By Karina, age 17, Texas

I have a twin brother, and I love him more than life! He is my only sibling, so you can imagine our great friendship. However, sometimes in school the boys can be horrible bullies! Especially in middle school boys were rude and laughed at him or things he would do. It got better when we got into high school, but I still notice it.

His "friends" are so rude. When they take John somewhere, they leave him there! Or they won't even include him. They use him as a verbal punching bag. It's so aggravating I just want to punch them all! You may think, Well, why doesn't he get new friends? But this is extremely difficult because we go to a small school. I just wish that his "friends" would realize how mean they are being and cut it out. I do understand that boys make fun of themselves and their friends, but I can tell this is very different. However, in college I know things will be so much better for him! He is amazing, and will go way farther in life than those other boys can even dream of.

So the moral of my little anecdote is to think back. Think back about what you did today. Were you stand-offish to someone? Were you just plain rude? Could you have been nicer to that poor girl or boy that sits by himself at the lunch table? I challenge everyone to think about this, and go back to school (or work) and be nicer to that person. The world would be a better place if we all did this. :)

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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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