PR for People® Reviews: BOOKS: By Barbara Lloyd McMichael Beauty books are part of a burgeoning industry – some market analyses suggest that the beauty market worldwide will amount to $265 billion this year.
John de Graaf is currently directing a new film about America’s champion of beauty in public policy. Stewart Udall was Secretary of the Interior during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. As such, he was the lead advocate for many of the most important environmental laws we now take for granted.
The filmmaker and author John de Graaf has written a stunning feature article about Beauty—The Forgotten Recipe For Happiness. Beauty also holds a truth that is undeniable. From the splendor of nature’s mountains, fields and streams to the grandeur of architecture and modern city streets, the beauty of our surroundings possesses the power to make us happy.
Everywhere we turn in December bright lights dazzle our senses and take charge of our lives. Food, music, and gift-giving unravels our normal schedule and plays havoc with those ordinary things we need to get done. Takeaway all of the yuletide trimming, feast, and song, there is one truth that is undeniable—the holidays remind us to connect with those whom we love.
She comes to the studio armed with a small arsenal of supplies with which she will work her magic to make my subject look and feel beautiful. She does this all the time and when she leaves, the images that follow her bear the imprint of a professional. Her “magic” is often so subtle that you have to look hard to see what she has done. Yet, that’s the whole idea of her art. She enhances her subjects so that the enhancements themselves seem to fit like parts of a jigsaw puzzle that bring the whole image together. They form the basic parts of my images of beauty.
Fifty years ago, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote that “In such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty.” Today, at a time when even our discourse is ugly, may beauty infuse the vision for which we protest.