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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A beachside farewell

A couple of days before what would have been Lisa’s 45th birthday* some of her family and friends gathered down at Carlton Beach for an informal farewell.

We chatted and had soup around a couple of fire drums in the late afternoon, glad that the weather was being kind to us at this time of year.

Around sunset, […]

Major changes

You may have noticed, in the post about my friend Lisa’s funeral on the 12th, that I mentioned her two teenage children. While Lisa was in hospital they came and stayed at my place (a) because they couldn’t really stay at their home alone and (b) because I live much closer to town than they do, […]

12 of 12, June 2019

The past month has been challenging and sad. My dear friend Lisa, who has been unwell for some time, passed away on Saturday 8 June, after being in hospital for nearly 3 weeks. The funeral was today, and I’m going to use part of this 12 of 12 to do a little reminiscing.

I only started to […]

Spreadsheets

I will freely confess that I have an addiction to spreadsheets. My finances are recorded in a spreadsheet, there’s a whole bunch of Scout data stored in different spreadsheets, I use lots of them for my work where I often simulate probability situations, and sometimes my spreadsheets get turned into full-blown data-bases.

I will freely confess that […]

12 of 12, April 2018

[Advisory notice: This post contains some fairly frank discussion of what’s been going on with my health in the past couple of months and one graphic but pixellated photo (!). All 12 photos were taken on the 12th, but I’m going to use them to tell more than just the story of that single day.]

Back in […]

Waiting

Here is the photo of me on surgery day, waiting in the hospital. I was pretty hungry by this stage, because I hadn’t eaten since breakfast, it had been a busy day, and I didn’t go into theatre until around 4:30 (about half an hour after this photo was taken). I think I’m looking quite […]

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 […]