The answer is that you speak to ME, me as I am now, not the younger version of 40 or even 20 years ago. I read the magazine from cover to cover in less than two days, and this is not unusual. I found all the articles interesting, and some, such as “The Caregiver Chronicles,” profoundly moving. One of your readers felt that the articles in the April issue were too long. To me they seemed just right—long enough to do justice to the material. Your tagline reads “For Women of Style & Substance.” Your magazine also has substance, for it feeds the intellect and soul as well as your readers’ inner model, fashionista or whatever.
My only request is that you also include the 70s in your “decade articles.” However, whether you do or don’t, I look forward to reading your magazine for many years.
—Kay Henderson, South Lake Tahoe, CA
I found your letter from the editor “My Slow-Down Secrets” particularly poignant. As I head toward my 45th birthday this summer, just about everything you wrote resonated with me. So much so that I read it to my high school freshman son to show him that some of what I talk about is shared by others in my position. Indeed I am not crazy.
I didn’t expect to begin crying as I reread aloud “The bassinet migrates to a dusty corner of the basement to be passed along.” But my son is used to my tears that come not just from sadness at the fact that he and his brother (H.S. junior) are growing so fast but also from powerful moments of truth. Wanting to slow down, to appreciate the moment and be present to this glorious life I have is an ongoing goal. As I got to the end of your letter, my son asked again what the title of the magazine was, and when I told him “More,” he asked, “Shouldn’t it be ‘Enough’?” I appreciate that a magazine that essentially promises “More” also encourages its readers to breathe deeply in “Enough.” Thank you.
I just finished flipping through the April issue of More while things were slow at the office. I really enjoyed the memoir on page 124, “The Caregiver Chronicles.” It made me smile and cry at the same time. I too have a difficult relationship with my mother, Rita. She is not quite as elderly as Irene Graham and was never very glamorous, but the story got to me on a visceral level.
Please send my appreciation to Barbara Graham. I love the way she presented the love for each other that she and her mother were so very lucky to find.
—Marty Keane, New York
I love the magazine; it is a great fit for where I am in life. However, the repeated use of the phrase “the woman who has it all” to characterize Ms. Margulies made me angry enough to write. A woman (or a man) who works 16 hours a day, even at a lucrative job that she loves, and doesn’t spend time with her small child does NOT have it all. No reflection on the cover subject, but a very bad choice of words on the writer’s part.
Please tell Sandy Summers that Nurse Jackie is one of the worst programs about nursing that I have seen (“A Real Nurse Rates the TV Fakes”). The character is a drug addict, cheats on her husband and has sex with the hospital pharmacist who supplies her drug habit. Does Summers advocate supporting a show that involves a nurse working while under the influence of drugs? Do you think that the nurse is able to make sound clinical judgments and take care of patients safely?
I love your magazine. However, the articles in the April issue, while all great subjects, were way too long. I didn’t finish any of them.
Re “Look-Great-for-Your-Age Makeup in your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s”:
What happened to the 70s? I am a 70-year-young gal, with plenty of zip and sparkle. I exercise every day for 30 minutes, in addition to doing Yoga and Pilates. I write a column for a local paper and have a small consulting business from home. I may be retired from my usual occupation; however, I have not retired from life.