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An Interview With Blogger Nahid Sultana

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Nahid Sultana runs the blog Journey Around The Globe; here is a link to her website:

http://journeyaroundtheglobe.com/

 

 

Q: What made you interested in travel blogging?

A: I used to teach basic computer skills to the middle school kids at a private school where each student created a blog as a fun project. That’s when I started my blog. But it really became a daily agenda for me when we moved to Belgium and started going to many different places. I had to note down all the information I was gathering from all these trips.

Q: What do you look for in a guest blogger?

A: I accept any kind of travel related guest posts. They have to be authentic and…oh yeh, some appealing pictures from around the world. But I also accept sponsored posts…but again, has to be travel related, like from hotels, cruise liners, airlines, or tour guide companies. So that my readers can enjoy them and get some information on particular destination.

Q: What sort of day job do you have and how does it affect your ability to travel?

A: I am a freelance photographer and a freelance blogger. So traveling really doesn’t affect anything. I used to be a teacher as I mentioned above. But after coming back from Europe, I am enjoying setting my own schedule and being my own boss J

Q: What is the biggest difference you have noticed between the American education system and that of European countries?

A: My girls used to go to a British school, St. Paul British Primary School, in Belgium. We had the option to enroll them in the local Flemish or French school. But because of the language issues, they were admitted in this English school. That’s why I am not too familiar with the overall European education system. But we were extremely satisfied with St. Paul BPS. The best part was that my elder daughter straight went to Grade 1 at the age of 5, which is unthinkable here in The States, where the children go to Kindergarten at that age.

Q: What advice would you have for people traveling with small children?

A: I can actually write a whole book on this topic…hahaha. But plan, plan, and plan…this is the most important thing when you are traveling with children. First thing, start packing ahead of time for a fun and smooth journey. If you pack night before the trip, you will definitely forget to put some necessary things in your suitcase. What I mean by that, other than just clothes, shoes and diapers, you need to have something that they will enjoy during the plane/train/car journey. Something like books, toys (that won’t make sounds), their favorite treats, or their favorite cup where they like to drink their milk from. I usually don’t give candies to my kids, but during trips, I buy their favorite candies/chocolates to keep them happy and energized from time to time (make sure not too many a day). When you have reached your destination, remember to have some snacks/fruits/drinks in your backpack to give them in between meals. Kids get hungry really quickly. They would want to munch on something if they are walking a lot, under the sun for too long, getting bored, or not enjoying visiting lots of museums. Also don’t forget your sunscreens, hats, and sunglasses. Another thing to make sure is that they get enough rest. If you are on a long vacation, the children get tired after just few days from waking up early or going to bed late, going to different places…sometimes may be with a tour guide, hiking/walking, and etc. Their bodies aren’t like their parents. They need certain amount of sleep everyday. Make sure they get plenty of that. Last thing I would say that when you are in a certain city or place try to do or see at least one thing that your kids will enjoy. Visiting history, museums, ancient ruins are fun for adults, but may be not for a 5 years old. Research and see if there is any bug museum or miniature display or just a nice park which kids would love to go and believe me every city has at least couple things for kids of all age.

 

Q: What European city is most like Portland?

 

A: We lived in Tervuren, a small Flemish city in Belgium, very close to Brussels. And weather-wise, this was very similar to Portland…short summer, gloomy winter mornings, no extreme heat in summer or freezing condition in winter, rare snow in the cold weather, and finally lots of rainy days. I really didn’t miss Portland much…well, other than the English language.

Q: What country was the most surprising to you?

A: I would say the whole region of Eastern Europe surprised me the most. When it comes to Europe, tourists usually go to the western part. But Eastern European countries, like Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia, Croatia, Russia, Estonia, and other smaller countries in that part of Europe are just as good as the other big countries. These places have so much to offer to their visitors despite the recent wars and economic conditions. They have some stunning natural beauties, many historical sites, good museums, unique cultures, and finally you can’t go wrong with the Eastern European food. The best part is, spending few days in some of these places are much cheaper than most of the other parts of Europe.

Q: What sets you apart from other travel bloggers?

