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

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by MORE • Editors

Dear More:
I enjoy your magazine a lot, having come to a point where I feel a lot of other women's magazines cater to women under the age of 30 (I am 39), and I just can't relate anymore.
That being said, I do have a couple of issues with More. The first is the feature "This is what (insert age) looks like." Very nice, but I would love to see more women who are 50+ or 60+ or older who are active, running businesses, and doing awesome things in general. For those of us who haven't quite hit middle age, that would be so inspiring.
The other complaint I have concerns all the "anti-aging" features every month, which I feel is just an advertising showcase for really expensive products. There is nothing we can do to actually stop aging, but we can age healthfully and gracefully. I realize a lot of your readers are looking for skin and hair care products that are age-appropriate and will improve their appearance (myself included), but it would be really nice to feature them in a more positive light.
It is bad enough that our culture treats aging, and especially older women, in such a negative way and sends the message that we must turn back the clock at all costs. Does a magazine that targets older women have to send the same message?
--T. Figueiredo

There is more to women than the 30's, 40's, and 50's.... you seem
to be forgetting the 60's.... even the 70's
I am one of those 60's..... and have many beautiful (inside and out)
friends in their 60's and 70's....some are still working, some are enjoying
retirement after working their whole lives, some are enjoying being
grandma's.... some are doing incredible volunteer work....
you should come to Fredericksburg, Texas.....there is way more
here than vineyards...

"whats the good of living disconnected from the heart"
--Robin Rucker

After reading your latest publication with Melissa McCarthy as your  focus, I must comment on my displeasure of your choice.  
 I am guessing that, after reading your article, she is a nice person.   However, I take offense that what you seem to be promoting is that it  is okay in this society to be obese.  In a country where 3 out of 4  people are obese, and as a result, will probably be imposing a negative  impact.  Your magazine has always focussed on living life to the  fullest; eating properly, exercising, being the best person you can be.
 I now feel very disappointed and am not looking forward to my next  magazine. I have shared this opinion with family and friends, and I must  report that it is one shared by the majority.
 Please reconsider how you promote your attitudes and ideas of what we  women in the MORE "world" should be thinking about as positive examples.
 Thank you for any consideration you might have of my opinion.
 --Cheryl Hinkle

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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