Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition: Thank you Eric Garcetti!

June 11th, 2012

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This Certificate of Recognition is hereby presented to Lisa Niver Rajna on behalf of the City of Los Angeles. I extend my sincere congratulations on your many accomplishments: ·      Nomination for 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching ·      Highlighted by KTLA Channel 5 on Career Day as a science teacher ·      … Continued

Ever since I heard the amazing guitar technique in the solo, “Eruption”, off Van Halen I, I have been an avid Van Halen fan and have studied Eddie Van Halen’s guitar technique for many years. At the time Van Halen took off, Guitar Heroes were Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Jimmy Page of Led Zepplin, and … Continued

Recently my article about our visit to Pearl Harbor posted on the site, JohnnyJet.com. Thank you to Johnny Jet for sharing my post! It starts like this: My father was born on December 11, 1941 while my grandfather had already joined the military. For my whole life I have heard how my father was born … Continued

In today’s stressed out world where many people live on deadlines and balance their finances paycheck to paycheck, it can seem challenging to stop and take care of your own self. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross has said, “There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place … Continued

The Learning Curve  What is Integrated Learning? Why Are American Students Behind Other Nations in Science Education, and What can Be Done About it? Lisa Niver Rajna is an honest-to-goodness science teacher working in the trenches at K-6. Lisa’s success is evident in the following: One of her students WON an international award with OXFAM … Continued

Lindos, on the Island of Rhodos in the Aegean Sea, is by far one of my favorite ocean travel destinations. The ruins are captivating, as are the stories of island’s the ancient cities. I love to wander among the fallen columns and flowered landscapes, to search for clues to understand what happened so many years … Continued

Hello from Lisa! I wanted to share some articles I have published recently on other sites. Read Breaking Stalin’s Nose, a great book for students about culture and standing up for what you believe in by Russian Jewish author, Eugene Yelchin and my first article in PRINT for the Jewish Journal. Science and Brain Research: … Continued

An annular solar eclipse can be seen this weekend on Sunday, May 20, 2012. CAUTION– Do not look directly at a solar eclipse without a proper filter! Annular eclipses can be dangerous to your eyes. Because the solar eclipse will block out most of the sun, a spectacular “ring of fire”  will be seen in … Continued

People always ask us,  “How do you know where to go?” And they want to know, “How can you find a place to stay?” When George and I left for our year trip, having booked only two nights of hotel accommodation and one additional flight, my major concern was that we would end up sleeping … Continued

Today, May 5, 2012, on Westridge Hiking Trail in Los Angeles, California we saw three helicopters circling.  A mountain bike rider fell and had a broken clavicle. We saw the helicopter air lift him out. We hope he will be okay. Other highlights from the trail today: Talking with Trisha the ultra runner about BadWater 135mile … Continued