Shelly Barclay

Shelly Barclay

Shelly Barclay writes on a variety of topics from animal facts to mysteries in history. Her main focus is military and political history. She is the Boston History Examiner, Military History Examiner and the Boston American Revolution History Examiner. She also writes for Historic Mysteries.com and for a local historical society newsletter. She is also the author of the horror novel Morrigan s Shadows. Shelly was a professional cook for 10 years and still has a passion for food. She cooks and writes about cooking nearly every day. She produces a wide variety of content, on top of her niches. Shelly is a stepmother, a former military and veteran wife, sister of four and aunt of seven with an eight on the way. She is currently a full time freelance writer.
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  • Campgrounds in and Around Leslie, Michigan
    Leslie, Michigan, is a small town with the quintessential small town layout.
  • Activities at Blackwater Falls State Park
    At Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia, you can tent camp, RV camp, hike and snowshoe.
  • Landmarks in Coney Island, Brooklyn
    Though hit with several disasters, including 2012's Hurricane Sandy, the landmarks at Coney Island are still going strong, at least for the 2013 season.
  • Inspiring Quotes and Tips for Summer Decorating
    Using the seasons as inspiration for decorating is something that is done in all the decorative arts. There are numerous places to look for this inspiration, but words from those who have already been inspired by summer are among the best.
  • Getting Sick from Being Sick: My Experience With Depression
    Like millions of other people, I have been depressed. Also like those millions of other people, when I say I have been depressed, I do not mean I have been bummed out.
  • Secret Clinical Strength: Powerful Enough for a Busy Mom
    A look at Secret Clinical Strength for Sensitive Skin and how it kept this mom dry.
  • Reston Ebolavirus
    The Ebola virus is a filovirus, making it one of the most terrifying viruses in the world. Filoviruses are highly lethal -- some having near total mortality rates -- and the illnesses they create are horrible.
  • Samuel Adams
    Samuel Adams was one of the founding fathers of the United States, a Boston revolutionary and the current face of Bostonian beer.
  • The Serial Murders and Capture of Dena Riley and Richard Davis
    Richard Davis and Dena Riley were two serial killers who were drug-crazed and willing to do the unthinkable. The pair was a classic killer couple, feeding off each other's depravity.
  • Best Scenes in Breaking Dawn Part One
    Fans have to move on to speculating about Breaking Dawn Part Two because Breaking Dawn Part One premiered yesterday, November 18, 2011. The film as a whole is sure to do well, but there are a few scenes that stand out from the others.
  • Breaking Dawn Part One: Differences Between the Novel and the Film
    Breaking Dawn Part One, the day has finally arrived and, as of now, passed. All of the freaking out, speculation, promotion and movie still leakage has come to an end. Now it is time to talk about how the movie differed from the novel.
  • The Life and Crimes of Female Serial Killer Dana Sue Gray
    Dana Sue Gray is a serial killer who is hard to categorize. She was a nurse, but she did not kill her patients.
  • What is NaNoWriMo?
    National Novel Writing Month, known colloquially as NaNoWriMo or November, is a challenge for novel writers.
  • The Potential Dangers of Exorcism Rituals
    Exorcism is the act of driving out an evil entity (what sort varies, depending on the beliefs of those involved) from a person, place or thing. Sometimes, it also exacerbates the situation.
  • Strange Auditory Symptoms
    In some cases, it easy to chalk hearing sounds up to having auditory hallucinations with psychological origins. In other cases, it is not that simple.
  • Army Wife: Iraq Troop Withdrawal Good for Family's Sanity
    On Friday, October 21, 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year. The relief is reluctant, at this point.
  • The Bullying, Torture and Death of Sylvia Likens
    Sylvia Likens was just a teenager when she was murdered -- only 16-years-old. In hindsight, it is easy to see that she was the victim of bullying.
  • Planning a Snowboarding Trip and Keeping the Expenses in Control
    Vacations do not have to be about choosing the cheapest place. There are always ways find great vacation destinations for a good price, if you plan well in advance.
