Barbara Boxer, United States Senator: Thank you!

July 11th, 2012

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Congratulations on your nomination for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. I understand you were nominated because of your mastery of the subjects, instructional methods, leadership in education and dedication to improving student learning. I am pleased to have this opportunity to join your colleagues, family and friends in offering my … Continued

As we begin our journey in South East Asia, I have been reflecting on my goals for this year. I wanted to share Ken Budd’s book, The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem. Perhaps it will inspire you to take your own trip after reading about his … Continued

July 3, 2012 in Los Angeles at 6:31pm, July 4th, 2012 9:31am in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Our Year Adventure Begins: Three Flights to Bali, Indonesia from Los Angeles, California What a trip! Three flights from Los Angeles to Bali; with the help of modern chemistry we slept through most of the first 12 hour flight … Continued

Our year journey in South East Asia started July 2, 2012. When we were gone for eleven months in 2008, one of the common questions was, “How can you spend so much time together?” We were recently  interviewed about Traveling as a Couple by Travelinksites: Today we have the fine pair behind the super blog … Continued

While driving around town in the futuristic-looking Chevy Volt, people rolled down their window to ask, “how do you like that car?” I really enjoyed driving this vehicle with its two gorgeous computer displays. I felt like I was on a cartoon episode of the Jetsons, with my fancy car with touch-screen, great music and navigational … Continued

  Barbi Walker interviewed me for her article on Genetically Modified Organisms to see what I thought about the science in this debate. She and I talked about how other countries are involved in this debate and the impact of how American choices in farming and agriculture impact our economy worldwide. Get Educated But with … Continued

Thank you to Dave’s Travel Corner for posting my article, “Where is the Ho Chi Minh Trail?: Here is the beginning of the article: Disoriented is a term that means being lost or unclear about where you are. It originated from when the East or the Orient was considered the center of the world. If … Continued

State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition Presented to: Lisa Niver Rajna In Honor of: Your nomination for the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Your work in teaching young students, in creating a website and blog to encourage lifelong learning in the sciences, and in contributing your professional … Continued

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” ― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life  I agree with Anna Quindlen that books are fantastic. My personal favorites are travel stories and I love to read about the places I will find on … Continued

California State Assembly Certificate of Appreciation Presented to Lisa Niver Rajna In honor of: Your outstanding work and perseverance that resulted in many awards, as well as your contributions to the community through your work as an educator and mentor. Grateful recognition is merited and hereby rendered with sincere appreciation. Holly Mitchell 47th Assembly District … Continued