We Hear You! Letters from Our March 2012 Issue

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Now I check the mail five times a day when is time to get my more. It is one of the few magazines beside Hola and Paris Match that I enjoy. I still maybe will ad a few things to it but I do love it. I do have some suggestions but I am not even sure if you will get this.

I was born in Iran, raised in Paris and went to university in USA and married a Spaniard from Spain. Have three beautiful kids one in Miami JDMBA, one in Boston ice hockey and one in Stanford graduate school. I am loosing my mind being an empty nester already when most of my friends are just having kids.

Thank god I work. We make kettle classics and delicious diet snacks such as vanilla frosting popped chips. I love my work but I miss my kids and my life with kids terribly.

I speak 5 languages so sorry for mistakes and I just wanted to tell you from so long that I have gone from hating your magazine to wait for it impatiently. Again they are things that I wished it had.

I hope you get this. I would love to send you some snacks in a way of thanking you. In our culture you always reciprocate gifts and MORE for me is a gift.

Thank you,
Roya Cuetara

I was drawn to your March column when I saw Duke University. My daughter will be a freshman in the fall. Ironically, Cassie is a National Merit Finalist which meant that many schools have offered her a free ride, but since Duke is so competitive and turns away so many, they don't. This has been a huge obstacle for my husband to work through. But, as a counselor, I tell other students to go after their dreams, so I felt like I couldn't tell me own daughter, she couldn't. However, with both my husband and I being educators, this will be the biggest financial challenge we've faced. The wildest part of this and how it relates to you, is I just got home from a meeting at our school about "transitioning your child to college." Driving home, I am praying that we've made the right decision to let Cassie follow her dreams instead of doing what's best financially. I get home, tell Cassie what I learned about work study, campus jobs, being a RA, etc. because she will have to do her part for Duke to happen, and then I pick up your magazine, thumb through and read your article. Cassie is the first National Merit Finalist for our county and she's going to Duke. I think it was more than just a coincidence that I picked up your magazine when I did. I felt like it was a confirmation about going after you want since that was the essence of your column-Cassie going after what she wants means Duke. For our family, the financial obstacle is huge. But, I have to believe this is where she is meant to be and will be happy. It will be interesting to see if this is the case, this time, next year.

I love your magazine.

Attached is a photo of a story that was run by Spry magazine about the "Girl Power" group I run at my school and my desire to help kids. It's Cassie in the picture with me.

Go Blue Devils!
--Jennifer Calvert, Concord, NC
First of all, I do enjoy your magazine, but not all of us are impossibly rich and thin. I don't live in California or New York, never was able to go to college. But as a regular woman, I raised my parent's children, worked three jobs, married twice, raised a second family, never could have kids of my own. Was beat up by a policeman boyfriend, started working for the phone company as a typist, and retired 36 years later as a splicer, lineman, telephone technician, yes a man's so called field. I'm not obese and I'm not thin. Bought two houses by myself and am now retired at 57. We all know that this is not a isolated story, interview the regular woman. The one that made a difference to many but will never be in a magazine/newspaper. Show your clothing ideas on a real woman's body, with prices we can afford. It would be refreshing.
--Tina Kannard, Mentor, Ohio
I originally subscribed to your magazine when it first came out. I was so intrigued and maybe even a bit elated to see a magazine coming out that touted a different way of doing things. The photo of Jamie Lee Curtis looking like a regular Jane was very encouraging.

First Published February 29, 2012

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Comments

Cathleen Cole04.22.2012

I have to agree with some of the women who have posted questioning the obvious complete airbushing of this cover. Julianne Moore is a beautiful woman..a beautiful woman who is aging just as the rest of us are. We're all trying to find the best ways to deal with our aging looks, to accept it gracefully while trying so hard not to let our self esteem fall by the wayside as fast as our faces and bodies are falling.
To show us a photograph of a woman our own age who apparently has less wrinkles than a 4 year old child is just insulting and more than a little depressing. We all understand this isn't what she actually looks like but for a magazine that began for older women to feel good about themselves and to make the most of what they have, would it have been so horrible to show a cover of a beautiful woman who is still beautiful even while aging?

