A site dedicated to Faces, Heroes-Villains-and-Fools, and how to deal with Villains.

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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 psychological aspects of facial differences  as a social scientist.
  • I’ve written a memoir, Cleft Heart: Chasing Normal, which conveys my experiences as a cleft kid and young man. 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.

In Cleft Heart, among other things, I identify the heroes, villains, and fools (usually, me) I encountered coming of age. The photos above and the slideshow paintings to the left show heroes, villains, and fools many of us recognize. . . and even argue over. For info about why we argue about them, go here. For the identities of the painted images, hit the FAQ tab above.

With your help, we can:

  • recognize the heroes—especially the loved ones, surgeons, dentists, and speech therapists—who help so many born with facial differences,
  • confront the villains and bullies who make  life difficult for those with facial issues (for starters, visit here), 
  • learn about even more serious villains and the ways the criminal justice system can deal with them
  • celebrate fools, because every life deserves laughter, and
  • share opinions about writings and imagery (photos, paintings, etc) of faces and facial differences. 

Interested in photos relating to Cleft Heart? Go here for photos from the first half of Cleft Heart and here for photos from the end of the story.

The information on this site is not intended as a substitute for medical/psychological help or professional advice, but is to be used only as an aid in understanding various disorders and their treatment.

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