All Photography by Joseph O'Donnell IV Unless Noted.

Celebrating Our Fifth Birthday!

July 31st, 2014

Happy 5th BirthdayOur Publication’s, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine and THE EERIE DIGEST is celebrating Five Years since they first appeared on the Internet!

We have had many important changes since we began and the present product has been well received, and read, around the world. With hundreds-of-thousands of readers to date we have become a must read for students, and Students of the Arts, to boost their careers. From informative articles to Hollywood Interviews, from Science to Music, and great late night stories and poetry, we have become an icon to many. Read more »

‘Astrobiology and the search for Alien Life’ by Guest Author Professor Mike Summers of George Mason University

July 31st, 2014

Michael SummersTAEM – Could you expand upon your atmospheric studies as they have a direct relationship to what would effect explorers on other worlds and where we should look to discover life forms.

My research background is in the area of chemistry and dynamics of planetary atmospheres. I’ve worked extensively on the chemistry of the Earth’s middle atmosphere (stratosphere, mesosphere and lower thermosphere) and its chemical and dynamical response to solar effects and climate forcing. This work entails several topics related to ozone chemistry, the budget of the greenhouse gases such as water vapor, carbon dioxide and ozone, and the formation of Earth’s highest clouds – noctilucent clouds (also called polar mesospheric clouds PMCs, at around 80-85 km altitude). I’m also interested in the long-term changes in the atmosphere due to human activities, such as lower atmosphere global warming, upper atmosphere cooling, and middle and upper atmosphere weather. I’m a co-investigator on the AIM (Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere) satellite mission that is focused on the study of these high altitude clouds and how they respond to global change. The public website for this mission is at:

I’ve also been involved in the New Horizons Pluto mission as a co-investigator: Read more »

‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Past, Present and Future Exploration of the Moon and Mars’ by Guest Author Dr. Harold A. Geller – George Mason University

July 31st, 2014

Professor-Gellers-TV-appearance-300x168When I think of all the dreams I had as a teenager, the one I recall best is the dream I had of human exploration of the Moon and Mars. I was visiting my cousin in Ventnor City, New Jersey in 1969, that fateful evening when Neil Armstrong took the first steps of any human on the surface of the Moon.

What is it that President Kennedy said about such an effort? He said that such a “space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.” He also had said in that 1961 speech that “in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the Moon; it will be an entire nation.” Read more »

TAEM News Flash! Author Raymond Benson in the News!

July 31st, 2014

raymondbenson2013colorWe are very pleased to announce that Raymond Benson (click on to see article) who we had the pleasure of doing a second interview with in our ‘November 15th, 2013 issue’ has been quite busy as of late. Raymond, as you may recall, had written six of the James Bond novels.

In our last interview we talked with the author about his new series of novels titled ‘The Black Stiletto’ .We caught up with him recently and asked him about some of his latest work.

He told us that on January 2014: “The Black Stiletto: Secrets & Lies” (4th book in saga) was published. He also said, ” On April 2014: “Ice Cold—Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War” was completed. This is the annual Mystery Writers of America anthology of short stories, it was edited by Jeffery Deaver and Me… the first collaboration between two Bond authors (I was the first American Bond author, Jeff was the second). My short story “Ghosts” appears in the book as well.”
The film/TV rights for Black Stiletto have been optioned by Tony Eldridge of Lonetree Entertainment. Tony is one of the producers of the upcoming “The Equalizer” starring Denzel Washington and Chloe Moretz. Read more »

Joseph J. O’Donnell’s ‘My Virginia’: Williamsburg Attractions

July 31st, 2014

The-Alliance     Recently The Arts and Entertainment Magazine decided to tour the southern coastal region of Virginia and discover some of the wonders of the area. Notably Williamsburg is famous for Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg, so we decided to see what other hidden treasures the region held. We chanced upon the historical site of Yorktown, not far from the Williamsburg tourist attractions. There we discovered Yorktown Sailing Charters.

There are two sailing schooners available, the three-masted Alliance and the smaller two-masted Serenity. We naturally opted for the Alliance which was available at the time. The schooner is a seventy-five ton steel hulled ship handled easily by a three person crew. This includes its captain, Alex, and a well trained crew consisting of Emily and Darby. All three were gracious and knowledgeable and allowed us to help them set the sails.

