Curiously Amanda

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

Right to work?

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Although employment protections are in place to prohibit discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, gender, age and disability, employment protections for LGBT nationally or statewide are nonexistent.

Quick to fine, not solve

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Recently, I covered a controversial texting ban ordinance purposed at last week’s Greer Council meeting. I, myself, sometimes text, play music from my phone and talk on my phone while driving, and though my car has Bluetooth and talk-to-text capabilities, I still recognize the potential dangers of it.

Gray hair conundrum

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Recently, I caught myself beginning to buy into the mass media propaganda that, with enough aging cream and hair dye, I can stay young looking forever. It all began a few months ago when I found my first gray hair. I won’t lie, I melted into a slight panic attack as I teared up and yelled profanities into the bathroom mirror.

Humanity over patriotism

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I’ve heard it hundreds of times, and it continues to disappoint: “Why should we keep helping people in other countries when we have people right here in America who need help?” I think people fail to realize that in many instances, the few people who are the worst off in our own communities have more access to assistance and services than the ma

An ode to Benjamin

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I’ve been playing with the idea of love in my head.

Love at first sight is cliché and, when mentioned, I assumed it was always in a romantic context only existing in movies. My convictions on love at first sight were shattered the second I met Benjamin, my nephew, for the first time Wednesday.

Random kindness

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Many may believe kindness is a rarity, even forgetting to take moments to be kind because of the hurried lives we lead, but acts of kindness are more common than we sometimes realize.

Soul survivor lost

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Last weekend I attended a three-band show at Hub-Bub in Spartanburg, and though I walked in without expectations, I walked out thoroughly rejuvenated. Fayssoux McLean, The Bent Strings and The Caroline Hi-Fives — all local bands — performed, and though I’d never heard any of them before, I’m happy I had the chance.


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