I picked up my first issue of More magazine this month and was excited to read it. For years I have heard only wonderful things about your publication and was looking forward to spending a few moments enjoying what More had to offer. So I was deeply disappointed that a magazine that claims to have “substance” reverted to the tired cliché of claiming that women, looking to reinvent themselves, can simply "Start a Business With Only $150." I have been a small business owner for almost 5 years. I work tirelessly in maintaining and growing my business and I am so tired of seeing media outlets use the dream of building a business to sell magazines or a news segments. I am here to tell you that it is not possible to create a successful, stable business with $150. I’m all for an inspirational story but this article was misleading. It made the success of the women featured seem based in luck and not hard work. While I believe their immediate investment was minimum, they had to spend money to grow, they gave up significant amounts of time with their family and friends, and had to risk the unknown to see their dreams come to light. Starting a business is the easy part, sticking with it, taking risks, learning from our mistakes, - that should have been your story. It’s not fair, and dare I say, irresponsible, to present an article like this in these times. Millions of individuals launch business with no experience or understanding of the business world and fail because they are not prepared for the amount of money, time and energy that is required to keep going. Articles like this serve no purpose and give little help to a budding entrepreneur. I’m hopeful your publication will bring more substance in future issues.
Your current issue has proven to be worth the cost of all my years of subscriptions. When I read the description in the skincare section about one's face feeling like it had been pricked with needles -- or words to that effect -- I wondered if I'd written the article and forgotten about it. I gave up walking to work this winter because my face was in so much pain after 20 minutes of what some might consider mild, 50 degree temperatures. I thought I'd lost my mind, because I didn't feel this way last year or the year before. Learning more about the effects of aging on one's skin -- and that there are ways to counter those effects! -- is worth every cent I've invested in MORE. Please keep up this fabulous work -- and don't forget that we older ladies still need you!!
Patricia Ravarra, San Francisco, CA
Paris, Je T'aime
Coup de Foudre, Indeed. I was sitting on a plane, heading to Paris for the first time ever, when I read "Reinvent Yourself Abroad" and the story about Karen Heinrich falling in love with Paris...and re-igniting her passion for herself. I quickly thought that while I hoped to love the City when I got there, I would be happy just not to get lost. Indeed, within the first 30 minutes of being in Paris I had done it: Fallen in love with the City, and remembered that I also loved myself. I took a solo trip to find fun and instead found both a passion and a love I haven't known in years. Perhaps it is that I had never known this kind of joy before. Thanks, More, for making this 38 year old always think...and for helping me look forward to 40 and beyond. The best is yet to come, you're coming with me. And we're both moving to Paris!
Dee Dee Mozeleski, Yonkers, NY
No Kahn Do