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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

BAMF Daily Broadcast: When My Marriage Met Marijuana




Originally recorded live on Facebook, this BAMF Daily Broadcast features the essay "When My Marriage Met Marijuana." Scroll all the way down for all the links!

To purchase the same type of CBD I take in the video:https://www.hempworx.com/KelliLynnGrey#.


To subscribe to BAMF Books' offerings: https://www.kellilynngrey.com/p/newsletters.html

To learn more about the palm & card readings I'm offering at Stonehaven in Rome, GA: https://www.kellilynngrey.com/p/palms-cards.html

While my ability to respond is limited, questions and comments are welcome. If you liked this, please share!


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Belated BAMF Daily Broadcast & Details about Stonehaven!



Please watch the video on YouTube to access the links. Meanwhile, see below for my upcoming schedule providing palm and card readings at Stonehaven in Rome, GA.


Friday, January 24, 2020

BAMF Daily Broadcast: Mistletoe




Originally airing live on Facebook, this BAMF Daily Broadcast is unofficially brought to you by Grey Way 420 (my little corner of the CBD MLM universe) and BAMF Books, from which SOVEREIGN: Recovery Poems is forthcoming. BAMF Books also publishes 4 newsletters: The Seed, The Grey Rose Garden, BAMF Daily & The Grey Way. Tonight's broadcast features the poem "Mistletoe." Please read on for relevant links.

To purchase the same type of CBD I take in the video: https://www.hempworx.com/KelliLynnGrey#

To explore how HempWorx/MyDailyChoice can bring added value & freedom to your working life: https://www.winwithmdc.com/cp21/KelliLynnGrey

To explore BAMF Books' guides to living a life that's "bad" AF: https://www.kellilynngrey.com/p/my-portfolio.html

To read tonight's featured poem: https://medium.com/bamf-mag/mistletoe-e7c3b905c3d1

Thank you for your support! While my ability to respond is limited, questions and comments are welcome.

BAMF Daily Broadcast: Death


The BAMF Daily Broadcast is unofficially brought to you by Grey Way 420 (my corner of my CBD MLM), as well as by BAMF Books. All views expressed in the video are mine alone.

To purchase the CBD I take in the video: https://www.hempworx.com/KelliLynnGrey#

To read tonight's selection: https://medium.com/bamf-mag/death-3c17fa43c622

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Thank you for watching! Donations are always welcome. 

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Change . . . . And BAMF Daily Broadcast: My Women's March Story

As this site continues to grow into itself, I'm going to limit these blog posts to three areas:
  • News about recent appearances/performances/travels. 
  • Announcements each time the latest edition of one of my newsletters drops.
  • Re-posts of my BAMF Daily Broadcast series. The first one follows:



The BAMF Daily Broadcast is unofficially brought to you by Grey Way 420 (my corner of my CBD MLM), as well as by BAMF Books. All views expressed in the video are mine alone.

To purchase the CBD I take in the video: https://www.hempworx.com/KelliLynnGrey#


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To read tonight's selection: https://medium.com/bamf-mag/my-womens-march-story-76af15af8f6b


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Write Club ATL Welcomed Me to the Stage & SOVEREIGN Reached Half of Total Funding Goal

This post originally appeared within my Medium.com publication BAMF Mag and was shared with subscribers to BAMF Daily.


Kelli Lynn Grey takes the mic.
Photo by Melanie Sharon.
I have a problem with people mistaking me for what they call the fae. This is to say, they think I’m some sort of human embodiment of a fairy who just stumbled right out of a dark forest, my mind on mischief and magic.

I get it. I guess. I mean, my dad kind of started it by deriving my childhood nickname, Tink, from what he perceived as my likeness to Peter Pan’s companion, the fairy Tinkerbell.

I also don’t really get it.

I am okay embracing the weird truth that I know A LOT of people who think it’s totally normal to imagine humans as the descendants of mystical beings. But, it feels short-sighted that they jump right to the fae when they see me — no offense to the fae among us, of course.

With my dad, it still feels sweet (and relatively normal) that he sees a shadow of my childhood self before seeing the whole of me. With everyone else, it’s like they are deliberately choosing to ignore the core of who I am and fixating only on what makes them feel whimsically inspired.

I much preferred meeting an ex-Mormon writer at a workshop one time who told me I struck her as a panther. I also really love Atlanta’s monthly reading series Write Club because it self identifies as an act of “tender bloodsport.” In other words, we’re all panthers there — or, at least, we’re all encouraged to embrace the side of ourselves which gracefully takes no BS and lays deep truths bare onstage before an audience hungry to judge which ones of us have most effectively slayed the others with just the right balance of authenticity, mystery, poise, wit and fire.

