I have just received my second issue (per subscription) of More (April 2011) and could not be "more" pleased. When I get an issue, I tend to savor, and stretch out reading it for as long as I can. It is the only magazine I subscribe to and read it cover to cover. All of the articles are relevant to me or someone I know. The article on pain, hit home. My 70-year-old mother has been in pain for 6 years. Her personality changed; she is not the mom we once knew. She has spent thousands, and has been to every doctor in Southern California, to no avail. No one takes her seriously. Hopefully, the suggestions will help in her next appointment. The article on the survivors of Chernobyl was especially chilling. As I was reading, the Japan reactor crisis was getting worse...how eerie, prophetic, and alarming. The story of the troubled son and his mother's heartbreaking ordeal also resonates. I have a son who is equally difficult (although for different reasons) and it is always encouraging to hear that I am not alone. My favorite articles are the ones where women my age (53) have prevailed and triumphed. After getting laid off in 2009 due to the current economic woes, I am currently going back to school to get a Bachelors Degree in Green and Sustainable Enterprise Management in hopes of catching the Eco wave of employment opportunity. I also am pursuing LEED certification. It appeals to me that I can be of service to our planet and to our next generation. They are our country's greatest natural resource, after all.
Please keep up the good work and thank you. My world is a bit more encouraged thanks to More.
Reading the letters to editor I see that I am not alone in noticing a disturbing trend taking over More - the not so subtle shift from featuring over 40's to over 35. You seem to be implying that there just aren’t enough interesting women over 40 to fill the pages these days, but I always thought the point of your magazine was that that tired cliché just isn't true. I started reading More shortly after my 40th birthday five years and was thrilled to find a magazine devoted to my new age group!
And what's going on with the abysmal fashion features - most recently the disco duds (all pun intended) worn by a 36 year old? Couldn't find any attractive women over 40 that look good in great clothes either? Was that a rejected Vogue shoot?
I truly hope you get enough negative feedback from your readership so that you stick to the original target audience.
And don't worry, the women aged 35-39 that you are SO desperate to feature will eventually join the club - just make them earn it by doing what comes naturally: growing up a bit more! (And then they'll be even more interesting.)
I have really enjoyed your magazine and really hope I will have reason to continue doing so.
Chrystyna Garrigan, West Caldwell, NJ