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

7 minutes

[ ]

Mushrooms are Saving Honeybee Colonies!

By

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!

Read More

10 minutes

[ ]

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

By

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.

Read More

15 minutes

[ ]

Use Your Love for Eating to Save the Coral Reef!

By

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!

Read More

20 minutes

[ ]

The Mother of all Articles!

By

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!

Read More

15 minutes

[ ]

Tradition on the Track

By

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.

Read More

25 minutes

[ ]

The Extinction of Silence and the Man Who is Saving It

By

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)

Read More

35 minutes

[ ]

The Unexpected Ways Surfing is Helping Youth Heal

By

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!

Read More

7 minutes

[ ]

Alys Beach, the Town Transformed by Color After Dark

By

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.

Read More

8 minutes

[ ]

Capturing the Scents of Our Loved Ones

By

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!

Read More

18 minutes

[ ]

Travel to the Land Where Real Wasabi Grows!

By

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!

Read More

15 minutes

[ ]

Into the Fascinating World of Pop-Ups!

By

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!

Read More

7 minutes

[ ]

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

By

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!

Read More

20 minutes

[ ]

How Saving Languages Can Save the World!

By

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!

Read More

28 minutes

[ ]

Is it the Age of the Bacteriophage?

By

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.

Read More

25 minutes

[ ]

What Are Animals Trying to Say to Us?

By

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.

Read More

15 minutes

[ ]

Artificial Intelligence Meets Black Soldier Flies and Farming!

By

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!

Read More

7 minutes

[ ]

How A Game of Chess is Changing Lives

By

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.

Read More

10 minutes

[ ]

The Bread as Unique as the Place You Make It

By

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!

Read More

25 minutes

[ ]

What if You Could Record All of Your Memories?

By

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!

Read More

25 minutes

[ ]

How to Handle Everyone’s Favorite Person: The Critic

By

Whenever we decide to put ourselves and our work out into the world, there’s one guarantee: there will be critics. But there is a very solid way we can alter how much of an impact they have on us. In her brilliant and motivating talk, Brené Brown gives us a few tools to do just that!

Read More

15 minutes

[ ]

Walk Through the City You Didn’t Know You Were Smelling Everyday!

By

Perfume has influenced our lives for more than 4000 years! But did you know many of the perfumes we know best today have their origins in the fields and flowers of one city in France? Let’s travel to this city behind some of the most iconic smells in history to learn how perfume has shaped our cultures.

Read More

5 minutes

[ ]

The White Horse: An Effort that Links 90 Generations!

By

This piece of art has been draped across an entire English hilltop for three thousand years. And we have an unbroken thread of ordinary people to thank for it being here today; they showed up unfailingly and sat patiently smashing it with hammers. Take a look!

Read More

9 minutes

[ ]

Saving Precious Lives in the First Sea Turtle Hospital!

By

We’ve all been hearing that sea turtles need help… so, who’s been helping them? Some really inspiring people you’ll want to meet yourself! This fantastic video brings us into a sea turtle clinic to give us a look at what’s being done to save these ancient creatures from the injuries and diseases they’ve picked up as they go about. It’s a truly amazing place.

Read More

8 minutes

[ ]

Without Cheese, We Might Not Be Here!

By

Throughout human history, cheese has given us a huge survival advantage and changed civilization. If that isn’t friendship, we don’t know what is. So let’s spend a little quality time with one of our oldest pals, and remind ourselves of all that we’ve been through together.

Read More

20 minutes

[ ]

Combing Caves for a Cure to Deadly Bacterial Infections

By

We’ve been able to protect ourselves from most bacterial infections for decades now, but that’s changing. Deadly bacteria are catching onto our tactics and antibiotic resistance is on the rise. Here’s how some scientists are working to stay one step ahead of this problem by exploring the depths of caves and the bacteria that call them home!

Read More

6 minutes

[ ]

The Fascinating Story Behind Why We Dance!

By

We seem to be born to do it and it may even be a key to our success as a species! So why was it that dancing became engrained in the fabric of being human? This video clues us in on how dance has shaped human life throughout our evolution. And we can’t help but ask: could dance actually help us through difficult times now?

Read More

7 minutes

[ ]

So, What’s it like to Grow Older?

By

We have something that’s going to make you feel a whole lot better about growing older. These masters of aging gracefully and keeping your spirit lively have a few tips for us all!

Read More

20 minutes

[ ]

How an Engineer Created a Band that Broke the Charts

By

Is what you’re doing in life what you always thought you would be doing? Could you take what you know and create something new that could never have existed without you? Here’s the story of an engineer turned rock star, whose story is one we can all relate to!

Read More

12 minutes

[ ]

Pa Arding: Turning Accidents into Opportunity

By

How do any of us find a way to turn moments of tragedy into a catalyst for good? Pa Arding had her life inexorably changed, but that didn’t stop her from finding ways to paddle her way to a cleaner planet. There are a few lessons we can all learn from her story.

Read More