Amanda Calnan Vowels is an Oregon-based journalist and essayist who began writing in gritty, daily print newsrooms. She recently launched her firstborn off to college. Amanda keenly observes human nature, consumer trends, political climate, pop culture and emotion. Her complete portfolio is available at www.VowelsCommunications.com and at https://amandavowels.contently.com/. You can also follow her on Instagram.