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.
October 2010
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12 of 12, October 2010

What to do? What to do? What to do?

This month’s 12 of 12 landed on a work day again, and I wasn’t expecting much in the way of “excitement, adventure, really wild things, and awesome photo opportunities*”. As a result, I decided to pick a theme for the day and work with that.

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Another person to blame!

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