2017. Falling Inn Love, Frozen, Maren Morris, Eating For Beauty, And Dyslexia!



You Really Should Visit Amazing Philadelphia In The Fall! Please!



1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Call-out For Articles And New Ideas!
Join The Discussion With A Unique Idea Or A Creative Project!



Let’s Talk Philadelphia, now, has over 27,000 followers on LinkedIn and five hundred re-listers. Your submitted project and work ideas will reach a large local and international audience. Please join our 25th Anniversary (1994-2019) as we salute outstanding writing, art, photography, businesses, and creative discussion. You can contribute 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. We hope!


Your ideas make us look better as Cigdem Knebel (item 6) did below with her article on combating dyslexia. Your ides 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 ideas can be found. Thank you for your contributions!

Here Are Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets Of The Month!

1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Says Everyone Needs Falling Inn Love!
Move Over Hallmark Channel! Netflix Is Getting Better With Kissing Movies!
New Zealand May Be Your Next Destination After This Netflix Feature!


Christina Milan (Gabriela Diaz in the movie) has just lost her job in big city USA. Her boyfriend was next to go. Gabriela sees this Win an Inn contest on the Internet. Why not enter, flashes through her mind! A five hundred word entry essay and a bit of entry fee money later, she miraculously ends up in New Zealand as the new owner of a really run down inn (Bellbird Valley Farm). Naturally, she didn’t expect run down and the old love letters (1916) in the wall, either…….PS…Gilbert the goat is a scene stealer!


Luckily for Gabriela, the best contractor in town is Adam Demos (Jake in the movie). He is gorgeous and even more so 35 minutes into the movie when he takes off his shirt on the Inn’s construction site. Gabriela makes Jake a partner on the inn, because she is quickly running out of renovation money and could use his free labor. He gives Gabriela and the audience some great lessons on the beauty of small things in every house as he tries to help restore the inn and create a relationship.


The mystery of the hundred year old love letters (1916 and the house’s talisman), the contentious relationship between Gabriela and Jake, and the beauty of Thames, New Zealand where the movie was filmed, will make a great sit in bed and think feature. Tourism in Thames, New Zealand will definitely increase after this movie!


2. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Staff Visits Frozen In New York!
The St. James Theater Hosts Elsa And Hordes Of Anxious Children!
The Best Let It Go Singers Are Featured Below!


We were going to write a long article about visiting New York in the Fall and all that New York has for visiting adults and children. The play Frozen, of course, is a standout and was going to be featured in this column. However, one of the mother’s on the trip stole our thunder when she said:


$300 for theater tickets…
$115 for lunch at FAO Schwartz
$100 for Willa the American Girl Doll
$75 for parking, bridge, and turnpike tolls…
Seeing my four year old daughter’s face when Elsa (Caissie Levy) sang Let It Go
Frozen II, the movie, is out in November…


3. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Lets The Music Play On, Play On!
Top Demi Lavoto, Jennifer Nettles, Idina Menzel, And Maren Morris!
Your Pick Four In Music For This Month Will Not Come Close To Ours!


A. Marren Morris is our new find this month. She sounds like Reba McIntyre’s daughter. Like Reba, her last two albums Hero and Girl opened at #1 on the Billboard Magazine’s Top Music Chart. Her song: I Could Use A Love Song which we featured below has fifty million hits. The well done videos of all her songs actually relate to the lyrics rather than flying into space in a cloud of smoke that most singers are now using for song representation.
Marren Morris’s Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErdZ_W35xRs


B. Demi Lavoto’s song book on Vevo has 1/2 a billion hits each time she posts a song. The link below is for Demi Lavoto’s version of Let It Go from the 2013 Frozen movie  It has a new verse that was incorporated into the Broadway play. The link provided for you has the two versions and some nice research information on the new verse. Paste the link below in your address bar for two great listens before seeing all the major music stars Demi has collaborated with recently. It is a treat!
Demi Lavoto’s link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHue-HaXXzg
We like the version above because the sing along lyrics are included with Demi’s performance.


C. Jennifer Nettles and Idina Menzel’s version of Let It Go is, also, a great watch with the link below. Two powerful voices in a knockout ABC Holiday Show performance.
Idina Menzel and Jennifer Nettles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vjqZ9-2b3c


Runner-up listens this month are: Sugarland and Sara Bareilles’s cover of Come On Eileen (www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMDqkBjvdMg)
Carrie Underwood’s The Champion, with lyrics… (youtube.com/watch?v=HgknAaKNaMM&list=RDjbbIvGVQqKk&index=4)


4. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Champions Naomie Harris In The New Black And Blue Movie!
One Woman Against The Whole Police Force And Every Criminal In The City Sounds Like A Sure Win For Her!
This Former James Bond Girl Learned A Thing Or Two From The Master!


