Being a professional who has been self-employed for 25 years in the medical arena, I look forward to MORE and just enjoying the articles. I work very hard, have a very stressful job and am available to the individuals I work with all the time. Therefore the activities I choose to participate when not working are precious to me.
Just wanted to let you know that for the first time, MORE disappointed me. No, I don't want to be in the magazine letters' section. I've never written in to a magazine before to complain but my refuges are important to me.
I normally pick up a copy of your magazine every couple of months or so and skim through it mostly looking at the fashion spreads. When finished, my general feeling is "Why do I bother buying at this magazine - anyone can look good at 43; it's fifty and beyond that takes courage and skill." Well, your current issue stopped me in my tracks. I picked it up in the check out line last night and started my usual perusal when I got to the article by Emily Listfield entitled "How to let go of wanting to look Young". I have been struggling with aging (I am 58) having always been (overly) concerned with my looks. This article has given me a glimmer of hope for my future; that I can age with grace and dignity and that aging is OK. As silly as that sounds; because we are all aging and will all be old someday, aging is something we have been taught to fight and rebel against (for example consider all the anti-aging cosmetics we see in the store every time we shop). As Emily so eloquently advises, "Our generation owe it to ourselves to find another way to feel beautiful rather than trying to turn back the clock." For me, that's going to be a good long cry and then a search to find a place where I can make a difference in someone's life.
Thank you so much for this story and I beg you to print more stories for those of us who are older that 43!
I love MORE magazine and in 2008 I read saw the ad in the magazine about the half-marathon and entered (on a whim) to it. I'd never done anything like it before and I wanted to do was finished. It was freezing cold! I asked some of my friends to join me and we all took part. I came in a weak 3:45 but I was very proud of the fact that I finished.
Four years later I decided to do it again. I've been walking everyday for the past 6 months and felt I could do much better than my 2008 time. Last night as I went to register I was SHOCKED to see that the fee is $85! I was temping in 2008 (I'd lost my job in 2007) and just trying to make ends meet. I know I didn't pay that much, in fact I registered late and actually paid the late fee.
Needless to say, I will not participate this year. I've been unemployed since Fall 2008 and $85 is just not worth it. It's really a shame, though. It's such a wonderful event; or it was when I participated. My friends and I came in at different times and we met other people from all walks of life. Now, it seems that it's really just another event for NYRR members. I hope you change this in the future.
Reading the stories compiled by Shelley Levittown "Against All Odds" was so inspiring. I think it would make an amazing regular column or feature as there must be countless women that have stories to share and so many readers would benefit from their sharing, as I feel I have today.
Each story had a message of hope and each story, although not exactly the same as my own, helped me to feel stronger - if they can do it, so can I. Thank you for that.
I also really enjoyed reading "How to Let Go Of Wanting To Look Young". At 46 I find myself identifying with many of the emotions mentioned and the advice found here offers the support someone like myself (who wants to grow old gracefully and in a natural but healthy way) seems to be looking for -especially when I sit down to read More.
For all of the comments written in about the First Lady, in the letters to the editor, I was disappointed in how negative readers can be. She is an extremely bright and educated woman, dedicated wife, mother and daughter and doing a fantastic job. Would like to see any of her critics step up to that job and make it seem as effortless as she does. Michelle Obama is the kind of woman I admire and I am glad More agrees.