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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Interviewing Steve Ruth

 Hey Viewers, 
On September 30, 2014, I sat down with Corona City Council candidate, Steve Ruth. It was an interesting afternoon. We spoke about his service to community and country and about his vision for Corona after he is elected. I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Ruth for having me in their home. I really enjoyed speaking with them. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Science, Technology, Engineering Partnership Conference

I went on a field trip with my class today to the Bourns Technology Center ( We went to the STEP conference, It is a huge science and engineering expo in Riverside. Check out the photo album for more fun shots from the conference. I had so much fun learning about science. My favorite part was driving the plane. Check out all the photos at


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

You Want to Interview Me?

 If you live in Riverside County CA, then you could have seen me in the local paper yesterday. A truly nice reporter from the Press Enterprise, who saw me on Twitter, interviewed me a few weeks ago, about my interviewing people for my blog and You Tube channel. It was really interesting to be on the opposite side of the interview. Afterwards she let me ask her questions about what she does as a journalist and why she chose to be one. I had a super time and the article came out great. You can read the online version HERE 

Th picture in the paper is from my anti-bully interview with Corona police officer Jeff Hedtke.

with Jeff Hedtke

Here is the link to the Mayor's Message interview mentioned in the article. That was my favorite interview to date because it was so grown up.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Interview: Tim Sheridan Candidate for Congress

 Hey Viewers, Today I am doing something different. In the last couple of weeks I sent email invitations to both Rep. Ken Calvert and Tim Sheridan, who are both running for the Congressional Seat of the 42nd district. I haven't heard back from Mr. Calvert, but Mr Sheridan agreed to talk with me.

I would like to thank Mr. Sheridan a lot. He took time from his schedule, even making himself late to a fundraiser, to schedule an interview with me. Then, when he got there, the place where we were going to talk wasn't ready and we had to wait for 35 minutes. He was super nice about it. As if that were not enough, we had all kinds of camera issues and he just rolled with it. It was a great interview and I appreciate that he answered my questions without talking down to me. He even invited me to come to his election headquarters.

 That was the good news. The bad news is that not only did we have issues with all of the cameras not recording right, but also the software we use to make videos glitched out and has to be replaced, so I don't have a usable recording of this awesome interview. I really enjoyed talking to Mr. Sheridan. My parents will vote based on what they think about the issues, but if I had to choose, I would be likely to choose someone who could make a few minutes that turned into over an hour to talk to a kid.

Below is a transcript (Mom apologizes for any typos, mistakes in the transcript are all her fault)


Hey Viewers, Welcome to my blog. Today I am talking to Tim Sheridan. He is the Democratic candidate for the 42nd Congressional seat, coming up for election in November.

Lian Nathaniel (LN)- Welcome, and thank you for squeezing me into your busy schedule today.

Tim Sheridan (TS)- Lian thank you for inviting me. I am really excited about the opportunity to talk with you.

LN- Thank you. So, to start with can you tell me a bit about who you are?

TS- Sure. I live in lake Elsinore with my wife Debbie and she and I have lived in Southern California since we got married. I first came to California in 1996 and I am originally from Syracuse New York.

LN- Thanks. So why did you choose to run for this position?

TS- Well, that is a good question. I don’t think that the Congress works very well and I think that it time that we make a change with some of the Representatives that are in Congress including the individual that I am running against. I think he has been there for too long, he has been there for over twenty years. I think every now and then in institutions like Congress we need to make a change and I think this is the year to make a change.

LN- Interesting.

Mr. Sheridan, what do you think is the biggest challenge facing our district in the next two years and what is your plan for addressing it?

TS- I think that the biggest challenge facing any candidate in any position is to create jobs. Ultimately good jobs are what helps our country move forward. Any person running for office, their first focus should be on creating good jobs for the citizens they represent. One of the things I will do when elected to Congress is to work on creating good paying jobs here in the 42nd District and Riverside County as a whole and I am going to do whatever I can to make that happen. I think that is the most important thing. When someone has a good job they feel better about themselves and they are able to go out and be a productive member of society and that’s important.

LN- Great!
What advice do you have for young people who are interested in public service?

