210. Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Streisand, Bocelli, Sugarland, And A Simple Favor!



1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Lets The Music Play On, Play On!
These Are The Ideas That Didn’t Make This Week’s Issue!
Let Us Know If We Should Have Featured These Selections!


A. Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran (five time Grammy Award winner) is all over the place this month with his world tour and two versions of his number 1 song Perfect (renamed Perfect Symphony). Sheeran  traveled to Italy to record an Italian and English version with Andrea Bocelli at Bocelli’s home. They went on to perform Perfect at London’s 100,000 seat sold out Wembley Stadium. Sheeran then recruited Beyonce to do an all English version with him for his US tour. Both songs and singers can be seen in their stage performances with an Internet search. We, however, loved the putting together version of Perfect at Bocelli’s home. The Beyonce version has 20 million plays. The Bocelli version, where this link will take you, has 150 million plays: (www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiDiKwbGfIY). Drop it in your address bar, please!


B. Ozark is back for season two on Netflix. This eight episode binge watch pits Chicago natives Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and their two children against every villain a summer resort community in the Ozarks can attract. This villain group encompasses money launderers, drug users/sellers, the Mexican cartels, the Mafia, longshore hands in your pockets bosses, tainted local and state politicos, and old people with guns. Bateman, who directs many of the episodes, has to outsmart them all with his family’s help. Bateman and Linney want to build a riverboat casino to attract businesses to his new town. Everyone wants their piece of the action. Season one can be enjoyed on Netflix before tackling this resourceful family’s new exploits in Season two.


C. Tom Clancy has written 18 political/military thrilling books featuring Jack Ryan, a Washington analyst and desk jockey turned into a undercover investigator and secret agent…with a gun. Clancy has made Ryan a worldwide fictional hero. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan books have been made into four movies. Chris Pine, Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, and Ben Affleck have portrayed Ryan in these big screen adventures. Amazon Prime has now made Jack Ryan into an eight part television series. John Krasinski plays Ryan in this series. Krasinski is thrown into Middle East terrorism when his desk job finds crazy Middle East and worldwide money transfers smacking of terrorism…which he reports to his superiors. Abbie Cornish and Wendell Pierce are mission bosses and great mission supports. If you start now, you can finish these two suggested series’s 24 episodes by the New Year. Jack Ryan is already renewed for next year.


2. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Needs A Simple Favor!
If You Need A Favor, We Can Swap Efforts!
A Big Time Movie Mismatch Works In The Audience’s Favor!
It Is Girls’ Month At The Movies From Widows To Colette!
Add Jennifer Garner’s Peppermint To Your Viewing List, Also!


Why does mismatching Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively work in the new movie A Simple Favor? Hopefully, you will take our advice and see this new thriller for the answer. We can help as you will see how to make the PTA Bake Sale thrilling and how mismatches work in real life and in the movies.

Your Mismatch Scorecard for A Simple Favor is as follows:


Blake Lively is five foot ten inches tall.
Anna Kendrick is five foot two inches tall.

Blake Lively is a phenomenal kisser.
Anna Kendrick hasn’t had a date in four years.

Blake Lively is a wheeler dealer in the big business haunts of the city.
Anna Kendrick lives for her small town school’s PTA meetings.

Blake Lively’s writer husband, Henry Golding, is a take home for the men and the women in the theater.
Anna Kendrick’s husband and brother died in a car crash four years ago.


Blake Lively’s 7 year old son can win any schoolyard battle!
Anna Kendrick’s 7 year old son is still hiding behind his mother’s skirt!

Blake Lively’s whole life is a mystery and enigma producer!
Anna Kendrick has trouble figuring out Tic Tac Toe!


Blake Lively only visits to her kitchen are to make an exorbitant amount of martinis for Anna and herself. They discuss sex a lot when Anna the non-drinker is drunk.
Anna Kendrick spends all day in her kitchen baking cookies and fooling with recipes for her dead mother and her individually performed and self produced Internet Cooking Show. Anna talks to her dead mother at the start of every show. Viewers will increase as the story unfolds. You will tell your friends about it, too.

Maybe, these two can really be good friends? Grandma said for every pot there is a lid or did she say when God makes them, he matches them? You will enjoy this mismatch match!


Follow this movie up with Jennifer Garner’s new revenge movie Peppermint. Frail will no longer be in any write-up descriptions of Jennifer Garner. She is supreme in this Kill Festival as a mother whose child and husband are killed by local gang members just for fun. Payback is a batch!…of great fight scenes! Go Jennifer!


3. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Sugarland Concert Review!
A Forty-five City Tour And They Saved The Best For Last!
Philadelphia And Jennifer Nettles Know How To Stage A Finale!


Sugarland is the multiple award winning writing and recording duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. They have been recording and performing together since 2002 when they were a trio with Kristen Hall. Their four year stint as singles (2012-2016) ended last year. In 2017 they re-teamed for a new album titled Bigger (46,000 copies sold in 2018) and the road show Still The Same.


Sugarland has sold over 14 million albums as a group and another million as singles. Bush’s album Southern Gravity produced the country chart topper Trailer Hitch while Nettle’s solo albums That Girl and Playing With Fire sold well with country and contemporary music audiences.


Nettles and Bush closed their 45 city tour in the Philadelphia rain last week at the Mann Park’s indoor and outdoor seating center. They could have mailed their last show in, but their encore rivaled their hour and a half regular show. It seemed the duo left nothing out in their ballad and uptempo portfolio. The audience sang most of their old and new songs as well as they did. Lyrics across the big picture screen would entice even more and new sing along-ers.


4. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Weekly Music Suggestions!
The Tori Kelly Story Deserves Your Research Effort!
From American Idol Rejection To A Best New Singer Grammy Nomination!
Andrea Bocelli Likes Her And Featured Her With Him On His US Tour!


How long after Simon Cowell tells you he can’t listen to your scratchy voice during your American Idol audition would you have quit the music business. How long after this scathing criticism would you have cried?


The answers will appear in Tori Kelly’s biography. The lead in this biography, however, would be: I produced my own album, sung the song Thinking Bout You (17 million views) on the Internet, and was discovered by my manager, Scooter Braun.


Tori Kelly has performed and written songs with everyone in the music business from Ed Sheeran to Chris Lane to Andrea Bocelli. She sang six songs with Bocelli on his recent five city tour US tour. Most of Bocelli’s woman accompanists ( Sarah Brightman, Celine Dion, Nicole Scherzinger) only sing The Prayer or Time To Say Goodbye with him. Tori sang these two classics and four more songs with the master. Thank you for this singing ability confirmation far beyond Simon Cowell’s opinion.


Take Back Home Girl from her album of the same name with Chris Lane has 50 million plays on You Tube. People must like a scratchy voice.

Andrea Bocelli is in Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 12, 2018. He will feature songs from his new album. It is Bocelli’s first album of new songs in ten years. If Only (www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPUWGYez-jg) written by the same duo that wrote Time To Say Goodbye is for anyone that has recently broken up with someone or enjoys a great story in song. Past the link above in your address bar for a great song sung in an inspiring venue.

Andrea Bocelli’s best duet is not The Prayer sung with all the world’s top female singers or Dare To Live with Laura Pausini.
PS…Streisand’s and Celine Dion’s version of Tell Him is the second best song on the Partners album.


The winner is I Still See Your Face with Barbara Streisand from her album Partners (www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Bm6-vCxuE). Listen to the link provided. You will agree it is Bocelli’s best by light years. It is a sad story and great presentation by these two singing dynamos!


5. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Two Book Suggestion Of The Week!
Come Back for Me: A Novel by Sharon Hart-Green


Loss, trauma, memory, and the impenetrable ties of family are the elements that weave together Sharon Hart-Green’s panoramic new novel Come Back for Me.

Set in the aftermath of World War II, it is a gripping story about the redemptive power of love and self-understanding. Come Back for Me tells the story of two young Jewish characters; one is a Hungarian Holocaust survivor Artur Mandelkorn who is on a desperate quest to find his sister, Manya, after they become separated during the war. Intersecting Artur’s tale is that of Suzy Kohn, a young woman of Hungarian-Jewish origin whose seemingly tranquil life in 1960s Toronto is shattered by her uncle’s sudden death. As their stories come together in Israel following the Six-Day War, the reader travels through time and place to arrive, ultimately, to the connections between generations. Like Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, Come Back for Me deals evocatively with the scars left by tragedy and the possibilities for healing.


Originally published in Canada in 2017, Come Back for Me is now available in the United States. It’s been reviewed widely in the international press, and was named an Editor’s Choice Book by the Historical Novel Society. In addition, it was recently shortlisted for the Goethe Award for historical fiction. It is also becoming a top choice for book clubs and discussion groups. Furthermore, Come Back for Me is now being used as an educational resource in both middle schools and high schools in order to teach about the Holocaust and the strength of human resilience.


