In the two years that I have subscribed to MORE magazine, Kyra Sedgwick has been featured on the cover twice. She doesn't really have anything interesting to say. And if MORE doesn't start featuring women other than celebrities on the cover, I'm canceling my subscription. I thought MORE would have more substance than People magazine.
I thoroughly enjoyed your “Making Peace with an Enemy” letter in the July/August issue of MORE. Your clear-eyed and increasingly openhearted description touched my heart deeply. Thank you for this deep sharing and closer look at what you’ve been through. Not to mention what “she” went through, too. Nicely written.
I have been reading MORE for several years now and LOVE IT! I read it from cover to cover.
I have started responding to your contests and letters, but I never get to send them on time! During the school year I live a busy life as a professor, but I am enjoying my summer off!!!
I just received the last issue, and I read your “Making Peace with an Enemy.” You brought tears to my eyes, and I wanted to share my story of reconnecting with my mother, Sylvia. Please read it. English is sort of my third language. I grew up with my mother tongue—Castellano—and had four years of French in high school. I am a product of ESL and have been educated in English here in the USA. Please feel free to edit my story if you decide to print it. You can also check me out in FB as Ellie Galvez.
You totally inspired me to send this right now! Thanks for sharing from your heart!
Cheers, and thanks again! Keep up the good work!
--Ellie, a Chilean MORE WOMAN in California
Lesley, I grew up with a loving father and mother, so I cannot imagine the hurt having to bear that as a child. I did go through a similar incident with a “best” friend. Went to high school together, did all the ’60ss things together, married and lived in same apartment complex, went to NYC together every day for our professional lives. We started to part ways when my first child was born and she was still locked into the ’60s experience. Our lives took another turn when I moved away to be closer to my husband’s job. Time went by, and we connected in Christmas cards and birthday cards but not as close as we once were. Then we both got divorced within six months of each other. She moved to the apartment near me so that we could be “Kate and Allie" and watch each other’s kids and cook together. Again, I met someone and remarried; she stood up for me and was happy for me. I introduced her to someone that she eventually married, and had another child. Again, I moved away for new spouse, and again, we parted ways.
Until recently. After over 25 years, we reconnected. Our lives once again have changed. She is again divorced; I am married for over 30 years. Our children are all adults now. I am a grandmother of four. Her sons have not given her the pleasure of grandchildren.
I will see her today for lunch. Time has changed us in so many ways, yet we still need to “be friends.” I reached out to her, more than once over the years. She decided it was time to talk about what happened. What happened is LIFE. Sometimes we just need to reconnect with our past, hoping to change what we really know we cannot. I will be happy to see her, and we will laugh and talk about old times and our lives now. And be happy to see each other.
I hope that you find forgiveness for your stepmother. We never know what is going on in someone else’s life and why they are the way they are. Take a deep breath and listen, really listen to her.
Have a great day, and I always love your Letter from the Editor and MORE magazine.
—Carol Schierbaum, subscriber for many years