I've been a loyal subscriber of MORE since it's inception, but have decided not to renew or purchase your magazine from this point forward. Every issue seems to have more "problem" articles: how to deal with aging parents, children with problems, financial issues for the 40+ woman. That's fine and needed, but it is very tiring to be looked at as a generation of problems that never seem to end. Where is the fun? Where is the inspiration? Where is the fashion other than a quick 5 page spread? My friends and I are NOT represented in the advertising, choice of fashion models or zest for life. In other words, your magazine has become so serious it takes energy to even read the articles. It seems you have lost the initial balance you had of enjoyment in life vs. addressing common problems we all have to face every day. Please--we are not on our last breath and bit of energy from post menopausal issues; reading your magazine is like attending a funeral every time I pick up an issue.
I recently made a life changing move to Southern California after raising children and caring for family in Tucson, Arizona for the past 25 years.
Shortly after moving into our California condo in November of 2012, I began receiving issues of More Magazine in the mail. I found this odd because I dont think I purposefully subscribed. I would become irritated each month as the issues came in the mail and felt as if someone was forcing this magazine upon me. I felt guilty if I did not at least flip through it because of the trees involved and all the other ecological implications attached to its arrival in my mailbox.
Let me tell you, I am a pretty simple person and reading about what I can slather on myself or how I'm supposed to dress at my age doesn't hold my interest for long. I have serious stuff going on in my life.
I'm 59 years old and I need a job. I have lots of education but have not worked in my field for many years. Early in our marriage I chose to work only part-time and stay home with my 2 daughters. I tried to work retail at one point recently but was told by the 20 somethings that I worked with that I looked "good for such an old person". I really love teaching meditation and educating anyone who will listen about alternative healing--but you can imagine that does not pay much. So, all of this can create a sense of existential dread and anxiety in the middle of the night--even for someone like me who knows better.
Then came your May 2013 issue on a day when I was especially feeling the empty nest. I was in need of empowerment and humor -- and I got them both. The articles were exceptionally powerful this month. "The Fierce List," "The Rebel Priests" and The art of fearlessness" especially stood out to me.
Delia Ephron reminded me that we are all sisters united in this "lifelong battle of empowerment versus insecurity, calm versus anxiety, positive versus negative". Her suggestions made me laugh but also rang true for me. Fix your hair, put on some jewelry, those biker boots really do feel powerful, and muster up your boldest female friend and say to yourself: "If she can do it so can I".
Find courage in humor. Understand that feelings come and go. Therapy in wonderful but in the end, life is much less complicated if you find your own healthy and creative ways to cope.
So, you have a convert to More.
The article "The Boy Who Can't Wake Up," in the May issue, made me realize how lucky I am to see my son grow up. It made me think of all the times this mother is missing out on: baseball games, recitals, learning to drive a car, having girlfriends, and just experiencing life with her son. I wish her and her family the best, and I hope they find a cure or remedy, which will allow her son to live a happy and productive life.