Humanity, My Foot

by Daniel Brenton on June 25, 2014

in Healing

Humanity, My Foot

    The author discovers that scars we don’t even know we have can eventually break up and heal. Sometimes.

Start: This is a something I’ve wanted to share for the better part of a year, and it wasn’t until a month ago I really knew how to frame it. I’m sharing this because I now know, from ugly experience, the profound and lasting effects a traumatic event can have on an individual, effects so pervasive that the individual may not even recognize they are there even after years of living with them.

I’m sharing this also to call out the upstanding citizens of the humble, Christian community of my childhood for their collective failure to recognize a cruel, mindless act of physical abuse, and to hold the abuser and her enabler accountable.

I’m sharing this lastly in the hope that you, or someone your circle, might benefit from knowing that, at least in some cases, it is possible to heal the wounds that reach deepest into our souls.

The image above is my right foot.

Taking away the Photoshop cosmetics, this is my right foot, in normal color below.

My Right Foot

See the scar? This was given to me at the age of three by my mother in — there’s really no other way to put this — a fit of mindless rage.

The scar here, on the inside of the calf below my right knee, is from the same event.

My Right Calf.

There was yet another scar from this event I did not see — though maybe others did without knowing what it was — that I discovered a few weeks ago. After several decades I finally realized the profound effect this has had on me throughout the course of my entire life.

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Internet Slow Lane.

Start: Stan Tremblay, graphic artist, ebook designer, Client Success Supervisor at web design and marketing company Commonplaces.com, and former Assistance Publisher and all-around good guy at the house that published my novel Red Moon (the now defunct Variance Publishing), was kind enough to invite me to contribute a post to the CommonPlaces blog on the blistering hot subject of Net Neutrality.

I’d like to thank Gary Locke, CommonPlaces’ copy editor, for doing a bang-up job in smoothing out the article’s rough edges.

It’s called, “Will Internet Fast Lanes be the End of Net Neutrality?” Here’s an excerpt:

Everyone’s experienced it. You’re heading down the freeway, a three lane strip of asphalt with a speed limit of 65 miles an hour, and there’s someone in every lane poking along fifteen or twenty miles under the speed limit.

Infuriating.

Now, imagine this: the Department of Transportation is given the latitude to take in revenue to “sponsor” a freeway fast lane set aside specifically for people going to a set destination — let’s say, Disneyland — and the speed limit in that lane can be as much as 180 miles an hour. Not going to Disneyland? Then you’ll have to plod along behind the slowpokes in the remaining two lanes of that highway.

Sounds ridiculous? Well, in the digital world, the door was opened for this to happen on Thursday, May 15. …

Read the complete article here.

I’d like to thank you again, Stan, for thinking of me to contribute on this topic. It’s appreciated.

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Copyright © 2014, by Daniel Brenton. All Rights Reserved.

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Why I Don’t Run for Office

August 8, 2013
Viper -- or Congressman. Your Choice.

During a Facebook discussion about everyone’s favorite whistleblower (or traitor, or dissident, or whatever you choose to call him) Mr. Edward Snowden, one of the participants made a very provocative statement:
… the government actions may be legal, but are they just? We have a president who has contempt for the Constitution and violates it whenever he wants. Which is frequently. After due process is served in the House and Senate, I would like to see Obama do a merry jig at the end of rope. I’ll even tie the noose.
(With Obama embarrassing the United States in the eyes of the world by petulantly canceling a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, largely over the Snowden issue, support for the President in some quarters is bound to be a little weak.) [ … ]

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“If We Could Put a Man on the Moon …”

March 15, 2013
Apollo 17 Landing Site

How many times have you heard that phrase?

“If we could put a man on the Moon … why can’t we end poverty here at home?”

“If we could put a man on the Moon … why can’t we put a stop to the war?”

“… end homelessness?”

“… put an end to racism?”

“… give everyone jobs that needs them?”

And, usually, the argument involves something to do with, “all that money thrown away into space.” [ … ]

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Is There a Mars in Your Future?

March 10, 2013
The Canals of Mars

You’ve almost certainly heard about this around the same time I did, but it took a few days — and a brief comment from a friend — for it to really register with me:

Dennis Tito, the millionaire who made history in 2001 by becoming the world’s first space tourist by spending eight days on the International Space Station, has announced a project that he feels will capture the imagination of the world, and re-ignite America’s pioneering spirit. The venture is to send “[t]wo professional crew members – one man, one woman” on a 501 day flight to within a scant 100 miles of the planet Mars. […]

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Ascension

January 28, 2013
Space Shuttle Challenger

As my Facebook friend Sam Hobbs reminded me, 27 years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-51L) was destroyed in flight due to a catastrophic failure of one of their massive solid rocket boosters. And, sadly, 46 years ago yesterday, the crew of Apollo 1 died in a fire in their spacecraft during a pre-flight simulation run.

These are moments that make grown men shed tears, and I confess I am one of those men.

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