I have subscribed to your magazine for years. I especially appreciate the health section in the back of the magazine, and the travel-related articles. However, I was turned-off and angered when I read your profile of Liz Cheney “defending” her “controversial” Dad. To say the least, he’s controversial. More to the point: he is a liar and a war criminal. Why do you give Ms. Cheney and her family an opportunity to justify this behavior by such an interview or profile?
--Teresa Statler, Portland, Oregon
Me, me, me, me, me. Is that all MORE magazine ever writes about? Isn't there someone else you might be interested in discussing?
I've just picked up my September issue of MORE, and it's all about me...again.
In fairness, let me rewind here. A few years ago, I was at my hairdressers, where I was waiting to have the last pieces of dyed hair cut off, having decided to go to my natural color of grey. While I waited, I picked up a magazine, and idly flipped through it only to find an article on a woman who had just done the same thing, and how she felt a new sense of freedom. She put into words how I felt.
I looked around to see who was watching, and quickly stuffed the magazine in my purse, only "borrowing" it of course. Someone had removed all those annoying subscriptions inserts, so what other choice did I have, but to borrow the one I was reading! Since then, I look forward to every copy - knowing each one will tell me more about myself.
One of my favorite issues was April 2011. I had only got as far as the Editors Letter "Life with Risk, about the sudden paralyzing fear of flying, and she was already talking about me. Had Lesley Jane Seymour been on the same flights as me? Was it her hand I grabbed on takeoff once? Did our faces turn ash grey together when we hit that terrible turbulence once of Alaska? Then in the same issue, was the breath stopping "The Lost Boy". Now MORE wasn't just writing about me, it was writing about my teenage son? I felt such comfort after savoring every word of that article, knowing I wasn't the only mother who had a difficult, abusive son that I was at my wits end over. It gave me so much hope. Then there was "I'll have what she's having”.... again more answers to my questions about getting rid of my brown age spots and trying to make myself look younger .... If this many women want to know. Maybe I'm not so vain after all!!
Then came this month’s issue - I turn each page, wondering what you know about me this month. Here we go again.....I just bought my self an orange purse, much against my kids’ better judgement, but MORE says it was the right thing to do ("Spice Colors"). DCIS ("Breast cancer you may not need to treat") - I had that three years ago, and chose to have a bi-lateral mastectomy. Your article was one of the best I’ve read, on this controversial type of "breast cancer."
The incredibly moving article "The Runaway", where Anne Hood says "when I graduated the only job I wanted was a flight attendant". Me too, and I was for 10 years. Whenever I was struck by pain or grief, I always wanted to go somewhere else, run away. I never had the pain of losing a child, but I so identify with Anne Hood, and I had no idea I could go from Beijing (where I was on business last week) to Tibet by train. Thank you Anne, I will do that the next time I am in China, and will think of you. She also made me laugh, because I too, go nowhere without my coffee press & bag of ground Colombian Starbucks, in fear that I won't be able to get a decent cup of coffee, which is so often the case, in these far flung places!
MORE is like the sister I so desperately wanted but never had, a good friend who almost always agrees with me, but questions me also, my therapist, my companion, my buddy & my guide. You have helped me understand my mother, my husband, my teenage children, some occasional toxic friends, but most of all, myself.
I need nothing else in my life, except to keep on doing what I'm doing with my latest copy of MORE by my side.