We Hear You! Letters from Our May 2012 Issue

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First, I want to tell you how very much I enjoy More. It is so refreshing and interesting, and I love the fact that it is for mature women. I find the beauty, hair and fashion advice invaluable. More has a sense of humor, and it is so informative. I know you know that there is the proverbial "but" coming. The article in the latest issue written by Corbyn Hightower, entitled "Broke but Not Broken," caught my attention. I would say that your magazine is a beacon for empowering women, celebrating their successes and showing how they overcome obstacles in their lives. This article, in my opinion, did the opposite. I am a small-business owner. My husband and I own and operate a lawn service. We started our business 15 years ago, and until two years ago we were the only employees. I can mow, weedeat, blow and chainsaw with the best of them. We are up at 5 in the summertime to try to beat the heat (we live in the South). I handle all customer service, including new sales, project management, equipment purchases, billing and collections, and do the actual work as well. Now our son works with us part time. I'm telling you this for this reason. Ms Hightower is not an example of someone who has survived the recession; she has let herself be made a victim of it. Celebrating getting food stamps is a sign of laziness and failure to me. I think that her relatives are right to question why she is writing stories in coffee shops instead of working there. I would never let my children get used to having the lights turned off or the Thanksgiving dinner left at the grocery story because my debit card was rejected. Her pride in being poor and choosing to be when she could clearly do something to remedy her problem is just beneath the standards of the More magazine I have come to love.

One last thing: I have always wanted to make a living writing and am writing my first novel. But I am doing it in my spare time while we continue to run our business and keep the lights on.

Thank you so much for letting me send you this e-mail. Despite my feelings about this article, I am a forever loyal More reader.
--Shelley Murphy

I've been enjoying the complimentary copies of More that have excited my mailbox over the past few months. However, this one (May 2012) knocked my socks off and may, definitely, convert me to becoming a subscriber.

The best article was the gift from Anna Quindlen. She has topped my list of favorite writers for a long time, as she continues to forge bonds through her thoughts and words that make me feel like her "soul sister." I've made it a point to follow Anna's personal appearances when she's spoken at bookstores and on university stages in our area.

As I approach 65, I am looking for signposts to guide me along my way. Her article, sparkling with its wisdom and acceptance, felt like a "commencement speech" to me, reinforcing conclusions I've reached on my own and offering insights for my future.

Now I feel prepared to switch my tassle and hurl my graduation cap high into the air as I celebrate my entry into this next, wide-open stage of my life.

Also, if you pass this letter on to Anna, please tell her that my mother, too, was a devotee. My mom was an avid reader who never purchased a book but beat a well-worn path to our local library. After reading One True Thing, my mom actually purchased two hardback copies and had them sent to my sister and me.
My mom's been gone now for 10 years, having lived to the age of 92, but this gesture late in her life made an indelible impression on me.

Sincerely,
--Barbara Holleb

I have been very disappointed in More magazine as it was not what I expected. I don't have a problem with other magazines, but for some reason, More is printed in smaller type, and it is hard to read. Obviously, very young people are making the decision about the layout and look of More. The print is too small, and I find it difficult to read, so I skip most articles. I am NOT renewing my subscription because it is not user friendly and it is a waste of money.
--Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen

First Published April 25, 2012

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Comments

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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