One month ago, I was invited to the Write Club stage, and I slayed with this poem about my assigned topic, history. I had nothing up until the day of the show. Then I went and sat down on one of the many ginkgo covered terraces of the historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery where I live in Rome, Georgia, USA. I began writing what came up for me as a result of being in that space, every word of it true. Then I drove the hour to the city of Atlanta, arriving almost just in time to take my place on the stage.

To show for my efforts, I have the following things:

1. A tiny plastic trophy very close to my heart.

2. The satisfaction that my chosen charity Peachtree NORML Foundation received my share of the door.

3. The introduction to five other writers — each of whom delivered a stunning performance, truth be told. (Here’s to you: Zack Linly, Leo Starr, Allison Dayne, Audrey Taylor Ward and AnĂ¯sa Lewis.)

If done well, Write Club is a forum where we all walk away with something of value. It is also a charitable fundraiser and an honored US tradition — practiced not just in Atlanta but also in Denver, Los Angeles and, its birthplace, Chicago.

Write Club ATL’s Nov. 2019 ensemble.
Photo provided courtesy of the author and Write Club Atlanta.

I like feeling connected to the creative pulse of all those cities. It makes me feel like I’m a panther with a pack — or something like it. Thank you, Ian Belknap, for having the vision for Write Club and making it so. I hope to meet you one day. Thank you, Myke Johns and Nicholas Tecosky, for offering me a place within Write Club Atlanta.

For more information, visit:
https://www.tenderbloodsport.com/about-us

For those of you following the campaign for SOVEREIGN: Recovery Poems, "History" will be included in this collection as well. Writing it to perform at Write Club synchronized with me crossing my $4K milestone for SOVEREIGN, counting funds raised both through the official platform and elsewhere. I'm currently halfway to my $9K goal. Since finalizing my divorce last month and stepping further away from my role as a musical instrument salesperson, I also need donations more than ever! I deeply appreciate any contribution you're inspired to make. To review, a minimum of $20 USD secures a signed copy of SOVEREIGN plus an invitation to the launch party. Anything additional helps me navigate this time of transition--which includes coming out of pocket for my chosen forms of cancer care. Click here to see the official GoFundMe page.  Alternatively, donation may be received via CashApp. My user ID = $poetmom445. A recording of "History" is embedded below.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Happy Discoveries, Vol. 2 (A Compilation of my Favorite Finds & Family Photos from the Past Week or 2)

My daughter & my mother
on my mother's birthday
1. "I'm 72. So What?," Longreads, by Catherine Texier 

I drew an oracle card called Perspective. Then, my children met their father, their half sister and her mother at the library. None of us remain romantically connected to each other. This is a new space we are navigating with care. We walked beside the Oostanaula River after our time at the library, and my daughter (the oldest of the assembled children), walked between me and her dad. When we got in the car, she had many observations and insights to share. I thought deepening my understanding of her was the impetus behind the Perspective card. Then I read Catherine Texier's essay for Longreads. "I'm 72. So What?" is the perspective shift this 37-year-old needed. Feeling ever on the verge of death (thanks to my ongoing, inconclusive relationship with ductal carcinoma), I needed a different sort of reminder that age is relative, as well as inspiration to envision myself making it far beyond 40. This was perfect.

2. "A Brief History of My Body," Pulp, by Amy Estes

I deeply admire Amy's way of weaving a story. Even though my soul fills a very different body than Amy's, I can see myself in the snapshots she shares and am encouraged by the revelation that she claimed her own identity without shame.

My son, after trick-or-treating
at the TN Aquarium
3. This Enchanted Pixie, writing & photography by Polly

Somewhere in the UK, a beautiful, blonde, heavily tattooed single mother named Polly is homeschooling, writing & otherwise living what feels in many ways like a parallel to my life. I came across her essay about Persephone while looking up a detail for my most recent prose poem. I'm grateful.

4. "Parenting Slumps Can be Spooky," P.S. I Love You, by Andrew Knott

This simple essay about a work-from-home father's struggles to maintain a healthy perspective on himself and his accomplishments as a parent really hits home as well. It turns out that seeing my own reflection in others' writing provides almost as much validation and insight as therapy.

5. Aurora

About a month ago, I gave myself especially thick bangs poised to grow into relatively serious sideburns on their way down. Seeing the Norse singer Aurora completely rock a similar look was good for my heart and my head. On top of that, this interview with her is a refreshing blend of edgy, funny and relatable. I encountered her for the first time via her collaboration with Wardruna on the beautiful ballad about death embedded below. Soon thereafter, I discovered she voices the narrator on one of my children's favorite shows Creeped Out!


