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.
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.