We Hear You! Letters from Our February 2013 Issue

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Are you kidding me with this garbage?  I have LOVED your magazine in the past few years because it actually had clothes, makeup, articles relevant to my life as a 47 year old mother of 4.  I have a busy 2nd career life running a memory care neighborhood in an assisted living community. 

When I started reading the February issue I could not believe my eyes...Some ridiculous crap translating the beautiful, expressions of love and passion of some of our greatest poets into some teenage/twenty something garbage text/sext language?  Really?????

I don't buy cosmo because it assumes we are all sex kittens wanting to read up on the latest tricks in bed, or how to flirt, or most embarrassing moment with your lover.

The short snippets of trivia and fun newsworthy notes in your "notebook" section are great, but give me a break!!!

I have enjoyed your magazine because it actually was worth my time, and hard earned money.  I love reading about ways to reinvent your life, or make over your metabolism.  Living without a to-do list sounds great!  That represents my diverse interests. I love to know how to dress well, have a great haircut and make sure I have enough money for retirement.

I found "If great poets had sexted to be crass, offensive, juvenile and not only a waste of space in your magazine, but completely unworthy of your readers.

I have never gotten around to actually getting a subscription to More, and now, with junk like that, I'm wondering if I should even bother.
--Lisa Hutchins

I love the magazine in so many ways. Thank you for putting your money where you keyboard is and not accepting advertising dollars from organizations that are inconsistent with the principles and images that you adopt.This is why it was so shocking to see the TArget ad on page 23 of the February issue. REALLY!? did ANYONE at the magazine even LOOK at that ad? I can't believe that the positive aging messages that you promote and the extensive effort you put in to show that women look, feel, act and are terrific at any age would exist next to an advertisement like that. Poise pads, Depends, safety coated aspirin, reading glasses, and some kind of arthritis medication? seriously? I nearly fell out of my chair. Shame on Target for thinking that is appropriate in ANY women's magazine. Shame on More for accepting that advertisement in their magazine. Wow!
--Dotti DiFiore

Dear Lesley,

I subscribe to MORE because it is one of the seven publications I relate to (subscribe to). It is perfect for women in our fifties. I really like Katie Couric in the Feb. issue, but the majority of this issue was a downer - abortion, cancer, "spending to piss of my father"

I can go on line and research abortion & cancer if I want information. The spending article was "whiny" and negative.

I hope for UPLIFTING articles which you usually do. Also, the "Skin Secrets" p. 50 was nothing more than product reviews. I didn't learn anything. Usually your beauty articles have great tips from dermatologists & cosmetologists and there's great suggestions for how to look better now, a week from now, a month from now, six months from now, etc.

I have enjoyed many other issues which is why I subscribe, but if the magazine continues to be a downer like the Feb. issue, I may not renew. I'm hoping for the great, positive stuff you usually have.  I especially like "this is what 54 looks like".  I am 56 and everyone says I look way younger than my age. I wear little makeup so I attribute it to good health, exercise, positive relationships, etc.  I'm a teacher- a regular person like most of your readers. If you'd ever want me for "this is what 56 looks like" I'm up for it!

Thanks for all the other great issues & please don't be offended by my complaints about the Feb. issue. I think after reading this you'll see what I mean about this issue. I write to you because I care about the magazine. I love reading magazines & MORE is one of my favorites.

Thanks for listening.
--Jeanne Marie Blystone
P.S.  I always enjoy reading your page !

Dear Lesley,

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Suzanne Gay03.23.2013

I am a bit behind in my reading and only recently read the February edition. I was very disappointed and surprised by the article "If great poets had sexted..." I felt it was way out of line for More magazine and would be more fitting for Cosmo. Please reconsider this type of article before it makes the cut in a future More.

Crol 03.17.2013

I was informed that I had won a daily prize. That is great news! However, the notification didn't specify what type of gift card it is. Could you please enlighten me? My granddaughter is so excited about all of this. My address is carolmaloney33@yahoo.com. This may not be the correct forum for this but Iwas not given a contact address. Thank you.(And by the way, I do love the magazine!)

I'm very saddened by the "If great poets had sexted..." article by Linda Yellin. I'm a poet of over 40 years and have a great love of reading and poetry. I thought the Sext comments were vulgar and disheartening. I am so disappointed to read this in More Magazine. I read this mag because it is appropriate for over 40 women, who are classier and more elegant than this type of junk. Please reconsider printing crap in the future.

