182. Star Trek, Demi Lovato, Billboard Awards, and Tesla!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets Of The Week!

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Best Quote Of The Week Award!
Katherine Paterson’s Books Will Enchant Your Library!

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“Reading makes me want to write, and writing makes me want to read. And reading and writing make it a joy to be a part of the great human adventure we call life.” ___ Katherine Patterson

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Most discussions on Katherine Paterson and her illustrious book career start with her Newbery Medals (best children’s book of the year awards) for Bridge To Teribithia and Jacob Have I Loved. These two books are excellent reads, of course. We, however, think everyone should start with Paterson’s book Gates To Excellence: On Reading And Writing For Children. Gates To Excellence is: Katherine Paterson taking you on a tour of her life, her adventures with her children, and her books. You will listen to the words of a marvelous writer as she talks about instilling imagination in all children. Her love of books, great writing, and critical thinking adds to a stirring book presentation from a national and international treasure.

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Katherine Paterson is one of only three writers to win the Newbery Award twice. There are twenty other prestigious American and European book awards on her library shelf…from the National Book Award to The Hans Christian Anderson Book Award. After Gates To Excellence, her seventy-five books are worth previewing before picking the second gem of your summer reading!

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Best Idiots Of The Week Award!
The Naked Numbskulls!
The Lawnmower Was The Best They Had Ever Ridden!

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Philadelphia and the rest of the northeast section of the United States will be getting a 100 degree heat wave Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of this week. The power grid will be strained! Clothes will be shed!  Strange things will happen after clothing removal, but nothing to rival this tidbit from Joplin, Missouri.

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A naked couple was arrested in Joplin for driving a stolen lawnmower to their home. They were skinny dipping in a creek when their clothes and we assume their car keys were stolen. The only option available to their nakedness was to steal a lawnmower and ride the mower home…then parking it on their front lawn so everyone could see the evidence of the theft. We are sending two staff members to Missouri to get pictures and interview the clothed couple (our request) while sipping lemonade (their offer). In the meantime: C’mon Philadelphia! We can easily top this story when the heat hits! Make Us Proud! Put Pennsylvania on the naked map! One hundred women just did their protest naked at Cleveland’s Republican Convention. The precedent has been set. Go Philadelphia!
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Best Or Worst Medical Discovery Of The Week Award!
Don’t Read This Section Without Your Doctor’s Permission!
If You Do Read It, Do Not Try Anything That Is Mentioned, Please!
Consult Your Doctor Who Will Shake His Head And Say…No, No!

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Once a month the Essential Oils’ Lady comes through offices, neighborhoods, and community fairs. If it is through your office, everyone looks and smells just a little bit better after her visit. On her last visit, Lavender was one of the variety of fragrances in her beneficial creams and oils that saturated the air in the office for two days.

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Each month the Essential Oil’s Lady, also, has a bit of advice that, after digesting, everyone follows with the word: Really? Honey on age spots to make them disappear? Carla says it works and makes her sweeter to kiss, too. Really?

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This week everyone is using Oregano Oil on moles. The moles are dropping off workers faster than Pluto dropped out of the nine planet’s club. Oregano Oil burns skin, so everyone had to be careful to cover their moles with the oil while using a cotton swab. Some websites say to put lavender oil on the mole first to stop the oregano’s sting. Is anyone else out their as stupid as we are? What were your results? Let Us Know? We might feature one more exotic medical recipe if you have one. Let Us Know?

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2. Movies…Star Trek Beyond…It Zooms Then Fires!
The Science Fiction Of Fifty Years Ago Is Now Real!

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Star Trek Beyond, the third movie in the recent film revival, has the monumental task of kicking off the 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek 4 is already in the works and the revival of the Star Trek television series, after a ten year hiatus, is imminent. Deep space is big and filled with rabid and anxious fans.

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Justin Lin has followed J. J. Abrams to direct Star Trek 3. The globs of money (1.2 billion) he made directing Fast and Furious 7 has put him on the must have list of every Hollywood producer. He has made Beyond visually stunning in 1D, 2D, and the four different types of 3D offered to movie goers for Star Trek Beyond. The action tops anything in Fast and Furious and in any previous space movie including previous Star Treks. Lin has meshed his Star Trek with humor, backstories, explosions, crashes, and majestic looking planetary systems. He, also, tells a great story with new characters and old pieces of Star Trek history thrown into the mix.

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Captain Kirk is bored with Deep Space Nine and the lack of action. He is pinning for a promotion (Admiral?). Hold that thought as the Enterprise is attacked and two new characters to the series are introduced. Idris Elba, who you can’t recognize because of his monster gear, is the devastatingly (to the universe) evil Krall. With Kirk and The Enterprise in the way, he seeks the ultimate weapon to wipe out the Federation.

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The painted Jaylah, Sofia Boutella (the best actress to ever come out of Algeria), adds an additional interesting story to Kirk’s and Krall’s battle. The two combatants decide to use her planet as a prison, base of operation, and fighting venue. Her planet, amidst the turmoil, has no winners. However…Everyone wins in this one! We are talking about the movie audience of science fiction junkies, school teachers, runway models, long time viewers, and those enjoying their first Star Trek experience.

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Trekkers! Don’t forget our three outer space encompassing television recommendations of Dark Matter, The Expanse, and The Jetsons. These three shows will fill every one of your interplanetary voids until you visit Star Trek Beyond and the two previous Star Trek movies. Remember Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin. They certainly would be smiling after this space adventure. You will, too.

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3. Music…Demi Lovato…The Latina Lover’s Delight!
Billboard Knows Great Music! Lovato To Gomez!
Billboard’s Women In Music Salutes Are A December Enchantment!
Google Past Classics And Enjoy!

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Lady Ga Ga won the Billboard’s Women In Music Award as Female Artist of the Year. Her song Til It Happens To You accompanied by six violins brought audiences to their feet at the Billboard Awards and at the Oscars. The song champions the fight against women’s abuse on campus, at home, and in the workplace.

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Of the night’s ten performances, Demi Lovato’s Stone Cold was classic Lovato: beautiful voice, great lyrics, and perfect staging. Both songs will be best plays on your stereo system this week. Adding drama to the Demi Lovato story is her feud with fellow Latina Selena Gomez. From best friends to venom spitting rivals would make a good story. We do not have enough evidence to run with that story, so we will stick to the music.

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In case you didn’t recognize her, Selena Gomez is the lead for the new iPhone 6S campaign. Her red dress and her song Good For You as background music have garnered big numbers for the Apple coffers. 750 million hits on her website have transferred to Apple iPhone 6S worldwide sales (not all 750 million). She has done the same thing for Pantene products as their spokesperson. Here are Selena’s top three songs determined by their Internet plays. Relish adding them to your weekend listen.
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4. Transportation…Tesla…Great To Ride In, Great To Sleep In!
Now Featuring Motorcycles And Trucks!
A Safe Driving Message Is An Important Part Of The Following Discussion!

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For the last one hundred years Tesla has been the name that has been synonymous with great discoveries in electricity. The company has excelled first in lighting up the neighborhood and now running the world’s most coveted cars. Tesla car production is six months behind its demand. Motorcycles and light trucks are next on Tesla’s agenda.

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Tesla makes the first fully electric sports car, a luxury sedan, and a crossover. Their Model S plug-in is second in the world in sales to the Nissan Leaf. Pollution free driving has been one of the company’s many goal for eight years. The company’s new Model 3, featured below, will sell for $37,000 in 2017 and bring the possibility of putting a completely electric car into everyone’s garage. This is good automotive news. Unfortunately, controversy is following the company on the highway and in courts.

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One of Tesla’s cars has a drive itself mode. While this mode was engaged by a Tesla owner, a massive trailer truck crossed into the wrong lane. The trailer wasn’t seen by the driver or the self driving system that was engaged on the Tesla. The Tesla driver was killed. Was it the driver’s fault or was it the self driving system? The sun blocked both the driver’s eyes and the cars protection system. Even with cruise control on every car, you still should be aware of the road. Psychologists say dependence on a self driving system adds as much as seventeen seconds to a driver’s reaction time and disengagement ability.

Please be careful using your cruise control. Practice the time you need to have it disengaged. This issue is far more than just a Tesla issue.

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5. Art…Julie Turner’s Message In Creativity!
An Artist And Her Art On A Mission For Opioid Abuse Awareness!
Ms. Turner’s Art And Family Tragedy Shared!

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The first three paintings show the pain and grief caused by drug addiction. Additional work can be found on Julie Turner’s gallery page: (http://www.julieturnergallery.com/index.html). We follow Julie’s art and story through the mini-bio she shared with us:

Julie Turner is a visual artist who works in many disciplines: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, stained glass, video, multimedia, and digital imagery. She has shown work in New York, Las Vegas, and abroad. Her most recent work is a combination of acrylic on canvas paintings and digital art, for Giclée prints. Her style is unique, a blend of Abstract Expressionism and Expressionism – applying paint directly to canvas with her hands.

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Ms. Turner enjoys exploring her imagination, as she develops compositions. Her artwork is a direct reflection of that which inspires her: love, family, friends, nature, music, dreams, astronomy, and spiritual/metaphysical subject matter. In 2014, Ms. Turner’s step-son, Nick, died from an opioid overdose. Since his death, she advocates for awareness, regarding the dangers of opioid use, abuse, and the disease of opioid addiction. She has also brought awareness to the opioid epidemic through her artwork.

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Thank you for supporting the arts – and me. Much appreciated!
Best regards,
Julie Turner

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6. Our Weekly Call Out For Interesting Column Submissions.
There Is An Interesting Share In Everyone!
Join Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, And A Large Reading Audience!

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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181. Jason Bourne, Zac Efron, Blake Lively, And Ray Price!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets Of The Week!

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The Best Beach Story Of The Week!
The Shallows Versus Jaws Versus Baywatch!
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid! Or?

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You have just watched the Fortieth Anniversary big screen showings of the four movies in the Jaws’ series. You, then, followed this adventure up with seeing Blake Lively versus a great white shark in the new movie Shallows. After ten hours of viewing shark destruction, you have vowed never to step into the ocean again. Furthermore, your children will only be allowed to sit with pail and shovel yards from the beach. You remind your Jack and Jill that you will scoop water and bring it to them, ! We understand!