  • Post 9/11 Security Makes Military Life that Much Harder
    Being in a military family makes travel a must, but traveling was, and still is, a headache since September 11, 2001.
  • A Weekly Workout Routine to Lower Anxiety and Raise Energy Levels
    Having a weekly exercise routine has greatly influenced my mood and energy levels. Working out when I am stressed out or anxious helps me lower those negative feelings.
  • Infamous Police Shootouts in United States History
    Police shootouts, apart from terrorist attacks, are the closest thing to warfare that have happened on United States soil in nearly 70 years, as of 2011.
  • Differences Between the New Moon Film and Novel
    New Moon by Stephenie Meyer is the second book in her Twilight series. There is also a movie, which followed up Twilight, by the same name. There are numerous differences between the two.
  • Differences Between the Twilight Film and the Novel
    There is not a single film adaptation of a novel that is entirely true to a film. The Twilight film, which is adapted from Stephenie Meyer's novel of the same name, is no exception.
  • 9/11 Turns an Average Family into a Military Family
    To draw a commonly used parallel, 9/11 was very much like Pearl Harbor in the way entire families were thrown into war. My family was no exception.
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  • AIDS Denialism
    AIDS denialism is a position on HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) that takes many dangerous forms. Denialists assert everything from "the disease does not exist" to "HIV cannot hurt you."
  • Former Soldier: 9/11 Will 'Affect Every Decision I Make'
    Former U.S. Army Spc. Robert Puckett has agreed to tell us about his 9/11 experience as an enlisted service member and the lasting impact the terrorist attacks have had on his life.
  • 9/11's Lingering Effects Separate Newlyweds
    The day of the September 11 terrorist attacks was a day that for myself, and millions of others, was horrifying. Then, I had no idea that the feeling would get worse years later, in November of 2003.
  • How 9/11 Changed My Quiet, Small Massachusetts Town
    The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks originated at Boston's Logan Airport and were successful at the Pentagon in Virginia and the World Trade Center in New York. There is no denying the impact 9/11 had on these communities, but they were not the only
  • A Timeline of Infamous and Impending Doomsday Prophecies
    Human beings are at the whim of a universe beyond our comprehension. Some would say we are also at the whim of a god or gods that could annihilate us at any moment.
  • The Ardeatine Caves Massacre
    The Ardeatine Caves Massacre was one of several massacres that occurred in Italy, after Italy capitulated to the Allies and Germany subsequently occupied the country.
  • Stille Hilfe: Aiding Fugitive or Imprisoned Nazis Since 1946
    Stille Hilfe, full name Die Stille Hilfe Kriegsgefangene und Internierte, is an international organization whose purpose is the subject of much debate. Their name in English means Silent Assistance for Prisoners of War and Interned Persons.
  • Halloween Events in Gwinnett County, Georgia by Town
    There are ghost tours, haunted houses, community festivals and parties in Gwinnett County every year.
  • Husband's PTSD, Wife's Anxiety Stem from 9/11
    On September 11, 2001, I was camping in the backyard of my parents' house with family, blissfully unaware that all of our lives were changing.
  • Ralampago Del Catatumbo or "The Catatumbo Lightning"
    Over the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Zulia, Venezuela, where it pours into Lake Maracaibo, one of the most spectacular natural weather phenomena occurs nightly for roughly one-third of the year.
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes Takes a Sci-fi Story to a New Generation
    "Rise of the Planet Apes" was released on August 5, 2011. The movie has a science fiction plot that many will recognize from the "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" film.
  • Munchausen by Internet
    There may be a new factitious disorder that is gaining interest since the advent of the internet. It is known as Munchausen by internet.
  • Animal Facts: Blue-Ringed Octopi
    Blue-ringed octopi are small creatures found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They inhabit shallow seawater, particularly in southern Australia.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two: Memorable Scenes
    The most recent, and the last, Harry Potter film -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two -- consists of one memorable scene after another.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two: Differences Between the Book and the Film
    Some of the differences between the novel and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two actually enhance the film. Others are barely noticeable.
