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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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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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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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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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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Life is Sweeter with Unlikely Friends

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Think of the friends you hold dearest in life. Would you still support them the same way even if you didn’t speak the same language? Here’s a story that will remind you that friendship is far more than the things that divide us.

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Can the Photos You Share Really Make a Difference?

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Do your shares on social media really mean anything? We’re taking a look in the history books to see how sharing photographs has changed the world before, and how you can have a hand in making a difference today!

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Want a Better World? Here’s How to Have the Confidence to Make It Happen!

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Your confidence can change the world by starting simply and building a ripple effect right at home! This thought leader helps us build it in ourselves and others with three simple concepts. 

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A Paradise for Cats in Their 9th Life

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What can we all do to really make a difference in the world? Well, it may come down to simply doing more of what we love. Join us on a trip to a remarkable backyard town to see how one couple and their love for cats is changing lives for many!

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The Restaurant that Brought Love to Phoenix

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If you’re looking for proof that love can bring about real change, you need look no further than 16th street in Phoenix, Arizona! This is one story that will help you see the hidden potential in your own life.

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These Computers Let Us Travel Through Time to Grow Radically Healthier Food!

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Food computers are making it possible for us to create environments to grow our best, most nutritious food! This brilliant innovation allows us all to have a hand in feeding a healthy—and growing—world. Here’s the exciting story…

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Meet the Rescue Dogs Saving the Environment!

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Rescue dogs are now becoming conservation superheroes too! Meet the pups getting a new life at the forefront of saving ecosystems, anti-poaching, and amazing conservation efforts.

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The Simple Secrets to Finding Time to Read More!

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Here’s an awesome little video that gives us a few — surprisingly simple — tips on how (and why) reading more books can change the future for each of us!

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How Playing Broken Instruments Brought Them Back to Life!

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What do you do with a gymnasium full of broken instruments? Play them! Check out how this symphony of broken instruments repaired a community.

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Lessons in Life from a Man Running Marathons Over the Age of 110!

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What’s the secret to people who are running marathons past the age of 110? This was unheard of… until Dharam Singh impressed the world with his running skills at the age of 121. His insights are wonderful.

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Skate After School: How Skateboarding Can Change a Kid’s Life!

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What if you could learn life’s most important skills and have fun while doing so? This program is making that possible for hundreds of kids every week. Let’s hear from the kids themselves why this program is so important!

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How to Move Forward When Grief Finds You!

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If you or a friend are struggling with grief, this article will feel like opening a window on a new landscape. Here are some transformational ideas about how we can move forward with grief, from a thought leader who has had her fair share of experience with it!

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Cow Burps are Warming our Planet, but Seaweed Could Change That!

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A simple and ingenious solution has been found to the enormous problem of Methane gas produced by cows — which is 34 times worse for our planet than all the world’s vehicle emissions. Another brilliant idea that combines two things no one ever thought to put together!

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Your Dog is Traveling Through Time… With Their Nose! 

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From finding missing people, sniffing out bombs, and even detecting health problems, dogs’ remarkable sense of smell continues to impress. But what’s actually going on inside those beloved noses?

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The Playgrounds Encouraging Safer Play by Using Hammers and Nails!

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Could a playground with hammers, nails, shovels, and building materials actually make play safer? Adventure playgrounds are helping kids develop valuable life skills, letting them experiment with controlled risk, and encouraging creativity, exploration, and self-confidence!

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Our Phones are Designed to be Addicting. But Here’s How We Can Take Back Control!

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Want to taste true freedom? Turns out our phones are designed to make us slaves to their allure. Here are the keys to understanding what’s going on and breaking free!

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