2014. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Hart, And Masha And The Bear!




1. Let’s Talk’s Philadelphia Says Thank You!
A Philadelphia Column That Talks To The World!
The World Has A Sense Of Humor! We Hope!


Thank you for joining us on our 25th anniversary with the  214th issue of Let’s Talk Philadelphia using WordPress. Let’s Talk has joined 1 billion other site creators who use WordPress. Our five continent readership far exceeds the readership we generated by handing out our latest issue in a one page newsletter at the corner of Broad and Walnut Streets in 1994 Philadelphia or in graduate classes at The University of The Arts. This was, of course, before the Internet’s reach made everything we do universal. 26,515 readers now follow us on LinkedIn the world-wide business and education site.


Let’s Talk Philadelphia is looking to feature your art, photography, business, or fashion news. Please send your best two paragraphs and six pictures to Tom Palumbo at: tjpalumbo@aol.com. Before writing your ideas, review past Let’s Talk Philadelphia columns and see how other contributors shared their ideas, businesses, and points of view.


2. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Annual Photo And Caption Contest!
Two Families Head To Disney World For 4 Days/3 Night’s Of Cold Avoidance!


The two winning photos and captions below come from Dushore, Pennsylvania and Miami, Florida. Their captions were:
1. Oh! What A Beautiful Morning sung by the cast of Oklahoma…and
2. Mommy, can we take her home? Please!


A Side Note…The original Oklahoma movie is being shown on February 3rd and 17th in movie theaters throughout the United States. It is a part of their in theater See-A-Classic Program. Casablanca on the big screen was an enjoyable office bonding trip. Previews of upcoming classics are shown on billboards in the lobby and are inserted in your screen previews every time you visit your local theater. Big screen, small screen? We pick big screen every time.



3. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Preview of Masha And The Bear!
Masha Is A Delight And Heart Grabber Times Ten!
A Great Watch For Young And Old!
A Syndicated Cartoon Series Shown In Ten Countries!



What was your favorite television cartoon growing up? If you had to list your top four cartoon choices, what would they be? Local Philadelphia classrooms voted these four cartoons into their recommendation list:

1. Dr. Mc Stuffins

2. The Mickey Mouse Club
3. Thomas The Train
4. Shimmer and Shine

If you are a parent or grandparent Let’s Talk Philadelphia strongly endorses Masha and The Bear as your next child in your lap watch. This Russian series is in its fourth year with an additional Masha Tells Fairy Tales and Masha Tells Scary Stories series. Masha can be found on Netflix and your On Demand channels.


The Bear is a circus bear that just wants to enjoy his retirement (featuring lots of sleep) in a cozy house in the woods. The Bear doesn’t realize that the most playful, kind, caring, in your business, adventure making, imp lives down the road.


Every creature in the neighborhood from squirrels to pigs to rabbits are involved in Masha’s zany new and everyday adventures. Masha can turn everything into a catastrophe, even simple house cleaning. Even the friendly and not so friendly wolves that live in a trailer at the top of the meadow are driven a fun-filled crazy by Masha.

Masha products are all over stores on the Internet. The Masha nightshirt is a must for a Masha fan as is Dr. Mc Stuffins’ medical outfits. This cartoon is a must see. You will become addicted, so please be careful.


4. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Salutes Martin Luther King With Great Resources!
Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. All Year Long
Find A Grave
Is A Researcher’s Dream (www.findagrave.com)
Scoop-It Will Do All Your Research For You! Forever (www.scoop-it.com)!


Martin Luther King, Jr….Two novel ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s epic contributions can be found in the Clerihew format and at www.findagrave.com by posting a poem or a message in virtual flowers at the bottom of the page that features Martin Luther King, Jr.’s portrait and grave site. Write a Martin Luther King, Jr. Clerihew and send it to your mailing list while encouraging your list-mates to forward your Clerihew or to write one of their own for forwarding. Make copies of your Clerihew and give it out at your community workday programs. Here is my simple Clerihew salute:

Martin Luther King
His message of peace and freedom did ring.
Throughout the land and in all places,
To every hue and for all the races.


Clerihew poems (A, A, B, B) by E. Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) are four line poems that use a person’s name to generate a creative and descriptive writing form. Most Clerihews start with just that person’s name. If the key name isn’t easily rhymed like Rick Orange, the name can be placed anywhere in the first line (Rick Orange is a teacher, His mother wanted him to be a preacher). If you are looking for other neat poetry formats please go to our site (thomasjpalumbo.wordpress.com) and download their directions in Poetry from the tool bar. Click follow me at the bottom of the page for additional holiday ideas that will be coming up, especially our salutes to Harriett Tubman and Sylvia Plath.

