It was recently brought to my attention that I have been trading under a false flag as the photograph on the right hand side of the blog did not represent what I look like now. Understandably, given it was taken about 10 years ago around the time I wrote Meeting the Masters since when time has taken its toll. So I have replaced that version with the most recent photo I have though that has a lockdown beard which has now gone and I don't normally look quite so glum. But I never could smile for the camera.
You might ask why I include a photograph of myself at all. The reason is similar to why I use my real name online. I think people reading the blog should know who they are dealing with, and a person's face does say something about that person. This seems particularly appropriate at the present time when faces and the vital human element they represent are being increasingly banned from public view.
In my opinion, the passing years have been good to you. You are also one of those men who can wear a beard well. Whenever I grow a beard, I end up looking like a middle-aged Santa Claus.
Anyway, this post has reminded me that my own online photo is also about a decade old. You have inspired me to consider an update of my own.
And it goes without saying that I agree with and admire your attitude regarding the use of your real name and image online. I don't think many people stop to consider the potential (negative) spiritual implications of anonymous posting and hiding behind pseudonyms online. I think they should.
You're too kind, Frank. Anyway, the beard has gone now which means the photo was redundant before I even put it up! But still it's the most recent photo I have and is only a few months old so a more representative likeness.
"But I never could smile for the camera."
Relatable, I find a way to get out of being obligated to smile for a picture is when asked to smile give the biggest, dumbest, fakest looking grin possible and people will usually tell you that you don't need to smile.
Useful tip. Thanks. In the unlikely event that anybody ever wants to take a picture of me I will try it out.
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