We Hear You! Letters from Our April 2012 Issue

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I never do this, but I really enjoyed the article “The Caregiver Chronicles.” Please continue including this type of quality article in the future. It was a really nice read while I enjoyed a relaxing bubble bath.
--Melody D. Deakin, Oak Ridge, TN

In response to your April cover story on Julianna Margulies, I must respectfully disagree with you that she hasn’t had any face work done. A quote from your article: “Her face, untouched by knife or needle.” I very much enjoy Ms. Margulies’s acting, but if you look at her appearance on the sitcom Scrubs in 2004, you will see that her face looked very different then—pinched and pulled back, particularly around the eyes. I think she looks much better now as she probably hasn’t had any face work done recently, but I find it hard to believe she didn’t have some work done around the time she did Scrubs. I have no problem with celebrities doing cosmetic surgery or botox, as long as they are honest about it, and there's no way she didn't have some work done in the past.
--Melanie Bowden

I am writing from my nice, warm kitchen! Two weeks ago, I was outside watching the flowers pop out of the ground, literally, on an 80 degree day. Today, my husband called to let me know it was snowing onto the windshield of the truck. He was 15 minutes away! That would be Wisconsin, to be sure!

I had received More Magazine as a gift from a wonderful friend who thought I needed it. I do love it when it comes. I take the time to read the inspirational stories and look at the details of the clothing trends that are popular. I have been thinking about the clothing and ran my thoughts past a friend of mine. She said I should write to you.

I am a stay-at-home mom, a domestic engineer some would say. We have a daughter who just started college at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota this year. Nope! That doesn't mean my parenting duties have stopped. In fact, the roller coaster ride of her new adventure has kept me in the loop and busy. I try to send her inspirational quotes, which I have always loved, each day. Or, I will share stories of our bedlington terrier that continues to warm our hearts, give us facial scrubs, and hunt for skunks - yep, skunks. I think women, especially young bright women, are more sensitive to everything that is around them and need encouragement all the time, at least I do, my daughter does as well. I do not sit still or eat bon-bons and watch soap operas each day, as someone thought I might do when Cassidy went to college. There are people in our lives that need a kind message written, treats delivered, connections made. I try to do that, daily. With our way-too-busy lives, these things often go missing. I have been organizing resale shopping trips with a friend of mine several times a year. We call ourselves, J and J Resale Excursions, LLC. We just have fun and include as many people as are interested in coming with us. The name is just for fun as we kept getting more people interested in going with us and Jill, the one J, felt we needed to be "protected" in case someone didn't find anything they want/need. My mom, when she was alive, used to call this my "therapy". And, yes, I would agree.

Here is where I connect with your magazine. I am a mom without unlimited, throw-away income. So, I can't purchase the $150 skirt or the $200 "finds" you show in the fashions you share with your readers. However, I can look at what you are showing and decide if that is something I would like and/or look good in. Then, I can go to resale stores and see what I can find. My favorite store is Anthropologie. I love the creativity of the looks, but not the prices. Unfortunately, my daughter is becoming an Anthro fan, as well. I have found wonderful gently used Anthropologie tops/sweaters at Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Salvation Army. Yesterday, I was wearing Seven Jeans and a long sleeved Anthropologie top from Goodwill. I think my whole outfit was close to $10.

First Published March 27, 2012

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04.22.2012

"Broke but no Broken" / May 2012
Upon reading Corbyn Hightower's piece lamenting her family's loss of a five figure per month income, I have to say I'm dismayed, for both her and for all of us.
Ten years ago as I recovered from illness, my daughter and I lived on a fixed SSI income of $500 per month. We had no television, could not afford to eat outside of our kitchen, but subsidized housing make it possible for us to live in a not-so-pretty, but safe neighborhood and afford the use of public transit.
Four years later and recovered, I was able to secure a better job, move to a larger apartment in a very nice neighborhood where we could have afforded to own a car, but instead opted to keep our lifestyle simple and use transit and a car sharing option available to us. We lived very well on $2,000 a month and counted ourselves fortunate and happy.
Two years ago a very close friend went through a job loss similar to Ms. Hightowers and lamented that she could no longer maintain a $5,000 per month lifestyle as a single person.
I do not understand why Americans feel they have a right to complain so loudly about the loss of decadent, excessive lifestyles while others live with hunger and want, or simply find contentment with just enough. Perhaps the economic losses some of us are experiencing now are destiny teaching us a valuable less that may result in actual happiness that is earned, not purchased.


Going back over some back issues I discovered I did not read the article Hillary's Secret Weapon. Not only did I see Hillary in a new light, I discovered a new writer. I like Lisa DePaul's style of writing. I hope to be reading more of her articles from here on out in your magazine. Please pass this on that to her as well. Thank you.
Marcia Lobby Lee

FWDSA 04.13.2012

I will keep this months issue because of the Making Time for What Matters. The articles by the four women are good to go back to on a regular basis. My favorite line was, "This is a silly way to spend a lovely life."

Susannah bishop04.07.2012

I have never written to a magazine before, but as I finished reading the story of Hillary Clinton I have to comment. What an outstanding story about our Secretary of State! Not only did it capture what Ms Clinton is trying to do for women's rights, and how hard she works for this cause, but also it captured the essence of the person she is. How refreshing to read such a positive article. Thank you More magazine for showing us so much More about Hillary than we ever knew.

Sharon DeLay03.31.2012

I'm a huge fan of your magazine, but lately it seems like I'm reading Glamour, not a magazine targeted to women my age. Julianna Margulies is lovely, but to put her on the cover over Hillary Clinton? I simply can't wrap my mind around that particular decision. When you think of substance, who could be more substantive than Hillary Clinton? Bad choice, More!

Judith Ruderman03.28.2012

I just finished Barbara Graham's magnificent memoir in the April issue of More and wanted to write in appreciation. The essay was so beautifully written, which in and of itself is a gift; but in addition, the subject was so sensitively handled. I suspect that I related intimately to the essay because I moved my difficult mother near me for five years before she died. She was not elegant or wealthy, like Ms. Graham's mother, but she took great pains with her appearance and we had our many years of a difficult relationship. It is 9 years since she passed away, and I think of her all the time, with affection and, yes, with love.
Thank you so much for such a moving memoir,
Judith Ruderman
Durham NC


Over 15 years ago, as a mother of two young boys, I remember the routine of meeting and striking up casual conversations with other mothers in our Danforth-area schoolyard as we waited for our children to finish their activities and meander their way home with us. There was a mother I particularly remember, for her smile, her style, her smarts, and for her beautiful daughter, who had Down Syndrome. I remember being inspired by her and thinking, “Wow – there’s someone who’s really got it together. She’s a successful writer who works at home, and a mother who is therefore available to tend to her daughter and give her the support she needs, and it’s obviously all working – I have never seen her, or her daughter, without smiles on their faces.”
While we moved from the neighbourhood many years ago, I was always excited to come across Madeleine Greey’s published articles from time to time, and was especially thrilled to hear that her daughter – who was in my son’s elementary classes – achieved success as an actress.
While Madeleine would never remember me, I continued to feel that I knew her somewhat, and that’s why it shocked and saddened me so much to read her article on her husband’s passing.
I’d like to pass my deepest condolences onto you and your family, Madeleine, and hope that your strength and positive attitude help smooth your road.
Liina Kerk-Tedesco

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