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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Happy Christmas 2009


In case (a) my card to you was held up in the mail, or (b) you’re not on my list (please don’t take this personally; constraints shrank it a little this year), or (c) you’re some random reader (hi!), and because (d) there’s something cool (and possibly slightly disturbing!) about being able to make a blog post while on the Oxford-Heathrow bus and (e) there are some other reasons as well (the existence of which is only worth acknowledging but not articulating), here is my Christmas message for 2009 (which will be shorter than this opening drivel).

May you be blessed with a happy Christmas, and may the new year bring fulfilment, peace, and joy.


7 comments to Happy Christmas 2009

  • We did get ours (maybe a week ago?) Clever!

  • looking over from the pond

    Joy is your safe return

  • Shari Day

    Witty, wondrous watercolour wielding! Wow!

    • Helen

      Shari: bit of a cheat I confess. It was all done electronically for various reasons, and the software graphics program called Illustrator has a built-in watercolour brush. If you look closely you’ll see that all the strokes have the same “texture”. I only drew one of the magi too, and then duplicated him twice and manipulated the copies. My secret is out. I am a fraud.

  • Shari Day

    All that talent and humility too! Does it matter what medium and method was used? I love the rhythmic pattern of the sky, trees, wise men and even the windows in the background. I love the clean expression of a brilliant idea. I love the forward leaning posture and the flying robes of the learned gentlemen hastening away from the proud towers of academia to the humble environs of the lowly, Holy Child. Very wise indeed! I see math, music, faith, humour and delightful, exceptional talent. I see truth not fraud. I see Helen. What a privilege.

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