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Fast forward to Zach Efron’s new movie Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates. You are mentally rating the swearing and nudity in the movie against the comedy when an Efron fan behind you says: “If you think Zac is good in this one, wait until he joins The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) in his next movie, Baywatch.” You break out into your happy dance! Thanks Zac! Water safety just improved by leaps and leaps.

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After reviewing the swimming expertise and lifeguard prowess of the new Baywatch 2017 cast plus cameos from past stars that have demonstrated ocean skills, you know it will be safe to go into the water next year. Not this year, however! Lines have to be drawn!

David Hasselhoff is a Baywatch and singing legend across Europe. His presence in the movie remake of his television series should help draw big numbers to theaters in England and France. That is smart producing Baywatch organizers!

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Best Let’s Talk Philadelphia News Of The Week!
They Like Us! Read On Column Readers And Thank You!

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The Let’s Talk Philadelphia column has just passed 30,ooo reads AND we are only half way through the year. This nice reveal comes to a column that twenty years ago was handed out on the corner of Broad and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia. The one page column was developed for creative writing classes at The University of The Arts.

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Please let your friends know to drop their email in the follow box when the column opens on their computers. We would like to get to 30,000 and 1 reads before the end of the year! The follow box doesn’t appear on your phone!

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Best Websites Of The Week!
National Women’s History Project (www.nwhp.org)
National Organization Of Women (www.now.org)

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The United States’ 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was ratified on August 18, 1920. It was written in 1878 and took forty-one years to pass. The date, soon to arrive, is a monumental event in women’s history. The National Women’s History Project (NWHP), originators of National Women’s History Month and the National Organization Of Women (NOW), are leaders each year in organizing the celebration of Women’s Suffrage and the Women’s Equality Movement. Visit each organization’s website,  sign up for each organization’s newsletter, review their events near you,…..AND PARTICIPATE!

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Maria Lone Grove a Let’s Talk Philadelphia column reader from England suggested we feature the three women ministers in Italy (Angela Merkel, Chancellor), England (Theresa May, Prime Minister), and Scotland (Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister) as part of the American celebration. It will give school children, young women, and adults three more great role models to follow, emulate, and study.

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Best Grandmother And Grandfather Story Of The Week!
The Lock, Stock, And Barrel Generation!
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This year 25,ooo Americans 65 and over have just completed basic firearm’s training certification courses. Another 75,000 grandmothers and grandfathers have purchased guns without any formal training in the form of courses or individual instruction. When North Korea attacks us, 100,000 members of our gray army will be a formidable fighting machine that they won’t suspect. Kim Jong-un has started to tremble!

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2. Movies…Jason Bourne…Back After A Seven Year Vacation!
Europe, Asia, And Australia Get To See Matt Damon First!
We Are Looking Forward To Seeing Vincent Cassell And Alicia Vikander!

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It appears that the United States has now been moved to fourth place in the world of movie premieres. Universal, Kennedy Marshall Company, and Captivate Entertainment premiered Jason Bourne on July 11th at the 2200 seat Odeon Theater in London. Two more weeks of premieres of the $120,000,000 movie will take place in Australia and Europe  before the July 29th start here. These markets bring in double what the United States does on action flicks. This US slight is good for business. How many people in the US will know they missed the film’s debut.

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Matt Damon returns to the Jason Bourne spy series after a nine year break. He vowed not to return as Bourne until he could be united with two-time Bourne series’ director  and Bourne 5 writer Paul Greengrass. Jason Bourne originally titled Bourne Five, once again, has Damon trying to regain bits of his life after a four movie memory loss. The CIA, lead by Tommy Lee Jones, is after Bourne! Who knew!

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Bourne has a great many weapons and fighting skills. The CIA, in pursuit of Bourne, has  Academy Award winning, best supporting actress Alicia Vikander. Action hero is a new role for the frail looking Vikander. She is CIA agent Heather Lee, in this one, and a one woman army as Lara Croft in her next starring action role. Vikander is following Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider and, like Jolie did, has been fight training for over six months. She may be after Bourne in this movie, but pre-movie buzz says Julia Stiles, Nicky Parsons in the series, will catch him romantically at movie’s end. Six movie sites are predicting why! They all think she and Jason Bourne had a torrid relationship before he lost his memory. She was his handler in part one of the series.

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3. Music…Ray Price…Until Then From His Last Album Beauty Is!
46 Top Ten Country Music Hits!
100 Top One Hundred Chart Appearances!
Beauty Is: The Last Sessions
Tops Them All!

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We have always wanted to use the word circuitous in this column. It will help us explain how we arrived at Ray Price and Until Then as a lead topic for this issue. It certainly was circuitous!…we describe: It was leave for the day time and everyone was saying goodbye for the evening. The conversation gravitated to…there has to be a better closing than, goodbye and its finality sounding theme. Someone suggested Until Then, which was followed by someone saying it might not be a good closing, but it sounds like a great book or song title.

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Boom! Research time!
A book by Michael Alexander has that title and so does a well known church hymn. The better story, though, revolved around finding a song that Ray Price and Vince Gill recorded for a lasting tribute to Ray’s wife. The phrasing and final message to his wife in the song will bring deep breath time to your body. We continue…..

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Ray Price, Country Hall of Fame and Grammy Award winning singer, died in December of 2013. He had been battling pancreatic cancer for two and a half years. While dying, he recruited some of the top country stars to work with him to record a last album tribute to his wife Janie. The work is titled Beauty Is: The Final Sessions.

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Vince Gill’s duo with Price on Until Then written by Cindy Walker and Martina McBride’s harmonies on An Affair To Remember with Price are two great starting listens before purchasing this final album for your jukebox and next party. Up and coming stars Mo Pitney, a baritone like Price, and Teea Goans have two great song tributes to Price on the Internet. You will get a chance to meet Price’s wife Janie and hear about their 40 year love affair on both of these tributes, too. The album was released four months after Price’s death. Price would have walked proud on this collaboration as he did on many others throughout his career!

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“The best tunes are songs with a face. You recognize them. You know them. It’s like a person. They have a face that’s outstanding. Other songs don’t have a face. You just hear them, that’s all. The really good ones are few and far between.”_______ Ray Price.

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4. Music…The You Tube Music Vault…Performance Nirvana!
22,000 Live Performances Might Satisfy Your Music Itch!
Great Groups Of Old Join The New Makers Of Music!

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Do the words COMPLETE concerts of your favorite performer send shivers through your record player. You Tube has a great array of single music performances from the best stars of the past and present. We have touted these multi-talented individuals throughout our columns. 22,000 concerts of the best of the best is mind boggling in their newly discovered (at least by us) Music Vault.

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Our music mania recommendations the last three weeks featured:
Live From Daryl’s House (www.livefromdarylshouse.com)
Eurovision 2016 (eurovisionworld.com) and, now,
The You Tube Music Vault (www.youtube.com/user/musicvault).

If you would like to retreat into your headset at work, at home, or at your favorite retreat, these three sites will excite you musically in a myriad of ways. Your fill of legendary music, new bands, and singles has just begun. See you when you remove your headphones in September!

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5. Do You Have Art Or Photography Ready To Reach A Greater Audience?
Would Your Business Look Great On This Column?
Three Thousand Readers Would Like To Hear About Your Work!

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions.

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Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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180. King, McConaughey, Baldacci, Great Vacations, And England’s Queen!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!

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Best Book Of The Week!
David Baldacci Starts Your After The 4th Reading!
The Last Mile Will Have You Driving To The Book Store For More!
TV’s Unforgettable With Poppy Montgomery And Dylan Walsh!
Poppy And Dylan Are A Great Companion To Baldacci’s Work!

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The David Baldacci Camel Club Series is the best of his seven different book series. The Camel Club has the best characters, sleuthing, historical settings, and mysteries by far. Start there, if you have never read one of Baldacci’s books. With over 110 million copies sold of all his books (20 languages and 40 countries), David Baldacci is mystery writing and detective story supreme. You probably knew that!

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Baldacci’s newest book The Last Mile is the second in the Amos Decker detective series. Book one was Memory Man. Decker is an investigator that remembers everything. In his latest foray into trouble, two convicts on death row, who happen to be football players, are released from prison because someone confessed to their crimes. Those confessions happened just hours before one of the prisoners was going to be  put to their death in a Texas lethal injection chamber. Amos Decker’s investigation seems like nothing out of the ordinary until one of his partners goes missing in the middle of the research search. Something is amiss! It is a good thing Decker knows everything!

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Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh star in a similar memory concept television series called Unforgettable. The television series is in its fifth year and is still attracting new viewers. Maybe the book Decker and the television Montgomery will meet and really do an Unforgettable mind meld partnership show. The television shows Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD have already taken on this cross-show, sharing type of challenge. Until then, enjoy Baldacci’s new book and the Unforgettable series through On Demand until Dylan and Walsh return in the fall.

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Best Car Or Truck Of The Week!
Peterbilt Tri-Axel Dump Truck Is The Champ At One Million Miles!

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Pennsylvania holds more records than any state in the United States. Stretching the truth is one of those records. This week Lloyd Bollinger, Jr. helped the state to set a new record. He drove his Peterbilt dump truck past the one million mile mark. He has made the city of Palmerton, Pennsylvania proud while driving around accident free since 1977. We are trying to see if we can visit Lloyd for a ride in his most famous truck? His picture above with his family shows he is people friendly.

Best Queen Elizabeth Story Of The Week!
Relish The Relish Fair Monarch!

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If you think you like burgers, Queen Elizabeth likes them more. One of the richest women in the world at 500 million dollars owns a MacDonald’s. Here is how the British Daily Telegraph relayed the story to its readers: “Among Her Majesty’s most recent acquisitions is a retail park in Slough. The park encompasses a drive-through McDonald’s which the Queen can see from her Windsor Castle window. Bath Road Retail Park was purchased this month for £92 million by the Crown Estate. It administers the monarch’s property portfolio.” Everyone in the office has a burger joke about the Queen of England’s burger fetish. We are too sophisticated to do that!

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Best Website Of The Week!
ReverbNation: Maestro! A Music Drum Roll, Please!
Find The Nation: (www.reverbnation.com)!