A: My blog is more like a guide for the future travelers where I also share my personal experiences. Though I hate to write negative things about any places, I do share my honest opinions when it comes to any specific things, like food or must-sees. I try to take my readers to a virtual journey with my blog where they not only get the feelings of the city, but also know how much money we are spending on food, souvenirs, transportations, and etc. Another thing I always mention is the sites or the tour guides that we’ve used in any particular city along with their contact information and rates for my readers. And lastly, since we have traveled as a family with 2 small children, I always try to mention the kid-friendly things to do or see in the places we’ve visited.

Q: You have won a lot of blogging awards; how did you get nominated for them?

A: Thanks to my fellow bloggers, readers, and followers for those lovely awards. The way these awards work is that once they are nominated by their friends, they have to nominate a certain numbers of people to keep this chain going. I was fortunate enough to be nominated by some of my wonderful blogger friends.

Q: What is your weirdest airplane story?

A: I don’t really have any weird airplane story to share. But every plane or road trip we took was a memorable one and that could be either beginning or end of a journey. I am always excited about a visiting a new place and even more excited when I come back home ready to share the story and the pictures of the places I’ve just visited to my readers.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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An Interview With Actor Jr Rodriguez

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Jr Rodriguez is an aspiring actor who appears in the film Lloyd the Ugly Kid; here is a link to his Twitter account:

Https://twitter.com/jrdagodson68

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A:  I have been interested in acting since I was a kid Ive always been drawn to performing when I was little I  was always good at reciting lines from movies an doing the different voices

Q: Who are some of your acting influences?
A:  my acting influences definitely Leonardo DiCaprio they way he takes on a character he really studies them an takes them on an also Matt Damon two of my favorite movies good will hunting an Rounders

Q: What kind of training have you had?

A:  I have done acting classes at John Robert Powers John Casablanca’s ipop growing up I went to the academy of arts San Francisco for on screen acting also improv an theater acting

Q: To what method of acting do you ascribe?
A:   i can play any role really I feel I dont wanna ever be type cast lol I feel I can do comedy, drama an action I would love to be a action hero I don’t take on different roles an challenges in my career

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how do you use it in your acting?
A:  I am a personal fitness trainer I feel that meeting different people an personalities helps  a great deal in acting helps with not being shy an being able to talk to people opens up your personality.

Q: What is Lloyd the Ugly Kid about?
A:  Lloyd the Ugly Kid is about a middle school kid having trouble fitting in because he doesn’t know who he is so he tries to be all kinds of different personalities to fit in but it doesn’t work its a fun kids movies

Q: What is your weirdest auditioning story?
A:  my weirdest audition I would say was for a movie I didn’t get I was running late the casting director was running late when I got in the room they were all screwed up they were suppose to be have lines for me they couldn’t find the script so they kinda just improved something an it was the worst they were so  un organized

Q: We are going to see you in some upcoming commercials; what products will they advertise?
A:  Yes sometime this summer i have a commercial being released Wizards of Waverly place I’m also gonna start filming my first lead role feature film called 100 blocks about a massacre that happened in Oakland California in 1999 were two cops died can’t wait for that

Q: What do you like about Los Angeles?
A:  LA is great I love the atmisfear I love the beaches I love to go walk around the beach

Q: What would you change about it?
A:  I wouldn’t change nothing about la its great the way it is its own little world different than anywhere else its great I love it maybe just hate the traffic lol I would change that less cars if I could lol
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Writer EN McNamara

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EN McNamara is the author of The Jamie Keller Mystery Series; here is a link to the Amazon page

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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+Jamie+Keller+mystery+series

 

 

 

Q:  What inspired you to start the Jamie Keller Mystery Series?

A: Reading the book, A Course in Miracles, radically shifted my way of thinking. Change your mind and you’ll change your world. I found it to be true and wished I’d learned the lessons earlier in life. This new way of thinking brought me from the clamorous San Francisco Bay Area to the forests of western Oregon, where I purchased ten acres of property, off-grid, with plans of starting my own lavender farm and business.

In 2004, when we first arrived in Oregon, we got turned on to mushroom hunting. The forest was just outside our door and it was an enjoyable way to make extra money. (Chanterelles can go for as much as eight bucks a pound.)