  • The Mysteries of Bouvet Island
    Bouvet Island is an isolated island in the South Sea. Very few people have ever visited the island, yet mysterious discoveries have been made on the island and mysterious events have happened in its vicinity.
  • The Vela Incident: A Nuclear Explosion?
    To monitor compliance with the a 1963 arms treaty, the United States launched the Vela satellites, which would ascertain whether treaty-breaking explosions took place. In 1979, Vela 6911 recorded a series of nuclear intensity in the Indian Ocean.
  • Cloud Forests: Endangered Ecosystems
    Cloud forests are some of the most magical looking environments on Earth. Their beauty is the first and most noticeable thing about them.
  • Tips for Visitors to the Polar Caves Park in Rumney, New Hampshire
    The Polar Caves in Rumney, New Hampshire are a group of glacial caves that formed during the most recent ice age. Glaciers pushed large rocks over the landscape, forming the caves that visitors can see there today.
  • Facts About Heroin and Heroin Use: Symptoms of Use, Side Effects, Overdose and Treatment
    In 2008, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 3.8 million residents of the United States claimed to have used heroin at least once in their lifetimes. Roughly one out of every 100 eighth graders claims to have used heroin as well.
  • Fourth of July Fireworks in Halifax, Massachusetts 2011
    These are photos from the fireworks display in Halifax, 2011.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: What to Expect, the Latest Trailer and Hopes for the Film
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is less than a month away from being released in the theaters. Fans cannot help but wonder what is staying from the book and what is going.
  • Interesting Facts About Tornadoes
    Tornadoes have been portrayed in fiction as magical cyclones that can whisk you away to far off lands and as interesting funnels that harmlessly move things about. The reality is far more frightening, though no less interesting.
  • Fable III: How to Make Enough Money to Save the People of Albion
    When playing Fable III, you have a choice to be good, bad or something in-between (like all of the Fable games). No matter how you play it, there are ways to make some good money, which is going to make a big difference during the last quest of main game
  • Bike Week in Laconia 2011
    If you have never been to Laconia for bike week or plan on hitting up 2011's bike week in the next few days, let me give you an idea of what it is like.
  • The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
    The Tulsa Race Riot lasted a total of 18 hours, but did years of lasting damage. An estimated 1,000 buildings were destroyed. Between 50 and 300 people were murdered.
  • Roopkund: The Skeleton Lake of the Himalayas
    Roopkund Lake is a glacial Himalayan lake in India. It has another name that derives from a gruesome discovery that was made there.
  • The Story of the Real Sword in the Stone
    The story of the Sword in the Stone comes from Arthurian legend. It is a well-known tale of the child Arthur, who pulls the mythical sword from the stone and becomes the future King of England. This legend may be partially based on truth.
  • Places and Things Named After Charles Darwin
    Charles Darwin was a respected naturalist. During his life and after his death, numerous places and things have been named for him.
  • Doris Payne: International Jewel Thief
    Seemingly sweet, charming and rich, Doris Payne is a woman that no one would suspect of wrongdoing. That fact has kept her in the international jewel thief business for roughly 50 years.
  • Animals That Deliver an Electrical Shock
    Some animals are able to store and emit the electricity produced by their bodies. With these electrical emissions, these animals can shock predators and prey or scare humans away with a jolt.
  • Most Haunted Houses in Rhode Island
    Rhode Island is a place with rich history and many historical buildings. Of course, where there are historical buildings, there are supposed hauntings.
  • Johnny Frank Garrett and the Death Penalty
    There are times when there is doubt as to whether the death penalty was the right punishment or if the party was even guilty of the crimes that resulted in the death penalty. Such was the case with Johnny Frank Garrett.
  • Interesting Facts About Machu Picchu
    Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the most mysterious, beautiful and impossible places on Earth. It was built by the Incans of Peru.
  • Upcoming Release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: With Trailer
    Warner Bros. is just months away from releasing the last movie in the eight-movie Harry Potter series. The first trailer is now available.
  • The 1974 Tornado Outbreak
    The 1974 Tornado Outbreak, or the Super Tornado Outbreak, was a widespread outbreak of tornadoes in the United States and Canada. It was the worst outbreak of tornadoes in United States history.
