All Photography by Joseph O'Donnell IV Unless Noted.

TAEM interview with author C.C. Krepick

October 18th, 2017

TAEM- The sole purpose of our magazine is to lend guidance and advice to students in order that they can prepare for their future and to follow in the footsteps for all those successful people that we interview. We focus on the education and training these people undertook to achieve their goals, as well as any pitfalls they underwent, so that students can benefit from their experiences.

   As writing and literature have been  the roots of our publication we believe that those we interview in this realm are of prime importance for communications, social life, and to carry on this endeavor for generations to come. One such author is C.C. (Christy) Krepick who has contributed much to literature and society in general.

TAEM- Christy, please tell our readers about your educational background, and how it led you your successes in writing.

CCK- I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Education, there was a lot of writing in those undergrad and graduate focuses. I just kept writing after I finished with my degrees. Read more »

The Last Train from Avignon by Guest author Candice James

October 14th, 2017

My name is Memphis Andromanya. I stand deep inside the parallax flux between yesterday and tomorrow.  It is the day after yesterday. It is today. It is the day before tomorrow. It is today.  Time moves in static shadows cast forevermore against the solid statue of upward mobility’s downcast eyes.  This is the universe I live in. This is a world of torn tears caught in the treacherous jaws of a barbed wire riptide. I stand unzipping the sky, loosing lost demons, carving my voice onto the black of the night in the parallel flux between yesterday and tomorrow. Ear to the hard edge of the wind, I listen for the hollow whistle of the approaching train to nowhere. I am Memphis Andromanya. Read more »

TAEM Takes a Ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

September 17th, 2017

For sake of a change in scenery our magazine decided to go to nearby Maryland and notably the mountains surrounding beautiful Cumberland City. Our choice was to take an excursion trip on the scenic Western Maryland Railroad.

The trip would take us from  the Western Maryland Train Station, located at 13 Canal Street in downtown Cumberland to the mountaintop town of Frostburg. Both of these cities border southern Pennsylvania to the north, and Cumberland also is host to part of the canal system that used to link Ohio with the Chesapeake Bay. This was one of the ‘water highways’ of early America, known as The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. It’s purpose was to create a route to transfer goods and supplies between the East Coast ports and the American frontier. A museum for the Canal system is on the lower level of the Cumberland Train Station. Read more »

TAEM Interview with Comic Writer John Reilly

September 1st, 2017

At the end of July, 2017, we attended Northern Virginia’s Nova Con, the first such event in the area. It was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in McLean, Virginia.

The event was small in comparison to the larger Comic Con shows in Baltimore, New York and San Diego, but it was well organized and ample parking was available. The show was spread over three floors of the hotel and contained a food court, show room for artists and vendors, and meeting rooms for games and conversations with artists.

One such artist that caught our attention was John Reilly, whose work is titled ‘HERALD : Lovecraft &Tesla’.

TAEM- How did you get involved in writing graphic novels and what is your background for this?

JR-I was a writing professor for a decade before trying my hand at this kind of storytelling. My background is in English and literature and I have a PhD in Composition & TESOL, which sounds far removed from graphic novels but writing is writing. The short answer is, I wrote something I loved and got extremely lucky. Read more »

TAEM Interview with Astropunk writers Kenneth Centers and Rob Farinholt

September 1st, 2017

This past month we attended the first Nova Con event in Northern Virginia. It was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in McLean, Virginia. The show, although small in comparison to any of the Comic Cons held across the country, was well organized and featured a number of events and artists.

In visiting one of the outlets there we met Kenneth Centers and Rob Farinholt, co-authors of the graphic novel Astropunk. We decided to interview them as their work is relatively new and get some insight into how they developed this entry into the popular world of artistic story telling. Read more »

TAEM Interview with Zane Wylie

August 11th, 2017

We recently attended the first Nova Con held in McLean, Virginia. The event heralded Northern Virginia’s entry into the ever popular world of graphic novel gatherings raging across the country.

It was small in comparison to larger Comic Con gatherings in New York and San Diego, but was ell organized. Nova Con was held in the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the displays spread over three floors. These included artist and vendor booths, gaming rooms, restaurants, and small convention rooms where artists met and talked with fans.

One such artist we met had a highly unusual, and some would say gruesome, display of human skulls with beautifully hand crafted carvings. The artist’s name is Zane Wylie, known as ‘The Skull Guy’.