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ReverbNation is celebrating its tenth year promoting the best of new music worldwide. The Nation supports singers, musicians, songwriters, and producers in 150 countries with a staff of 90 dedicated to the art workers. The group has developed, among its other tools, a TuneWidget that allows musicians to drop their best work onto the ReverbNation website for immediate worldwide promotion and for viewers/listeners to discover new talent and leave their opinions while enjoying these artist’s performances.

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ReverbNation says:  “We help artists grow lasting and rewarding careers by introducing them to music industry partners, exposing them to fans, and building innovative tools to promote their work.”

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This week our musical discoveries thanks to ReverbNation rival anything on television and on the Internet. The following songs and videos would be a fitting companion to add to your ReverbNation discoveries. Our can’t miss performers include:
1. Ella Henderson…start with her song Ghost then the Ghost album
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Victoria Canal…one armed singer and piano player…
3. Rhydian Roberts…Welsh tenor…
4. Dani-elle…Country songstress…Nashville’s 2016 New Artist winner…

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Best Lie Of The Week!
We Will Not Be Discussing Nathan’s Original’s 100th Anniversary!
We Will Not Be Telling You About Joey Chestnut’s 70 Hot Dog Record!
Nor Will We Be Telling You About The Female Winner Miki Sudo.

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For the last 100 years The University Of The Arts (where this column originated 20 years ago) has sent someone to cover the annual July 4th, Nathan’s Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest. It was a paid gig. The line of students vying for this job stretched around Walnut Street, one of Philadelphia’s main thoroughfares.

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Now, we are told the origin of this contest is a lie. The contest has only been in existence for 44 years with the rest a fabricated story. It was well told story about Irish immigrants competing for eating prowess 100 years ago. What did fifty-six years of University of the Arts students do with the money? Can we get it back from their families to invest in University parking. The city never offers enough to students!

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Joey Chestnut won for the seventh time this year. Takeru Kobayashi, eight time winner, has been banned from the contest, because, he refuses to join the hot dog eating union. Yes! Hot Dog eating union! You can’t make something like this up! Because of the lie, we are petitioning The University of the Arts to ban hot dogs from the cafeteria. Gretchen, this year’s column representative in New York, brought back three boxes of Nathan’s best for the office. As soon as we finish the gift, the ban the dog request will be sent to the President. Gretchen brought a Brian back, too. She said something about July 4th fireworks with him!

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2. Books/Movies…Stephen King…The Dark Tower Series!
Idris Elba And Matthew McConaughey To Star!
The Man In Black Is Being Followed!
Where Are You Hiding Dark Tower?

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It is strange to hear that Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series has taken ten years and four directors to get to the big screen at your local theater (February 17, 2017). It is one of King’s most successful series. The eight book series has sold thirty five million copies in over forty countries. The books comprises 4250 pages of work. We embraced the series by listening to The Gunslinger (6 CD’s) while racing around America’s interstates. Did you ever miss a turn while listening to a book! We missed two!

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In earlier filming discussions, Javier Barden and Russell Crowe were scheduled to star in this magic laced, dark science fantasy. Sony, since taking over the project, has recruited Matthew McConaughey to play the evil Man In Black. Idris Elba plays the the gun strapped hunter who is chasing the Man In Black. Idris is the last surviving member of a group of honorable knights called Gunslingers. His weapons are, of course, guns not swords. Slung crossed over his chest…they were given to him by his father.

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There are twelve strong and dangerous women in the Tower books. The latest addition to the cast is Katheryn Winnick. The strong minded Katheryn Winnick’s role still has not been divulged! Idris’s character changed race from the book series to the movie. Many are predicting Winnick’s role will, too. Catch her in the Vikings! This strong, tough Canadian actress has a black belt in karate and a Best Lead Actress nomination. She plays Lagertha on The History Channels Viking series! Acting alongside the formidable duo (Idris/Matthew) in The Dark Tower series will be no obstacle for her.

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A nice aside to the start of The Dark Tower’s filming is Matthew McConaughey’s new role as a real college instructor. He has accepted this role in the fall at his alma mater, The University of Texas, Austin. McConaughey will be joined by Hunger Games director Gary Ross. The Moody School of Film at the university is abuzz and graduate students are fighting for the sixty spots in the class. We are 61st, if someone gets ill.

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3. Travel/Resorts…Lake Vermillion…Sunrise And Sunset Awe!
A Member Of National Geographic’s Top Ten American Lakes!

Editor’s Note: Each week we try to pick articles and topics that are inspiring, informative, newsworthy, and different. We, often, think a particular topic will generate great response; like the preventable female zoo keeper’s death at an area zoo. That article, about an unfortunate death that could easily been avoided, generated no response. Last week, as a lark, we printed a rare fish story from readers in Wales and highlighted the European lake the fish inhabits. More people responded to that article and their own lake than responded to the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia.

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National Geographic Magazine voted Vermillion Lake in Cook, Minnesota one of America’s top ten most picturesque lakes. Four of the five lake photos pictured here are from Joshua, Megan, and Jesse. The three are tourist recruiters and fans of their area. We were encouraged by them to feature their 10 by 24 mile lake and its 200 islands on the Let’s Talk Philadelphia column. The picture with the purple hues was commissioned by the National Geographic Magazine for their article. Its unbelievable color doesn’t look real. It is! J, M, and J’s pictures look beautiful and far more realistic. National Geographic should send them some money.

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Vermillion Lake borders Canada and has a variety of resorts and camping options in Minnesota and Canada. You can easily find modern, country, and rustic  lodging bordering the lake. The lodging topper is the 70 year old Ludlow Island Resort.  The Ludlow Resort has four….four story dream catcher tree houses to rent with brilliant views of the lake. We repeat. Your are living in a tree house and your children will love you forever or until they start dating.
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4. Television…MTV’s Chronicles Of  Shanarra..Forward Brave Fantasy!
The Four Lands Need To Throw Out The Demons! Ellcrys Is Dying!
Terry Brooks Spins His Four Books Into Two Years Of Television!

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What should an enduring fantasy have for excitement and mind capturing themes to attract television viewers? Take 30 seconds to write your favorite fantasy wants and needs on piece of pink, perfumed paper (ala Reese Witherspoon). Read our actual List of Shannara after your short writing and thinking pause ends.

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If it were in any fantasy you have ever read, MTV has carefully placed it into The Chronicles Of Shannara. The tree, Ellcrys, that is the keeper of wisdom, history, and a prison for all the realms demons is dying. Each time a piece of the tree dies, a demon monster and its followers is released into the Four Lands. The King is John Rhys Davies. No one in the king’s castle or sacred council knows how to stop this threat.

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The king’s ward (Poppy Drayton) has just passed the warrior’s initiation. No women in the kingdom has never done this before. Ellcrys talks to Poppy and no one else. It shows her the kingdom’s future and past. Hordes of knights (Austin Butler), elves, Druids, sorcerers, dwarfs, gnomes, changelings, thieves (James ReMar), magicians (Manu Bennett), and flying serpents support and block the Princess from the mysterious, kingdom saving quest. MTV Rewatch has the first ten episodes. You can, also, find the series on NerFlix. Happily, the show has been renewed for next year. Season two will debut next January. You have time to fantasize through season 1!

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5. Do You Have Art Or Photography Ready To Reach A Greater Audience?
Would Your Business Look Great On This Column?
Three Thousand Readers Would Like To Hear About Your Work!

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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179. The Legend Of Tarzan, Dami Im, Aida Nikolaychuk, And Great Wines!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!

Best Story Of The Week!
Calysta Bevier, 16, Beats Stomach Cancer To Remission!
Her June 21st Appearance On America’s Got Talent Is Tearful Plus!

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Rachel Platten’s Fight Song was Calysta Bevier’s selection for her America’s Got Talent audition last Tuesday. You have to research this video to see a great talent. You will, also, need a tissue box to see what she had to get through to get to the audition. Seeing Simon Cowell hug her after her performance will cause you to go through a second box of tissues. Good luck Calysta in the next rounds!

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Best Coffee Of The Week!
The Vote Is In! Cups Ready? Please Try These Great Tastes And Confirm!

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As you stand at your office’s coffee maker in the morning, you will be standing with coffee drinkers and coffee lovers. The coffee drinker will take anything next to the Keurig or push a button on a machine and be happy with what comes out. The coffee lover needs something special each day and wouldn’t put up with a coffee machine in their office, warehouse, school, or studio. Coffee Lovers have their favorites, but they are, also, on a quest to find the ultimate in coffee taste. This never ending quest is real!

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This week’s best coffee picks are Seattle’s Best Coffee Dark Intense (tantalizing) and Melitta Whole Bean (smooth). You can Amazon both flavors for two day delivery. We are not office snubs. Wawa and its twenty flavors and creams is just around the corner. Our second summer suggestion is coffee ice cubes. If you are making iced coffee and can’t get the flavor right, make iced coffee cubes first…Then pour your coffee over them. Viola!

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Best Fish Tale Of The Week!
The Gwynaid! One Of The Rarest Fish In The World!
We Are Appeasing And Pleasing Our Welsh Friends!

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Each week, we ask our readers for something special from their area or like list to feature on Let’s Talk Philadelphia so we can reach a greater audience.

This week we promised our Welsh readers to feature one of Wales’s most famous rarities. We know it is a fish! So Hey! It will be the first fish featured on this column. The Gwynaid can only be found in Lake Bala in Wales. It is endangered because the Ruffies in the lake eat the Gwynaid’s eggs when they are laid. Conservationists are trying to breed the Gwynaid in other lakes. It hasn’t been a success, so far. This little fish has endured for 10,000 years. There will be a few more years in its future. Lake Bala is four miles long and a half a mile wide. Add it to your things to see on your tour of  Wales.

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Best Office Mix Of The Week!
Louisa Johnson And Reggie N’ Bollie!

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If you are making a music DVD or CD for your boyfriend, girlfriend, paramour, newborn, or ride anywhere, Louisa Johnson and Reggie N’ Bollie should be on your consideration list. Reggie N’ Bollie are rap and funk to the Snoop Dog! Their never stop moving, vocal style is infectious. Start with their semi-ballad Would You Still Love Me before moving to their rock the house songbook.

