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 and you just gotta share

Check out my artwork and connect with me on Instagram @awhsam

Author's Articles

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How the “Kraken” Was Caught On Film! (Twice!)

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How is it that one of the world’s largest animals still remains a mystery? In an original interview with our head writer Samantha Burns, marine biologist Dr. Nathan J. Robinson chronicles the day he captured real-life footage of a legendary creature that has been the scuttlebutt of sailors for centuries—and how we could do it next!

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14 minutes

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The Simplest Way to Train Your Brain! 

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This routine has been shown to boost our memory, combat depression and anxiety, and reduce pain—all without expensive equipment, special skills, medications, or taking hours out of our day. But is meditation really a practical addition to our busy lives? One of our favorite creators puts it to the test. 

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5 minutes

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When Two Wheels Save Over Five Thousand Lives!

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How many people does it take to transform the life of another? Or to change their future completely? Most of us know instinctively that the answer is one. Here’s a story that starts with that 1:1 ratio and ends up at 1:5,000! What could we each be doing? Here’s your inspiration to get creative with what you have.

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15 minutes

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The Daring Tradition of a Very Special Lemon Farmer

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There is a remarkable person teetering on cliff edges to get to the fruit of a tree who has something to teach us all.  Gigino the Lemon Man is 80-years-old and may be the best (and last) person to show us why some traditions can add all the sweetness we need to life. 

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23 minutes

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Can Squirrels Outsmart a NASA Engineer?

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These fuzzy backyard bandits are breaking into bird feeders across the globe! But can this former NASA engineer design a squirrel-proof bird feeder? Check out this ingenious course he came up with, meet the contenders, and prepare for the most amazing—and hilarious—look at how our squirrel friends work their magic!

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8 minutes

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Who Makes Roller Coasters?

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How does someone start making roller coasters?! If your life isn’t turning out to be a positive and creative thrill yet, hang on to your hat. You could be just one interesting experience away from that if you have the courage to try some things you don’t know much about! Check this out.

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17 minutes

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The Super COOL Way Antarctic Fish are Improving Your Ice Cream! 

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You may have to thank these fish for your favorite smooth, tasty, ice cream treat! The fish? Oh yeah—what these scientists have discovered about how Antarctic fish survive in the freezing waters will make your next trip to the freezer way more exciting!

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How this 70-Year-Old Racer Changed the Sport of BMX!

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Have you ever told yourself that you’re “too old” to do something? Or that you “can’t do that”? Well, here’s one female BMX rider in her 70s who will get you paving your own path to joy throughout your own life! 

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7 minutes

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The Most Marvelous Butts of the Ocean!

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Make your next trip to the beach even more exciting by discovering the journey that the sand between your toes has gone through! Sometimes, the most important players in our lives are vastly overlooked. So today, we relish in the wonder of the sea cucumber: the most humble, hungry hot dog you’ll ever find saving the world!

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8 minutes

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The Caveman Leaving Hidden Wonders in New Mexico!

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Can a man who digs elaborate caves for a hobby help us all find the work that feeds our soul? By encasing us in awe and wonder with his secret oasis carved throughout the hills of New Mexico, Ra Paulette might just point you down the right path! 

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20 minutes

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Discover the Weird and Wonderful World of Cheese!

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Is cheese the great unifying force? Travel the world of this dairy delight with us and you may find your answer! Whether from donkeys in Serbia or with maggots in Italy, cheese around the globe is as diverse and exciting as the cultures it has sustained for generations!

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10 minutes

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Now THIS is How You Start a Chain of Kindness

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Not all heroes wear capes; some don a straw cap, grab a can of gas and jump into their car with their dog to do what they can. Meet a hero who has been keeping the chain of small acts of kindness going for 53 years! You may just find yourself inspired, too!

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9 minutes

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How to Fall (Back) in Love with Your Home

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What do you love most about your home? Which colors are most abundant? Is there a theme to the art you collect? Where are your knick-knacks from? Here’s what your home says about you! 

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35 minutes

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Olive Oil: Our Guide to Celebrating the Timeless Things

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Take a moment to go on a journey with us to savor a flavor you probably have sitting in your kitchen cupboard! Who knew that that perfect opportunity to explore a food tradition that is thousands of years old started with a drizzle of our favorite oil.

