Saturday, March 27, 2021

How to Handle a Ruler (Face Reading Short Story)


Alexander the Great, his broad shoulders and flowing robe, was pacing before his teacher, Aristotle.
“Sit down, Alex, you’re making me nervous.” The huge elephant of a conqueror plopped down on his thrown.
“I just don’t know what to do, Aris. It’s all making me crazy. We’re losing men in the Western province, and my feet are hurting. Just can’t find the right sandal maker.”
“OK. OK. Well, let’s look at one problem at a time, like I taught you to do when you were a boy. You’ve conquered Mesopotamia by land and brought 8,000 men over the mountain ridge into Constantinople last week. How did the elephants fare? I heard there were rainstorms, and some of them lost their footing in the mud.”
“Only lost three elephants out of the lot, but, dang, those things are heavy when they go down! Have a good elephant man though, and he pulled them through. Seems like a trainer had cut back on their rations. That’s all. Just needed to feed them on the spot, and they were right as rain. Excuse the pun.” Alexander fidgeted with his crown.
“So let’s go to our maps, and see where we need reinforcements this week.” Aristotle’s noble face turned to his friend and student. “You know. I can’t always be doing this for you. I’m needed at the Pantheon to do my gig at the Acropolis. Don’t want to spread myself too thin, if you know what I mean. But for you, Alex, anything.”
“Thanks, my friend. I feel better knowing I can talk this over. Even conquerors need down time. Can your page here bring me some wine and bread? Haven’t eaten since breakfast, and I am used to my three squares. After all, I’m a growing boy.” Aristotle let his eyes roll, and both men laughed. Alexander’s massive body resembled one of the elephants.
“OK. So the provinces are done. Now, how are the captured peoples?” Aristotle went through their usual list of items conquerors need to attend to. 
“Just checking that all are being treated well. You know, it’s important for your image to be extra kind to the foreigners. Don’t let your men get sloppy and take food out of their homes. Doesn’t look good, and after all – your army is the highest paid in centuries. They can certainly learn to act like gentlemen after a battle.” Aristotle reached for an herbal beverage. He wasn’t a liquor sort of guy. Tarnished his reputation as a thinker.
“Aris,” the younger one looked up. “ I need some new generals for the overland conquests. Some of our older men want to go home and be with their families. Say they’ve been gone too long and miss their kids. What should I be looking for in the incoming batch? Any new ideas for leadership?”
Aristotle nodded. “The new scholars in Greece have been talking about something called “physiognomy” or “Face Reading.” It’s all the rave in the sun cities. And easy to understand. I’ve started incorporating it into my own work. Last week I met with Socrates, who was really with it for once. He had heard of it, too. Sometimes he’s a bit too cerebral, but no one is perfect.
“So how does it work, Aris? I want to choose the top of the crop of the men coming into the field, if you know what I mean.” Alexander liked to make farming references as he knew nothing about land and wanted to appear intellectually broader. As he wasn’t always the sharpest sword in the sheath.
Aristotle got out the writing board which he used for visuals. “For your uses, let’s see. You’d need a soldier that has these qualities:
Brave and fearless in battle.
Quick and mentally agile. Able to grasp complicated battle plans.
Sort of rugged looking. Outdoorsy sort of guy. Able to enjoy living in tents year round.
Powerful looking. Looks like he would command leadership over the guys.
Able to inspire the men, so they follow and don’t take the horses in opposite directions.
Approachable. Can throw a mean dice and joke it up with the troops.

