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, December 2009

This was a very interesting day, which might be viewed as going from the sublime to the ridiculous. John and Anne had invited me to a Quaker day of silent reflection. It began shortly after 10, with an introduction, and then our time was spent in contemplative silence. I am not good at making time for […]

Museums and farewell dinner

Friday 11 December

There were two particular highlights for the day.

I finally got around to visiting the museum of natural history and the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford today (in fact, I realised that I had visited the natural history museum once before, perhaps 8 years ago (my electronic journal isn’t clear on this fact (my memory […]

Foggy photos

I woke to a cool foggy morning, and, in the hope that I might be able to get some interesting shots, headed off to town in the pre-dawn gloom.

I had forgotten how eerie, disorienting, peaceful, mysterious, magical and beautiful fog can be.

I visited the outside of the Radcliffe Camera and neighbouring colleges. It was hard to […]

First farewells and virtual reunions

Monday 7 Dec

Since I am going to be away this coming weekend, yesterday was my last day at Church in Oxford. There were farewells and best wishes and kind thoughts expressed, which I really appreciated. In the short time I’ve been here I haven’t had a chance to get to know people really well, but I […]

To see, or not to see, that is the question

Given my hesitations about “being a tourist” I wasn’t sure if I wanted to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, but I decided that it would be remiss of me to be so close and not make a pilgrimage. Thus it was that I went in search of the Bard.

I have had a long acquaintance with Shakespeare. One of the […]

My second first Thursday maths night

Here’s a nice problem to test your spatial visualisation, posed to us by John Mason last night.

Draw a net of a cube (by “net of a cube” I mean a bunch of joined up squares that if you cut out and folded correctly would give you a cube).

Now turn this net into the net for a […]

Hit and mist

1. I wasn’t going to tell this story in my blog, until the headline came to me and the temptation of a pun proved stronger than my inclination to omit this tale under the “what happens on study leave stays on study leave” secrecy clause. A vehicle turned left across the cycle lane in front of […]

On a cold and frosty morning

Tuesday 1 Dec

With the first day of winter—and after threatening to on a few previous occasions—there was finally a good frost overnight.

Being this far north the crack of dawn is rather late in the day: sunrise is at 7:50am, and tonight sunset is just before 4pm 😯 ! This has the advantage, however, of permitting a […]

Hallelujah, Amen

Sunday 29 Nov

“Sing Messiah in Oxford” has now been crossed off the “To Do” list. And it was excellent fun (and exhausting, as well).

There were 45 or so in the choir, with half of them having only attended this weekend’s two compulsory rehearsals (I did one extra on Thursday). The conductor had organised a dozen or […]

Wet meadow

Saturday 28 Nov

I knew today was going to be an odds-and-endsy day, but I wanted to get out and see how wet things have been getting on Port Meadow, plus there was a cache in that general direction that I have been wanting to find for a while (a big country-side cache, as opposed to a […]