Curiously Amanda

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

He for she

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As Emma Watson so beautifully and tactfully pointed out, feminism isn’t merely a woman’s fight regarding women’s issues. Feminism is about gender equality, and that swings both ways. If you haven’t already watched the speech Watson delivered to the United Nations, take the time because it’s timely and impactful.

Notorious R.B.G.

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It’s rare, but once in awhile, a hero will emerge and impact the lives of people they’ll never come to know and whose influence cannot be forgotten.

Protections lacking

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After the video of Ray Rice allegedly abusing his finance was released, the cold, victim-blaming reality of domestic abuse has dominated new outlets. Unfortunately, S.C.’s lack of protections make it the second deadliest state in the country for women who are victims of domestic violence.

Beyond teaching

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Educators again are tasked with molding impressionable minds of distracted, lively youngsters, who enter the classroom bearing burdens from home and hallways.

Because of this, teachers must reach beyond the curriculum, state and district standards, and build connections with and champion for their students.

Cause shivers

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The ALS ice bucket challenge — it’s unavoidable. If you haven’t partaken in it, you’ve inevitably seen it and possibly wasted hours watching hilarious versions of the challenge on YouTube. The ALS challenge has littered my Facebook newsfeed and, along with The Greer Citizen staff, I too have been challenged.

Education starved

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It’s that time of year again, when school buses make us all late and remind me of the Billy Madison song: “I’ve got my lunch packed up, my shoes tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight. Back to school, back to school…”

Three sizes bigger

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Being the ‘bigger person’ — it’s not something I’ve mastered. Even as an adult I’ve never been certain why I have to choose to be the bigger person rather than just giving someone a piece of my mind.

Piggies vs. crab

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To say I’m not “outdoorsy” is probably an understatement. I enjoy the outdoors. I like hiking, running, soaking in some sun at the beach and camping, but even in all those instances, I like certain amenities — like music, a beach chair, actual showers and bathrooms, and in my most recent debacle clothes.

Just councils

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It’s evident several procedures in place at council meetings, whether by state law or local ordinance, give residents the appearance of power without any of the actual clout.

Innovative solutions

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Solutions aren’t easily found but through innovative thinking, rare projects resolving multiple problems come to fruition. The Independent Project and the K9s for Warriors organization both accomplish exactly that.


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