Yes We Can!

By Kristin, age 15, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Today, I am proud to be an American.

I sat excitedly watching day one of the inaugural festivities. What I'd been waiting for since November 4th was finally here. In just 3 days, Barack Obama would take the oath of the presidency, finally offering our country a fresh government, a government where church and state are separated, a government without unnecessary war, a government that values its constituency, not its monetary gain. Finally a government that values change, that values new ideas. Finally a new government for a new America.

Invigoration was in the air, a nation excited for the future. A president adored, something our country hadn't felt since these immortal words were spoken: "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

Barack and Michelle Obama are certainly this generation's John and Jackie Kennedy - young, intelligent, progressive, charismatic, influential, and adored. Today, Barack is using modern technology (the internet) to reach people in the same way that JFK used modern technology (television) during his campaign and presidency. Though JFK only served as president for less than three years before being assassinated (I hope that Barack will serve at least four), he lives on as one of the most beloved presidents of all time. I believe that Barack will also live on as one of our most beloved presidents, but right now, I will just bask in my pride that as a country we have looked beyond his skin color, and instead have looked in his eyes and seen something special, not just an attorney from Chicago, not just a community organizer, but a beacon of hope.

Yes we can!

"We have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord."
- from Barack Obama's inauguration speech

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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