We Hear You! Letters from Our October 2011 Issue

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I wanted to share feedback with you about how much I enjoy reading the articles in More. I am 44, and don't buy any other magazines on a regular basis as I do with yours. The articles are fantastic, inspiring and relevant to issues facing women today. I am on the precipice of my own career reinvention, soon to be leaving a corporate job after many years to fulfill what I hope to do with starting a business and writing a book. Thanks for being at the helm of what is one of the best magazines out there for women in my generation.
--Emily Klein

Just read your Editor’s Letter in the October issue. I thoroughly agree with the beauty and brains conversation. And at 56 years old, wholeheartedly believe you can be beautiful and have a brain! Not that I’m a great beauty by any means. But I love fashion and want to know what is going on each season and what is the latest and the greatest. But at the same time I am a news junkie and want to know all about current events, local, national or worldwide. And I love nothing better than talking to a woman who has her own opinion and can hold a conversation or have a discussion about something more than just trivial small-talk.

Thanks for agreeing with me!
--Peg Cummings, New Franken, WI

When I was 19 years old I worked in an insurance office. I love to sew and had made the dress I was wearing that day (burgundy, slim straight cut to the knee, shoulder pads -was late 70's - and even made the belt!). I was getting out of the elevator one day when I overheard a woman laugh out loud and say "yeah, but I bet she can't type". The comment was meant for me - the age old beauty and brains dispute. I held the door and replied "oh yes I can, and I do it very well, thank you". I was shaking I was so angry - but I never forgot that remark, and ever since then, it has made me work harder, no matter how I look.
--Pamela Pellegrini, Fairfield, CT

One that has plagued me for as long as I can remember. And since I read it (and sighed out loud on a plane to Europe) its taken me a while to write to you. I am not sure if that’s because I am trying to remember all the times its come into play in my life or because I was trying to figure out if I am willing to say it out loud. Maybe a little of both.

Or maybe I am wrestling with the fact that internally it has never been an issue for me. I have always felt that I am a competent woman AND I love everything about fashion and beauty. If it wasn’t for the perceptions of others –those that think the two things are mutually exclusive, I might not have ever had an issue with it. But we know that both peer and societal pressures can sometimes make you second-guess things you know to be true.

I am sure you don’t want the life history but if think back I was always the one try things first- makeup – before I was allowed, hair color- because my aunt owned a beauty salon, jewelry- cause cubic zirconia looked just like diamonds, hair extensions- cause long hair was in, eyelash extensions- cause they make my eyes look fabulous. I could go on and on. In the beginning I would simply tell my friends I was trying these things but then as I got older I realized this is who I am and my friends actually looked forward to me learning and reporting back to them.

There were a couple of times when it was more apparent than others that I had a foot in both worlds. Through my early years and though college I was involved in girl scouting. I was 25 years old, single and no kids but had always loved the organization and felt compelled to stay involved. I was asked to be in a promotional video to talk about what girl scouting had done for me and my career. I did my segment, talked about my experiences and how it’s shaped my ability to speak publicly and facilitate large groups of people.


First Published September 26, 2011

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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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