We Hear You! Letters from Our December 2013/January 2014 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
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The article written by Linda Yellin "When Did Kale Get A Publicist" was one of the truest, funniest, most entertaining readings I've read in a long time.  Kudos for saying it in print.
--Susan Pierce

Good morning, Lesley-

I was on break at my day job just now and picked up the Gellar issue and read your letter.  I had to smile about turning points and changes in the scenery for you, in Paris.  It brought back memories of the last time i was in Paris, trying to find a dry cleaner.  It didn't work.  Your article touched a nerve as I scan my own scenery with my children this Christmas.  My son is 22, my daughter 19 and I've been divorced for 3.5 years, dating someone seriously.  They know mom is dating.  They know it's serious.  But a request for us to come to breakfast on Christmas morning - even I'm not ready for that, so i politely decline.  I'll be there later in the day anyway.  As for my children, they still want to know I'm there for them, even if there are moments, it feels like I'm two arm lengths away.  These are new transitions.

Happy Christmas
--Julie Carmona Young

Hi Lesely,

I just wanted to let you know that I always enjoy reading your Letter from the Editor. You always have something I can relate to, especially when it involves your family. I am really enjoying reading MORE. The articles are very insightful and inspiring. Now that I am in my mid-forties, I think MORE is just what I need. Thanks again for putting together a great magazine. You and your staff are doing a wonderful job. Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,
--Kimberly Lanier

Hello!

Thank you!

This is the first time I've joined but I have been reading MORE at the salon every month.  I enjoy your topics and contents. I believe and practice some of the hairdressers shampooing and conditioning practices and the haircuts for your age. It gives me more products and information about those products that I share with my friends and sisters. Oh the dramatic HAND MAKEOVER! I heard about it at the gym.  

Thank you!!
--Mona Calderon

Dear Ms. Seymour

You have really hit it right on . . .thank you. I have never torn anything out of a magazine in my life, until yours! I am 72 and worked for Aspen Magazine for many years so I have a little knowledge about magazines.

Good job!
--Sandy Israel

Hello, Lesley - This email has been a long time in mind form only and for some unknown reason it's time to make it happen.

I love MORE magazine!  I've been saying that to myself for a long time! Strangely, at this time, I prefer to pick it up each month rather than subscribe.  As I think about it, why do I put that pressure on myself? When I opened the June issue (I'm often several months behind in reading) I was annoyed at what seemed to be a disjointed publication.  The format changed from an easy-read of articles I had come to be familiar with.  That was my first impression, just paging through. And then when I got serious and began to read this issue's content I changed in my acceptance of what I came to see it was - JUST A CHANGE!  The good, solid articles were still there!  And I liked it!

There is one dynamic of MORE which I continue to deal with and that is that age-related articles stop at age 60!  This reader is a very youthfully-minded 81 year old coming up on my 82nd celebration.  Do I need to look at another magazine which would acknowledge the joyous celebration of youthful-minded octogenarians? There are always gifts which MORE brings to me - tips on beauty products, ideas for dressing the body given to me, shifts in thought such as new ways to look at longheld beliefs.  I especially look forward to your Letter from Lesley. So I am truly a friend of MORE. Blessings in your continued fine effort of publishing,
--Gandolfa Stegmann

Body and mind December/January:

Doctors need to recognize what it means to have a weakened immune system.  I was recently hospitalized for a serious drug interaction and the symptoms mimic a heart attack....which I did not have.  I was put on serious drugs which put me back in the hospital several times, I could not work,eat or stand.  My own internist rolled his eyes at me when I told him about my immune system....It runs in my family....The drug companies recognize this.. Doctors do not belive it....WHY.
--Suzym

Lesley,

I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed "More" over approximately the last five years.  In fact, for several years, I gave subscriptions to my friends.  I decided not to renew my subscription this year because I do not feel that it addresses those of us that are 60+.  I turned 60 this year.  I really wish that the magazine could make some changes to address this issue.  Many of us that are baby boomers would love to have "More" address our needs and beauty issues also. I am certainly not a magazine editor, but would love to make suggestions should you be interested.  Thanks in advance for reading my email.

