We Hear You! Letters from Our December 2013/January 2014 Issue

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The article written by Linda Yellin "When Did Kale Get A Publicist" was one of the truest, funniest, most entertaining readings I've read in a long time.  Kudos for saying it in print.
--Susan Pierce

Good morning, Lesley-

I was on break at my day job just now and picked up the Gellar issue and read your letter.  I had to smile about turning points and changes in the scenery for you, in Paris.  It brought back memories of the last time i was in Paris, trying to find a dry cleaner.  It didn't work.  Your article touched a nerve as I scan my own scenery with my children this Christmas.  My son is 22, my daughter 19 and I've been divorced for 3.5 years, dating someone seriously.  They know mom is dating.  They know it's serious.  But a request for us to come to breakfast on Christmas morning - even I'm not ready for that, so i politely decline.  I'll be there later in the day anyway.  As for my children, they still want to know I'm there for them, even if there are moments, it feels like I'm two arm lengths away.  These are new transitions.

Happy Christmas
--Julie Carmona Young

Hi Lesely,

I just wanted to let you know that I always enjoy reading your Letter from the Editor. You always have something I can relate to, especially when it involves your family. I am really enjoying reading MORE. The articles are very insightful and inspiring. Now that I am in my mid-forties, I think MORE is just what I need. Thanks again for putting together a great magazine. You and your staff are doing a wonderful job. Happy Holidays!

--Kimberly Lanier


Thank you!

This is the first time I've joined but I have been reading MORE at the salon every month.  I enjoy your topics and contents. I believe and practice some of the hairdressers shampooing and conditioning practices and the haircuts for your age. It gives me more products and information about those products that I share with my friends and sisters. Oh the dramatic HAND MAKEOVER! I heard about it at the gym.  

Thank you!!
--Mona Calderon

Dear Ms. Seymour

You have really hit it right on . . .thank you. I have never torn anything out of a magazine in my life, until yours! I am 72 and worked for Aspen Magazine for many years so I have a little knowledge about magazines.

Good job!
--Sandy Israel

Hello, Lesley - This email has been a long time in mind form only and for some unknown reason it's time to make it happen.

I love MORE magazine!  I've been saying that to myself for a long time! Strangely, at this time, I prefer to pick it up each month rather than subscribe.  As I think about it, why do I put that pressure on myself? When I opened the June issue (I'm often several months behind in reading) I was annoyed at what seemed to be a disjointed publication.  The format changed from an easy-read of articles I had come to be familiar with.  That was my first impression, just paging through. And then when I got serious and began to read this issue's content I changed in my acceptance of what I came to see it was - JUST A CHANGE!  The good, solid articles were still there!  And I liked it!

There is one dynamic of MORE which I continue to deal with and that is that age-related articles stop at age 60!  This reader is a very youthfully-minded 81 year old coming up on my 82nd celebration.  Do I need to look at another magazine which would acknowledge the joyous celebration of youthful-minded octogenarians? There are always gifts which MORE brings to me - tips on beauty products, ideas for dressing the body given to me, shifts in thought such as new ways to look at longheld beliefs.  I especially look forward to your Letter from Lesley. So I am truly a friend of MORE. Blessings in your continued fine effort of publishing,
--Gandolfa Stegmann

Body and mind December/January:

Share Your Thoughts!



I too was upset with the article by Amanda Robb, "The Woman who won't back down". I am against violence in any form - the killing of Dr Tiller and the killing of innocent babies.
I am thankful for the extra regulations that have been placed on Abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood. " In one year South Wind performed 1000 abortions" says the article, Are they proud of this? I'm disgusted and sad. How about writing a piece on how abortions kill babies and the long-term psychological problems that occur with women who abort???

I was very angry when I read the article by Amanda Robb, "The Woman Who Won't Back Down." She is the person who took over Dr. Tiller's late term abortion facility. I found the article one sided and found it disturbing that she and Dr. Tiller were made to look like heroes. He should not have been murdered. His life was just as important as every one of the lives he took during his late term abortions. He did unspeakable evils to innocent unborn children, but he is a child of God and deserved life. No pro-life person would think otherwise. We would fight for his life too. Burkhart's comment, "Are we going to be a country that forces Midwestern women to be pregnant?", was ridiculous. It implied that women do not know what causes us to become pregnant! It sounded like we suddenly find ourselves pregnant maybe from something in the water! Pregnancy is not a germ or a disease that must be ripped out of a woman even up until birth as was done at that clinic. This is a living, growing child with a heartbeat. We get all up in arms about the use of fur and the killing of whales, and we should, but the babies need us too. Speak up! Women need help, not death for their unborn babies. One mother + one dead baby = two victims and one rich abortionist.


Emma Thompson’s profile in your Dec 2013/Jan 2014 issue was both entertaining and interesting. As the article details, Emma Thompson “finds joy with extended family, a pantry full of comfort food, and a new burst of creativity” However, it would have been more informative to mention her latest “creative” endeavor: adding her name to the protest against the inclusion of the Israeli theater company Habima, at an Shakespeare festival held in May 2013. Ms. Thompson, along with more than thirty British stage and screen artists insisted that by “...inviting Habima, the Globe is associating itself with policies of exclusion practised by the Israeli state and endorsed by its national theatre company.” In this declaration the artists demanded that the invitation be withdrawn, “… so that the festival is not complicit with human rights violations and the illegal colonisation of occupied land.” It would be been more intellectually honest of More to include this facet of Emma Thompson, albeit a view perhaps less entertaining.
As the Bard of Avon might offer, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Why pick on Israel? While I champion Ms. Thompson’s right and desire to protest human rights violations, her enthusiasm would appear a bit more genuine had she initiated a boycott of say, Yemen. In Yemen, a woman is not recognized as a full person before the court. Moreover, a single woman’s testimony isn’t taken seriously unless it’s backed by a man’s testimony, or concerns a place or situation where a man would not be. And women can’t testify at all in cases of adultery, libel, theft or sodomy.”(http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/27/7-ridiculou...) But given the misogynistic laws pervasive throughout the Muslim world, Yemen would certainly not be the only stop on Ms. Thompson’s train of righteous indignation, were it to allowed to proceed freely and factually. She and her cohorts have condemned Israel for its human rights violations in regard to Palestinians.
And, as the Bard would declare, “What light through yonder window breaks?” “Guess who graduated first in this year's medical school class at the Technion, Israel's version of M.I.T? “ Not surprising to those knowledgeable about Israel’s educational system, the answer is: “..an observant Islamic woman named Mais Ali-Saleh, who grew up in a small village outside of Nazareth, in Israel's Galilee.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diana-bletter/guess-whos-valedictorian_b_3...) Though chic for many actors/musical artists to don the keffiyeh of outrage against Israel, the less fashionable pathway of historical truths would be the more admirable pursuit. In conclusion, the Bard is worth turning to: “in a false quarrel there is no true valor.”
Diane Biegel

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