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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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What to know about Daylight Savings Time

Mar 09, 15 What to know about Daylight Savings Time

Posted by in Science, Seasonal

This past weekend, many Americans had to adjust to Daylight Savings Time. In the spring, we move an hour forward at 2am, which means that we lost an hour of sleep, and although no one really enjoys this, the pay off for this lost hour is an hour longer of sunlight.

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Loggerhead sea turtles: Cute and smart

Mar 07, 15 Loggerhead sea turtles: Cute and smart

Posted by in Science

Sometimes science and nature so boggle our minds. Actions and habits of beasts, humans, and plants really are amazing. Not that long ago, National Geographic wrote about one such instance of amazing with its article about loggerhead sea turtles.

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2015 resolutions check-in – March

Mar 06, 15 2015 resolutions check-in – March

Posted by in Lifestyle, Science, Seasonal

So, we are into March now, and many of us have lost focus on those New Year’s resolutions. Hell, probably some have given up completely. But we can always recommit. Just because we have stopped a resolution or two (or all of them) does not mean that we are out of the game completely.

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What avatars create feelings of friendship?

Mar 04, 15 What avatars create feelings of friendship?

Posted by in Science, Technology

More and more, we make avatars online. For video games, social media, online dating and chatting, and other reasons, we see the online avatar all over the Internet. But just how do we react to these different avatars?

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Great remedies for sore throats

Mar 03, 15 Great remedies for sore throats

Posted by in Health

It is that time of the year when people suffer from sore throats due to myriad diseases, viruses, and infectors. From allergies to the cold to strep, it is hard to walk around and not run into someone suffering greatly from his sore throat.

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The ways animals adapt to humans

Mar 02, 15 The ways animals adapt to humans

Posted by in Science

Human encroachment on natural ecosystems has forced animals to adapt. Those that do not adapt struggle to the point of potential extinction. However, there is hope for animals. National Geographic notes several ways in which animals have adapted.

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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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