We Hear You! Letters from Our September 2011 Issue

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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.
--Judith Mosley

First Published August 24, 2011

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Comments

10.07.2011

The issue of More that caught my attention was the one with Cybil Shepherd on the cover. At last! A magazine for women 50+! I subscribed. Sad to say, I won't renew my subscription. Seems More is getting younger as time goes on. And the cover with Julie Bowen which looks retouched to make her a teenager was the last straw. Also, reality is that in this economy, fashion, vacations and beauty products need to be affordable for the average woman. What about the woman without a college education who has been laid off for a long time? There's lots of them in my area. I am back to searching for the magazine for real women 50+. Thank you for letting me express my views. Sandy

Anne Newdall10.04.2011

Dear Lesley Jane Seymour,
You said that you welcome all comments and I have to agree with another of MORE's subscribers in saying how disappointed they are with the political bent to the right that MORE is advocating. One of the greatest problems we face as a nation is the intolerance, hatred and lack of respect that we are showing to our elected President. If your magazine is going to continue with this attitude I will NOT renew my subscription. Try to be a little less biased against free thinkers and continue presenting articles about women that are positive and motivational.
Sincerely,
Anne

09.23.2011

Hi.....just recieved the OCTOBER issue....and I see there are LOTS of ads and info in PINK, reminding us all that this is BREAST CANCER awareness month............PLEEEEAAASE..this is a magazine for women, WHY are you not giving OVARIAN CANCER as big a voice???? Really, women need the same (if not more) education about this horrific disease...ovaries may be hidden and not considered 'sexy' for the media but if you truly want to reach women then help get the word out there....Breast Cancer and Ovarian cancer can go hand in hand....especially if you have the Bracca Gene(s)....How many women actually know the signs and symptoms and what to ask their dr about???? LETS START DEDICATING SOME ATTENTION TO THIS OFTEN FATAL DISEASE FOR SEPTEMBER ISSUES IN THE FUTURE!!1 :-)♥

Susan Avery09.22.2011

Response to Julie Allen: Thank you for writing, giving all of us an insight into what you live with every day. We thought of the googleheimer's joke as a bit of humor, referencing the everyday memory lapses most people experience at a certain point. You are right to point out that Alzheimer's is the furthest thing from a joke; rather, it's a disease that devastates both individuals and their families, and we apologize for offending you. For more information about Alzheimer's, and excellent advice on dealing with it, More readers can visit alz.org, the Alzheimer's Association website. Most sincerely, Susan Avery, Digital Director, More magazine and More.com

09.19.2011

I look forward to my More magazine each month. Also, bought subscription for my mom. But would like to see more articles on beauty, health and fashion for women on a budget.


Hi, Susan. Thanks for reaching out! Here's a link to the Nautica wool blazer you requested. http://www.nautica.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11745750&cp=3619394.3...

09.15.2011

Though I've seen it on store shelves, I didn't pick up a copy of More until I found one in the pocket of a plane seat on a recent flight. It was a lovely surprise! I read every page, but some of my favorites included: Black & White You'll Crow About, Do You Have What it Take to Work for a Nonprofit?, The Runaway, and The Daddy Chronicles. What a refreshing change to read a woman's magazine with substance that is so well paced and formatted. Thanks to a generous traveler, you have a subscriber.

Julie Allen09.15.2011

I am deeply disappointed that "More" magazine considers "Googleheimers to be a "brave new word." It is not brave to make light of the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. It is not brave to further the stigma of the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progressions. I love a good joke,but "Googleheimers" only furthers the stigma this disease. I should know.
I have Alzheimer's disease. I was diagnosed at the age of 57. With good care and medication to help ease the symptoms, I am able to live my life almost the same - except for all the changes. I had to close my business of 15 years. My husband and I moved three times to accommodate my capabilities, downsizing from a lovely home to a town-home and then to a two-bedroom apartment.
I can only drive to nearby places that I go to regularly, like the grocery store. On some outings, I end up with none of the things on the list and lots of stuff that I don't need, because I have lost the list. I am known in the grocery store. If I look confused, someone will kindly ask if they can help me and steer me to the aisles that I have walked 100 times. If I am having a bad day, one of the staff will walk with me to get what is on my list. While it is an amazing gift, it is also a very difficult blow to my ego. For a strong woman, it takes stamina and conviction to move forward everyday with Alzheimer's.
My reality has been changed forever. I will not be better. Each morning I wake and check to see if I have changed in some way over night.
September is World Alzheimer's Month. A time to support the men and women bravely living with this devastating disease and the people who care for and love them. Visit www.alz.org/wam to learn more about Alzheimer's and how you can join the cause by going purple on the 21'st - Alzheimer's Action Day.

Ashleigh McVey09.14.2011

I started my search for a magazine with a little spice in Wal-Mart; wandering around the small sections where they carry magazines for various types of tastes, “How To Spice Up Your Relationship”, “Turn Your Photos Into Art”, “Add Some Layers To That Fried-Up Hairdo”. My eyes were scattering around in circles trying to find any type of magazine that wasn’t telling me what to do, but rather allowed me to skim through the pages without feeling guilty about how I look or what I can’t buy! Finally, I settled on your magazine, “More”. “More” carried various stories about powerful women, which was definitely a different curve to most magazines out on the market. Almost every magazine I picked up had to do with sex, trends, and what to do with the daily life of a woman, or what they portray to be a woman. The interesting, little snippets of articles about movies that seem worth watching invited excitement to my eyes as I read about how the adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt was starring in yet another classic. Though I adored seeing a line in the September issue about how women should be looked up upon by their classiness and power rather than what most young women look up to today, my absolute favorite part of the magazine was the full-page contributed to up-coming books that aren’t just about the newest craze (vampires and werewolves). These novels looked enticing, something that was worth taking a week out of my life to read! I love that this magazine invited me to criticize them; you didn’t ask for just compliments to be sent in through your survey, but complaints about what was boring and what would spice up the issues to come!
This was an assignment given to me by my Journalism teacher to find a magazine that caught my eye and allowed me to send in a letter about your staff's work. Great job, you have a returning customer!


Hi, Cherie. We're so glad to hear you'd like to complete the survey! Thanks so much! Here's the link: http://www.more.com/september-2011-survey

cherie cox09.13.2011

Your September issue engages me.
Where is the survey to which you refer on page 20?
I am interested in completing it.
Thank You.

Jacklynn 09.10.2011

I was an early fan of your magazine and happily renewed my subscription for years. I loved the fact that a diverse variety of women of all ages were both models and subjects of stories. However, since Seymour took over as editor I've watched this magazine become whiter, younger and more right-wing. I have felt increasing distaste with each issue this year. The topper was your Sept 2011 issue featuring a woman who is NURSING babies (at 56 I really can't relate) Liz Cheney defending her war criminal father and support of women like Meg Whitman, a disgusting paeon to the wealthy conservatives who has physically abused members of her staff!! Eric Estrada--a wife beater???I will not be renewing my subscription. VERY DISAPPOINTED in what this rag has become.

Susan 09.05.2011

Can you please tell me where to find the blazer shown on page 46 of September issue? Went to Nautica.com and could not locate.
Thanks.

Joanne 09.02.2011

I think September may be the best issue of More yet. Nearly every article a winner! Thank you for revisiting with Ann Hood. Her story on the loss of her young daughter was so touching, it's good to know how she and her family are coping at this point. I love the new Hire Calling feature. Julie Castro Abrams is just amazing. I can't wait to see who is profiled in future issues.

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