We Hear You! Letters from Our October 2011 Issue

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I don’t know…it seems as though we were far more progressive in the 1970s than we are now. I don’t ever remember people saying, “Doesn’t Pepper Anderson look amazing at 43?” Now, it seems we are constantly rubbing the fairy dust out of our eyes in amazement that Sheryl Crow can walk without a cane. If we really in our sancta sanctorum believed that 40 was so young, we wouldn’t make a big deal out of seeing Demi Moore in a bikini at forty-whatever. We would simply say, “She looks great.” And she does.
--Ann Risler, St. Petersburg, FL

I have received your magazine for three to four years and have been very happy with it until the Oct issues. In Oct there was an article called "The scary new migraine mistake". As I have been a migraine suffer and get headaches daily chronic pain I was very upset that your article only talked about one side of this issues. Since 1985 I have been on every "headache" medicine out there. At times these medicines got me very sick, unaware of where I was, and even increased my headaches. I have been to numerous headache clinics at UCLA, USC, and other hospital settings. When I went through their programs and was not successful it was my fault. Even when I spent time in a hospital to detox off my pain pains I never got relief. Your article stated that 10-15% of people get to relief and that is me. I have been taking fioricet on and off for 26 years and have never taken more than 4 a day.

Your article never interviewed any person with headaches where the programs mentioned in your article do not work.

I'm thinking about canceling future magazines from you due to the above issues.

I would be willing to talk to you over the phone about your article. If not I will cancel the rest of the years magazines and ask for a refund.
--Leslie Spero-Schneider

Your latest Editor's Letter struck a chord in me. I had just met up with a long time girlfriend in New York City for some shopping and hanging out. She flew in from Michigan and I came from California. We met in law school over 20 years ago because we were both more interested in each other's outfits than in Torts, Real Estate, or Civil Procedure at the time. She ultimately decided law school wasn't her calling but not because she couldn't have made it through. Instead, she went on to get her Master's degree and PhD in Fine Arts, has worked at Ford Motor Company and is now teaching Art at University of Michigan-Flint. I did finish law school after deciding I had to put my fashion magazines away until I graduated with my J.D. In the interim, I did a judicial clerkship, worked for a public interest law agency, and wrote for one of the school's law journals. Post J.D., I practiced in many areas, the most interesting being medical malpractice litigation.

Together and separate, we are no joke and no one could ever accuse us of being vacant bimbos but in the last 20 years, our common love of beauty and fashion has been a mainstay, a comfort, and a thrill. I don't see anything wrong with finding as much excitement in the latest Supreme Court decision as I do in the latest line from my favorite designer. It is all art, creation, theory, philosophy, and application and analysis of life in action.
--Michele M. Welz, Sacramento, California

I am a long-time subscriber and I cannot express how irritated I was at seeing not one, but TWO full page ads for your front and back covers of a recent issue.

It was REALLY, REALLY annoying.

I get to see Ads when I pay $12 for a movie, and now this?

Also, please no more articles about how fur is ok to wear. It makes me want to throw up.

I've read many of the letters on the Web site and I'm not the only one to mention this...although I can't believe no one mentioned the ads for a cover.

So, I just didn't want you to think, oh its ok. no one minds about advertising on a cover...because I do.

Thanks for a great magazine otherwise.
--Shawn Morningstar

First Published September 26, 2011

Share Your Thoughts!


Kiyomi Irihara11.19.2011

THANK YOU for selecting a lovely woman of color as your Grand Prize Beauty Search Winner. She and all the other women exude beauty from within as well. My first More Magazine was purchased from the newstand as I was attracted to the cover picture of Ann Curry. She and I share similar backgrounds and it was great to read about her. What I (and many other of my friends) would like to see is an increased number of women of color on the COVER of your magazine as featured bios. There are a plethora of talented and accomplished women to choose from in the entertainment industry. Be Brave, Lesley, do it! You'll be amazed at the results.
A faithful reader,

Julie Watters10.26.2011

I just received my very first issue of More. I subscribed after hearing several friends speak favorably of the magazine and the fact it's geared towards women my age.
On page 142 of the October 2011 issue, in the article entitled "Death and the Maidens" the author states Rebekah Adams (one of the "Maidens") "studied communications in college and did stints in the air force and the Minnesota Air National Guard..."
As an Air Force daughter,wife and mom, it is important to point out one does not do "stints" in our nation's military. A person takes an oath to uphold our constitution and obey the orders of our President. That same military member, no matter how long or short the time served, is laying his/her life on the line in service for our freedoms. It is disappointing to me More chose to say someone did stints in the military. One does stints working in the service industry, retail, etc. Also, the words Air Force should be capitalized as were Minnesota Air National Guard.
All our service members, past, present and future, as well as our branches of service, rather or not you agree with with the mission, should have our utmost respect.
I thought long and hard about making this comment and have come to the conclusion, in light of our Nation's current situation, it's important my voice is heard.


