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.
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