We Hear You! Letters from Our May 2012 Issue

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The magazine is MORE, but I can do with much LESS of highlighting the traitor Jane Fonda. She is in great shape and looks wonderfully young—how about the poor POWs she screwed up during the Vietnam war? Guess you are too young to remember the harm and beating these poor guys endured after her jaunt around. It may help to do some research to educate the readers about her past. Doubt if any of our military is laughing with her. I will now cancel my subscription. Please remit a refund.
--Eloise Champi

I enjoyed the piece on Chelsea Handler, but I wish that just once, when a journalist notes that the subject of an interview "doesn't consider herself a feminist," the statement is further explored. Does Handler believe that men are superior to women? Does she believe that a woman's place is in the home? Does she believe that the world would be a better place if women didn't have the vote? What?

Feminism at its base is about self-determination. Journalists need to stop accepting the "I'm not a feminist" line at face value and dig into what women really mean when they say that.
--Amy Richards

I am on the train from NYC to CT reading your Letter from the Editor entitled "The Contradictions of Aging." I am 44, and my mom is 85. To this day, people stop my mom in stores, etc., and ask if they can photograph her. She is so beautiful inside and out. I credit my mom with teaching me, by example, how to age gracefully. (On a funny side note, I have given her More magazine to read a few times. While she likes it, she wishes there were a magazine like More for her age group! If I had the gumption, I would try to pitch that idea, but I'm too tired. I said I reached “total aging acceptance nirvana,” but I didn't say I'm not tired!)

The line I learned from my mom and will carry with me for the rest of my life is, “Aging ain't for sissies!”

My mom has taught my sister and me (and two brothers :) ) to be content in whatever stage of life we are in. Both of my parents encouraged balance in our lives. In all things, moderation. They taught us to laugh, pray, get plenty of sleep and enjoy a glass of wine or a sweet when needed.

I have watched my body, skin, hair and nails change ever so slightly each year, but feel it is perfectly balanced with the casual confidence I have found at 44 vs. 24. Each year seems to get better and better, as my emotional struggles seem to melt away.

Don't know if you will even see this message. I just felt compelled to share. You did say to contact you if we have reached “acceptance nirvana,” so I figured I'd take you up on that. Maybe I should check back with you at 50, 60, 70 and 80 to see if I am still in acceptance, but so far so good!

Thanks for such heartfelt Letters from the Editor!
--Ruth Swift

“Letter from the Editor is my favorite page in More magazine. It's similar to Oprah's back page, but I relate to it more.

Thank you,
--Barb Gustafson

I like More magazine and the idea of having a magazine for mature women. Because you are marketing a magazine for women over 40 (I’m 51), the print size needs to be larger. Some of the articles contain small print that doesn’t even read well with prescription reading glasses. As we age, the ability to read very small print decreases for most people. Think of trying to read the small print on a pill bottle! I have normal vision for my age but struggle with some of the articles. Please consider making the print size slightly larger because of the age of your audience. Thank you for your time.

--Mary Denault

I have been a subscriber for two years plus and love your magazine—I have included two of my friends in my subscription renewals. I almost want to cancel my subscription in protest because of your choice of Chelsea Handler on the cover. More is about women empowering one another and those around them, about great women doing great things, big and small. Chelsea Handler is about bringing people down and stomping on them in the name of "entertainment" and foremost to line her pockets.

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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