213. Julia Roberts, Widows, 2019 Poetry, Weston’s Cultural Sensitivity, Piccini’s Mud, And Sanchez Writes!!



Let The Holiday Talk Begin!


1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Compares Pretty Woman To Homecoming!
Julia Roberts Leads A Gaggle Of Big Stars To The Small Screen!

The lines separating the big screen (movies) from the small screen (television) have been obliterated. A stunning mass of major movie stars headed by Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies) and Julia Roberts (Homecoming) are heading to your television set in major roles (not cameos) in the upcoming months.


Our Internet search found ten publications reviewing this star migration fact, but none had an all or partially inclusive compilation picture we could use for this article. Google Images failed us, also. Sorry!


We don’t know how the movie workload compares to a television workload. It would seem that Julia Roberts’ ten 37 minute episode Homecoming series is a far greater workload than a two hour movie….though there are some major location changes in most big movies. Homecoming (Amazon Video), renewed for a second year, is a flashback thriller involving a sinister help the returning veteran Homecoming Transitional Support Center. Roberts, now is a waitress and living with her mother, Sissy Spacek. Roberts is confronted by an investigator that wants to know the center’s real story. The flashbacks to her life at the center begin. Was Robert’s an unsuspecting innocent or was her counseling part of the plot will keep three pathways in your brain active for 370 binge minutes. Bobby Cannavale is too handsome, as Robert’s, boss to be evil. What about Dermot Mulroney as evil and handsome?


Here is a partial rundown of the movie A-Listers that have major productions on your local and prime television channels. Surprisingly, there are many more that we haven’t listed!

Meryl Streep (HBO) Big Little Lies (Mom)
Russell Crowe (Showtime) The Loudest Voice In The Room The Roger Ailes Mini-Series…

Benico Del Toro (Showtime) Escape At Dannemora
Elizabeth Olsen who we loved in Wind River (Facebook Watch) Sorry For You Loss


Helen Mirren (Netflix) Catherine The Great
Henry Cavill (Netflix) The Witcher

Nicole Kidman/Reese Witherspoon (HBO) Big Little Lies
Winona Ryder ( Netflix) Stranger Things

Chris Pine (TNT) I Am The Night
Jennifer Connelly (FX) Snowpiercer


2. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Champions Widows!
Why Can’t They Do What Their Husbands Did?
And Four Times Better!
The New Robin Hood Should Be Championed By Us Next!


It is strange that two action movies Widows and Robin Hood didn’t do much better in the Thanksgiving rush to the movies’ crush. In Widows, Viola Davis, Molly Kunz, Michelle Rodriguez (not playing rough and ready for the first time), and Elizabeth Debicki must come together to form an unlikely team that will avenge their husband’s murders and take down the region’s biggest crime boss (Colin Farrell) and pay off their husband’s debt while doing so.


The interracial love scene with Liam Neeson and Viola Davis received most of the pre-movie press release hype. C’mon, it is 2018)! However, organizing and training the team, the plot’s twist and turns, and the I didn’t see that coming parts of the movie were just as delectable as the couple’s kiss. If you like kissing you should see this movie! Hope this comment helps, Viola.


There have been 17 different Robin Hoods in past movie and television series. Robin Hood 2018 with Taron Egerton (a very young Robin), Jamie Foxx (Robin’s mentor and Moorish commander), Ben Mendelsohn, and Eve Hewson is fast paced with great fight scenes, epic battles, and the appropriate love aspects of any hero’s story.


The English ruler (Mendelsohn) is just as tyrannical as the 17 previous rulers in Robin Hood movies. Eve Hewson brings past maidens and love interest to shame, likewise. If you have seen a previous Robin Hood why not see this one and compare. You will find five movie sites that list their rankings of past Robin Hood favorites. We could not find a list ranking the best Maid Marion. Even Men In Tights is included in these Robin Hood movie profiles.


3. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Travel Friends
Travel Maxima Will Get Your Travel Juices Going!
Oh! The Places You Will See And The People You Will Meet!
For Fun Write Down The Three Places You Would Like To See!
Read Linda’s Travel Starting Ideas!

