185. Sex, Money, Power, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll

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

Best Movie Awards Of The Week

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Venice Kicks Off The European Film Awards!
Toronto Kicks Of The North American Film Festivals!
Telluride Shouts Out La La Land, A Third Gosling/Stone Collaboration!

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La La Land, a musical with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, kicked off September and the Venice Film Festival. Gosling is a jazz pianist who falls for Stone, an aspiring actress. There is kissing, dancing, and music…sometimes between Gosling and Stone. Creators hope La La Land is on its way to an Academy Award nomination. This week in Toronto, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), La La Land shared must see status with Moonlight, a three part coming of age movie of an African boy.

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More award shows will follow as the front runners take on new audiences from New York to Chicago to Aspen to Los Angeles. Rolling Stone Magazine has a nice write-up of the 25 movies leading the charge at area film festivals and the 25 movies that will appear on the big screen leading into the holiday season. The lists and annotations can be found using: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/25-movies-we-cant-wait-to-see-at-toronto-film-festival-2016-w431501. Rolling Stone Magazine has a list for every occasion and every top ten search imaginable. You could spend all day reading Rolling Stone Magazine’s lists and extensive annotations. Stone’s lists are light year’s better than the end of the year New Year’s lists on books, movies, and travel.

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Best Drug Deals Of The Week
Willie Nelson And Whoopi Goldberg Lead The Charge!

If you don’t make enough money with your music and acting careers, the drug field is the perfect stop for you…so say Willie Nelson and Whoopi Goldberg. Nelson and Goldberg are leading a host of big names in their industries into growing and lending their names to packaging and labeling promotions for prescription marijuana. The profits from the marijuana business have no down side. If it is good for the local drug dealer, it is good for your favorite music and television stars.

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A quarter of a million medical marijuana prescriptions have been issued in the past three years and over ten thousand licenses to grow and dispense marijuana in the seven states (Colorado +) where it is approved. This makes marijuana one of the largest growing industries in the United States. Stiff legal challenges are on the horizon. The U.S. Postal System is preventing drug advertising through the mails in the latest court case. Are colleges and elementary schools the next to join the drug industry? Just think of the profits Dean Gold?

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Best Book Of The Week
The Da Vinci Code For Young Adults!

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GoodReads Sparkles With Books For The Very Young And Somewhat Older!
You Are A Sign-up Away From A Great Reading Experience!
A Must Share Site For All Book Lovers! (www.goodreads.com)!

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If you are a teacher, parent, student, book lover, just a lover, or soccer player, GoodReads has ten selections that will tickle your mind and enhance your day. Their book, ebook, and audio books cover 80 categories. Their newsletter is outstanding and worth an email type. Each month GoodReads has special features for all readers from tots to teens to adults. In depth author-illustrator talks are a GoodReads’ forte.

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This month’s multiple features for young adult readers highlighted a pared down version of The DaVinci Code…advanced themes through easier reading. Multiple copies through a grant would be great for any school’s literature or writing program. It sounds like every library should have six of the young adult DaVinci books, also.

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Best Office Fashion Question Of The Week
Scroll Down Slowly To Answer The Question Before Seeing The Results!

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Please remember someone always thinks of the stupidest things to stump everyone in our office. We have time on our hands…too much time! Fashion sense is the last thing you would see or expect from our employees. This question came out of nowhere!

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This week’s question was: Should a man’s belt color match his shirt or pants?

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The answer is the belt should match the shoes first and then the pants…Never the shirt! Sorry, shirt voters! You are wrong, once again!

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2. Television…Sex, Drugs, Power, Rock n’ Roll, And Money!
What’s Not To Want Or Like!

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If you like sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, power and money or any one of the five, you will enjoy these three selections. We culled them from ten nominations this week for your viewing enjoyment. Even though, of the shows are on pay-for-view stations, they all can be found on free re-watch channels, On Demand, and the Yidio free movie site that we will feature in our next issue. All shows are in their second or their third year. Therefore, year one’s are readily available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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The circumstances surrounding the selection of Empire/Power/Sex+ (nudity, language, and lots of death) for the general audience revolves around an interview with one of the writers. She said: the viewing audience is entranced by all the aspects of the criminal element and they can’t get enough of their involvement with sex, drugs, money, and power. The shows Empire (Fox), Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll (FX),  and Power (Starz) certainly satisfy these needs with a few extra evil needs and deeds thrown into the mix.

