September 19, 2011 12:00 PM


“This seems like a well-adjusted, well-behaved family. Obviously they are doing something right”

Kristine Korhonen

Punta Gorda, Fla.

In a world where many celebrities want to talk about themselves on Facebook or brag about how many followers they have on Twitter, it is so refreshing to see that real stars like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie actually live life and not talk about it.

Chaz Philipi

Bethesda, Md.

I don’t question that they love their six children, but to refer to them as a “normal” family is a stretch to say the least.

Melissa Panara

via e-mail

I’m sure the Jolie-Pitt household is filled with love for the kids. But if all parents had the same help they must have, as most Hollywood stars do, we could all do a great job. The cover states, “How They Make It Work.” The question to ask is, “Who does it?” I imagine a housekeeper, cook, assistant and nanny actually make things work. Brad and Angelina may have problems like everyone else, but I think they have a support system that is 100 percent better than most of the world’s.

Gail Birney

via e-mail


Thank you for featuring all the adorable children in your Cutest Kids piece. It was really fun to peek into their fashion personalities and see the interesting diversity they all exemplified.

Jennifer Netzer Hartley

Charleston, S.C.

More celebrities’ children? I am a mother and grandmother—so, yes, I like kids. But enough already!

Debbie Armstrong

Plano, Texas


I don’t watch The View, but even I knew Sherri Shepherd has been planning her wedding for months. So for Joy Behar to suddenly marry just two days before her coworker was surprising.

Donna Wood

via e-mail


I was saddened to hear about Jani Lane’s passing. He and his band Warrant still are a great band. Their music is the kind you could shamelessly rock out to with your friends or blast from your car. My condolences to his family and friends.

Carly Booth



Thank you for highlighting the important work that Project Sanctuary is doing to support our nation’s military families. As a military mom, I know how much it means when communities rally around our service members and their loved ones. The First Lady and I are working through our Joining Forces initiative ( to encourage every American to reach out to a military family. Your story was a great illustration of the impact we can each have.

Jill Biden

Second Lady of the United States


In the Books section in our Sept. 5 issue, the initials of the author of Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog were accidentally left out. The author is J.H. Lee. We regret the error.


Since our Aug. 29 article about Cpl. Ian Manning’s efforts to save his marriage with the help of Project Sanctuary, 80 military families have reached out to the nonprofit for help. “The feature not only raised awareness of the struggles so many of our military families face, but it spoke to those families and reassured them they are not alone,” says Project Sanctuary founder Heather Ehle. Reader Nina Shokrian of Houston wrote, “Thank you for shedding light not only on a wonderful organization but on a couple like the Mannings, who unknowingly sacrificed love to help protect the country.”

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