We Hear You! Letters from our June 2011 Issue

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by MORE • editors
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My name is Vanessa Morganstern and I subscribe to More magazine.  I look forward to its arrival each month, and wanted to tell you what a fantastic job you and all of your staff are doing.  The articles are current and topics interesting; the photography and layouts very eye-catching. I would like to ask, though, why Christy Turlington-Burns was featured on the cover, both in the April and June issues.  Anne Heche could have been selected; she's a major star as well. To see the same model on the cover practically twice in a row is a bit boring. Also, would you consider doing a monthly horoscope column?  I think many women would enjoy it.  Astrologers Susan Miller or Hazel Dixon-Cooper would be perfect for the job, as they're quite witty. Thank you for hearing me out.  Here's to many more years of More!

Sincerely, Vanessa Morganstern

(Editor's note: Kate Walsh was our April cover and Christy Turlington-Burns only appeared on our June cover.)

Just wanted to thank you for your letter in this June's issue. I so agree that reinvention is a daily process and good for you taking up gardening! It is the perfect analogy to life...sow the seeds, add  some sunshine, rain, care, then watch the magic of life unfold in its own sweet time.

Lisa

 

I really appreciated your letter this month. I have been promoting your magazine to many women I encounter who are in a state of transition. In my view, "More" is offering an opportunity to delve into the possibility that there is "more" to life than what meets the eye. I could certainly dismiss the stories of high powered, wealthy women who have made changes. I look at those stories as a way for me to reflect, look inside myself and see if there is a way that I can tweek or make a small change in my everyday living. I really look forward to your magazine every month. 

 

“Kudos!” to your Editor’s Letter, “Reinvention Comes in All Shapes and Sizes,” in the June 2011 issue of MORE magazine. As a long-time MORE reader, long before I hit 40, I was already seeking additional ways to satisfy the deep yearning in my soul for a bigger, richer life. I have tried and failed at businesses and all sorts of other larger-than-life reinvention success stories sometimes featured in MORE. I appreciated you sharing your tiny reinvention through gardening. Although it is not as earth-shattering as starting a hospital in Rwanda for sick children, it is just as soul-enriching and much more attainable for the majority of working-class women in midlife. I know as a full-time employee, wife, mother, and part-time author and artist, I struggle with not having enough time and realizing I have to let some things go either to the back burner of tomorrow or to the slush pile of maybe after I retire. In fact, I’ve been looking at ways to simplify my life, to shed the extra jobs and hobbies and responsibilities to gain more peace and relaxation and space to be who I am. If doing less in midlife brings more satisfaction, then that’s fine by me. I don’t need to save the world.  I just need to save myself.  Thanks for making it okay to have a tiny reinvention!

Angela Lam Turpin, Santa Rosa CA

 

For woman whom fear reinvention – I wonder if they are scared/fearful of what they want and how these changes will impact their current life or situation.  I appreciate the stories regardless of their ending – divorce, quitting job and changing perspective on what and how we see things. On the other hand, Beauty Queens – give me a flipping break!  Page 77 tells/shows everything you need to know about these beautiful ladies – no smiles, tension for crying out loud who needs it!!! It is  okay to grow older and not aspire to be a beauty queen.  Each and every one of you is beautiful…. Good grief!
 

 

First Published June 1, 2011

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Jane Dowrick06.28.2011

Love MORE - - enjoy the wide variety of articles. Was fascinated by the diet info in the July issue, although I'm concerned that the cleanse diet might not be safe enough for many people. Suggest an article on the wonderful food and diet info available online via Mayo Clinic. Thanks for all you do to provide such an array of information!

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Rebecca Holzem06.12.2011

I received a subscription of your mazazine as a gift from my best friend.
I just finished reading the June 2011 Issue. Who is your demographic?? I am confused by the time I reach the end of each issue. In this particular issue, I began reading and felt confident that this magazine was addressed to me - a woman of 45 years. As I continued to read, your magazine ends with a focus on Hollywood's most impressive young stars that range in age from 13 to 28 - if I wanted to read about these "girls", I would pick up a copy of Teen Beat, People, or US. Where is your focus? Is this magazine not for women who range from 35, 40 years and older?
Your cover tag line is - MORE "For Women of Style and Substance". Where is the focus on Women, Style and especially Substance? The fluff piece on women who are still participating in pageants at age 30, 40 and even 50 was something not worth researching let alone including it in any magazine Women of Style and Substance are reading.
Also... Listed on your cover is best SWIMSUITS FOR EVERY SIZE, SHAPE AND BUDGET. However, there is not one single suit shown within the actual article for a woman who is over size 18. Are "plus" size women not inclusive in the demographic you would like to reach with your magazine? Or, are you of the mind-set that women who wear size 18W, 20W, 22W, etc. not interested in Style and fashion?
As a professional woman, I am not a fan of your magazine.

Chellie 06.10.2011

Once again we have another article about a celebrity-activist to inspire us. While I admire Ms. Turlington-Burns using her fame, wealth and privilege to inform the world of maternal health issues, I can't say the same for the author of this story. Why oh why does EVERY celebrity story have to include what the person was wearing during the interview and the ubiquitous "not wearing any make-up" line? Do we need to know, believe or even care about this? Is this statement to establish Ms. Turlington-Burns bonafides as a serious activist? If she were wearing make-up would her cause be less just? Please, please stop reducing women to their appearances in these articles. This is an article about an issue, not make-up and such comments simply detract from the subject of the story. I didn't read anything about Janet"s make-up or lack thereof, the woman who gave birth after walking almost five miles to a birth center If you are about empowering women, empower your writers to leave out physical descriptions that are not crucial to the story.

06.09.2011

I also filled out the survey and had written that I didn't like the picture on the June cover I had received (thought it was bland and boring), and then when I came to the website, I see the beautiful Christy Turlington Burns again but this time, I thought WOW! I so wished I had received THIS magazine. She looks so much more approachable, summery, and genuine, absolutely stunning, and I love the color! I would have been a lot more excited to read the issue had this picture been the introduction.

06.09.2011

I also filled out the survey and had written that I didn't like the picture on the June cover I had received (thought it was bland and boring), and then when I came to the website, I see the beautiful Christy Turlington Burns again but this time, I thought WOW! I so wished I had received THIS magazine. She looks so much more approachable, summery, and genuine, absolutely stunning, and I love the color! I would have been a lot more excited to read the issue had this picture been the introduction.

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