Heartfelt thanks

By Nancy Green

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 27, 2000

Xpressions has some really good news to report to families:

You're No. 1.

Among the 567 entries submitted depicting our November theme, "What I am most thankful for," nearly every writer and artist gave thanks for their wonderful families: mom, dad, brother, sister, grandparent, pet. You all are appreciated.

We regret we could not publish them all. On this page and page 6D is a selection of some of the best. Many thanks to all who shared.

-- Nancy Green, Xpressions editor

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To all young readers (or families of young readers) we hope you'll consider sending work to Xpressions, our monthly showcase for the art, writing and photography of students through the 12th grade. Xpressions appears the last Monday of each month in this space. Please read the following instructions carefully before submitting your work. Here are the upcoming themes and postmark deadlines:

DECEMBER: The best gift I ever gave. ( Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 4.)

JANUARY: I am the one who . . . (poems or art that describe you without using your name, as in "I am the word worker who is fueled by young creativity, the singer of songs, the mysterious one . . ." Writing, artwork and photography should capture the essence of you. Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 8.)

FEBRUARY: Equestrian inspiration, the all-horse issue. ( Deadline: entries must be postmarked by Feb. 5.)

Please send your work, theme suggestions (WE REALLY WANT TO HEAR YOUR IDEAS FOR THEME SUBJECTS) and comments to: Xpressions, c/o Nancy Green, St. Petersburg Times, 1000 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602.

All work must follow the designated theme and be your own creation. Artwork must be on white, unlined paper, with the medium stated on the back (oil, pastel, crayon). Be sure to include your name, age, school, grade, address, ZIP code and phone number, with area code. Stories must be no longer than 150 words. We will return work only if you indicate that you want it back. Please note that any work submitted without age or school grade will not be considered for publication.

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