We Hear You! Letters from Our July/August 2013 Issue

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by MORE • Editors

Dear MORE,
    Recently, during a visit to the salon, I came upon a magazine in the dryer chair, that I picked up absentmindedly to pass the time.  Upon flipping through the pages, I quickly realized this wasn't the average, vapid salon magazine that held crappy articles about nails and hair I wouldn't dare sport!  I must have turned back to the cover 5 or six times to read the name.  I was amazed that I had never come across this magazine!  Mind you, 330 days of the year, I live aboard (I work in construction...we build US Embassies).  However, I saw within the context, a small paragraph at the bottom of one of the pages, regarding readers suggestions (a contest of sorts).  Since I didn't take the magazine with me (those stingy women!), I opted to search your website, unsuccessfully for the contest.  Thus, I resorted to writing to this address.
    In short, I can HONESTLY say, there is nothing I would change, or a bad review to be given in regards to MORE.  This magazine is by far, the absolute BEST reading material I have ever come across on glossy pages.  I literally read every article, instead of skimming to the "interesting stuff" that most magazine devote 2 or 3 pages of.  I wasn't blasted with exercises that are "going to flatten your tummy in 5 easy minutes!" (That I neither care to do, or loathe reading because I'm NOT doing them).  Or reading some sappy story about how hard it is to be "XYZ.." or "I went through hell, high water, and half of Georgia and became a better person" junk.  No horoscopes to be found, or girls with tiny waists and shiny white teeth telling me how "I too, can look like this!"  What I read, were articles of substance about women how took charge, worked hard, made a living, and SURPRISINGLY, looked like me! I read real opinions, and funny litanies of trial, error and dislike (my favorite was "Why I Don't Do Yoga!).  I loved the style sections, with honest to goodness opinions of the material, how it fits, and where I could get it.  Perhaps the most interesting were the finer details, the sizes it came in, if it had support, etc...Overall, I felt like the writers, and contributors to this magazine were real women, with real voices.  More importantly, I RELATED to almost every story, or felt some sort of connection to what was being written.
    I apologize for my overuse of the bold letters, but for the sake of emphasis on my enjoyment of your magazine, it was a must!  So again, thank you for raising my IQ instead of lowering it like most, if not 98% of other women's magazines.  Keep up the great work, continue to enrich women's lives, and I look forward to reading the next issue.  I wish you much success!
Best Regards,
--Dana Gilbert

Lesley,
I've been a subscriber since the magazine began.  At that time, the tag line had the word "age" in it. I like "style and substance" better!
Well, I'm of "that age", 66 to be exact, and I still have the energy I had at 46!
Must be the 2 new hips I've had installed in the past 6 months!
I like all of the features, especially "memoir." I find it extremely poignant.
 It thoroughly enthralls me-whenever I finish the article I always say to myself how good it was.
I'd like more "Notebook." I love the info and quotes contained therein.
I still get a newspaper everyday and a couple other magazines as well as books. I'm not quite ready to stop "handling" paper and go to an e-reader.
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your magazine, I just wish it was bigger!
Regards,
--Donna Rosenbaum

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Linda Yellin's commentary on meditation concerned me a great deal. Let me state up front that I have a daily meditation and yoga practice. I developed those after years of staying in the non-stop motion she describes for herself, so I am comfortable agreeing with Adele's insistence that she would benefit. It's my belief that everyone would. That said, my real concern is the hour-long class she attempted. Meditation isn't easy. Quieting the mind is difficult for the beginner, even for tiny bits of time. Three minutes was a major accomplishment when I began, and honestly a full hour still escapes me. My hope would be that she would revisit the practice. I understand how she would feel like the hour was wasted. I'd probably have felt the same. Perhaps breaking it down to a manageable chunk of time-say 3 minutes, for starters-and some preparation (MIRACLE OF MINDFULNESS by Thich Nhat Hanh is a great little book!) would change her opinion of the practice. And, at the end of the day, it is just that: a practice. So some days are better than others. Hopefully, Ms. Yellin will make another attempt and recognize that a little practice could go a long way.


In the notebook section of this month's magazine, I was shocked to see the quote from Patricia Clarkson saying why she likes dating men who ride motorcyles. Honey, I ride my own damn bike, and when I want to feel especially sexy, I put a man on the back, and he is my "bitch on back". I don't need a man to ride for me, thank-you very much!

Patricia Gordon07.21.2013

I love your magazine but feel that you do not go far enough for those of us who are older. There should be more for those 60-somethings and above. Many other magazines cover women who care about how they look and live in their 40s and 50s but very little for 60s and forget about the years after age 69.Not all of us want to retire to our rockers at age 70 and beyond to just mark time until we die. As a typical "baby boomer" who would like the highest quality of life for as long as possible and to be the best most attractive person possible even in the later years, I would like to see more women who are achieving this, more tips on what we can do to look "good" not just be "old", more articles on what we can accomplish and reasons to believe that life is not over just because we are older. We do not want to be written off as living vital women just because our bodies are aging. There has to be more to look forward to besides grey hair and wrinkles and we 60 somethings are looking for advice and encouragement. As Connie Turner pointed out in her article for Parade Magazine titled "Life in the Middle Ages" today, July 21, 2013, in our minds we are 27 while our bodies are getting older. A publication that can enable us to establish an acceptable synergy between how we see ourselves and how we are would be invaluable.

07.10.2013

I bought your magazine for the first time just this month, and I was completely spellbound by the article on Cambodia I found inside. While I knew embarrassingly little about the country, I was captivated by the author's rich description of the land, the history, the current state and the prevailing spirit of the people. I was also struck by the author's own journey and struggle with fear, irrelevance, stagnation and desire to live fully. I think just about anybody anywhere can relate to those intense, powerful emotions just as I did. Thanks for bringing such an informative, evocative, and well-written piece to a readership who can appreciate a work of substance.

toni carter06.29.2013

I wanted to let your magazine know that I really enjoyed the book reviews in the July august 2013 issue. also it is really hard to just write a note to say anything at all. trouble navigating your site is frustrating.

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