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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Do You Know Where Baby Eels Come From? Neither Does Science!

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There are a lot of mysteries about the world around us, but one you probably never thought you’d ponder is the mating lives of eels! EELS? Yes, these slippery friends have stumped scientists and philosophers for centuries, and this mystery reminds us all of the wonderful quirks of our world!

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16 minutes

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Does Walking Have the Power to Save Lives and Uplift Communities?

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Have you noticed that the first steps to solving our biggest problems are often right there in front of us, so clear that they’re invisible? GirlTrek is turning the simple act of walking around the block into a revolutionary way to save lives and improve the safety of communities! Here’s how. 

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11 minutes

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Why Don’t Beetles Have Bones? (And Why Do You?)

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The perfect combination of strong, flexible, and light, our skeletons do a lot more than hold us up! But how did we end up with this skeletal wonder that makes us so different from bugs and beetles? Well, the answer is a great reminder of how a few little detours on the path of life can lead us in entirely different directions! 

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12 minutes

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A Hilarious Look at the Tiniest One-Footed Surfers! 

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Beachgoers beware, there are some crazy surfers on the loose! They are small, shelled, and are up to some strange antics. But don’t worry, unless you’re what’s for dinner, you’re probably safe, and certainly in for some entertainment! 

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7 minutes

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How Soil Is Telling Us a New Story About Ourselves!

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What can soil tell us about the lives of our ancestors? When one of the greatest archaeological finds of our time was unearthed right in the middle of New York City,  history opened up. By studying soil samples extracted from hundreds of people previously lost to history, this scientist is piecing together an ancestry that was nearly lost! 

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10 minutes

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From Fish to Fashion: When A Fishing Net Becomes A Hat!

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What if we looked at the life cycle of every item we purchased and thought “Where did this come from? What will happen when I’m done with it?” This company has figured out how to solve a problem for a community of fishermen and save wildlife by giving some of the ocean’s most harmful pollution a new, more fashionable, life.

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12 minutes

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The Inspiring Craft That’s Saving Doctors’ Lives! 

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There is a “medicine” available to all of us that parents have been delivering in whispers to their children before they close their eyes at night. It’s totally free, as old as human existence, and has proven time and time again to be what we’re built on! Now, it’s being used to save our healthcare workers’ lives!

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6 minutes

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The Fascinating Secret Behind How Birds Sing!

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From the beauty of the dawn chorus to the strange wonder of hearing a parrot talk like one of us, birds never cease to amaze us. But how do they make such an astonishing array of sounds? You will never walk through a park or your yard the same after this!

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35 minutes

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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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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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11 minutes

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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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7 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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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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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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