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

Friday, 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. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Friday, 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. (more…)

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

Friday, 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. (more…)

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

Friday, 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. (more…)

NEW! Graphic Designs by Joseph O’Donnell!

Friday, 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. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Professor Harold Geller in the News!

Friday, 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: http://www.amazon.com/All-Secrets-Universe-Harold-Geller/dp/1304808661/

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).” (more…)

‘Spiderman vs. Godzilla’ a J&J Movie Review

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Godzilla 2014 movie poster   As things go we decided to do two movie reviews this month as the theaters were finally starting to heat up. Our attention was glued on action movies once again and two of our opening salvoes centered on The Amazing Spiderman and Godzilla. Both reviews were done on matinee schedules so that we did not have to fight the crowds.

For the ‘Spiderman’ movie we attended the Regal Cinema Theater in Manassas, Virginia. Here the theater was easily accessible and the seats were very comfortable. We had split feelings about this movie. My son favored this movie as the lead actor, Andrew Garfield, was more true to form then his predecessor, Tobey Maguire. Tobey superseded this role and performed excellently in the film Ride with the Devil in 1999. I believe that the Civil War Western brought out his finer qualities. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Rough and Tumble – Like the major averages, our 2014 Portfolio bounced around between gains and losses over the past five weeks. In the end, strong showings from JetBlue Airways (JBLU), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Hertz (HTZ), and Facebook (FB) overcame a big loss in Bank of America (BAC), and losses in Goodyear (GT) and LinnCo, LLC. (LNCO), to record a gain of 1.1%. During the same period, the S&P 500 gained 1.9%. Since our portfolio’s January 9 inception, it has risen 3.81% while the S&P 500 has gained 3.43%.

JetBlue led the portfolio, gaining 5.7%. After the company reported first quarter earnings and revenue that missed estimates in late April, the shares were punished. Since then they have recovered nicely as investors attributed the misses to bad weather in the Northeast, and to Easter and Passover taking place in the second quarter of 2014 versus the first quarter of 2013. (more…)

Our Photographer’s New Venture – Advertising Art & Book Covers!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell IV has long been a photographer and article writer for The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST. He is also one of our touted pair in our ‘J&J Movie Review’ series. He has now set his sites on an all new venture: Creating Advertising Art and Book Cover Designs.

Joe’s artistic talents have developed early in life and his knack for photography has made these magazines a success. He is also the one that developed the initial name for the magazine known as THE EERIE DIGEST. His computer skills created our original blog and has guided us to our present day publications. At present he is also developing several comic strips, one of which, The Elders, has appeared in one of our last issues. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Our publisher’s new Art Site!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Joseph O'Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

Our publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell, has now posted his latest paintings on DeviantArt ! You can now buy a print of his work through this site.

You can find his listings at: http://josephjodonnell.deviantart.com/

We hope that all our readers, along with his friends and fans, purchase prints of his work in order that he can expand our magazine site.

TAEM

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

OUR 2014 PORTFOLIO

Through the Ringer – Our 2014 Portfolio rode the same roller coaster as the markets over the past four weeks, with individual positions falling brutally for one or two days followed by sharp advances in many cases. An 18% advance in the shares of Anadarko Petroleum (APC) was completely negated by sell-offs in Facebook (FB), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), and Bank of America (BAC). But a 9% advance in medical REIT Ventas (VTR) combined with dividend payments and other share price gains to drive the portfolio to a gain of 0.3% since March 21. The S&P 500 lost 0.1% during that time period. Since our portfolio’s January 9 inception, it has risen 2.74% while the S&P 500 has gained 1.49%. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Singer Carmen Perez in the News!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

gI_0_CarmenPerezPicCloseUp   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine that a fabulous singer who we interviewed in our November 2010 issue, Carmen Perez (click on to see article), has recently released her new album titled Collective Fantasy II.

Asked about her new work Carmen said:  “Collective Fantasy, Part II has been released into the Universe. On our journey into discovering galaxies of music and sound, I share with you my new EP with lots of love. Thank you for taking the time to listen to the songs. Right now you can buy them through my cool NEW website.

exclusively and via iTunes by clicking HERE. :) (more…)

TAEM News Flash ! Author William Fripp has a New Novel!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

author William FrippThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST has learned that an author that has contributed many stories to our publications has written a new novel. William Fripp (click on to see original interview), who we interviewed in our June 2011 issue, has just posted his new work on Amazon . You can now find it by clicking here.

The book’s title is Ad Infinitum and it’s a great sci-fi read. When asked to capture the theme for his new work William gave this description : “There is a thread that runs through this universe and the myriad universes that make up the multiverse, a commonality of spirit that connects each of the infinite spheres of time at the quantum core – humanity. (more…)

‘In Search of …Me’, pt.4- by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Joe O'Donnell   My search has taken me a step farther back along the trail in connections to my ancestors. In the previous issue I showed the beginnings of the O’Donnell name and the pre-history of my family before immigrating to Scotland. My next steps are to find the link in which the first member of the O’Donnell clan set sail for Glasgow.