TS- Well, Public service is just that, it’s service and I think for a young person to want to get involved in politics, one of the first things you can do is volunteer for local organizations, like this library here. Thinking about going into the armed services and serving your country is a good thing if you ultimately want to get involved in public service. I think it is one of those things that you should start early and focus as much as you can on helping other people, that’s what important about public service. That is one of the reasons I am running for Congress, I want to help other people.

LN- Great advice!

TS- Thank you.

LN- Finally, what is the one thing you would like all of your potential constituents to know about you?

TS- I think the most important thing that people should know about me is that I am a hard worker and I am committed to what I am doing. When I am elected to Congress, I am going to sure to be in the district as often as possible and willing to talk to constituents, like you, when I get a phone call or email from them. I think that it one of the most important things that any member of Congress or any public servant can do, is to get out among the people, talk to them about the issues that are important to them and take that knowledge back to the elected office they hold.

LN- Terrific.
Thank you so much for stopping by to speak with me.

TS- I really enjoyed this. Thank you very much too. We’ll see you again.

Update Oct 4, 2014: Rep Calvert's office finally sent a response to my invitation saying I could interview him by email and I have sent my questions (same as above) and am waiting for a response.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CFD is En Fuego

I got to spend Tuesday afternoon touring Fire Station #1 here in Corona. I met some nice firefighters  and learned a lot about how they live and work. The full interview with Captain Jim Steiner will be available next week, but here are some photos light your imagination.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fun at the Library

Took some time on Sunday to visit the Home Gardens Library.

2nd Generation Geekboy


Do I have enough books?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Creative Sports Interview: Ricky Moseley

In February the PTA at my school invited a BMX stunt show to perform for us. The show by Creative Sports was spectacular. When our computer crashed we thought we lost the footage but we recently found it on a thumb drive.

This is part two with Ricky Moseley. I enjoyed his stunts and I really liked his answer to my question about what he liked best about performing at schools. He said he liked showing kids that they can make a living doing anything. That is awesome.

My favorite stunt was he jumped his bike over 6 people including four of our teachers!

Monday, June 16, 2014

What we can do about bullying w/ Jeff Hedkte

Recently, I was sad to see that someone that used 
to go to my school decided to go through my You Tube 
channel and leave hurtful remarks, then do it again a few 
weeks later. It was kind of hard for me because I post 
everything publicly and not everybody is going to like 
what what I post or even be nice about it. I kind of have 
to take the bad with the good, but it got me to thinking. 

At my school this last year, we went to several anti-bullying 
assemblies. Bullying is a super big deal and I have heard so 
many awful things in the news about bullying and cyber-bullying, 
so Mom and I did a little research. There are all kinds of stories 
out there about 5th and 6th graders, kids my age, doing
unthinkable things because someone was picking on them. 

Last summer I was lucky enough to interview Lt. Neil Reynolds 
from the Corona Police department. I sent him an email asking 
for his advice on who to talk to now about my concerns and he 
put me in touch with Officer Jeff Hedtke, Corona’s Gang 
Intervention Officer. 

I got to speak with Officer Hedtke last week and it was a 
super interview. He really made everything understandable. 
He had great advice and he totally got that the hardest part 
about a kid being bullied is that we are kids and don’t always 
know how handle the situation. 

I know this is the longest interview I have had but it so worth
 watching it to the end.

Thank you so much Officer Hedtke for talking with me and 
Thanks to the Corona PD for being there for the community. 

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Monday, May 26, 2014

2014 Corona Library Events w/ Abigail Shellberg

A few weeks ago my mom ran into Gretchen Doughty from the Friends of The Corona Public Library at a PTA luncheon and told her that I really wanted to interview someone about Corona Library's Book - a - Palooza. She was nice enough to pass on my information and I was contacted by Abigail Shellberg. She is the Library Services Director at Corona Public Library. She said she would love to talk to me.

The library in Corona has so many neat things going on this summer. Movies, live shows, crafts and other activities and a terrific reading program called Paws to Read.

 I really enjoyed talking with Miss Shellberg. It was a fun conversation and she really seemed to be looking forward the Pets on Parade part of Book -a- Palooza. 

You can find the sign up to Paws to Read and calendar of events for the Library at Http://

Don't forget to check out The Friends of The Corona Public Library book shop at the library or online at 

I know where I will be sending a lot of my summer. See you there. #Library #SummerFun

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