appearances

  Opposite you, an exhausted-looking man glances at his phone persistently. To your right, a woman glides a slender brush
To me, however, from the next generation, it seemed so sad that how appearances and their struggles with authority plagued them so much. Their high school years just seemed to be extended into their college years.
I started thinking about how appearances can be deceiving after an experience with a client who gave every indication of being very wealthy.
Pretty is artifice. Pretty is a construct, and a social construct at that. Pretty can be fun to do, to learn, to practice, to hone; but pretty can also be damaging.
Self-consciousness can prevent people from being who they are, expressing what they are feeling, doing what they want to do, and all because they are afraid of what other people will think or say about them.
The study conducted by Warwick Business School, University College London and Dartmouth College looked at how facial appearances
Delightful as Dratch is in interviews and in her book, there is something uncomfortable about this framing. If we accept
Not every social climber exhibits the same exact behaviors, but here are some telltale signs (crowd sourced by other posters and doctored by me) that can save us all some heartache.
A case in point is my own ugly phase. I think back to my least favorite first day in class back in the 1950s and how it all turned out. It reads funny now, but I really felt the pain. Perhaps it will ease someone else's.
We do not often know when storms will come, but using what we have, acting quickly, and with peace in our hearts, we can endure them. Then, when the storm passes, we can still have a good day.