We Hear You! Letters from Our February 2014 Issue

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by MORE • Editors

In spite of my age, I am very active, healthy and willing to serve.  About 1 and a half years ago I moved to Asheville, NC from Homestead, FL because to keep myself and the properties my late husband and I had acquired, I had to work 7 days a week.  I decided to move where I am now, because one of my daughters (I have three girls and one boy) lives in Asheville and she told me that life is cheaper here. I rented the two properties and that allows me to go on.  Now, this is not a pity party.  I am now working as a substitute for Buncombe county High Schools.  My ideal job was to teach at any college or University in this area, as I did in Miami Dade College.  I sent a lot of applications and not even a response came back.  Since my background includes 10 years experience in the Batterers Intervention Program, I sent letters to all the corporations in this area offering my services and experience and I had the same results.  Not even a letter acknowledging my letters.

Reading your letter, I came to the conclusion that most people think like you: that after 60, we should just retire and put away our dreams and our experience.  I can assure you, that it is wrong.  I am so full of those to give back and I believe they are wasted away because nobody listens.

I'm not giving up.

God bless you.
--Anonymous

Dear Ms. Seymour,

I had to laugh when I read the first paragraph of Nell Casey's article "Putting The Past To Rest In Ireland." which appeared in the February 2014 issue of your magazine. The first sentence on pg. 90 reads "The TWO OLD MEN sitting across from us-ONE PROBABLY IN HIS SIXTIES, the other maybe in his late eighties, elbows lightly touching, suggesting the humble tenderness of father and son-ought to have their pictures taken."  Further on the paragraph reads as follows, "These two FRAIL MEN make a moving portrait of the inescapability of family." I realize that Ms. Casey was attempting to create an endearing scene of father and son sharing quality time, however; she did not do that for me. Instead she created a scene of two tired, sick and weak men. Somewhat depressing, don't you think?

In the article Ms. Casey states that she is 42. Oh my gosh, in about 20 years she and her son may be sitting in rocking chairs on her front porch. lol  My point here is that if you have readers 50+ do you think that there is a possibility that such references alienate them? I am only 54 and it alienated me! Also of note are many of the well-written, informative articles that often, but not always, are addressed to women under the age of 70. I did read an article in your magazine last year that specifically interviewed women 70+ and it was very interesting. However, MORE tends to more frequently run articles that are entitled something akin to "Reinvent you life at 30, 40, 50, 60." I have a 70-year-old sister, who looks 55, and I sometimes pass my copies of MORE along to her. I wonder if these titles make her feel excluded. I would never ask because I don't want to offend her. When my mother was 88 she went out and bought a new treadmill. I just don't understand. Isn't MORE a magazine that was founded on the premise that other magazines were too youth oriented? In closing, I AM NOT COMPLAINING. Just wanted to give you some feedback. Additionally, I think that many of the advertisements in MORE magazine would appeal to women in their 70s+ (this demographic has a huge amount of expendable cash). Keep up the good work but, please, be a little more sensitive to women 70+. Thank you. Regards,
Ms. Leslie Gantner

Loved your editorial piece more than ever before...it could have been written by me except I’m now celebrating my early 70’s and yes, having the time to join & help organizations that help others, reading my favorite books, and living life with an enjoyment not known when everyone is too busy and raising a family is truly a blessing.  Save for retirement you young folks!  It’s a wonderful time to really enjoy every day at its fullest and do what you’ve always wanted to do with your free time.  
--Ruth Muncy

Had a difficult time finding the link to the Survey for February, 2014, so am hoping this is the correct communication method.

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04.15.2014

Am so glad I am not alone in how I feel about the changes in More. I have been a subscriber from the start and soon to turn 60.I loved your magazine because it was so different and for women over 40. Now it has turned into every other magazine. Am seriously considering canceling but am hoping if you get enough feedback from long time loyal customers you will go bask to the great mag you used to be. Sincerely,Sharon T

susan 03.02.2014

How odd and disappointing that the "Ultimate Anti-Aging Meal Plan" didn't include any nutritional information. Seems like a no-brainer if we are going to write about good health.

Cheryl 02.26.2014

I completely agree with Gina in that although you have made great changes to the mag., I am still seeing models that are way younger than 40 something. This is a magazine that caters to women over 40 and everyone of your featured actresses are so airbrushed they look fake. We all see these people in other works of theirs, and see the real skin that they have. Lets get real here! Being a fifty something woman, I would like to see what the products and clothing you promote on women of middle age.
I have been renewing my subscription and gifting More for 8 years or longer because I feel as Gina does that all the other mags cater to a younger crowd. More has meat to it and I love that about it. You can get fashion(although pricy!), beauty tips, and lovely articles about women who change their lives and inspire us to become better women.
Please find the middle aged lifestyle models and hire them. Been there done that.
Cheryl

PL Howard02.24.2014

Over all great articles. I was excited to see that one of the Pros that gave advice on the best way take care of hair was an African American Stylist. However, I was very disappointed that the only tips for those of us with naturally kinky hair was How to take care of weave/sown in hair. I was hoping for more information for those who choose to wear their hair natural and those who choose to process their hair with a perm. Please off these two opinions when you have future Hair articles

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