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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How to Handle Everyone’s Favorite Person: The Critic

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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!

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

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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.

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The White Horse: An Effort that Links 90 Generations!

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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!

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Saving Precious Lives in the First Sea Turtle Hospital!

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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.

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Without Cheese, We Might Not Be Here!

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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.

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Combing Caves for a Cure to Deadly Bacterial Infections

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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!

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The Fascinating Story Behind Why We Dance!

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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?

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So, What’s it like to Grow Older?

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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!

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How an Engineer Created a Band that Broke the Charts

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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!

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Pa Arding: Turning Accidents into Opportunity

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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.

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Building Futures One Plié at a Time

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In a place where violence reigns, girls are finding refuge in a surprising way—and it’s all thanks to one amazing woman.

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A Legacy Left in Stone

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Stonemasonry is a craft that’s been around for millennia. It’s shaped some of the cities we know best and brought us beautiful pieces of art that we’re still uncovering around the world. But there are only a few of us left who still work with stone, so let’s see how these artists are connecting us to both our past and our future with their creations.

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Chickpeas: Doing the Hum-Most!

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Chickpeas have been a staple in dishes around the world for centuries, so we’re going to give these little protein-packed cuties some attention. We’ll point you to one of our favorite YouTube channels to get some insights into why we should care about the rich history of chickpeas!

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Say Hello Best Way to Get Around in the Snow

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Think you know all you need to know about dog sledding? Our relationship with these pups has altered history and has been one of the most unfailing and versatile forms of transportation for thousands of years. Here are a few fascinating stories…

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Gunpowder, Stars, Art, and… Bigfoot?

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When you see fireworks, you’re witnessing an art form with a surprisingly rich history. How fireworks grew from scaring away a creature of lore to the beautiful spectacle today is an incredible story that will leave you with a little more awe the next time you see the night sky light up.

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Are Video Games Bad for You, Really?

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On the quest to find out the effect that video games have on the brain, researchers may have stumbled into something that could change the nature of medicine. We’re on the verge of prescribing video games, and these awesome creators walk us through it!

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What Can We Do to Keep Our Life Memories?

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So many small moments happen in our lives that make it amazing. But those moments tend to sneak by us and are easily forgotten and outsized by the bad times. How can we keep them fresh? And then pass them along to our loved ones?

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This Art Was Created by Bugs!

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Sometimes, if we can keep innovating, we can keep doing what we love for the rest of our lives. And as for Steven Kutcher, well, his passion for bugs has taken him on some creative insect adventures! And you may have been connected to a few of them.

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What Happened to Your Blueberries?

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They’ve been growing in North America for thousands of years but we were not able to tame them up until very recently. This fruit has quite the rich history, so let’s dive in…

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The Sneaky Smarts of Sea Slugs

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From sporting bright colors to a touch that really stings, sea slugs have adopted quite a few interesting traits to keep them out of the mouths of predators. Our world only gets more interesting the more we know about our fellow inhabitants, so let’s spend a moment with these unique ones!

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The Toilet is Saving Our Lives!

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Did you know that this innovation stops deadly diseases from finding you with every flush? Billions of people still don’t have access to one. So we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the humble toilet and see how some truly amazing thought leaders are bringing them to everyone around the globe!

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A River of Raptors

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If we are looking for inspiration and hope these days, we may only have to look up to find it! There is a river of wonder going unnoticed above us, showing us how the health of our planet is holding up. And thankfully, there’s an amazing group of people bringing us these insights.

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So… Why Are People Riding Bulls?

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Bull riding is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. So why do people partake in it? Turns out, there are some metaphors that might help us master our own pursuits!

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Entering the Empire of Cephalopods!

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Most of our personal ah-ha moments come from occasions when we actually understand ourselves a little better. Turns out, some of the world’s most unique animals—cephalopods—can help us with that, all while expanding our sense of wonder about Mother Nature’s wild design book!

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Meeting the Salween River

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On this Saturday Around the World, we’re traveling through the beautiful Salween River in China and seeing the efforts put into place to protect it.

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The Beauty of Orchard Bees

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With 20,000 known species of bee in the world, it’s no surprise that they each go about life a little differently. We’re lucky enough to learn more about the blue orchard mason bee and the beautiful homes they make for their young in this article!

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Saving the World One Turtle at a Time

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The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre is changing the world in its own way; saving injured turtles to keep important wetland ecosystems alive and well!

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It’s True, We Don’t See the World the Same

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Our own perception of the world differs greatly from those around us. We’ve all had different experiences, and like it or not, they shape us. Let’s explore why and how that might make us more tolerant of others.

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Getting Energy from our Food Scraps!

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This innovation is giving our table scraps value! Impact Bioenergy has created a zero waste system to turn our food scraps into energy and nutrient-rich biofuels, all with the help of microbes.

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