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 2019

It has been a challenging year, with some significant changes occurring. When it came time to design this year’s Christmas card I realised that one of the feelings that I had been experiencing during the latter half of the year was a curious sense of being startled, of finding myself in very unexpected circumstances, of no longer being sure what “normal” means for myself. I suspect that the shepherds in the Christmas story were rather startled by the heavenly messengers and their news, in an event that must have been perhaps a little scary to begin with but which also suggested a trust in and honour for them. Anyway, I tried to capture that with this year’s card.

To whomever might be reading this, may this Christmas season bring joy and wonderment and peace, and may the new year be filled with good things. I express my thanks to the amazing friends and family who support me and who are such an important part of my life.

This year’s card was digitally drawn (in more ways than one) with my fingertip using Procreate on my old iPad (it’s too old to be able to accommodate a fancy stylus that might make some of my artistic endeavours a bit less clumsy). I used the pastel “pen”, did a lot of blending, and, of course, took advantage of being able to create individual layers. I’m pleased with how the heavens turned out, whereas the sheep and shepherds bear my typical (and unintentional!) naif style.

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