For more information, please visit: https://www.sharonhartgreen.com

6. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Shares A Reader’s Writing Joy!
These Leadership Skills Apply To Everyone’s Business, Not Just Education!
Here Is How Paul Bambrick Santoyo Told It To Us Through LinkedIn!


Dear Tom,
I am excited to share a personal joy—my two latest books have just been published:

  • Leverage Leadership 2.0: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools
  • A Principal Manager’s Guide to Leverage Leadership 2.0: How to Build Exceptional Schools Across Your District

Over the past 10 years, I’ve had the gift of working directly with many of you from all across the country (and globe!). These books tell your stories. Thank you for demonstrating a reproducible way that we can create great schools for all children.  I hope these books will be fruitful guides for you and your colleagues. Here is a quick preview of the content of each book (you can read more in the attachment):


Leverage Leadership 2.0 answers a simple question:  what do exceptional school leaders do that separate themselves from the rest?  The answer is how they use their time.  This book narrates the seven levers of leadership that will transform your school if you focus your time on them.  The 2.0 version is a complete re-write of the original, incorporating lessons learned from the thousands of school leaders who have embraced the levers of leadership since it was first published in 2012.  The book includes a completely new videos, leader guides, and Professional Development materials, all rooted in the reproducible practices of school leaders from Dallas to D.C. to Tulsa to St. Louis to New York.


A Principal Manager’s Guide to Leverage Leadership 2.0 attempts to fill a void in the field: a practical guide for principal managers emulating the best practices of the most successful principal managers from across the country.  Included are videos of principal managers coaching principals and guidance for managers, district/state leaders, and leadership organizations to create the conditions for success for any group of schools.


Please consider passing this email along to anyone who might be interested in this book! If they or you wish to acquire the book, it is available on any major online retailer site (Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others). You can find more details in the attached press release or with the publisher:


7. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Newest Two Minute Puzzle!
It Is A Great Meeting Kick-off With Teamwork Challenge!
Creative Minds Need A Friday Morning Jump Starter!
The Answers Are At The End Of The Column! Blue Binkies As Prizes!


Hey 7,247 of our last puzzle solvers. A free Blue Binky for 22 correct on Tom Palumbo’s newest two minute puzzle: Car Words! Promise…Jack!


Car Words

Each clue below will give you a word that has CAR in it in exact order (beginning, middle, or end).
1. Example…A severe blemish…SCAR


  1. A rug’s cousin…
  2. A movie award…
  3. Egyptian jewelry…
  4. Opposite of plentiful…
  5. A big box…
  6. Boy’s name…
  7. Girl’s name (eight letters)…
  8. Mickey Mouse…
  9. Into the sun flyer…
  10. Rene the philosopher…
  11. A ship’s storage…
  12. A body part…
  13. Headwear…
  14. A large body of water…
  15. It is the 6th element…
  16. A traffic lightener…
  17. A side dish…
  18. Lucy’s sidekick…
  19. Heart specialist…
  20. A market push around…
  21. Two night time show hosts…
  22. Baby transport…


8. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Call-out For New Ideas In Business And The Arts!


Join the yearlong celebration of outstanding writing, art, photography, businesses, and creative discussion by contributing a story, book review, movie critique, art piece, award notice, photography, challenging game, business tidbit, multimedia overview, travel tip, or theater write-up that world-wide readers will enjoy. Your ideas make us look better and 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!


9. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Two Minute Puzzle Answers!
Hey puzzle solvers. Here Are Your Car Word Activity’s Answers!


Car Words
Each clue below will give you a word that has CAR in it in exact order (beginning, middle, or end).
1. Example…A severe blemish…SCAR


  1. A rug’s cousin…CARPET
  2. A movie award…OSCAR
  3. Egyptian jewelry…CARTOUCHE
  4. Opposite of plentiful…SCARCE
  5. A big box…CARTON
  6. Boy’s name…CARL/CARY
  7. Girl’s name (eight letters)…CARLOTTA
  8. Mickey Mouse…CARTOON
  9. Into the sun flyer…ICARUS
  10. Rene the philosopher…DESCARTES
  11. A ship’s storage…CARGO
  12. A body part…CARTILAGE
  13. A large body of water…CARIBBEAN SEA
  14. It is the 6th element…CARBON
  15. A traffic lightener…CARPOOL
  16. A side dish…ALA CARTE
  17. Lucy’s sidekick…RICKY RICARDO
  18. Heart specialist…CARDIOLOGIST
  19. A market push around…CART
  20. Two night time show hosts…JOHNNY CARSON/CARSON DALY
  21. Headwear…SCARF
  22. Baby transport…CARRIAGE   

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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