational Leadership. When you go to the site, you will have a menu of thirty groups you can join. Pick the groups in your professional area or general area of interest. If you want to expand your knowledge base pick something far afield from your areas of expertise.  
  1. SurfNet Kids (www.surfnetkids.com) has been reviewed a number of times in this column. Barbara Feldman, an award-winning journalist, created the site. Anything that you want to know about education, current events, school subjects, and history appears on her column. It is perfect for the researcher, student, teacher, or home schooling parent. There are activities that you can join for each day of the week or archives that you can explore on every subject area. If there is an event that is presently happening, it is featured on the daily calendar with all kinds of articles and links to understand the event to the greatest degree. Email sign-up is free and you will relish the weekly newsletter articles.   
  1. Book Page (http://www.bookpage.com) is the online companion to the 25 page monthly circular found at the entrance to most local libraries. You can have fifty sent to your school library for free. The magazine contains author and illustrator interviews, reviews of books, CD’s, and movies, and features in research, current events, and library science. The Book Page newsletter is free and has any easy email sign-up.Ask your community library to sign up. also.    
  1. New York Times Education Network (http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/NIE/index.html) is the perfect addition to anyone’s desktop of information. Sign up for their classroom or home addition with the link on the left. Sign-up appears in their Index Bar at the top of the page. My students like their blog. It breaks down sometimes hard to digest information into little understandable chunks. The blog is filled with daily and archived information and can be found at (http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com). Using The New York Times in the classroom or home will enhance the study of current events, literature, reading, the arts, and the sciences. Your parents will be impressed that The New York Times is part of your educational program.



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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