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“You can’t judge a book by its cover.”  But, we do.

It starts in childhood – picking on kids who wear glasses or braces, have a physical/speech/mental handicap, different skin color, weight issues, unique fashion sense, etc.

As adults, even though we should be smarter and more mature, we continue judging others.

In the late 1970’s, Randy Newman’s hit song, “Short People,” was a sarcastic commentary on prejudice.  Most people, however, didn’t pick up on the subtle sarcasm, nor did they grasp the lyric’s main point, “All men are brothers until the day they die.”  They focused on the insulting lyrics, which they used to ridicule a specific segment of the population.  A co-worker, who was 5”1’, found the song extremely offensive.  I empathized with her frustration.

I grew up a blonde, blue-eyed California girl.  Media and popular movie characters and/or actresses promoted the idea of the “dumb blonde,” which subsequently gave birth to popular dumb blonde jokes.  They are offensive to me, because there are individuals who actually believe them.  Those who didn’t know me assumed that, because I was blonde, I had nothing intelligent to say or contribute.  It’s incredible how many times throughout my life I have had to correct their assumptions, and watch their surprise double take.  As a result, I try to make a concerted effort not to judge someone on his or her physical appearance.

The truth is that everyone has been on the receiving end of judgments at some point in their lives. Do they carry a grudge, or become sensitive to others’ pain?

Writing a memoir or biography provides insight into a life journey.  It’s an opportunity to explain how such experiences re-shaped perspectives, and to share resulting wisdom.

That shared story needs a book cover design.  A picture is worth a thousand words, the adage says, and the photograph chosen for the cover is important.  It should reflect or highlight the individual’s core essence or personality, because it provides a visual introduction to the book’s subject matter – either repelling or inviting.

The cover itself can also align itself with the subject matter – dimensions, soft or hardback, board (found in young children’s books), or handcrafted.  There was a gentleman who spent his life as a woodcrafter, so his memoir’s book cover was crafted from wood, with the title and design engraved into it.

Ensure your life story book cover showcases your uniqueness, where judgment is not an issue.

What photograph(s) and/or images would best reflect your life thus far?


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