One afternoon, our new kittens, Schwartz and Isaiah, insisted on accompanying us on the hunt. They were like mini-mountain lions.

As we marveled over their prowess, later that evening, over a glass of vin (perhaps inspired by the wine), I decided to write a story calledThe Chanty Cat Mystery. I excitedly began jotting down my cast of characters (never mind I could hardly spell, and knew nothing about grammar), starting with a fourteen year old protagonist named Jamie Keller, who’s father has just been killed by a roadside bomb. From there the story wrote itself. I later changed the title to Off the Grid, but the cats remain in the story, playing an important role. The first draft took only thirty days to write, but forever to refine and edit.

Without laying it on too thick, I try to incorporate some of life’s lessons, while giving people something fun to read. Many of my fans are not young adults. The dedication to On the Brink is for my hundred year old aunt who’s always asking for the next story.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+Jamie+Keller+mystery+series

Q:  What happens in On the Brink?

A: The story starts off on a high note, when Jamie, Jenny and Catherine get their first real paying gig. Excitement wanes as certain realities creep into the picture. All of the Keller siblings are curious about the mysterious someone, Mrs. Keller spends hours on the phone with, and are none too impressed when they meet him. Also, sweet little Jana has fallen in with a bad crowd and finds herself in trouble deep.

Q:  What makes Jamie a character worth reading about?

A: Jamie is a dichotomy, like most of us, which makes her relatable.

She can jump from generous to jealous at the drop of a hat. She’s a thinker and a stinker and a victim of instant karma who’s selfish tendencies tend to smack her in the butt. At times she is master at cloaking her emotions, while other times over-reacting to the point of ridiculousness. She’s curious and mostly honest. Being only fourteen she is creative, expressive, and oft’ times excessive.

Q:  What life experiences do you draw from in your work?

A: Write about what you know they said. So I did. Sibling dynamics we’re easy, being the fifth out of six kids, and the action takes place on a one-horse, off grid, farm in rural Oregon, which is – let’s say – all familiar. I made Jamie a musician because I know how it feels. And animals, always animals, because I am surrounded by them myself.

I turn to current events for fodder. The Iraq War was raging when I started Off the GridOver the Edge, explores the generational effects of meth. Gay Rights were foremost in the news when I wrote In the Groove, and I used the Drought in the West as an issue in On the Brink.

Under the Weather (expect summer release) revolves around issues of Medical rights/Right to Die and much, much more.

Q:  Who are some of your writing influences?

A: They’ve changed along the way. In high school my sisters and I adored Lenora Mattingly Weber’s WW2 era Beany Malone Series. Currently? Let’s see. . . Ursula Hedgy, Joyce Maynard, and Anne Lamott come to mind, but I admire anyone who dares artistic expression.

I heard a writer interviewed on NPR, who suggested if you find your writing below your standards perhaps you should lower your standards. That statement gave me courage and I wish I could recall the source.

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how do you use it in your writing?

A: I’m a lavender farmer with an online product store, Lord and Lady Lavender, so I work from home in the day, out in the yard (weeding, planting, scooping poop) or inside on my website.

A few nights out of the month we play gigs. My partner and I have an acoustic duet, called Moonglow. We play mostly the beautiful old songs from the Hit Parade era, but also Country, Bluegrass, and Rock&Roll. You can find us (moonglow the duet) on YouTube, singingScotch and Soda and a few other hits.

As mentioned, my farm is the backdrop for The Jamie Keller Mystery Series. Jamie is a passionate musician, who experiences all of the highs and lows of the profession. Ouch!

Q:  Why do you think series books are so popular with young people?

A: I think for the same reasons they watch the same movie over and over. Familiarity is comforting.
Q:  What are you working on now?

A: I’m just wrapping up Under the Weather, book five. The story is figured and very close to done. I still have to draw the cover art and deal with the ever tedious task of editing, but I think it will be ready by July.

Q:  What are Lord and Lady Lavender Products?

A: Thanks for asking!

