“FROM THE HEART”

I write from the heart for that is where my truth resides, for my words of truth stalk the minds of others with purpose as I bare all without shame. As I expose myself for all to witness I stand tall and proud, for I am a black man and the Lords creation. My heart is full, so I set my thoughts free to be fed upon by the minds of those who choose to partake in this feeding frenzy.

“The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

Mathew 12:34

Come and get it!

DAME

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“NEXT IN LINE”

I have been having this feeling as if someone is trying to set me up as of late. The signs are everywhere, some big, some small, but signs nonetheless.

Me:

“Excuse me sir, but my wife and I have been standing in line for over an hour now.”

Man:

“And? I have been living in Tracy for over thirty years!”

Me:

“Thirty years in Tracy, but you have only been living in this line for two minutes!”

Man:

“YOU GUYS” are all comedians, lol…

At this point of our conversation I am at a crossroads, a place in life when one has a brief opportunity to stop and reflect on his or her current situation. As I reflect on my current situation, I have found that I have a decision to make. I can act out my anger as expected, or I can use my thoughts as a weapon to defend myself against this unwarranted verbal attack. My decision is an easy one, for I now have a family to care for, and I’ll be damned if my wife gets a wake up call from these four words, “COLLECT CALL FROM DAMON.”

me:

“Excuse me sir, but my wife and have been standing in line for over an hour now.”

Man:

“And? I have been living in Tracy for over thirty years!”

Me:

“Thirty years in Tracy, but you have only been living in this line for two minutes!”

Man:

“YOU GUYS” are all comedians, lol.”

Me:

“What a coincidence, my wife and I were just talking about how funny the world is. Have a safe and blessed day!”

Man: (now laughing) You as well. And by the way, you are next in line, my apologies….

Me:

“Apology accepted, and thank you!”

Man’s wife:

“No, thank you!”

Cashier:

“NEXT IN LINE”

“Therefore I want men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.”

1 Timothy 2:8

DAME

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“I AM SORRY”

We are not immune to making mistakes, for we were born to make them. Although there are many gifts that the Lord has blessed us with, there is one gift that I have come to truly appreciate, and that is the gift of understanding. I now understand that one should not judge, to form an opinion or conclusion about something or someone. As you have judged, I have judged as well, without knowing the consequences that will accompany those who do judge. The Lord has shown me the error in my ways through certain disabilities that I have acquired along my journey. There are times when others feel the need to satisfy their mental curiosity by examining my body with their inner thoughts, and although their inner conversations are silent to the outside world, their body language speaks loudly in my eyes. It could be that subtle elbow nudge to his or her partner followed by the deceiving finger point, or that surprised look when I catching them staring in a state of wonder. What are they whispering? Are they talking about my limp? Can they see my scars? That is why I do not go out, I should of stayed home! Those were my thoughts of a time that has since passed, with reason being, the Lord has forever changed my thinking to that of a man who is grateful for his limp, for it comes with being able to walk. I have also come to appreciate the scars that I have attained from the battlefield of life, for they signify perseverance, patience, fortitude, courage, and most of all, faith.

“DO NOT JUDGE, OR YOU TOO WILL BE JUDGED”

Mathew 7:1

DAME

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“AMERICA’S PASTIME”

As in baseball, life can throw different pitches at you. When life is good, it is a fastball, knee high, and right over the plate. Then there are times when life throws a barrage of pitches. You might get thrown a curve ball, a pitch thrown with a downward spin causing the ball to drop suddenly and veer to the side as it approaches home plate. Maybe it is a slider, a breaking ball pitch that tails laterally and down through the batters strike zone, it is thrown with less speed than a fastball but greater than the pitcher’s curve ball. You also have the sinker pitch, a fastball which has significant downward and horizontal movement, and is known for inducing ground balls as it rides low over home plate. We can’t forget about the knuckle ball, a slow pitch that has virtually no spin and moves erratically, a pitch typically shaky from the start, but it has a way of finding the plate. And ONE OF THE MOST EXERCISED PITCHES OF ALL TIME,” especially concerning the Black male and female of America, “THE PITCH OUT,” a pitch that was intentionally thrown high and outside of the batters hitting zone, it was never intended to reach home plate!

