What a difference a month or two makes and I’m referring to the October issue of Martha Stewart Living in comparison to the July/August and even the September issue. The October issue is far from being a clone!
I’m not an established food or magazine critic as you will notice from the words I choose when I compliment, or even criticize which I probably do more than I should. Actually, I just happen to think I get a few good ideas every now and then and I like to share good or bad. There won’t be any criticizing today though!
My opinion about the October issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine can be described in one word, ‘excellent’ or even two words, ‘very excellent’ but I’m not a woman of one or two words So, what do I talk about first? How about the all-over-the-page- numbers? There weren’t any except where absolutely necessary and I smiled when I saw the dotted arrows and circles such as in the Craft and Beauty and Style sections. The white balloons in crafts were on a black background and white discreet arrows trickled down from the caption to the center of all three balloons. The same was done in the Beauty and Style section and I actually read that whole page, meaning the captions because thankfully they weren’t numbered to correspond with numbered pictures! How I hate that and if I’m correct, I think they use that system in children’s learning/coloring books.
I was impressed with every article in this issue from ‘Martha Plants Ahead’ where she tells us how she planted her thousands of daffodils, and then there was ‘Irresistible Ink,’ and Andy Gray’s upstate New York home which I loved. Wait until you see the beautiful pumpkins in ‘Nature’s Canvas’ which made me want to start carving, and I also especially liked ‘The Chicken Playbook section. Talk about tasty looking chicken dishes as well as ten chicken know-how’s that we all should know about. I didn’t know there were air-chilled chickens! Another useful article was on posturing. Right away I was straightening out my back as I read it! It made me realize how weak I’ve made my back become just from slouching over while sitting and not standing tall and that’s not all, but you’ll have to read it.
In one of my ‘critiques’ posted here in my blog, I mentioned that I don’t read the essay on the back page. I read it this time because I have a sister who had a stroke, as this particular grandmother did. It was a moving essay especially when I got to the part about the grandmother wanting to be called Trish and the treasure she left when she passed. I didn’t think I’d be swiping away at tears as I finished reading it but nonetheless…and all I can say now is I’ll be reading the essays from now on!
So what are you waiting for? This October issue should be on the newsstands right about now, (I get home delivery), and I know the chickens are always available for cooking and the pumpkins will soon be available for carving. There’s ‘New Little Italy’ dishes too which look good enough to eat! I’m planning a trip to Home Depot or Lowes for some rolls of that conductive copper tape, page 68, and to Martha’s site for some clip-art because those haunted houses on page 63 are to my liking - Haunted House. I just thought of another word to describe this issue – ‘inspiring’ – and you can bet I’ll be looking through it again!
I have a feeling Martha and company have been reading our comments, maybe even on this blog and like I said in an earlier post, “Martha and company have always paid attention to the customer’s opinions and I have faith they’ll continue to do so.” It looks like I was right when I wrote that!