P. Helene 03.10.2012

I thought it was me, but my husband picked up my current issue of MORE and asked me what happened to the magazine! What first attracted me to MORE was relevant articles for women who were 40-50-60, and the advertising was also properly targeted. I'm 53, have been reading your magazine for at least 4 years, and am insulted by the ads in the current issue - the first 3 pages are (as my husband correctly puts it) "20-something sticks", including the article on page 86 with lovely, young, super thin actress Lesley Bibb in clothing for less than $150. Although I did enjoy reading the article on Julianne Moore, it was absolutely ridiculous to promote the Dolce & Gabbana, etc. clothing and accessories when you only photographed Ms Moore's upper body with most of the clothing covered by her hair! Who in the world do you want as readers?

Kaye Dickerson03.08.2012

Fabulous article Second acts, Rene' Syler, it was interesting & informative, excellent coverage.
She's a lady after my own heart, get canned, have pre-cancer surgery and still land on your feet.
Thank you More, March 2012

CrimeInParis 03.06.2012

As a 58 year old woman, I find that MORE seems to focus more on information relevant to women under 51. My friend, also 58, agrees with me on this. She cancelled her subscription for that reason alone. When you say "this is age (whatever)" I can't remember the last time you chose a woman my age. It's either they're under 51 or over 60. It's as if we're the hidden age group 51-60. We do exist and we're important too. Our issues are changing bodies, changing health issues related to menopause, and in some cases, changing jobs. We are still interested in beauty, however, we need to approach it from a different mindset at our age. I like Julianne Moore's comment about her approach to aging.
My life has changed so much since my daughter went off to college this past year. I'm now an empty nester. I've been a stay at home mom and then working from my home since she was born and dianosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder with Aspberger symptoms. In the past five years I've gone back to school for a second degree, attending classes with kids the same age as my daughter, which was weird, and am now looking for interesting work relevant to my experience, and where I feel appreciated and part of a team. Even though I don't have to work, I want to work. I miss the social interaction of working outside the home. Prior to my daughter's birth, I worked for 25 years. Women my age are not obsolete. We have a lot of life experience and I personally also have skills relevant to the marketplace. I'm debating whether to beef up my own business by starting a website to make it more visible, or go work for someone else. I'm tired of the job interviews where the people interviewing me are young enough to be my children. The shock on their faces when they see how old I am is palpable. This is why I'm leaning towards growing my own business. Please do more articles about women like myself and I'll renew my subscription.

Cynthia Ryan03.04.2012

MORE is the magazine I read first and is often the only one I make time to read. So, thanks for having a publication which has age-appropriate stories, fashion, and ads!
As for firsts, in 1970, my high school peers laughed at me when I said I was going to be a lawyer. I was the only one in my graduating class of several hundred to become one. In 1976, only 10% of my law school class were females. Three years later, I became one of the first five female prosecutors in my state. Some of my male colleagues said I should quit and leave room for a man who needs to support his family. Continuing in the law enforcement field, I later joined the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and achieved through the ranks to become its first female Chief Counsel in 1996. Six years ago, I switched agencies to become the first female General Counsel at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
My parents never blinked when I told them, at age 17, that I wanted to become a trial lawyer. They said I could be anything I wanted to be as long as I worked hard for it. (And, I would need to pay for it myself!) Their adage proved true. While I did not set out to be a trail blazer, I became one and have enjoyed every stop on the way!
Cindy Ryan
Fairfax, VA

Lauren 03.03.2012

I have been a loyal subscriber since More's first issue, but I was really surprised when I saw (what I feel) is a totally photoshopped cover of Julianne Moore. Granted, she looks beautiful, but I question your decision to make her look 25 years old. She is a woman in her 50's and it is very hypocritical of a magazine that prides itself on celebrating "women over 40" to so brazenly hide this lovely woman's freckles, fine lines, etc. What message are you sending to all the women in their 40's, 50's and beyond? That they should strive to look like they are in their 20's again? That it is unbecoming to age gracefully? Let's stop with the phony covers that strip these models and actresses of their natural beauty in a frenzied attempt to make them appear years younger. Shame on you More! Practice what you supposedly preach and stop trying to make everyone look 25 years old again.

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