We specialize in lavender gift boxes for men and women; offering soaps, sprays, salts, lip balm, beeswax candles (we have three hives), and love potions. All are hand-crafted on our farm. We’re a small company so it’s more manageable than it sounds. We established in 2004 and grow a bit every year.
Q:  If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would you pick and why?

A: I’d choose The Cat in the Hat, because he’s such an artful trouble maker. I received a set of Dr. Seuss books for my fifth birthday and remember loving them so.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With “The Case” Author Marc Hirsch

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Marc Hirsch is a retired doctor who is the author of the mystery novel The Case: here is a link to his Goodreads page:

 

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6032594.Marc_Hirsch

 

 

Q:  What is The Case about?

 

A: The Case follows Alice White, a divorced legal assistant in 1955 New York City, who travels upstate to investigate the death of a country doctor. What at first appears to have been an accident, turns into a deadly power play of greed and marital discord and threatens to end her life just as she has begun to thaw.

 

 

Q:  What makes Alice a character worth reading about?

 

A:  Alice White is a woman in her thirties, out of her time. She loses her job at the end of WWII to the men returning from military service and refuses to conform to the mold of housewife and mother society seems to expect her to fit into. She is beautiful and athletic, she runs for exercise, inspired by Fanny Blankers-Koen who won four gold medals in the 1948 Olympics, and she goes to law school at night while assisting two Manhattan lawyers with investigation on their cases.

 

 

Q:  Why did you chose to write about a female protagonist?

 

A:  I wrote a chapter to get into a writing workshop. The woman in the scene which composes the whole chapter, sitting alone on a fire escape in the heat of a summer evening in the Bronx of the 1950’s, became Alice White and, only in retrospect, I realized she was modeled after my older sister who underwent similar struggles in 1950’s New York City, as did our mother. Both were working women, my sister a  divorcee like Alice. I have had many women friends who have educated me throughout my life about the struggles of women with societal expectations. I am prejudiced in Alice’s favor.

 

 

Q:  How did your experience as a doctor help you in writing a murder mystery?

 

A: The Case practically opens with a doctor struggling to have a life outside of medicine. That is as much my own story as his. My whole career I have attempted to balance work and many other interests. I did not want to bury myself in clinical practice, yet I took care of critically ill people and wanted them to have the very best I could deliver, so I had to devote much of my “free” time to continuing my medical education. I squeezed in my other interests, though, and started The Case while I was still engaged in high pressure hospital practice. Of course I finished the book in retirement.

 

 

Q:  You worked as a doctor on Alcatraz during the 1969 Native American occupation of the island. What compelled you to take that job?

 

A:  I was a new doctor, interning in San Francisco, and a staff attending physician at my hospital asked me if I’d go, despite the risk of jail time because the Indians had occupied federal land without permission and they were armed. It made me confront what being a doctor meant to me, so I went. Forty five years later, even though I’m retired, I still try to live up to that standard. I volunteer at a local free clinic and, when they try to thank me, I tell them I need to do it more than they need me to do it.

 

 

Q:  Who are some of your literary influences?

 

A: I really didn’t do much reading for pleasure until I finished my initial postgraduate medical training. In the early1970’s I spent a year living on an island off the coast of British Columbia and read boxes full of used detective fiction by kerosene lamp. I discovered Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Earl der Biggers, creator of Charlie Chan, on that island. More recently, James Lee Burke, Lee Child and Michael Connelly have entertained me with their detective fiction.

 

 

Q:  How did you get a publisher?

 

A: I meditate as a devotee of Paramahansa Yogananda. Every six months I attend a retreat here in Kentucky. One of the regular attendees read and loved my book, The Case, and introduced me to his son, a publisher in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a fan of my writing as are his editors and they have encouraged me to finish my next book and move on to others. They have named this first group of books the Alice White, Investigator series.

 

Q:  Many great writers from Ernest Hemingway to Charles Bukowski have been heavy drinkers who have suggested that alcohol helped their creativity. (Hemingway said, “write drunk, edit sober.”)You are in recovery; what are some creative techniques you use that do not involve alcohol or drugs?