The charter service also has a Pirate Adventure cruise in which both ships depart the Yorktown dock and actually fire live cannons at each other while sailing on the York River. The river is also a deep river port of bygone days and presently is used by the Navy and Coast Guard vessels for training and docking. Read more »

5 Poems by Candice James, Poet Laureate

July 31st, 2014
Candice James, Poet Laureate

Candice James, Poet Laureate

The Absence

In the absence of all,
Walking beneath the big blue tent,
Clouds drift and scramble impatiently
Across the vast expanse of sky.
Night claws its way over the edge
Staining the blue
Like spilled ink.

Alone on the path
I search for another set of eyes
In the semi-glow of dusk.

There is water
Scrubbing the back of a warm beach.
There are sheep
Wending their way home
Under the weary gaze of a shepherd boy. Read more »

‘The Tweed Update’ by Guest Author Roger Tweed

July 31st, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Continuing to Climb – Our 2014 portfolio, along with the major averages, overcame the Middle East turmoil and continued to post gains over the past three weeks. Riding a snap back in shares of Hertz Global (HTZ), along with gains in JetBlue Airways (JBLU), Goodyear (GT), Linn Co., LLC (LNCO), and International Paper (IP), the portfolio rose 2.78% since June 13. The S&P 500 gained 2.54% in the same period. Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio has risen 10.07%, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.05%.

Hertz was our best performer with a gain of 9.2%. To me, Hertz’ gain was simply a bounce back from the early June plunge suffered when Hertz announced its unreliable accounting issues and need to restate previous yearly results. Since the company has not commented on its financial issues since early June, this move is not based on any real information. I would continue to stay away from Hertz. JetBlue rose 6.5% as fiscal 2014 earnings estimates were raised and Zack’s Equity Research upgraded the stock to a buy. Read more »

‘Future Explorations in Space’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

June 27th, 2014

Enterprise1-640x353The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is about to embark on a series of articles involving Future Explorations in Space. We are hoping to involve all the scientists and college professors that have appeared in our Science section since its addition in our publication.

NASA has been gearing for this as other nations have now set future dates for trips to the Moon and Mars. In my article ‘Space- Our Manifest Destiny’ (click on to see article) which appeared in the Science section of our publication for July 24, 2013, I have been promoting the theory in a number of colleges that follow our magazine. I also hope that college students, led by their professors, can add to future articles as well. To have them participate in this series is the main purpose for its undertaking. Read more »

TAEM interview with actor Ashton Bingham

June 27th, 2014

Ashton-Bingham-head-shotTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has many followers among students of the Arts who use our publication as a learning tool to hone their careers. By taking the learning experiences of successful actors they are able to undertake the learning processes and avoid the pitfalls of those that we have interviewed.

One of the success stories that we like to tackle is the transition from television to the silver screen. We also like to explore the differences between the two types of acting for our readers to digest. One actor who straddles these venues is Ashton Bingham.

Ashton, what enticed you to take up acting for your career and who were your greatest influences to do so?

AB- I was first enticed at the age of 8, when my grandfather taught me a magic trick. That small action became the catalyst that completely shaped the rest of my childhood, all the way through high school. Every fiber of my being looked forward to learning my next magic trick, and performing it for my next spectator. I wasn’t much of a partier in school; I spent my time and allowance practicing, honing my sleight of hand, and acquiring more learning materials. By the time college hit, I was working very consistently in the northern Nevada area at corporate gigs, kids’ birthday parties, restaurants, and theaters, performing everything from close up card tricks, to large stage illusions (yes I did cut my assistant in half!). How did this lead me to acting you ask?? Well, like magic, I had a major fascination with making movies and acting in them. It was hard to catch me without a camera in my hand; but despite the fact that this hobby fell by the wayside a bit when magic came along, it was a fire inside me that never died. As I was finishing up my second year of college, I had to pick a direction. And as much as I would have loved to have my own show in Vegas…I dreamt bigger. It took me about 9 months, but I made all the necessary arrangements, packed everything, left everyone I knew, and moved to Los Angeles on January 9th, 2010 – the most exhilarating and terrifying day of my life to date. Read more »

Joseph J. O’Donnell’s “My Virginia: State Arboretum of Virginia”

June 27th, 2014

walk-way     The Commonwealth of Virginia offers a variety of exciting and interesting places to visit. It also offers some historical, educational, and natural wonders to explore.

