My roommate subscribes to your magazine and I enjoy reading it; I especially want to commend you for the article "Fierce List" in the May 2013 issue, I noted Brig General Tammy Smith and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth featured. It looked like Congresswoman Duckworth was at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery! Both of these women are examples of "fierce" strong women who have served America and continue to serve. Your magazine is uplifting and a positive influence for women, thank you. Have you considered doing a feature article on the Women's Memorial, it is the only memorial to honor all women from all services who have served throughout American history. It's a beautiful education center located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery? Brig General Wilma Vaught, USAF, Retired is the President, she is another fierce woman who has worked tirelessly to raise the funds and build this memorial honoring our nations women veterans! Thank you again for recognizing American servicewomen along with the other noteworthy women featured in your magazine.
Your letter in the May issue made me question my self-diagnosed addiction to learning! I was truly humbled by your make-it-happen ambition. I love your description of grasshopper moments, so I thought I would take you up on your offer to submit my own personal moment.
I, like you, love to seek out new learning for my own personal growth. I often feel myself being pulled toward new ideas and I have learned to follow and see what happens. Currently, my grasshopper moment is writing children’s stories. I am a school teacher immersed in the world of children’s literature. Although I have always been interested in writing, through the years I fueled my interest with my activities in the classroom. This past year, I decided to take it a step further. I decided to explore the world of publishing and see where it leads me. After submitting to a few publishers, I definitely feel like a tiny green grasshopper! Although I’ve been discouraged lately, reading your letter gave me a whole new outlook. It awakened my usual positive self and revved me up for my next hopping adventure.
Loved your "grasshopper" moments. I too have had many of them.After raising my family, I went to college, at age 45, and received my Masters degree at age 50. I had many great experiences as a social work/psychotherapist including doing therapy groups fin a women's prison, developing a diabetes program in a hospital and running a teen half way house before I opened my private practice. During the 27 years of practice I also co-wrote a book (Growing U with A Schizophrenic Mother) which had been a heart's desire for many years. I retired at 77 and said to myself, "Now what?" So, first I became more computer literate. Then, to learn how to self-publish, I wrote a small workbook (When He Won't Say Yes) Next, Next, I joined a feminist book club with wonderful young women my granddaughter's age and more recently have started to sell books on the Internet. I keep looking for more "grasshopper moments" especially now that you have given me a name for them. Thanks for a great viewpoint.
--Doris Parker Roberts
First let me say how much I enjoyed the latest issue of MORE. I found inspiration both for myself, and for my cousin. to whom I sent several of the articles. Thank you so much for having a magazine for us older sorts.