We Hear You! Letters From the February Issue

by the More.com Editors

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.

Megan Kristel

Beauty Therapy

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

First Published January 31, 2011

Share Your Thoughts!


Sheeba Varghese03.30.2011

I am a training for a 5-Day Coaching Intensive with the Life Purpose Institute. We just held a training in GA with 9 women from varying backgrounds, ages, fields of interests, etc. The stories of how women reinvented their lives in this issue just gave us such inspiration and motivation! As a coach, I inspire women to open their eyes to those endless possibilities out there. Often it is so hard to see one when we have been confined in a box of the "shoulds" for so long. Thank you for sharing these stories with us!!

I realize there are some glitches in the website; however, I'm still wondering about when you submit a story, and the "action" is listed as "edit," how is it that you find what it is that needs to be changed to meet your specifications?

Marianne Jacob03.07.2011

My comment has nothing to do with this article, but it is my attempt to notify someone with More about an article pending under my name. Thing is, it's not my story!! Somehow, someone else's story got linked with my name. It's titled "Musical Motif-Are You Repeating Yourself". I did not submit this. Thanks!!

What's with all the spam on the comments boards??? You should remove it and block the users. It's very distracting!

Chris Mac Neil02.27.2011

I was so glad to see that other people wrote in, in response to your article about dairy. I always thought of your magazine as one with a little more substance but this article has relegated you to the ranks of fluff magazines that I am not really interested in. The words: may be, could be, hypothesize, seems to, theory & the such are used over 20 times in this article. There is absolutely no substance whatsoever & seems to just be written to inflame the debate over dairy. Very disappointing to see an article like this in your magazine-why on earth did the writer write it if there is no substance to the claims? Please do not give merit to this kind of unscientific reporting (on a scientific article) by printing it.

Susannah 02.26.2011

I have been an avid reader of More for 8 years and always looked forward to all the wonderful features about 40 and over women!
Your Feb. cover girl Molly Sims is 37 years old and this months March cover girl Bridget Moynahan is not yet 40.
You have also featured Chloe Sevigny in your celebrity sit down...Chloe is 36!
I guess More's over 40 format is being phased out!
More has been key in keeping over 40 women visible, and I can't understand why this successful format is being changed!
Is anybody else not bothered by this?
Your March issue will be my last issue of More...Good luck with your new format.

stacy 02.25.2011

I totally agree with you blonderichmond...There is so much more to these radical "religions" than people realize, but that's definatelynot what they are promoting...oh, love the world, yadayada...yeah right! Muslims promote whatthey want you to hear.
Instead of More-For Women Style & Substance, the cover should say, "More-Our Political Agenda" It seems to be the common theme of the magazine...Muslim rights (on Ground-zero, that is!!) gay, lesbian, do what you want, no moral standards, buddism-you make your own destiny...marriage? forget-it! if you're not happy, just roll out! hmmmmmmm

Janet Howell02.13.2011

I loved the Work column this month,"Start Your Biz for Under $150. Really." Would you consider making this a monthly column, featuring a business each month? Even if the bar of $150 was a little low to keep it going, raising the limit a little higher and giving us new ideas to spring from each month would be sensational.

To Annemarie,
really? that is what you care about?, about how a First Lady is addressed. I especially liked your example of good old Carla. Wow!!, yea that was a good one. Anyway, chalk it up to the lack of good manners in today's world, especially the good ole New York Times, which you seem to hold dear. There is no respect

Diane Wilson02.10.2011

Loved your article, "Calming Your Internal Storms," by Katherine Ellison. It's so important to share about non-drug treatments for menopause, ADHD, and a host of other conditions. As a neurofeedback practitioner, we especially appreciate the exposure. What a great service!
Diane Wilson, LCPC
Board Certified in Neurofeedback

To Daisy Khan, you live in a bubble, you refuse to realize that the majority of Muslims live in medieval times. It is a fact that they are very slow to modernize. Islamic women have little or no rights in the Middle East. They are beholden to a religion that has spun out of control, one that is so restrictive and backwards, that I cannot believe that any educated Muslim woman would not criticize it, but you will not. So, dear Daisy, that is what you should do, free your Muslim sisters, criticize your religion, (because there is much to condemn), when I hear that from prominent Muslim women, then I will believe you and "your so called ideals". Until then, I will suspend my belief in your so called benevolent religion.

It's been a lifetime ago since a fitness article, "A Reluctant Makeover" has moved & inspired me & spurned me into action! Judith Newman IS a bonafide wizard with words! She has captured the emotional (Real TEARS!), trials & tribulations of committimg to a fitness program in such an honest, humurous & informative article. Love her confidence and candor...She IS my new mentor! YAHOO!

Karen Kaufman02.02.2011

Kudos to Suzanna Andrews for an excellent article on Daisy Khan. While I do not doubt the sincerity of Daisy I think she needs to acknowledge that she was raised in a unique situation. The percentage of Islamic parents who have raised their families with the same views and values is minor in comparison to the rest of the Islamic world. Hopefully that percentage will improve, for the betterment of us all.

I'm curious as to why such a classy magazine such as MORE would address woman in their articles by their last names only? (February issue - Carla Bruni-Sarkozy). I quote, "In her role as first lady, Bruni-Sarkozy has elevated sheaths..." Is this anyway to address a first lady or any lady for that matter? How about a Ms. or Mrs. instead? Take note from the New York Times articles & use a little more class. I'm also curious if the employees address the Editor-in-Chief as Seymour & not Ms. Seymoour!

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