Posts by Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

May 25, 2022

The Fascinating Story of Yaupon America’s Lost Native Tea Tradition

In 2020, the United States imported $473 million worth of tea, mostly from Asia. But did you know, that America has its own indigenous tea? If you didn’t, you are not alone. In fact, many people in the southeast United States grow this plant in their backyard without ever knowing that they are, in fact, growing tea. Yaupon tea is an herbal tea made from the leaves of the Yaupon holly.

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May 21, 2022

Photographer Shares How a Community in Kenya Came Together to Help Orphaned Elephants [Interview]

Conservation photographer Ami Vitale is known for her incredible ability to support local communities that are making an impact. This is made clear through her championing of Kenya's Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. As the first community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa, Reteti cares for orphaned elephants. The Samburu community opened the sanctuary in 2016 and Vitale has been with them every step of the way.

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May 19, 2022

Scientists in China Discover Lush Forest Growing in a 630-Foot Sinkhole

Imagine finding an opening in the landscape and rappelling down more than 600 feet to see a thriving forest with shrubs up to your shoulders. It sounds like something out of a fantasy movie, but that's exactly what recently happened to a group of Chinese speleologists. During a thrilling expedition in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the group explored a large sinkhole with multiple entrances.

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May 17, 2022

Man Spends Over 1,000 Days Straight Cleaning Up Trash in His Local Parks

Twenty-one-year-old climate activist Edgar McGregor has become a shining example of how one person can make a big impact. Since 2019, he has been conducting daily cleanups in an effort to make his local park spotless. He began documenting his trash collection efforts with short videos posted to Twitter, which have gone viral and even caught the attention of another youth climate activist—Greta Thunberg.

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