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.
June 2018
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Putangirua Pinnacles

A bit of a drive to the south-east of Wellington takes you beyond Lake Ferry and to the start of a track to the Putangirua Pinnacles.

We took the scenic route, which involved a lovely walk through the bush before reaching a lookout that gave us an overview of this amazing geomorphological feature. The conglomerate rock has […]

Matariki 2018

With one of my mid-year conferences occurring in New Zealand, it seemed like a good opportunity to visit whanau/family in Wellington and so I took a detour to see my brother and sister-in-law and their children for a couple of days. After visiting Te Papa (the museum on the waterfront) I went for a walk from […]

Moods of the Mountain #99

8 am on a cool but sunny winter’s morning, with a Bridgewater Jerry flowing down the river.

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Burning tins at Dark Mofo

I never quite seem to optimise my Dark Mofo experience (Dark Mofo is a mid-winter arts festival held in Hobart), and this year was a worse than usual example. I had taken some friends, but we weren’t quite sure what was where, and were disinclined to wander aimlessly in the hope of seeing things. We found […]

12 of 12, June 2018

My computer is suffering from an attack of the sooky-la-las. It claims its brain is full. Since I use this as an excuse for my own poor performance I suppose I should cut it some slack. What I haven’t done, however, is tell it that a replacement is being sought.

One of my PhD students is getting […]

Moods of the Mountain #98

Here’s a Monday morning rainbow to start the week, complete with a bizarre patch of cloud right in front of the Organ Pipes.

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Randalls Bay with the APs

I think I’ve used the term “APs” in this blog a few times but have not explained it. In Dickens’ Great Expectations the character Wemmick takes care of his elderly father, whom he refers to as “Aged Parent” or, more frequently, Aged P. It is but a short abbreviating step from this to “AP”, and then easy […]

Midlands 2018-#2N

After that lovely sunrise I headed to Campbell Town to run the year’s second session of professional learning. Again, I had neglected to interrupt my chauffeured drive to take a photo en route, but on arrival I was bemused by this cat lurking underneath the […]

Moods of the Mountain #97

Another morning sunrise, not unlike that shown on Moods of the Mountain #96 a month ago at the end of April, but this time occurring half an hour later. I love its rosy glow.

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