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Day 812: Faces

Here are some thoughts about faces I am facing right now:

  • Human beings are hard-wired to notice faces and facial expressions,
  • In this blog, I avoid showing my face in photos and videos,
  • When I  am not in the presence of people, I can easily imagine them with negative expressions on their faces,
  • When I was a kid, I was freaked out by an episode of The Outer Limits TV show, with aliens that looked like giant ants with angry faces,
  • When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time In the hospital, where doctors and nurses wore surgical masks when they were about to operate on me, so I couldn’t see adults’ faces at times that were particularly scary,
  • When I was participating in a two-day group therapy experience in California last month, I became frightened when the light in the room changed and I couldn’t see the faces of the other people,
  • Several times, I’ve watched the video of me singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight (posted  in my blog yesterday), looking at people’s faces and interpreting their reactions differently,
  • The media seems to focus on conventionally beautiful faces and on faces with “ugly” expressions,  and
  • When I am feeling safe and secure, I find faces of all kinds very beautiful.

Here are some faces I noticed yesterday, as my boyfriend Michael and I were facing food shopping at our local supermarket:

              

  

Here’s a song about a face,  performed by mop-topped faces:

If “I’ve Just Seen a Face” by the Beatles is not showing its face here, you can find it on YouTube, along with this version of that tune performed by Paul McCartney and a face he loved:

I look forward to facing any thoughts, feelings, and/or suggestions about other Face songs  from you, in a comment facing below.

Now I need to go face the beginning of my work week!

Many thanks to all the faces I’ve seen in my life, to The Beatles, to Paul and Linda McCartney, to musicians and others who’ve put so many smiles on my face over the years, and to you — of course! — for spending Face Time with me, here and now.

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