Hi! I’m Sam.

Over the course of my three years working with EWC, I’ve written 250+ articles on a wide range of topics, from adorable stinging slugs to the power of ballet in favelas, not to mention the countless stories celebrating the work people are doing in science and technology that can enhance all of our lives. (You can browse my articles if you scroll down!)

My time here at EWC began in 2016 during a bi-annual hygiene cleaning (as most good stories do) at Lynda and Chuck’s dental practice. I was your typical wandering senior in undergrad with no clue what they wanted to do next, so when they offered me the opportunity to write a few articles a month for “the website Lynda just started” while I finished my degree, I jumped on it. Now, 3 years later, I’m the Chief Curator and Editor, and with different possibilities coming at me daily, showing me the world that exists entirely outside of my bubble, my views of what can be have shifted entirely.

Image: Sam by her booth at the craft fair!

By my booth at my first craft fair!

But even with all of this writing, it’s still hard for me to write about myself. So, here’s what my boss has to say about me:

“Sam has brought a mastery of connection to EWC that is celebrated in every article she touches, and in every aspect of our visitor experiences. She is exceptionally gifted at wearing many hats, fluidly moving through every day from writing, research and business decision making, to diving deep into conversations with the thought leaders in our orbit. Most importantly Sam is an expert in going from “mind & heart”—on any topic—to the printed word that makes us all soar!

Sam is also a superlative “shape-shifter”, so open to everything that she seems always in the process of becoming something radiant and new. The sparkle she brings to every new person she meets is a gift we are inspired by every day and we are proud to see all the ways it has infused EWC with that same light for 3 years. She had been instrumental in our quest to find the common threads that connect us all.”

While I’m not in the office, you can find me hunched over a table working on a new carving, printing and covered in ink, walking in the woods, at a show, dancing, building a meditation practice, eating bagels, or getting lost on a long drive.

If you see me at a party, ask me about:

  • The two times I’ve fallen through a floor
  • My grandmother and the raccoons
  • The book I’m reading

Contact me if you…

  • Have a great short film you’d like to pitch for us to feature on the site (and maybe you’d like to write the article around it!)
  • Think your film would be a great fit for Amazing World Media
  • Find a typo! Anywhere!
  • Came across a really cool fact or took a sweet bug photo that you just gotta share

Check out my artwork and connect with me on Instagram @somethingsburning.ink

Author's Articles

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Growing a Revolution: How Community Gardens are Changing Your Neighborhood!

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To leave a legacy that helps the world, you need only go as far as your local empty lot! By bringing gardens back to the empty spaces in NYC’s neighborhoods, Hattie Carthan and Liz Christy started a movement that brought life to formerly desolate spaces, and their work is still flourishing all around the city’s residents today.

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Putting the Future of Food in New Hands: Training Farmworkers to Become Farm Owners

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Creating a new life for ourselves is always possible, and nonprofit ALBA is making that possible for countless people. They’re giving immigrant farmworkers the tools and the knowledge to improve their lives by helping them have organic farms of their own!

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No More Steeping in Solitude, Make Friends in This Free Tea Van!

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Would you open up the doors of your home to share a cup of tea with a stranger? What if you made this your daily routine? For this traveler, sharing a cup of tea became more than a way to connect with others—it built an entire community.

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12 minutes

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Ready, Set, Mow! Why Lawn Mowers May Be the New Race Cars

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Missing a piece of the puzzle to reach your dreams? Don’t sweat! With a little creativity and a dash of spunk, you can make those dreams happen. Check out this 12 hour long lawn mower race for proof! 

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9 minutes

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The Key to Learning? Make it Fun! Nature Comics with Rosemary Mosco

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From ants with two butts to the weird and wonderful world of bird mating dances, there’s a lot of strange things going on in the natural world. This cartoonist is on a mission to make science approachable using a new medium: comics.

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6 minutes

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Meet the Wildfire Hero Who Wears a Shell Instead of a Cape 

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The gopher tortoise may not look like your average hero, but when forest fires threatens their neighbors, their special skill comes in very handy! Here’s how to use your strengths for good. 

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7 minutes

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Hummingbirds: The Bodybuilders in Your Backyard!

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Get ready for a dose of awe and wonder! With lightning-fast speeds, an off-the-charts competitive nature, and beak-jousting skills that top Olympic fencers, hummingbirds are truly one of nature’s flying marvels.

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The Key to Living a Longer, Fuller Life? Ditch the Routine!

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Live every day you’re alive by breaking your routine. Jed Jenkins quit his job, picked up his life, and lived each day to the fullest, choosing adventure and rediscovering childlike wonder for everything new. Read on to learn a little something about the beauty of spontaneity and the amazing things that come with a willingness to do what scares you. 

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6 minutes

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Easy Ways to Go Green: The Compost Pick-Up Services Coming to a Stoop Near You!

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Wait! Before those food scraps in the garbage, here’s an easy way to make a positive impact as you go about your daily routine. Turn your food waste into a resource without having to make a compost pile in your own backyard by having it picked up and taken away, right from your front door!

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10 minutes

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How Saving the Bees Is Saving the Veterans!

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Saving the bees and saving veterans at the same time? Meet Eric, an Iraq veteran who is helping ease the PTSD he and other veterans experience by sharing his love for bees and creating meaning, joy, and healing, in much needed spaces. 

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21 minutes

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No Such Thing as “Unskilled”: The Super-Speed Farmworkers We Couldn’t Live Without

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In a world of automation, there is still one central part of our lives that requires the skilled touch of the human hand: food. Your produce doesn’t just magically appear on your supermarket shelves, so it’s time we met the skilled people that make that fresh food possible!