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Louisa Johnson won X Factor UK last year with her rendition of Forever Young. Her songbook, dress, and make-up show a great transition from nervous seventeen-year-old to mega-star. Josh Kear and Natalie Hemby wrote the song Jealous for Labrinth. You will love, love Louisa Johnson’s version of the song before you hear how Labrinth tackles the sensitive break-up topic. While searching for Jealous, you will come across another Jealous by Nick Jonas. This is not the song you want on your CD or DVD.

Best Quote Of The Week!
Wine Up Office Mates With This One!
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“Friday just called, she will be here tomorrow and she’s bringing the wine!”

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1. Libations…Bottlenotes…The Best In Sips And Suds!
From Vineyards To Bars To Your Kitchen, Then Your Backyard!
The Best Drinks, Drink Recipes, And Drink Festivals!
Do You Need Help Finding Them? Alyssa Rap Knows All!

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Don’t let the Bottlenotes.com’s website design scare you away from great research in spirits, the places that feature them, and the people who create and design them. We are lending Bottlenotes our best website designers. We can make a difference! Whether it is your dinner table, backyard barbecue, house soiree, or picnic at the lake or beach, Bottlenotes has the answer to put you in the major leagues and on the I want to be there again list. You will see the respect in your friend’s and guest’s eyes!

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Bottlenotes claims: “We are enthusiasts, aficionados, and all around lovers of wine, craft beer, and artisanal spirits. Our mission is to share interesting news, hidden gems, and recipes, introduce you to unique wine, beer and spirit makers, and generally celebrate life with a good drink in hand!”

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If you need a drink in hand to celebrate life (we are church going), sign up for Bottlenote’s newsletter and scour their website for all kinds of interesting. This week’s best Bottlenote share from their newsletter was the Strawberry Cocktail. It came from Jules Aron’s book Zen and Tonic: Savory And Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker. The website and book are for anyone that wants to be more drink savvy and drink world enlightened. White Whiskey is the talk of the summer! Can you top the Strawberry Cocktail? July 4th is approaching! Hurry!

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2. Movies…Tarzan 2016…The Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie Duo!
London And Tarzan Are Not A Match! Can Tarzan Return To The Jungle?
Why Would He Want To Return? Honor? The Jungle’s Call? Humanitarian!

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Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) should like Victorian London (1884-1891)! He has been there for years. Great food, great theater, and no gorillas, tsetse flies, irate indigenous tribesmen, or vines. Like most great adventures, Tarzan gets out and then they pull Tarzan back into the fire.

There is no Me Tarzan, You Jane in this one.
The kissing scenes and the super 3-D make up for it.

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John Clayton III, Viscount Greystokes (Tarzan), and his wife Jane Porter (Margot Robbie) are living the good life in London. They are honored, they think, with representing the British House of Commons as emissaries to the Congo Free State. Deception, violence, and intrigue started long before the famous couple, again, will step foot into the Africa they both loved and left. The Congo’s new troubles started when it was partitioned in 1884. The land grab and mineral grab were epic.

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Samuel Jackson is Tarzan’s gun toting, American side-kick in this one. He has trouble swinging through the vines as he tries to support Tarzan and protect Tarzan’s family. Christopher Walz is the really, really bad guy. Walz leads his mercenaries in a panorama of wrong that includes diamond smuggling, slavery, animal extermination, and Tarzan hunting. Jim Broadbent, John Hurt, and Dijimon Hounsou add to a great supporting cast. The Computer Generated Images (CGI) and flashbacks to Tarzan’s gorilla upbringing are just as good as the acting. Gorillas forever!

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You hope Tarzan can solve the Congo’s problems as Count Greystokes. You hope Tarzan is not going to revert to his animalistic past. Of course, The Legend Of Tarzan, would not be a movie if this did not happen. It would not be a really good movie, if this, had not happened. Swing over to this movie and compare!

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3. Music…Eurovision 2016…The World’s Greatest Music Fest!
36 Countries! 72 Performers! 36 Great Works Of Music!
http://eurovisionworld.com/?eurovision=songs_videos

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It was rewarding to find out how many readers enjoyed our suggestion of Live From Daryl’s House (www.livefromdarylshouse.com) and its 120 great shows performed in Daryl Hall’s intimate house setting. Great acoustics and great performances were featured weekly across all music categories. Famous and soon to be famous artists in duets with Daryl Hall were the show’s major selling point.

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This week’s recommendation of Eurovision 2016 rivals Darly’s House in quantity and quality of exceptional performances. Eurovision 2016 is two contests across two week’s of performances. Every European country and Australia has entries into these contests. The first contest is for best song of the year. The second contest is for best male or female singer. When you go to the link above, you can hear the performances from every country in an easy to navigate list. The performances are a music lover’s delight!

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Two great special talents emerged from this year’s contest: Dami Im and Aida Nicolaychuk. Dami Im is a singer from Australia by the way of South Korea. Aida Nicolaychuk is from the X-Factor Ukraine and has progressed from bank teller to one of Europe’s top models and singers. 204 million viewers saw their performances during these two contests. Both of these divas’ Internet song presence will provide hours of special listens across rock and roll, jazz, R and B, and musical theater.

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4. Your Phone, Your Computer, And Your Television!
Applications That Make Life Easier!
What Is Everyone Talking About Today!

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Five organizations from the Department of Education to the American Library Association to Scoop-It shared an enticing article on the 30 Best New Phone/Computer Applications for the library, school, home, and office. Here is their introduction to the 30 apps feature. Google the topic or click on the link!

“Sometimes it can be hard to find the right app when there are thousands out there that could pull you in different directions. So when librarians do the work for you, take advantage. Some of the highlights on this list include an easy blogging site for kids, tools for storytelling and for developing student quizzes, and an app for kids to develop an attractive digital portfolio (Schwartz, KQED News).”

The thirty valuable applications are worth a look-over. Our two favorites are It Was Here and The Newspaper. Wherever you are standing with your phone or computer, It Was Here shows you what was there in the past. The Newspaper has back issues to 1945 of hundreds of newspapers. This gives you a first hand look at the news, public opinion, fashion, politics, sports, and editorials from the last seventy years.

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5. Do You Have Art Or Photography Ready To Reach A Greater Audience?
Would Your Business Look Great On This Column?

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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178. Cee Lo Green, Roosevelt, Washington’s Spies, And The Free State Of Jones!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!

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Best Reminder Of The Week!

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The Free State Of Jones Did Not Disappoint!
A Very Extraordinary Look At The Civil War!
This Movie Is An Historical Epic!

The themes for this year’s July 4th movie rush include:
1. Aliens returning to earth after failing at their last take-over…
2. Orphan-eating giants
3. Sharks trying to eat Blake Lively
4. a little fish and her friends…
5. A better than ever Tarzan
6. A not too well-known look at a Civil War insurrection…

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If you had a gun with one bullet in it and 500 Confederate soldiers were advancing on your small town, who would you want to handle that gun? This week our choice is Matthew McConaughey! Sure! McConaughey looked good in the back seat of a Lincoln in the Lincoln Lawyer. In The Free State of Jones, Matthew looks better wearing a great deal less. McConaughey lived up to our previous article touting the Free State of Jones as the must see movie of the summer. History buffs, movie buffs….put this well acted movie on your watch list! Tell your friends!

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Best Internet Site
http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com!
Daryl Hall Hosts The Special Performer: New And Megastar!

In searching for Cee Lo Green’s newest songs to feature on Let’s Talk Philadelphia, we, again, discovered Live From Daryl’s House. The problem with the music that wafts out of Daryl’s House is that it pulls you in and won’t let you go. His in his house venue features one hour, intimate shows with over 120 different musical stylizing artists. Daryl’s show features the famous and soon to be famous. As we indicated in a column a year ago, the types of performers Daryl Hall selects are beyond special.

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Daryl and his guest performer sing each others songs. In the case of Cee Lo Green, the duos on the songs Crazy, One on One, and F**k You (written by Bruno Mars) will bring you to Daryl’s House again and to Cee Lo Green’s next album.

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Follow your Cee Lo listens with Daryl Hall and Pat Monahan of Train doing Wait For Me; then Rob Thomas and Daryl doing She’s Gone. These three recommended artists hit high notes with Daryl on these songs that are only found in the Alps.

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Best Music Discovery!
Europe Is Changing Music In Philadelphia And Throughout The States!

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Victoria Hesketh is Little Boots. Hesketh has her Techno Rock blaring all over Europe. It is, now, creeping into the Americas. Techno Rock is a sound that provides, unheard of before, computer enhancements to live performances and studio albums.  Hesketh is supported by a groundbreaking new studio called Studio Amplify and the likes of Europe’s top writers and performers like Sam Sparrow.

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Studio Amplify creates computer applications for the emerging artists and top performers in music, theater, and dance. Just when you think you have seen everything, Techno Rock delivers a whole new world of utterly amazing! The Little Boots’ support videos are critical thinking and creative gems. These musical and video gems are a challenge as you try to see their relationship to the songs they highlight. Challenge your mind and the right side of your brain while scanning the works of  Victoria Hesketh and Little Boots and an emerging group of cross-continent Techno Rock performers.

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2. Television…Turn: Washington’s Spies…AMC And Classic History!
Benedict Arnold…His Wife Made Him Do It!
John Andre…A Cult Hero In England!
Alexander Rose Author Of Great Historical Fiction!
Washington’s Spies: The Story Of America’s First Spy Ring!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is American History and no one does it better than the city and surrounding areas from Valley Forge to Washington Crossing. It was this week in 1775 that George Washington was appointed Commander General of the Continental Army. Turn: Washington’s Spies has just started its third season on the American Movie Channel (AMC). After the History Channel’s take on the Revolutionary War, Turn: Washington’s Spies makes a good second stop for history buffs and television viewers that enjoy a good story and historical fiction.

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You are a group of farmers in 1776 Long Island, New York lead by Abe Woodhull. The British have just taken over New York City and Long Island. You are tired of farming with friends since childhood, so you form The Culper Ring to help Washington gather information in his battle with the British. Sounds like science fiction or television let’s make this up, but it is true and it is a featured story on the third season of Turn: Washington’s Spies.

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This spy ring, as depicted in Turn, was instrumental in turning the tide of the Revolutionary War. Their story makes for great history. The husband and wife and mistress duos are greatly exaggerated, though. Too bad! These sex and family matters when added to the history and the clashes of families with split loyalties makes for riveting viewing.

