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Today’s Great Authors by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

   There are so many new authors with their work gracing the book shelves today, and they surely owe their talents to some of the great authors of our century, and the current generation. To name a few we must conjure up the names of Tolkien, Rowling, Martin, and Doyle.

Each of these writers have spawned, not only written works, but movies, board games, comic books, and television shows . There are also many current writers, whose written topics, mirror these great people and it is comforting to know that written literature has been reborn again. (more…)

SpaceX To Launch First Stage Of Mars Mission by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Author Joseph J. O'Donnell

Elon Musk the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Inc. stated during the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas on Sunday that they will be launching the first stage of the Mars and Interplanetary space ship as early as next year.

Last year he announced that they will make the first cargo shipments to Mars by 2022, followed by the delivery of the first human colonists to the Red Planet. He also plans to build amenities for the future colonists as well. His Mars and Interplanetary ship could be the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) or another named craft under the development now. (more…)

My Virginia – Let’s Go Exploring by Author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Well, it’s time to dust off the camera and leave the ‘cabin fever’ doldrums behind us. When Winter set in and the weather left us in a state of hibernation, a good book and a cup of hot chocolate beckoned us indoors in front of the fireplace. We threw a comforter around our shoulders and settled in till Spring. Now that Old Man Winter is about to leave us our magazine’s team is searching to explore our surroundings once again. In retrospect we are like bears leaving our dens to see what has changed over the winter months. (more…)

SpaceX Is Leading the Way Into Space by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Monday, February 12th, 2018

SpaceX has just successfully launched the largest missile  ever to leave the surface of the earth. Known as ‘The Falcon Heavy’, it is far larger than the Saturn V rocket that sent Americans to the Moon.

The company was founded by Elon Musk, Who also founded PayPal and Tesla Motors. As a great promotional gimmick he placed a cherry-red Tesla Roadster on board for the use as a test payload. The missile was designed to carry heavy payloads into space to such future destinations as the Moon and Mars. As a private entrepreneur Mr. Musk has not only a proven track record for business, he has also been cited as a genius and leader for our country’s space endeavors. (more…)

President Trump Signs Bill for Manned Space Exploration by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Author Joseph J. O'Donnell

President Trump recently signed a bill authorizing NASA to once again to pursue manned extraterrestrial exploration and put Americans on the moon again.

 It is America’s destiny to be at the forefront of humanity’s eternal quest for knowledge and to be the leader amongst nations on our adventure into the great unknown.

President Donald J. Trump

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TAEM Praises our Photographer and his Latest Works!

Friday, December 1st, 2017

TAEMOur photographer Joseph O’Donnell has given much to the success of our magazine and has also created our company name of The Eerie Digest that is known world wide. His work is extraordinary and has given our readers a better insight to all our stories. (more…)

TAEM interview with author C.C. Krepick

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

TAEM Takes a Ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

Sunday, 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. (more…)

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

Saturday, 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. (more…)

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

Wednesday, 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 ! (more…)

TAEM/TED Farewell End of an ERA

Sunday, 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. (more…)

Actress Calista Carradine talks about her new film ‘Jade Trader’

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

CalistaThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just been contacted by a very famous actress that we had interviewed some time ago. We had first met with her in Hollywood and followed up with an interview with Calista Carradine (click on to see article) for our January 1, 2011 issue. Her new film, Jade Trader, has received much attention in Hollywood and she sent us the following report and pictures:

When Gerry Pallay brought The Jade Trader to my attention, his wish was for Quentin Tarantino to direct it. He asked me to bring Quentin the script  since Quentin is tight with the Carradines’ (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Actress Maryam Tarami in the News!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Maryam-Tarami-Shoot   News from Hollywood has alerted us about a fabulous actress, Maryam Tarami, that we interviewed in our May 25th, 2013 issue (click on to see article). Currently she is starring in the movie ‘February’ and has won the award for Lead Actress in the Red Dirt Film Festival in Oklahoma. The film was chosen above 1,000 other entries in the event.

Asked about the film, Maryam responded, ”February is based on a true story of a woman from Iran. Last year I met a woman who shared stories about her homeland Iran and how she one day left everything behind for freedom.”

Michael Florie, the Executive Producer on the project said of Maryam, I met Maryam by accident after she worked on a movie I was executive producer on. Her vision on life and film making got my attention. After she shared her ideas for February I was pleasantly surprised by the unusual concept and agreed to be the executive producer on the project. I made the right choice as the Short takes us through the 4 strongest human emotions in 10 minutes. Compassion, romance, suspicion and fear! She put down an excellent performance as the female lead and I see a great future for her as actress and producer! She is one of a few! (more…)

TAEM News Flash! George Mason University in the News!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

george-mason-university-logo   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST has been very fortunate to obtain many articles for our SCIENCE section from George Mason University in Virginia. We had visited there often to attend meetings of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) and many of the schools professors have contributed articles for our various science series.

