Curiously Amanda

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


I love thunderstorms.

When I lived in Africa as a child, we—the other missionary kids and me—would slide down a hill into a muddy puddle at the bottom.

We also played flashlight tag in the large dorm building where we lived.

Elephants in rooms

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For the last time, I’m going to dust off my soapbox and take one last stand.

Recently I watched “An Apology to Elephants,” a documentary about the realities of elephants in captivity.

It’s tragic.

Ink runs dry

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It was a bittersweet decision, but I will be retiring my pen and recorder to pursue other career opportunities. The field of journalism, though not always an easy one, was as much about developing myself as a journalist and writer as it was about exposure to the human experience. Everyone has a story to tell.

The Doug

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If you passed him on the street, you wouldn’t have recognized the man often donned in sweat pants, a sleeveless shirt and ball cap as the humble, life-saving genius he was. He was a quiet man who was a comedian to most, a friend to many and a loving husband and dedicated father to three.

Windex the window

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Last week, I fought the urge to sleep as I sat through a 5-hour budget presentation at Greer Council. Though painful for me, for residents it should standout.

Transparency matters.  


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