Naomie Harris plays black rookie police officer Alicia West in the October release of the movie Black and Blue. Alicia is told to stay in their patrol car by her lead officer as he makes a stop. This happens in 50% of the movies we review. Why doesn’t she just stay in the car? If she did, you wouldn’t be in for a two hour thrill ride, we surmise.


Alicia, in her out of the car exploration, comes upon her lead officer and five co-officers that are about to kill a drug dealer…as Alicia inadvertently records the slaying on her vest camera. Alicia is immediately shot. Her bullet proof vest and fall into the floor below save her. Her pursuit begins with a bounty on her head that every police officer and criminal in the city sees. There is nowhere to turn except to semi-criminal Tyrese Gibson, an old friend. Tyrese and Naomie against the masses does not sound like a good fit!!!


Black and Blue received rave reviews at the New York City Urbanworld Film Festival (September 18-22, 2019). This was the 23rd year for the afro-centric film and television festival. Black and Blue made the top five must see choices which included the films and television shows:
Harriet (Harriet Tubman still stampless)
Just Mercy (The criminal justice system taken apart)
Black And Blue (A black female police rookie against the world)
First Wives Club (Move over Goldie Hawn, black women do friendship better)
The Apollo (The 85th Anniversary of this famed theater had to be chronicled in a new movie).
The trailers for these movies and television shows can be previewed on the Urbanworld Internet site (www.urbanworld.com) .

5. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Is Good For Your Health!
Eating For Beauty Is Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Book Choice For The Month!
This Book Should Be In Every Doctor’s Office And On Every Kitchen Table!
David Wolfe Is A Nutritionist’s Nutritionist!


Eating For Beauty is in its third edition with a ton of new eating must dos. Issues 1 and 2 can be found on Amazon at half their original price…or hopefully you can find this must read tome at your local library. If your library doesn’t have it, they will get it for you!


The book is a must read and in-depth look at what you should be eating to power, cleanse, beautify, and nourish your body. In addition to Eating For Beauty’s 30 easy to implement recipes, the book covers everything from food choices to yoga to sleep. If you follow even half of David Wolfe’s suggestions you will be a new person and will look and feel light years better. We, especially liked these two hints:
Never eat the fat on anything from bacon to steak.
If there isn’t a green on your food plate…don’t read this book. You are helpless!


6. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Features Dyslexia And Books For Dyslexic Children!
Cigdem Knebel Tells Her Story And Her Special Need’s Children’s Stories!
A Great Source For Parents And Teachers (simplewordsbooks.com)
Invite Cigdem To Your School Or Library For A Speaking Engagement!


Simple Words Books was born out of my dyslexic son’s frustration for lack
of decodable books and his desire to read big-kid chapter books as his
friends did. As a mom, I wanted my son to see the results of his hard work
to learn to read.


I knew this was possible with high-interest books that
matched his lower reading skills. But all the books he could read were
babyish books. And he had no interest in them. So I began to write easy to
read yet engaging stories for him. And we saw his fluency and
reading-confidence soar. And for the first time, he began reading for fun!


Our books today are sold in every county in the US and over ten countries
around the world. Many schools began implementing them in their reading
curriculum. These books help not only struggling readers but also kids
with various learning differences or have English as a second language.


The main characters in our books are always a female and a male to ensure
the stories are not gender-specific and the characters come from diverse
backgrounds. A word list for each book is included in both the paperback
and the e-book versions as well as on our website <simplewordsbooks.com>.
Easy to read vocabulary allows readers to practice fluency. A downloadable
comprehension workbook makes these books ideal to practice comprehension
skills. And the fun stories presented in a big-kid chapter book format
builds reading and self-confidence.


7. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Revisits Reign In Its 5th Season And On Netflix In Its We Feature Section!

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If Dracula and Van Helsing don’t give you enough 19th century fashion and creative historical settings to fill you thirst for history, Reign on the CW network might be a good second choice for your ‘looking for amazing history’ channel surfing. You did see The Tudors, Borgias, and Game of Thrones??? Reign is the story of a young Mary Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane). Her story highlights the plight of the young before they become the pinnacle of royalty. Naivety rules this show. The future queen (and king) do not understand courtship, palace intrigues, and the world outside Their cloistered upbringing. Mary has to be dizzy with the number of times they tried to poison her and rid her from this world too many times in this series.

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Every European country has an interest in the arranged marriages and the partnerships that have to be forged for their protection. Catherine de Medici (Megan Fellows) is plotting against everyone and everything. Mary thinks she is a friend. She doesn’t realize that the Scotland she represents, in this setting, is not a key player compared to France, England, and Spain. The show is a good history lesson and presents a novel point of view for the 16 to 90 year old history lover.

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The use of a modern soundtrack is really fascinating as it supports the various pieces of the story. It is a challenging task to take a top twenty song and integrate the song into the show’s various way back then years backdrops.

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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