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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12 of 12, May 2019

A rather miscellaneous collection of photos for this month’s 12 of 12.

Over breakfast I finalised the preparation of the lesson I had been asked to give at Church today.

This is the view from the room in which I taught the lesson. I reckon it has the best view of any chapel in the world (based on […]

Szeged Miscellany

There are a few little extra bemusements to share from my trip.

I can’t remember exactly what prompted the following tradition, but not long after I became a mathematical traveller* I started to bring back flags for the older of my younger brothers, who is now somewhat of a vexillophile, with in excess of 25 flags (I […]

Gulp! I didn’t see that coming

Nearly three weeks ago, I had a phone call to say that the Bishop of my Church ward wanted to see me (a “ward” is like a parish; this post is going to be riddled with explanations for my non-LDS/Mormon friends (and riddled with lots of parentheses (sorry))). I made myself presentable (I’d just returned from […]


Today 8 piles: 1 pile of odd issues of Scout magazine together with 7 sets of 12 yearly collections of The Friend. The Scouting magazine kept coming for a few months after I left Victoria, since I was still in their database back there and Vic Scouts sends the magazines to all leaders). The Friend is the […]

92. All That I Have [100 poems challenge]


92.          All That I Have

All that I have?
This is no small thing that He asks.
Did He ask it of the fishermen?
They are poor;
All they have is so little,
Surely no great sacrifice …
And yet …
It was, truly, all that they had,
And they left their nets.

Such faith,
For a promise I don’t understand—
A blessing anticipated
At a price demanded now.
So […]

Humour and religion (oh, and some maths as well!)

Disclaimers: I have already freely acknowledged on this website that I am a Mormon (member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). I think (hope) it is also evident from my posts that I have a sense of humour, although there are some types of humour I try to avoid. Your mileage may vary […]

12 of 12, September 2010

It came as a bit of a surprise to me that we’ve just had a whole year of 12ths of the month in which none of them have landed on a Sunday. So, you’ve seen work and recreation, but not a Churchy day … until today.

This month’s set of 12 of 12 photos thus get around […]

Slothing around in uggies

Last week was a l-o-o-o-ng week.

There was all that marking (I just managed to get things finalised before my deadline … give or take a bit), there were meetings and classes and emails and other work-related things (the usual litany, but it just felt denser this week), there was Scouts* on Thursday night (with first aid […]

Secrets of a secret Santa

Warning: This blog post may reveal truths that have been kept secret for more than — ooh, I don’t remember exactly — let’s say 25 years. If you did not cope well with “finding out” about Father Christmas in general (oh, you didn’t know? oops, sorry!), then you may want to skip this post. My suspicion, […]

Church architecture

Sunday 18 Oct

As Johnnies-come-lately to the Oxford church architectural scene, we Mormons must have decided to keep it simple and just not to even bother trying to compete with the sandstone/limestone spires and gothic carvings. So, instead, we have 1970s functional.

This is not my preferred style, I must say! It kind of reminds me of the […]