What I've Published Lately, Vol. 1 (Please read the essays & then share them if you're inspired to do so.)

Intuitive Collage 1. My soul sister Courtney showed me the
beauty of the practice of creating intuitive collages.
We made our first ones together on New Year's Eve 2015 or so.
For my 37th birthday this year, she gifted me a grey
notebook for collecting these soul expressions.
P.S. I Love You

Invisible Illness

Sexography

Secular & Sensational

BAMF MAG





Monday, November 4, 2019

SOVEREIGN Reaches $3K Milestone! (& Write Club ATL's Bitter Harvest is on the Way)


I'm happy to report that SOVEREIGN is now officially one-third of the way to meeting its total crowdfunding goal. I deeply appreciate all contributions, and I'm genuinely excited to share my most recent work with you. A video is above. Meanwhile, the words to this piece are available here

You may also notice that this piece is inspired by the theme MYTH. This November 13, I'll be reading in a live competition at the Highland Inn Ballroom in Atlanta, GA, USA. I've been assigned the theme HISTORY.  . . . MYTH is actually the territory of my opponent. So, apparently I needed to understand the one side before I could speak about the other. If you will be in the Atlanta area on November 13, come on out and join us. Write Club is a fundraiser for charity (mine will be the Peachtree NORML Foundation) and always a good time. Click this invitation link for everything you ever wanted to know about this month's installment of Write Club! 

A final word regarding contributions to SOVEREIGN: 

For every $1K raised, I release a low quality video of a high quality poem. A minimum of $20 USD means you receive a signed copy of the complete collection and an invite to the launch party. Anything additional helps cover the costs of my out of pocket cancer care. Contributions may be made across platforms. Relevant links follow:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/SOVEREIGN-Recovery-Poems

https://venmo.com/KelliLynnGrey

CashApp ID = $poetmom445


Thank you for your support!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Happy Discoveries, Vol. 1

I love that my kids & their friends have so
much fun dancing on the streets of Rome, GA.
While many readers may already know James Altucher as the stock market guru or the podcasting author/ influencer of entrepreneurs, I met him via Shaunta Grimes. A top writer for Medium.com, Shaunta makes a solid income from publishing insightful essays about being human and building your own writing career. She may not have Altucher-level fame, but James once engaged in a series of emails with Shaunta and gave her some solid professional advice. She initially rejected it, later successfully implemented it and finally wrote an essay about the whole experience. Since I'm a subscriber to Shaunta's newsletter, I received a copy of that essay and then headed over to jamesaltucher.com, where I quickly scanned the whole site in an attempt to absorb its essence.

My take away = a free copy of How to Make $2,000 In A Weekend (which contains interesting advice for my instrument company but not really anything uniquely useful to me as a writer), a free copy of Choose Yourself, Guide to Wealth (which contains an interesting anecdote about Eminem's marketing strategy & will become a genuinely invaluable element of my weekly collage-making projects), the desire to invest in the marijuana industry AND a quick guide to living a rich and fulfilling life. Key to this guide are the following four principles:
  1. Do something daily which connects you to your physical body and promotes wellness. (James suggests basketball.)
  2. Do something daily to meet your emotional needs. (James suggests editing your engagements to only be those which deeply fulfill you, as well as cutting draining people from your life.)
  3. Do something daily to stimulate yourself intellectually. (James suggests making a list of 10-20 good or bad ideas.) 
  4. Do something daily which connects you with a greater sense of divinity, whatever you perceive that to be. (James suggests simply listing and reflecting on what you are grateful for.)
    Here I am soon after a women's sweat lodge.
    I'm grateful to participate in this tradition.
    While implementing the idea list recommended in point 3, I decided to incorporate point 4 with this blog, to a degree. Specifically, I am going to scan my daily gratitude lists for happy discoveries--either of creators or their creations.  Then, once a week, I will share those discoveries here with brief summaries and links. You are currently reading Volume 1 of this Happy Discoveries series. Enjoy!

    1. Shaunta Grimes & James Altucher.

    Obviously.

    2. Living with Yourself

    You will quickly see that I mine Netflix for happy discoveries. I deeply aspire to see my own work there one day. Meanwhile, I love shows and movies but hate commercials. So, there you are. This week on Netflix, I finished the first season of Living with Yourself, starring Paul Rudd in dual roles as Miles and Miles' clone. I'm attaching an interview here which provides a glimpse of how Timothy Greenberg developed the show--which explores identity and relationships with thought-provoking humor and grace.