 “So what does a man like this look like?”
Aristotle walked back and forth in front of the throne popping grapes in his mouth. “OK, here’s what Face Reading stuff says you’ll need. They are called “Facial Features.” Physical Patterns. And his look would include these features.
He raised his chalk to write.
Alexander sat up to pay attention. He had to memorize the information and burn it into his huge head. There won’t much papyrus to go around these days. Plus, his robe didn’t have any pockets. Direct recall was the best even if it hurt all his brain cells to think so much. Those metal helmets in battle had been too small, he told himself.
Aristotle continued, “You’ll want a ‘big, broad wide forehead’ for the strategy part, so he will be clever and smarter than his commander.” He winked at his friend. The facial feature of ‘High cheek bones’ means he loves to travel. You’ll need that. A man “on the go” doesn’t take a lot of toiletries. ‘Full, thick beard’ shows outdoors person. Those ‘sparse beards’ mean a man is immature. Might just stop into his middle of a battle and have an outdoor cook-out. Can’t have that. The key is the jaw structure. All great warriors and leaders, men of state who move the world have ‘huge jaws’ and ‘forward thrusting chins.’ That’s really the key, Alex. Look for the ‘huge jaw and forward chin,’ means dynamic leader with forceful presence. And I bet the other facial features will follow.”
Alexander nodded. So much less to remember. He liked this Face Reading stuff better all the time. No need to cloud his mind with too many facts.
“For him being a ‘guy’s guy,’ I’d go with the ‘big front teeth’ and a ‘wide mouth.’ Makes a man strong and forceful with a tinge of rollicking fun. Kind of adds a nice touch, don’t you think? Also, ‘very small eyes’ and elephant ‘big ears’ - a blend of a commander who is watchful and listens well. That way you don’t have to pay the spies as much. They usually want too many coins for travel time. And they’ve been known to work on both sides if they feel they’re not appreciated.”
“Isn’t that the truth!” Alexander nodded. “So we’ve got ourselves a visual picture of a great general. Thanks so much for the tips.”
“And just remember that it doesn’t make any different what province or tribe the leader comes from. These are universal facial features that apply to all men.” Aristotle put down his chalk and came to sit on his simple chair near the throne.
“Righted, tighty then,” nodded Alexander. “So how are the boys at the Pantheon, Aris? What else is new?”
And so they went on to other topics.

(c) Copyright, Barbara Roberts. August, 2016. All Rights reserved. Can be contacted at:

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Face Reading SHORT STORY!


