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

Could You Pass Thomas Edison’s Hiring Test? Probably Not.

The other day I stumbled across an exam compiled by the famous inventor Thomas Edison. The exam consisted of 146 questions and was used by Edison to screen applicants for executive positions in his laboratory. I began looking through the...

The Daddy Gap: 1 in 4 Fathers Don’t Live with Their Kids

Over the last 20 years, I’ve spent a good deal of time working with kids from the inner city. Through this interaction, I’ve grown accustomed to the fact that biological fathers are virtually non-existent in the homes of the children I know. One...

Ben Franklin’s 5 Secrets to Successful Friendships

In a recent edition of Psychology Today, Dr. Suzanne Degges-White suggests that the pathway to living a better life comes through being a better friend. As such, she goes on to list ten ways in which individuals can improve their approach to...

5 Reasons House-Building Should Be a Part of High School Curriculum

By now, we’ve grown accustomed to calls for more career and technical education in high school. The reason for these calls is twofold. First, not everyone will go to college, so giving students an introduction to other career alternatives gives...

Why High School Kids Should Start Teaching Younger Students

When I was 17, I was suddenly given the opportunity to give music lessons to children at a K-8 school. Still in high school myself, the experience was a bit intimidating. But I persisted and was soon teaching like a pro. The main benefit of this...

Why Schools Should Reconsider Abandoning This One Simple Subject

Over the weekend, I spent a good deal of time reading a fascinating book entitled “Lords of the Earth.” The book tells the true story of Stanley Albert Dale, an Australian who eventually went to the primitive mountain regions of Papau, Indonesia, to...

Should Parents Allow Kids to Fight?

While dining with friends the other evening, the sibling squabbles we had as children came up as a topic of conversation. Laughingly, one friend recounted how her father, tired of hearing the bickering between herself and another sibling, calmly...

Why So Many American Children Respect Nothing

For the last 20 years or so, there has been one regular item on my Christmas list. That item is the annual anthology of old-fashioned Christmas stories entitled Christmas in My Heart. The series has been running for over a quarter of a century now,...

Millennial Dog Moms Now Need ‘Pawternity Leave’ to Care for Their Pets

A few years ago, some of my relatives got the quintessential present for Christmas: a roly-poly, purebred puppy. The puppy was adorable and gained my relatives a lot of extra visitors that holiday season, including yours truly. But while my...

Only 1 in 4 Millennials Demonstrate ‘Basic Financial Literacy,’ According to George Washington University Poll

I was recently at a family gathering when I got into a discussion about high school math with some younger relatives. One revealed a love for math that I didn’t know existed. In fact, she surprised me by explaining that she had taken many of the...

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