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

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by MORE • Editors

Hi There,

I've read a lot of magazines in my lifetime and I just want you to  know how much I've enjoyed More. While on vacation, I purchased More at the checkout line and tossed it into my cart of rafts and sun block. I read every page, cover to cover, and by the time I was  finished I thought: "Wow, I really like that magazine, but it must be  a coincidence that every page had my attention." Usually, I look  through magazines and only read about 25%. So, the next time I was  in the checkout line, my cynicism kicked in when I saw the next issue of More staring back at me.  I thought: "I wonder if this will be as good as the last."  I loved reading that issue, too. I just filled out my card for the two-year subscription. Thanks for keeping it real.

Dear More Magazine,

I recently read your article "22 Days of Living Dangerously" in More magazine. I'm not normally a More reader because I think I'm a little younger than their target market, but my stepmother handed me the magazine and said, "You have to read this. I feel like the whole magazine was written for you."  She may have been right. 

I'm 33 years old and currently working on my second career.  After a successful run in healthcare finance on the east and west coast, I've decided to start my own business with my sister in law (and good friend), something I've always wanted to do.  I'd probably still be in finance if it weren't for having our daughter in San Francisco, catapulting us back to NJ to be near family. My husband and I were petrified by the prospect of being new parents, especially since that wasn't part of our plan. 

This month in More, there was an article about two close friends starting a business together, an article about successful women entrepreneurs and most importantly, Laurie's article about Cambodia.

I found this article to be extremely comforting.  To hear that another successful woman had fears of dying young because of their mother dying young made me feel less crazy.  I'm an intelligent woman who knows that this isn't logical, but I can't help but think about it ... almost every day.

My mother, a fit woman with no prior health problems, who actively stayed away from smoking and alcohol, died at 43 after a two-year battle with a rare form of cancer. This year was the 19th year of her loss ... and my loss.  I also found myself saying, "I only have 10 years left." 

THANK YOU for the opportunity to read and learn from this article.  I enjoyed hearing about Laurie's personal journey.  I'll keep it as inspiration.  While I'm not interested in going to Cambodia, I hope to find my own personal "Cambodia" and find personal renewal as well.

Best regards,
--Renee Hansen


Dear Lesley,

Thank you for having Melissa McCarthy on the cover of More. It was a refreshing change to see a happy, curvy woman in the midst of at least four magazines touting Kim Khardashian's race to lose the baby weight.

I can relate to Melissa because she looks like most women over forty I know. Best of all, she's not hiding behind her humor as a divert our attention from her size. She obviously embraces it and has made the most of it.

I'd love to be one of the women in the magazine with the perfect bodies over forty. They run marathons, do Pilates and yoga to name a few. I do a modified MS yoga program and MS swim twice a week. Most of my mornings are all about Rice Krispies. Not the cereal, it's the sound my body makes when I get out of bed.  I give it a minute to be sure nothing essential has popped then I continue with my day.

I really hope to see more real size women over forty on future covers. It gives us regular gals a real boost.

Thanks again. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.

Best regards,
--Chamein Canton

Dear Lesley:

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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