As much as I usually enjoy reading the articles in MORE, to see the lovely clothes and accessories' descriptions followed by "price available upon request" does NOT make me want to inquire about their(obviously)ridiculously, unrealistic cost.
When did it become accepted practice to fill the pages of magazines with items that perhaps only 10% of the population(if that)could even aspire to purchase?
In today's economy, I think this behavior is beyond
irresponsible...unless your intent is to further depress your over-50 readers, thereby causing them to require even more of the medications produced by the drug makers who provide so many of the ads we must wade through in each issue.
It seems to me that you have lost sight of your target audience: real women OVER 40.
Lets get back to realistic prices, please.

Adele Ellis10.15.2011

I look forward to the diverse issues in each of your magazines. There is always a topic that seems to be a part of my life and appears at the right moment. One of the articles in the October 2011 issue was about the migraine addition link. I have suffered from migraines for many years and finally went to a neurologist last April after begging my PCP to let me go to a specialist. The neurologist did give me a prescription for a triptan drug to stop an attack but what he really gave me that has actually stopped my migraines was a vitamin regime. His office and partnership shares this "cocktail" of vitamins to purchase that for me was a godsend. I was suffering from migraines that lasted at least three days two or three times a month and since April I haven't had one yet (this is mid October.) I maybe "jinxing" myself saying this but having been 6 months migraine free I'm happy enough with that! I am in perimenopause as well and know that the vitamins may be part of the factor as well as my hormone changes but I was curious why this type of solution wasn't mentioned in the article. Is this only offered by few doctors? It's not a cure-all but something certainly worth investigating.

PB Lear10.09.2011

I generally am inspired by the article in MORE magazine, which is why I subscribe; however, I am very disappointed in your Healthy Eating article in the October 2011 issue. It was misleading and full of incongruous statements. For example, the very first paragraph states that the authors of a recent report indicate that “the authors question why doctors and other medical experts routinely counsel overweight people to get rid of extra pounds even though scientists, after decades of intense research, have yet to find a reliable prescription for weight loss”. The idea that medical experts counsel people to lose weight and the idea that scientists haven’t found a reliable method for losing weight have nothing to do with each other. Doctors know that people need to be at a healthy weight to maintain their health, and the solution is actually quite simple - - people need to take responsibility for themselves better by eating right and getting regular exercise.
Being overweight is very problematic, and yet the interview with a purported nutrition professor indicated that it is not nearly as bad as we might think. Wrong! Excess weight leads to a lack of energy, a lack of self-esteem, and a multitude of potential health problems that can be prevented at healthy weights. This is common sense. I have personally been 30 – 40 pounds overweight for at least 10 years, so I know how difficult it is to lose and keep weight off, especially given the temptations in our society and eating habits, but that’s no excuse to encourage people to stay unhealthy.
The article did nothing to encourage healthier eating and/or regular exercise. It didn’t make any constructive suggestions. In my opinion, that article does a disservice to your readers. It should have been better balanced in numerous ways.

AM 10.06.2011

I'm not the biggest fan of your magazine to be honest. I received a subscription as a birthday gift :/ BUT, the article written by Amanda Robb, telling us about her "plastic surgery" and her young daughter telling her it was "about time" was simply offensive. I wish Amanda would have spent her $25,000 on therapy instead of fixing her face. Seems to me she has much bigger problems then not be the prettiest woman around. Her poor daughter is doomed. Shame on you More.

Love your magazine - but what were you all thinking when choosing the photo accompanying the great bit on "Sexist Nostalgia"? Too graphic. I had to rip the photo out of the magazine in order to comfortably focus on the article. Yes, the photo represents the fact that she "thwarts a rapist by stabbing him with her stiletto." Yes, I look to your magazine for the “beauty and brains” features that Lesley Jane Seymour talks about in the Editor’s Letter. However, I’m not looking to your magazine for graphic representation of violence. There are plenty of other media outlets for that.


Enjoyed all the articles in your October issue but none more than 'Big Love". Touching and filled with kindness and compassion, made me weep tears of joy and hope.
Thank you so much for including this lovely story in your magazine. It's timely and very, very important!

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