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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Creative acts of kindness

People have been wonderfully supportive to me lately, in lots of different ways. I just wanted to share a few special acts of kindness (but in highlighting these particular things I don’t want to neglect or fail to acknowledge and express my gratitude for all sorts of other kindnesses that I haven’t documented here, from hugs to messages to useful advice to flowers and so on, all of which have been appreciated hugely).

My work colleagues put together a “recovery” box with a thoughtful collection of things which will be useful, yummy, entertaining, diverting, or educational, and which were finely matched to my needs and my somewhat quirky interests (or which will extend them, which is also a good thing).

One of my dear friends gave me a big pot and colourful plant for my deck, with the colour of the flowers reflecting a blend of her own favourite colour and the pink of the breast cancer networks/support agencies.

My brother, Colin, and his family all contributed a panel each to this fantastic quilt for when I’m recovering (yes, all six kids — from the 11-year-old triplets up to the adult nephew — sewed a television square, plus Colin did one, and Wendy did two … and it came with a card to show who did which coloured panel). It’s a wonderful labour of love.

[Update from later in March]: And my Mum capitalised on my love of penguins and her own knitting skills to come up with a pink breast cancer penguin.


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