Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Senior Writer

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Annie is a senior writer for Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she assists with website content production and social media messaging.  

Annie received a B.A. in Biblical Studies from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. She also brings 20+ years of experience as a music educator and a volunteer teacher – particularly with inner city children – to the table in her research and writing. 

In her spare time Annie enjoys the outdoors, gardening, reading, and events with family and friends.

Recent blog posts by this author

Why Every Woman Should Read Barbara Bush’s 1990 Commencement Speech

The death of any famous person inevitably brings his or her accomplishments back into the light for one last hurrah. Former first lady Barbara Bush is no exception to this rule. And judging from the articles following her death on April 17, 2018...

4 Steps to Ensure Children Become Well-Adjusted Adults

I recently had a chance meeting with the father of a childhood acquaintance. Upon realizing who he was, I mentioned that I used to hang out with his daughter a bit. He laughed and replied, “She probably wasn’t the best influence on you.” I gave a...

The Nation’s Report Card Shows Reading Scores Remain Lousy. Here’s How We Can Improve Them.

In case you missed it, the results of the nation’s 2017 Report Card are in… and once again, they’re not very pretty. Since the last measurements in 2015, 4th graders have dropped one point in reading, while 8th graders have increased by two measly...

New Documentary Explains Why Young People Aren’t Getting Married

It seems there’s nothing shocking when it comes to love and romance these days. Everything from random hook-ups with strangers whose last names are unknown, to women who turn the dating process into a money-making industry, seem par for the course...

Would You Have Saved Jews from the Nazis? Your Family Background Tells the Answer.

Every year the victims of the Nazi Holocaust are remembered on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In 2018, this anniversary falls on April 12th. Countless tragic stories have emerged from the Holocaust. But so have many other...

The 3 Basic Ingredients Needed for Life Happiness

One of the overarching desires in life – whether we admit it or not – is to simply be happy. We know it’s not always feasible or realistic, yet it’s something we desire on some level—for ourselves, our spouses, and most especially, our children....

9 Things We Fail to Admit about Transgender Kids (from an Endocrinologist)

Five years ago, the idea that a healthy child might transition from one sex to another was still greeted with apprehension. Now, however, becoming “transgender” has turned into a bit of a fad, with even kindergarten classes aiding children with the...

Debate Tournament Becomes Safe Space for Women Only

March is synonymous with tournament time. But March tournaments aren’t the sole domain of basketball. They’re also for “sports” such as debate. This latter type of tournament took place over the weekend in Vermont. Only there was something a bit...

Not All Smart Girls Need to Go to College

A recent Forbes article left readers with a statistic that is downright scary: Two-thirds of the American student debt is held by women. This is perhaps not surprising since more women than men now go to college. But there’s a more alarming...

Why Manners and Respect Classes Are Back (and a Big Hit with Children)

A friend of mine recently posted a handful of pictures on social media of the neighborhood tea party her daughter and several other little girls had. An older mentor joined in as well, teaching the girls the basics of polite table manners....

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