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Story was created by the KMAC Kids 1998
Kathy and Jon and Sara and Boomer live in a house in the country. They like to watch the sunset on the buttes beyond. Kathy is never crabby when she watches the sun nest in the pink and purple sky.
Sometimes Kathy works in the garden. She loves the feel of the earth and the magic of the harvest. Kathy is never crabby in the autumn garden.
Kathy loves the ocean, the crashing of the waves, and collecting worn shells in the soft white sand. Kathy is never crabby when she listens to the singing of the whales.
Sometimes Kathy takes Jon and Sara and Boomer to the Indian caves in the desert. She loves to explore the caves with their tales long past. Kathy is never crabby spelunking in the summer.
In the spring when the patchwork colors of wildflowers blanket the Table Top Mountains, Kathy catches them before they fade. Kathy is never crabby taking memories.
When the sky is sprinkled with a billion bright stars, Kathy stands still and listens to the gentle quiet. Kathy is never crabby in the night's light.
When winter takes its place on the mountain tops Kathy likes the cold chill of the dancing snowflakes. Kathy is never crabby watching winter's ballet.
Kathy goes to school. She loves the kids and they love her. She's the teacher.
But most days when Kathy works in her room she gets a headache and she coughs and sneezes. Her throat hurts. Her eyes get red and she feels CRABBY
POOR Kathy! The KMAC Kids and Super Sleuth Sprout set to work. They will solve the mystery of Crabby Kathy.
The KMAC Kids take their cameras to Kathy's room and look for hazards that might be making her sick.
They find dust.
That means mites.
And cleaners with chemicals.
They see a machine
that makes copies.
And a vent
that brings air.
There are stinky pens to write with.
And moms wearing perfume.
A smell from the carpet.
And mold spores too.
Poor Kathy! No wonder she's feeling so crabby. her body's immune and detoxifying systems are working "overtime" to protect her from all the chemicals and contaminants in her room.
Open the windows! Change the filter, move the copier and buy new pens. Dust for mites. Don't wear perfume. Drink pure water, eat real healthy and exercise too. Be like Kathy! Good as new!
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