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VOLUME 17, ISSUE 12 February 2018

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Greetings and Happy February Friends!

This month, we're celebrating PET and LOVE. Pets are an important part of most of our families, offering us so much affection and unconditional love. They are also a big responsibility. Remember before you decide to adopt a pet, consider the cost and time necessary to give proper care to it. It's always a kind and humane choice to adopt pets who already need homes rather than purchasing them from a breeder. Locally, check out Sunny Meadows Safe Haven for Pets who does a great job of taking in unwanted pets and finding homes for them, among several other local rescue organizations. Contact them at and make a commitment of LOVE. Do you have or want a pet? Tell me about it in a hand written letter. (See pen pal on page 18) I‛d love to be your pen pal.


Will you be giving out Valentine's Day cards at school and at home? I'm planning on it, and look forward to giving out 30,000 copies of this issue of Jabberblabber to children and families in our region as my "Happy Valentine's Day" expression of LOVE. LOVE can be defined as so many things, including but not limited to; being kind to our neighbors, adoption, helping the needy, helping our parents and loved ones, respecting ourselves with good daily habits in our diet, exercise and meditation, volunteering, being a good friend, being honest, standing up for someone who is being bullied, being grateful for your blessings, especially your education, and then showing it by applying yourself, a big smile, a big hug and BEING GREEN LIKE ME!


Inspiring Children & Families to Respect the Earth & ALL of its Creatures

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Editor's note: For over 8 years, "Be My Pen Pal" has been a popular and regular feature in Jabberblabber Magazine. Children from all over the Mid-South write letters to Jabberblabber on a regular basis. Our purpose is to improve letter-writing skills as well as promote the use of language, sentence structure, penmanship and postal practices of the US Mail. The format we provide begins with "Dear Jabberblabber" and ends with "Sincerely" with space in between for children to write a letter. Children also send letters written on their own paper. When Jabberblabber receives mail, he reads each one aloud to his team. Then, they handwrite letters back to each child and include a nice shiny sticker! Here are just a few of the many letters he receives on a daily basis:

Dear Jabberblabber, I'm grateful for: Jabberblabber! Hello! My name is Muaz Nur Abid (I am 5 so I can write but my sister is writing this, her name is Anila and she has written to you before). I like doing the word puzzles and mazes in the Jabberblabber magazine. What do you like to do? How do you stay so green? I like to watch Odd Squad Wild Kratts and Nature Cat on PBS Kids. Sincerely, Muaz Nur Abid, age 5, Memphis TN Dear Jabberblabber, I'm grateful for: my family. Getting an education, learning every day. Also I'm grateful for trees. And thankful I can discover dinosaurs for science. I love pets. I love my family. And most of all I love Jabberblabbers! I love the weather just like you! Jabberblabber, you are my favorite. Sincerely, Alainan Rankin Lawrence, age 8, Memphis TN Dear Jabberblabber, I'm grateful for: You! [arrow pointing to drawing of Jabberblabber] Sincerely, Aidan, age 6, Millington TN

Dear Jabberblabber, My favorite gift is: the gift of giving. Hello! My name is Anila and I remember writing you once when I was very small but now I have grown up a bit yet I still love your magazine. I still follow by the green pledge every minute I can and I think that more and more people doing this will lead to a cleaner world for the next generation-like my brother! (He sent you a letter as well.) How are you? I hope you are doing well. Stay Green! Sincerely, Anila Fariab, age 12, Memphis TN


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instagram: @jabberblabbermagazine This issue, about love, is in memory of Evelyn Jane Swanson Schroeder Gafford, who was loved dearly! .. Editor: Theresa Andreuccetti Art Director: Nikki Schroeder Contributing Writers: Gerard J. Billmeier, Jr., M.D. & Uele Siebert Contributing Artist: Karen Masel Sponsorship Sales: Theresa Andreuccetti Volunteers: Angela Andreuccetti and Donna Gafford Jabberblabber Intern: Kaelen Felix and Corey Keeling


Fun facts about CATS!

The average cat sleeps 16-18 hours per day. Calico cats are almost always female. Most cats are lactose intolerant and should not be given cow‛s milk.

Cats knead with their paws when they are happy. A male cat is called a “Tom” and a female cat is called a “Queen.” Cats have more than 100 different vocal sounds. An adult cat has 30 adult teeth. Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour. A cat can jump approximately seven times its height.

A female cat carries her kittens for about 58-65 days before they are born. Cats cannot taste anything sweet. A cat‛s sense of smell is approximately 14 times

greater than that of a human. A group of kittens is called a kindle; a group of adult cats is called a clowder. Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw. Cats who fall five stories have a 90 percent survival rate. A cat‛s whiskers aren‛t just for show – they help cats detect objects and navigate in the dark. Cats cannot see in complete darkness, only at low light levels. Humans greet each other by shaking hands; cats greet one another by touching their noses together. Cats have sandpaper-like tongues that they use to clean and groom themselves.