Sincerely
--Kathy Gilliland

Dear Ms Seymour,

After reading the Dec-Jan issue of MORE I just wanted to write and thank you for this incredible magazine.

I am sixty four years old and deeply appreciate the thought and consideration that has gone into every page of this publication! Finally a magazine that is truly sensitive to the interests of women my age!

Perhaps we are more mature and "seasoned" but I personally feel a bit excluded when I see beauty tips for women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s and then the article ends! No tips, advice or even comments on our generation! How very sad….. We are still here, still vibrant, still active, still valuable and still striving to be our best no matter what age!

Thank you for remembering us…
--Kathy Riggs

Hello More Staff,

I am a newer subscriber who bought my subscription simply because I was hoping to win the Publishers Clearance House prize money. Now, I am hooked on your mag.  November's piece about domestic violence made me cry with familiarity, and October's piece about the women conductor inspired me. I find that as I read from cover to cover, I always think of a friend or relative who could benefit from one or more articles (Career Comeback at Any Age).  What troubles me though, is that your covers promote beauty and anti aging articles over articles of real value that are tucked inside. If I saw this on the rack while paying for groceries, I wouldn't pick it up.  Please consider changing your covers so that the life-changing info inside is more obvious to potential readers.

Thank you,
--Kathy Anderson

Ok More magazine...I was an early subscriber and I thought you would stick by me. I'm 67, a lawyer, still working full time, still blonde, and you have abandoned me. Usually you would have some cover headline about "how to be gorgeous in your 30's, 40's and 50's" and then include us 60's inside. This month you have officially left us out. What gives? Hasn't anyone told you 60 is the new 40?

Thank you for the quotation from Diana Nyad on page 21.  Do you know who she is? Her story? If so - why isn't she on the cover? She is the most phenomenal woman - of any age- and she gets such minimal coverage.  Is she too old??  I don't understand.  Perhaps it is not too late to give her the coverage that is appropriate.  She is a true inspiration - to women of every age! 

Thank you
--RD

I admire Alexandra Starr's writing and enjoyed her article, "The New Founding Mothers." A wonderful article about a state whose singular women rightfully deserve attention. 
However, I could not help think about Jeannette Rankin the first woman in Congress elected in 1916 and 1940 from Montana. She was a true pacifist who voted against the WWI vote and the declaration of war against Japan. Jeanette's individual life was full of firsts also.
I remember Bella Abzug speaking about her disappointment in women's response to the challenges during the 70's and 80's.  My wish is for more historical stories of inspiration for the women of today.
Thank you for the article.
--Louise Edwards

Lesley,

The reason I subscribed to MORE originally was because it was touted to be a magazine designed for women over 40. Like my friends I was tired of the cliché publications focusing on the younger generation - good as they are they just didn't speak to us any longer.  However, I've noticed on several of your magazine covers that you STOP showing women over 50. I'm sure you're aware that baby boomers are the fasted growing age group - so many more turning 65 everyday. And not only are we active (I’m 62, do boot camp, golf, swimming, yoga and Zumba weekly and my Mom who is 84, does Pilates and yoga weekly) we also have the financial means to support your advertisers. So my friends and I would like to see a bigger focus on the active 60+ women, new careers, relationship advice, fashion, beauty and health. Thanks for listening!
--Karyn O'Connor

Dear Editor,

I have been a More subscriber since I was in my 40's. I am now in my early 60's.

More was initially designed for women in their 40's, 50's and 60's. Most women's magazines were geared to women in their 20's and 30's and still are. More was unique, and the magazine realized that as women aged they were more established in their careers, had the desire to read about successful women in their age group, see models in their age group wearing the clothes they wanted to buy and hearing about make up, body issues and other beauty tips applicable to their age group. 

I have noticed that More Magazine has shifted its focus now to concentrate its articles for women in their 30's, 40's and 50's. I am very disappointed each month to see this shift continue. Why did More decide to eliminate women in their 60's? Except for Model Contest selection of a 71-year-old woman, there was a 30 yr. old, 40 year old and 50 year old. Why include a 30 year old and eliminate a 60 year old?