  • Vincenzo Peruggia's Theft of the Mona Lisa
    The Mona Lisa was once stolen from her home in the Louvre and subsequently spent roughly two years rolled up in the closet of a carpenter's apartment.
  • The 1811 Slave Revolt Led by Charles Deslondes
    Charles Deslondes loathed the enslavement of black men, women and children so much that he organized what is thought to be the largest slave revolt in the history of the United States.
  • Ozette: The North American Pompeii
    Ozette is an intriguing archaeological site that contains insight into Native American life, with which no other such site can compete.
  • The History of Port Royal
    Port Royal is currently a small fishing village in Jamaica, but it was once a large British town, built on the trade that took place there. It was, and is, famous for being a haven for pirates.
  • Nat Turner's Rebellion
    Roughly 30 years before the start of the Civil War, a slave named Nat Turner unleashed havoc on Southampton County, Virginia.
  • Simple Tips for a Relatively Pain-Free First Date
    Despite a first date's superficial quality, it is a very important date - one that you do not want to screw up. You could mess up your chances for a second date if you have any first date blunders.
  • Choosing the Right Plants for Your Betta Fish
    Betta fish kept in aquariums benefit from having foliage in which to hide. However, you want to make sure the plants you choose are safe for your betta.
  • Foods That Help Dry Scalp, Dandruff, and Dry Hair
    We can don hats and scarves to hide dandruff, or dry, damaged hair, but we do not want to have to wear them all the time. Luckily, there are some foods that can help you get rid of your hair woes.
  • Infamous Serial Killers Who Were Executed
    Although capital punishment is a touchy subject, there are some cases where almost everyone can agree that the death penalty was well deserved. Such is usually the case with serial killers.
  • Hurricane Preparation Tips
    An average of five or six hurricanes occurs every year in the Atlantic and only one of these storms can leave a path of destruction through several states.
  • Ani, Turkey: 'The City of 1,001 Churches'
    The ghost city of Ani, also known as "The City of 1,001 Churches," is a medieval Armenian city, now located in Turkey. The site was completely abandoned roughly 300 years ago and has fallen into disrepair since.
  • The Philadephia Experiment or 'Project Rainbow'
    The Philadelphia Experiment, otherwise known as "Project Rainbow," is a U.S. Navy experiment that conspiracy theorists claim took place in October of 1943.
  • 5 Hurricane Facts
    Hurricanes are among the most feared storms that occur on Earth. They are destructive, powerful and deadly.
  • Emotions Displayed by Elephants
    Every day, elephants prove that humans are not the only animals capable of caring for other individuals, despite the lack of personal gain. Their behavior proves that they can display, at the very least, happiness, grief and compassion.
  • The Biggest Animals on Earth
    In every animal class on Earth there is one species that dwarves all other species in their class or even the world. Listed here are a few of nature's giants.
  • Hybrid Big Cat Breeds
    Big cats, such as tigers, lions and cheetahs, are some of the most majestic creatures on Earth. Hybrids of these animals are just as magnificent.
  • Accusations of Witchcraft Against Children Flourish in Some African Countries
    Witch-hunts are something that we often think of as historical events carried out against adults. Unfortunately, this is not just a historical problem, nor is restricted to adults.
  • The Real Giles Corey
    Giles Corey became a symbol of the Salem Witch Trials and the brave souls who attempted to withstand their accusers. Unfortunately, he was no such man.
  • Real Life Houses of Horrors
    Every year, Halloween brings people to so-called haunted houses and houses of horror. These relatively harmless attractions are filled with Halloween revelers wearing gore to frighten guests. Real houses of horror are something else altogether.
  • The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill by John Trumbull
    There is no shortage of lovely works of art stemming from the American Revolution. Among these works of art is The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill by John Trumbull.
  • Most Haunted Houses in Massachusetts
    Massachusetts is a place with such a long, rich history that it almost goes without saying that some places will be haunted or, at least, perceived as such.
