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

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by MORE • Editors

Dear MORE,
       This is what 50 + looks like - Finally an article that suits your magazine! I loved it! I had unsubscribed to your publication because the majority of articles were incorporating women in their 20s and 30s.  This age demographic has a plethora of choices and those of us who are in the youth of later life need to have a voice that speaks for us! Also, what is with the 20-something advertising models? There has to be another alternative to the ads that are in every magazine..? I am from the Baby-Boom Generation and I am fighting the good fight; I would like to have a magazine that does not reinforce the cultural lie that youth is everything. As a woman just turned 54, I am in better shape physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually; I could not have claimed this 10, 20, or 30 years ago.

Recently featured on the cover of More, Melissa McCarthy is a bright, talented, beautiful, well-respected,  accomplished woman.  A role model for us all.  And she is perfect just as she is. It struck me, that More, a magazine historically engaged in empowering women to feel good about themselves, would photo shop some of Melissa’s pictures to make her look thinner.  Big hair, but small face, and like magic, no double chin!  Though they are beautiful photos, so are the photos that accurately represent her.  The altered photos send the subliminal message that looking thin is better and that there is something unacceptable about being big.  More Magazine, you screwed up. This was an opportunity to embrace the fact that the value of women is not gauged by a number on a scale.  Melissa is a true beauty just as she is without alternation, and you blew it.  Suggestion for next time, keep it real. 
--Beverly in Omaha

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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.


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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