Professor Harold Geller has contributed much to us to pass along to the many science students who follow our magazines to enhance their own careers. His knowledge of astronomy is extensive and he had let our publication visit the school’s telescope observatory to get a first hand look at the equipment that has made the university outstanding. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Saturday, November 1st, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Back Where We Started – Our portfolio emerged from the carnage of the past five weeks in worse shape than the S&P 500. Double-digit declines in Hertz Global (HTZ), Linn Co., LLC (LNCO), Goodyear (GT), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) caused our portfolio to give up all its gains for the year. Over the past five weeks, our portfolio dropped 9.6% while the S&P 500 fell 5%. Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio is flat while the S&P 500 has gained 2.68%.

Only one of our stocks went up over the past five weeks: health care REIT Ventas (VTR), which climbed 8.5%. Ventas’ 4.4% dividend and impressive earnings and revenue growth are attractive, especially in turbulent markets. (more…)

TAEM Breaking News!!!

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Jenn_and_Matt   Our publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell, has just learned that his daughter, Jennifer, is now engaged to be married. Her husband-to-be, Matt Baird, “had asked permission for my daughter’s hand in marriage yesterday and I proudly accepted”, the happy father of the bride said. Matt proposed to Jennifer today on an outing and she was overwhelmed with joy.

The wedding date has not been announced yet and the whole O’Donnell and Baird clans are looking forward to the celebrations.

“We met with his parents over the course of the summer, and both our children were witnessed to be much in love with each other”, our publisher said. Jennifer had already met with many of her fiancé’s family members and will meet his entire family in short order. (more…)

‘The Next Steps in Space Exploration’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Friday, September 26th, 2014

us-space-spacex-dragon-v2-spacecraft-elon-musk-e1401420115811  To date the only manned exploration of other worlds had been the United States ventures on the lunar surface in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Since that time the only other great achievement was the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting earth. Following these projects our country, and others, have launched remarkable telescopes to study the cosmos, and ingenious robotic instruments to act as scouts on the surface of Mars.

Visually exploring the cosmos, and detailing and testing the surface of Mars, is important as these are the necessary first steps to targeting where we should go. They give us a better understanding of our galactic neighborhood as well as determine the safety and longevity of colonization on our neighboring planets. The study of our own solar system is also important as it will spur interest from the private sector in developing space vehicles and habitats for manned missions . The studies will also spur on mining for precious materials and their manufacturing on nearby worlds. The moons of our solar system, comets, and asteroids have also been preliminarily explored by satellites and probes, and show promise as well. (more…)

‘My Virginia – The Shenandoah Caverns’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Friday, September 26th, 2014

IMG_3787   The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to many spectacular sites, some of which we had introduced in this series of articles. Virginia has access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay in the east. To the west you can easily drive to the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains to see the fantastic views from up high. Between these two mountain chains runs the Shenandoah Valley, called the ‘breadbasket of the South’ during the Civil War.

This long valley, running almost the entire length of the state, still is predominantly farm lands, but is also home to many fine universities. Its picturesque beauty can be better seen by traveling the Skyline Drive which sits on top of the Blue Ridge summits. You can also glimpse its splendor when traveling along Route 81, a major North/South conduit running the entire length of the eastern part of our country. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed for October 2014

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

A Tough Stretch

Our portfolio was hurt by growing market concerns over the past three weeks and, as a result, lost ground to the S&P 500. Large losses in Hertz Global (HTZ), Ventas (VTR), and Anadarko Petroleum (APC) could not be overcome by gains in International Paper (IP), Bank of America (BAC), and Facebook (FB). Over the past three weeks, our portfolio fell 1.3% while the S&P 500 lost 0.1%. Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio has risen 10.65%, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.06%.

Stock market traders are now increasingly concerned that interest rates will increase earlier in 2015 than previously expected, and this had a negative effect on the portfolio overall. For example, health care REIT Ventas lost 6.7%, as higher interest rates make high yield investments like REITs less attractive. However, the prospect of higher rates positively impacted Bank of America, up 4%, and Fifth Third Bancorp, up 1.6%, because higher interest rates allow banks to make more money on the spread between interest paid out to depositors and the interest paid to the bank on loans made to customers. (more…)

TAEM Explores the Outer Banks by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

IMG_3641   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine recently journeyed to the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a travel destination interest for our readers. The area is the premier visitor destination on the Atlantic coast of the United States and is one of the only few locations where wild horses roam in this section of the country. Our adventure lasted five days and was planned by Maryann O’Donnell and photographed by both our publisher and our staff photographer Joseph O’ Donnell IV. We have included pictures of our visit along with tips and advisories for those who wish to make this journey. (more…)