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

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by MORE • Editors

Hi MORE magazine,
I have great hope for your magazine but for me the goal is not yet accomplished.  The idea is great - a magazine with fashion and beauty tips for a more mature generation and great articles about fascinating women and important issues.  I like the substance what I don't like is the style. 
For example, I quickly skimmed over the Travel Finds section on pages 56 - 63 of the July/August volume.  The reason I didn't linger - the photos are too small to make the items look attractive, the items are too crowded on the page and reading the print at the bottom requires my strongest pair of reading glasses.  Redbook does a similar piece each month called 50 Under $50.  I find it much more visually enticing and have purchased several of the "finds" from their pages or searched for something similar on the websites listed in the descriptions.
I also have similar feelings about the Stylebook section in MORE magazine.  Again the pictures are too small to showcase the clothing and accessories, the text is too small, and the items are scattered on the page in a way that is not overly appealing.  
Finally, I also find the three column arrangement of some of the articles less than appealing.  It makes the piece seem more like a textbook that I have to study rather than a magazine to read for pleasure.  I much prefer a two column or a single column arrangement.
When I put on my reading glasses and make myself read to the end of an article or closely examine a fashion or beauty feature, I usually like what I read and see but it is such an effort to get there!  I find myself choosing other magazines - Redbook, Southern Living, Fitness, HGTV, and O - and letting unread issues of MORE pile up in my reading basket.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message.  I hope you will consider my feedback and make improvements in the near future.
--Karen Smith

I received my July/August issue of More today.  I signed up to do the survey, but was told it was closed.

I wanted to do the survey because I was very disappointed in this issue.  Best Beauty solutions for 30s, 40s, and 50s?  I thought this was a magazine for women over 40.

I am 61, and feel better than I have ever felt.  I don't see myself represented in your magazine.  I am sure there are many older women who are in great shape and doing interesting things.

I also have a pet peeve. Anti aging.  You can't not age! You can age gracefully, and look and feel good at any stage of life.  Anti aging is so negative.
Thanks for listening.
--Patricia Tyser Carberry

Hello, Ms Seymour.

I’ve never written to a magazine editor before. But after reading the feature on Ms. McCarthy (July-Aug 2013), I am compelled to ask: why no full body photos of Ms. McCarthy?

More magazine displayed such photos for other actresses featured in prior issues.

You’ve sent a message here.

I’d like to know the reason why. No point continuing my subscription when the message from this magazine is big girls must remain out of sight.

Thank you. 
--Valerie Hassan

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Comments


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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