 

A: I am definitely an alcoholic in recovery and can no longer drink. When I did drink I did not find alcohol particularly stimulating to my creative expression, so I don’t miss that aspect of it. Recovery has improved so much of my life I would have thought had nothing to do with my drinking. In regard to being an author, it has increased my enjoyment of the process of writing and going out to research people and places to write about. I also now read far more than I did when I drank. So I think the daily process of recovery has far surpassed my use of alcohol as a creative stimulant.

 

 

Q:  What was your greatest triumph as a doctor?

 

A:  I feel fortunate to have been able to deliver so many babies at various times in my career and that, I would normally say, has been a repeated incredibly positive experience in both my life and my medical career. But the single triumph of my experience as a doctor has to have been very early in my career, one particular teen ager who was involved in a high impact automobile accident, struck in the chest by a steering wheel, with no pulse and not breathing. The nurse present encouraged me to move on to another of the victims of this multiple vehicle catastrophe, but I had a feeling this youngster was still salvageable and I sprayed his chest with antiseptic and plunged the biggest bladed scalpel I ever saw between his ribs and into his chest, and the hole sprayed out a mist of blood under pressure with a sound like a coffee can opening and he came back to life. I never got over that.

 

 

Q:  If you could take a road trip with Dr. Watson or Dr. Victor Frankenstein who would you pick and where would you go?

 

A: I would travel with Dr. Watson to London. There are so many reasons besides the obvious, that, when I read Sherlock Holmes, I identify with Watson. I loved London when I was there in the 1960’s. I stayed with fellow medical students in the East End. I would want Dr. Watson to show me his version of London and regale me with his peak experiences, fears and methods of both medical practice and investigation as a student and friend of the famous detective.

 

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Writer/Actress Liane Langford

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Liane Langford is an actress and the author of My Life as Julia Roberts; here is a link to her IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5386876/

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

 

A: I was surrounded by the film industry most of my life, my family was involved in one way or another. My uncle John was a major exec. for Universal. I started out singing in the 3rd grade and by the 7th I just couldn’t take it anymore, So I asked if I could join drama and I was hooked the moment I heard the laughter from the audience. It came easy to me.

Q: What inspired you to write My Life as Julia Roberts?

 

A: Well I had been told by many through the years, that I looked exactly like Julia Roberts. It seemed to follow me everywhere I went. I became everyones favorite Julia movie character. It was amazing, how many curcumstanses came up where I was mistaken for her, even in the hospital with a Crohns flare, The nurse asked me if I was Julia and that I had to come clean and tell her! ahahaha! In Costco, This guy asked me if I was Julia, I said “No”, He came back , And said “Are you sure??”
I think my inspiration for “My Life As Julia Roberts” came from my own life and Julia’s constantly clashing. I had been writing for years and that voice…not the one you get put away for! The one that tells you that you can’t run from writing. So I began to have these ideas and sometimes I had to use napkins to write on. I would go down to Big Sur, clear my mind and just let it flow.
The stories are true stories, and the tales are comedic, but a sort of dark comedy. It has become very popular and many poeple share their favorite stories with me. I just am so happy that People can find themselves in this book.

 

Q: You have very interesting demo reels; how did you come up with them?

 

A: I love to create and I am a big ham so while waiting for my real REEL, I decided to create something (videos) so anybody interested could watch. They can see the way I move and look. I only posted two and yes I have more! I had a blast doing them. It is the same process, like my writing I will be thinking or I hear some music and BAM! I know what I want to do, its that way with my modeling shoots as well.

 

 

Q: How has having Crohn’s Disease affected your acting career?

 

A: Having Crohn’s is a very challenging situation, It has not stopped me.

I rest when I need to, I work out with ballet. I see the beauty in everything around me and I keep moving forward.

 

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence you as an actor?

 

A: I do many different things. I am an Art Director/Curator and Producer. I have my book I keep going with different projects. It has been very good because I make my own hours, So I am free to Act. Everything I do influences me in the creative process.

 

 

Q: What are some of the advantages of having grown up in Los Angeles?

 

A: I loved growing upon Los Angeles. Yes I think I do have an edge having been there I know how many things work because of my family.

