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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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Mapping serotonin in the brain

Feb 25, 15 Mapping serotonin in the brain

Posted by in Mental Health

Depression: a disease that causes serious pain for those who suffer from it as well as those who love them. Depression consists of more than feeling down or blue. It interferes with one’s daily life. Here are some signs and symptoms, as identified by the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Headache triggers to avoid

Feb 20, 15 Headache triggers to avoid

Posted by in Health

For anyone who has ever suffered from even an allergy headache, we all know just how painful and distracting headaches are. And for those of us who suffer from migraines or cluster headaches, the pain can be unbearable. Really, headaches are something awful, no matter the intensity, duration, or cause.

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Gerontogens and their impacts on aging

Feb 16, 15 Gerontogens and their impacts on aging

Posted by in Science

When my dad died from a heart attack ten years ago in 2005, the doctors told us that he was a 52-year-old man with a 70-year-old heart. Part of this came from the fact that he had smoked on and off parts of his adult life, but another part came from his diabetes. Still, other parts may come from what some scientists call gerontogens.

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Yoga supports heart health

Feb 14, 15 Yoga supports heart health

Posted by in Health

I do not call myself advanced by any means, but I am definitely a practiced yogi. I first began yoga for its stress benefits and discovered all the other benefits including flexibility, spiritual, and even strength. Yoga will always be a part of my life, but one study published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology shows just how beneficial yoga can be for all of us.

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The scent of lavender equals trust

Feb 10, 15 The scent of lavender equals trust

Posted by in Science

As I have previously mentioned in other blogs, I cannot smell. Since I can’t smell, I do not have reactions to people based on their scent, but most people do. In fact, a recent study conducted by researchers at Leiden University and published in Frontiers in Psychology shows just how smells impact us, specifically in terms of building trust.

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Submission or strategy: Learning more about our dog’s motivations

Feb 09, 15 Submission or strategy: Learning more about our dog’s motivations

Posted by in Science

People with dogs see it every day, that moment when puppy one rolls over while playing with puppy two. It is cute to watch them play together, and they clearly react to each motion during play, including the rollover. A recent study from the University of Lethbridge in Canada has found when dogs roll over, it actually is not an act of submission.

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Times flies when you’re having fun

Feb 04, 15 Times flies when you’re having fun

Posted by in Science

I know that it sounds ridiculous to think of birds as playing, but they do. In fact, they play so much socially that even putting a mirror up will inspire play as they stare at themselves. They are fascinating creatures, birds, but it turns out that playing is not unique to this species. In fact, the Huffington Post published an article about the importance of play and fun for animals AND humans.

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Looking forward to 2015 sky events

Feb 03, 15 Looking forward to 2015 sky events

Posted by in Space

Who doesn't love looking at the stars? For many stargazers, 2015 will offer some really great events to enjoy. National Geographic provides a handful that they think are must-sees for the upcoming year.

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Emotional versus sexual infidelity and their impacts

Jan 28, 15 Emotional versus sexual infidelity and their impacts

Posted by in Lifestyle, Science

What exactly is infidelity? Is it touching, kissing, full on copulation, or falling in love with another? And does infidelity affect all people in the same way? Well, as it turns out, all of this may just matter on the gender and sexuality of an individual more so than anything else, according to a redOrbit article.

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Prolific selfies may indicate narcissism and psychopathy

Jan 23, 15 Prolific selfies may indicate narcissism and psychopathy

Posted by in Science

No matter what brand of social media we prefer, it is hard to go far without seeing the selfie. All over, we see people taking selfies of themselves. The selfie is prolific. And it seems like pretty harmless fun, but a recent study out of Ohio State University shows that men who post selfies regularly and often scored higher on tests for narcissism and psychopathy.

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