We Hear You! Letters From the February Issue

by the More.com Editors

Fran Moreland Johns could have been telling my story.  I moved from my family and friends in the Midwest to the West Coast to begin a new life with my new husband.  My predecessor wasn't an artist or famous in any way, but I have lived with her ghost for all of my ten years of marriage to our husband.  I never raged at him, but in my heart I hated her, the memory of her, and the stories I had to hear about their life together.   I even said the same words in many of the same circumstances.  So, Fran, thanks for sharing your story and letting me know there are others like me.

Donna Huth

Let’s Get Physical

I just received my Feb Issue of MORE and read Judith Newman’s article "My (Reluctant) Fitness Makeover.How she spoke to me!  Here I am, mid-January the reluctant fitness makeover myself! I am 50 years-old & recently have seen my weight sore to a level that I know I need to reverse the trend.  I believe my metabolic rate is (un)pleasantly stuck! Just Like J. Newman, I get bored with exercise.  And that boredom leads to no exercise.  Thank you, Judith for your honesty (alcoholic drinks per week), and humor (I so identified with a ritual that includes dinner watching Jon Stewart with a Cobb salad the size of my head.)  This was a real honest piece & thank you again!  I just might get out & take a walk right now.

Kathleen Eichler, Redwood City, CA

I loved this article because it was a real experience for real people.  My daughter is getting married in June and my son in October.  I am revving myself up for a big exercise and diet push! Thanks for the encouragement.  I might actually be able to do this!

Connie Schroeder, Miller, SD

I don't know if "My (Reluctant) Fitness Makeover" in the February issue was a joke or a slap in the face to More readers. Writer Judith Newman lost 15 pounds in 5 months by having ultra-expensive meals delivered to her door and many free sessions with a trainer. She said she could not have afforded either, and I'm thinking many of your More readers are in the same boat. So what's the purpose of this article? I'll bet it didn't take long to put the 15 pounds and inches back on as she got back into her real life. Much more beneficial is real women learning ways to achieve goals without fake ways to do it. Your cover says the issue is "for women of style & substance." I don't think this article measured up in the least to that goal.

Monetta L. Harr, Jackson, MI

Good Golly, Miss Molly

As a long time subscriber to More, I was very disappointed in your choice of a cover model for the February issue.  While I think that Molly Sims is a beautiful model and successful businesswoman and actress, I don’t think that a 37- year-old woman fits the profile of the woman that More was originally designed for.  I have always looked forward to every issue of this magazine because as a 49-year-old woman, it’s difficult to find a publication that isn’t catering to the young, working mother.  More seems to be using younger models as time goes on, and I hope that the editors will consider the fact that there is a real void in the magazine industry for older women who still desire to be current with regards to fashion, exercise, and beauty.  More used to fill this gap, but I fear that you are going the way of the majority of the current women’s magazines by focusing more on youth.  Please don’t forget about the “over 40” group.

Kay Whitley Spencer

Although I love Molly Sims I don't think that More is the cover for her. I just turned 50 and the one thing I love about More is that is has mature women on the cover, and to me that would be women over 40, at least!  I also love to hear those stories of the aging beauties; I think the cover should reflect what the magazine was initially intended for all the fabulous mature women out there!

Shannon Thompson, Portland, OR

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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