A site dedicated to Faces, Facial Differences, and Heroes, Villians 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 reconstructive surgery.
  • Because I grew up with a cleft lip and palate, I’ve studied the social-psychological aspects of facial differences and painted many portraits celebrating faces.
  • I’ve written a memoir, Cleft Heart: Chasing Normal, which conveys my experiences as a cleft kid. 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]

Cleft lip superboy (Joaquin Phoenix) fights bullies.

Cleft lip Joaquin Phoenix

Cleft lip (really micro cleft) actor, Joaquin Phoenix, then known as Leaf, uses his super-breath and heat-vision to rain death upon the three stereotypical '80s bullies who dare to throw him in a dumpster. It's just a dream, and he's not actually … [Continue reading]

How US states rank regarding cyberbullying.

Dark-haired, black-clothed bust shot of cyberbullying victim Kehlani singing into mic.

 Out of 46 states in the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Michigan ranks number one for having the biggest bullying problems in 2016. The study conducted by Wallethub measured, among other things, bullying and cyberbullying prevalence and … [Continue reading]

Duck Dynasty’s Mia’s cleft lip Journey – ending?

Young Mia & Mom standing shoulder to shoulder

With the recent news* that "Duck Dynasty" will soon end its amazing, yet confounding, run on TV, I began to wonder if we'd hear any more about Jase and Missy Robertson's daughter, Mia. We haven't heard much about Mia since this article April, 2015 … [Continue reading]

Lookism & the Resting Bitch Face, II.

Lookism: latest peeve is RBF. Bust shots of Kristin Stewart, Kanye West, Queen Elizabeth.

This website is dedicated to the face— esp the disfigured, asymmetric, heroic, villainous, or foolish face. This means that the site and my blog take on some pretty interesting topics. In my  blog two weeks ago, I raised the issue of the resting … [Continue reading]

Cleft lip news: bullying, ‘Wonder’ movie, Cher’s retreat.

Bust shot of Michelle Aftimos and "Perfect" baby son with cleft lip.

This story by Sara Newman came to my attention recently. It provides useful info for families with cleft lip and palate kids. I've added the info about Cher and her facial differences camps."Anti-bullying messages are prevalent in today’s schools, … [Continue reading]

Lookism & Halloween: witch or bitch face?

Bust shot of actress in ATT&T commercial with annoyed face- Lookism?

It is Halloween and the time that witch faces show up at parties and at neighborhood trick-or-treat outings. All sorts of other faces show up, too—esp some representing lookism gone wild (for example, sweet faces from Disney's studios and  pretty … [Continue reading]

Facial symmetry & why some clowns scare us.

Close up of white-faced, red-nosed clown without facial symmetry.

  Stephen King's It— a 1000 page epic of a shape-shifting evil from beyond time— features a clown named Pennywise. The clown doesn't This dancing clown grins through all the horror and gore in It and exudes malevolent wit. While King’s villains are … [Continue reading]