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.
December 2019
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This is the shed that Helen (and others) built

It has taken a while. I bought the shed kit back in July, tried get a concrete slab organised a bit later but had trouble connecting with contractors, had the unmade plans interrupted when the neighbour arranged to replace the ageing side fence (and then those contractors were delayed), and then had a bit more trouble connecting […]

Boxing Day gathering

It is a long-standing tradition to go to Snug Beach for a family gathering on Boxing Day. I took the Scout kayak trailer down, and Imogen and Josh and I went for a little paddle up under the bridge. I meant to take a few more photos of all the people gathered (the APs, my two […]

Rules for Christmas Songs

A couple of weeks before Christmas it occurred to me that there were certain conventions that applied to music at Christmas, with the first item on the list below popping into my head after I’d heard some rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” on the radio. Over the next several days some other “rules” occurred to me […]

Hastings Caves

Imogen, Josh and I have a little list of things we would like to do in the next little while, and visiting Hastings Caves was on the list. I haven’t been there for many years (my last visit was at the end of 2005); and we invited my brother Colin along as well.

In the intervening time […]

Happy Christmas 2019

It has been a challenging year, with some significant changes occurring. When it came time to design this year’s Christmas card I realised that one of the feelings that I had been experiencing during the latter half of the year was a curious sense of being startled, of finding myself in very unexpected circumstances, of no […]

Moods of the Mountain #115

With summer solstice only two days away, this is about as far to the left-hand end of the mountain as the sun gets come […]

Grade 10 dinner

As is traditional in Tasmania, students have a dinner at the end of Grade 10 since Grades 11 and 12 often take place at secondary colleges that are separate from the high schools. It is customary on such occasions for folk to dress up for the occasion, and so, about a month ago, we went in […]

Christmas traditions

I think Christmas traditions are important, and they mattered to Lisa as well. So, this year Josh and Imogen and I amalgamated our traditions, with the result that, as per their tradition, Imogen was decorated as well as the tree, and Christmas stockings were hung in my house for the first time, alongside the nativity set […]

12 of 12, December 2019

Most of my previous December “12 of 12” collections have included something about Christmas card writing. It must be that time of year.

I forgot to take my lunch to work, and so had to pop down to “Lazenby’s” to get one of the nice sushi packs that they stock. I returned via the bush track before […]

Pontoon party

It has become something of a tradition that one of our last Scout nights for the year be a “pontoon party”, held down at Sandy Bay Beach. There is a pontoon moored just off the beach, and the kids enjoy jumping from it and pfaffing around in “Bob” and the kayaks.

At one stage I had a […]