In some of my last articles I had introduced The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Aldie Mill, and back trail hiking among some other interesting places to visit. One of the best hidden treasures is the State Arboretum of Virginia located near Boyce Virginia just off of Rte. 50 in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The location itself is beautiful with a panoramic view of the Shenandoah Valley a short distance away.

The Arboretum offers several walking trails if you are in a mood for a short hike and wildflower walks for your visual pleasure. The entrance from Rte. 50 leaves you off at a large brick structure which houses an old estate. Many weddings are also held here due to the pleasant surroundings that the site offers. There are also a number of ponds and gentle rolling hills giving a tranquil feeling to all the visitors. Read more »

5 New Poems by Poet Lauriate Candice James

June 27th, 2014
Poet Lauriate Candice James

Poet Lauriate Candice James

A Patch Of Black Grass


I set fire to a patch of black grass

Burnt by an unforgiving sun

Peeling back layers of over-ripe skin

On the seeds of this still-life painting.


This day is a fast rolling ball of fire

Chasing me down like a rabid dog

On the heels of a desperate clown

Walking an ice-glazed tightrope

In loose fitting second hand shoes,

All semblance of balance

Tossed aside for the thrill of the kill.

Read more »

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

June 27th, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Tranquil Waters- Our 2014 portfolio took advantage of the very calm trading environment of the past three weeks to post a gain of 3.16%. More significantly, when stocks came under pressure on June 11 and 12, our positions weathered the storm and held on to most of their gains. In contrast, the S&P 500 gained 1.87% in the same period. Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio has risen 7.1%, while the S&P 500 has gained 5.4%.

Our biggest gainer since May 23 was JetBlue Airways (JBLU) which rose 12.3%. The end of winter weather problems, and the carrier’s introduction of its Mint premium service, combined to pique traders’ interest in this laggard of the airline sector. Linn Co., LLC (LNCO), picked up 9% as oil prices rose and the company took steps to shore up its 10% payout. Read more »

J&J Movie Review- X-Men: Days of Future Past

June 27th, 2014

x-men-days-of-future-past-movie-poster1   For another of our Summer movie reviews we had chosen X-Men: Days of Future Past as an exciting addition to the season’s lineup of films. We attended the movie in the Manassas Regal Cinema just off of Rte. 235 and Interstate 66. We found this theater most comfortable and the parking was excellent. We also attended the film during the weekend matinee. This made the viewing more pleasurable as we did not have to deal with large crowds.

The film was one of the better action films in this series. It links a lot of the other films in the X-Men stories together but also digs deep into each of the characters personalities as well. This makes for a more solid story line for the film. Read more »

A New Jim Carrey- The way acting should be! A J&J Movie Review

May 30th, 2014

Jimcarey   Sometimes one must take a step back in order to move forward. So is this true for today’s Cinema. We recently caught The Majestic on HBO. The film made its debut in 2001 and I must admit that I had never seen it. After watching a spate of films with Jim Carrey ( Ace Ventura, The Mask) I was not up to watching more slapstick at that time. Now I regret not seeing it when it first appeared on screen.

The film had followed another attempt by Carrey in The Truman Show, which was first seen in 1998, to reveal his more serious side. Set in 1951, it is about a blacklisted Hollywood writer that gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son. Martin Landau plays the role of the father who believes that Carrey, after missing in action during World War II, returns home after suffering memory loss. Laurie Holden, plays Carrey’s sweetheart, and also becomes convinced of Carrey’s new identity. Read more »

NEW! Graphic Designs by Joseph O’Donnell!

May 30th, 2014
Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell, Jr.

In our April 29th issue our photographer, Joseph O’Donnell (click on to see article), announced a new venture that he was undertaking. He stated that he pitching his work in the fields of creating advertising and book cover designs. Since that time he has expanded his creations to producing DVD Covers, Logos, Web Banners, and brochures.

