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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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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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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Human Ingenuity Never Fails: The Town Built Underground!

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What do you get when you combine resilient people, extreme weather conditions, and a former mining town?  In Coober Pedy, residents live, work, grocery shop, and do everything else… underground. This unique and fascinating lifestyle is a great look into how humans can learn to thrive, no matter the challenges we face. They give a whole new meaning to the term “down under”!

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13 minutes

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Forget Perfection, Here’s the Easiest Way to Form Any New Habit!

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Want to create a habit that you can actually keep? This thought leader has a trick that takes the pressure off!

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5 minutes

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Obstacles Can Be Inspiration—Just Look at This Chalk Artist! 

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If you’ve ever felt stuck, held back, or like you just couldn’t make sense of the task in front of you, here’s an interesting place to start: your limitations. Using your obstacles for inspiration is just what chalk artist David Zinn does when he needs to break through his creative block. His story proves that perhaps, your roadblocks could be just what you need to create something amazing. 

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7 minutes

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Creating Water Out of Thin Air! The Desert Beetle Revolutionizing Our Water Crisis

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In our fight to bring clean, fresh water to billions of people around the world, innovators now have a new source of inspiration from the middle of the… desert? A beetle with a unique ability to capture water out of thin air is inspiring a new generation of life-saving technologies! 

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New Discovery! More Mammals Are Glowing in the Dark?

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Platypus are already known to be strange creatures, but there’s a new characteristic to add to these odd-balls: they GLOW! The thing is, scientists are finding that they actually aren’t the weird ones when it comes to this. It turns out, glowing in the dark is a trait far more common in mammals than we’ve ever thought! Ready to test what you think is possible?

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The 2,000-Pound Vegetarians Slowing Climate Change

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Some of our best environmental engineers when it comes to winning the race to slow climate change have turned out to be these natural (and very cute) prairie-preserving specialists! Here’s how bison are restoring a previously destroyed landscape and keeping tons of carbon out of our atmosphere along the way.

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Warming Up to the Newbie in One of the World’s Iciest Places

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What if we treated every day like the first day on a remarkably challenging new job? Here’s what being the “new kid” on one of the world’s most unique climbing expeditions is like, and how we can better embrace this spirit of seeing our jobs, habits, and lives with fresh eyes!

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7 minutes

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Trash Panda or Urban Einstein? The Surprising Genius of Raccoons 

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Looking for a smile and a quick lesson on how to conquer any challenge? These adorable masked avengers are clever geniuses when it comes to getting what they want, and here’s how!

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Weird Stories We Tell Ourselves: Do Birds Fly to the Moon Every Winter?

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Birds flying to the moon, sleeping at the bottom of lakes, or transforming into other animals? For centuries, bird migration evaded our understanding, and those wild theories were taken as true. Here’s a look at how the hypothesis of bird migration was tested, and how hundreds of people helped prove it! 

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13 minutes

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A Rock Climber’s Perspective on Reaching New Heights

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When a big problem towers over us, how do we come out on top? Let’s join a renowned rock climber to see how she overcomes fear and intense pressure to accomplish her goals as she takes on one of her biggest challenges yet!

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12 minutes

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How to Hit the Road Again after a Bumpy Ride!

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When life hits us with the unexpected, how do we adjust to keep doing the things we love? This beautiful short film—presented by Jason Momoa—tells the story of how one man rebuilt his notion of what’s important in life and in love. Check it out! 

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Heroes from Table Scraps: How Oysters Are Protecting NYC!

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New York Harbor is the cleanest it’s been in over a century and it’s thanks to a delicacy many of us love to slurp down…oysters! Using nature’s knowhow, table scraps, and a little ingenuity, oysters are bringing life back to polluted waters and protecting one of America’s most beloved cities!

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Proof That You Can Endure! One Paraglider’s Story of Adversity

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Soar to new heights with Jezza Williams! This outdoor enthusiast shows us how to navigate the bumpy winds of change with a recipe for personal success that can be replicated by anyone. It’s a story of innovative perseverance we all need to hear! 

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9 minutes

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Switching Gears: How You Can Start Leaving a Lasting Legacy Today!

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How do you ensure that you leave behind a positive legacy? Well, maybe it’s about rethinking the ways we approach what we do next. Here’s a new view on what it means to build a legacy for yourself that lasts—plus proof that it works! 

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11 minutes

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Ant Butt Imposters? You’ll Never Look at Ants the Same Way Again!

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While most would run away from a relentless raid of army ants, some critters have found clever ways to survive and thrive alongside them! The unusual tactics they employ—like pretending to be an ant butt—will give you a window of wonder onto the incredibly complex world we are a part of!

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6 minutes

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Turning Pineapples into Plantable Plates!  

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Meet the people turning fruit waste into super-sustainable packaging! Their amazing innovations are opening a whole new world of possibility for us all. Prepare never to look at pineapples—or paper plates—the same again.

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8 minutes

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Meet the Hackers Who Are Saving Lives!

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Can hackers really be saving lives?! This group of hackers is combining their unique skills to do good! They’ve developed an extraordinary partnership that is quite literally saving lives.

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6 minutes

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A Bonsai Master’s Perspective on the Legacy You’re Leaving Behind

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The ancient art of bonsai can teach you a lot about how to leave a legacy behind for generations to come. Whether or not you decide to take up your pruning sheers, bonsai master Chiako Yamamoto has some words of wisdom for you!

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Your Favorite 5 Articles from 2020!

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Ring in a better, brighter year with 2020s most loved articles! Here are 5 stories that made us laugh, gifted us with ah-ha moments, and helped us see the beauty in 2020. 

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When One Dream Ends, How Do We Find Another?

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Are you working towards a certain goal? Have you felt like your life has been thrown off track lately? The story of how Natalia Paruz became known as the “Saw Lady” will have you finding delightful inspiration in the most unusual places!

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How Sea Bunnies and Otters Teamed Up to Save a Seashore

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Is an ecosystem like a community? One beloved natural space was almost lost forever when it lost two of it’s most important members, but here’s how embracing their unique skills saved their home! 

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