The Adventures of Josie Appleseed

By Mariah, age 15, Minnesota

One day, a shoeless young girl was walking alone in the wilderness without a map. She was lost and could only pay attention to where she was heading. The girl was uncertain of her current location, and she did not want lose her current pace. As a result, she did not turn around to ask for directions.

The girl continued along a rocky pathway through a grove of apple trees. She gazed upon the bushels of apples, and wondered why they were left unpicked. The apples' luster amazed and intrigued her, as the translucent sheen they emitted stood out from the rest of the natural terrain.

Expecting a truly mesmerizing taste, she grabbed one of the apples from the tree and took a bite. She soon spat out the apple, as she realized they were worm-infested crab apples. She tossed the apple on the ground, hoping in time a new apple tree with brilliant crimson apples would sprout from the recalled apple she had attempted to eat. Without thinking, she took another apple from the tree, and bit into it. Her taste buds, already numb from the sourness of the previously discarded apple, withstood the taste.

She continued walking along the rubble as the soles of her feet reacted to the rough road with their generous donations of blood. A sticker they did not receive, nor a pat on the back, nor a merit of honor. The girl knew her feet would callous eventually, so she continued advancing further toward her unknown destination with the apple still in hand.

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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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