I also noticed with regret that the magazine has eliminated its articles that I loved on cooking/food and travel. 
--Karen Lamkin

Hi MORE,

I was very disappointed when your folks decided to include 30-somethings in MORE magazine.  Frankly, so many mags already address issues for the 'younger' woman.  The only reason I can see that you've included the 30-somethings in MORE is to increase your advertising income.  Seeing 'How To Age Well at 30......." on the November cover and 'Your Best Hair at 30............" on the December cover reminds me of Glamour, InStyle, Cosmo, Self, Shape................you seem to be morphing into one of the pack.  Working Mom stories and having it all - for the 30-year old just starting out - will be the next slew of stories that will probably have me cancelling after all these years.  I read them all when I WAS 30!!   And I'll be mourning the loss of a long-time friend as I cancel.

I've been reading/subscribing to MORE since the beginning of the magazine, and was pleased to finally have a publication directed towards the mature woman. So many publications already exist that cater to young singles, young mothers, young marrieds, young everything - having a magazine devoted to women past that stage in life was refreshing and important.  Sure, mature women are also single, new mothers, newly married, or new at everything else, too.  The fact that those situations are happening to the mature woman, the perspective from which she approaches them, plus the manner in which we handles them all make it very relatable to your mature readers.

Not sure what other feedback you've received, and AM sure you're not going to change direction, either.  Wanted you to know of one very disappointed reader who won't be renewing.

Regards,
 --Becky Thevenin

Dear Lesley,

I turn 60 on December 18, and what do I get from More? "Your Best Hair at 30, 40, 50" You said the 30-somethings demanded that More include them, but I suspect you wanted advertising dollars and to hook younger women on your magazine. Women in their 60s are your customers NOW! We have more money. We need more advice on beauty and clothes and we're willing to buy quality products. Frankly, your new direction is a lousy birthday present.
--Emmy Scammahorn

Dear Ms. Seymour,

I'm an active, avid 51-year-old woman who has enjoyed reading More magazine for the past decade or so. I subscribed for most of those years, and it's been a favorite, meaningful resource amidst a busy life with little time to devote to magazines.

However, I find that I'm not nearly as drawn to More as I used to be, since you started shifting your focus to include women in their 30s. I let my subscription lapse almost subconsciously, once I saw frequent mentions on your cover about "30s" as well as 40s and 50s. 

I read your editor's letter that explained you were trying to reach out to those women in their 30s who were saying, 'We're here, too - we want to be part of your audience.' But you must know as well as I do that there is a big difference between a woman who's 30 and one who's 50 - or even 40. What I loved about More was that it was a great source of content for 40+ women -- a midlife demographic dealing with issues and phases and challenges and rewards quite different from someone who's still largely in her youth, according to today's cultural standards and expectations. It was a refreshing presence on my newsstand, amidst the plethora of titles for women in their 20s & 30s. 

As you've diluted the content, less of it is as targeted to my interests. It was perhaps also an economic decision - by adding "another decade," you can expand your potential audience - but you lose the niche market that made More so great. 

I love seeing Emma Thompson on the January 2014 cover. I don't want to see Sarah Michelle Gellar. I can relate to a woman on the cover who's my junior, but I'm not looking for content geared to someone who's where I was 15 or 20 years ago. I want to read about midlife transitions, career shifts, parenting teens and young adults, aging gracefully at midlife (not "aging" at 30)... I want to see images of women around my age, who can inspire me toward fitness and a standard of attractiveness that's possible at MY age, without a bunch of surgery.  

If women in their 30s liked More before, as it was, then they can choose to read it. Just as I can choose to read Glamour if I want to, without asking them to feature models who are my age. 

If you return More's focus to the 40s/50s/even 60s segment (after, women in their sixties are amazingly vital these days, and it's really like a midlife decade now), I'm sure I will be buying it "more"!  

Just wanted you to know.