 

Q: What is Natural Born Filmmakers about?

 

A: NATURAL BORN FILMMAKERS chronicles what’s it’s like in the indie film world as a guy and a girl filmmaker find out first hand what’s it’s like to borrow money from the mafia and get burned by a distributor. It ain’t pretty. Its Directed by two of my favorite people Steve Oakley and Melanie Grunder, I adore them and had a blast on set.

 

Q:  What role do you play?

 

A: I played a rather nasty bartender, she was very much a Dominatrix, So imagine me “serving” you!

named “Brenda The BadAss Bartender” . The film will be going to many festivals this year, first one is “Action on Film Festival” in August, so I am excited!

 

Q: Has your resemblance to Julia Roberts helped or hurt your career?

 

A: Oh Boy that is a tough one. There is a script being written for me, its about an actress that can’t get any work because someone else has her face. Sound Familiar? I would have to say no. although it can be a challenge when you are playing an assassin and the director comes up and mentions just before “ACTION” that I look very Julia!

 

Q:  What one thing would you like to change about the film industry?

 

A: I love this question. I really thought about it, And I would have to say Social Media. It is a great tool for actors and anybody in that field, but it has to be used and not abused. So I say let’s keep networking!

 

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With The Perfect Prescription Author Reigh Simuzoshya

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Reigh Simuzoshya, PhD is the author of the book The Perfect Prescription; here is a link to her website:

 

www.reighsimuzoshya.com

 

Q:  What is The Perfect Prescription about?

 

A: The rising cost of health care is of critical concern for everyone, insured and uninsured alike. This is the reason why public health, with its emphasis on disease prevention, is an important aspect of health care delivery anywhere in the world.  The book, The Perfect Prescription, highlights the similarities between the preventive health care guidelines articulated in The Bible, particularly in the Old Testament and those espoused by modern public health professionals. This book attempts to establish that, in Bible times, preventive health care, one of the most cost-effective approaches to individual and community health promotion, was as relevant as it is today. This book does not proselytize. It merely advocates preventive health care principles that can benefit any one regardless of their religious affiliation. Pathogens know no religious boundaries. The book compares modern public health guidelines with preventive health guidelines articulated in Bible times, millennia ago.

Q:  What qualifies you to write a book on the subject of wellness?

 

A: As a public health professional and an epidemiologist, I have come to understand the significant impact disease prevention can play in optimizing people’s health by fending off onset of certain diseases. As I studied the Bible I discovered some amazing teachings that are consistent with the teachings of my profession and I decided to share what I had discovered with whoever might be interested. I have personally experienced some of the benefits of adopting preventive health guidelines advocated by the Bible and by modern public health professionals.

 

Q:  What are some examples of how The Bible can be a guide to health?

 

A: The Bible is not a public health text book per se. But it has much to say about public health that is of great benefit to mankind. For example, the Bible spoke about quarantining individuals with infectious diseases such as leprosy millennia ago (Leviticus 13: 1-3, 45, 46). Whenever it was confirmed that an individual had leprosy, that person was immediately sent to live away from the community in an isolated place. If they ever ventured to approach uninfected people they were required to cover their mouth and shout “unclean, unclean” as a warning to those who did not have the disease to distance themselves from them. By putting a covering over their mouth they were preventing saliva droplets from spreading through the air.  This preventive principle was established long before the Germ Theory.

 

Furthermore, researchers have written about the severity of infectious diseases such as the Black Plague, which ravaged Europe in the 14th century and how efforts to contain it seemed futile until “the city leaders of Venice decided to adopt the 40-day segregation practices employed by the Jewish ghettos at the time,” according to J.R. Gwilt in his article, Public Health in the Bible, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Health, 1987. This is just one example. There are many more elaborated in the book.

 

Q:  Are there any other similar principals about health in the writings of other religions?

A: I do not claim to be an expert in the writings of other religions about health. As such, I will refrain from speaking for them. I am sure they can speak for themselves. If they teach about health promotion, all the better. The goal is to promote the well-being of the general public by making them aware of practices that are deleterious to their health and those that are of benefit.

