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.
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.
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.