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]

TV’s 10 most evil villains today.

Bust shot of Joffrey Baratheon, villain from TV's Game of Thrones.

 This site is about faces and heroes, villains, and fools.  I've looked at asymmetrical faces—due to cleft lips and palates often—a lot. However, I haven't written many blogs about villainous faces which often feature asymmetry. For that matter, I've … [Continue reading]

Kids charged as felons for bullying: Racism?

Woman holding hand of young child marching to end 'school-to-prison pipeline.'

 Back in May of 2016 about 100 parents, seniors and clergy marched in protest in Clayton, Missouri (near Ferguson). They didn't like an impending law that they felt would create a  “school-to-prison pipeline.” They said that the soon-to-be enacted … [Continue reading]

‘Gone Girl’ still victimized by cyberbullying.

Head shots of cyberbullying victim Denise Huskins & kidnapper Matthew Muller: attractive blonde and dark-haired villain.

 In this my first first blog of 2017, I will begin a process of including more topics about villains, apropos of the theme of this website. Today, I'm writing about a cyberbullying villain.Heroes, Villains and Fools.Of late, I've  focused a lot on … [Continue reading]

How countries rank re cleft lip & palate needs.

Map of world with Rich/poor countries & cleft lip repair resources shown in dark and light red.

On a day when many of us see people around the world celebrating New Years on TV, I thought it appropriate to consider how cleft lip care resources vary around the world.There are many countries in the world where patients with cleft lip and palate … [Continue reading]

How can Santa make the Holidays happy? By delivering 3D printers for cleft lip surgery.

White head in middle of box-like 3d-printer for cleft lip & palate surgery

You may see Santa and his reindeer streaming thru the sky tonight or see them on those radar images TV newscasters use to chart his path from the North Pole. If so, let's hope that he's delivering 3-D printers which'll help countries around the world … [Continue reading]

Has Trump really caused an increase in bullying?

Words involved in bullying SPLC '16: swastikas, The KKK, Nazi.Deportation.

 This article by an editor at Reason.Com appears to be a fair, "let's-wait-and-see" assessment of the causes of the recent spike in bullying. That's why I'm posting it here in its entirety.Most of us are amateur social scientists to the extent that … [Continue reading]

Cleft lip charity to benefit from Trump’s “Apprentice.”

                                                                                                                                            Besides revelations regarding Trump's cabinet picks, last week saw news about his signature TV show, "The … [Continue reading]