Recently I was boarding the train to New York. I purchased More Magazine (which I love) but I was dissapointed by your April cover. Beauty tips for 30,40,50,60, Should be beauty tips for all ages.There is no expiration date at age 60! There are many women over 60 who would appreciate good skin care and glamour tips ! I have been teaching skin care and glamour for 30 years . Taking care of your skin is the key. I feel I have proved it. I was 80 on my last birthday. I still have a good mind and very few wrinkles. If Sophia Loren and Raquel Welsh could do it so could I . I have done it without surgery. --Joan Feldman
Your April letter touched my heart as I just retired after 26 plus years of working full-time, raising three boys alone, and taking care of my Mom until she passed. While my white hair started at 17, and deciding at 30 that it wasn’t fashionable to have hair that made me look 20 years older, I colored it a vibrant auburn that stayed with me until the cusp of 50. The color matched my personality, and while I miss how it made me feel, I enjoy being free from touch-up hell.
Having three adolescent boys simultaneously, and dealing with a stressful job and a somewhat demanding mother, made me long for the days of freedom–my freedom–when I would be able to come and go as I pleased without living by everyone else’s schedule. After the boys had grown and finally left the nest (somewhat later than I thought they would have), and after taking care of my Mom, I decided that finally it was time for me, and I wanted that time to be sooner rather than later. Too many people that I knew worked “just one more year” because they weren’t ready to leave their jobs, and they wound up too ill to enjoy their time or worse, their time had run out. So what if the pundits and politicos say you should work until you’re 70 and then collect Social Security. What about living and enjoying the world and people around you while you can?
If you can handle it financially, I highly recommend leaving the working world behind and enjoy the pleasure of sleeping in the morning until you wake on your own, without the sound of that dreaded alarm blaring in your ear. Go out and breathe in everything that you missed during your daily rat race.
The sons that drove me crazy became wonderful, caring men. As life would have it, everyone has their own schedule now, so I don’t get to see them as often as I would like. And when we do get together and they speak of health benefits and 401K’s instead of Lego’s and Transformers, I hope that one day they will be able to stop and enjoy the beauty and peace around them. I’m sure they’ll know when the time is right.
--Joanne O'Malley, Jackson, New Jersey
I typically enjoy your magazine but last night was an exception. Even though you had numerous articles that were interesting and thoughtful, I keep thinking about the piece in Notebook about the Nevada shooting range that encourages newly divorced women to imagine their ex's image on the target. In a society that has become increasingly violent, I do not understand why MORE would both perpetuate violent vengence as acceptable (certainly not what I think of as a healthy or mature response to coping with divorce) and consider this as "clued-in" for women. Too often women are the recipients of violence and I cannot help believe that responding in kind is acceptable to the mission of MORE.
Thank you for what is otherwise a truly wonderful publication.
I have been a subscriber to your magazine for over 10 years and I love it! I have never written to an editor in my life but I just thought this might catch your attention.