Stone Soup Magazine: March 2021. Volume 49, Issue 3, 48 pp.
I know March is winter still in most places, but I couldn’t wait to celebrate spring and all it symbolizes—new life and new beginnings. As I write this from the end of 2020, I don’t know what the winter will hold for all of us, but I feel sure that we will all be in need of many long, cleansing rains, big puddles to jump in, mud to squelch beneath our boots, tulip bulbs beginning to peek through the dirt, cherry blossoms, California poppies, rainbows, baby bunnies, fawns, songbird song, and everything else that comes with this wonderful season.
Most of this issue is about spring—in a literal sense (spring is coming!) and also a metaphorical one. “Spring”—in the form of growth and new life—is coming after an emotional “winter.” Much of the writing in these pages tackles difficult experiences: divorce, fights with friends, moving, bullying, depression, and therapy. But what I love about these pieces is that the narrators are eventually able to see past their own feelings of isolation during these hard times, and to realize that these challenging experiences and difficult feelings are actually part of what connects us rather than keeps us apart.
Enjoy the almost-spring!
7 The Flowers That Live Forever by Iris Chen
23 Moving to a Familiar Place by Georgia Melnick
28 A Windy Spring Day by Jack Meyer
33 Sand and Sea by Raya Ilieva
40 Thank You, Bernie by Sadie Primack
18 Believing by Lily Shi
31 Brewing Trouble by Oliver Cho
Cover: Sensation by Aiyla Syed
6 Fly High in the Sky by Sloka Ganne
11 Five Photographs by Sage Millen
22 Good Time by Emi Le
27 Baseball Memories by Lauren Yu
32 Sunny Beach by Emi Le
38 Buzzing Among Flowers by Hannah Parker
41 Colossal Clouds by Anya Geist
47 Reflections by Analise Braddock
48 Highlights from StoneSoup.com
49 Honor Roll
30 Spring by Andy Li
36 Three Poems by Alyssa Wu