53 thoughts on “Star, or: Luminous plasma spheroid”

        1. Andrew, you know – I was actually looking into the history of limericks, and their origin wasn’t entirely clear to me! Although apparently, you’re right – historians’ best bet is that they originated from Ireland!

        2. Limericks originated in the Irish town of Limerick and variants can be traced to the fourteenth century. Limericks consist of five anapestic lines, the pattern of the rhyme is a – a – b – b – a. Lines 1, 2, and 5 of Limericks have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another

      1. I always used literature in my science class. I once tried to have the kids write limericks about the rock cycle. They were not familiar with the ones I knew of. My silly brain kept laughing as I read their poems. They did much better with Haiku.

        1. I taught Holocaust studies at a Hebrew school to seventh graders for two years – they were very interesting to work with πŸ™‚

        2. David, I respect your ability to teach such a difficult subject. 6th graders in a middle school are low man on campus, so they are learning to be grown up students. The parents were the worst, the kids were mostly awesome. The 7th graders were a little cocky and getting them interested was a little more difficult. 8th graders were just walking hormones. Both the boys and girls. The physics and astronomy we were required to teach them often had concepts too difficult for them to completely comprehend.

        3. well, it wasn’t so hard because I was the “cool” and “young” Hebrew school teacher… so they inherently liked me, compared to the older, more stodgy alternatives (from their perspective) πŸ™‚

        4. I get that. I taught for 35 years at the same district. By the time I left, I was often teaching the children of kids I had had as students. I liked to change thing up every year and I had positive responses from the kids.

        5. My first five years I taught elementary school, so all subjects. Then my first year at the middle school I taught literature. The next 29 years were strictly science. I enjoyed completing literature assignments with my science. Do you still teach?

        6. No – I never taught full-time – only when I was in college and graduate school. I did consider a career in education (especially because my Mom was a school psychologist so she understood the terrain), but I ended up going in other directions.

          But I love working with kids – I have worked at various Jewish summer programs as an adult (after I turned 30) with children as young as 5 and as old as 17.

        7. I did. It was a long hard path. The fact that I made my dreams come true is nothing less than a miracle. Retirement was difficult because after teaching for 35 years in public school, 3 years before that in private school, and years of college working toward my goal, it was such a big part of me. It was the right time though. Retirement has certainly not been what I expected but I am making the best of it.

        8. That is a long time for anyone to do anything. I’m only 41 years-old! Of course 35 years would be a “big” part of you, to say the least!

          -David

        9. I totally get that. My daughter hasn’t seen either of her grandmothers in more than a year 😦 because one lives in Russia, and the other lives in the USA.

          Video chats help, of course, but it’s hardly the same.

        10. My grands are an hour and a half away. With my comorbidities and age I can’t risk physical proximity. Phone calls and socially distanced visits are not the same as Nana hugs.

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