Scoop-It at http://www.scoop-it.com is a research site that will do all your research for you in any subject area from business to education to entertainment. The Scoop-It site asks you about your interests and how many times a month you want to be up-dated on that subject. Scoop-It then scours the web and presents the best ideas on your topic to you in the time frame you requested. Scoop-It is like having an artificial intelligence companion at your fingertips. Your Scoop-It becomes larger with each title you add. You are creating a mosaic of the best information on the Internet with your themed Scoop-Its.



5. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Supports Second Act And Second Chances!
Which Education Is Better, Life Or College?!
Jennifer Lopez Tells Us That College Isn’t The Be All!


Jennifer Lopez’s newest movie, Second Act, will soon be out in DVD and on your On Demand channels. You might, also, catch it at your local multi-theater. It is the story of a astute business women who runs a Wal-Mart like store. She is, however, passed over time and again for promotions, because she doesn’t have a college education.


Lopez quits her job and ends up on the job seeking you don’t have the right education roller coaster. Her friends phony up her resume and Facebook page and send her to an advertising/consulting  agency where she looks great and shares ideas even better than her looks. Will she be found out at this new job by jealous staffers or will she continue to impress is, of course, the theme of the story!?


Lopez is surrounded by a creative staff of minor stars at her Wal-Mart like store and at her consultant job. Everyone likes the underdog at both work places and you will root for Jennifer as the underdog in this movie, too. Her present love Milo Ventimiglia is a great or not so great support as will be her past love Vanessa Hudgens. You will revel in interactions with both stars.



6. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Gives Its Highest Recommendation To The Upside!
Kevin Hart And Bryan Cranston…A Mismatch In Epic Proportions Works!
It Has Been An Unexpected Movie Revenue Chart Topper For Three Weeks!

Kevin Hart is a comedian. He has made fun of:

The Handicapped
Nursing Mothers
Black Women
Gay People
Sad People
Jewish People
Parents And Grandparents
Airlines and, at least 20 other groups.


One of these groups did not like his remarks and complained to the Academy Award Show organizers. Kevin Hart was supposed to host the awards show this year. Featuring Kevin as the host would have been an amazing diversity breakthrough. The committee asked Hart to apologize to the offended party before going on. Kevin refused to apologize and was cut from the show. If he apologized to everyone he has offended, the apologies would continue to long after the award show was presented.


The Upside is based on a lucrative 2011 French film called Intouchables. The Intouchables follows the story  of a quadriplegic French billionaire and his French-Algerian caretaker. It was a big hit throughout Europe.

In the present version Bryan Cranston plays the quadriplegic. Kevin Hart, a parolee, is hired as a last resort to be a live in assistant…on 24 hour a day call. Cranston’s private administrator Nicole Kidman strongly objects to hiring a criminal to assist the helpless at many things Cranston. All three will change for better and worse throughout the movie. You should change your week’s movie watching schedule and see this movie.


7. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Enjoyed The Green Planet Project!
Thank You John Poole For Your Musical Share!
Updates On Stars From Dan Fogelberg To Joan Jett!
Stars Helping A Wide Variety Of Charities Deserve Our Praise!

Hi Tom,

I have some music news which you and your readers may find of interest, especially if they are fans of classic rock and/or international musical collaborations for charitable organizations.


The Green Planet Project is a network of more than 50 semi-professional musicians located across the USA and in Europe. Many of the core musicians met via their attendance at Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp in 2015. They’ve since released 4 tribute albums to benefit a host of charitable organizations including Save The Children, Florida School For The Deaf and Blind, Ourclubhouse (cancer support in Pittsburgh – ourclubhouse.com), Massachusetts Wounded Warriors, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Organization. Performers on the album record their parts at home then upload to the producer where their tracks are integrated, engineered, produced, and distributed to digital retailers and streaming sites worldwide. Tributes to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Journey, and 70s jazz-rock and funk artists are available today for purchase or streaming on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Youtube, and many others. The organization is always looking for interested charities and talented musicians who have the technical expertise to participate, regardless where they may live.


In related news, legendary rock drummers Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh, Eagles, CSN, Peter Frampton, Dan Fogelberg) and Sandy Gennaro (Cindi Lauper, Joan Jett, Pat Travers Band) are now bringing wisdom from their years in the music business to corporate and education audiences. Sandy Gennaro’s program, B.E.A.Ts (Belief, Enthusiasm, Attitude, and Tenacity), includes live musical performances, audience interaction, and inspiring insight from the life lessons learned over the years. Joe Vitale’s program, Working in Rhythm, provides valuable insight on learning what it takes to survive a 50 year career performing with some of the biggest stars in the music industry. It stresses the importance of maintaining good communication among peers and team, successfully managing conflict, and how to take your experience and enable your own career advancement.


