We Hear You! Letters from Our April 2012 Issue

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I am 72 years old and have no intention of letting my age define me. I work every day and love the challenge. Your April issue, on the cover reads "Anti-Aging Beauty Ideas At 30,40,50,60" after 60 we still care and do our best to be up to date with the many changes that confront any age. Just thought I would write to express this thought. I still love the magazine and will continue to be a subscriber. Have a great year and take care.
--Sheila
I just read the article “The Caregiver Chronicles.” Thank you. Rarely has a piece of writing about this subject transported me back to my own caregiver experiences as poignantly, and beautifully, as it just did. A pleasure to read. I cried, smiled and thoroughly enjoyed the article.
—Alexandra Yperifanos

This month’s issue of More (Julianna Margulies) had some curious articles and advice. In “The Drinking Woman’s Diet,” a suggestion was “imbibing your third-choice beverage” to consume less. Huh? Who has a third-favorite drink? That didn’t even make sense. Another wellness article suggested caffeine could boost a workout. Now, this is such old news, I’m not sure it is even worth repeating. What was really ridiculous was the science quoted about consuming a certain amount of caffeine to actually make an impact on your body: “A 154-pound person, for instance, consumed [about the amount in] three LARGE McDonald’s coffees.” Did anyone read this?

Normally your magazine has interesting, useful and current information and advice. This was not one of those issues, at least in the two instances above.
—Annette Suarez

Over my 61 years of existence, I have read hundreds of magazines. I no longer subscribe to any magazines other than More, reason being that most of the content relates to me as a mature woman. Needless to say, I have read many letters by the editor. I usually find myself getting annoyed and feeling like the letters are fluffy, unreal or difficult to relate to, but I always enjoy your letters; in particular, the April letter really struck me. I love your words regarding the 13-45 years as trying to “jam, squish or squeeze eight more activities than is physically possible,” and laughed while I totally related to “Then all at once our children allow us to pee alone.”

In this letter, you totally hit the nail(s) on the head(s). I am now retired and finally able to really slow down, choosing to do things I truly want to do more than things I need to do. When people ask me what I do in all my time as a 61-year-old retiree, I answer, “Whatever I want to do!” There are so many more things I want to do and to try, but I will do them when I feel like it!

Thank you for a wonderful magazine and for your fantastic articles . . . you are wiser than your years.
—Darlene Biasi

I love your magazine and all that it stands for.  I enjoy the articles about real women and all they have achieved in their lives. I do have one complaint: Why don’t the models reflect the age of your readers?  I’m sure that there are many older models out there—40 to 60 years old—that would better reflect us. Please consider!!!

—Toni Healey

After picking up a couple of issues of More on the newsstand, I subscribed this winter. I’ve enjoyed it very much and planned to write to send you my feedback after a year. I was so impressed with the April issue, however, that I’m writing earlier.

One’s first question might be why I subscribed. I live in an isolated mountain community, and like most of my contemporaries, wear little makeup and dress simply. I’ve never dyed my hair in my life and never intend to. Furthermore, at 66, I appear to be on the shady side of your target demographic.

First Published March 27, 2012

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Comments

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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