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My Virginia – Harper’s Ferry

August 1st, 2017

At approximately 3:00 am in the morning of July 23, 2015 a fire broke out in the historic town of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. The calamity resonated far beyond this town of 300, in large part because of Harper’s Ferry’s momentous role in American history and its popularity as a tourist destination. Luckily for the 300 residents who live in this tiny community, no injuries or deaths occurred due in part of an alert community member who was awakened by the outset of the fire. Two residences and eight businesses were destroyed, and most of the inhabitants felt that their town would never recover. Read more »

Rise of the Drones by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

July 4th, 2017

Many years ago I had told my son that the future lay in the hands of robotics. This sage advice was similar that was given to the character, played by Dustin Hoffman in the motion picture ‘The Graduate’, when he was advised that the future held promises in ‘plastic’.

Robotics have advanced in many sectors which includes industrial production, aerospace, military machines, deep space probes and more. The new direction has been in the creation of drones. Just like the origin of computer generated children’s toys lead to advances in games and home computers , the modern day drones were advanced by hand held flying models used by hobbyists and the general public. Read more »

TAEM interview with Attorney Eric Rothstein

June 4th, 2017

Eric RothsteinTAEM- Our magazine has been created to cover many subjects that students set their sights on for future careers. These include the Arts, Science, Music, Sports, and Acting. Our interviews are made to give them insight into the success of all those we interview and give them a path to follow to achieve the same success as theirs, and avoid the pitfalls that would be met along the way.

We have decided to explore a new field that many students may follow by opening a new segment of our magazine titled ‘LAW’. As in all the fields that we cover, we have sought those in the top rungs of their industries in order to focus on the success stories that would best guide our readers. Therefore we would like to introduce one of the top New York legal minds, Eric Rothstein.

Eric, first we would like to thank you for spending the time out of your very busy schedule in order to lend your guidance to those students looking to follow in your footsteps. Please tell us why you chose this profession to follow, and who was your inspiration in doing so ?

ER- Truthfully, I do not remember a specific reason why I went to law school. It seemed like a natural next step after majoring in political science in college. I remember when I was young my father once mentioning that law was a good profession to pursue. Read more »

In Search of… Me (Part 6)

May 23rd, 2017

In the past episode for this story, in the December 2016 issue, I had uncovered my Irish links that originated in Londonderry (now Derry again !) Ireland where my Great-great-grandfather first immigrated to Scotland. Many questions still remained. A few included where the Irish first came from and why the Romans referred to them as Scots. This has piqued my interest even further and galvanized me to dig deeper into the past of this most interesting race.

Two books that have revealed much to me for my quest was ‘A History of Ireland’ by Edmund Curtis. This actually belonged to my uncle Vincent, for his studies when he had originally decided to train as a Catholic priest. He later decided to become a New York City policeman instead and went on to become a professor of law, after retirement, at Fordham University in New York City. The second book is titled ‘The Story of the Irish Race’, by author Seumas MacManus, who went deeper into the Irish origins that answered many, if not all, of my many questions. Read more »

My Virginia- Great Falls- by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

April 8th, 2017

  In the continuing series of ‘My Virginia’ my photographer son, Joseph O’Donnell IV, and I recently took a trip to Great Falls and Mather Gorge. The Great Falls Park is run by the National Park Service and is located in Northern Virginia along the Potomac River. The river itself is the borderline between Virginia and Maryland and it has been a National attraction since the our country was first founded. The gorge was named after Stephen T. Mather, the first National Park Service director.

There is a canal running along it that was set up by the Patowmack Company in 1784 which constructed a series of five canals to make the river navigable as a water route between the Chesapeake Bay and the interior of Virginia. It was overseen by George Washington who’s dream was to connect the East with the Ohio Valley and bind the country together in a framework of trade and mutual interest. Read more »

A Race to the Moon… Again !- With Dr. Harold A. Geller- George Mason University

February 24th, 2017

Professor-Gellers-TV-appearance-300x168TAEM- With China now looking to place its astronauts on the surface of the Moon there seems to be another ‘Space Race’ in the making. Our newly elected President, Donald J. Trump, has also expressed his deep interest in the cosmos. This combination may trigger America’s deep commitment in manned exploration to placing humans on the Moon and Mars again!

 

We’ve decided to ask Dr. Harold A. Geller of George Mason University in Virginia, after his previous interview in our July 2014 (click on to see) issue, to elaborate on this theme.  Read more »

Poet Laureate Candice James is Multi-Talented!

February 24th, 2017

Candice James, Poet LaureateTAEM- Candice James is a great Poet and has graced our pages many times over the years. Her poems have always been inspirational and are a great benefit for all those students who look to our magazine as a learning tool in order seek knowledge and avoid the pitfalls in the path towards their careers.