We are very proud of Joe’s accomplishments and we have attached some of his new design creations with this article. If you are interested in having him work up designs for your particular needs you can contact him at odonnellj85(at)yahoo(dot)com. Read more »

TAEM interview with author Jane Bow

May 30th, 2014

author Jane BowTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine originated to uphold the work of authors and explore the foundation behind their creations. Every good story is based on the author’s own experiences or historical facts, which breathe life into a writer’s work. This adds to the realism of the story.
We are therefore proud to introduce author Jane Bow to all of our readers. Jane, tell us about your childhood and how your parents’ careers helped shape your future.

JB- My parents were Canadian diplomats so I spent more than half my childhood abroad, in New York City, in Spain during the 1950’s, and behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia at the height of the Cold War. The school I went to in Spain was an old French Lycee, dark, grimy windows, a dirt courtyard to play in with a high wall separating girls from boys. Girls who didn’t pay attention in class were tied to their chairs or made to stand in the waste basket. I played in Spanish, learned in French, spoke English at home. When I returned to Canada, I was amazed to see colored leaf projects on the classroom walls, and kids leaping up to do the twist as soon as the teacher left the room. Read more »

TAEM Interview with Actress Yenis Monterrey

May 30th, 2014

photo5TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is always interested in presenting new talent to all of our readers. We search world-wide to find it and found some of the most exciting new faces are in our own backyard. The beautiful actress Yenis Monterrey hails from Texas but originally came from Venezuela and possesses an array of talent and experience that is simply amazing.
Yenis, please tell our readers about your childhood and what brought you to America.

YM- I had an incredible childhood always surrounded by family, food, and big parties and music were always part of everyday life. I grew up in a patriarchal home, where the father always takes control of the family and you can’t leave home if you are a woman unless you get married. I finished Law School and two Masters in Communication and Finance. I had a great job as an attorney at a Corporate Bank and then I got promoted overseas with a great opportunity to improve my English at the University of Texas. I always had the desire of improving my English skills and finally my dream became real. Read more »

TAEM interview with author Lisa Llamrei

May 30th, 2014

Lisa Llamrei picTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine always seeks new writers to display to our readership. In this way they can sample new venues and explore the many talents that are available to them.
One new writer who has made their way onto our list is Lisa Llamrei who hails from Toronto, Canada. Lisa, tell us about your home town and your urban lifestyle.

LL- I was born in Toronto, but except for a brief period while I was in university, I haven’t lived in the city itself since 1980. But I’ve always been nearby. Right now, I live about an hour’s drive away, in a town that has only a few hundred residents. It’s the best of both worlds. We can enjoy all of Toronto’s cultural experiences. My children have spent a lot of time at the Science Centre and the Metro Zoo, we sometimes spend a weekend watching the Blue Jays, and I LOVE the Royal Ontario Museum. I’ve been able to take the kids to world class performances of the National Ballet, and the theater district. At home, we enjoy open space, a small community, and a more relaxed pace. Read more »

TAEM News Flash! Professor Harold Geller in the News!

May 30th, 2014

Professor Geller's TV appearanceWe recently learned that Dr. Harold Geller (click on to see the article), who we first interviewed in our December 15th, 2012 issue, has just published a new book. The book’s title is All the Secrets of the Universe and it is in large print. The book can be purchased on Amazon at:

Professor Geller, who teaches at George Mason University in Northern Virginia, has been very active lately and has appeared on television on The Road to Reason : The Skeptic’s Guide to the 21st Century. He stated that “You may be interested in knowing that this past Sunday, at 3PM, I was interviewed on a cable TV show on Channel 36 regarding the latest data from Antarctica relating to the inflationary epoch of the big bang theory.  Here’s a link to a portion of show on which I appeared (from minute 1:20-1:50 and 8:40-25:46 in video).” Read more »

5 Poems by Guest Poet Laureate Candice James

May 30th, 2014
Guest Poet Candice James

Guest Poet Candice James

© Candice James, Poet Laureate


The Sound of Shadows


In the sound of shadows

Circular haloes extend themselves

Through hollow nights

And non-descript days

Chewing on sunbeams and moonglow

Exhaling mist and fog

Into my already dampened spirit Read more »