  • Sofonisba Anguissola
    Sofonisba would become one of the first female artists to be recognized for her talent as an artist. However, even a Renaissance woman like Sofonisba Anguissola had to suffer the indignity of being repressed because of her sex.
  • The Monster of the Andes: Pedro Lopez
    Pedro Lopez may be the most prolific known serial killer of all time. He was convicted of the murder of 110 girls. He has confessed to the murder of more than 300.
  • The Revolution of 1689 in Boston, Massachusetts
    The Revolution of 1689 in Boston, Massachusetts was an extension of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 in England. By comparison, it was a very small, very short revolution.
  • The Murder of Mary Rogers
    Mary Rogers was murdered in 1841 and dumped in the Hudson River. Her death is said to have caused one of the first murder media sensations in the city.
  • The Clear Lake or 'Bloody Island' Massacre
    When Andrew Kelsey and Charles Stone took a Native American chief's wife to their house to rape her, they paved the way for the Clear Lake Massacre. They also cleared the way to their demise.
  • What Is a Wholphin?
    Most of us are familiar with large whales, killer whales and bottlenose dolphins because they dominate marine conservation efforts and sea life shows around the world. What many of us are likely not familiar with this rare hybrid marine mammal.
  • H.L. Mencken as an Antitheist
    H.L. Mencken was a noteworthy journalist, essayist, editor, social commentator, antitheist and cynic of the late 19th and early 20th century. His position on religion ranged from insightful to downright insulting.
  • Serial Killer Couples: Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo
    Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo had a repugnant habit of forcefully involving teenage girls in their sexual forays. On at least three occasions, these rapes ended in murder.
  • Introduction to Mud Volcanoes
    Mud volcanoes are a less terrifying, but still dangerous cousin of magma volcanoes. They are also known as sedimentary volcanoes and gas-oil volcanoes.
  • The Katyn Forest Massacre of World War II
    Among all the atrocities of World War II, there is the Katyn Forest Massacre. It was carried out in Smolensk, Russia and in the Katyn Forest, as far as historians can tell.
  • The Panmunjom Ax Murder Incident
    Along the border of North Korea and South Korea, there is an area called the demilitarized zone or DMZ, for short. It was here, in 1976, where two U.S. officers were brutally murdered.
  • Historical Events That Took Place on New Year's Eve
    As of December 31, 46 B.C.E., December 31st has been the last day of every year. It is a special day in and of itself, but like every other calendar day, historical events have taken place on New Year's Eve.
  • Biography of Peter Carl Faberge
    Peter Carl Faberge, or simply Carl Faberge, is the jeweler behind Faberge eggs. His items have remained highly sought after for more than one hundred years.
  • The Potala Palace
    The Potala Palace is one of the most historically significant sites in Tibet. While it is currently under the control of the Chinese, who keep the holy place as a museum to attract tourists, it is still an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.
  • Historical Events That Took Place on New Year's Day
    New Year's Day is a day when people decide to live better, healthier lives. These personal experiences are great, but there have also been world changing and/or history making events that took place on New Year's Day.
  • The Marriage and Ruling Years of Alexandra and Nicholas Romanov
    The Romanovs had their problems, namely Alexei's illness, but they seemed content in the cocoon of wealth and regal privilege that they had made for themselves. All of this was destroyed during the October Revolution in Russia.
  • The Murder of the Last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia: Alexandra and Nicholas II
    While the Romanovs were clinging to the last vestiges of tradition and royalty, the rest of the country was fighting over what would happen now that the monarchy had been overthrown. In the end, this would mean death for many of the Romanovs.
  • Infamous Criminal Snipers in United States History
    Criminal snipers are killers who strike without their victims knowing he was there. He can wreak havoc on communities and kill an alarmingly high number of people. At least three of these frightening killers have stood out in United States history.
  • Anthony Burns' Path to Freedom
    Anthony Burns was born in 1834. From the day he was born, he was the property of John Suttle of Virginia. His entire family was also property of Mr. Suttle. At around the age of 10, Anthony began entertaining thoughts of freedom.
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