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Jamie Bell plays Abraham Woodhall (ring leader) with Heather Lind as his Turn Series’ lover. The extensive cast, also, features Angus Macfadyn as Major Robert Rogers, J. J. Field as Major John Andre, Ian Kahn as George Washington, and Owain Yeoman as Benedict Arnold. The stories have gotten stronger and stronger as the show finishes its third season. You will find yourself frequently heading to your encyclopedia to look up new characters, historical settings, and events after each episode. You will, also, be calling Mrs. Johnson your high school history teacher for further confirmation and support on whether events are historical facts or historical fiction.

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3. Business…A Billion Dollars In Collectables…Who Makes This Money?
Collecting Spans All Age Groups! How Much Money Is Available?
Purchase Power Needs Access, Reliability, Quantity, and Quality!

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The universal appeal of sports is documented every day in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and on the Internet. More people watched The Soccer World Cup of the Americas these past two weeks than watched their children. Sport fanatics and everyday sport fans consume billions of dollars of memorabilia of their favorite team and player in the form of props, clothing, shoes, hats, sport cards, dolls, signage, autographs, and more. Finding quality, originality, and the best price forces fans through a indistinguishable maze of options. David Yoken shared his new collectable application with Let’s Talk Philadelphia! It will give every purchaser buying power, search power, and a better picture of the memorabilia market. Here is what David said about his company and the tools they are developing for a market that is lucrative for so many.
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There are close to 80 auction houses that sell sports memorabilia on a regular basis. With an average of five auctions a year conducted by each auction house, that amounts to over an auction a day, each with hundreds or thousands of items for sale. The amount of activity can be overwhelming for collectors to navigate. Collectable.com, Inc. is the developer of the Collectable app for iPhone and iPad, which provides sports collectors the ability to navigate the vast sports collecting market in one place. With the free app, collectors can easily view, search, and track all auctions with the tap of a finger. Users can peruse all auction items from a variety of auction houses, access up-to-the-minute prices, and even conveniently track and share items of interest. Additionally, users can submit their wish list items, and the app will also automatically notify the user when these items become available in the future.”

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“Our company is focused on developing software to help empower collectors in a fragmented market. As collectors ourselves, we found it nearly impossible to navigate all of the private auction houses without missing something. Our application fixed this problem for collectors,” said David Yoken, co-founder and CEO of Collectable. “We have an opportunity to make the market more accessible for collectors everywhere, and we think this software can be a game changer for the industry.”  The application currently includes 25 of the top sports-focused auction houses and 1,400 users. The company’s development road map includes the release of an Android app this summer that gives users the ability to bid directly through the app.”

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4. History…Teddy Roosevelt…The Man In The Arena!
Theodore-Roosevelt.com…
A Presidency Outlined In Seven Key Areas!

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On April 23, 1910 in Sorbonne, Paris, President Theodore Roosevelt gave a 45-page speech on/called Citizenship In A Republic. A small memorable section of his speech called The Man In The Arena has been the mantra for Let’s Talk Philadelphia for 20 years. We report the best in people, places, things, and entertainment. We are not critics!

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This week The Man In The Arena was used by Goodreads to kick off their new selling campaign and the television show BlueBloods to end one of their key shows. We thought it would be a good time to share Roosevelt’s quote. The excerpt that follows delivers a go ahead and do it, matchless, lesson to anyone that strives to be new and different. We hope you enjoy its messages and our weekly always-positive discussions.

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The Man In The Arena…It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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5. Do You Have Art Or Photography Ready To Reach A Greater Audience?
Should Your Business Be Featured On This Column?

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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177. Now You See It 2, Richard Gere, Joe DiMaggio, And Diets!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!

Best Book Series Of The Week!

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The You Series has won every New York Times Book Award. Dr. Michael Fredric Roizen, its author, is the award-winning Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. It was surprising that the local 40,000 square foot library only had the book on You: Diets available. Anyone would have predicted that diets would be the first book that flew off the shelf. The seven book You Series covers everything from teens to your waistline. The books are data tomes filled with great informational basics and advanced offerings for taking care of your teen to taking care of belly fat to being more youthful. The diet book is great for those not thinking of dieting, also. The simple, but most beneficial exercise section, is a must read for everyone. The book has 100 recipes for dieters and non-dieters alike. You will impress your lady and gentlemen friends with your cooking expertise while reducing their belly fat at the same time.

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Best Quote Of The Week!
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Don’t Be Afraid To Grow Old, It Is A Privilege Denied To Many!

This quote, attributed to Richard Gere, has been widely circulated. The quote, however, was shared by anonymous long before Gere was born. If you are over thirty, the saying activates the critical thinking and life management sections of your brain. Embrace the wrinkles and the memory losses, there are more to come!

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Best Travel Recommendation Of The Week!
The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum Is Calling!
Baseball History Magnified! Babe Ruth Copied Jackson’s Swing.

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Greenville, South Carolina is celebrating the eighth anniversary (June 22nd) of the opening of the Joe Jackson museum (http://www.shoelessjoejackson.org.). The small museum is located in the house where Jackson lived and died. Like Gere above, everyone thinks the Say it Ain’t So Joe saying is attributed to a young boy’s plea to DiMaggio after hearing of Joe DiMaggio’s retirement.

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The Say it Ain’t So Joe quote is little boy American folklore involving the White Sox baseball scandal (the Black Sox Scandal) surrounding the fixing of the World Series in 1919. Jackson lead both teams in every hitting category. Joe was still banned for his involvement in the world series fix by Commissioner Landis in 1920. Did the young fan say it to Jackson is a great debate topic?  Topic 2 is does Jackson deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Jackson still holds three team records to this day. Prepare some extra beds Greenville! The baseball lover’s caravan is on its way!

Best Heads Up For Music Fans!

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If you thought Rihanna’s mega concert (the opening acts were 90 minutes) in Philadelphia last week was outstanding, wait until Adele hits the Wells Fargo Entertainment Center, September 9th and 10th. Some of the seats are pricey, but nowhere near the $1800 the award winning play Hamilton is getting on Broadway.

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Best Television Binge Watch
Breaking Bad (eight seasons with Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and Aaron Paul starring) And The Sons Of Anarchy (five seasons with Ron Perlman, Charley Hunnan, Katey Sagal, and Maggie Siff starring)!

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These two extremely violent television series have won every major and minor performance award. The first, Sons, is a motorcycle gang that has prostitution, drugs, pornography, and illegal arms as their primary businesses. The second, Bad, has a normal high school family man controlling the methamphetamine trade over a wide area. Watching both shows is a new psychology…that of rooting for the bad guy.

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Never in the history of television has the bad guy had such a large and devoted support audience. On top of this fact, the good guys FBI, ATF, state police, and local police are just as corrupt. The only good result from these two shows, in addition to their mantel full of awards, is that 1600 actors appeared in these two series. Netflix and all the re-watch channels are hosting the two series for nighttime commercial-less viewing. Decisions?

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2. Movies…Now You See It 2! Will It Be Money Magic Again?
Magic, Trickery And Skullduggery Across Two Continents!
Wait For The Reveal! The Best Is Yet To Come!

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Now You See It 1 garnered close to four hundred million dollars world-wide. It surprised the best illusionists and magicians in their theaters and movie producers in their movie studio offices. Now 1 is on every basic and Re-watch channel. You will enjoy the four switches in one before seeing the second movie in the series. It is helpful, but uncertain whether you need the foundation of the first movie to jump into the second movie’s plot. There is a review session in the beginning of the new movie.

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The sold out theater at the Thursday night, day early opening applauded at the movie’s end. This means first time viewers and and those that saw they original enjoyed the movie equally. Now See See It 2 has some new characters and some missing characters. The Four Horsemen are/is a heist team most supreme (three men and a woman). The team has a variety of magical and sleight of hand skills. They, unfortunately, lost their leading lady, Isla Fisher, and her red hair to a pregnancy. Red hair really is a great boast to any magician’s act. Fisher was replaced by Lizzy Caplan, the Masters and Johnson star. Caplan is the Queen of Beheadments in a shocking introduction to her new heist group. You will jump out of your seat at this shocking!

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The  world-wide numbers for NYSI2 are steadily growing. As before, we remind magic fans to see the Illusionist and the Prestige. They are two star filled, well acted, and amazing magic and illusion presentations. These two old movies have passionate kissing. Now You See It 2 does not. NYSI2 does show a great passion for fooling the audience.

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3. Books…The Jerry Spinelli Book Experience!
Which One Of The Thirty-Three Books Have You Read?
Philadelphia Claims Another Superstar!

If you have written 33 books, have won the Newbery Medal for best children’s book, and have a play, a movie, and a television series based on your books and characters, there has to be a title that says more than author! Our staff is working on a descriptive one for Mr. Spinelli! Suggestions?

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Most children’s literature instructor’s, librarians, and book store owners would recommend Jerry Spinelli’s Maniac Magee (Newbery Award Winner) and Wringer as two good beginning of the summer reads for any fourth through eighth grader. We are going in a different direction with our book recommendations of There’s A Girl In My Hammerlock followed by Stargirl (2000) and Love Stargirl (2007).

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Maisie Potter (Hammock) couldn’t make the cheer leading squad. She did make the boys wrestling squad at 105 pounds, though. Susan Caraway (Stargirl) wears 1920 flapper outfits to high school, has a tablecloth and flowers for her lunch table each day, and cheers for both teams while she is on her school’s cheer leading squad. The Spinelli themes of non-conformity in young girls paves the way for non-conformity and outlines its pitfalls in both stories. The books have great themes for helping young women to be anything they want to be in an often critical world for those straying from conservative and stereo-type paths.

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Jerry Spinelli spent most of his life in Norristown, PA and now lives in Phoenixville, PA with his wife and scattered six children. Both towns are suburbs of Philadelphia. Spinelli is in The Let’s Talk Philadelphia Hall of Fame. You will love visiting the Hall of Fame after we raise the 10 million dollars for its construction.

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4. Movies II…Maggie’s Plan…Planning For Love The Greta Gerwig Way!
This Movie May Be The Instruction Manual For All Relationships!