Sincerely,
--Wendy Redal

I am 71 years old, a retired educator living on state pension and social security, such as it is.  Today as I read More, I had these thoughts.  (You are not going to like them.)

Sometime back I got "an offer you cannot refuse" for a subscription to More Magazine.  (Its hype was that it was for the "older woman."  Past Ladies Home Journal and not quite to Modern Maturity.

I honestly expected to find something, anything that would appeal to my third age mentality.

This is some of what I found in the current issue:

Cover says:  Your best hair at 30, 40, 50.  (I infer that after fifty it's either hopeless or all your hair has fallen out.)

Younger Looking Hands--6 weeks to total transformation. Etc.  Little blurb on sexual positions.  Book reviews. Six page article on how to fail successfully:  Turning today's flop into tomorrow's triumph.  (Like that chocolate pie I made?  No way to turn that flop into a triumph--any day!!!!) I didn't read the article but I don't think it was about pie.  

Now I don't mind ads for Le Vian Chocolatier--but it's diamonds not chocolate.  I don't plan to go to Jared so I like to see the diamonds.  

Ad for a Lexus.  Nope.

Ad for Le vie est belle by Lancôme.  98.00 for 2.5 fl oz eau de parfum spray  

I admit that I am a frugalista, that status symbols and snobbery aren't on my agenda.  But this magazine made me wonder what I've done wrong in my life that I can't have a monthly income to allow me to pay:

$60.00 for a pair of patent smoking slippers  (can't think why anybody would want slippers that smoke?)

250.00 for Lancôme ultimate eye contour collection

36.00 for 6 little (as in hotel size) bars of soap

33.00 for twelve champagne flavored and golden hued macaroons

16.00 for 12 (yes 12) bite-size cake "truffles." (Read:  vanilla cake dipped in white chocolate and rolled in a rainbow-sprinkle crumble.

49.00 for four Literary quote cocktail plates.

42.00 for a tiny little candle (smells like Champagne)

14.00 for two recycled cashmere iron-on patches 

But this is the bit, which started my rampage:

Do-over for sun-damaged hands:

Help for slack skin and prominent veins:  One treatment (may take two).  Fat taken from stomach then injected into back of hands. 

Cost:  6500 to 8000.  (I saw some nice little gloves at Dollar Tree!)  

Spots:  No problem: Fraxel Laser treatment.  Two or three treatments averaging 1113 each. 

I think for the price of the hand treatment, the ultimate eye collection, three dozen cake truffles, enough iron-on patches to repair all my Goodwill sweaters with holes and 36 of the cocktail plates--or maybe 72  (Why have a "little" cocktail party? And then I'd need the DKNY silk dress for 695.) 

I could buy the Lexus!!

When I go to doctor offices I always look at People.  Pages and pages of gossip and I never know any one. Or I look at Vogue--where a clutch bag is advertised for only $3600. I feel ignorant and poor.  

Why not start a new magazine just for those of us who belong to La Tercera Edad.  The Third Age.  Good name for our magazine.  I can think of some very good articles. 

Like:

How To Know It's Time To Burn Your Bra (Not in revolt against the system but against agony)   

Does Preparation H Really Shrink Bags Under the Eyes?  

Comparing the Cost of the Remainder of Your Life on a Cruise with an Assisted Living Facility 

How to Teach Clerks, Wait Staff, Receptionists etc. That It is Not A Good Idea to Ignore You 

My Life as a WalMart Greeter

How to Take Advantage of Obama care to get a Pedicure if You Can't Bend Over or See Your Toes

Is There Really Life after 7:00 p.m.?

How to Find a Doctor or Dentist Who Does Not Look Fourteen Years Old but Who is Not Old Enough to Die Before You

Games and Puzzles To Make your Brain Sharp Enough to Remember Why You Have Been Standing in Front of the Refrigerator for Fifteen Minutes

And I bet we can get lots of ads for Depends, support hose, Metamusil, heating pads, old lady pocketbooks with compartments, denture cream, lift chairs, motorized scooters, hearing aids, wigs (since our hair fell out after 50),  

Enough of this foolishness.  Time to go watch more foolishness on Judge Judy.  She's 71, you know.  I bet she would subscribe to our magazine. 