 

Q:  Some of the Jewish dietary laws suggest not eating pork or seafood. Both port and seafood have been shown to be bad for people. Why do Christians not follow these laws?

 

A: I know some Christians who have voluntarily chosen to abstain from consuming pork and other foods that are forbidden in the Bible in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. I also know of other individuals who are neither Jewish not Christian who are practicing the same. Remember that I am writing from a health perspective; as a public health professional and not as a theologian. As such, I would like to add that some scholars who were fascinated by these biblical dietary guidelines conducted experimental research to compare the toxicity levels of the foods that were designated unclean by the Bible with those classified as clean. One such scholar was Dr. David I. Macht who was a pharmacologist, doctor of Hebrew literature, Johns Hopkins medical researcher, and experimental biologist. Macht conducted an experiment in which he compared toxicity in muscle juices and skeletal extracts of species of clean and unclean animals, birds and fish according to Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 4. He added these juices and extracts to the soil solutions of two sets of seedlings of Lupines albus (a legume that is traditionally grown around the Mediterranean). In one soil solution he added juices from unclean species and in the other he added the specimen from clean species. The third set of seedling had no animal specimen added to the soil solution-a control set. The findings of the study indicated that the soil solutions that had muscle juices and skeletal extracts from clean species were neither toxic nor did they hinder the normal growth of the seedlings. Conversely, the extracts from species classified as unclean were found to be significantly toxic for seedling growth when added to soil solutions, and the growth of the seedlings’ roots was significantly hindered. This experiment was replicated later with similar results.

I have spoken to a few Christians who eat the foods classified as unclean. Some of them have based their decision to eat on their interpretation of the Apostle Peter’s vision found in Acts chapter 10. I would also like to add that it is not given to me to judge anyone. I am sure each side of the argument has valid reasons to justify their positions.

Q:  What would you recommend to someone if they followed The Bible and they still get sick?

 

A: We live in a world that is replete with pathogens and cataclysmic occurrences that can easily impact our health, negatively. The new earth has not been created yet. I think it is for this reason that it was necessary to have the biblical guidelines for health. If our world was pristine there would be no need for health guidelines because it would be devoid of health threats. Illness and suffering are not always a consequence of the sin or wrong-doing of the afflicted individual or else the Book of Job would be meaningless. In the Gospel of John chapter 9 we read that upon seeing a man who was blind from birth the disciples asked Jesus who had sinned, the man or his parents because they assumed that the condition of the man was due to retributive judgment. In answer Jesus said that the man’s blindness was for the glory of God to be made manifest. As such, we can conclude that people fall ill for various reasons. There are also times when people might have congenital health conditions probably due to epigenetics (alterations in gene expression that can impact the health of future generations). Other times people who might have adhered to biblical guidelines might become inadvertent victims of some traumatic event, which triggers a health condition.

 

I would not discourage anyone from observing health guidelines just because they have fallen ill.  Rather, I would encourage them to adhere to them because that could help mitigate the progression of their health condition. The guidelines could also help them manage their condition well.

 

Q:  What kind of professional background do you have?

A: I am a public health professional and an author. I manage ResourcefulResearchPro, an organization focused on conducting academic research, and teaching research methods to college and university students, online.

 

Q:  What kind of research did you do for your book?

 

A: Extensive research was conducted from the books and journal articles of public health professionals, biomedical scholars, researchers, theologians and other published authors in related fields. A list of these valuable sources to whom I am deeply indebted is found in the reference section of the book. A lot of time was also spent combing the Scriptures for information included in the book.

 

Q:  What was the most surprising thing you learned during the course of your research?

 

A: Probably the most astounding thing for me was the similarity of biblical health guidelines written millennia ago to modern day health guidelines. This underscored the relevance of biblical teachings to life in general for me.

 

Q:   What are some things you have done to promote your book?

