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]

Lookism: Before & After shots of celebrities.

Lookism: Heidi Klum

There's theoretical lookism and applied lookism. I've blogged more about the former than the latter. The latter includes beauty makeup and cosmetic surgery, among other things.Lookism goes to the movies.Because many of you have asked for Before and … [Continue reading]

Prison life is hard. Outside can be harder. CSP revisited.

Prison life left behind, but now what?

 Prison life gone bad?I've known, and been a victim of, someone who recidivized. Recidivism refers to committing a crime after being "rehabilitated" in prison. When it comes to prison life, it's a big "No No." To victims,  everyday taxpayers, … [Continue reading]

Prison life 101: Help adjusting to life outside.

Prison life vs Outside life.

Despite America's current turn to the political right, there is still momentum in the US to reduce the number of inmates in prison—for financial as well as "fairness" reasons. That means a lot of inmates—mostly nonviolent offenders—will be soon … [Continue reading]

Villains you sort of root for—Russell & Rhys in “The Americans.”

Villain Keri Russell in "The Americans"

One of the few TV shows that's got its hooks in me is The Americans. Maybe it's because I grew up during the cold war. Or maybe it's because the villains often seem like heroes. Keeping bad guys and good guys straight is fun. Watch, esp if you think … [Continue reading]

Prison rehabilitation: Turning zeroes into heroes?

Afro-Italian inmate in orange apron working at table.

 A recent article about carcerite, “prison syndrome,” is especially interesting in that it gives insight into the prison system in Italy. While bedeviled with overcrowding, just like the US, Italy has some "inspired" prison rehabilitation … [Continue reading]

Thanks to fans of my book and blogs re cleft lip and palate.

Small dog named Monte about to chew on book abt cleft lip.

I appreciate all of you who’ve followed my cleft lip and palate blogs over recent years.  I'll continue to post info relevant to this most common of birth defects.I'm also grateful to those of you who've bought Cleft Heart: Chasing Normal about my … [Continue reading]

Would be serial killer blows first attempt.

Tan 2-story motel where Serial killer botches her 1st attempt.

 Before this website transitions more fully toward villains and away from cleft palate and lip heroes (the kids, the medical pros that help them), a little humor is in order. Of course, lightheartedness is in the eye of the beholder. The victim of … [Continue reading]