To Not Be Silenced

C.R.Murphree, Everything that we hang onto.

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

I’ve told this story before but I feel the need to tell it again. I have always said, if you want to see an example of society, come spend some time at a public high school, especially a lunchroom. In 2016, when Trump was elected, we had students come in with a green light to be racist. White students showed up the day after the election with their red MAGA hats on and walked around chanting, “Build a wall.” Some even walked up to Latinx students and yelled it in their face. Then, the symbol of racists everywhere came out, it was inevitable. Confederate flags were flaunted around the hallways and on student’s cars. It was chaos. When I gathered these students up and gave them their consequences, I heard the same line from both them and their enabling parents, “It’s freedom of speech.” Then, the words left their mouths…

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Donald Trump Pandering for the Black Vote…#236

Donald Trump said that he is devising a plan to get the “Black” Vote, so now he want to “romance” the Black’s in America.  Donald Trump comes under the statement “Sheep in Wolfs clothing”.

Trump has been sued for violating the Fair Housing Act, evidence was found that Trump refused to rent to Black tenants.  Itis said that when he came to his casino’s Black people had to get off the floor.  He has been known to say that Blacks have a trait to be lazy.  Trump falsely accused Obama as not being a citizen.  Trump has suggested that Senator Kamala Harris, “doesn’t meet the requirements” to run for vice president.  He has stated that, Blacks are “Living in poverty, schools are no good”.  What have you done to correct this Mr. Trump? 

Trump attacked NFL players for kneeling silently protesting the national anthem.  He has stated that African countries are “shitholes”. He has stated that Black and Brown members of Congress should “Go back”.  Donald Trump said that he had a plan to win over Black Americans.  Then, he opens his mouth again saying, “That Blacks only care about power for themselves, his speeches are different for different audiences.  He defended Confederate symbols, calling Black Lives Matter a symbol of hate.  He consistently delivered a law and order message, calling demonstrators “thugs” and “anarchists” and “mob rule.”

They are those that say Trump is just a bad speaker and possibly racially insensitive.  But when one pulls all of what he said and what he did together, he is a racist.  He has put a dark cloud over our Nation, and has insulted most of our allies.   If, and after, he is elected he will return as the same vile individual that he has been for 30-years.  He makes me ashamed to be white!  As we live in our white skin we must work hard to make this country equal for everyone; we need to heal, and we cannot nor will we be able to with the reelection of Donald Trump.   

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Author Elizabeth Ann Johnson-Murphree books at: Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com

Flying with Broken Wings is about the life of Charlotte Jean Murphree. Charlotte was not a famous person, in fact, not too many people knew her, but those that did knew there were many facets to her life. The book tells of fifty-two-years of daily testing of her will to carry on and the misfortune she faced. As a baby and young girl she was made fun of by schoolchildren, her progress was slow but she never gave up the fight to overcome her disabilities. As an adult, she fought Cerebral Palsy, Living with Bipolar, Depression and Schizophrenia disorders. Charlotte lived not only with herself but she endured the “Voices” that lived within her for over thirty years. This book is about her beginning, her middle and the end of her life.

Books by Author at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com:

  1. Fragments of Time
  2. A Passage into Madness
  3. Asterial Thoughts
  4. A Sachet of Poetry
  5. Rutted Roads
  6. Rhythm Rhyme and Thoughts
  7. Reflections of Poetry
  8. Beyond the Voices
  9. Honeysuckle Memories
  10. Echoing Images from the Soul
  11. A Journey into the Soul

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Circle Of Control

C.R.Murphree is an educator, Young Adult Novelist, Mental Health Speaker and passionate about helping people with depression and anxiety.

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

An attempt to balance stress

I’ve been thinking a lot lately of the circle of control. Basically, what we can control in our lives and what we cannot, and how those things impact us. I’ll focus on a few thoughts and my own circle of control, and see if you can relate.

When I think about things that typically stress me out, it’s usually issues that I have absolutely no control over. On a lighter scale, it’s people’s opinions. I realize that everyone will have their own opinions about me, political issues, and so on. However, I cannot not control any of that. For instance, if people don’t like a social media post that I made, such as this one, or it doesn’t get any “likes” it is something that is out of my circle. More serious things are childhood trauma. I had absolutely no control over the things that…

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Book(s) Promotion…#235

Author Elizabeth Ann Johnson-Murphree books at: Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com

Flying with Broken Wings is about the life of Charlotte Jean Murphree. Charlotte was not a famous person, in fact, not too many people knew her, but those that did knew there were many facets to her life. The book tells of fifty-two-years of daily testing of her will to carry on and the misfortune she faced. As a baby and young girl she was made fun of by schoolchildren, her progress was slow but she never gave up the fight to overcome her disabilities. As an adult, she fought Cerebral Palsy, Living with Bipolar, Depression, and Schizophrenia disorders. Charlotte lived not only with herself but she endured the “Voices” that lived within her for over thirty years. This book is about her beginning, her middle, and the end of her life.

