Curiously Amanda

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

Destructive dynamics

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I’ve been picking apart these questions that have been circling my head for a while now in search of understanding. My dissection of the questions hasn’t provided answers, but rather left a cavity filled with disjointed words: Why are women so negative towards each other?

Take pause

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The day after reflecting on how thankful we are for all we have, we jump into our cars and rush to the store to become an uncivil, gluttonous consumerist zombie in a crowd in hopes of getting the best deals on items that clever marketing convinced us we need more of, we need the best of and we need it immediately.

Forgotten veterans

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Of the 1.4 million active military members, about 14.5 percent are women. Perhaps because of this, when I went to cover a military member’s surprise homecoming, I, along with many in my office, were surprised to find that the military person was in fact a female.

Voter responsibility

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Yesterday some of us took time out of our day to research candidates, commute to our polling place and stand too long in line all to spend five minutes to partake in the democratic process by casting our ballots on the issues the that indirectly or directly effect every American, South Carolinian or Greer resident whether they choose to vote or


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History escapes us constantly, whether it be through the elimination of century-old skill-sets, rendering certain industries irrelevant or by demolishing historic structures. Too often, we take our past for granted and fail to utilize opportunities to repurpose and preserve it.

Voting matters

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With the Nov. 4 elections quickly approaching, I’ve stumbled into several conversations about candidates, over the top campaigns and whether voting really matters. Sure, voting can sometimes feel like choosing the lesser of two evils, but ultimately I’ve determined voting does in fact matter.

Global impacts

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Cliché as it seems, I’ve always felt compelled to be impactful and deliberate in my actions, in turn leaving the world — even if only in a miniscule way — in a better state than it was in when I arrived.


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