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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The weatherman brought to our attention a change in the weather is forthcoming, as early as, this evening. The mix of expected precipitation will change the complexion of our Sunday and Monday.

Let's face the fact, by the time you read this; we may be head over heels in love with the first significant snowfall of December 2008.

Kevin didn't say that, but in case you haven't dug out your long underwear or brought your sled down from the rusty nail on the wall and dusted off the cobwebs; now is the time.

Can you find both boots or are they buried beneath the heap of your flip- flops and summer tops? Unearth those warm gloves that you tossed toward the back of the sock drawer last year when winter stepped aside for spring? Check them out! Exposed digits can become frostbitten or worse than that, in severe cases; they may need to be amputated. Think of that. Do they all fit the same hand? Mend your holes. Lint balls are OK.

These are things we need to think about and act on. Be sure to get a flu shot and if you should contract a cold or the flu bug cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Be sure to have plenty handkerchiefs on hand. There is nothing worse than an untidy face either.

Oh, I know, most of you are neat freaks; everything is perfectly organized and ready, including you, for the winter of 2008. I just want you to slide into it without a hitch. I care about my readers.

Paul and I still have more to do. The tractor is waiting to have the snow blade attached and the storm cellar needs a new door. The house has already been winterized and I purchased twelve pair of work gloves from Rural King. The pets have a warm bed and so do we, but the sled stays on the rusty nail!

The car just returned home from Auto ER fit as a fiddle and readies to fight the elements. Last week, on our way home from shopping, a hose sprung a leak and we saw green. The smoky mess led us to the shop. The electrical tape Band-Aid that Paul Baby applied, as a temporary fix struggled to hold on and so did I.

The shop owner/ mechanic took care of the problem and the work on our primary vehicle was completed as promised, in time for holiday travel.

We enjoyed Thanksgiving at the home of Matthew and Lindsay Terry of Brownsburg. Our eldest Granddaughter and her husband served a delicious meal and a decadent dessert, Matthew's own chocolate pecan pie. Our eldest grandson, Michael Risk and his fiancée, Kayleigh Dawn Fredenburg were guests as well. Our great -- granddaughters entertained us. Avery Isabella Terry is approaching her fourth birthday and is already busy using the new computer. On that day, I have a gut feeling the mouse was smiling too. She built a house and filled it with a family, then downloaded a picture of her work, then she passed it around for all to see, her family. She also gave us a preview of a song and dance she will perform at her dance class's Christmas program. In deed, that was delightful entertainment.

Piper Grace busied herself with a musical toy and kept an eye on her big sister.

Paul Baby and I were introduced to the popular Nintendo video package "Wii." We old kids tried our hands at bowling and we loved it. However, if we should purchase one, Nintendo 64 will always have a home here.

Last night, as I was checking out the obituaries, in the Terre Haute Tribune Star a familiar name appeared before me.

Martha Belle Shriner McAulliffe age 79, an active feminist in San Diego, since the late 1960s, and a teacher of Women's Studies and English, at both San Diego State University and Mesa Evening College, died Nov. 17, 2008, complications of cancer.

She was born Aug.14, 1929, in Terre Haute to Virginia Cuppy Shriner and Dr. Walter O. Shriner (former chairman of the mathematics department at Indiana State University), of Terre Haute. They preceded her in death.

I want to tell you about a remarkable lady that touched my heart and nourished my passion, writing, many years ago. Young Martha Shriner came to my school shortly after she received her teaching credentials. I became a student of her English/Journalism classes shortly thereafter. She introduced me to good books, scholastically. The educator/ mentor taught me how to paint pictures in my journals without using paint, but words, over a half of century ago and again, posthumously, I thank her guidance.

Someone once said, "Time is not measured by the years that you live, but the deeds that you do, and the joy that you give."

Martha's accomplishments were many. Through her obituary, I learned more about her and her life's journey.

In 1969 and the years following, she was instrumental in gathering together feminists in her community into what were then called support groups, in which feminist principles and insight as well as support of women's common problems were explored.

Ms McAuliffe then attended classes at SDSU set up and run by feminist women students there. This innovative Women's Study Department was recognized as one of the first in the country.

She co-authored, with her husband, three college textbooks: Counterpoint" (Lippencott, 1970)," Re-Action (Boyd & Fraser), and "The Reader and the Writer" (Scott Foresom, 1982) and more. She retired from teaching in 1993.

Her husband of 57 years, Cornelius McAuliff, a daughter, two sons, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, three sisters and a brother survives her.

I send my condolence to her family.

I can be reached at 446-4852 or drop me a line to 613 No., Elm St., Brazil, IN., or by email at pmlsartor@aol.com.