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How to Transform Your Weaknesses into Your Secrets to Success!

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What if the secret to getting the full potential out of your life, your productivity, and your gifts started with your weaknesses? It seems like an odd place to start, but this TED talk will have you looking at your weaknesses in an entirely new light in less than 10 minutes!

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Restoring Sight to the Blind with a $3 Innovation

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Thought leaders who find ingenious solutions right at the root of problems can be an inspiration to us all. Here’s a doctor who is changing the lives of millions with a few fundamental shifts that drove costs of restoring someone’s sight down from $250 to $3!

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25 minutes

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Take a Journey to the Top of World with its Largest Land Predator!

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How much do you REALLY know about polar bears? If we want to save animals at risk around the world, we have to celebrate how magnificent they are! Come along with us on a breathtaking journey to the top of the world to experience how the largest land predator on Earth lives their lives!

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6 minutes

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Over 400 Years of Wisdom All in One Page!

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What does a piece of paper have to do with human nature? Well, why not ask the craftsmen who have been mastering the craft of papermaking for generations! (Who knew we held the key to happiness in our hands so often?)

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16 minutes

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Why Yoga?

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Does all that stretching, turning upside down, and breathing really do anything? Why do people think yoga is so great? What kind of benefits can the average, unflexible, person get from yoga? Why not ask an average, unflexible dad what he thinks after doing it for 30 days?

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10 minutes

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Creating Order Out of Chaos: Why Puzzles are Making a Comeback! 

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Why do people turn to jigsaw puzzles? Entertainment? Excitement? Quality time with loved ones? There’s a lot to love about these scattered pictures, but when we look back at their history, and the influence they are having right now, all the pieces fall into place!

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7 minutes

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Why Good Business is like Good Bread!

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Why do we love a good loaf of bread so much? For 130 years a little bakery in Ireland has stood the test of time, answering this question for generations. The answer is a lesson we can pass on to other corners of our life as well!

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15 minutes

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Meet the People at the Festival Hollering Out for Bigfoot!

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Warm-up your bellowing lungs and get out your hiking boots, because we’re going on an adventure to track down the elusive Sasquatch! With the help of a few communities dedicated to celebrating the Big Foot legend, fun and adventure are just around the corner.

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Into the Wild World of Mushroom Hunting—the Perfect Social Distancing Activity!

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Have you ever looked at a mushroom and wondered, can I eat that? Well, before you decide to take a bite, you might want to meet a few of the guides on today’s adventures. They’ll have you excited to grab your basket and start foraging!

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Why Some Doctors Are Using VR Instead of Anesthesia!

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Could virtual reality be a form of medicine? For patients who are using VR to help manage their pain and discomfort during minor surgery, it already is! Take a look at the amazing way this technology, originally popular for gaming, is getting a new life in hospitals.

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25 minutes

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How to Grow Your Own Bowls, Lamps, and Baskets!

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Can we seriously grow everything we need in our backyard? To explore this question, on this edition of Saturday’s Around the World we’re traveling to an enchanting land to meet a woman who can transform plants into almost any object you desire!

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14 minutes

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Hunting Down the World’s Most Brilliant Colors!

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Have you ever wondered where colors come from? Who collects them? And how did they end up in the world’s most famous paintings? We’re discovering the magical world of pigments and the lengths we will go to bring colors into our lives!

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16 minutes

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The Fascinating History Behind Some of Your Favorite Movies!

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What do giant stag beetles have to do with Wallace & Gromit, King Kong, or The Nightmare Before Christmas? The answer is a surprising trip down memory lane to the wonderful land of stop motion animation! Trust us, you’ll want to hear this wild tale!

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7 minutes

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Do You See the Ancient Superhero In This Photo?!

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Want to get a dose of wonder 5 or 6 times a day, while doing something you have to do anyway? You have an element in your home right now that is critical to human history and you probably wouldn’t even be here without it! 

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You’re Never Too Old to Dive into Your Dreams!

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Have you ever seen a 90-year-old do a flip? The team members of the Harlem Honeys and Bears are reminding us that we’re never too old to find a passion in life, and certainly never too old to try something new!

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