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Greta Gerwig works at the local university and wants a baby, not love. She decides to by-pass the old fashion way and employ a sperm donor. The donor is a college friend, great mathematician, and now a pickle designer. Hey! His pickles are great tasting! Ethan Hawke, noted college instructor and author, crosses Gerwig’s university lunch table. She begins helping Hawke on his latest book and real love takes over Greta’s brain.

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Hawke brings a university library full of dysfunction and a wife (Julianne Moore) to the equation. Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph lend support as Greta’s brother and wife. Greta takes it all on, and then, there is that movie moment that no one sees coming. Maggie’s Plan is for the small venue movie lover. After you see the 23 big buck movies at your local cineplex, try to fit this little gem into your watch list.

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5. Books…Paranormal…Kiersten White…The Seven Book Series!

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Stay tuned for the Kiersten White story as soon as we finish reading her seven books about urban fantasy. We didn’t realize there were paranormals running throughout Europe, our cities, and small towns. Kiersten White, who looks younger than the young adults she writes for, has given us a squad of detectives that can see the/these ever growing and deviously dangerous paranormals. Teenager Evie gives guidance to this battle.

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If you have read any of Kiersten White’s books, please let us know if we are safe or not! Please send us your best two paragraphs about Kiersten and her stories so we can make believe that we really have her writing and life story down.

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6. Do You Have A Column Idea In The Back Or Front Of Your Brain?
What Do You Think Should Be Featured On This Column Call-out?

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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176. Kurt Vonnegut, Sara Bareilles, Adele, Corden Karaoke, And Lighthouses!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!

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Best Short Story To Start The Summer!
Kurt Vonnegut’s Long Walk To Forever!

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If you have five minutes to start your summer reading, you will enjoy starting sunshine season with Kurt Vonnegut’s Long Walk To Forever. A soldier goes AWOL to rush home and tell the girl he adores that he loves her. She is about to marry another and never realized the power of his affection for her. Every creative writing and short story writing class in America uses this story for the great discussions it generates on love, writing, and communication. A student in a recent writing class said Vonnegut’s short story Long Walk To Forever should be called The Dialogue of Love.

If you have never thought of including Kurt Vonnegut in your reading before this, try viewing Vonnegut’s four and a half minute video on creative writing and plot creation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP3c1h8v2ZQ). Vonnegut presents his ideas to an audience of writers. The information in Vonnegut’s video presentation is so obvious that we forget how important his basic writing tenants are to all story telling and to the construction of all stories. Genius is apparently not needed in writing.

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Best Sites For Finding Your Summer Reads!
GoodReads, Reading Is Fundamental,
The African American Book Club, And Planet Esme!

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These four recommended sites will give you every possible summer book suggestion for adults and children. Author talks in audio and written form are a favorite as authors and illustrators bring their best works to life with personal insights that readers will love.

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Try exploring these four site’s links to free audio books and resources for the classroom, home, or office. Audio books will shorten all your summer drives.agoodasa          agoodabc

Best Child Exploration For The Summer Internet Site!
Would A Surfnet Widget Be Appropriate For Your Website?
Barbara J. Feldman Is The Driving Force For Surfnetkids.com!

Surfnet.Kids.com has been a recommendation a number of times on this column for hosting every subject any four through twenty year old would like to investigate or research. Surf Net Kids’s educational archive is one of the largest on the Internet (a one stop educational cornucopia). Sign-up for all this great Surfnet information is free.
If you need an educational connection here is what Barbara offers in her latest issue.

Dear Tom,
Are you in charge of a website or blog for kids, teachers, or parents? If so, let me reintroduce the Surfnetkids Widgets. They are little snippets of daily fun facts, coloring pages, jokes, inspirational quotes, and a Surfnetkids Calendar. You can place a single line of code on your site or WordPress blog, and have fun, “of the day” content from Surfnetkids. Research the Surfnet site for directions and additional offerings.

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2. Music…Sara Bareilles…Broadway’s Best Has Shined Elsewhere!
The Play Waitress Is Ready To Serve At This Weekend’s Tony Awards!

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Sara Bareilles has just been nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics). She is a first time nominee for a Tony Award. Bareilles has been nominated for the Grammy Award five times. Broadway producer Barry Weissler and theater director Diane Paulus recruited the amazing songstress to write the musical score for Waitress, a Broadway adaption of the 2007 movie of the same name. The accolades for the play and Sara’s work are on a seven month run.

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Sara’s task of putting the life of a pregnant waitress in a difficult marriage to song was a daunting one. Bareilles’s writing background for Gravity, Brave, and her personal memoir Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song gave her some insight and visual ammunition for the stage version of Waitress. The Tony’s are on Sunday night. A win for Sara is a win for America, though all the nominees are American. We can’t lose!

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The movie Waitress, starring Keri Russell (The Americans…FX), was an art theater success in 2007. Waitress can be seen on all your re-watch and On Demand movie channels. The cooking tips throughout are as good as the movie. Say pie! Delicious!

If you can’t get to Broadway to see Jessie Mueller bring Sara’s theater work to life in Waitress, we recommend catching Ms. Bareilles’s and Jessie’s talents on Vevo or your local video movie channel. Our top three great watching suggestions feature Sara Bareilles singing:
Gravity with Elton John,
Chandelier with Sia, and
Brave with an intimate, well versed, Atlanta, sing along audience.

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3. Travel…The Haunted Lighthouse Versus The Regular Ocean Watcher!
Lisa McCray Shares Some Of Her Great Photographs And Perspective!
Your Next Travel Destination Might Include These Lighthouses!

Hello Tom…
Not exactly sure if this is what you were looking for,
but, please read and let me know if this works.

Lighthouse enthusiasts know there is nothing quite like visiting a new
lighthouse on their list, to climb those spiraled staircases, and be rewarded
with the spectacular views from the top!

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Long before lighthouses were automated, one can only imagine
the daily life of the keepers of the lights, carrying heavy containers of oil
to the top to keep the lights lit….helping ships at sea to avoid dangerous
shoals and shipwrecks.

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The most photographed lighthouse in North America is the Portland Head Light,
located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Like many others, Portland Head Light is
said to be haunted. The lighthouse bears a posted sign detailing the wreck of a
ship that occurred close to the lighthouse on a cold, winter Christmas Eve night in 1886. Are lighthouses haunted or are they stories to heighten the mystique? Lisa McCray

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Thanks Lisa for photographing these lighthouses for this article: Delaware Breakwater, Maine Cape Neddick, Maine Portland Head, Illinois Grosse Point, and Wisconsin Wind Pointe. We included the Lighthouse of Alexandria for people who forgot the story of this Seventh Wonder of the Ancient World.

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4. Television…The Late, Late Show (CBS) Karaoke Carpool!
James Corden Teams With The World Of Music And Theater!
Get Your Ride On Only Without J Lo, Adele, or Gwen Stefani!
James Corden Is Hosting Sunday Night’s Tony Awards!

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You are sitting in your writing portal trying to think of a lead-in for James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke when you get a call from Chicago and a text from Indonesia saying you should write up The Late, Late Show’s Carpool Karaoke skits. Kismet! Indonesia was a stretch, but we do have a new reader from there!
Thanks Elvack and brother for tuning in!

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If you haven’t seen one of James Corden’s skits before, you are the only one in the world (like us) that hadn’t seen it…before researching this segment for our column. Now the Karaoke bits are a watch while you are working addiction. You just can’t watch one episode. Your three favorite recording stars are somewhere on his list. James Corden is driving to work. He keeps miraculously picking up singing stars from every musical category to ride along with him and sing along with anything that pops up on the car radio. Corden’s viewing and on site show audience do not know who the night’s ride along and sing along selection will be.

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Corden is driving to the studio (scary) and the car radio is programmed for that particular singer’s songs. Corden, then, performs well in duets with every star on the way to work. The conversations with each recording star on the way to the stage or theater are typical work talk chatter like: J Lo did you really spend a million dollars to insure your ass?

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We are not the only ones reviewing Carpool Karaoke. Here are the number of hits for the most watched segments of the show:

Adele 108 million watchers
Justin Bieber 79 million viewers
One Direction 69 million watchers
Sia 46 million viewers

It didn’t make the top three but the segment with Gwen Stefani, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts are must watch television. J Lo was a great passenger, also. She made an enjoyable, funny, sing along and watch on their drive to work.

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5. A Let’s Talk Philadelphia Watch Out!
Three Shows Coming To Your Movie And Television Screens!
Lethal Weapon, The BFG, And Banshee!

Every movie critic categorizes the Lethal Weapon movie series (1987-1989) as Mel Gibson’s best work. Gibson and Danny Glover were a great mix of crazy and sane in the series as two detectives fighting California evil. These movies weren’t close to Gibson’s best work in We Were Soldiers. Soldiers is the story of the 58,000 American soldiers and 15,000 American civilians killed in Vietnam. Gibson was the commander of a group of these soldiers in one of the most horrific battles of the war. Leave no man behind was the battle mantra! It was not a successful battle cry.

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The FX Television Channel is reprising the Lethal Weapon story for inclusion in their new summer offerings. Dante Brown plays the Glover role, though, not as old as Glover was in the original. He is still that play it by the book, straight and narrow detective that Glover was in the original movies. Clayne Crawford plays the insane Riggs. The four minute preview on FX Rewatch lets you see some of the original good detective manners Riggs displayed. Jordana Brewster from the Fast and Furious 7-part series is the Renee Russo in this new TV rendition of Lethal Weapon.

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Steven Spielberg does not make schlock! His latest movie project opening July 1, 2016 is Roald Dahl’s The BFG. The BFG stands for the Big Friendly Giant. Sophie is an orphan who can’t sleep at night. Unbelievably, she looks out her window one night to see these mysterious giants running through her English town. These giants scamper all over Europe stealing and eating orphans no one will miss. They talk about how different children taste from the various countries they plunder and pillage. The giants are not at all cuddle-some…except for The BFG. The BFG rescues Sophia and stops Sophie from being snatched and eaten. He is much smaller than his giant mates and has speech problems. He is the perfect friend for Sophie and partner in her mission to stop these giants for reigning havoc on other orphan children throughout Europe like Sophie.