See?  I told you you wouldn't like it.

Respectfully,
--Peggy Hartley

Hi Lesley,

I just wanted to ask a question. Well first make a statement.  It seems that every magazine I pick up including your magazine for December it says your best hair at 30, 40, 50 or your best body at 30, 40, 50, or your best anything at 30,40,50.  What happens to us girls that are in our 60s?  Or even 70s.  I am very interested in looking and feeling better at my age and am sure there are many more like me.  I know how important it is to exercise as we get older and to just feel good about yourself, so maybe one of your articles could be for us.  I know I would definitely appreciate it.  Thanks for your time.
--Debi Whitney

As a MORE subscriber since its inception, I now realize that women in their sixties or older have neither style nor substance, do not want their “best hair,” and have no desire to “age well.”  Not including women past their fifties in your cover stories is not only insulting but speaks to the myopic demographic view of your magazine and its advertisers.  Have I outgrown MORE?
--Marie DeMeo

Dear Lesley and Meredith? 

Why can't your cover say "your best hair at 30, 40, 50, 60 " and 70? The article says 60 on the inside.  When I read More I think you need to expand your thinking.  Include 70!

You have a great article on the nh women.  I know a few well and have met all.  That is nh.  Note their ages.  No mention on cover.

Every time I see a cover with the age stopping at 50 I am annoyed.  Do you think women don't care about style and substance after 59?

Thanks for listening.
--Sue Thoresen

You make it look like you routinely cant afford fun & interesting photography.

Excessive illustrator to cover that up.  ie p. 102 dec, p 21 dec, etc

best regards
--Steve Zee

To the Editor:

While my turkey was cooking this Thanksgiving morning, I sat down for a few minutes and picked up the latest issue (Dec/Jan) of More. The cover shouted: Your hair at 30, 40, 50.  Hmm, I thought to myself, where's 60? Do we no longer have hair, or care about our hair? Same thing on the Table of Contents - no mention of 60. It's only when I got to the article itself that I saw you had added the magic number.

Shame on you, More! Aren't we your target demographic, or have we aged out? Will the magazine look less "sexy" if you mention sexagenarians?

I've always loved More, because it felt as though you were talking to ME, writing about things that concerned ME. Especially now, at age 63 - when I have just transitioned from being a salaried employee (33 years) to becoming an independent contractor, and have started my own wine-importing business at same time, opening a whole new exciting (and scary) chapter of my life - don't tell me I'm too old by omitting my age from your cover!

Sincerely,
--Alice Loubaton

The idea of spending $10,000 to change hands from the "before" to the "after" (p. 42, December issue) would have to be the most ridiculous, vain waste of a huge amount of money. Put that $ into scholarships for women!
--Elizabeth Gibbons

I continue to notice the health and beauty tips always end at age 60s.  I am 73 and am always searching for ways to improve.  Have you considered including a 70s category?
--Carol Musser

After reading the article by Nina Burleigh on “Reaching a spiritual peak”,  I am glad this is my last edition of your magazine. Now, more than ever, our society, needs encouragement to believe in the goodness of God. As a Christian, I felt it insulting, how she portrayed the believers of all religions. She belittled them and made them look foolish for climbing that Holy mountain because of their faith. I never wrote to a magazine before but I felt very strongly about this. I think the popularity of your magazine will surely plummet if you continue to publish an atheist’s view.
--Anonymous

Hi Meredith,

 Just wanted to let you know I miss seeing “Aging gracefully”, “dressing chic”, “reinvent your life” (you get the idea) in your 40’s, 50’s and 60’s on your covers. It seems the older ladies have been thrown over for the younger (30’s) just like in all of society. Such a disappointment, too, as this magazine was supposed to be dedicated to the same. There are sooooo many others that cater to the 20/30 crowd why does MORE have to jump on that bandwagon as well? Remember – 30 is just one year away from 29 – seems the magazine is regressing (rather than progressing)….
--Jennifer Asencio, a 50-something who had hoped that MORE would be relevant in her 60’s and 70’s

Hello More.  I love the magazine but I feel you are ignoring us.  Who is us?  We are those women in our 70's and older who still work by choice and still want to look good.  I, for one, am an artist and do look grungy when I'm working in my studio but when I'm in the classroom teaching art history on the college level or going to an opening or out with my husband or friends, I want to look good!

