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 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....

Schools Once Taught Biblical Literacy. Should They Do So Again?

Over the weekend, columnist Christine Emba commented on an interesting typo from The Wall Street Journal. As Emba explains, the WSJ quoted Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that the prophet Moses carried water from the country Iraq, rather than a regular...

A Good Friday Remembrance from the Heart of the Holocaust

That the most important weekend in Christendom is fraught with busyness is hard to deny. New clothes, chocolate bunnies, egg hunts, and time with family make it easy to slip past the Easter holiday without reflecting on its meaning. If such is...

Parents, Stop Doing Your Child’s Homework

Parent or not, most adults have probably helped a child with his schoolwork at some point or another. The process can be rewarding, but also very frustrating, particularly when you as the adult can see the answer as plain as the nose on your face,...

Genetics—Not Fancy Schools—Largely Determine Academic Success, Study Finds

Late last week, an article in the U.K. Telegraph caught my eye. It reported on a new study which found that selective grammar schools – akin to what the U.S. might refer to as college-prep schools – aren’t necessarily the key to producing smart kids...

4 Things Every Man Should Look for in a Wife

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech. His strong words eventually catapulted him and hundreds of others toward an intense battle for freedom with Great Britain. But the convention hall...

Should Teens Be Taught Parenting Skills?

With two children in tow, another one on the way, and a great deal of time in the public eye, the Duchess of Cambridge is undoubtedly one of the world’s foremost mothers. Of course, Kate’s time in the limelight is shared by many other young...

Why Father Figures Are Important to Boys (And Why This Idea Is Suddenly Controversial)

I’ve taught a weekly, inner-city preschool class for some years now. Currently, the class make-up is one-quarter girls and three-quarters boys. Two members of this boy monopoly are a particularly dynamic duo, known for their grand (i.e. loud)...

Professional Matchmaking is on the Rise. Why?

The other day, Pew Research compiled a bunch of statistics on various life aspects and used them to compare recent generations to each other. Not surprisingly, millennials are vastly different than those in their parents’ or grandparents’...

Why Teens Rarely Babysit Anymore

I was out for a walk a while back when I stopped to chat with a neighbor. Neither of us knew each other very well, having only had a few conversations on subjects such as the weather, the overbearing city council, and her cute, grade-school-age twin...

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