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 2020
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“Camp at Home”

We’ve been trying to keep Scouts happening in some form or other and this weekend we had a “camp at home” camp.

We had sessions via Zoom, including opening parade,

the kids were encouraged to learn to tie some knots using the knot videos I’d made (we’d managed to get a kit of dowel and cord to them […]

An early birthday present

One of my cousins is a very talented jeweller/metalsmith and one day on his Facebook page I saw one of his creations that just leapt out of the screen and appealed to me. After a little thought I decided perhaps it could be an early self-gifted birthday present, and here it is …

Isn’t […]

Moods of the Mountain #119

Autumn is well underway: there was snow on the mountain this morning and there are showers about, which explains the rainbow. I’m lucky to have a nice view from my balcony in these […]


[I actually wrote this blog post in September, nearly six months after I first thought of writing it, but I’m placing it in the collection where I had intended it to be, in April, and writing it as if I had written it then … although I now know what the months after April look like.]

The […]

12 of 12, April 2020

Today is the first 12th that has fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Church ceased having meetings across the world even before we started getting restrictions on large gatherings in Australia (we haven’t had services since before March 15th). Just before things stopped I was called to be the ward music chairperson, so, in these strange times, […]

Telescopic moon

Even before this pandemic drama began, the university bookshop was closing down. One day, as I was walking past, I saw that they were selling reasonably decent telescopes at half their usual prices. After some googling and will-I-won’t-I?, I impetuously bought one. I’ve always wanted to have a telescope, but had never really looked into it […]