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About Amanda

"a mind that questions everything, unless strong enough to bear the weight of its ignorance, risks questioning itself and being engulfed in doubt. if it cannot discover the claims to existence of the objects of its questioning—and it would be miraculous if it so soon succeeded in solving so many mysteries—it will deny them all reality, the mere formulation of the problem already implying an inclination to negative solutions. but in so doing it will become void of all positive content and, finding nothing which offers it resistance, will launch itself perforce into the emptiness of inner revery." - emile durkheim

An Uprising: Empire of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

Zhu Yuanzhang, the peasant leader responsible for many victories during the Mongol invasion, was crowned Emperor and established the Ming Dynasty in 1368, which lasted for three centuries, until 1644.  The capital city, Nanjing, was founded and later relocated north … Continue reading

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An Individual Representation of Circumstance

The Aesthetic Autobiography: Testing the Theories “The starting point for all systems of aesthetics must be the personal experience of a peculiar emotion.” (1)  Emotion: The driving force behind motivation, positive or negative.  When artists like van Gogh, Banksy, and … Continue reading

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Protected: We are simply fragments of light and energy

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Saga of a Skyrim Addict

Okay so, I’ve been playing Skyrim on and off since November.  I decided Halo CEA was my priority that week, until all my friends were talking about what they were doing in-game.  So I raced to the only remaining Blockbuster within an … Continue reading

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Charlotte is a ‘Fit Community’

If you’ve seen the road signs, we are considered a ‘Fit Community’, but looking around one might disagree.  The world is finally addressing the concern of obesity and how it starts in our childhood.  Out of my friends, I’m the … Continue reading

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Protected: Hurt

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A Gaston County Hike

On a recent day off, a few friends and I visited Crowder’s Mountain State Park in Gaston County, North Carolina.  It’s a 30-minute drive from Charlotte and is located right off I-85 S.  There are two main trails to choose … Continue reading

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