We Hear You! Letters from Our October 2012 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
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I have been a MORE subscriber since its first year of publication - and the magazine just gets better with age. (Just like your readers, right?) And I give a subscription to MORE to my several of girlfriends as their birthday gift. Whenever we get together we talk about what we liked in the latest issue. 

We were all moved by the wonderful article by Isabel Wilkerson "An American Reborn in Paris." Thank you for publishing it - as it was a bit of a history lesson as well as a spiritual travel journey. 

Although I resisted reading her book - because I know intimately of the pain and bitterness she describes as it mirrors the story of my family - I instantly downloaded after I read her story in MORE. And despite my crazy busy schedule, I finished the book in a few days.  


Thank you MORE, for bringing inspiring articles, information and authors to my mailbox every month! 

--Judi Townsend

I just wanted to let you all know how much I enjoyed the article "Field Guide to the Mature male".  So very funny and so very true. Thanks!   

 --Mary Lind    

I love reading your column each month. I just wanted to share that it was good thing we had our first fall rainy weekend in Boston just when my October issue arrived. I kicked out the boyfriend, baked and cooked and did my seasonal clothes swap and read every article laughing and crying. You continue to outshine yourselves! I love the serious change-the-world articles, the what to do with aging parents nostalgic articles, the coming of middle-age ruminations, travel stories and political commentary. The multi-page look at middle-aged men took you to a new level of silliness!

Thank you for being a great comfort and reading escape. I am a huge book reader and Netflicks watcher yet when More hits my mailbox, the wine is poured and life is suspended while I dream and think about how rich my life is at 54. You help me do that every month.

I could do with a LOT less makeup articles and ads (I wear makeup, but it stays pretty minimal due to my longtime good livin’ habits). Are there are sources of ad revenue? I am doing my part by turning friends and family onto MORE. As your circulation increases maybe so will the types of products you share with us.


--Jule Meyer

This isn’t the first time I have written you – and I will probably contact you again!

In the Sept. issue, you discuss the guide to midlife friendship.

I see the perspective from your point of view, from the point of view of a young girl, and from my own 78 year old point of view.  I want to tell you, the best is yet to come.

I would like to introduce you to Anna Zornosa, my daughter. She is 50 some, as is your friend. She has started many companies, and was at last able to sit down and catch her breath. As soon as she did, she started another company, RUBYRIBBON which you can easily find on Facebook or Google.  Please take a minute to do so, you will be pleased to meet her.

Her Dad, my husband, is from Colombia, South America. Our four children have been raised here, as much a part of their own communities as it is possible to be. She has had some adversities, but from my point of view, being a strong, active woman has caused her more problems than being half Spanish! Problems she has faced and used to become successful.

Now I must catch up on my reading.  I save MORE for taking with me on trips, or for opportune moments at home, and I am on the Sept. issue now.

Your friend (on paper?)

 --Betty Zornosa

Share Your Thoughts!


Iris 11.05.2012

Well, the article A FIELD GUIDE TO THE MATURE MALE, to me, was disrespectful to men, disrespectful to my husband, and, frankly disrespectful to me. There was NOTHING positive in this article and I didn't find it funny. I found it offensive.
Have I gotten too old for MORE Magazine? I didn't think so. At 61 yrs young I still work part time, I go to the gym, I know how to have a good time.
I am disappointed.

Amy Kar10.26.2012

I found so much meaty stuff to read in the October issue. You seem to put the more frivolous articles up front, but I do enjoy the occasional makeup info, even if I don't spend quite so much on the stuff!
But I'm really writing to say how much I got out of reading the piece on sex trafficking, the piece on Isabel Wilkerson/Richard Wright in Paris, and the interview with Salma Hayek. They were all thought-provoking articles, and more important than "Hail to the Sheath;" granted, the women on TV need to look good for the cameras, but are they really purchasing most of their clothes from SFA, shoes from Jimmy Choo, and jewelry from Tiffany, or was that just magazine-sponsored for the photo shoot?!
As for the "Mature Male" thing - just silly and fun, if a little hyperbolic; I see no harm in it if you don't take it seriously!
I'm now officially in my sixties, having just turned 61 this week, but I still think there's enough in More for me (how I chuckle when I read, "This is what 42" looks like - just wait for menopause, honey!). I like the serious articles and I always read nutritional information (even though I get CSPI newsletter and often know more than your articles tell us!).