BATTER UP!

“Unequal weights and unequal measures are both an abomination to the Lord.”

Proverbs 20:10

DAME

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“JESUS SAVE ME”

I have a short story that I would like to share with you concerning my thoughts on faith being innate, a quality which you are born with, or which is present naturally. The date was Tuesday October 17, 1989, at approximately 5:05 pm. I will always remember this date and time for three reasons:

1. The Loma Prieta earthquake.

2. The World Series By The Bay.

3. The day I found out that faith was innate.

At the time I was sharing an apartment with two close friends of mine, we had been living together for three years, in that time span we became friends with our neighbors. We had this one neighbor named Jenny who we played cards with from time to time. Jenny and I had a successful platonic relationship, for at that time, the conversations that we shared together were stimulating enough to keep us entertained without the prejudice, the bigotry, the hate, and the lack of spiritual understanding as it pertains to interracial dating. Jenny and I talked about everything under the sun, except for our belief in the ever after. I often wondered why she never brought the subject of faith up, but my reasons were simple, I was spiritually unfit to discuss things of which I knew not of. Then one day out of the blue Jenny says, Dame, I am an atheist! With a look of relief she continued to explain why she began to practice the absolute denial or existence of God, and how it was passed down from generation to generation, it was all that she knew, until that day, that fateful day. That day was Tuesday October 17, 1989. It was one of those days when life just seemed to good to be true, there was good people, good food, good fellowship, and to top it off, it was The World Series By The Bay! We were all sitting around playing cards and enjoying ourselves when Jenny decided that she was going home because she was beginning to feel a bit tipsy, from what I observed, Jenny was drunk, so I decided to walk her home before the game started. During the second quarter of the game is when it all took place, a good day gone bad! Our tiny place of dwelling began to shake so violently that I thought the whole apartment complex was going to collapse. Amongst all the chaos that surrounded me I heard someone screaming frantically, so I decided to go and see who was in distress, and to my surprise, it was Jenny. As our eyes greeted each other I began to interpret her frantic speech, and I was stunned by the words that she expressed……

“JESUS SAVE ME!” “JESUS SAVE ME!” “JESUS SAVE ME!”

“I WILL SAVE YOU; YOU WILL NOT FALL BY THE SWORD BUT WILL ESCAPE WITH YOUR LIFE, BECAUSE YOU TRUST ME, DECLARES THE LORD.”

Jeremiah 39:18

Jenny is now a pastor!

DAME

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“TAKE FLIGHT”

“I LOVE YOU!”

Growth- something that has grown, or is growing.

Together- companionship or close proximity.

Before two people come together to form a union with the intent of growing together for the duration of their lives here on earth, there should be a conversation concerning the disparities that may exist, or that can develop from one being independent, to one sharing that independence with someone other than ones own self. My wife likes to fly, she enjoys traveling and exploring the world, and I do not, for my fear of flying has grounded me. I enjoy the comfort and the security that our home provides, for the chances of me falling 10,000ft from my bed is slim to none. Although they do say stranger things have happened, I’ll take my chances rolling over in bed and falling 2ft, rather than rolling over in an airplane and falling 10,000. Fear, an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. With that said, there are times when we are not as one, for my fear of flying keeps us apart and at a disadvantage as it pertains to our growth and togetherness. With the Lord now in my life I no longer fear the thought of taking flight, for He has taken my fear……

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27

I asked the Lord to take my fear, so as of today my bags are packed! I will be no longer be in need of the company that fear provides while my wife and I are apart, for she will now be the company that I keep when we are away. I thank you Lord for answering my cries, for the time has come for us to take flight.

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from my fears.”

