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About Rayshell Clapper

Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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Social Media Vs. Doctors: Where Do We Get Info About Health?

Oct 01, 14 Social Media Vs. Doctors: Where Do We Get Info About Health?

Posted by in Health, Technology

Imagine waking up feeling achy with symptoms like a headache, nausea, and dizziness. You know that something is wrong, but do not know what that might be. As a recent article explains, young adults who graduated from college or at least attended college relied more on social media and YouTube for their health concerns, whereas older people who had only high school diplomas relied on their doctors.

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Gettin’ Our Punctuation Celebration On

Sep 24, 14 Gettin’ Our Punctuation Celebration On

Posted by in Education, Seasonal

As a grammarian and English professor, today is one of my favorite days: National Punctuation Day. This is a day to celebrate punctuation and the correct usage of punctuation. As one who deals with punctuation and editing on a daily basis, I am super excited to share some celebration about punctuation.

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Aye Me Matey: It’s Pirate Time

Sep 19, 14 Aye Me Matey: It’s Pirate Time

Posted by in Lifestyle, Seasonal, Technology

I remember the first time I read Peter Pan and then saw Disney’s animated version. I walked around my house for days imitating just how I thought pirates would talk. On September 19 of every year, people come together to celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Yep, you read that correctly.

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September Is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Sep 18, 14 September Is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by in Health, Seasonal

When we think of cancer, we tend to focus our attentions on the more publicized ones like breast, prostate, pancreatic, and lung cancers. These certainly demand focus and attention, but at times it seems that the other cancers get lost in the discussion. The truth of the matter is that any cell, any organ, just about any part of the body, can develop cancer. And all cancers are deadly.

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Changing The Stigma On Mental Illness To Help Us All

Sep 16, 14 Changing The Stigma On Mental Illness To Help Us All

Posted by in Mental Health

Many people have experienced some sort of mental health issue or illness. Whether that is depression, stress, schizophrenia, a phobia, or any one of the hundreds of other mental health diagnoses out there. Even grief can be classified as a mental health issue. Many people simply do not seek the mental health care they need to be healthy. Why is that?

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National Chicken Month: Celebrating The Original White Meat

Sep 02, 14 National Chicken Month: Celebrating The Original White Meat

Posted by in Health, Seasonal

Okay, so I am a vegetarian, but almost everyone in my life is a carnivore, and most of my carnivorous co-workers, friends, and family members love chicken. People love their chicken. And for all the chicken lovers out there, I have good news: September is National Chicken Month. That’s right. September is an entire month devoted to celebrating and eating chicken.

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Changing The Way We Think Of Deadlines

Sep 01, 14 Changing The Way We Think Of Deadlines

Posted by in Science

There are some people who love deadlines. Then there are those people who completely freak at the thought of deadlines. Regardless of whether we love the deadline, hate it, or simply live with it, how we think about deadlines actually may help us to better and more effectively reach our goals.

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Too Much Liking And Facebook Turns Ugly

Aug 13, 14 Too Much Liking And Facebook Turns Ugly

Posted by in Lifestyle, Technology

Anyone who has a Facebook account has probably ‘liked’ something. Sometimes the only way we communicate with each other is by liking each other’s posts. One journalist for WIRED wanted to see just what happened when he liked everything Facebook had to throw at him, whether it was something he truly liked or not. Turns out, he did not like what happened, not at all.

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How To Improve Water Efficiency And Curtail Water Use

Jul 23, 14 How To Improve Water Efficiency And Curtail Water Use

Posted by in Science

Visiting with locals lead to many discussions about the concerns and issues they see with water availability or, more accurately, lack of availability. The seriousness of the water issues is palpable. Water availability is quickly becoming one of the most urgent issues for much of the United States, as well as other countries across the world.

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Another Place For The Family

Jul 22, 14 Another Place For The Family

Posted by in Lifestyle

Earlier this, I wrote about Black River Lodge in Missouri as an option for family vacations. I wanted to harken back to that blog post and talk about another type of “staycation” of sorts, especially for those who live near a coast. Specifically, I want to talk about Sea Ranch, California

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