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VOLUME 17, ISSUE 8 October 2017


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Happy OCTOBER , Friends!

It's October in Memphis and we are LOVING the cooler weather! It's a good time to get outside to work, play and enjoy nature as much as possible. In this month's issue, we're celebrating FALL and our beloved GRANDPARENTS! Did you know it's really good for us to have relationships with our grandparents? "Close grandparent-grandchild relationships have distinctive benefits", said lead author Sara Moorman, an associate professor of sociology at Boston College. "For grandparents, relationships with grandchildren provide connection with a much younger generation and exposure to new ideas. For grandchildren, grandparents can offer life wisdom they can put into practice as they navigate through young adulthood." Which means, we're really good together! Grab your grandparents or any elder adult in your life and enjoy the many fall events featured in the upcoming pages. This Jabberblabber is free and paid for by the nice folks who sponsor games and educational activities inside. Show them you appreciate their support by considering them in your plans this month.

Jabberblabber has been approved by all of the Memphis, Shelby & Desoto County boards of education, and parents and teachers have used it for a teaching tool for over 16 years. Read how you and your family can practice being green together in your homes and neighborhoods. It's easy! Join my club (see Pen Pal on pg. 18) it's also FREE. Rremember, you can always read and play with this Jabberblabber with your grands or anyone you love. Give it a try and ENJOY!

Peace and love, Jabberblabber

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, It's me, your friend Lily! Guess what? My mom said if I do my chores I can get a skateboard. That's going to be a lot of work! Oh! My friends say that you are not real but I think you are. Well, got to go, stay green pal. P.S. You're real, right? Love ya. Sincerely, Lily Pruitt, age 8, Memphis, TN

Dear Jabberblabber, I love to help make the earth clean. I like to throw things away in the trash. Sincerely, Layne Morgan, age 6, Millington, TN Dear Jabberblabber, It is really good that you want to show people how to write to other people. I like receiving letters, myself. I work at Jack Pirtles on Jackson Avenue. I am a people person. Sincerely, Rachelle V. Burgins, age 60, Memphis, TN Dear Jabberblabber, My name is Aniyah. I love your magazines. Last time I sent you a letter, you wrote me back and gave me a sticker. I'm 11 years old. I love to sing, dance, draw and paint. Love, Aniyah, age 11, Memphis, TN




Teaching Children & Families How To Respect the Earth & ALL of its Creatures

Jabberblabber loves to play chess with his grandfather! There is a chess piece hidden in this magazine. See if you can help him find it.

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Edible Art Coloring Contest Dental Puzzle PARENTS PAGES! Activity News Channel 3 Weather Calendar Comic Page Golf Maze Find It GRANDPARENTS PAGE! JabberGenius Jabberblabber Spotted U! Answers

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Contributing Writers: Gerard J. Billmeier, Jr., M.D., Sponsorship Sales: Theresa Andreuccetti and Sam Dunn Volunteers: Angela Andreuccetti and Donna Gafford Jabberblabber Intern: Kaelen Felix


Fun Facts About Pumpkins!

Pumpkins originated in the United States hundreds of years ago. But way back then, pumpkins didn't have their traditional

Cinderella-carriage shape. They were a crooked-neck variety. It took awhile for them to morph into their pleasant round shape. Pumpkin is delicious and also good for your pet! Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A. Pumpkin flowers are edible.

The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 lbs. of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake. In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds. The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin. Pumpkins are 90 percent water. Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October. Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats. Native Americans called

pumpkins "isqoutm squash." Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine as we still do, today.

Color the drawing below. Use lots of creativity while choosing your colors.


October 2017

SEND in your masterpiece for the

UCOLORIT random drawing!

Make sure to follow all directions! The winner will receive a Jabberblabber bookmark, folder and sticker. The winner will be announced in January 2018!

