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

Are Thank-You Notes Becoming a Thing of the Past?

Several years ago, my grandmother received a note from one of my young cousins which made her cry. If I recall correctly, the tears were of delight rather than sadness, for the note graciously thanked her for a trifle which many would have normally...

Ben Franklin’s 3 Tips for People Actually Interested in Rational Debate

Benjamin Franklin’s famed Autobiography portrays a bright, talented young man, eager to be a success, but with a touch of mischief coursing through his veins. Reading between the lines, one can almost picture the spirited young Franklin as the...

The Government Changes Food Recommendations ... Again

Judging from the USDA food guidelines released this morning from our ever-wise government, it’s once again permissible to increase our salt intake, eat eggs, and skip breakfast if we so wish.   Don’t agree with those guidelines? Never fear....

Could Students Today Pass the 1919 SAT Exam?

With the holidays over and graduation fast approaching, many students are preparing for a final crack at the SAT.  In light of this test preparation, it’s interesting to consider whether or not today’s students would be able to take one of...

Doctor: Overstimulation May Be Causing ADHD

It’s not hard to find a child these days who has been diagnosed with ADHD. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the number of children labeled with the condition had risen to 11% by 2011.   But a new...

Are Many Women Today Doing Two Full-Time Jobs?

It’s no secret that working mothers have become the norm in America. Just last week, Pew Research reported that only 14% of children live in a home with a married working father and a stay-at-home-mother. Yet even as working mothers have...

Obamacare Spurring a Return to Health Care Co-ops

With the arrival of January 1st, many Americans are experiencing more than the turn of the New Year; they’re also experiencing major hikes in their insurance premiums. As Slate’s Helaine Olen puts it, “The bill for the health care expansion is...

A Job Listing That Confirms Our Fears about Americans

The Huffington Post unearthed a humorous gem in the want ads the other day. Posting on JournalismJobs.com, a small town Idaho newspaper owner named Dan Hammes offered a reporter job to an individual “who reads.” The description declares: It...

Is Archaeology Increasingly Proving the Bible to Be a Reliable Source of History?

While looking through headlines the other day, the opening of one in particular caught my eye: “Archaeological Discoveries Prove Jesus Existed.” Clicking through to the article, I found an interview with author Robert Hutchinson, who describes...

The Pushback Against Preschool

With reports coming out that typical preschool programs can actually be a detriment to a child’s academic and social success, perhaps it’s not surprising that parents are looking for alternatives. One recent alternative is outdoor preschool....

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