Thank you Linda for your write-up and photos from your endless magnificent photo’s album!


One of my favorite travel quotes by Mark Twain“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off your bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover”.


Vacations are wonderful – wherever, whatever is your passion. So, for now let’s talk cruise. This may be the perfect getaway for you. A wonderful inclusive vacation … includes food, entertainment, activities and loads of fun. From budget friendly to sky’s the limit, there is a sea voyage for everyone. Group or solo a good time is sure to be had. Typically a group is 16 or more guests for group rates.

What do we love about helping people with their travel dreams? Planning a fabulous trip for them! As agents, our goal is to provide excellent customer service for leisure or business travel and cater to groups, families and singles. It’s great when our clients return and share their memories and joyful experiences.


Yes, you can spend hours and days searching the internet. However, we will do the footwork for you saving you time and alleviating your frustration. And as a benefit to you, we do not charge a fee for our travel expertise. Please see our website www.travelmaxima.com and like our Facebook page facebook.com/travelmaxima


What Do You Need To Know?!


4. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Explores Cultural Differences And Business!
Dominika Weston Has A Host Of Important Business Points!
Her Links And Articles Are Worth Exploring!
Cultural Awareness Leads To Global Business Success!


Traveling the world and encountering different cultures while conducting business internationally is something we often get frustrated or sidetracked by. While Cultural Awareness can help with any global work environment, eliminating culture shock from the equation takes time as it is perceived as being natural for many people.


Being culturally sensitive is crucial in contributing to anyone’s global success. It forces us to get exposure to new perspectives; and that itself can pose challenges or even create a feeling of uncertainty because we do not like the unknown, we are only comfortable with what we know. So, how do we approach the process of becoming culturally sensitive and how to we face our reflection? You can find out more here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cultural-awareness-dominika-weston-mfin/


5. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Highlights Two New Writers!
Author! Author! Times Two!
Mud! Mud! Yes! Mud Messes Make A Unique Story!
And Yes! Johnny Piccini Knows Mud And Children!


Being in the writing and book business for forty years makes us a little bit jaded. We thought we had seen it all until this mud book came along. Here is the mud book’s and Johnny Piccini’s interesting story!

Tom – Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to get my story out there. I’ve attached six photos of my book and two paragraphs describing the story. Let me know if you have any questions!


This is a children’s short story about a girl named Molly and her Mud friend Mucky. Molly enjoys everything disgusting; from toe cheese to boogers, while Mucky likes to bake mud pies and make mudslides. Follow them through their mudnificent adventures and find out what makes them best friends. Get the full scoop of mud on my website at http://www.johnnypiccini.com/molly-mucky/.


This was my senior thesis project at West Chester University. The prompt for this project was to create any project based on the word play. I decided to self-author and illustrate an entire children’s book inspired by my niece and nephew’s love for creating messes wherever they go. The artwork in this book was made with real mud, pastels, and Photoshop brushes. 

Johnny Piccini
215.285.3530  johnny@muhlenhaupt.com
4149 Station Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127


5A. A Second Author You Should Know!
Michael Sanchez Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Reading Chair!
Every Town Has A Vine Street Story!
Here Is Michael’s Surprising Vine Street Story!


I grew up in South Jersey near Philadelphia and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School located in Camden, New Jersey. I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Writing has always been a passion of mine and I always had a great imagination but it took many years to finally build the courage to write a manuscript that would grab the reader’s attention. I’ve always enjoyed fiction stories and I believe that this book has the potential to grab readers from all ages, young and old, and hopefully the reader will enjoy a great story.


About the Book:

The story is set in South Jersey and it takes place in the summer of 1978. The story focuses on a 10 year old boy who is either involved or witnesses events that takes place in the summer of 1978 immediately after school is out for the summer. The story is innocent in nature but eventually takes a dark course that would have the main character running for his life or at least it appears that way. Along with the main character is his friends, who will take part in this story that will have you laughing but also sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the next surprise to show up.


6. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Newest Puzzle Challenge!
Triple Play Words Will Challenge All Parts Of Your Brain!


Tom Palumbo’s newest two-minute puzzle Triple Play Words is almost as tasty as a strawberry ice pop. Enjoy the puzzle challenge and enjoy your strawberry ice pop…Emma And Jack.


Triple Play Words

One word can be put after each of the three words given. If you find the correct word that fits this parameter, you have completed a triple play. See if you can get all 20 plays in two minutes. The answers appear at the bottom of this column.


Example: Out…Bath…Dream/(House) Outhouse…Bathhouse…Dream House





7. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Poetry Experiments And Challenges!
Poetry…The New Year Won’t Go Softly Into The Night!
Do You Have A New Year Poem Favorite For Our December Column?!


The new year is fast approaching!
Everyone in their end of the year columns looks for something to salute the past year with before bringing in the New Year in a resounding manner. Here are our three poem favorites from past years that are fitting tributes to the old and the new year.

Alfred Lord Tennyson has a New Year’s piece in In Memoriam called Ring Out, Wild Bells. It was written to commemorate his sister’s fiancée who died at the early age of 22. Supposedly, the local church’s bell’s chiming initiated this thoughtful summary of the past year and what would be desirable in the New Year. It is long but as Abraham Lincoln said:

“I apologize for such a long letter. I did not have time for a short one.”

“We apologize for such a long poem, we did not have time to find a shorter one!”

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Tennyson In Memoriam (Ring Out, Wild Bells)

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind

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For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,

And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,

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The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,

The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;

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Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,

The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Person that is to be.

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8. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Second Poetry Look!
….A Shorter New Year’s Tribute In Rhyme!
William Cullen Bryant’s A Song For New Year’s Eve

It is one hour before the New Year and the writer is caught between beseeching the Old Year to stay or demanding that the New Year begin. Review the whole poem at poets.org. We liked the images from the last two verses.

A Song For The New Year

Dear friends were with us,
Some who sleep beneath the coffin-lid:
What pleasant memories we keep
Of all they said and did!

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Oh stay, oh stay,
One tender hour, and then away.

Even while we sing, he smiles his last,
And leaves our sphere behind.
The good old year is with the past;
Oh be the new as kind!

Oh stay, oh stay,
One parting strain, and then away.


9. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Has Room For Your Business Or Hobbies!

Let’s Talk Philadelphia, now, has 26,300 followers on LinkedIn. This is an thirteen hundred follower increase since last month’s columns. Hopefully, you liked the contributions from some of our readers in this and other issues. There is room for your ideas! Your submitted project and work ideas will reach a large international audience. Please, 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, your photography, a 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. Please look at past column contributors to see how the wrote up their books, businesses, vocations, and avocations. Remember to include the links where you and your idea can be found. Thank you!

10. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Triple Play Answers!

Tom Palumbo’s newest two-minute puzzle Triple Play Words is almost as tasty as a strawberry ice pop. Enjoy the puzzle challenge and enjoy your strawberry ice pop…Emma And Jack.

Triple Play Words

One word can be put after each of the three words given. If you find the correct word that fits this parameter, you have completed a triple play. See if you can get all 20 plays in two minutes.

Example     Out…Bath…Dream/ House

Hot…Big…Bank/ Shot
Report…High…Birthday/ Card
Strong…Up…House/ Hold
Over…Bald…Dead/ Head
Tom…Cow…Bat/ Boy
Rest…Train…Bus/ Stop
Prison…School…Back/ Yard
Sewing…Spelling…Honey/ Bee
Look…Hold…Strike/ Out
Hand…Foot…Soft/ Ball
Tooth…Back…Head/ Ache
Back…Rear…The/ End
Some…No…Every/ Body
Head…Grind…Flint/ Stone
Lumber…Car…Cracker/ Jack
Hot…Golden…Fishing/ Rod
Computer…Thrift…Clothing/ Store or Shop
Free…Bad…Wind/ Fall
Clothes…Hot…Bus/ Line
Team…House…Ship/ Mate
Hot…Bed…Car/ Springs


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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