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Empire takes place in Atlantic City and New York. Terence Howard (Lucious) is the head of a entertainment and music company. His sons Hakeem (Bryshere Gray), Jamal (Jussie Smollet), Andre (Trai Beyers), and his ex-wife are vying for control of his business due to his illness (ALS). Cookie (Taraji Henson), his ex has just spent 17 years in prison and someone will pay and owe. The world of hip-hop music is featured in between family and business battles. The battles might not remind you of your family battles…or maybe they will! Family and music business wars make good watching!

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Sex, Drugs, & Rock n’ Roll (FX) was canceled at the beginning of this week after two seasons. It is the story of an aging rock star (Denis Leary) who missed the big time after one album and truckloads of excess. Leary (Johnny) has a chance to revive his band thirty years later through his daughter (Elizabeth Gillies) who renames his band and will take his lead while Leary writes. Leary is joined by John Corbett, Elaine Hendrix, Bobby Kelly, and John Ales in various stages of their careers and love lives. Corbett excels at everything he does acting-wise. The interplay between he, Leary, and the girls is worth a sneak peek. Maybe we can get the show re-funded through Quick or Crowd Funding. If not, two years of music, kissing, and squabbles will have to do.

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Power’s landscape is the New York drug world and the New York nightclub world.  Omari Hardwick (Ghost/James) is the seemingly the king of both worlds. His brutality and business acumen with drugs has him recruiting every aspect of the drug world into his business…the Russians, the Puerto Ricans, the Italians, and the Chinese.

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Omar is black. His best friend and partner since high school, Joseph Sikora, is white. This gives them a double edged and two pronged attack with all the city’s drug dealing enterprises from the street to corporate building. Keeping dozens of workers in line involves weekly murders and maiming. Joseph is in charge of both with Ghost’s help. Power is produced by rapper 50 Cent Jackson who, also, stars in the show. He wants Ghost’s business after being released from a long prison term where Ghost is the blame.

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Hardwick’s wife Naturi Naughton (Tasha) is joined by FBI agent Lela Loren (Angela), a high school girlfriend, in the usual, but very unusual love triangle. While trying to clean his drug money, Ghost creates a must be seen there nightclub (Truth) to launder his money. The club becomes so successful that Hardwick sees it as a way out of the drug business. The I got out and they pulled me back in interplay is extremely violent, sex filled, and twist and turn’s challenging. Kill or be killed is a theme throughout, so beware! Power has already been renewed for two more seasons.

Author’s note: The music in all three shows is not that bad bordering on very good in some instances. It rivals the killings, sex, and be it crazed interplay.

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3. Music…Florence And The Machine (Florence Welch)!
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful!
This Girl Has Pipes! Plus Red Hair! Plus Support From Isabella Summers!

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If you have not heard of Florence and the Machine, you are missing out on music Valhalla, exceptional video stories, flowing red hair, and world-wide performances in 25 countries. In Florence + The Machine’s seven years of performing and recording, FTM has had number one hits in 20 countries and top ten songs and albums in thirty countries.

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If she is not being nominated for eight Grammy Awards, out on tour and dressed up for the US’s Zombie Jamboree, or in the recording studio, then, she is recording soundtracks for the top movies and television series in the United States, Canada and Europe. Her soundtrack portfolio numbers fifteen and includes: Snow White And The Huntsmen, Wild Child, Eat Pray Love, The Twilight Saga, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Great Gatsby. Florence + Machine has had a very, very busy seven years.

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The office votes are in after everyone ranked, in their opinion, Florence and the Machine’s top ten songs. One to ten points were tallied with the top five and ties below:

Rabbit Heart….Raise It Up (Love Child Scenario Brings Back Memories)
Howl (Best Dance To Song)
Breath Of Life (Best Soundtrack, Snow White And The Huntsman)
You’ve Got the Love (Most Weeks In Top 100/85 Weeks)
Ship To Wreck (Band Is Great, Great Story)
Never Let Me Go (40 Million Video Views)

These six songs are a good start for embracing the magic of Florence’s music.

