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.
February 2010
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Why trains don’t have tyres

My friend and work colleague Robyn and I took two days of our annual leave to give ourselves a break before the onslaught really starts. (The fact that battle has already commenced with an intensity that has been daunting does not augur well for the official start of semester next week. Sigh.)

Today was a lovely sunny […]

Weekend Scout camp

It’s often the case that getting away to Scout camp is a bit hectic, but the good thing is that once I am there, it is usually good fun and enjoyable (if tiring). This weekend’s camp was to help the younger kids to learn some new skills, to help the older kids develop leadership skills, and […]

The one good thing …

The one good thing about leaving work at 7:30pm at this time of year* is the loveliness of the evening summer light along Royal Parade — my favourite Melbourne street — and then along the bike path through Royal Park past the zoo. The more botanically minded of you will realise that they’re not native Australian […]


I hate it when you turn up to work with a carefully planned agenda for the day …

… and “Any Other Business” hijacks the program right from […]

12 of 12, February 2010

This time the 12th has fallen on (a) a weekday and (b) a day when I am not in an exotic location like Oxford or at Jamboree.

This suggests that doing “12 of 12” this month might actually end up showing the kind of “typicality” that the “12 of 12” idea was intended to capture.

However, rather than […]

Cycling in the rain

While I was in Oxford, I cycled to work come rain, fog, frost, or any combination of the three. The resulting sense of hardiness led me to make a vow — a flexible, open-to-future-interpretation, subject-to-conditions-and-possible-reneging kind of vow — to ride my bike to work much more frequently and regularly when I got back to Melbourne. […]

Back at Scouts

My travels over the past six months have meant that I haven’t been doing Scouty type things, and although I met up with a few of “my kids” when I went to Jamboree, last night was the first night back into the regular routine. The kids have grown taller, some of their voices are deeper, they’re […]