Unlike humans, cats only sweat through their paws. This is why you may see them leave moist paw prints in the summer time!

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by Uele Siebert

The bond between humans and animals reveals a relationship that has evolved greatly over time, from one of survival and necessity to that of devotion and companionship. As humans have developed a greater understanding and awareness of compassion and consciousness, our sensitivity toward life has expanded to include more than just our own species. Indeed, we humans have come a long way -- where we used to view animals as mere beasts, we now see them as sentient beings with the capacity to feel just as we do. Subsequently, as animals made the transition to domesticity and became pets, they have become a permanent and often inseparable part of our lives. Gone are the days when a pet was kept as a guardian of the great outdoors, as our pets are now afforded premium accommodations in the sanctuary of our homes. For the love, loyalty, and comfort they so steadfastly offer us, we have fondness and affection for our pets that is often unrivaled! To get a clear picture of how much we love our pets, one need only consider the transformation of the pet care industry. Not too long ago, a domestic pet was usually a cat or a dog that might have enjoyed the privilege of an occasional can of wet food and an annual family vacation traveling in the camper. These days our pets enjoy first class travel, bakeries, spas, day cares, and every chew toy one can imagine, in addition to dietary options that include raw and organic produce typically reserved for humans. Pet owners have chat and discussion groups where they can share stories and advice from everything to how introduce a new pet sibling into the home, to treating a depressed pet. Moreover, it is far more common now to see animals in public places where they were previously restricted, as they are trained to provide invaluable service both physically and emotionally by accompanying their owners as needed. These days, Snoopy would not only be allowed in the library, he would likely enjoy an area exclusively reserved just for pets and chock full of treats! From the backyard to the boardroom, our love for our pets has grown exponentially. For the immeasurable joy they bring to our lives, it is no wonder that we now afford the animals we love the same time, care, and attention once reserved strictly for humans. While it can be agreed that animals have benefited greatly from their domestic relationship with humans, it is just as important to acknowledge the impact our pets have on the quality of our lives through their constant and unconditional love. Our pets are one of the best reminders of who we can be at our best, and we can continue to deepen our capacity for compassion as we humbly keep our hearts open by learning from their example.

Uele Siebert is the mother of one and an advocate for attachment parenting. Raised on Big Blue Marble, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Multicultural Studies from the University of Memphis, and is passionate about cultural relevance and representations in education and media. Uele honed her love of the homegrown as former co-owner of Mothersville, and owner of Groovy Foods. She is now an advisory board member of Jabberblabber Magazine.


Parents and Kids




By Gerard J. Billmeier, Jr., M.D., FAAP

During the winter season, and actually all year round, we are tempted to provide non-prescription medications for our children as a means of helping them through the symptoms of a mild to moderate illness. These intentions are good, but the associated risks are many. Here are a few bits of advice to keep in mind if you are thinking of dosing your child with an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine.

Rule #1

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend OTC cough or cold medications for children under the age of 6 years.

General Precautions

Beware of combining medications of any kind. All drug combinations are risky and should be approved by your physician.

Beware of drug allergy especially if your child has experienced a prior drug reaction like hives, wheezing or vomiting.

Always know the precise indications for using an OTC medication, the exact dosage and any predictable side effect.

Never give aspirin or aspirin-containing products to your child unless your doctor tells you it is safe. Specifically, never use aspirin in children with flu or chicken pox. This can result in a very serious liver disease called Reye Syndrome.

Never use acetaminophen and ibuprofen at the same time and beware of using ibuprofen in any child with asthma, kidney disease or a chronic stomach disorder. Always discuss your concerns with your physician and pharmacist when considering OTC meds for your child.

Check Medication Labels

All OTC meds have the same type label including information on what it is to be used for, how to properly dose it, the ingredients present and what to watch for as side effects. Look on the medication box or bottle for the highlighted "Drug Facts" which should provide most information you'll need in deciding, but again, discuss any questions with your physician.

Call the Doctor Immediately If:

Your child throws up frequently, breaks out in a rash or has a change in consciousness after taking any medicine.

What About Suspected Poisoning or Overdose?

Sometimes a small child is found with an open bottle of OTC medication and ingestion is suspected. Call the Poison Control Center if you're not sure. You can contact the Poison Control Center in your sate any time of day or night by calling: 800-222-1222.

Do not use syrup of ipecac which was once used to induce vomiting if a child swallowed a potential poison. This old remedy can be harmful and ipecac should be discarded if found in your home.

A Cardinal Rule

When considering an OTC medicine for your sick child, try natural or home remedies first:

• Use tepid sponging for fever and keep the room temperature down rather than overheated.

• Use saline drops and a room vaporizer to alleviate nasal stuffiness and avoid medicated nose drops and decongestant oral medicines, especially in the very young child. • Increase oral fluids during colds and fever.

Homemade chicken soup and TLC may provide more comfort and healing than most OTC drugs.

Source: American Academy for Pediatrics, 2017









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