 

A:  I have websites: www.reighsimuzoshya.com

www.resourcefulResearchPro.com

I also have a Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/PerfectPrescription?ref=bookmarks

I have a tumbler, twitter and LinkedIn accounts.  I also have a blog: www.theperfectprescription2014.wordpress.com

I have a book trailer from my publishers, Tate Publishing and Enterprises, Inc. http://youtu.be/9TOcHIb8N5k

I also have a YouTube video: http://youtu.be/MWkIVDKfh9w

The book is also available at Amazon.com www.wmturls.com/pp

It is also found at Barnes and Noble

I try to use these tools to promote this work. Sometimes I organize book-signing events. I have also contracted with some social media companies to help me build a platform.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview With Lets Fly Academy Founder Matthew Martino

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Matthew Martino is the founder of Lets Fly Academy he is also the founder of Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund or MMBF which provides sponsorships and grants to aspiring pilots and young film-makers worldwide; here is a link to his website:

http://www.letsflyacademy.com/

Q: What is Lets Fly Academy?

 
A: Lets Fly Academy is an aviation consultancy and training firm I set up in 2012, its based in London but we serve aspiring pilots and aviation enthusiasts worldwide, we provide information on pilot courses and also provide assistance for pilots seeking funding as well as working with pilot training organisations to arrange training courses and open days. Our goal is to get everyone flying.

 
Q: What made you want to be a pilot?

 
A: It was just being able to explore something different, from when I was in Africa I often looked up and saw planes flying past and this always intrigued me and since my first flight in a Cessna 152 I just enjoyed the freedom being in the air brought, it’s amazing! Although I’m not a commercial pilot right now I enjoy being able to go up and fly every now and again it’s a good hobby.

 
Q: What inspired you to start the MMBF Trust?

 
A: I think my biggest inspiration was seeing how far I’ve come and thinking of all the assistance and support I received in my early years I thought its high time I give back. Im not where I want to be yet buy I’ve been brought up and taught to share hence why I’ve decided to form something charitable and give back to the future generation who I’m sure with the right support will go far.

Q: How does one go about starting a charity?

A: Starting a charity is mostly about first having a mission of what your charity wants to achieve, getting help in terms of Trustees onboard and then you will need to register with the appropriate bodies if you want to fundraise or earn public funding but for private funded charities such as MMBF its then down to making sure that you use the funds to work towards the objectives that you have set. When running a charity its also important to realise that its not a business so profit isn’t the object but impact is.

 
Q: How did your charity become involved with the Colchester Film Festival?

 
A: I can’t claim all the glory for the Colchester Film Festival award we introduced that was spearheaded by Sharon from my HQ. We teamed up with them to introduce a Rising Star Award at their festival this year and the award is there to empower a young filmmaker or actor who has shown potential and I personally hope the award gives them confidence and a reward for all their hard work.

 
Q: What made you connect flying with filmmaking?

 
A: Well it was quite a hard connection but I made it work, flying was my first love and when I first bean working on films and then producing it did at times make me feel like I was abandoning my flying. What I am now able to do is incorporate my flying when I make films I often try and make sure there is some aerial shots and I always try and sneak in a cheeky helicopter shot as well.

 
Q: How can people overcome their fear of flying?

 
A: Fear of flying is mostly a mental condition, if you channel your thoughts towards the positives of flying you will be fine. I used to be scared of flying as I would think ‘what if’ this and ‘what it’ that and as soon as I stopped thinking that way my confidence grew.

 
Q: What do filmmakers miss when making movies about flying?

 
A: I think most filmmakers miss the technicality of flying and also keeping it realistic. A few flying or aviation based films I’ve watched even recently will often have their crew saying the wrong thing at take-off or their pilots will be dressed up in the wrong format – for a film its fine as most people don’t know what happens in the cockpit but when I watch these films I want to scream.

 
Q: Do you think life is better or worse for the average citizen in Zimbabwe since gaining its independence from Britain?

 
A: From what my parents and relatives have told me life is a little worse now, of course before independence there was arguments that Zimbabweans didn’t get the good jobs or hierarchy as jobs were snapped up by the British but now just getting a job in Zimbabwe can prove tough let alone a good job.

 
Q: The Great Waldo Pepper or Top Gun?

 
A: It’s always going to be Top Gun all the way, Tom Cruise carries that role and I like how the story not only involved his passion for aviation but his passion for his instructor, it’s a good old aviation romance film.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)