Psalm 34:4

DAME

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“MY CRIME OF PASSION”

My motives are clear and premeditated, I want to love you as a woman such as yourself deserves be loved, for you are truly deserving of my love and all that I have to offer spiritually, physically, financially, and emotionally. My love for you was born from the unseen acts that we perform for each other, for our passion gives us the strength to love each other through all of life’s troubling times. You have been with me in the trenches of life’s many battles and we stood strong on the front lines, even when invading forces tried to overthrow our love, we still remain. “The passion I have for you is like no other,” and I am confident while expressing these feelings for reasons that are beyond this cold world’s comprehension, for my passion for you will remain long after I depart this plain of existence….

Judge:

“How do you wish to plead today to the crime of passion Mr. O’Bannon?

Me:

“GUILTY”

DAME

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“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”

As I started to become of age my grandmother and I became close, and from time to time she would hear me make statements that did not sit well with her…..

Me:

“I AM NOT GOING TO CHURCH TODAY!

“Did you see how the pastor was acting last week, what do they do with all that money?”

Grandmother:

“Boy focus on the message and not the messenger!”

Me:

“But grandma, did you see all that money?”

Grandmother:

“Sit down. Now I am going to tell you something that will keep you dry in the storms of life. Do not focus on the messenger for he is just man, focus on the message because it was given to him by God. I have a question for you. The last time that you were in Church, what did you see?”

Me:

“All I ever see is them asking for money. They ask for money at the beginning, they ask for money in the middle, and at times they have the nerve to ask for money at the end. And to make my disbelief even more valid, is that everyone is looking at the prettiest thing in the parking lot on the way out, and no, it isn’t Sister Jackson’s daughter, it is the Pastors car!”

Grandmother:

“All I kept hearing you say was how they kept asking for money. When you pay someone for something, don’t you expect to get something in return?”

Me:

“Yes.”

Grandmother:

“Well what do you think they are getting in return!?”

Me:

“I don’t know.”

Now feeling like my young age, the confidence that I had prior is now a thing of the past. As she noticed my humbleness taking advantage of me, she put one arm around my shoulder and whispered in my ear…

Grandmother:

“Well don’t you think you should go and find out?”

Me:

“How?”

Grandmother:

“Close your mouth, shut your eyes, and listen!” For it will all be revealed in the Lords time.”

I did not take her advice at that time, but I now know that we are all on the Lords time, for I have been blessed to find out what they get in return in my later stages of life. I am thankful that the Lord has kept me, I am thankful for the gift of preservation, I am thankful for the gift of understanding, and I am thankful for the Lord blessing me with the time to find out what we get in return.

Thank you!

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”

John 3:36

DAME

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“YOUR LEADER”

January 22, 2020

“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming from China. It’s going to be just fine.”

Donal Trump

February 2, 2020

“We pretty much shut it down coming from China.”

Donald Trump

February 27, 2020

“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

March 4, 2020

“Now, and this is just my hunch, and based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this. Because a lot of people will have this and it’s very mild.”

Donald Trump

March 30, 2020

“Stay calm, it will go away. You know it, you know it is going away, and it will go away, and we’re going to have a great victory.”

Donald Trump

April 3, 2020

“I’m feeling good! As I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know, somehow I don’t see it for myself. I just don’t. Maybe I’ll change my mind.” (Wearing a mask)

Donald Trump

April 24, 2020/U.S. death toll passes 50,000

April 29,2020

“It’s going to go away, this is going to go away.”

Donald Trump

May 3, 2020

“Look, we’re going to lose anywhere from 75,000, 80,000 to 100,000 people.”

Donald Trump

June 6, 2020/U.S. death toll passes 100,000

June 17, 2020

“It’s fading away, it’s going to fade away.”

Donald Trump

June 22, 2020/Death toll passes 120,000

June 23,2020

“It’s going away!”

Donald Trump

July 1, 2020

“I think we’re going to be very good with the coronavirus.” “I think that, at some point, it is going to sort of disappear, I hope.”

Donald Trump

July 6, 2020/Death toll passes 130,000

July 7, 2020

“I think we’re going to be in very good shape.”

Donald Trump

July 10, 2020/3,250,704 virus cases/136,158 deaths

October 2, 2020

“Tonight my wife and I tested positive for the COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this together!”

Donal Trump

October 4, 2020/7,633,429 virus cases/203,180 deaths.

DAME

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