Curiously Amanda

The award-winning column offers sometimes humorous, often relevant and
always entertaining opinions or experiences of columnist Amanda Irwin.

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If you haven’t heard, let me be the first to share the amazing news; 55 years after the release of the American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee is finally releasing her second novel.

Live once

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Sometimes life has a way of giving you what you need when you need it, and in the least expected ways.

I’m a planner. It’s a method of circumventing surprises life tosses toward me. I plan for everything - possibilities, actualities, hypotheticals. Planning helps me control situations and ease anxieties.


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In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 13th annual MLK event was held at Greer City Hall, and I had the privilege of covering it. It’s an event I enjoy covering each year because it truly is a celebration and a reflection during which tough questions are asked and progress is celebrated.

Feast with friends

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Lately life has been a whirlwind of plan-filled calendars, important, smudged pen markings, imperative scribbles on sticky notes and a sea of vital contacts. To say I’ve been busy is an understatement.

Promising reflections

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Another year has come and gone, and I can’t help but become nostalgic. I’m approaching two years with The Greer Citizen, and in that time I’ve strengthened relationships with coworkers and community members, in addition to making new acquaintances and becoming more invested in the Greer community.

Blowing smoke

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Allow me to dust off my soapbox and respond to the letter to the editor regarding the ban being considered in Duncan that would regulate smoking, which includes prohibiting individuals from smoking inside restaurants and businesses and within a certain distance from buildings.


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I’m constantly writing to an invisible audience, which can sometimes make it easy to forget why I write and leave me doubting that people actually read any of it.


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I’ve attended numerous planning and zoning, planning advisory, board of zoning appeals and council meetings over the past two years. In that time I’ve notice consistencies that are frustrating, and as a result, my heart goes out to the residents who fight Greer development.


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