Author Elizabeth Ann Johnson-Murphree books at: Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com

Fragments of Time

A Passage into Madness

Asterial Thoughts

A Sachet of Poetry

Adoration Aspirations Anger Asylums

Rutted Roads

A Collections of Poems

Rhythm Rhyme and Thoughts

A Decade of Poetry

Reflections of Poetry

Beyond the Voices

Honeysuckle Memories

Echoing Images from the Soul

A Journey into the Soul

Writers Page: https://www.facebook.com/Elizabeth-Ann-Murphree-Writer-111707974010781

When Monsters Come To Play

Reblog post from C.R. Murphree on Depression.

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

Some Thoughts On Depression

This past week alone, I have heard about several people having depression and some having suicidal ideation. I have also had a few people reach out to me about my novel and thank me for speaking up about mental illness because we are in a critical time where depression and anxiety are dramatically on the rise. No need to thank me, I simply know the darkness that depression can cause and if I can help even one person by sharing my story, then I gladly will. People are suffering and they need to know they are not alone.

I recently had someone approach me, out of good intentions and with sincerity, and say, “You seem to have a good life. You are happily married, love your students, seem to smile a lot, and your book is doing well. What do you have to be depressed about?”…

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Poetry-Waiting for the End…#234

Living under both fugitive and gracious light, living within walls that no longer make a home.  Living with assumptions in a world that scorns.  One cannot demand love; it leaves the seeker tired and alone. The heart is no longer inspired by life; it is dead it is made of stone.

Thirst for creativity, hours to feel un-whole, feeble, no power no control.   Troubled with no rest, walking upon the fallow ground, the fields like deserts, barren no heart no soul.  Youth has gone; strength is gone, one’s foremost self-lost in the past, haunted by what went before.

No music, not even the sound from a rustic flute.  The clouds of an obsessed storm in the sky, it groans with sadness.  Visions clear, to be mute would be golden.   No cares, wandering, nomadic, living from place, to place, another plane, the way is lost. Heart-weary, harsh, a dwelling a void, silence. 

Fear and fatigue consume, will the body die. Evidence is in the stillness of a stone heart, it has grown weary and cold.  The heart beats faster and faster, like a runaway train, sweeping through the soul.  The deep cut into the soul cannot heal. The night-wind blows through a whisper of silver hair, soon it will be dawn.  The night passed slowly. 

Another day under the leafless tree, dew lays upon the body, watching the Robin looking beneath for a worm.  Fall is here and the Robin will go south, soon a cold and frothy sea of white will cover the ground.  Death is welcomed, emptiness, the trembling are now all stilled; time is winding to a close.  Ashes will soon lay upon an icy shore, waiting for the melting ice to float them away.   

2020©elizabethannjohnsonmurphree

Flying with Broken Wings is about the life of Charlotte Jean Murphree. Charlotte was not a famous person, in fact, not too many people knew her, but those that did knew there were many facets to her life. the book tells of fifty-two-years of daily testing of her will to carry on and the misfortune she faced. As a baby and young girl she was made fun of by schoolchildren, her progress was slow but she never gave up the fight to overcome her disabilities. As an adult, she fought Cerebral Palsy, Living with Bipolar, Depression and Schizophrenia disorders. Charlotte lived not only with herself but she endured the “Voices” that lived within her for over thirty years. This book is about her beginning, her middle and the end of her life.

Where were you…September 11, 2001 – #233

Where were you…September 11, 2001

A date that like many other tragedies in history, most everyone knows where they were when America was attacked.  It was a Tuesday, the attacks happened early enough on the World Trade Center that most of the workforce hadn’t arrived yet, If it had happened later, it could have been 50,000 people in the towers.  The Pentagon was less fortunate it was hit at a time that most employees were in their offices or at their desks when the plane hit the building.  United Flight 93 plane crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

 I was in the grocery store in McFarland, Wisconsin.  I went home instantly, when I entered my apartment, my son Chuck was there, I stood in silence watching television when the second plane hit the other Tower.  I could not speak; it was unreal, like watching a movie!  I went to work, most everyone there was glued to the T.V., work went on, the towns went on, the state went on, and the world held her breath.

The World Trade Center Towers went down and America stood up, all working together during such a tragedy.  Stop today to pray for those who lost loved ones.  Stop today and give a thought about what America is doing today.  We should be standing together to change laws, to fight for equality for everyone, to welcome those wanting to escape death or persecution. We are not a county that turns away good people. 

As firemen, policemen, volunteers of all colors walked about, pictures of them did not show color, all faces were ashen.  Stop today, stop this fighting among ourselves as Americans, we are better than that, let’s set aside our differences and fight for equality for everyone, black, white, all races.  It’s time!

A Moving Beast

Update from Chuck Murphree Blog

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

A Journey

I want to share my past two weeks with you. I want to share a little of myself because I’ve been told by many that by sharing my story, it has helped them navigate their own darkness and fear. I’ll break it down for you as a progression of what anxiety and depression look like. It is also Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and if I can help another feel like they are not alone, then take this journey with me and know for certain that you are not in this battle by yourself. Many suffer. Still, mental illness, like depression and anxiety is incredibly lonely. It’s isolating, debilitating at times, and can be deadly. It’s an illness, not unlike any other deadly illness that can consume your mind, body, and life. To not talk about it, accept it, or judge it, is dangerous. I have also had…

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