A site dedicated to Faces, Facial Differences, and Heroes, Villains and Fools

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You’ve come to the right place to learn about faces, especially ones that stand out in a crowd—the good, the bad, and the “ugly.” Together we’ll learn and share insights—via blogs, guest blogs, comments, and even painted portraits—about the social and psychological aspects of living with “facial differences” in a world that emphasizes looks.

What you bring to the discussion:

  • a lifetime of experience looking at and reacting to faces
  • a willingness to be open-minded and to engage and comment when so moved.

What I bring:

  • I’ve produced TV documentaries on the stigmatizing effects of oral-facial disorders and the psychological issues around .
  • Because I grew up with a cleft lip and palate, I’ve studied the social-psychological aspects of and painted many portraits celebrating faces.
  • I’ve written a memoir, Cleft Heart: Chasing Normal, which conveys my experiences as a . It is the first published memoir by a cleft about the cleft experience.
    When Wayman Publishing released the book, rave reviews poured in. Cleft Heart shows bullied clefts and others that they can survive and thrive, giving them and their loved ones hope that they can live normal lives. [Continue reading]

My brother’s clefts: When birth defects aren’t defects-Compete & Cooperate

Welcoming baby Steven—w/o birth defects.

A Disability, or Not? By Barbara Schonborn I didn’t think my brother Karl had birth defects. Nor did I think his cleft lip and cleft palate were disabilities. When we were children, Karl was just my competitor or my buddy. Brother with no … [Continue reading]

My brother’s clefts: When birth defects aren’t defects – Infancy to surgery.

Barbara & Karl, ready to face the world in Wash,DC

I didn’t think of my brother Karl’s cleft lip and cleft palate as birth defects or disabilities.   These birth defects a disability, or not? Guest blog by Barbara Schonborn** Part One: From Infancy to early surgeries. A Princess … [Continue reading]

Will OJ get parole tomorrow? Where and how to watch his hearing.

Fuhrman covers OJ parole hearing.

I mentioned in a prior blog that the ALCATRAZ EAST crime museum just opened an exhibit around a new acquisition. The item is the White Ford Bronco that carried a frantic and suicidal O.J. Simpson during one of the most famous televised car chases … [Continue reading]

July is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness month: Two special blogs coming soon.

Cleft & Craniofacial Disorders Month

In honor of  National Cleft & Craniofacial Disorders Month, I'm planning two special posts in the upcoming weeks from a guest blogger. Stay tuned and be ready to be surprised and informed.   Cleft and Craniofacial Disorders … [Continue reading]

Crime Museum: Down but not out with addition of OJ’s Bronco..

OJ's Bronco in Crime Museum

Just had a wonderful trip to Tennessee, but missed the Crime Museum there. I saw the Grand Ole Opry  the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Jack Daniels Distillery—all in the Nashville area.  Alas, I didn't make it across the state to Alcatraz East … [Continue reading]

Cocaine, mental illness, trauma: What killed Carrie Fisher?

The Fishers with Carrie...and Cocaine

      I'm working on a memoir tentatively titled Four Murders and a Funeral.  In one of the murders, powdered cocaine plays a role. At least that's what the defendant and his attorney would like us to believe. Whether  the drug was to … [Continue reading]

Cleft lip dad adopts cleft lip baby.

This cleft lip news out of Atlanta made my Father's Day last Sunday. The day had been marred by the death of my best friend's wife the day before. However, I then noticed this news about cute-as-a-boot Hattie Pierce, pictured below. Like myself and … [Continue reading]