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

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by MORE • Editors

Hi -
I just finished reading the article on Melissa McCarthy and I am FURIOUS.  Why, you ask?  Because, I, too, am an alumni of Southern Illinois University - Carbondale and attending during the same time she did.  Why did we not become best friends?  I am the "funny" one of my group and I just know we would have been BFF's forever.  She's the perfect role model for everyone, not just plus-size or 40+ women.  She's nice, funny, sincere - all the things we should all strive to be.  And as a writer myself, I love that she's been encouraged to put her personal 'stamp' on scripts.  That's what makes good movies/shows great.
Dang, another missed opportunity.
By the way, I love the magazine.  I stumbled upon it while on vacation a few years ago and loved everything in it. I even start to get a little antsy from anticipation when it's time for it to be deposited into my happy mailbox!
Keep up the good work - and if Melissa mentions that she'd like to find a great friend in Southern Illinois, where I still live (sigh), I'm in.
--Rebecca Ruehl

Dear Meredith:

I really love More Magazine. Even my boyfriend of 19 years loves it, and I even gave a gift subscription of More to a friend of mine and she also loves it.

All of the stories and articles are age-appropriate for the mature, forward-thinking woman.

My only complaint is that, while I love the clothes and makeup, I cannot afford any of them. I just received the July-August issue with Melissa McCarthy on the cover. When I got to page 25, my eyes were immediately drawn to #1, the navy blue and yellow A-shape tank. I got really excited about it because the colors look so classy….and then I saw the price. I know there are plenty of your readers who can afford $135.00 for a tank top but I am not one of them. I was so disappointed. And the light blue and white cover-up on the next page (26)….my goodness, $218.00.

To really “connect” and “relate” to each of the women and their life stories in your magazine is great. But then, you get to the clothes and makeup sections and one is reminded that we are really not in their league after all.

It would really help if you had clothes, and makeup that the “average” working woman can afford.

Having said all this, I will still continue to subscribe. I know you will be happy to hear that.

Thanks for letting me vent,

--Lynda Anderson

There are SO many of us out here that love your magazine, but we are almost forgotten.  We are the baby-boomers -- all of us are 60-plus years old.  Yet in your articles and even on your most recent cover, items are aimed at….”Your best ____ [hairstyle, makeup, etc.] in your 30s, 40s, 50s.”  What happened to including 60s and 70s, even 80s?  There are gorgeous, vibrant, healthy women out there that would love to be included when you’re aiming articles toward your reading audience.
On page 34 of your magazine, I saw an Almay blusher product I would love to try.  Under the pic of the product in teeny font, it notes that our skin pales after we reach 60, and that continues into 70s.  I did not know that, but just that 1 sentence really helped.
Our concern to keep current with flattering makeup, hairstyles, swimsuits, and health does not stop when we turn 60.  I am 64 years old, still attractive, I work out daily, keep slender by being a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, I’m still working, have raised 3 lovely daughters, have a wonderful husband of 35 years, and am still interested in what makes me look attractive and feel good.  Friends my age and older feel the same way, and I’m betting there are many others reading More that would like to be included.
Kind regards,
--Lee R.

Share Your Thoughts!


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.


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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