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.
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Happy Christmas 2012

Another year has flown by, and it’s nearly Christmas again. In keeping with tradition (see 2009, 2010, and 2011) I am presenting this year’s Christmas card design. The design idea was an extension of an earlier whimsical creation, where I’d designed a set of those “My Family” rear window stickers which have been all the rage in the last 12 months, only — in the absence of a husband, kids and pets — I decided to do a Scouty set of stick figures.

Well, it wasn’t much of a leap from that concept to the idea of doing a stick figure “My Family” nativity, complete with stick figure sheep. I’ve occasionally wondered if my whimsy isn’t bordering on the irreverent, but we could just call it “a contemporary pop-culture interpretation” of what is, in fact, a very important family. It’s another electronic creation, rustled up with a drawing tablet and Illustrator, although I began with a rough pencil sketch that I scanned in and used as a template.

At this time I’d like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. For me — putting aside the “whimsical irreverence” versus “contemporary pop-culture interpretation” debate — Christmas is a special time, as I reflect on the importance of family and friends. Even more significant, however, is the reality underlying what is portrayed by the stick figures: the babe born in Bethlehem who is the Saviour Jesus Christ. May you be blessed with peace and joy in all your endeavours.

In case you who are interested there is an archive gallery of all my previous Christmas card designs.

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