Glasgow was the goal of many Irish who sought work and to flee starvation in Ireland due to the potato famines of the 1800′s. Working and living conditions where they settled were harsh and they were always considered as second class citizens. Unlike America, though, where signs were hung in windows that read INNA (Irish need not apply) there was a relationship between Scots and Irish via blood lines. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Still in the Lead-

Our 2014 Portfolio held onto its lead over the S&P 500 during the past four weeks. Since February 21, our portfolio was essentially flat, with solid gains from Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), Bank of America (BAC), and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), being offset by large losses in LinnCo, LLC (LNCO), International Paper (IP), and JetBlue Airways (JBLU). During the same period, the S&P 500 gained 1.7%. Since our portfolio’s January 9 inception, it has risen 2.44% while the S&P 500 has gained 1.58%.

Fifth Third led the portfolio with a gain of 9.1%. Regional banks are currently in the sweet spot as they are less affected by international or even national financial issues that can negatively impact money center banks. At the same time, the benefits to domestic banks from higher U.S. interest rates will make regional banks like Fifth Third more profitable. Bank of America was our second-best performer, rising 7.8%. As the tensions over Crimea moderated, the shares of large banks like Bank of America began to recover. Then, the Federal Reserve’s hint of higher interest rates earlier than expected, combined with a successful round of stress tests, gave a further boost to large bank share prices. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Actress Maryam Tarami in the News!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

poster februaryyThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just learned that actress Maryam Tarami (click on to see article) who we interviewed in our May 2013 issue, is starring in a new movie. The film is titled February and we were lucky enough to catch up with her to ask some questions about her new project.

We asked Maryam to tell us something about the film.

“This project got triggered after a conversation I had with a woman from Iran” she said.  “She shared stories about her homeland Iran and how she one day left everything behind. It touched me when the woman said that nobody would ever understand her because they have no idea. This made me want to shed light on her situation and make a film about it. So, I shared my idea within my circle and they encouraged me to make it happen. One of the first friends I shared my idea with was actually Michael Florie, also a multi-talented actor, who even became our executive producer.”  (more…)

TAEM Explores Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Hollywood-StudiosThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine’s last stop on our tour of Disney’s Orlando theme parks had brought us to the doors of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was Thanksgiving Day and we got a late start from our hotel.

Upon arriving at the park we had found that there was a parade in progress so we decided to skip that event and head to The Tower of Terror ride. The line was surprisingly long, but with enjoyable weather, was manageable. With luck the youngest member of our group passed the minimum height requirement so we jumped on line anticipating the park’s ultimate attraction. We were not disappointed as the thrills and chills were everything that we hoped for. Surprisingly the youngest of us enjoyed the ride so much that she wanted to go again. (more…)

TAEM News Flash ! Actress Calista Carradine in the News !

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Calista Carradine -1    In our January 2011 issue of The Arts and Entertainment Magazine we had the honor of interviewing actress Calista Carradine (click on to see the article). Calista is the daughter of the late actor David Carradine and a great actress herself. The Carradine family has captivated audiences for generations.

Since our interview Calista has been quite busy and has completed filming a role in Hitchhiker Massacre.

http://www.fangoria.com/new/first-info-trailer-exclusive-poster-hitchhiker-massacre/ 

She is also starring in two films now in post-production : Mansion of Blood and Mata Hari.

Calista is also a great singer and has appeared in many shows. Asked about some of her performances she stated:

“This was my first visit to the desert playing an original of mine  which I wrote for Robert Loveless an American Legend with my new guitar player Kevin Quinn , the drummer from WAR Alvin Taylor and my old bass player John Schayer  who wrote Bad Too Long   for the film Mansion of blood (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Actor Michael Emery in the News!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Michael Emery   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine first interviewed actor Michael Emery (click on to see article) in our June 1st, 2010 issue. Since that time Michael has scored some great acting credits.

Michael has a true passion for acting, and trained at the prestigious The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since his graduation, Michael has worked steadily, appearing on ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, MONK, GUIDING LIGHT

and most notably as “Andy” on AS THE WORLD TURNS. Michael also Co-Starred on the CBS’ hit show BLUE BLOODS portraying “Phil Daelman”, a thief who terrorizes a Latino family. He also Co-Starred on the ABC show, BODY OF PROOF opposite Dana Delany and showed his acting range in a TV Movie titled SCOURGE in a lead role, playing a Heroin addict named ‘Jake.’ Michael recently just finished shooting a Co-Star role in the TV Pilot titled , ‘WHOA!’ starring Linda Blair. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Out in Front – Our 2014 Portfolio jumped ahead of the S&P 500 over the past five weeks.  Strong showings from Facebook (FB) and Goodyear (GT) overcame selling in Bank of America (BAC) and flat performance from Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), JetBlue Airways (JBLU), and LinnCo, LLC (LNCO) to record a gain of 2.6% since January 17.  The S&P 500 lost 0.1% in that time period.  Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio has gained 2.43% while the S&P 500 has lost 0.06%.

Facebook was our best performer, gaining almost 22%.  After reporting stellar fourth quarter earnings and revenues on January 29, the shares continued higher despite the February 20 announcement of the controversial $16 billion acquisition of mobile messaging app WhatsApp.  Although Facebook is paying a huge price, the acquisition is further evidence that the company intends to dominate the mobile space. (more…)