I just picked up this copy of More magazine from our library and read your letter about parenting your children. You could have been writing about my children (Logan is 13 and Abby is 9)! Thank you for the ideas for parenting the second child. Abby and I are always clashing and yet she's an amazingly strong and powerful child. Your letter really does give me hope that we can have a better relationship.
I could have written the article about gout in the December issue. My case, however, is even more rare. I first contracted gout at age 21, but was undiagnosed for 4 years. My first experience was very similar to the author's. I literally got out of bed one day and couldn't walk. I thought I had done something to my foot in my sleep! lol My doctor thought I had a stress fracture. I was surprised that the genetic component was downplayed in the article, for it certainly was a factor in my case. My father, uncle and SISTER all had gout. Amazingly, it didn't dawn on even my own mother that I had gout, too. I went to many doctors, back in the 80's, and none of them believed me. Also, they felt diet was NOT a factor. I agree that it most certainly is, but I believe that different foods trigger gout in different people. My problem was citrus fruits - oranges, lemons, grapefruits - used to set me off. I have never been overweight, and not a big drinker, but I do love my red meat and my tuna and veggies. These never set me off, though, like the citrus fruits.
My treatments varied through the years, but I have been on the same medication now for 12 years, since the birth of my second child, and have been attack-free since, thank God.
Thank you for the article. It was very informative. It's always nice to know I'm not alone.
I had decided not to renew my subscription to More - too many bills, too much clutter, too much spending. During a particularly slow period at work I took a break to read “The Joy of Silence in the Noisy Season”. I bent over my recycle basket and located the renewal card, filled it out and sent it in.
Thank you for providing me with some of the best writing I have come across in a long time. I have a Master’s Degree in literature from Great Britain. I became so tired of the appearance of the genre of sexual self- revelations in all literature I stopped reading fiction. I started reading magazines. I offer this as a plea to continue to bring us documentaries by some of the best writers of this age.
Thank you for your dedication to excellence.
--Mary Jane SutliffDear Ms. Seymour:
In your current magazine you said you welcomed comments. If you continue to show clothes that are soooo expensive, I think you need to add to your statement—“for women of style, substance and wealth.” I have a master’s degree, have traveled to all 50 states as well as 50 countries. My personal jobs in education never paid more than $45,000 a year. As a divorced women, I have managed to travel, pay for my house and car with cash but a blouse for $300 dollars or dresses for $3400 are beyond what I think the normal woman is able to pay. When I was married, my husband was making $100,000-150,000 a year (which was very good money in Ohio 10 years ago) we traveled, saved for our children’s college educations (neither had to take out any loans), but I still could not even imagine paying $825 for a pair of shoes. The articles in this current magazine were well-written and interesting. If your demographic is with “older” female readers, you are not appealing to me and the other well-educated (but not rich) women that I know with the high prices of many of the clothes that were featured. Maybe I have misunderstood your mission, but a friend had suggested your magazine when I complained about current magazines that all write about families and dealing with problems related to children--a phase that I have passed. I guess I may have to stick with Time!