We Hear You! Letters from Our May 2012 Issue

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I have been a big fan of your publication for many years now. I like how it targets women of my genre, but is still stylish. I am a 52 year old freelance makeup artist, I work for a few upscale lines, mainly BB and Chanel. Of course, skin is very important to me as an artist, I believe the makeup will only look as good as the canvas it is put upon. This being said, I gravitate towards skin care articles first and was eager to learn the "#1 skin care trick I haven't tried."
It was disappointing to read it was all about lasers, especially since, a) that is nothing new, laser technology has been around forever, and b) to have it about Dr. Brandt's practice, since he looks like a wax dummy, with all the plastic surgery procedures he has had! While you are one of the lucky few to have gotten it for gratis, since you wrote an article about his office, how about teaching the masses a real skin care trick, that the majority of women can afford? Not everyone has 800. to spend on skin care treatments.

I think this article was an oversight on your part. Please think twice about your audience and those who support your magazine. Thanks...
--Yvonne Hogue, New Jersey

Every month I am inspired and motivated by your insightful magazine. However, in the May 2012 issue you really missed the mark with the article “Broke But Not Broken”. From beginning to end I found that it completely misrepresented the reality of what the overwhelming majority of women are really living. Working mothers today do what they need to do to keep food on the table. We travel by bus train or car an hour or more to that "grueling menial" job to support our family. That job is a godsend and we appreciate the opportunity for work, no matter what the position. To help in hard times, working moms apply for assistance such as the mentioned food stamps when needed. Food stamps are for those in dire need when there are no options or all options have been exhausted. A reason, such as the author writes, as not wanting to be inconvenienced to travel by bus for one hour to work does not warrant food stamps. I can honestly say that I, like many working mothers, crave that creative outlet. We need it. It feeds our soul but we do not let our family suffer by our selfish desires. We find time after our kids are safely in bed, or in school or even taking advantage of that bus ride to write, knit, design and create. As a woman who struggled to have children my fantasy was to become a mom and have a family of my own. Now that the dream has come true, I will not put anything before my family and I will do what I need to do to support them. I do not see the author as being the poster child of the recession. That article is not the face of reality. You may argue that there are two sides to a coin but in these hard economic times there is only one side - the real one.

Sincerely,
Yolanda B., Sacramento County, CA

This is my first copy of More and if your letter from the editor reflects your magazine, then I'm already a fan. I am 43 and happier with my life and my body than I ever have been and I cherish the experiences that have brought me to this point. That being said, there is nothing wrong with looking and feeling as good as possible. I am not in search of eternal youth, we all know that "youth is wasted on the young", but I will actively (without invasively) do all I can to be all that I can. Life is too short not to.
--Tamara

I got my May issue of More magazine with Chelsea Handler on the cover. I have never heard of Chelsea Handler, and she doesn’t look like anyone I want to read about. After seeing some reader comments on the More website, I am confirmed in that opinion.

Why not profile Vanna White? Ms. White has survived decades on a daily TV show, where many others have been replaced with younger women. I recently saw Vanna in person when Wheel of Fortune came to Portland. I think she’s great!

Also, I’d love to see more articles on coping with retirement.
--Margaret McGilvra, Portland, OR

First Published April 25, 2012

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Jess0625 07.07.2012

I wanted to respond to Lesley Jane Seymour's letter from the Editor about The contradictions of aging. I think that since there is a huge number of women aging that the Make up Community needs to stand and take notice. There are a number of Companies making exceptional aging products for our beautiful over 50 faces and my main gripe is that they only use 20 year olds in all of the on air and print adds. I know that "youth sells". But in this case I believe that the large population of women would appreciate seeing someone like us, the over 50 wonders, on TV and in adds. Proper skin care and makeup make such a wonderful difference in looking our best in our over 50 faces, I get frustrated that no believes that someone my age (51) can sell their products, I mean seriously it takes nothing to make a 20 something look beautiful, so imagine if women saw me in a before and after photo, trust me they work and I do look 10 times better with them on than I do without them, so those products would fly off the shelf and isn't what they want after all? Does anyone know anyone at these companies that I could pitch this idea too?

Sally 06.09.2012

Loved the memoir by Anna Quindlen, "Aging Gratefully". This will be one for the "pro" section of my More list of favorites. Must buy the book and share with all my "young" friends. Sally Jayes


I AM VERY UPSET ABOUT THE CHOICES OF PRIDE OF LIONESS. WHAT HAS ANN ROMNEY DONE TO DESERVE A PLACE ON THIS LIST AND MICHELLE OBAMA BE OMITTED. I FEEL I CAN NOT LONGER SUPPORT THIS MAGAZINE IF BLATANT POLITICS ARE PART OF SELECTION,LIKE THIS. PLEASE REFUND WHAT MONEY I HAVE LEFT ON MY SUBSCRIPTION AND CLOSE MY ACCOUNT.

04.25.2012

Thank you for Anna Quindlen's article "Aging Gratefully" Wonderful!
How can I get a digital copy of this article?
MORE is my favorite magazine. You always seem to have at least one article with substance. Thanks!

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