I'm not talking about plastic surgery or Botox, I'm talking about fashion.  Obviously, we are a determined group and want to stay in the game.  Please consider my request.   Thank you.

Best regards and carry on
--Susan Turconi

Hello, I've been meaning to opine on your magazine.  I enjoy many of the articles in it and believe they address issues for the age group that the magazine markets.  However, I am 70 yrs old and wish that some things were addressed to my age group.  Although I have rheumatoid arthritis, I play tennis 3-4 times a week, do zumba, care for my own yard and garden, and volunteer at three different venues.  I know I am not the only 70 yr old who is this active, yet there seems to be no magazine that addresses/appeals to us.  (Can't use AARP magazine for this purpose.)  Can you include some articles for us. . .like "this is what 70 looks like."?  thanks for your ear. 
--Janet Russell

Just got the issue for your best hair 30,40, 50. What has happened to that odd age of 60? Nothing for the 60 plus.  You want to see what 63 looks like  such as hair etc.you may want to check  me out along with a lot of us in that age group. magazines like yours for some reason leave out that age bracket. Even the 70's. May want to rethink about that demographic. There are some beauties out there that can make some 20's out there wish they looked that good!
--Stephanie Curliss

Hi More Magazine,

I have loved your publication for years but wish to let you know I'm offended by a disturbing trend I've noticed several times with your articles and covers.  Age discrimination! 

I have before me two of your recent covers that illustrate this.  September, 2013 shouts:  "What to wear at 30,40,50; Your Best Look Now", and November, 2013 repeats the theme:  "How to Age Well at 30,40,50".  Do you realize how this sounds to those of us that are loyal subscribers but have the distinction of being over 50 years old? I am 65 myself and find this offensive and unwise on your part.  Are those of us in your audience past 50 no longer interested in looking good and aging well, one wonders?

I myself am a very young 65 and don't feel old in any way, EXCEPT when I read things like this plastered on your cover that force me to confront the passing years in this way.  This makes me conclude that either you are oblivious to your older readers, or perhaps that you think we are uninterested in remaining vibrant, fashionable, and involved in the world in the many ways we continue to be. 

Occasionally I have found a beautiful photograph of someone aged 71 in your magazine, but this is rare.  Your very definite message seems to be... it's all over at the end of your 50s, women! I was very disappointed when Lear's went away years ago because it seemed to be the only women's publication geared to those of us "of a certain age".  Then, when I found More, I thought you were taking up the banner and understood the value and worth of the rest of us. I hope you understand my point and will seriously consider the message you are sending, not only to us, but also to the younger women in your audience.  There are already too many other publications that remind us constantly that we are no longer considered beautiful and interesting if we're not as young as we used to be.

If you must publish these articles about the decades of a woman's life, I encourage you to change the language you use to include women of all ages. 
--Pamela Ryan

If you are going to offer medical advice, please get it right! Suggesting women who've had a hysterectomy can skip a Pap smear is misguided. Many, if not most, hysterectomies of today are done while preserving the cervix and if you have a cervix, you need a Pap smear. Period. The article is an editorial disguised as medical advice.
--Anne Zeches

Editor's Note: Thanks for bringing up your concerns about Pap smears for women who have had hysterectomies. The statement to which you refer was intended to apply to the majority of women who have undergone hysterectomies.  You are correct in pointing out that Pap smears are still recommended for women who have had cervix-sparing procedures. However, according to Cheryl B. Iglesia, MD, professor in the departments of Ob/gyn and urology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, only a "small percent" of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed annually are done in such a way as to spare the cervix.  In any case, we do urge any reader contemplating a hysterectomy to discuss with her surgeon whether she should continue getting Pap smears after the surgery.
We appreciate your clarifying this point and value feedback from our readers.