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4. Poetry…Michael Lee Boss, Multiple Award Winner For Writing/Poetry!
What Variations Will You Create From Michael’s Poems And Thoughts?

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If you are looking for a poet, you should search the local coffee shop or your local library. We found Michael Lee Boss and his thought provoking poetry at the local library. Here is the mini-biography Michael shared with us. He has won more awards than our whole writing staff. If you are in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, his college courses sound like winners. Attend one! We will meet you there and we will bring the coffee.

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Michael Lee Bross is a graduate of the MFA in Poetry program at Drew University. Michael is an active writer of both poetry and fiction. He is the recipient of the Martha E. Martin Awards for Poetry and Fiction, as well as the Jane Coil Cole Poetry Scholarship. His work has been published in such periodicals as Lifeboat and Mobius Poetry Magazine. His poetry chapbook, “Meditations on an Empty Stomach” also won the 2015 Arts by the People Chapbook Award. Michael currently teaches English at Montclair State University and the University of Scranton.

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Here are two of Michael’s creative poems for your enjoyment:

A Playground Metaphor

We struggle
like a see-saw
like tag
We fly
like a swing
like a jungle-gym
We sing
like blacktop—
Then retreat
like recess


First Steps

We all teeter on the lip of tragedy
tether the balance with which we manage this world
as a broken kite spun by the mercy of the wind
shake each foot in the presence of ground and gravity
that pulls us into the dirt
or casts us out without notice
So on impact, baby
may we crack the earth
rise and cry in the face of calamity
and in the same direction
stumble towards joy.

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Michael Lee Bross
Professor, Montclair University
Professor, University of Scranton
My LinkedIn

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5. Here Is Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Weekly Call-Out For Articles!
We Can Help To Introduce/Feature Your Next Project!

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Now that your summer travels are over, do you have a destination you can share to enlighten a worldwide reading audience? 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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184. Pete’s Dragon, Robert Redford, Whitney Houston, And The Hall Of Fame!



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


The Best Goodbye Of The Week!


It is the 25th Anniversary of the movie The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. A reader sent us a link from Whitney Houston’s funeral ceremony. It was Kevin Costner presenting her eulogy. We didn’t know he was a speaker! His 15 minute tribute to Whitney is a must see for everyone. It can be found by placing the link that follows in your address bar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wjh0N1EzPI
speech was a funny, stirring, and emotional tribute defining the Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston friendship while chronicling Whitney’s career.


The Best Song Stylist Of The Week!
Lynnie Godfrey…Two New Albums And A Way Back When Career!
Allentown Residents Can Enjoy Her With Their Symphony Next Week!

Lynnie Godfrey is a universal women, a phrase we have used once before. She is an award winning singer, director, actor, author, and producer. Her television and stage performances in ten world wide productions including Eubie the story of Eubie Blake, music artist extraordinaire are exemplary. Godfrey has garnered awards in every theater category. In the musical Eubie she formed a great trio with the Hines Brothers…who became life-long friends. She is an endearing friend everyone wants during and after a creative production! There are three interviews with Lynnie on Vevo and You Tube. Catch one if you can! You will see we speak the truth!

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Lynnie has one of the most memorable lines in television history on her resume to go with all her awards. In a dialogue war with a female family member on Hauser 740 (Archie Bunker’s old house), the family member says we have to stop looking back at black historyLynnie Godfrey tells the actress, to audience applause, that: When you give up your history to get where you are going, you will be nobody when you get there. Thank you Lynnie!


Both of Lynnie’s new albums are great gifts for the jazz and soul fan. As her website says: her renditions of classic Christmas songs will definitely put a whole lotta swing in your Christmas stocking! Everyone’s stocking could use some swing and more. A Swing Not Coal slogan might make a great T-shirt for the holidays along with her album cover.

The Best All Stars Of The Week!
Ken Griffey, Jr. And Mike Piazza Enshrined!
Has Every Story Been Written Or Told?

Let’s Talk Philadelphia supports everyone in our region. BUT! Even though Mike Piazza lives just outside of Philadelphia and his car dealership is in Langhorne, another close suburb, we thought the one thousand stories about his Hall of Fame career totally covered his accomplishments. This changed with one line in USA Today in their quick notes section that said: Ken Griffey, Jr. was the only number one draft pick in baseball history to make it to the Hall of Fame. Eye Opener!

