A person created in the woods of Northern Vermont where the cows are plentiful and the people are sparse.

While pursuing a degree in Communications from Suffolk University, I spent most of my free time working in various retail and restaurant locations — developing a fascination for how people interact within their worlds. I had managed to fall deeply in love with denim, burritos, riding my bicycle, and putting my thoughts to paper before receiving my degree in January of 2016.

Now back in the beautiful state of Vermont, the bike is stowed away in the barn and I\’m the proud new owner of a car payment. But I have come to learn that a place where gorgeous views, maple creemees, and locally made cheese are in abundance is never a bad place to be.

You can find me on Instagram @awhsam

Author's Articles

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Fighting ALS One Pickle at a Time!

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When life throws us unexpected bad news, what do we do? The story of what Arthur Cohen turned his ALS diagnosis into may help you recognize your own tools to find your way through whatever pickle you may be facing!

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16 minutes

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Harnessing the Power of Mobile Cinema to Save Lives

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Here’s how innovation in cinema can change the future for millions! As they say, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Now, thanks to the work of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and her team, people in remote places can see a different future.

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13 minutes

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On the Hunt with Italy’s Truffle Dogs!

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Hidden beneath the ground lie treasures with a hefty price tag that can only be uncovered by a certain few. So, let’s head off on a truffle hunt to discover the secrets of this delicacy…

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25 minutes

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What if Mass Media was Used for Good?

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There’s more power in positive media than just making us feel good! Sharing stories that celebrate progress around the world has the ability to change lives. Check out this collective of creators redefining the way we tell the stories about some of our world’s biggest issues, and the people working to alleviate them.

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The Peacock Chair: The Humble Beginnings of a Great Equalizer

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Could a chair be a symbol that connects us all? Well, from presidents to actors to even your own grandmother, for over a century, this chair has shown up time and time again in some of our most beloved images. But this piece of furniture has been more than just a beautiful place to rest—just take a look!

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24 minutes

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Leaf Miners: The Unexpected Conservation Heroes

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Forget whatever you’ve heard about leaf miners, these common garden pests are little wonders that may be holding up an entire ecosystem! Head over to Hawaii with us to check out how these tiny creatures can have a big impact on conservation.

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Finding Our Freedom Under a Frozen Lake

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Could freediving into a frozen lake teach us something about living a less stressful life? Let’s hear from these divers about what they’re experiencing as they explore the icy depths. It may just give you a few ideas of your own!

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15 minutes

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Traveling Back in Time through a Father’s Eyes

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What places matter to you most? When was the last time you visited them? This father and son story gives us a few tips on how to navigate some of life’s transitions by sharing the places that are most important to who we are.

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10 minutes

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Casting a Line for Conservation!

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What happens when fishermen and scientists team up to protect a species? Check out this extraordinary collaboration of anglers and biologists to preserve some of the world’s most endangered and magnificent fish!

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13 minutes

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Journey to a Land Where Medieval Monsters Still Reign

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What ancient monsters are still roaming around us today? We’re traveling to a land shrouded in thousands of years of history, where medieval creatures are waging wars and heading off on epic quests driven by evolution. Come explore this untouched wilderness with us!

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10 minutes

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The Magic of Embracing What You’re Bad At!

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What would happen if we embraced the humor in being bad at something? Could it actually enhance our relationships? Check out what this imaginative mother and son duo has created by doing just that.

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The People Who Could Be the Unsuspecting Heroes in Our Journey!

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Jonathan Gravenor discovered some unlikely “teachers” as he went from traveling the world as a successful journalist to struggling through chemo alone, and they changed his life. He shares a few of the lesson he learned in this great TED Talk!

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Watch this Crab Regrow its Legs!

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Get ready for a story of epic crab fights, lost limbs, and the magic of regeneration! Nature has some pretty incredible examples of design genius, and we’re about to dive in.

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8 minutes

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Meet the Organization Saving Thousands of Dogs in Puerto Rico!

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Here’s how the inspiration of one person can change lives for thousands! Look at what happened when boxer, Chrissy Beckles, started rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs on Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico.

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18 minutes

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The School that Changed an Entire Community

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What if lasting social change started by getting adversaries to become advocates for some new future that everyone could imagine together and feel good about? This is how Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya started a revolutionary school that is changing the lives of generations of students!

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15 minutes

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A Beautiful Look at the Future of Eldercare!

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It’s time to break the mold on what eldercare looks like! Where would you want to spend your golden years? How about a village complete with a bar, shopping center, and living catered to your lifestyle! This is a leap for us all!

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8 minutes

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Why Are These Bees Getting Punched by Alfalfa?

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If you love your ice cream or cheese, then your new bestie should be a tiny bee that makes it all possible! These leafcutter bees have to go through a boxing match with a flower that packs quite the punch to put your favorite treats on the table. 

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The Case for Taking More Naps!

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Busy schedule got you stressin’? Here are easy ways you can bring more simplicity to your life!

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12 minutes

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A Museum of What New Yorkers Throw Out Every Day

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Tucked away inside an NYC garage sits a museum of all the treasures thrown in the trash every day. Let’s meet the man behind this bootstrap collection and the insight he has for us all!

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23 minutes

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The Choir That’s Leading the Way to a Better World

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Have you had a “goose-bump moment” yet today? Here’s your best chance! From South Africa to the stage of America’s Got Talent, the Ndlovu Youth Choir is sharing their dynamic performances and uplifting stories with the world.

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30 minutes

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Life Advice from the Slowest Mammal on Earth!

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What can sloths teach us about dealing with the chaos of modern life? Here’s a hilarious TED Talk that will have you becoming a champion of the sloth lifestyle for yourself.

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Meet The Company Making Travel Accessible for Everyone!

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Trekking up Machu Pichu, exploring Easter Island, navigating through the wilds of Mexico; these were all trips once impossible for travelers who use wheelchairs. But this organization is changing all of that!

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The Amazing Way a Fish Changed Human History

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Could a single fish really be the reason our world is the way that it is? Could the scope of human history have been entirely different without it? Let’s explore! This is amazing!

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How the Internet Made the Chicken Church Come to Life!

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Venture with us to Indonesia’s Chicken Church—a building brought back to life through the power of the internet!

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The Way Porcupines are Influencing Healthcare!

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To defend ourselves against harmful bacteria and infection, we’re turning to porcupine quills for inspiration! Here’s just one more way that looking towards nature for designs is improving our lives. 

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The Art of Freezing Time!

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There is something powerful for all of us in the work of artists who create pieces that will disappear forever in a few hours! Explore the fascinating world of ice sculptures and their magical ability to freeze time—even summer!

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Meet the 97-Year-Old Saving Thousands of Bluebirds!

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Can one of us really make a difference? After hearing the story of Al Larson, there’s no doubt!

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How Beautiful Trucks Can Bring Home, Safety, and Tradition to the Road!

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There may be a better way to make our roads safer that doesn’t involve more signage and limits. India’s beautifully decorated trucks bring a new meaning to “street art”. Combining color, with cultural expression, and safety they are a unique folk art with a language all their own!

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Make the World Better with Your Next Run to the Grocery Store!

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How can you help save the world without actually having to change your life much? It’s easy! We’ll show you how.

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