The School Cafeteria: A Human Study

Chuck Murphree, Educator, Young Adult Novelist, Mental Health Activist/Speaker.

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

“Everything you get from your students—the rolled eyes, the excitement, the apathy, the big smiles—is feedback on your performance.” -Unknown

I’m sitting here this morning, sipping dark roast coffee, and for some reason the high school lunchroom keeps coming into my thoughts. Perhaps, it’s because for the last several days I’ve been having school dreams. That happens to us educators every August. The cool thing is that my dreams are actually at school instead of virtual. When I woke, it made me miss my kids even more.

So, the lunchroom at high school. What a place! I’ve been to four different schools in my teaching career. I guess it’s just hard for me to stay settled. I have said over the years that if you want to study human nature, just come and stand with hundreds of teenagers in the school cafeteria. For us educators, I believe, it’s a great…

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A Peaceful Warrior

C.R.Murphree Educator, Young Adult Novelist, Mental Health Activist/Speaker.

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

There was once a woman, a peaceful warrior, who each morning before sunrise gathered her belongings in a cloth backpack, kissed her husband goodbye, and made her way over the field to the next valley, and into the village to gather her troops. Her purpose, what she was called on each day to do, was to lead the eager, but sometimes weary people through lessons that would one day help them become warriors themselves. She shaped them into what they needed to become to not only serve others, but survive this life. This warrior stood in front of them and brought her knowledge to those she led. She gave every ounce of her soul and they absorbed it because even though they did not quite realize it at the time, what she offered to them they would carry on in their memories for a lifetime. The woman taught, assessed, and…

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Panic Is One Son Of A Bitch!

C.R. Murphree, Educator, Young Adult Novelist, Mental Health Activist and Speaker.

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

Here’s a short blog on anxiety and panic.

Fuck anxiety and fuck panic!

I could have ended it right there and those of you with anxiety would probably just nod your head and say, “Yep, fuck it!”

I will keep this short. Any of you that know me or have read my blogs know that I am an open book when it comes to my depression and anxiety. For those of you that don’t, I share my story because I have had good friends, strong men, die by their own hands because of their illness. I tell my story to teenagers because I was once like them, sitting through boring lectures simply trying to survive my days with depression, feeling like no one understood what I was going through.

Today, I write a quick story to expel the stigma that people with depression and anxiety are weak. It couldn’t be…

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Why Vote…#226

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It appears that Donald Trump is up to his same old tricks, now he wants to delay voting, why?  I believe this is just another ploy to give him time to reach his followers, to cause more havoc upon the American people.

Trump now believes that mail-in-voting is a fraud and it will most likely be rigged against him.  My fear is that Trump will rig the election in his favor, if possible.   I believe that he believes that he will be the “forever” president.   

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican was swift to condemn the idea promising that the election would take place in November.  Thump has no power to change the election date.  The election date has not changed since 1845.  The 20th amendment also says that the four-year term of the president and vice-president ends on January 20.  I am certain that Trump see’s the edge of the cliff. Finding people are ready to push him off. 

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What I want people to remember is the mudslinging that was done in the 2016 election and how it will return in 2020. 

Trump pulled some inappropriate stunts to win the 2016 United States presidential election.  Lest we forget, Donald Trump has a long scandals rap sheet.  It appears he is untouchable. 

Women have accused his of sexual misconduct and he has been sued for defamation. His exploits were known while campaigning and he still won.  Trump won election despite the many allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct told by women.  They did not derail his presidential hopes; many of them remain live issues as Trump transitioned into the White House and during the past four years. 

He has bragged about sexually assaulting women, “Grab them by the pu%$y. You can do anything,” he said, “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything”.  Is this what America has turned into, a despicable place to raise children, among some vile dangerous people and a president that openly is nothing but a “dirty old man”.  This is not my America.  Let’s not let Trump delay our cleaning up America, we especially need to clean up the White House.

Some ask, what would happen if Trump does not win and refuses to leave the White House.  It has been suggested that Trump might not leave when his presidency ends.  If he loses the election in 2020, there will not be a peaceful transition of power.  If Trump were inclined to overstay his term, the levers of power work in favor of removal. Trump would no longer be immune from criminal prosecution, and could be arrested and charged with trespassing in the White House.


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