Breaking the Legacy of Silence # 32 Happy Birthday Noah | Kim D. Bailey | Five 2 One Magazine 

“My oldest child, Zach, had also been born as a girl to me. We named her Amanda Margaret Renee Lee. When “Mandi” was 10 she told me she was gay. I was okay, a little shaken up but really okay. Ten years later she told me she was going to start the process to transgender, female to male, and came to me first because, “I know you will be the most understanding and I need your support when I tell everyone else.” ‘

Kim D Bailey celebrates her son’s 21st today on #BTLOS

http://five2onemagazine.com/breaking-the-legacy-of-silence-32-happy-birthday-noah/

Breaking the Legacy of Silence #31 | Outside Looking In | Kim D. Bailey

“Many who read my posts or have known me for some considerable time, or have made an effort to know me regardless of how far back our relationship goes, know that I moved back to the Chattanooga area in December 2012 after having been away for about thirty-one years.”

This week Kim D Bailey on #BTLOS looks from the outside, and reflects on going “home” again.
http://five2onemagazine.com/breaking-the-legacy-of-silence-31-outside-looking-in-kim-d-bailey/

Breaking the Legacy of Silence #24 When Hope Must Be Your Armor | Kim D. Bailey | Five 2 One Magazine 

His inaction and unwillingness to make me a priority and to stand up for me when I was being attacked or hurt by those people drove a wedge between us.

Kim D. Bailey is back with #breakingthelegacyofsilence:

http://five2onemagazine.com/breaking-the-legacy-of-silence-24-when-hope-must-be-your-armor-kim-d-bailey/

Breaking the Legacy of Silence #21 A Revolution is Coming: Women (and Some Men) Are Mad as Hell! | Kim Bailey Deal | Five 2 One Magazine 

“As voting for Trump was this person’s right, albeit a terrible decision, it is mine to disconnect from someone who would dishonor me and the other women in their life by voting for Trump.” 

Kim Bailey Deal is back with #breakingthelegacyofsilence: 

http://five2onemagazine.com/breaking-legacy-silence-21-revolution-coming-women-men-mad-hell-kim-bailey-deal/

Sunday Songs | The Last Word | Mary Chapin Carpenter 

Being a word person, and a persistent and mostly logical being, I often want to impart my final words regardless of the outcome. 

Sometimes, however, our words fall on deaf ears. It doesn’t matter how much sense we make. It doesn’t matter how well we say them or write them. 

Some people are constitutionally unable or unwilling to listen to another’s point of view or pain with respect and, if needed, exact change in their own behaviors to support, defend, and heal. 

Despite their claims of love and loyalty, they never get it. They choose their own limited, closed world. They choose to hurt one to protect another less deserving. Or, they are not as invested as they insist they are, so their actions do not match their words. 

This song has always resonated with me because I’ve encountered a lot of people along the way who proclaimed undying love and loyalty for me, only to reach a limited place when they did not approve of me completely. 

When I spoke my truth. When I told my stories. When I separated myself from the herd and made it clear I am my own thinking, feeling, sentient being capable of having different beliefs and views without expecting them to agree with me. 

Unfortunately, their love remains conditional. They expect silence if I am in disagreement with their ideologies or systems of relationship. They expect me to forego my memories for theirs. They expect me to toe the conventional line. They expect me to lie for them, even if that lie is an absence of my own experience or proclamation of my own feelings and memory.

Well, that ain’t happening. 

So, onward and upward. 

Enjoy. 

The Last Word by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Breaking the Legacy of Silence #18 I Thought of You Today | Kim Bailey Deal | Five 2 One Magazine 

Join Kim Bailey Deal for a trip down memory lane as she remembers her father in this week’s Breaking the Legacy of Silence.

http://five2onemagazine.com/breaking-the-legacy-of-silence-18-i-thought-of-you-today-kim-bailey-deal/

Voting Closes Today! Shortlist for Nomination to the Pushcart Prize by The Scarlet Leaf Review! Please Check Out My Nonfiction Piece, I Took It Back, and Vote!

There are so many talented poets and writers on this list. You can vote for 2 poets, two short story writers, and 2 nonfiction writers.

Today is the last day to vote. Click on the link below. 

Thank you!

Vote for Kim Bailey Deal’s nonfiction piece, I Took It Back, for Nomination to the Pushcart Prize!

Drunk Monkeys Issue No.7 2016 Special Presidential Election “Empires End at the Will of Buffoons” is Live with an Essay by Kim Bailey Deal and Some Amazing Writers, Poets, and Artists!!!

The featured image by Alex Schumacher copyright 2016, you can find him at Five 2 One Magazine Breadcrumbs from the Void

Go read it! It may piss you off, but it’s better than being pissed on. At the very least you may laugh or get a new perspective! 

Now, dammit!

Drunk Monkeys Issue #7