5. MORE returns to my bedroom, where I now read and enjoy my private time as a woman of style and substance. And wham . . .
Cut off at the knee. Give me MORE time!
I purchase MORE magazine every month for $4, and there are so many items in there that tell you to go to sites to read the rest or to download things, and I want this in the magazine. That is why I purchase it, and I think $4. is at the high end of magazines. Why don’t you include these things in the physical magazine? I may have to stop purchasing it because I do not think I am getting my money’s worth.
Lesley, I grew up in magazines, working at Time Inc. for many years. This mag is great for the forty-something and over. You touch on a lot of topics that relate to us gals!!
--Debbie G. Sanchirico
Lesley, I am a subscriber to More magazine. I read the piece you wrote on connections and had to write.
I am 54 years old, and when I was about one, my father and mother got divorced. My mother moved my brother, sister and me to Haiti, where we lived with my grandparents, who were missionaries. After a few years there, she found a job in Maryland, and we moved there with a woman from Haiti who was our live-in nanny. My father was nonexistent in my life; however, when I was 16, I met him, and he said he would return. But I never saw him again.
I had a very turbulent childhood and teen years and felt very alone, because my mother and I constantly fought, my sister always sided with my mother, and my brother is handicapped.
When I was in my thirties, I connected with my father’s family. He is from a big Italian family in Pittsburgh. We went to a family reunion, where my father was not, and I instantly found the piece to the puzzle that was missing in my life. I found that I was a lot like my cousins, not only in appearance but in temperament. Unfortunately, we do not stay connected very often. Which makes me sad because sometimes I feel like an orphan. A few years ago, my father died, my cousin told me. I knew I had a half sister, because when my father met me, he told me I looked a lot like her. He had left my mother for a stripper he had met while we lived in NYC. He apparently married her and had a daughter; she’s a year younger than me. One day out of the blue, she contacted me. I was so hoping to have a sister that I never had. But all she could do was talk about how tough her life was; however, she was close with my father, but her mother was a horror. We just did not connect. I still have her number on my cell phone—think I should try again? I am so tired of being abandoned by family. I just don’t know if I could take the hurt again.
I have been subscribing to More for several years now and love it! I am 57 and recently retired from my position as a senior research attorney at the Fifth District Court of Appeal in California. The retirement was planned to coincide with my only son’s graduation from high school. What was not planned was my husband’s acceptance of a job in Washington, D.C. The move took us all away from the social life and professional networks we knew. In other words, life as we knew it changed drastically. But I am having so much fun reinventing myself!
More’s stories so often go to the core of what I need to hear in any given month, whether it is how to deal with aging parents from afar, or launching a young adult who still lives at home, or finding a second passion after leaving a first career, or figuring out who I want to be now. Thanks for your good work.
In my retirement, I’ve learned to be a city dweller, I volunteer at a fair trade store, I’ve taken up piano for the first time in my life, and I volunteer teaching English as a second language. I love the latter so much, I have returned to school at the University of Virginia to earn an ESL certificate to teach adults English. I also spend lovely afternoons at the National Art Gallery, spend pleasant days exploring this area with new friends and spend hours relaxing on my deck thanking the world for being such an exciting place! More just seems to fit into this new life so well! Thanks again and keep those articles coming.