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.
January 2013
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Walking on air

Today was a public holiday, and I decided to have a relaxing day. I picked up Mum and Dad and we headed down towards Geeveston, where I decided that I’d like to visit the Tahune Airwalk. This is an elevated walkway that takes you above the temperate rainforest along the banks of the Huon River, climaxing […]

Of fire and fences

While we were at Jamboree, Tasmania experienced a series of devastating bushfires that wrought havoc in some small communities, razed houses, and tore across bush and farmland with damaging consequences. Fortunately no lives were lost, although there were some very close calls and some seriously scary moments.

For farmers, one of the serious outcomes of such events […]


I have now been back in Tasmania for over a year. The house that I bought was brand new, and one of the implications of this was that there was no phone connection. I figured I’d get a line put in within the first few months of arriving, although I knew that the main reason for […]

12 of 12, January 2013

Some 12 days after we’d arrived at Jamboree — having travelled up there on New Year’s Day — it was the last full day of activities leading up to the evening’s closing ceremony. It was also the 12th. Those of you who have been reading this blog for long enough know that this means it’s time […]

Fraser Island

I had one full day off at Jamboree (and much of a second a few days later), and decided to make the most of it by fleeing Scouts and dust and Jamboree food by going to Fraser Island. This is the world’s largest sand island, with beaches, dunes, creeks, forests, mangroves, and lakes. I joined a […]

Scout Jamboree, AJ2013

Every three years (see here for a brief account of the last one in 2010) thousands of Scouts and leaders gather somewhere in Australia for ten-plus days of camping, activities, fun, and sock-losing at Jamboree. This year was the 23rd such event – and my sixth — and it was held in Maryborough in Queensland, which […]