Lesley, Your editor's letter is excellent. I am also part of the Sandwich Generation. And I do feel like a panini most of the time! I am a mother and daughter of a 90 year old mother with Alzheimer's Disease. I also work as a Geriatric Care Manager, so I am in a press 24/7.
There are many resources available online. Also, Geriatric Care Managers are a great resource. You can find more information at www.caremanager.org.
Robin Staver, MS Ed, CMC
Let me start by saying I have been a More reader for a long time. i thought I was the only one who noticed that the models wear getting younger and younger ! Two things have put me over the edge in the May issue. First, if I wanted to join the Tea Party and listen to all the venom from Palin and her Stepford Wife-type followers I would already be a card-carrying member. I'm not !! I certainly don't want to read about these people and their crackpot ideas in a magazine "for women of style and substance". Secondly, on page 33 you have 'Cuff Love'. Six gold bangles, five of which are 'price on request' and one that is available for $3,995! who buys this stuff ? No-one I know. Can we get back to reality? Seriously.
I was really disappointed after reading two articles in the May edition. First the "Fierce List." How superficial--actresses, singers, light weights who certainly are not role models (Lady Gaga!) are listed and real solid people are not. I notice with the exception of Meg Whitman, all very liberal activist types. Where are the successful conservative women we should be looking up to like CNBC's Maria Bartiromo, and Erin Hughes (over Arianna Huffington)? What about Carly Fiorina--running a campaign and getting treated for breast cancer simultaneously? What about Meredith Whitney. Oh yeah, they are smart not glitzy airheads and liberal entertainers. You choose Hillary Clinton over Condi Rice-accomplished Secretary of State, National Security Advisor, Provost, and accomplished musician!
Next, you spoke of the Tea Party women like they were slightly addled, not so bright women that you could like (but sure would not want in charge). You choose figures like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, who have been derided and turned into ludicrous figures instead of the intelligent thoughtful leaders that they are (unlike Nancy Pelosi who is a rude nasty woman). Instead of Sharon ODonnell, why did you not interview Governor Niki Haley, Suzanna Martinez, Jan Brewer, or Senator Kelly Ayotte or Representative Kristin Noem, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi? Oh yeah, because they are credible and conservative women must be portrayed a wing nuts or ignored rather than intelligent people kids should look up to. I would far prefer my daughter to grow up to be like Maria Bartiromo or Condi Rice than Arianna Huffington or Nancy Pelosi.
Try harder to understand that just because we are not burning our bras or aborting our babies we are contributing big time to society in ways that will make a difference rather than superficial entertainment. We have broken through the glass ceiling while raising healthy happy kids.
I have been a subscriber to MORE since it first came out. It might interest you to know that your magazine has appeal for a 78-year-old woman. The articles are smart and you celebrate strong, powerful yet feminine women. As the mother of two girls and the grandmother of four granddaughters I applaud your message. One granddaughter is a Jane Seymour so I have watched your personal progress with interest. I was very happy when another granddaughter did an internship with you this past spring and learned a lot in a comfortable atmosphere. I'm looking forward to many MORE issues of MORE. Congratulations on a great magazine!