Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Elephant MkIII

I did another Christmas elephant this year for my elephant-loving friend (the previous ones are shown here). This one was a little simpler than the others: a stylised outline, with some shaping for the ear, tusk and eye. It has a pin on the back to turn it into a brooch. I really love the grain […]

Happy Christmas 2018

A friend of mine told me that she thinks of the Christmas season as a kind of thanksgiving time, and this resonated with me. I like having a chance to reflect on the year that was, and, in particular, to ponder the fantastic friendships that are my privilege to share. Thank you to all my wonderful […]

Scout leaders exploring their artistic sides

Today I found myself at Carnacoo, a campsite north of Launceston, for Scoutfest which is a leaders’ training/renewal/fun weekend. It was good to meet different Scout leaders from around the state, and exchange ideas. We divided ourselves up into patrols on the Saturday and selected our own goals for the day. Our group decided to head […]

Creative acts of kindness

People have been wonderfully supportive to me lately, in lots of different ways. I just wanted to share a few special acts of kindness (but in highlighting these particular things I don’t want to neglect or fail to acknowledge and express my gratitude for all sorts of other kindnesses that I haven’t documented here, from hugs […]

Crafty Christmas elephants and penguins

A very dear friend of mine is fond of elephants and last year I thought I would do a wood carving for her for Christmas. I had a small flat slab of Huon pine — a lovely softwood which is easy to carve — and, having done a couple of bas relief plaques to celebrate some […]

Happy Christmas 2017

For this year’s Christmas card design I wanted to try to produce a “stained glass window effect”. I have done this on at least two occasions in the past, if you take a squizz at the full collection of previous years’ cards, starting here. This time I used Procreate on the iPad again, taking advantage of the layers to make up […]

A Bushwalker’s Prayer

I wrote this poem back in August 1990, but it came to my brother’s attention a day or two ago via a time capsule (long story). He set the poem with one of his amazing photos of Russell Falls. We both have a soft […]

Happy Christmas 2016

[Dateline 22 December 2017: Whoops, in the rush to head off on the “Big Trip” I forgot to post this last year! I think I remembered to mail all the ones I intended to send; they may even have arrived earlier than they usually do because I had to get them done before December 15! Anyway, here is the […]

Happy Christmas 2015

It’s that time of year again — that is, way too close to Christmas day, and with that heady mix of winding down and outright panic that comes with things ending and things still to do. This has been a difficult demanding year, and I’ll be glad to see the back of it, although my head […]

12 of 12, April 2015

I’ve had the idea for this month’s 12 of 12 for a while now, but wasn’t sure if I’d have time to pull it off. Even going for the rough-and-ready approach I’ve taken these still took a bit longer to do than I could really afford, but I had some fun doing them.

So, I present my […]