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Is it proper English to say Pennsylvania kills the better or Pennsylvania kills the best? Banshee, in its fourth season, is the Cinemax and Pennsylvania based series showing murder most foul in parts of Pennsylvania known for friendliness. We use the murder most foul quote far too much in this column. No one in Banshee seems to be friendly and it is impossible to separate the good guys and girls from the bad. Catch the Banshee series and Pennsylvania landscape on all the Re-watch Channels provided for your TV and see if you are a good separator.

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6. Join The Let’s Talk Philadelphia Family With Your Favorite Movie, Art, Photography, Theater, Book, Travel, Internet, Or Food Suggestions.

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from five continents.

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175. The Night Manager, Ferris Bueller, iDrop News, And Aaliyah

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!

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Best No Fly Zone!
You May Not Want To Just Wing It In Philadelphia!

Philadelphia has made it into another top three. We are not cheering for this one! This award is not in a category Philadelphia relishes. The National Aeronautic Administration reports that Philadelphia’s International Airport is second in the nation in secure area break-ins. The Philadelphia Airport reports that these break-ins weren’t initiated by terrorists. Local and federal airport teams are working on Philadelphia’s major security problems. We hope they hurry!

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Best Living The Good Life!
We Love You Kids…But!

The home add a room on business is booming throughout America! The PEW Research Foundation has just reported that for the first time in history more 18-34 year olds (31.6%) are still living at home than with their paramours. Businesses are taking notice and are looking for ways to capitalize on this unexpected and expanding buying market. Parents are looking for ways to throw these free-loaders out or to find ways to increase their rent and dish washing duties.

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Best Anniversary Photos!
Has It Been That Many Years?
30 And Counting By Our Reckoning!

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Thirty years ago Ferris Bueller and his friends had a very good day off. You can catch up to what the movie’s stars are doing today in a great section of then and now photos on their website and in a Google search. Chicago should have a parade just like the one in the movie to commemorate being put on the map by Matthew Brodrick, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, and Alan Ruck. We will lobby for one in Philadelphia! And You?

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Best Website Of The Week!
iDrop News!
A Place To Get Your Technology On!

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You do not have to an iPhone, iDrone, iSubmarine, or Apple computer to enjoy iDrop News (www.idropnews.com). iDrop News has information about everything you plug in, use in a wireless form, or use a battery for….and more. The site contains directions on how to use all Apple products in written and video form and hundreds of tips from Apple experts and Apple product users. iDrop News’s reviews of all products are top of the line and interesting! We do not get any remuneration from Apple if, after digesting this site, you join the Apple family. Unless four new phones are available!
iDrop, also, covers everyone that touches Apple…from Google to Microsoft.

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Best Slow Song!
Aaliyah’s Miss You Joined By Brandy’s Have You Ever!

Last week, we introduced the best roll down your car window and blast a song suggestion. This week our suggestions will slow it down a little! No! A lot!

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Aaliyah is The Crown Princess of Hip-Hop and Rhythm and Blues. Her death in a Bahama’s plane crash at age 22 was mourned by everyone in the music industry. Fifteen years after her death, high school hallways are still filled with her songs and dynamic dance moves. Miss You, our slow song suggestion by Aaliyah, was sung by twenty recording artists at her services. It is a fitting tribute and a very easy listen.

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Follow Miss You with Brandy’s song Have You Ever and you will have a personal and very private think fest about love and life on the way to work, the beach, or the country. Get your slow song on! These thought provoking songs won’t blow your car roof off, but they will scream mellow to the listening neighborhood near your car.

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2. Television…AMC’s The Night Manager…1993 Updated!
Tom Hiddleston Versus Hugh Laurie!
An Egyptian Hotel’s Night Manager Versus The Brutal Arms’ Dealer!
Kissing, Intrigue, And Lots Of Explosions!

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The Night Manager was originally written by John le Carre in 1993. American Movie Channel’s (AMC) six part series of the same name has just concluded. You can catch the series on AMC Re-Watch or on your cable’s On Demand channels. The Night Manager is the perfect binge watch of the week.

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We, also, recommend reading the book first before seeing how director Susanne Bier and writers John le Carre and David Farr updated the events in 1993 to the happenings in 2016. The book ending and movie ending are rows of movie seats apart. Hiddleston (Jonathan Pine) was given secret information about corruption and arms dealing by a favorite female hotel guest. Pine passes the information on to the proper authorities not realizing the rampant corruption at the highest levels. The revelation causes his hotel friend to be killed and a host of others as he, the inexperienced revenge seeker, infiltrates Richard Roper’s (Laurie) business. Roper sells arms to everyone at enormous profit. He is invested in the risk/reward world wide destruction business. Evil perpetrators and more line up at Roper’s hotel, house, and work doors. You will want to help Jonathan Pine knock down these doors throughout the six episodes. Wear hard boots!

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Many of John le Carre’s stories have been slow-paced in developing when adapted for the big cinema screen. This series is not slow paced. It zooms across your television and computer from massive explosions in Africa to stately dinners in Europe to money flowing casinos on the Riveria. Along the way, Pine falls in love with Roper’s wife (Elizabeth Debicki). The two of them collaborate with British Secret Service to bring down Roper. Roper, hiding behind his humanitarian work, is one step ahead of all three throughout the series. Roper is, also, one step ahead of what the viewing audience thinks will happen next. These outsmart the good guy switches make the series extra enjoyable and mentally stimulating.

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3. Education…The Parent Teacher Conundrum!
School’s Out For Summer!
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The Sculptors is the perfect lead-in to summer and the perfect look-back at the school year poem. The poem’s author is unknown.

The Sculptors
I dreamed I stood in a studio and watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher…the tools she used were book, music, and art.
The other, a parent, worked with a guiding hand and a gentle, loving heart.
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Day after day, the teacher toiled with touch that was careful, deft, and sure.
While the parents labored by his side and polished and smoother it o’er.
And when at last their work was done, they were proud of what they wrought.
For the things they molded into the child could never be sold or bought.

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And each agreed they would have failed if each had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school and behind the teacher, the home.

4. Society…Death By Gorilla…The Cincinnati Z00!
A Three Year Old Will Make It To Four!
What About His Parents?
When Will They Get Out Of Jail For Neglect?

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Last week at the Cincinnati Zoo, a rare gorilla was shot and killed. A seemingly, unwatched, 3-year-old boy fell over the protective rail and into the water in the gorilla’s habitat. The water saved the child’s life. Zoo staff members couldn’t determine if the gorilla, pulling the boy around his enclosure, was protecting the child or endangering the child.  Zoo officials killed the gorilla after ten minutes of deliberation.

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The boy was taken to a local hospital and then was released that night. Many don’t agree with the Cincinnati Zoo’s life saving protocol! Witnesses said it looked like the gorilla was protecting the little boy. Local animal right’s agencies denounced the killing and America’s penchant for keeping animals in zoos.

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Two weeks ago, it seemed that no one cared for the victim after a tiger killed its zoo keeper. The zookeeper was left bleeding to death until the animal went to sleep from tranquilizers. Where was the uproar? This week signs of protest and gorilla tributes are up all over the Cincinnati Zoo’s walkways and in the zoo’s entrance. How can both life-saving and life losing remedies be wrong?

5. Join Ferris Bueller On This Column With Your Contributions!
Your Ideas Are Probably Just As Monumental!

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from five continents.

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174. Avicii, Zara Larsson, The Nice Guys, And Kevin Bacon!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!

Best Birthday Celebrations
April 23, 1616-2016 Starts A Year Of Celebrations!
Go Shakespeare! Go Shakespeare!

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Shakespeare Turns Four Hundred And Is Still Writing Great Works!
Don”t Miss The Shakespeare Show On PBS Or At Your Local Theater.

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The Shakepeare Show is a two and a half hour show featuring every star from the music stage, on screen, on the dance floor, and in the theater as they talk about their connections to Shakespeare, their performances with Shakespeare’s work, and the history/background for Shakespeare’s creations. Going from Helen Mirren’s point of view to your local rappers point of view was one of the many revealing and mind expanding segments of the show. We are hoping this show will be out in theaters again and then on DVD. We want to share The Shakespeare Show with our classrooms, family, and friends.

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Best Snack Of The Week
Stacy’s Pita Chips…You Will Crave No Other!
The Newest Taste Bud Temptation!

Debbie brought these chips in on our office’s Bring It In Thursday! Half of the office isn’t talking to her any more, the other half searches her desk any time she leaves it. These thin Pita bread wafers come in ten crunchy flavors. They are truly addicting. The office top four flavor choices are: (we tried all ten and Stacey’s Cheese Crisps):
1. Cinnamon
2. Spicy Hot Jalapeno
3. Cocoa
4. Salted Caramel
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Best Roll Down The Car Window And Sing Along Song!

As summer approaches, everyone is working on their car stereo playlist. If you like to turn your stereo to the maximum, here is a first top volume choice. Rachel Platten’s Fight Song is perfect for any turn up the volume and show off your car speaker’s power, especially if the car is an Uber convertible. Platten is a tailgating favorite, too!

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Best Office Comments! The Office Is Filled With Mensa Members!
The Next Two Comments Will Undeniably Prove It! Say Dah!

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Why do they call it a water cooler if it makes hot tea?

I am never going to the beach on a Saturday, again.
The roads are packed and everyone is driving the speed limit!

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2.  Movies…The Nice Guys! A Stumbling, Bumbling Comedy Thriller!
Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Kim Bassinger, and Angourie Rice!
The Hunt For Amelia And Too Many Murders! Six And Growing!

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You have had a great weekend, a really great weekend. Monday arrives and work destroys you mentally and physically! You have mentally screamed more than once during the trying day! Should you go home and stew or see *A Laugher at your local cinema? If your choice was A Laugher, then The Nice Guys are/is nearby.

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Russell Crowe is a You Did Something Wrong To Someone face smasher!
Ryan Gosling is a private detective that takes money from dementia stricken widows to look for their husbands. These are the same husbands that he sees on the widow’s living room mantel in a funeral urn. The widow tells Gosling (Holland March), when asked, that her husband has been gone since the funeral. The two are a perfect match for pratfalls, hijinks, shootings, pornography, and the search for Amelia, a movie keynote!