L 10.25.2012

This is a comment regarding your article on our first lady's article!! We elect a president not a first lady and our president is well payed for his service along with many wonderful perks the whole family endures.
Although the first lady job is not easy we must remember that it comes with a choice before taking it!! Our first lady receives many wonderful perks that include many trips around the world along with wearing and experiencing a most glamorous and expensive lifestyle which offer many great opportunties that strengthen her wordly experience and leave plenty of open doors for her future especially after she leave this honorable job. Yes indeed a stay at home mom can only dream of such a fascinating and fulfilling job as we do dont get paid and have no perks and do a heck of alot more scarificing!!! imagine the mom who works full time and still has to come home after a full day and atill play the role of an unpaid stay at home!!!! Yes indeed, no one promised the political world to be a rose garden afterall what job is? The one with no pay and many perks or the one with pay and no perks and lets not forget the hardest job the one of them all the no pay, no perks and alot of heck of alot more scarficing!! One day there will be a women president along with a first man (HOW SWEET THE SOUND) and he will reap the many benefits and great opportunities this great service for the people has to offer without pay!!!!! Never worried about any first lady regardless of their backgrounds before entering into this great service for the people because they are all well taken care of while they are in and are always well taken care when they come out, smelling like that wonderful fresh rose we all dream about!!!!!!

Mitzi 10.20.2012

I thoroughly enjoyed the article on the woman combatting sex-trafficking. For once, you profiled a woman who is not a fashion plate with a perfect figure and tons of money to throw at uncomfortable shoes. Please - more stories about real women making a difference!
Notice a bit of "mission creep" in the past few issues......featuring more under 50 women and over. Having second thoughts about your audience, are you?

Marianne Harmon10.20.2012

I had a subscription to More a few years ago but cancelled it because I didn't think it represented me well at all. I saw Salma Hayek on the cover of October's issue and picked up a copy out of curiosity. When I read through it, I remembered why I cancelled my subscription previously. In your article, Hail to the Sheath: Reporters Wear This Season's Best Silhouette, it was remarkably noticeable that you included all major networks except Fox News. You had women from PBS, MSNBC, CNN, NY Times, Washington Post, CBS This Morning, and Politico.com, all left-leaning, if not tilting, organizations. Are you trying to purposely limit your audience to less than half the country? Be inclusive, not offensive.
Marianne Harmon
Severna Park, MD

Liz 10.06.2012

Like many other readers whose comments I’ve read here, I was surprised to find something as callous and offensive as “Guide to the Mature Male” in this magazine. Hey, like most of the women who read this, I have a guy and he's pretty great, or I wouldn't have chosen him.
This is typically the one magazine that I read cover-to-cover, have recommended on many occasions, and have given as a gift to many friends and family. I still enjoy many of the features and articles in it. I always laugh at the high-end fashion—over $1000 for a pair of shoes, a handbag? Are there really women who can’t find enough useful things to do with aalllllll their money that they would spend like that? But one trend I’ve seen lately that I really don’t like is the mind-numbing number of ads up front. The September issue was the worst—FOURTEEN PAGES OF ADS before getting to the table of contents? —what is this, CosMOREpolitan?

Leann Holcomb10.02.2012

I have always enjoyed reading More magazine until this month. I found "Kathy Griffin's 7 reasons not to date a man over 40" vulgar, offensive, and not at all what I expect to find in a magazine that targets "women of style and substance". I would expect this from one of your trashy competitors. If this is the direction your magazine is going I'm sad to say I will not be going with you.

Robbie Davis09.29.2012

I read the article on concierge medicine with interest. I converted to a concierge plan a number of years ago to follow my long-time GP. Although I truly appreciate the perks of the system (and they have been very helpful on a number of occasions), I feel very guilty that I should be able to get better health care merely because I can afford it. This speaks to the wider issue of why we desperately need health care reform.

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