For more information on these stories, charity releases/participation, and speaker availability, please contact me at baystatedrummer@gmail.com.
Readers can also check out the social media pages below:
Facebook- Security Check Required
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-poole-sr-b1b04b168/
ReverbNation – John Poole Sr – Drummer-Producer @ Green Planet Project | Rock from Rehoboth, MA
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/3CszwjlWB3fm9GIhxrJ9cj

8. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Lets Jim Anders Talk About The Tough Subjects!
Alcohol And Drug Addiction!

Here is what Jim Anders shared about his new book and his new goals.


This intense, introspective and illuminating fiction looks at alcoholism and addiction from the inside out and back again. Denial, anger, fear, depression, self-pity, doubt: a toxic cocktail of emotions inflamed by alcohol, narcotics and prescription drugs. Where does one begin? Where will it all end? In this 90-piece orchestration of autobiographical flashbacks, the author describes his descent into alcoholism while three fictional alter egos (unnoticed by him) discuss his prospects for recovery. In three parts, the Destruction, the Deconstruction and the Reconstruction, the alcoholic beast is revealed. The vicious cycles of alcoholic addiction: hospitals, detoxes, rehabs and relapse. Repeat, repeat, repeat. A textbook case of chronic chemical dependency, All Drinking Aside will provoke, deceive, disturb and annoy you while it entertains and informs. All Drinking Aside is Everybody’s Autobiography, if you’re an alcoholic and Someone You Know, or if you are not.


Jim Anders is a former advertising copywriter and graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His degree in English led him into the advertising field where for a decade he was an advertising copywriter in a small advertising agency and later the coordinator of advertising for what was then Merv Griffin’s Resorts Casino. All Drinking Aside is his first full-length work. His work has also appeared in The Sober World Magazine and his book reviewed in Keys to Recovery Newspaper. Rowan University and Stockton University have previously interviewed him on radio and television broadcasts. Two other New Jersey radio interview shows have also had him as their guest. Jim currently resides in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal

http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO  (Available on Amazon, Print or Kindle versions)Twitter: https://twitter.com/JimAnders4Recovery Blog: https://alldrinkingaside.blogspot.comE-mail Address: alldrinkingaside@yahoo.com


9. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Likes People With Spunk!
Lucia Piccolino Has That And Business And Music Acumen!
Here Are 12 Things You Should Know About A Music Podcast Creator!

Hello Everyone
My name is Lucia Piccolino (formerly known as Lucia Peregrim) but better known as Spitfire from the podcast Spitfire and Kickazz a podcast about local bands around the world.  This is not my full time job of course, this is a passion of mine that I have been doing since I was old enough to get into bars 23 years ago.

So by trade I am a social media guru for Social Victory Media my social media company that promotes local businesses, I also have an entertainment website OneWay2Fun that will give you the 411 in your backyard & my full time gig is a Title and Tag Clerk/Notary for AutoBahn Title and Tag, which allows us to issue license plates for the state of Pennsylvania.


So lots of people want to know the skinny on what makes Lucia Piccolino tick. So here goes

  1. Tell me a bit about yourself? … I am someone who loves adventure. I love to play piano again after being on hiatus for the past 30 years and someone who needs to constantly be on the move otherwise I am going to constantly sleep and that’s not good for me. I was born with Scoliosis and have become a warrior because I survived wearing a brace and not have to have surgery.
  2. Can you describe yourself using 3/5 words? …reliable, dependable, outgoing, harsh, outspoken
  3. What motivates you? … Ability to live life healthy, money so that I can travel.
  4. Why did you leave your last job? … Because they were shipping my job to the Philippines, so it was either find another job (sink) or become an entrepreneur (swim)
  5. Favorite Music – Anything Unsigned.
  6. Favorite City / Country – That’s like trying to pick a favorite child when you have more than one, which I have none. Each adventure is better than the last.


  1. Favorite Movie – Crazy Rich Asians
  2. Favorite Show – Shameless
  3. Favorite Food – Anything Italian of course.
  4. Biggest Pet Peave – Negative People, Liars, and Thieves.
  5. Pets – I have 2 cats – Bo and Dixie (do the math  after the Dukes of Hazzard)
  6. Is there anything about you that might really surprise people? I am the jack of all trades as you can see on what I have explained so far. I am someone who is really spontaneous, and people don’t expect that that’s where the outgoing, harsh, and outspoken comes into play.

Lucia Maria Piccolino
Social Victory Media LLC
dba oneway2fun.com
AutoBahn Title & Tag
711 Davis Street
Scranton, PA 18505 USA

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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