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.
December 2012
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50th wedding anniversary

Four days after Christmas my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their children (including me) organised a low-key casual barbecue for family and special friends to mark the occasion, held at the Waterworks Reserve which is a lovely bushy picnic area located on the boundary of Hobart as it turns into the mountain. After some initial […]

Christmas Day 2012

My siblings and I managed to organise things so that my Adelaide brother and his family arrived at our traditional Christmas day gathering as a complete surprise for my parents (which came as no small relief to me, as I had been rather fearful about being the one to let it slip!). The look on my […]

23 visits to the hospital

A little checking of my records this evening revealed that tonight’s carolling session at the Royal Hobart Hospital with TUMS was my 23rd: I’ve been there every year since 1989 except for 1998 (when I was overseas). Although I stopped singing formally with TUMS in 1999 when I moved to Melbourne, doing “the hospital gig” is […]

Santa in triplicate

[Should any “victim” chance upon this account and put 2 and 2 together, I hereby swear you to secrecy.]

This year it was time to induct two of my older nephews into the ancient family tradition of the Secret Santa Cookie Drop Run (it didn’t have capitals when I was a kid; in fact I don’t think […]

Happy Christmas 2012

Another year has flown by, and it’s nearly Christmas again. In keeping with tradition (see 2009, 2010, and 2011) I am presenting this year’s Christmas card design. The design idea was an extension of an earlier whimsical creation, where I’d designed a set of those “My Family” rear window stickers which have been all the rage […]

Just in case the Mayans get it right

I hereby declare that I do not think the world will end on 21/12/2012.

I am, however, prepared to admit my error afterwards if I […]

12 of 12, December 2012

It was 12/12/12, which meant that I was trying to think of a special set of 12 photos to celebrate.

I wanted some significant things, and some personally historical things (in the sense of capturing some aspects of my life right at this moment in time), and some nice photograph-type things.

To find out if I achieved this […]

Life’s little mysteries #7a and #7b

#7a: Why do the cleaners fold a pointy end on the toilet paper in hotel bathrooms?

#7b: Are there really people who would be bothered if […]

Sustainable maths

I have just spent a day attending a conference on sustainability in education.

This is not an issue for us mathsy folk as there is an infinite supply of numbers.

And we can […]