I read with great interest your editorial about the "joys and freedoms of maturity" and Anna Quindlen's piece on aging gratefully. Coincidentally, I've been reading quite a bit recently about women's three "ages" in life and an ancient concept referred as the Three Goddesses -- maiden, mother, and crone. Crone is not a pejorative term, but rather in its ancient meaning simply meant a woman who had the gift of time and thus knowledge, things the maiden and mother have not yet acquired. From what I'm reading, there is a small, quiet movement afoot to return to ancient practices of celebrating each of these ages of a woman's life, including "croning ceremonies" that are held either when a woman reaches the age of 50 and/or when she is menopausal. Considering your audience for More, that might be an interesting topic for an article. I'm just saying. : )
My name is Elaine Morgan from Marietta, GA (a suburb of Atlanta).
I read most of the May issue while treating myself to a Saturday morning pedicure after an hour in the gym. I tabbed more pages in this issue than probably any issue in the past.
Yet, one item turned my blood cold and seemed inherently wrong for MORE to highlight. On page 17 in the "Notebook" section was a reference to a Nevada shooting range that encourages newly divorced women to imagine their ex- husband's face on the target. More's editorial in-the-margins comment of "Now that's what we call a parting shot!" was absolutely unacceptable. There were 7 items on the page, yet this was the only one with an editorial comment. If the genders were reversed and this comment appeared in a men's magazine, the outrage would be extensive and rightly so. Yet More has chosen to make light of this, even placing an exclamation point at the end. Intentional, or even imagined violence against another is not what we are called to do in this world.
Please do not let your standards slip so low in future issues. The stories of strong women who give to this world, and who have survived tragedies, and who change their lives and those around them are why we read More. Remember your own headline regarding "women of style and substance". It's not "angry women wanting revenge."
All the best,
Elaine Morgan, Marietta, GA
I am 55 and received my first issue this month. The May 2012 issue of MORE was just totally relevant! I shared it with my 25 year old daughter and we agreed the articles were ALL on point! My granddaughter Laylah is 5 and she saw the magazine sitting on the table and asked what does MORE mean? I told her the definition and she came up with this : You are more when you share giant size...to have more you must began with something. I also thought up an acronym, "Desire to see more, do more, Have more love, peace, wisdom, empathy, wisdom and self knowledge. MORE - Making Our Reality Epic! Thanks and continue the great work.
--Sharon Richmond, Bolingbrook, IL
I agree wholeheartedly that we are only midway to acceptance of growing older. Emotionally, I'm the best I have ever been: proud of my journey in life so far but constantly doing self-talk about the effects of aging on my face, body and hair. My mantra has been to look the best I can for my age.
I love your magazine! I am 55 and still in great shape.
I was reading the issue about fearless women and thinking about gifting subscriptions to my sister, niece and friends as the new Ms. And then I read about your treatments. How old can you be? Do you really want young white women to think they can sun and play and it can all be fixed for a few thousand? "Worth every penny"?
How about spending a few thousand to help people who have bigger worries than how "old" the results of their ignorant youth makes them look? I will not be picking up any more copies of this magazine.