Even if you are from another country or not a baseball fan, that phrase gives you hope in whatever you do. Thousands of scouts, baseball experts, general managers, coaches, and computer programs could not pick greatness. There is hope for everyone, if you don’t let these experts, critics, or negativity spreaders stop you from your goals. Get good coaching, work hard, and learn your game, whatever it is. Good luck future Hall of Famers!


Let’s Talk Philadelphia happily salutes two great Champions Of Baseball and their quest for excellence through hard work and perserverance!

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Best Artist Of The Week!
Lauren Litwa Holden (LitwaArt.com)!
The Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence Features Her Work!
And So Should We!

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As Democrats and Republicans cycle through the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg, one thing remains the same…Lauren Litwa Holden’s painting titled Teklas Ladder in the governor’s dining room. These two political groups can’t agree on anything, except Lauren’s art. Her work stays, they go!

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Lauren has the great distinction of being from Wawa. We do not know if Wawa is a country, state, enchanted area, or a grocery store attached to a gas station…with good coffee. Where are you from pretty girl?…followed by the answer Wawa isn’t good for the dating scene either. Think about that dating dialogue a little, if you please?

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Lauren is moving her studio and we can’t wait to see her new digs. We are hoping the governor’s mansion has room for her, so they can finally get something right. Hopefully, we selected some of her most memorable work to get her right on this column.


2. Movies…Pete’s Dragon…The Definition Of Magic!
Does A Dragon Make A Good Friend? Better Than A Dog Or Cat?
Is It A Boreal Forest Or One Inhabited By Strange Creatures?


Robert Redford appears for twenty minutes in Pete’s Dragon. The thirty seconds he spends half way through the movie explaining magic to his forest ranger daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, solidifies the whole spirit of the movie. He is not talking about hocus-pocus magic. He is talking about how Elliot’s magic changed his life. He could, also, be talking of the magic of the forest, a good book, a well spent life, a creative idea, or the magic in holding your son, daughter, or 21 month old granddaughter in your arms.


Elliot, by the way, is Oakes Fegley’s (Pete’s) forest and cave living friend. Pete’s parents were killed in a crash and he was left to fend for himself in the woods at age four. Pete was rescued by Elliot, the dragon. Elliot was named after a character in a book Pete was carrying in his backpack. Pete asked the dragon if he was going to eat him after being saved from wolves by the dragon…he shook his head no…and the bond begins!

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Pete and Elliot have lived a charmed, carefree, peaceful, and idyllic life for six years in a somewhat untouched, boreal forest. Untouched is, now, short lived as loggers, to forest protector Howard’s dismay, are cutting down everything in sight. Once Pete is discovered, they want to capture him and put him on display. Oona Laurence (Howard’s young daughter) and Wes Bentley (Howard’s husband) are the good guys and want Pete to join their family…then a dragon reappears! And then the chases begin!

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Take part in the magic this weekend at your local theater. You will applaud at movie’s end like other audiences who enjoyed the movie in D and 3D. Research boreal forests, Boreal the Greek god of the north wind, and the Aurora ( goddess of the dawn) in Aurora Borealis. The three topics are nice spin-off investigations after seeing the movie.

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 3. Health…Everything You Should Know About Cures And Drugs!
What Does Your Next Drug Or Medicine Give Or Take Away From You?
How Strong Is Your Medical Care. How Can You Make It Stronger?

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There are six drugs being sold on television that say in their disclaimer that death or stroke are two of the side effects. How can drug companies be allowed to advertise something that kills you. If they are allowed to sell drugs that kill you, shouldn’t they have to, at least, tell how many victims have died because of their product? Where is the Federal Drug Administration when you need them. We need help and you at home need help, too. Here are two book suggestions to become more knowledgeable about health and the foods and medicines you use. After seeing and reading this first book in our doctor’s, dentist’s, and hearing specialist’s office (desk, waiting room table, reading rack), we thought it should be something everyone has in their home. Everywhere you see the word nurses in the company’s write-up that follows, insert your name, then buy this invaluable guide!

