Thankful for newspapers, puppies and ‘Pokemon’

Tori Zettel, 9-year-old journalist of Dickinson, details what she is thankful for this holiday season and also talks about her own publication The Tori Press.

Tori Zettel poses with her own publication The Tori Press at her home in Dickinson. (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press)

Happy early Thanksgiving! Today I’m going to be telling you about some of the things I’m thankful for. Of course I am thankful for all the basic stuff. For example, food, water, bed, family and friends. But there is much more we can be thankful for — such as the device or paper you are reading this on, you can be thankful for that.

The thing I am very very thankful for is my lil puppy, Lillipup. Her name is Lillipup after a “Pokemon” in “Pokemon Go”, but we usually call her Lilli (lily) her nickname. She just turned six months old and her birthday is May 13 just in case you want to celebrate. She is a tiny Lhasa Apso-Poodle mix, they call that a Lhasa Poo. She was so, so, so fluffy and shaggy, but one day she got her first haircut and in my opinion, she looked like the luck dragon, Falkor from the “Never Ending Story.” Now her hair has grown out, and I think it is the cutest length.

Another thing I am super duper thankful for is The Tori Press. Tori Press is my family newspaper that I make every weekend, sometimes. How The Tori Press started was maybe two years ago when I made my mailbox. My mailbox was just a cardboard box covered in stickers with a flap for letters to go in, hanging outside my bedroom door. Two or three weeks later, I was always interested in newspapers so I decided to make one. I made my newspaper out of blank pieces of paper, sharpies and staples.

For my first few newspapers, I drew the pictures, but now I use polaroids with my polaroid camera. I started saying in my newspaper to write to my mailbox, so that's really how my company was started. They would write me letters, I would write back, and every weekend I would make a newspaper.

Just recently my family and I started watching this show “Smallville” on Hulu about Superman and stuff, which I definitely recommend. But in that show there is a lot of reporting, and newspapers in it and it has really inspired me. And if you notice, I wrote about just two things. But if you look hard enough then you’ll see that in the two things there are lots of little things that made up the big things. Like The Tori Press, I needed paper to make my news and I'm thankful I have paper. My puppy probably wouldn't have her name, Lillipup, if we didn't play “Pokemon” together. So I’m very thankful for that.


So when you think of the things you are thankful for, think even deeper and all the little things, and make sure to have a very happy Thanksgiving.

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