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Margaret Qualley is Amelia. Amelia and her boyfriend filmed an adult movie exposing wrongdoing in the automotive industry and big payoffs to everyone in government. Leaders in the car industry and government want to find and silence Amelia and all the film’s crew members. The body count gets higher as the two detectives (Gosling/Crowe) try to sort through leads to find Amelia.

Amelia is Kim Bassinger’s daughter. Kim is the head of The Justice Department. It is difficult to decide if she is trying to find and protect her daughter after hiring the dynamic duo or silence her. Angourie Rice (Holly March) is Gosling’s very young daughter. She will protect Gosling throughout the movie. She can’t be silenced!

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The Nice Guys did sneak into theaters with little fanfare. You should sneak them into your Movies I Need To See leather portfolio with a good deal of fanfare! *A Laugher by definition will make you laugh and groan! Guys does!

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3. Music…Avicii…What Is The Definition Of Remarkable?
Is One Billion Plays A Noteworthy Number?

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Tim Berling (age 26) is Avicii. He is the sixth fastest growing business in Europe. The Swedish songster, mixer, and DJ has collaborated with over 80 of the world’s best singers to write, produce, remix, or provide back-up for their multiple award winning songs. Nina Simon, Jon Bon Jovi, Cold Play, Wyclef Jean, and Green Day are just some of this twice Grammy Award nominated performer’s partners.

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The number one billion comes into play in this article when you begin listening to Avicii’s concert presentations. His lead song Wake Me Up has over one billion Internet plays. Even for the present day reach of the Internet and its music venues, this one billion number is astounding. If you laid a billion Wake Me Up records end to end, you could walk to the moon on them.

This column majors in exaggeration (The Preakness winner with an or), a writing class technique we perfected before we graduated and then happily rotated this skill to our Mad Magazine work. Avicii’s top ten songs and videos can be seen for free on You Tube. Watch his video for Wake Me Up and its we just want to be accepted mother-daughter theme before you explore a wide variety of his song titles and styles.
Join the rest of Europe and Enjoy! Enjoy!

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4. Movies…Kevin Bacon…The Darkness!
Philadelphia’s Own Whether In Six Degrees Of Separation, The Incredible Egg, Or His Newest Fright Flick!
64 Movies And Counting! Slow Down Kevin Bacon!

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If you have been in 64 movies it is no wonder that everything in Hollywood connects to you in the Kevin Bacon Game. We thank you Kevin Bacon that every time your name pops up in an article, it says Philadelphia born Kevin Bacon. In The Darkness, we are not sure if we should thank you for bringing back the most terrifying spirits in moviedom from your most recent family vacation. They are everywhere (bedrooms, halls, closets, kid’s psyche). They brand you like Mike Tyson’s face. That’s not good! At all!

We prefer to talk about your work on The Following, your dance scenes in Footloose, and the great work you are doing promoting eggs to everyone. Being in bed with a couple, holding a dish full of eggs, and playing your guitar might be just us scary to some people as The Darkness. We at Let’s Talk Philadelphia will continue to be your unwavering advocates in all your ventures. Go creative natives of Philadelphia!

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5. Music II…Zara Larsson…Too Young To Be This Smooth!
The Best Singer In Europe At Age Twelve? America Is Now!
Talag: Europe’s You Got Talent Says Yes!

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If you ever wanted to use the phrase burning up the airwaves, you should meet Zara Larsson. Zara is a Swedish singer, dancer, and songwriter. Zara won the 2008 Talag Show at age 12. It is Sweden’s version of our (USA) You Got Talent Show. Her performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last month has propelled her into the American mind set and the American music factory.

You can see her performance on NBC Rewatch or on You Tube.
These four songs and her album Never Forget You are great starters for enjoying Zara Larsson.
1. Never Forget You
2. Lush Life
3. Uncover
4. Rooftop

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6. Business…The Towel Shield…Young Entrepreneurs With A Great Product!
Let’s Talk Philadelphia Supporting Unique Business Initiatives!
Good Luck Steve And Zack…Your Story Follows!

  • Ugh, why do my friends get into my car after the beach and get it all sandy?
  • How do I load kids and the dog into the car after a muddy soccer or football game and keep the car’s inside from being destroyed?
  • What about car protection from a sweaty gym workout.
  • Wednesday is finger painting at preschool. Should I send a taxi to pick up the paint splattered kids?

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Steven Ginsberg and Zach Rubin have the answer to these four questions and more. Their award winning Towel Shield is simple to install, clean-up, carry, and store. It is worth investigating!

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Here is Steve and Zack’s product promo introducing their new product:
On No! This is what you are saying every time you go to clean up your car. What would you say if we told you the answer is right around the corner? Thanks to two young entrepreneurs from West Palm Beach, you don’t have to be mad at your children, the dog, and friends for making your car dirty. The Towel Shield will not only keep your seats safe and protected, but it will, also, revolutionize the towel industry. You may ask yourself, “What is The Towel Shield and why can’t I just use a regular towel to stop all of the water, sweat, and sand from seeping into my seats?” The Towel Shield is a hooded towel that goes over the headrest of your car, adhering it in place. It’s easy application, machine wash-ability, and ability to fold into a personal tote bag gives it the advantage over a regular towel. You won’t go another day with worrying about having dirty seats and a dirty car!

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Steven Ginsberg and Zach Rubin (stevenbradleyginsberg@gmail.com), the Co-Founders of The Towel Shield were able to solve a problem in the marketplace. Graduates from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, they have achieved valuable knowledge regarding the formation of their business. Coming away winning runner up in a local competition along with a $1,500 cash prize has really propelled them on their way. With their extremely hard work ethic, they are bound to succeed with this business. Soon multiple colorways will be available for The Towel Shield. Down the road, they hope to see it on store shelves. It is their goal to one day, be on Shark Tank striking a deal with Mark Cuban. Email Steve and Zach with your order or to discuss or finance their new product. Beating Mark Cuban to their product would be a great steal!

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7. Free Advertising Space…Why Not Feature Your Ideas On This Column?
Even Shakespeare Sent In Items For This Issue!

Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

 

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173. Hitler, Julia Roberts, Eye In The Sky, The Meddler!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!

Best Business Slogan…We Finish What Your Husband Started!
Thought Provoking, Snappy, And To The Point! You’re Hired!

Repair trucks everywhere from carpenters to plumbers to electricians have this slogan written across their bow. T-shirt companies everywhere are finding that these t-shirts and those with a take-off of the slogan are now best sellers at work or in the home. We finish the chocolate chip cookies that momma started is a good take-off example. Slogan t-shirts are a big business. Send us your best ideas, so we can make money from them.

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Best Dating Advice…Is Hand Holding The Answer?

Couples that hold hands stay together 70% longer than couples that do not hold hands.

Married couples that hold hands have 40% more children than those that do not hold hands. We are not sure whether this is good or bad news. Esther, with five children, is no longer holding hands with her husband Dierck. She says she has, finally, found out where her babies are coming from. Sorry, Mrs. Talada for ending a sentence with a preposition. We were trying to make a point with the language everyone uses.

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Best Wedding Songs…For June Couples And More!

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Slow Song…Whenever You Remember…Carrie Underwood!

The song talks about all things a couple will remember from first meeting, to dating, to the wedding, and then things in the bridal couple’s future. WYR is a great listen for any music lover. Whenever You Remember, also, tells the story about the importance of always being there in a relationships.

Fast Song…Some Hearts…Carrie Underwood!

Is finding the right person fate or luck? In either instance, the lyrics of Some Hearts stress how lucky the wedding couple were to find each other. Both songs are from an earlier album (2006) of Carrie Underwood’s called Some Hearts. See if you agree with our selections before watching the hundred best wedding songs and dances on You Tube and other Internet channels. The 100 dance with music scenes are a great night of entertainment while sitting in bed or in the television room.

Best Internet Site…Hollywire…A Sign-up Will Bring You Everything In The Entertainment Industry! And Chelsea Briggs!

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Hollywire features short video snippets of every entertainment topic. The Wire brings you up-to-date with what is happening in movies, music, theater, and television. We like Chelsea Briggs’ one minute round-up on music each week. Ms. Briggs always comes up some little bit of unknown information and some very unique features.

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This week Chelsea shows the writing side of young Meghan Trainor. Before becoming a superstar, Trainor wrote hit and award winning songs for everyone from Rascal Flats to Jennifer Lopez. Eight of these songs that Trainor wrote were featured and reviewed by Hollywire. If you are looking for a graduation present for your son or daughter, two tickets to a Meghan Trainor concert would put you in really great parent land!

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The New York Times Morning Briefing and The Skimm finished second and third on our Internet’s Best List for this week. The Times Briefing is straight forward with the news and The Daily Skimm presents the news in somewhat left of center manner. Both sites are speedy up-dates of everything important. Sign-up is easy for the two!

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2. Movies…The Meddler…Susan Sarandon, Rose Bryne, and J. K. Simmons.
A Movie That Defines The Mother-Daughter Dynamic! Sometimes Well Defined And Sometimes Not So Well Defined! J. K. Is Susan’s Love Interest!

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If you are going to see Susan Sarandon’s new movie, The Meddler, please remember to bring your phone. You will need to call your mother as soon as you leave the theater. You won’t be telling your mother how much you love her. You will be reminding her not to come over and interfere with everyone and every thing in your life.

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This award winning movie is written and directed by Lorene Scafaria. You wonder if we are seeing Scafaria’s life throughout the daughter-mother relationship she has so intricately crafted. The recently widowed Sarandon leaves New York with the money her husband left her to come to California and help her daughter. Jason Ritter (Jacob) has just left the daughter (Rose Bryne) and Rose’s new screenplay is in the works. Maybe?

While in California, Sarandon tries to help everyone that her daughter knows and doesn’t know: the boy in the Apple Store (college), a critically ill and speechless woman at the local hospital (find family), lesbian friends (get married again), and her daughter (reconnect with Jacob or connect with someone). She is driving her daughter crazy while making everyone else happy. You, as an audience member, will be pulled back and forth comparing whether you like or don’t like her actions. Then, of course, you will compare Sarandon in the movie to your mother.

Put mom on spend dial before coming into the movie. At movie’s end, tell her you love her, then tell her not to come over! Prepare to be slapped!

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3. Movies II…Eye In The Sky…The Drone Discussion Begins!
Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman And Decisions!

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