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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The World’s Oldest Dance Troupe Will Steal Your Heart! 

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The oldest hip hop dance troupe in the world has a few things to show us about what happens when we let ourselves live without limits. Artificial hips, memory loss, and all, we can feel like life every day is a great celebration!

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9 minutes

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The Key to Finding Happiness That Lasts

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Sure, you’ve heard about the “key to happiness” before, but you don’t need to pay extra money or crush any big goals to achieve lasting happiness. Here’s how you get off the pursuit of happiness treadmill and find happiness that truly lasts!

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7 minutes

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Relationship Advice from… Ants? 

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How do we nurture our best relationships? Today’s teachers may be tiny, but they’ve been pulling off beautifully mutually beneficial relationships for millions of years! And yes, they’ve even befriended their own cows.

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Proof That You Don’t Need a Brain to Be a Genius!

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What can something called “slime mold” have to teach us about our own special kind of genius? Well, this otherworldly organism is changing the way we think about what intelligence looks like!

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13 minutes

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Is the Solution to Too Much Plastic… Eating It?

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What if you could eat your water bottle? That may not be too far off! This little at-home experiment will have you playing with the endless possibilities towards a plastic-free life in your own house! 

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11 minutes

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This Magic Trick Can Keep You from Being Manipulated!

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Do you know if the decisions you make are really your own? This magician has a few tricks up her sleeve to help you avoid being unknowingly influenced and take control of your decision making again!

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7 minutes

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The Strangest Legs in the Sea: Could Your Toes Out-Sniff a Starfish?

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Have you ever learned something new and then started seeing that thing everywhere? Well, you’re about to experience this awe of discovery over and over again after this—with a creature you probably think you have all summed up!

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13 minutes

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What Do You Have in Common with a Nomadic Family in Mongolia?

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Every time we see how someone else lives, our own lives become a bit more fascinating! This special edition of Saturdays Around the World brings us to Mongolia, to meet nomadic Kazakh families and get a taste for their beautiful lifestyle.

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6 minutes

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Ever Wondered Why You Always Have Room for Dessert?

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Why is it that after even the biggest meal you still have room for dessert? You may not have two stomachs, but you do have an evolutionary trick that has helped to keep us alive for thousands of years!

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8 minutes

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What Would You Do If You Stumbled Across This Person on Your Daily Commute?

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Looking to add a bit of joy to your day? Here’s a surprising artist that’ll have you rethinking how you can turn the most ordinary moments into extraordinary ones!

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15 minutes

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How Mullets Saved This Australian Town!

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How can a hairstyle straight out of the 80s save an entire town? Well, just look at what happens when 200 people proudly sporting mullets all come together! This is how some creative thinking brought a town back from the brink.

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7 minutes

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Where Do Birds Really Go When They Migrate?

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If you’ve ever watched a mother bird raise a nest of babies, you’ve probably wondered where they all go come fall. One feather has now answered our curiosity!

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8 minutes

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Going Batty for Batfish! Your Unusual Guides to Possibility 

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When we experience awe, it actually changes our perspective on the world. So, are you ready to see something “awe” some?! We need look no further than the weird and wonderful world below the sea in order to meet a creature that will have us seeing that almost anything is possible!

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11 minutes

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Passion Knows No Age: The 97-Year-Old Artist Painting Pixel by Pixel! 

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When we’re faced with uncontrollable circumstances that make doing what we love difficult, the only thing left to do is get creative! For Hal Lasko, who began losing his sight from an incurable disease, that came in the form of painting intricate pieces of artwork in an unexpected way!

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9 minutes

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What Some of the Most Successful People (and Animals) Have in Common

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There’s a skill—an instinct that’s millions of years old—that can assure your success in the future! It’s not complicated to master, in fact, it’s something we teach kindergartners and love our dogs for! Maybe we just need a refresher on ourselves…

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10 minutes

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Paddle Down the River in this Giant Pumpkin Race!

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If our crazy times are leaving you overwhelmed and itching for something to do, here are some folks who can inspire you to have a look around and see what you can get into for some big fun! 

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Are Clowns Making Us Healthier?

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Could a clown actually improve your health? For thousands of people in hospitals around the globe, these funny characters are their ticket to success! With a surprising range of benefits, medical clowns are improving how we approach healthcare. Check it out! 

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6 minutes

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Find Calm at the Tip of Your Fingers!

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In the last few challenging months, have you noticed any activities that bring a sense of delight and wonder to your day? Something that quiets your mind and brings you joy? Here’s a little inspiration to get you started from one artist and her unique craft!

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14 minutes

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Here’s Why We Should All Consider the Wonder of the Fig

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Can we learn a new life-hack from how figs have managed to survive for millions of years? These inside-out-flowers (that’s right), have had to forge a unique relationship with tiny wasps to help species thrive! Inside this delicious, jammy, culinary delight is a wild world you would never expect!

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6 minutes

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Discover the Problem-Solving Power of Poo!

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Could a toilet help us solve some of our biggest problems? This organization is bringing lasting health to India’s poorest communities with clean water and sanitation, all powered by poo! It’s an ingenious approach to problem-solving that we can all adopt. Just take a look!

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8 minutes

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The Surprising Benefits of Being a Fish Out of Water!

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Whether they’re ditching gills for lungs or using their fins to walk across the land, these fish are about to have you seeing new possibilities all over the place! These fish out of water will have you looking at your unusual talents with a whole new appreciation. 

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8 minutes

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Meet the Ancient Superheroes Fighting Cancer, PTSD,  Pollution, and Saving the Bees!

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What if everything we need to solve many of our most vexing problems is growing, silently, all around us? Mushrooms are an unexplored powerhouse that could very well save the world! 

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15 minutes

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Need the Courage to Try Something New? Read This First!

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Have you ever found yourself not trying something new because you were scared of failing? This story of Cambodia’s first women’s wheelchair basketball team’s journey is about to change that. 

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5 minutes

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A New “Twist” on Embracing Your Hidden Talents 

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Was there something that you just naturally did as a child that you stopped doing because of the critique or lack of support from others? What if that gift is just waiting to take you to your zone of genius! This unusually flexible guy shows us what’s possible!

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5 minutes

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Wish You Could Nap More? You’ll Be Jealous of These Birds!

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What if all the wonder and awe we need is right under our noses—or perched above our heads? It may seem like it’s too simple to really work, but we have a scoop on bird naps that will have you seeing the world with a little more delight as you spot these incredible snoozers!

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9 minutes

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How a Fictional Character Changed Real Science Forever

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Could the TV shows you watched when you were younger influence who you are today? Researchers have been looking into this since a certain popular fictional character hit the mainstream and sparked a movement that changed the world of science forever!

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16 minutes

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Safeguarding Hawaii’s Future by Connecting with the Past!

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What if there were a new place to look for a sense of security in these times of turmoil and uncertainty, and it did not involve inventing something new or forcing ourselves forward? Instead, what if the answer to our thriving, right now, lies with remembering how our ancestors thrived!? Here’s how they’re doing it in Hawaii.

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11 minutes

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Have You Heard of Lizzo? Here’s Her Secret to Success

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Are you trying to achieve a goal? Is it taking longer than you thought it was? Here’s the motivation you need to keep pushing forward from one of the world’s most influential stars: Lizzo!

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Could Your Water Bottle Become a Monk’s Robes?

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Hundreds of tons of plastic waste have never looked so good! By transforming plastic refuse collected from around the country into a fiber, this monastery in Thailand is helping us rethink the life cycle of our plastic! Could recycling actually just be the beginning of a new exciting journey? Check this out.  

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