Name ______________________ Address ____________________

City _______________________

State__________Zip__________ Age________

Complete the form and mail to: Jabberblabber 415 South Front, #114 Memphis, TN 38103

Congratulations to the July winner: Shravani Singh, Memphis TN, age 8





by Uele Siebert

When we think of childhood, some of our fondest memories are of times spent with our grandparents, and most of us can easily recount tales of the unique and endearing ways our grandparents nurtured a presence in our lives. Whether the time spent together was vacations, holidays, and family reunions, or we were fortunate to have them live close by and see them more frequently, the genuine joy and love between grandparents and grandchildren is timeless and enduring. In fact, in recent years we have witnessed teen and adult grandchildren honoring their grandparents by including them in momentous occasions, such as their proms and weddings, and even featuring them in social media postings! As many parents know, it is not easy to earn a VIP pass with our children, and at times we might even feel a bit shut out of our children’s inner lives. However, we could learn a lot by observing how our parents and our children interact with each other, and how the quality of those exchanges foster harmonious relationships where unconditional love and mutual acceptance set the tone.

While on the opposite ends of the spectrum, grandparents and grandchildren share complementary characteristics which make them a natural fit for one another. Grandparents have usually gained much experience and wisdom over the course of many years of living, and have had much time to reflect on the choices and values that have served them well and those that did not. Children are instinctively curious and can be prone to impulsivity, and while parents often know how to communicate with their children about choices and consequences, grandparents have the experiential wisdom that demonstrates the same. Where parents are in the thick of things, juggling family, careers, and more, grandparents have come through and even mastered the art of living. Usually by the time one becomes a grandparent, the children are raised and one is considering, or in, retirement, so the pressure that parents can experience at times have usually subsided for grandparents. With less stress, grandparents can be a consistent source of quality time and undivided attention that encourages children to flourish into healthy and emotionally intelligent adults. The unique relationship between grandparents and grandchildren can be a great source of wisdom and instruction for parents and educators. We can learn a lot about children when we witness how well they learn from and respond to the elders in their lives. Accordingly, we can integrate some of the same principles in the relationships with the children in our lives and see for ourselves how much they improve our interactions and experiences. Who knows, it might even earn you an invitation to the prom!


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

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." ~Marie Curie Our American society was founded on freedom from religious persecution as well as tolerance of our many differences within our cultural heritages.

Tolerance is the opposite of prejudice. It refers to an attitude of openness and respect for those differences which exist among persons around us. This includes differences of gender, physical abilities, developmental disabilities and much more.

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We seem to be living in troubled times; times of fear, poor understanding of one another, and sadly, times of intolerance. As parents and grandparents we can foster tolerance and acceptance in our young people every day with a few simple lessons:

Start by teaching love. Demonstrate how to love others because of their differences. Notice your own attitudes. Try to show children an attitude of respect for others. Be aware of your own values and biases. Seek to understand your own values and personal beliefs more completely. Expose children to differences. Remember - we must not think alike to love alike. Talk about unfair stereotypes. Children are constantly exposed to distorted stereotypes in the media and in their daily contact with friends.

• Help children feel good about themselves.

Children who are more comfortable with themselves will be more likely to treat others with respect.

Remember that you are your child's most powerful influence. Just as you can learn much from watching your child play, she will learn a great deal by observing the adults in her life. In teaching the lessons of love and compassion, you will impart the skills for her to live in harmony with a diverse world.








of the month!


1. What did the little girl say when she had to choose between a tricycle and a candy bar? 2. What room does a ghost not need? 3. What do ghosts use to wash their hair? 4. What kind of dessert does a ghost like? answers on page 22


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Here's a GREAT activity for your students to do with their Grandparents, Parents or Guardian!

Cut out and copy for your students to take home and fill out as a bonding exersize with thier family or adopted family!



1. Trike or Treat 2. Living Room 3. ShamBOO 4. IScream

Answer to the Veggie Puzzle on page 6: 1. C 2. B 3. A Answers to the Jokes on page 14:

At Kirby Pines Retirement Community

Answers to JabberGenius on page 20:



of the month!

1. Why did the ice cream truck break down?

2. What did the newspaper say to the ice cream?

3. How do astronauts eat their ice cream? answers on page 22