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“The 37th edition of the best-selling, original Drug Handbook For Nurses provides complete monographs for more than 900 generic and thousands of brand-name drugs. Monographs are consistently formatted for ease of use and focus on the practical information that nurses need. Each monograph consists of generic and trade names, pronunciation key, pregnancy risk category, pharmacologic class, controlled substance schedule (if applicable), available forms,  indications and dosages, administration (with drug incompatibities for I.V. drugs), action (including tables showing route, onset, peak, duration, and half-life), adverse reactions, interactions, effects on lab test results, contraindications, nursing considerations, and patient teaching.

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Also includes chapters on general drug information (pharmacology/pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacogenomics, safe drug administration, therapeutic classifications), numerous appendices, and new easy-to-spot symbols for Canadian drugs (maple leaf) and Do Not Crush (DNC) drugs. Text is complemented by free Toolkit containing hundreds of online resources.

You can also count on Nursing 2017 Drug Handbook to tell you unapproved, off-label drug uses so you’ll always know why a drug is prescribed. And, this year, be a more confident nurse with fingertip access to …
• 32 NEW FDA-approved drugs. ”


The second book is a Reader’s Digest Food Cures publication that defines the benefits of the foods we eat and, then, gives 75 powerful recipes for healthy eating. Both books are in your local library or can be ordered on line or through your book store.

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4. Photography…Ruth Don Shevlin Tells Her Story!
Each Photograph Has A Story! Hers? Yours? Creativity Plus!
Her Photographs Are Outstanding Story Starters For Any Classroom!
Ruth’s Captions Are Probably Better Than Yours, But Go For It Anyway!

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Here is what Ruth shared about her work:

I’ve always loved art. My medium could be paint, glass, wood or icing. Photography enabled me to capture what other mediums couldn’t. I was working in advertising in Chicago and shooting with an Instamatic camera. My Art Director said “You can’t
make an Instamatic do what you want to do.” He lent me his Pentax for a week and
I was hooked. I enrolled at Columbia College of Photography and my parents bought
me my first 35 mm, a Canon F-1.

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I’m drawn to photographing children, animals, crumbling buildings, street scenes
and social commentary. I hope my work conveys the emotion that draws me to my subjects. I love finding the unusual in the ordinary and the ordinary in the unusual. With imagination, an artistic eye and the ability to really see what’s in front of you, every day offers new possibilities for creativity.
–Ruth Don Shevlin

Thanks Ruth for your share. Everyone in the office will be writing their captions under each picture. Local classrooms, we hope, will do the same.


5. Free Advertising…Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Weekly Call-out For Articles!
30,000 Reads Is A Nice Round Number To Introduce Your Next Project!


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!


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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183. Suicide Squad, Bad Moms, Back To School, And One Billion!

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

The Best Billion News Of The Week!

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Billions is a Showtime Original production. It is a look at big money. It is about to begin its second season. The show stars Paul Giamatti, Damien Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, and Condola Rashad. Damien Lewis is the Wall Street money man that profited from 911 (his whole office died in one of the towers) and every trade known to man. Giamatti is the Attorney General that has vowed to take him down. The show is a business, stock, and money wake up call for understanding your money and finances. Season 1 awaits you on your On Demand channels or on Showtime. Your finances will profit after following this show! The acting is money intense!

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Three other billions have made this week’s news. Apple’s iPhone just completed its one billionth sale. It took Apple nine years to reach this milestone. Apple 7’s release next month will kill it for ever larger sales for the Christmas and holiday season. Matt Damon’s $60,000,000 weekend box office numbers with the movie Jason Bourne has just propelled the Bourne/Ludlum franchise passed the billion dollar mark. WordPress, the site that hosts Let’s Talk Philadelphia, is now host to 1 billion website designs and designers. The site is a great host to businesses, creative explorations, and unique ideas from throughout the world. Try it with your original work or latest project. You will reach the masses with WordPress’s easy set-up!

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The Best Birthday Of The Week!
Tony Bennett Rockets To Ninety!
Lady Gaga Will Join Him Again On The Trip!

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Tony Bennett just turned ninety on Wednesday. At age ninety, he has more on his plate than Henry VIII at a Renaissance Buffet. His recent albums Duets (with everyone in the music industry from Bocelli to Winehouse) and Cheek To Cheek (with Lady Gaga) were critically acclaimed best sellers. While receiving birthday honors in San Francisco and New York with plaques, statues, and star studded performances, he is working on a new album idea to collaborate with Lady Gaga again.

