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.
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!