Perhaps Anne-Christine Strugnell would have had an easier time with her stepdaughter if she had demonstrated an ounce of compassion, empathy or even interest in Cassie. Her approach to stepparenting appears to be modeled on the wicked stepmother in Cinderella. An 11-year-old girl is looking for a role model, not a cold, judgmental, selfish woman who is poised to complain about everything. Possibly, if Strugnell ever thought of anyone other than herself and how put upon she was by Cassie’s presence, she might have been able to appreciate Cassie. Including Cassie in her walks with the dog instead of trying to escape from the child would have been an easy start.
I thought that Anne-Christine Strugnell was far more tolerant than I could have been in the same situation (“Stepdog”), and I give her credit. However, I detected yet another significant message in her story: the importance of teaching children responsibility for their pets. Far too often, adults permit youngsters to acquire animals that become unfortunate victims of neglect.
It's a shame that young Cassie didn't exhibit the same compassion toward her dog, Roxy, that she herself received from Ms. Strugnell. It's up to us, the adults and role models, to teach future generations about relationships and caring about others—whether they be humans or the innocent animal beings that depend on us.
Good work, More, for including thought-provoking articles such as this one.
Love, Love, Love, your "letter from the editor" article in the May 2012 issue. So well said . . . Thank you.
Upon finishing the Anna Quindlen piece, I said (to myself), Bravo. Lesley, we may never achieve total acceptance on aging, but the day your magazine has the courage to put Anna Quindlen on the cover and not Chelsea Handler (really? Chelsea Handler?), we'll all be a bit closer.
Dear Ms. Seymour:
It struck me as ironic that in the middle of an article celebrating women's courage ("The Fierce List"), you praise actress Laura Dern by saying she has balls. Women don't have balls—and we don't need them. Implying, even tongue-in-cheek, that courage comes from body parts that only men are born with sends the message that women aren't inherently brave. If you want to use a visceral term, why not "guts"? It's punchy and gender free. (And don't get me started on women telling other women to "grow a pair" or "man up"!) Thanks very much for listening.
Love MORE!!! I’m sorry I tried to submit this at more.com/aging but couldn't figure it out. My thoughts about wrinkles and sunspots do not match the measures I take to diminish them. When I see a woman my age (45) or older who has clearly had no work done, I immediately like her. Her wrinkles actually make her more beautiful for all the obvious reasons: her lack of vanity, her own self-worth, etc., but also because a few wrinkles at 45 look better on your face than none at all.
I was just visiting my mom in Alabama who is now 80, and she is the most beautiful woman I have yet to meet. I know she's my mom, but she's obviously been a great one for me to feel this way. I can proudly say that my mom has never had any work done, not even a facial. More astonishing is that growing up and throughout my entire life, I have never heard my mom complain about aging or anything else, for that matter. My mom has always been content.
So I question myself, why do I pay astronomical amounts of money to erase a few lines between my eyes? Sadly and ashamedly, I think the shallow society we live in (me being one) has actually had more influence on me than the woman I hold in highest esteem, until now!!!!
I'm hoping to turn over a new leaf and a new face to the world. I want my daughter to remember me content.
Side note: My dad also tells my mom every day that she is the smartest, sexiest and most beautiful woman in the world. Could that be the secret???