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Siriusly Sinatra (SiriusXM 71) radio is hosting a monthly tribute to Bennett and his enduring music. There is a great interview with Bennett on the Siriusly Sinatra website. He talks about his music and how Frank Sinatra gave him the mental power to overcome critics of his voice and work. Don’t forget to add Tony Bennett’s albums Cheek To Cheek and  Duets to your music library. If you can’t make any of the New York celebrations or the upcoming celebration at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel where in 1961 he first sang I Left My Heart in San Francisco, the Tony Bennett Turns 90 music special will enlighten your television room on December 20th.

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The Best 20th Anniversaries Of The Week!
Coldplay And Greenday Celebrate!

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The 2016 Super Bowl was a great kick-off to Coldplay’s 20th Anniversary season. With the help of Beyonce and Bruno Mars, Coldplay rocked a billion households. Coldplay tours the world, but they are to England as Heinz is to ketchup and the letter A is to alphabet soup (analogy winners from the office this week).

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Chris Martin (non-drinker), Jonny Brichland, Guy Merryman, and Will Champion are not the typical crazy rockers. The don’t smash guitars, make negative headlines, or undress in public. They met at the University of London and first appeared as Starfish. 19 albums, 37 videos, and 80 million purchases later, their music of love and relationships tops the charts in England and throughout Europe, as well as, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

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After Coldplay’s appearance at the Super Bowl, 13 of their songs made it into the Billboard Top One Hundred Plays list. Their 37 videos are a good place to start if the group is unfamiliar. Viva la Vida, Uptown Funk, and Paradise from the Super Bowl fete are a good start for your playlist, also.

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The American punk rockers Green Day are, likewise, celebrating their 20th year in music. Their American Idiot album was number 1 in 19 countries. It is a punk rock opera that is a good start for embracing music very different from Coldplay’s style.

Best Educational Videos Of The Week!
Twenty Unique Back To School Ideas In Two Video Formats!


Let’s Talk Philadelphia contacted The Uncommon Individual Foundation and asked them if they would host a back to school video series for parents, teachers, administrators, and knowledge seekers. The two 15 minute talks below introduce ten books and ten websites that everyone should add to their knowledge lexicon. Copy the addresses in your URL bar, hit return, wait for them to load, and off you go.


Book Talk…http://uif.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/a479d4f65e8749cdb573d8fa0f3cd4051d?catalog=3abc4bd7-183b-472a-9e3b-b884d4cf6eec


Website Talk…http://uif.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/0708e0808cd84dbe8a6366f2ca630b981d?catalog=3abc4bd7-183b-472a-9e3b-b884d4cf6eec

Don’t forget to download and use the great ideas in the index bar at the top of this column, especially those in creative writing and poetry. The index bar presents great lessons and back to school enrichment for August/September!

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2. Movies…Suicide Squad…The Baddest Of The Bad Take On The Very Bad!
From Will Smith To Margot Robbie To Jared Leto, All Criminals Supreme!
The Movie Is A Lesson In Ethnicity And Equity!
Superman Is Dead. Batman Is Next! Gotham Needs Help!

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Harley Quinn Loves the Joker! You, the comic reader, will love Suicide Squad if you can follow the eleven main characters and all the spells, possessed spirits, double dealings, and enchantments that plague this newly formed government group. Each member of the group, by the way, is just as funny as they are evil. We have never heard of funny monsters and criminals before except for the Munsters!

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Viola Davis recruits a squad of DC Comics’ most outrageous misfits…from croc man to deadshot to fire shooting man to the mindlessly, unstable, and rambunctious Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie, by far our favorite). You will follow your favorite criminal in battle against The Enchantress, her evil brother, and her monsters and inhuman humans galore. Meanwhile, your favorite in this movie may not be with you for long as you think. Your favorite’s mind will unfortunately be imploded by an implanted brain bomb designed to guarantee their allegiance to all of Viola’s dastardly projects.

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Stay until after the final credits as Viola and Batman plot an alliance as a preview to what will happen in Suicide Squad II.

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3. Movies…Bad Moms…Who Are They! Are They Anything Like You?
Why Do They Need To Defy Convention?
Mila Kunis Leads The Pack! Christina Applegate Will Robotize Her!

