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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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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Ever Wonder How Your Work is Measuring Up? This May Help!

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Have you ever doubted your ability to finish something you’ve started? What’s inside this article may help you rethink your expectations. Here’s an amazing insight about trusting our guts, from one man’s journey through a 400-page molecular gastronomy cookbook (whew!)

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Why Would One Man Fill 600 Potholes?

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Now here’s an inspiring story of turning a personal loss into wonderful progress for all! Thousands of people die every year just because of the potholes littering India’s roads. And after his own son lost his life, this father became the change the country needs. Just check out the impact he’s having…

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Explore Joy, Wonder, and Insight in an Unexpected Package: Goats!

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Let’s get to know an animal with fascinating adaptations for survival and 10,000-year history beside us! We’re going to investigate the world of these split-hooved, 280-degree peering creatures. Join us for a pajama party, a look into what makes a goat a living marvel, and how they can help us innovate!

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The Unexpected Place You’ll Find Your Best Creative Impulses

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What’s the key to getting our best creative impulses to surface? Well, Tim Harford believes that it’s waiting for us in the “messes”; the very things that seem like obstacles in the heat of the moment. Here are some ideas on how our frustrations and the unexpected can be exactly what we need to create our best work. Take a look!

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When Everything Seems Dark, Here’s How to Find Some Light

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The next time you or someone you love faces a heartbreaking turn of events, there is a recipe for the resilience it takes to come out the other side of a loss with a remarkable sense of progress. Here’s a story that gives us all the keys to unimagined possibilities!

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Turning Plastic Bags into Speakers!

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Some of the most important innovators of our time are finding ingenious ways to look at waste as a resource. Here’s a clever group that has found an artistic and functional way to use single-use plastic bags!

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Hunting for a Solution to the Damage from Wild Pigs

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Wild pigs are one of the most destructive invasive species in the United States. They’re devastating ecosystems, destroying agriculture, killing other animals, and costing billions of dollars in damage. But there’s something that we can do, and it all ties back to who our species is at our roots.

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Mushrooms are Saving Honeybee Colonies!

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Mushrooms are saving the day for us yet again! Did you know that 70% of the fruits and vegetables we eat count on bees for pollination, and yet bee populations are plummeting? But the good news here is that some mushrooms have been found to have an ingenious property that allows them to defend the beehives!

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Alaffia: Proof that Traditions are a Global Resource We Can All Enjoy!

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Does economic prosperity always have to come at the cost of tradition? Or can tradition help us create an even better business model? Let us introduce you to Alaffia, a company that has found a way to harness centuries of knowledge to empower a new generation of skilled craftswomen.

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Use Your Love for Eating to Save the Coral Reef!

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Love food? This is one way you can use that love for good. Lionfish populations have gone out of control in areas that these fish were never meant to be and they’re endangering coral reefs. But we can use our stomachs to help!

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The Mother of all Articles!

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They’re tasked with one of the most important jobs in life: raising the rest of us. So here’s an ode to all of the mothers out there working to make this world a better place for someone! Send this along to a mother in your life!

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Tradition on the Track

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Since the invention of the wheel, racing has been a part of life… but why do millions of people come together around car racing? Its appeal, like so many other sports, begins with something simple: community.

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The Extinction of Silence and the Man Who is Saving It

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Modern noises find us almost everywhere we go, and it’s having an impact on our health! But Gordon Hempton is leading the charge to protect and preserve the places we have left. (Make sure you have your headphones when you pop into this)

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The Unexpected Ways Surfing is Helping Youth Heal

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Life is tough, but it’s a whole lot easier when we’re around people who share similar experiences in a no pressure environment. Waves for Change is one of the organizations out there harnessing the power of sport and play to create environments where children are able to open up and heal!

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Alys Beach, the Town Transformed by Color After Dark

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For one weekend every year, the entire town of Alys Beach transforms. As the sun dips below the horizon, the walls of their houses are doused in art from around the world. Check out how this unique town is embracing what they have, and giving the world a new way to experience art.

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Capturing the Scents of Our Loved Ones

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Could we forever find comfort in our loved one’s smells? Artist and scientist Ani Liu is capturing their scents and creating perfumes (or small time capsules) out of them! See the impact this could have as she brings us through her lab!

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Travel to the Land Where Real Wasabi Grows!

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Yes, it’s true, the “wasabi” you know is most likely not actually wasabi! We’re traveling into Japan to meet one of the people growing the real deal to learn more about the cultural impact of this product and why it’s so precious and pricey. It may remind us of a few of our own treasured treats!

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Into the Fascinating World of Pop-Ups!

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There are very few things in life that promise to delight and fascinate us at any age. And it turns out, pop-up books are one of them! They have a fascinating history as a practical wonder and offer a welcomed expansion of our common notions. This is some pretty fun stuff, take a look!

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This Garden In a Pool Helps Put an End to Food Scarcity

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What if an unused pool could be our blueprint to a more abundant future? It turns out that if we’re a little creative, we can breathe new life into almost anything and build everything we need in fascinating close-looped systems! Here’s one great example of a movement to revitalize our human ingenuity!

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How Saving Languages Can Save the World!

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Have you ever thought about the relationship between language and knowledge? Each of the 7000 languages spoken around the world is a powerful encyclopedia of generational wisdom. Half of these records of human history may be going extinct in the next decade, but there are amazing people out there working to save this knowledge!

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Is it the Age of the Bacteriophage?

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A tiny, powerful hero in the face of antibiotic resistance is living all around us. Meet the bacteriophage: bacteria’s natural sworn enemy and the deadliest organism on the planet that, amazingly, doesn’t harm us at all.

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What Are Animals Trying to Say to Us?

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What if animals have been trying to tell us things all this time… and we just can’t hear them? What if we could? What sort of insights could we glean from their experience in the world? Here’s a look at how technology is bringing us closer to them.

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Artificial Intelligence Meets Black Soldier Flies and Farming!

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When it comes to saving the resources of our planet, we are all hoping for the next big idea to come along. Well, this one involves a very tiny creature that brings an amazing resume to the task. Let’s meet them!

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How A Game of Chess is Changing Lives

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The most impactful innovations in the world often combine two things no one ever thought to bring together. Here’s what we get when we let young girls loose on the game of chess! It challenges many notions all at once.

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The Bread as Unique as the Place You Make It

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There is a revival happening. And it’s coming in the form of something we all love: bread! Sourdough has been a connection to the bread ovens of our ancestors for more than 5000 years, and now you can travel the kitchens of the world from a unique library in Belgium!

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What if You Could Record All of Your Memories?

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Want more control over your life? This piece of wearable technology may help us all do just that by recording our experiences. The creator of this innovation tells us all about the ways this can be utilized, from understanding ourselves better, to making better decisions, to assisting Alzheimer’s patients. Check this out!

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