Jim in IA

Writer, Wordsmith, and Teacher. Physics, Astronomy, Space my interests. Wooded area out the back door. This blog is about these and more. I also blog with Melanie in IA at Our View From Iowa.

My years as a teacher were in Illinois first. Taught the gamut from gifted teens to prison inmates. Helped run summer teacher institutes at Fermilab. Been inside the Tevatron accelerator tunnel and some detectors. Stood in a 3 Tesla magnetic field.

Here is a post that reveals a few signposts along my life journey.

Taught in Iowa most recently at one of the top high schools in the nation. Had a national champion engineering team.

Concerned about climate change, the poor funding of R&D, hunger and poverty, campaign finance reform, restrictions on voting rights, the war on women.

I like to see thoughtful comments from readers. It is greatly appreciated when a reader takes the time to consider what the post said, follow some links, and offer reactions and their own insight. I enjoy discussion. That’s a trait from my teaching days.

Eye candy and pretty pictures might show up in some posts. Mostly, I leave those things to others. I am interested in telling a story about something interesting in the world.

Join me. Comment. Re-blog. Give credit. Thank you.

37 thoughts on “Jim in IA

    • Thank you for your recent visit and nice comment. I appreciate that you took the time to do that. Yes, astronomy and the other sciences are very special to me. I hope you will come back and read more of my posts.

      I will take a look at your blog when I am using a better computer. This iPad makes it difficult to explore easily.

      Kind regards… Jim


    • That was so nice of you. I just got back from viewing your blog about the awards for you. I noticed my blog on your list and felt humbled. It has been a pleasure to be in touch with you and your writing. Thank you very much.

      Does being nominated mean I need to do anything? I’m new to this aspect of blogging and how it works.

      Again… kind of shocked. :shock:


      • No, participation is optional. I should have probably posted the rules on my post, but I’m not one to follow rules too closely myself, uh-oh … I hope awards police are not reading! I suggest visiting Fae’s blog for better explanation.

        You can display the award icons proudly somewhere on your blog, if you like! You also now have the privilege to pass them on to your own nominees.


  1. Jim … just an FYI …. It’s Friday afternoon, and unusually so, this is my first check of the day due to family illness. I faithfully monitor my Spam folder, thus found your comments. WP gets funky at times.


    • Oh, good. I was afraid you had blocked me. But, it worked this morning just fine. Thanks for the info.

      I hope things will be alright regarding the illness.


  2. Wow, I’m so happy I found your blog after you liked one of my posts. A former scientist myself (chemist, actually) I’m very interested in developments in science and teaching it to high school/undergrads.


  3. As a poet, I really love astronomy, because of its vocabulary, its beauty, its “reality”… your pages about are as amazing as interesting, you have a great blog, thank you for sharing :-)


  4. Your blog is great, Jim… and I love all the pictures you post, which make every entry a treat! I have to remember to check in more often!


  5. I’ve never been in the Tevatron tunnel, but I’ve been at Fermi a couple of times. Climbing through the Atlas magnet at CERN, then under construction, is my equivalent. I’ve felt the eddy-current drag on the metal shoe-lace ringlets in my shoes from walking on a magnet. Haven’t calculated what the magnetic field was there. More at home in magnet technology than astronomy, so I am happy to use your guidance. Love woods too.

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    • I envy your Atlas experience. Last week on PBS, there was a program featuring much of the work done by Atlas and the scientists chasing after a Higgs Boson.

      I will be happy to guide you. Thanks for stopping to comment.

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