We Hear You! Letters from Our May 2014 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
May 2014 Cover

The story of Koh Ker is a fascinating one, which I now know much more intimately, as I returned in December 2013 and lived in the forest for almost three weeks, as the first person from elsewhere (which I didn't quite realize until I'd arrived) to stay and teach at the elementary school in the forest where I had visited in February, and with the secondary students at the dormitory 10K away. Along with me, I brought and dispensed the first band aids in the village, as well as I brought the first books, and watched the children sway at their desks, as I walked and read to them in English. It's a language they don't really speak, but which they know can provide a more stable future, and which they absorbed at a speedy rate, with the help of Maurice Sendak and Where the Wild Things Are. It was as deep and wide as I've ever gone, and challenging in every way--so remote, and so very basic--and gratifying, and enduring. And endearing, as the students are some remarkable kidlets, and young adults. 

I also had my camera in my pocket, or in my hand for the entire stay, and I have some great photographs of my time and the kids, and the local market and the nearby antiquities site, which rivals Angkor, but has been largely abandoned to the jungle since it was built in 900AD. I also sent emails to my daughters which chronicled my journey, and the amazing nexus of daily experience, ancient history, and recent cultural upheaval.   

And so, I thought perhaps this might be of interest to the editors and readers of More, and I'd be happy to tell more of the story, and share photos, a few of which I've included below. I feel crazy fortunate to have been the person to inhabit this tableau, 8,000 miles away and so seriously gone, yet integrated and real in another place. The opportunity was universal, while so distilled, and encompassingly personal. Not often that life is like this. !

Best to all at More--


Hi there Lesley,

After reading almost every issue of More I think I'm going to email you with insightful comments or words of thanks for certain articles. I never do it.

I received a tablet for Christmas and wondered what the heck I was going to do with it. I can barely answer my smart phone some days. But then I learned the local library system had a program for downloading ebooks without leaving your home. And with the snow we were inundated with this winter that was a gift.

I still prefer paper in my hands, but when I saw the ad for the three month free trial to Scribd I was excited. My library, while having a wide selection, still leaves something to be desired.

So I was quite dismayed that the free trial required a credit card or Pay Pal account number.  I presume when the 3 months are up they're going to start billing, most likely without warning, or else a complicated opt out process will be required. No thanks.

Why can't three free months be free? Why can't they just ask for the buy-in when the 3 months are almost up?  I sound like the Credit Karma commercial.  Of course in the KC small print you're agreeing to be inundated with emails. 

At the very least the offer wording in More should have warned that we had to give credit info to lock in the deal. Be up front, let us decide before we go to the effort of setting up an account. That's the way I expect my fav mag to treat me, with respect and giving me all the facts up front.

Sorry it was a complaint that finally got me to the keyboard. I really love the magazine! I recommend it to all my friends and family.

--Brenda Boldin

My question is how do I help women not choose to abort their children?  The resources and support are many but the information is perpetually blocked from those who would benefit from it.

--Juli Wooster

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