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.
April 2015
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Escaping for a day

I don’t know what it is about work at the moment, but it seems to have been a crazy first semester (and, scarily, I know second semester is going to be worse). There was, then, something ironic about receiving an email to tell me that I had accrued too much annual leave and that I needed […]

Midlands 2015-#4N

I was chauffeured to Campbell Town today in order to run some professional learning sessions for middle school maths teachers (grades 5-9 or so). Since we had to be on time and we hadn’t want to depart at some preposterously early hour, we couldn’t afford to stop on the way (even though this particular chauffeur knows […]

Sunshine, a wineglass, and pleasant hazards

At work we’ve had a statistics educator from Georgia (the US Georgia) visiting with us, Chris Franklin, and—in addition to having various collaborative meetings, exchanging ideas and spending time in my class—there have also been opportunities to show her some of the sights of Tassie. On Saturday I took Chris up the East Coast to Freycinet, […]

Midlands 2015-#3N

I know I stopped in Ross recently on another of my Midlands trips, but today I paid closer attention to two carved stones that face each other across the roadway on the bridge. These give the distances from Hobart to Launceston for the old road. Google maps puts the current journey at 200km; it is somewhat […]

12 of 12, April 2015

I’ve had the idea for this month’s 12 of 12 for a while now, but wasn’t sure if I’d have time to pull it off. Even going for the rough-and-ready approach I’ve taken these still took a bit longer to do than I could really afford, but I had some fun doing them.

So, I present my […]

Moods of the Mountain #61

Two days of varied moods—yesterday (first two photos) and today—both taken shortly after sunrise:

The entire Moods of the Mountain series can be […]

Very large puddles and tall walls

On the Saturday of the Easter break, with the weather forecast suggesting the day would be the most settled of the Easter days, I convinced Mum and Dad to go for a drive to Strathgordon, in the wilds of the south-west. Of course, part-way through the trip the sky became overcast and as we climbed into […]

Moods of the Mountain #60

Sun, clouds and shadows on a Good Friday afternoon.

The entire Moods of the Mountain series can be […]


Our most recent Loose Canon project has been a program of music for a Maundy Thursday “Tenebrae” concert (which is often* held on the Wednesday evening before Maundy Thursday). In a Tenebrae service there are readings and music, with the church in near darkness, and candles are extinguished one by one as the service progresses.

The music […]