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5 minutes

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Turn Your Junk Mail into a Masterpiece: How to Make Paper!

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Stop throwing away your junk mail! With a little water, that recycling could become your next notebook, card, or to-do list. Let’s rethink our conceptions of waste and think critically about recycling, all with a fun new activity: paper-making! 

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3 minutes

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The Barber Taking His Talent to the Streets to Change Lives

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Could a haircut really change somebody’s life? We’ve all felt that boost of confidence after a great haircut before. But for the clients of The Streets Barber, a fresh haircut has a much bigger meaning. Click in to see how we can all use our talents and passions for good.   

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9 minutes

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Secrets to Surviving: Lessons from Carnivorous Plants

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If you think the Venus Flytrap is cool, wait until you meet some if its fellow carnivorous plant friends. From rodent toilets to bat bedrooms, these plants have found some fascinating ways to stay alive! Check out their stories to learn how we can succeed in our own lives—if only we decide to do something a little unexpected!

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How Highway Crossings Are Saving the American Lion

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You may know the American Lion by one of its 83 names, but whether you call it a puma, mountain lion, or catamount, it’s time to start protecting these important creatures. And that starts in—of all places—our highways!

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15 minutes

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The Secret to Happiness? Don’t Try So Hard

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Are we supposed to be happy all the time? After endlessly trying to chase happiness, Dr. Molly Countermine encountered a different way of framing it and our other emotions that we all can learn from. Here’s how this simple technique can apply to your own life! 

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22 minutes

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Mysterious Orchids of the Everglades: Saving a Flowering Swamp Ghost

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Deep in the swamps of Florida, real ghosts float in the air with their tendrils wrapped around the trees. These mysterious flowers have been stumping biologists for centuries, but this team of scientists and photographers has braved the alligators, snakes, and endless mosquitos to solve this puzzle once and for all! Let’s join them.

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6 minutes

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Why Are These Fridges Mysteriously Appearing on Street Corners?

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Could a fridge on a curb change the lives of an entire community? In places where getting access to fresh healthy food is nearly impossible, neighbors, restaurants, and friends are teaming up to support and nourish each other. Here’s how it works and how you can get involved!

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8 minutes

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Why You Should Thank Bats for Your Next Margarita!

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Do you hate mosquitos but love tequila? Your new favorite animal may be a bat! These flying mammals may get a bad rap, but they are actually some of nature’s most important species and are responsible for some of our favorite foods.

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Embracing the Spice of Life: Why Grow the World’s Hottest Pepper?

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Can following our passions lead to a world-wide phenomenon? When Smokin’ Ed Currie invented the Carolina Reaper, he was driven by curiosity and creativity, inspired by one question: how hot can a pepper get?

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10 minutes

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What Happens When Lion Hunter Becomes Lion Protector?

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Could the Kenyan warriors who once hunted lions actually be the best ambassadors to protect them? Here’s how Warrior Watch is taking skills honed over generations and using them for good to save this amazing species!

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14 minutes

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Hungry Goats: The Unlikely Heroes Preventing Wildfires!

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Goats combating wildfires? In Australia, communities are teaming up with these hungry helpers to restore their forests. And we’re finding inspiration to solve problems in our own lives along the way!

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The Secret for Success Hidden in a Paper Cut

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Could there be a secret to success so easy that anyone of us can use it no matter our talent or or skill level? This artist may have stumbled upon a recipe for success that any one of us could start on right this moment. Here’s how to “just do it” with the Tiny Blades Project!

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6 minutes

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A True Chain Reaction: Linking People with Gum Wrappers!

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Clocking in at over a hundred thousand feet, this staggeringly long chain was created by one man over almost 6 decades, with a bit of heartwarming help along the way. Here’s the story of Gary Duschl, a very unique Guinness Book of World Record holder who will inspire us all! 

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How This Little Town Survives without Roads or Cars

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What if you never had to hear the sound of cars outside of your window again? For the residents of this Netherlandish town, that’s reality: most of Giethoorn isn’t accessible by four wheels, but rather by canal boat! Here’s a lovely look at a world without roads.

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13 minutes

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Making Your Own Groove: What Happens When Ballet and Hip-Hop Combine?

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What happens when you take the soul of hip-hop and combine it with the grace of classical ballet? Here’s how a group of classically trained ballet dancers are turning the future of dance on its head. Meet Hiplet! 

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7 minutes

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Welcome to Burning Man for Car Geeks!

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Taking creativity to whole new levels is even more fun in a crazy community! You won’t see shiny cars or world-class engines at this car race, no, but you will see some of the craziest Frankenstein-like cars around. Best thought of as “Burning Man for car geeks,” the 24 Hours of LeMons shows there is no end to possibility!

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7 minutes

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Meet the Teenager Teaching Karate to Your Grandma!

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Can you imagine your grandma learning karate? 15-year-old Jeffrey Wall can teach her! He’s bringing joy and movement to the lives of seniors all around the world, just by sharing what he loves. Here’s the heartwarming tale of how sharing joy and giving back to your community can take the same form. Presenting, Golden Age Karate! 

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6 minutes

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Bugs Raining from the Sky?! They’re Strawberry Superheroes!

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Do you like strawberries? You have a little red bug to thank for their safety! Each year, millions of crops (including strawberries) are under threat of being destroyed by spider mites. But farmers and scientists have once again teamed up with nature to solve the problem. Here’s the story of persimilis—a surprising hero on the agricultural stage!

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