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TAEM News Flash ! An Anniversary, A Birthday, and Robert Burns !

February 1st, 2017

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has once again attended the annual poet Robert Burns Anniversary Dinner thrown by Fauquier Scottish Heritage Society of Warrenton, Virginia. We also linked this to the 35th Wedding anniversary of our publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell, and his wife Maryann. We were joined by our daughter, Jennifer Baird, and her husband Matt and our granddaughter, Haven. The celebration was also extended to include our daughter’s 33rd Birthday ! Read more »

TAEM News Flash! Singer Carmen Perez in the News Again!

January 1st, 2017

TAEM- We are delighted again to feature singer Carmen Perez for all our readers. We have followed this very beautiful and talented performer since first interviewing her in our Nov. 1st, 2010 issue (click on to see). She has also appeared in our May 25th, 2013 issue (click on to see), and our April 1st, 2014 issue (click on to see). Her versatility and talent is amazing and has left us in awe. Since that time both our magazine, and her career, has evolved and grew. Carmen has recently worked on, and about to release, her newest musical endeavor. Carmen, what is the name of your latest musical project and how was it conceived?

CP– My upcoming EP is called “Space Girl.” I started working with this super-talented pop producer, originally with the intention of making more Latin-influenced music. He’s Scandinavian so we got a great blend of the two. Read more »

Now See Graphic Designer’s web site at: http://www.joddesigns.com/contact

January 1st, 2017

joe-jrNow See Graphic Designer’s web site at:
http://www.joddesigns.com/contact

You can contact Joe directly through his website for all your design needs !

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In Search of… Me (Part 5)

December 1st, 2016

Joe-ODonnellYes, the Magazine is back!  With that said I wanted to open up this issue with the continuing story for the search for my family roots. As last left off I wanted to find out when my Irish ancestral name came into Scotland in the area around Glasgow.

My father was born in South Lancashire, nearby. His father, who also born in that area, was a boat builder along the  River Clyde, in Glasgow. My father’s uncle owned three pubs in that vicinity which were quite popular with the local citizenry. Upon my grandfather’s move to America, my father’s uncle, who was childless, asked if my father could remain behind in order to inherit his businesses, and therefore keep them in the family name. My father declined this gracious offer and decided to move to America with his parents and sister. In America three other siblings were born into his family. These are the aunts and uncles, and later their children, my cousins, of whom I grew up with. Read more »

TAEM Discusses the New Horizons Project and the Outer Solar system with GMU Professor Mike Summers

December 1st, 2016

michael-summersTAEM- In your last interview in our July 2014 issue we discussed your studies concerning the question about astrobiology and the search with alien life. Since then you played a key role in the New Horizons project during the fly-by of Pluto. Please describe your role in this important project.

MS– I’ve been a mission co-investigator on this team since 1999 when we first proposed to NASA a very similar mission. NASA canceled that mission opportunity.  We subsequently proposed the New Horizons mission in 2000 and were awarded the mission and funding starting in 2001.  My role throughout has been planning atmospheric science for the NH mission, and now that we’re past the flyby I’m Deputy Lead of the Atmospheric Science Theme Team for atmospheric science analysis.  That is one of the three science Theme Teams that are working to analyze the flyby observations.  Before encounter, I worked to develop models of the chemical and thermal structure of the atmosphere so that we would have a basis for predictions of what we would see at encounter.  It’s very important to have predictions, because instruments must be designed carefully to match what we general expect to see.  Since the encounter, I’ve worked with others on the team to write scientific papers and give presentations at conferences on our results. Read more »

Author Joseph J. O’Donnell’s Books!

December 1st, 2016

Joe-ODonnellNow you can see the videos and Amazon links for Author Joseph J. O’Donnell’s books at:

http://www.eeriedigest.com/writers-promo-reels/#walkers

http://www.eeriedigest.com/writers-promo-reels/#night

http://www.eeriedigest.com/ebooks/

Please click on the book images to access their Amazon purchase site information

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TAEM/TED Farewell End of an ERA

November 30th, 2014

It is with great sadness that we must announce that our publication will be coming to an end. As advertising has not caught up to the costs of production we have come to the conclusion that we must close our doors. As the publisher I have only a small pension and a monthly Social Security check to survive on, and I feel that out-of-pocket expenses for the magazine is no longer viable.

There will be no void, however, because this gives me a chance to complete two other books that I am writing and I am deeply involved in oil painting. I also wish to travel and I am researching my family history (possibly for another book in the future) and I wish to visit Scotland, the home of my father. Read more »