MatchU4Love Dating Service

Jason sighed. If this date was any more of a gold digger, she’d be sitting on his lap taking out his dental fillings. He really needed to change his “MatchU4Love” Profile on the “Income” line. Take off the “millionaire” entry. Yes, he owned his own company and was darn proud of it, but perhaps he shouldn’t advertise it on first dates.
    Back at his desk he told Keri, his budget manager, that he’d be in “conference” and went in to reread his “Man on the Go Looking for Independent Woman” Profile title bar. “OK. Got to rework this one,” he mumbled. “I’ll leave the photo - after all, I’m tall, dark, and handsome – and humble.”
    After fifty eight dates – women who were tall, short, blonde, brunette, red head, corporate investors, homemakers, childless, with children, rich, poor, he’d reached his limit for even a “man on the go.” Perhaps an image change? Perhaps a lobotomy.
    He barely cleared Keri’s desk as he walked out of the office on his way to lunch. She looked up. Sensitive to every nuance of his walk, she inquired, “Bad day, eh, Jason?” They were attuned to each other not because they were steamy closet lovers at work, but because she was his sister. They’d been competing siblings over cookies and Mom, but now they had settled into harmonious bantering.
    “Keri, I’m lost in this dating world. Help me! Help me! You are my only hope,” he did his best impersonation of Princess Leah talking to Obi-Wan.
    His sister put down her Excel printout and looked into his very blue but sad eyes. “You know I read all the current women’s self-help books,” Keri began in the way only an older sister can totally bore a brother to tears.
    He controlled his gag reflex. “SO?” He rolled his eyes indicating if he heard any more feminine psychobabble, he would ask God to reincarnate as a turtle.
“Well, there’s this woman who went on Tyra Banks last month. Her name is Barbara Roberts, and she wrote a book called FACE READING – How to Know Anyone at a Glance. It’s the new way to find romance. Tyra really liked her. Look here,” she motioned to an open page from the book. “See, you have these facial features:
    Blue eyes, Square forehead line, Vertical line above your nose
Strong jaw, Round naso-labial lines, Wide mouth, Large ears
    Full cheeks
    “You’ve been ‘looking for love in all the wrong places,’ my little brother. Get off “MatchU4Love,” and stop paying that gypsy at “Cupid will Deliver.”
    Jason immediately confiscated the FACE READING book from her desk, tucked it under his arm and left the office in a far better mood that he’d been in in a long time.
    Patterns. Facial Patterns.
    It was midnight. He had read the whole book.
My face has Patterns. All I need to do is just match the Patterns in my face to the Patterns in her face!
 “There might be hope!” He turned over to Massie, his German Shepard, who was currently taking up half of his bed. “They’ll soon be a special someone with us, my girl.” And he gave her an affectionate ear scratching.
    Not long after, he was at the airport meeting his client Phil. The plane was delayed, so he got his Starbuck’s caramel latte and blueberry scone and popped open his paper to wait. A woman carrying a laptop approached the seat next to him. Blue silk suit holding a cell phone. He looked over just in time to catch a “Hi”-nod and went on reading the local news.
    When she finished talking and started adjusting her cup’s tea bag, she turned to ask, “Waiting for the Phoenix incoming flight?”
    “Yep. My client Phil is on it. How about you?” As they spoke he regarded her closely. She seemed amazingly familiar for someone he had never met. Then his mind clicked into the facial feature composite of his “ideal” woman. Cassie. One by one, he counted off their compatible facial features. He became so excited, he mentally he was begging God to get to know this woman, but he was trying not to grovel. He was chaffing at the bit to ask if she was single as he listened to her describe an actual normal life. When she wanted to know about his life and interests, he was incredulous that a woman would ask about him.
     By the time Phil walked out of Gate 24, Jason had already planned their wedding and bought his tuxedo.
    After he introduced Phil to Cassie, he turned to her. “Here, let me give you my card.” They both said that at the same time. Cassie blushed. He smiled.
As he guided Phil into his office and passed Keri’s desk, Jason gave her the thumbs up-signal and mouthed, “I’ll tell you later.”
    Well, Massie and Arnold, Cassie’s German Shepard, became a regular on walks in the park, Friday night movies at home, Saturday picnics, and morning coffees. Together they watched the seasons change and laughed and talked through Christmas, Easter and July 4th.
      In the Fall Jason turned to Massie before he set his alarm for work, “Massie, it’s time for you to start sleeping on the floor. Cassie and Arnold are coming to live with us.”
      He thought he saw Massie smile before she rolled over and started snoring.

(c) Copyright, Barbara Roberts. March 25, 2021. All rights reserved.



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(True! Short story on "Face Reading")
Jamie, a woman with nely-textured blonde hair, blue eyes, a narrow jaw, and ne-pored skin sat before me. Her features all expressed sensitivity. With so many features for gentleness in her face, I wonder if she would nd dealing with people too abrasive. Would she prefer the company of animals for companionship? If so, what animal would most appeal to her? Animals with gentleness, intelligence, and responsiveness? Might be horses.
I leaned forward. “Do you like horses?”
Astonished laughter and gasps broke out in the room.
Jamie replied, “I’ve loved horses since I was ve. I own my own stable. Sometimes I have a hard time functioning in the world. I feel too sensitive for its hardness. Horses help me feel connected to life.”


(True Story on "Face Reading")
The red and green ornaments for Christmas were scattered throughout the large room. Festive music played, and chocolate desserts were laid out on long tables. But no one was moving. Forty people gathered behind me to listen as I read one face after another. Laughing, good humored snickers and some applause resounded behind me.
An older gentleman sat down, and I focused on his big money nose, bushy eyebrows, and determined chin. Definitely an entrepreneur! A man whose nose told me he was very wealthy. I went with my intuitive hunch, “John, do you have any connection with the word ‘franchise’?”
Uproarious laughter surrounded me in stereo.
“I guess that means ‘Yes?’” my eyebrows went up. His wife turned to me, “He owns 80 franchises.”

Saturday, March 13, 2021



Face Reading - How to Know Anyone at a Glance!
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