    That's my daughter with her hands in the air.
    I'm always grateful for the county fair.
    3. American Horror Story: Apocalypse

    While the new season, 1984, is on network TV now--Netflix recently released last year's Apocalypse. Like many people, I have favorite seasons but love the whole AHS franchise.  The story lines are intriguing, and the way the same actors play different characters both within and across seasons speaks to me. I love it when the seasons (like Apocalypse, Murder House, Hotel & Coven) directly connect. Even when they don't, I draw connections between the many characters which the same actors play, and there always seems to be something to learn about humanity.Within Apocalypse itself, I particularly enjoy the way Kathy Bates proclaims herself to be a "Devil Mama" and the way the people who sold their souls hold worship ceremonies and potlucks stunningly similar to those I experienced in my Baptist church as a child--apart, of course, from the human sacrifice. I'm linking to an interview with Apocalypse's Cody Fern who discusses his role as the antichrist and the influence of working alongside powerful women.

    4. Counting Descent by Clint Smith

    I love poems which show me something I objectively understand from a perspective which I could never hold. I also love it when core truths spill beautifully on a page with a lyrical and subjective sense of realism. This is exactly what Clint Smith achieves in his poetic portrait of what it's like to be black in the USA circa 2017.

    My son won over 1000 points on one arcade game
    & finally cashed in on a "good prize," this
    awesome pixel sword. He felt like a boss.
    5.  Hello Privilege, It's Me Chelsea.

    This Netflix documentary received a ton of criticism from viewers who saw it less as an educational tool than as a publicity stunt for comedian Chelsea Handler to make herself seem much more "woke" than her professional and personal track record suggest that she is. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and felt that I learned something from it. In my opinion, it plays like a primer in privilege for beginners. I understand that such a thing should not need to exist, but I also understand the reality that it does. So, it's better that we have this than nothing. I think the main problem is not with the documentary itself but rather with it claiming to be anything other than a flawed ally's first step at using her platform to generate meaningful change. Attached is a review which reflects this feeling.

    6. Dave Chapelle's Sticks and Stones

    Personally, I've never been deeply impressed by Dave Chapelle's humor. The primary part of his controversial special was no exception. However, the epilogue moved me. Dave's stories about Daphne, a younger Kamala Harris and his parallel encounters with Prince Charles and Barack Obama will stay with me. For me, the Sticks and Stones routine itself simply provided the context within which the epilogue could be more deeply appreciated. The juxtaposition of the two speaks to something at the core of American society which I'll be contemplating for some time. Oddly, I haven't read anything which speaks to that. Instead, there are some interesting pieces which discuss the glaring disparity between critic ratings and viewer ratings of the special. That is interesting too, so an article about that is linked.

    7. Nikki Glaser's Bangin'

    Apparently, the past week has re-awakened my appreciation for comedians. If you need a reprieve from Chelsea and Dave, Nikki is here. Bawdy, bold (& only a touch political), Nikki creates a hilarious and relatable portrait of modern womanhood.

    P.S. The happy discoveries posts will also be illustrated by photos of some recent personal moments for which I'm most grateful.  

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    Life Lessons at ATL PRIDE

    My daughter & her friend at PRIDE '18, photo by CRK
    PRIDE 2019 centered on the fleeting moments. Our search for a parking lot showed me the way to Atlanta's Redlight Cafe, a place I've long aspired to read poetry and enjoy burlesque. Rainbow capes pulled up over our heads, my children and I sloshed through a parking lot onto a trail and under a bridge. I turned around to see my son smiling as he took in the subtle beauty of the grey sky, fallen leaves, cool air and unexpected street art stretching across the back wall of the underpass. Our plans to march with Georgia Alliance for Social Justice thwarted by a combination of road construction, weather and limited funds for the Uber we'd need to reach the starting point--we watched from the sidelines and then followed the marchers into Piedmont Park. There, we wandered miles through rainbow colored stands and crowds of people un-apologetically being themselves, or at least celebrating other people's right to do so.

    My son at PRIDE '18, photo by CRK
    My daughter gleamed when a broad-chested, masked man in a lacy red jumpsuit pointed to her and shouted, "Yaaas! I love your wings!" She jumped to make her cape (the wings) billow in the cool wind and led us deeper into a maze where we enjoyed the cheerful spectacle of adults line dancing to rap music and where my son paused to watch ducks swimming across a pond. When a passing stranger reached toward my son as he was duck-watching, my daughter waved away the woman's hand and pulled her brother close. In her mind, it was a kidnapping narrowly averted. I thanked her. She made her cape billow again and said in the most matter-of-fact way possible: That's what heroes do. 

