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.
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.