Dear lesley,
I have been a subscriber since the very first issue ( there was a story about my wedding in it). I was so happy to have a magazine for women over 40. And now, your cover has a feature for best hair at 30???? Ugh. 30 year olds have plenty of magazines...we only have MORE. Please don't sell us out.
A sad subscriber,
--Arielle

I used to be a subscriber to More.  I loved the magazine, since my husband found it for me in the waiting room where I was getting a mammogram. I am not 20, 30 or 40 like your magazine says. I am 73 years young and there is NOTHING in any magazine dealing with women in my age bracket. I am not dead, nor even close to it.  I love to be active, I adore my husband of 55 years, I love recipes, make up, clothes and activities. I feel beautiful and healthy, as my husband tells me often. Could you address older women sometime? I have often wondered about make up for women of my age. What is too much or too little. What about weight? Diets? Exercise? Take your pick just have someone with knowledge speak to us older women.
Thank you,
--Carolyn

Picked up the magazine to read this article, and I do agree that there are instances that there is an unhealthy collaboration between big pharma and medicine; most notably in the diagnosis of "osteopenia" and its treatment with alendronates such as Fosamax.

However, I take serious issue with some statements in this piece.  How comforting to read that "even when cancer cells evade the immune system, they are not always fatal." I am sure my sister, who was diagnosed with a very early bladder cancer after 3 expensive tests, would disagree with the philosophy that it makes sense to wait until that "true cancer will surface eventually, when it causes symptoms."

Would it be a mistake to read between the lines and conclude that the medical academics you quote are trying to prepare people for life under the strictures of government-controlled medicine?  You owe your readers a profound apology for publishing this dangerous misinformation.
--Joanne Steckling

Oh dear does everyone die when they reach 60? We at 70 are still interested in looking good. Please add hints etc for our group. You are a magazine for the mature.
--Christa

My sisters and I buy subscriptions to several different magazines then swap them around. One sister had previously had a subscription to More but had let it lapse so another sister decided to start it up again a few months ago. I have to say I had always loved More but in the last few issues I have been very disappointed. I thought the idea of the magazine was that it was for women over 40 and yet in the last couple of issues the articles and beauty suggestions have been for 30s, 40s and 50s and last month your model was in her 30s. There are plenty of magazines out there designed for the 30 year olds and I feel let down that this magazine is no longer what it was. As a 53 year old I was always confidant following the beauty advice and fashion guidelines but now I'll have to pick and choose so as not to end up as "mutton dressed as lamb".

I'd love for you to go back to the original formula - it worked.

Regards
--Penny Melfi

I just turned 65, not a fact I admit easily.  I have been a More subscriber since the very beginning.  My mortgage is paid off, as are my kids' college debts, and I have lots of disposable income. I got my latest promotion when I was over 60. I work out with a trainer twice a week, and I probably look and feel better now than I did at 50.  It seems to me that I am just the kind of subscriber you and your advertisers want  But your last 2 covers have been about being the best something at "30, 40 and 50."  Does that make the rest of us "chopped liver?" With covers like these, you are turning your back on a lot of women of "style and substance." In particular, I feel as though you are turning your back on me.
What are you going to do to win me, and all the others like me, back?  
--Judith Lowitz Adler

I am writing in reference to the article in Dec 2013 magazine called, "Reaching a spiritual peak". It offends me that the writer to omit Christ. The very holiday is around his beginnings. So when she says, that the "chain of human belief itself, transferred down the generations is what makes the place profound". She really doesn't get it and neither does your magazine. Why don't you try celebrating the very reason there is a holiday called Christmas??? I will never buy another MORE magazine. I thought your magazine was different. Why not write about what the holiday is about?? No, you had rather be lose membership. I have many friends who read your magazine and was offended by your fear on this subject. A & E learned. Maybe you will.....................when you don't have anyone who wants to read MORE anymore.
--Anonymous

First Published Wed, 2013-12-04 17:34

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