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 2020

The moderately strict “lockdown” that we have been in for the past several weeks — only going out when it is essential, no visits with people except for care and support if required, and exercising only in your local environs — is just starting to ease, as Australia’s new case rate seems to be at a […]

Moods of the Mountain #119

Autumn is well underway: there was snow on the mountain this morning and there are showers about, which explains the rainbow. I’m lucky to have a nice view from my balcony in these […]

12 of 12, April 2020

Today is the first 12th that has fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Church ceased having meetings across the world even before we started getting restrictions on large gatherings in Australia (we haven’t had services since before March 15th). Just before things stopped I was called to be the ward music chairperson, so, in these strange times, […]

Telescopic moon

Even before this pandemic drama began, the university bookshop was closing down. One day, as I was walking past, I saw that they were selling reasonably decent telescopes at half their usual prices. After some googling and will-I-won’t-I?, I impetuously bought one. I’ve always wanted to have a telescope, but had never really looked into it […]

Moods of the Mountain #118

We are living in strange times*, but this post-apocalyptic sunset is due to a number of small fuel-reduction burns that have been taking place while the weather has been cool and calm.

I loved the smoky cloud formations so much that I had to take a close-up …

And then I noticed the newly emerging sliver of the […]

A strange new world

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has seen great changes to everyday life, as regular activities involving groups of people — where viruses might spread — have been shutdown. Church has not been meeting for a while, our TSO Chorus concert was performed to an empty hall and we are now rehearsing online from home, the University is […]

12 of 12, March 2020

This is a 12 of 12 in two parts: the first from my class for future maths teachers this morning, and the second from tonight’s TSO Chorus rehearsal.

So, to my class. One focus for this semester’s unit is to look at different types of activity that get school maths students reasoning about conceptual ideas, instead of […]

2020 Scout Guide Regatta

The annual March long-weekend Regatta tradition continued this year. We had fewer numbers and smaller-sized people this year, and so our patrol boat rowing teams weren’t quite as strong as they have been, but we managed a win in the under 13 500m and very credible placings in the other races.

On Saturday, Tahlia (one of our […]

12 of 12, February 2020

I know I thought last month’s 12 of 12 was pretty lame, but this probably tops it. I had a work deadline, and so couldn’t get outside much and, when it came time for the one thing that might have generated a few fun photographs, I forgot that it was the 12th entirely.

Feel free to skip […]

Last day of the school holidays

It was the last day of the school holidays and, having managed to sort out most of the back-to-school errands, we decided to indulge in a little recreation. I had hoped to do more activities over the summer with Imogen and Josh but I’ve also been working on getting their old home ready for sale … […]