To start this article, we were going to show how Bad Moms related to the Katherine Ross and Patrick O’Neal movie and Ira Levin book classic Stepford Wives (1975). After asking 20 multi-aged graduate class students: how many saw the movie Stepford Wives, the answer was none. Rule one in creative writing is to never make an analogy to something no one else but you understands, has seen or has read. Cancel the article’s, what we thought would be, creative start!


Stepford Wives was unexpected, groundbreaking, filled with twists and turns, and original. The men of Stepford, Connecticut wanted subservient robots for wives who dressed elegantly and demurely, took care of them and their children, and performed wifely duties on demand. Katherine Ross’s discoveries in the movie of this town-wide plot and her husband’s plot to change her into a robot women were filled with intrigue.


Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell do not want to be the Stepford Parents. After being misunderstood, overworked, and underappreciated, Amy, Carla, and Kiki prefer to be Bad Moms. Kristina Applegate, Jada Pinkett, and Annie Mum) stress the Stepford version of parenthood. Applegate has hypnotized the school’s parents into following her example in their homes, local stores, and in school.


Missions will clash in this comedic gem. Bad Moms is filled with mom confrontations, crazy bar room antics, wild parent parties, and even crazier car rides! The movie is easy to find at your local theater and already has passed the 20 million dollar mark in revenue that was its budget. On the other hand, the original 1975 version of the Stepford Wives is nowhere to be found. None of the seven subscription or On Demand services have it. Finding this movie is well worth the search. Go for the original and pass on the 2004 version with Matthew Broddrick and Nicole Kidman.

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Where Bad Moms talks about a woman’s struggle in the home, Equity a new movie with Anna Gunn, highlights the struggle of woman in leadership in the world of high finance and Wall Street. Time reports that of the 25 leading financial firms none has ever had a woman CEO. Women only represent 15% of all financial firmsinstitutions. That glass ceiling, representing the height of success, seems to be getting more untouchable for women and minorities, especially in the area of finance!

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If you are a woman in finance, Equity shows how you are just as likely to be undercut by your friends as your enemies. Equity has a large female cast. Since, it is written, directed, and produced by women, you will not have any of the women trying to get along in business sugar coating you often see on television or in your local cinemaplex. Anna Gunn’s relentless, never give up fight and successes in this movie are great role model bag of ammunition for young and older women, alike.

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4. Business…What Product Will Begin Or Enhance Your Sales’ Career?
Coleen O’Brien Has The Products And Marketing Skills To Get You Started!
A Call Or An Email…And?

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Let’s Talk Philadelphia enjoys discovering new businesses and creative ideas in all areas. We met Coleen O’Brien at a business show and invited her to share her ideas with our readers. Here is Coleen’s share and contact information.

Hi Tom,
Hope all is well and I hope this is what you are looking! If you need anything else, please, let me know.

I come from a 20 plus year retail background working with soft and hard products lines. I decided to leave the retail industry and the store environment to deliver product and services through direct sales to homes and businesses! Through direct sales, you have the ability to sell to the consumer at wholesale prices and creative specials the year round!

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Direct selling is a complete advantage to the buyer. They are getting original product designs in house and direct from a wholesaler. My offerings, among others, include lifestyle brands, which include jewelry, personalization thru stationary and products, and home décor. Products and services include and not limited to business products/gifting, personal/social occasions, fundraisers, or networking. Let me put you in contact with with the best in the industry for starting a home sales business…

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Coleen O’Brien

Email: coleenteresa@yahoo.com


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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!


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.


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!

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!


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.


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?


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?


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.


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.


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.


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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There Is An Interesting Share In Everyone!
Join Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, And A Large Reading Audience!

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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!


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


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.


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.


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!


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!

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!


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.


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!


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.


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…..


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.


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!


“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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Would Your Business Look Great On This Column?
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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!


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!


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!


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
Victoria Canal…one armed singer and piano player…
3. Rhydian Roberts…Welsh tenor…
4. Dani-elle…Country songstress…Nashville’s 2016 New Artist winner…


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!


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!


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.

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!


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!


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!


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!

“Friday just called, she will be here tomorrow and she’s bringing the wine!”


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!


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!


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!


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.


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!

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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.


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!


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…


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
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.


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!
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!


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.