Ginger Thew03.10.2013

RE: Jane Shepard's response to Roe v Wade
To your commenter Jane Shepard, First of all, thank you very much for your concern for the doctor & his staff's well being after his name was in print as an abortion doctor. Unfortunately Dr. George Tiller was gunned down in his church on May 31, 2009 by an extreamist anti-choice. While I apprecieate your concern of using his name for fear of extreamists, it is the same reason I fear putting my name out there. After long discussion with my family, I chose to let my full name be known. I am in a small town. I sit in a pew every weekend. I shop the same stores. I am your neighbor. I can't be "annonymous".
Thank you for your concern ~
Ginger Thew

CoryM 02.21.2013

As I am currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer, I found the article about targeted cancer treatments very interesting. While they won't help me, any step forward is good. The next step needs to be a diagnostic test for ovarian cancer. Currently, there aren't any, a situation that is unbelievable in 2013. I was one of the lucky ones, mine was discovered along with uterine cancer both at stage 2, so my prospects for recovery are excellent.


Please sign the last comment "Anonymous" or "Name Withheld", for my grandmother's protection. Thank you!


RE: Roe V Wade 40 year anniversary article.
My 91-year-old grandmother was raped in 1936 when she was 14. For 77 years she has not been able to speak about the abuse without clamming up and/or bursting into tears as she leaves the room.
She delivered a beautiful baby girl (my mother) and her immigrant parents (my great-grandparents) from Italy raised her with love and commitment. It's unimaginable to me what would have happened to the four ensuing generations if my teen-aged grandmother had "chosen" to abort.
Forty years since Roe V Wade and 50+ million little ones later it's still and always will be a hot-button for most Americans. By the way, I think it's interesting to note (and should have been included in the article) that Norma McCorvey, now a staunch Pro-Life advocate, has dedicated her life to seeing that Roe is overturned. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/01/22/woman-behind-roe-v-wade-im-dedicating...


My name is Nicole and I am the Customer Service Manager for Dahn Yoga. I would like to thank Ms. MacKenzie for her objectivity and not following the popularity of hearsay. We understand and accept that past litigation involves claims that would make interesting reading and generate considerable media coverage. However, none of claims have held up in court. As did I many, many years ago, I am impressed that she simply tried our class and drew from her own experience. Also, as a previous manager of a fitness club and a participant in many programs, I have finally reached a peaceful conclusion that a mix of activities, with Dahn Yoga as the foundation, keeps me in the best possible healthy condition. I do not look or feel my age of 52. I am very happy I did not follow what was written about Dahn so very many years ago. I will be following your magazine henceforth. Again, thank you.

Lada 02.03.2013

re your "Asia Major" feature on pages 80-87: what were you thinking?! The platform "shoes", esp. on p. 82-3 are ridiculous, stupid, and dangerous. They're pretty to keep on display, but would a sane, intelligent woman actually first of all buy them, at those prices, then wear them?! C'mon. We're smarter than that.

Today is my first time reading through your site and I really so far have enjoyed it very much. I'm older 66 still working full time, and I was looking to find something that is interesting to me. Although my birth certificate says I'm 66 my brian still thinks I 56, thus just looking at your content, it's going to be fun and informative. I wrote my first article already, and now I'm ready to read and comment on some great looking stories. Dorothy


Regarding Roe v. Wade: I don't believe that ANY child is unwanted, even the special needs children. That could be confirmed by every adoption agency in the county with long waiting lists of parents who want these children. I think it is tragic to tell a woman that her child has no place in this world. Every life cut short by abortion for the convenience of another is a terrible waste. - Debbie in Florida

Michelle 01.27.2013

I read your article on Dahn yoga & was enthusiastic. I even ordered the DVD! Then I did some research online. The "creator" & his chain of studios have been the subject of multiple lawsuits (including sexual abuse of emotionally vulnerable young women) across the nation. They have been likened to a cult & are definitely high pressure sales people. Practitioners of all walks of traditional yoga call it a farce. If you had done fifteen minutes of research, you would never have included this in your magazine. I'm disappointed.


I am extremely concerned that the author of "Boredom Busing Workouts" did not do sufficient research on Dahn Yoga before recommending it to readers. Dahn is extremely controversial and has been implicated in cult actives and settled several lawsuits out of court for abuses to its followers, including a wrongful death suit. There are documentaries and numerous articles and exposes about this yoga practice that requires immense time and monetary commitments from its followers. Please, please please do more research!!!

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