    Meanwhile, we had time to discuss the colors of the various flags and to name the words represented by LGBTQ. My daughter was disappointed by the lack of an A. Like many 11-year-olds, she is presently a-sexual. Unlike many 11-year-olds, she actively identities as such. 

    At least, I imagine this is the case for most 11-year-olds. When I was younger, we weren't supposed to speak about our sexuality. Living in the "Bible Belt" of the USA, this remains true for many of our homeschooling peers. However, for us, taking a secular approach means embracing what is culturally relevant and applying it to our own lives. Identifying one's place along the spectrum of gender and sexual identity is having a moment, and I've embraced my daughter's interest in it. My goal with this is mostly that she understand there are many ways to identify and that she know it is okay both for her choices to change with time and for them to remain as they are. 

    My children at PRIDE '19
    I've taught her to wait until adulthood to make any permanent changes but to keep her mind open to whatever thoughts and feelings come. All the great life stories seem to center on self-discovery, and PRIDE serves as a doorway to observing, questioning, discovering, understanding and celebrating some key aspects of oneself--whether one identities as LGBTQ or not. I love that Atlanta's PRIDE parade syncs with National Coming Out Day, making it feel applicable to all who have closeted aspects of themselves and are navigating the many feelings which come with liberation. 

    In 2018, my children, their father, a family of friends and I marched alongside ACLU in the PRIDE parade. My son danced and twirled his way through Midtown handing out pamphlets urging citizens to go vote as he went. The sun shimmered wildly through an already clear October sky. My daughter remembers it as a foundation forming moment of her childhood.  This year, a group of teenagers passed us in the park. They were chanting and then giggling under their breath. My daughter pointed to them and said: See. That's me and my friends when we're just a little older, Mom. 

    I know she's right. At 37, I can also see how important it is to have memories like the ones she's made and is preparing to make. Laughter, freedom and connection are hallmarks of a happy childhood. And, when events like PRIDE are central to those experiences, I consider that a major win. 

    This story also appears within Secular & Sensational on Medium, where I encourage you to give it some "claps" and explore more adventures in secular homeschooling. Also, GAFSJ marchers made a powerful impact sharing their message of love. For their march story and info. about upcoming events, please check out the website https://www.gafsj.org.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019

    SOVEREIGN Reaches $2K Milestone!



    Slowly, I'm moving toward reaching my $9K crowdfunding goal for Sovereign--a full length collection of Recovery Poems. In addition to helping me finance publication, funds raised through the campaign also cover the additional expenses I've acquired while treating and recovering from invasive ductal carcinoma, diagnosed in the wake of my divorce.

    People who donate at least $20 USD receive a signed copy of Sovereign and an invitation to a fun launch party! Meanwhile, for every $1K earned, I post a video of myself reading a poem from the forthcoming collection.

    I composed my $2K poem over the weekend while contemplating masks and my high school reunion. Please take some time to listen and then contribute as you're able.

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/SOVEREIGN-Recovery-Poems

    https://venmo.com/KelliLynnGrey

    CashApp ID = $poetmom445

    Thank you all for your support!

    Sunday, October 6, 2019

    Introducing AMP Rome

    This August my friend Jessie Reed called together a round table of sorts. She and many of the attendees had just orchestrated a local vigil to acknowledge and mourn the lives lost within immigrant detention centers at the United States' Southern Border. Within our Georgia town, this sparked controversy. However, the event proceeded peacefully under the protection of local law enforcement officials. That has been the trend for many years now--beginning first with the counter protest of a pre-Charlottesville white nationalist rally and encompassing a variety of vigils, marches, drives and creative expressions of and for our community during times of transition--both simple as the changing seasons and complex as the border crisis.

    The purpose of the round table was to bring unity and organization to the group behind these events. In the past, members of the group had functioned using the name Turn Your Back on Hate, as well as the name PERC (Peacefully Engaging the Rome Community). There had been groundwork done toward opening a physical center but challenges finding an investor whose vision merged organically with the group's. There had also been the issue of the group understanding its own mission--as most of its actions had manifested rapidly in response to a shared feeling rather than been planned to serve a distinct purpose.

    By September, the round table has evolved into an official Board of Directors, to which I've been appointed Secretary, and the group has been officially named AMP. We are co-hosting Rome, Georgia's, Winter Wonderland Festival this November, and I invite anyone with ties to Northwest Georgia to get involved. Our website is here: https://www.amprome.org.