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

5 Historic Quotes for Veterans Day

Many years ago, my little sister was given a school assignment to write a thank-you to a veteran. In her childish scrawl, she sent a thank-you card and picture to our grandfather, who served in World War II. That card hung on his refrigerator until...

Family Reading Lists for Toddlers to Teens

Parent-child reading times – even into the teen years – are one of the best ways to turn your child into a well-rounded and educated reader, at least according to early twentieth century author Walter Taylor Field. To encourage parents to read with...

5 Tips from 1907 on Turning Your Child into a Reader

Last week we shared several recommendations on how to turn a student into a good writer. One of these suggestions was to regularly read high quality literature. How can you ensure your child is reading high quality and worthwhile material? Author...

Are Lax School Discipline Policies Hurting Good Students?

“Mom, I have to get out of my history class and transfer to another. I’m never going to learn anything because the kids are so disruptive.” That’s what an acquaintance’s son recently said about his high school. Because his parents were unable to...

Do More Americans Need to Get Outdoors?

It’s becoming increasingly uncommon for adults and children alike to get out of doors, and that’s causing major health problems. According to U.S. News and World Report, the failure of many Americans to get out of doors may be related to...

They’re Creating Dorms for Lonely Millennials

This morning, The Atlantic featured an article entitled, “Dorms for Grownups: A Solution for Lonely Millennials?” The article describes a concept called co-living, which provides individuals with a small personal apartment, while actively...

This 1897 Text Gives 3 Clues Why Today’s Students Can’t Write

Last week the Nation’s Report Card announced that no more than 40% of America’s 4th and 8th graders are proficient in reading and math. Those are scary numbers, but the numbers for writing are even more frightening: only 27% of American 8th and 12th...

This 1918 Journal Entry Will Make You Thank a Veteran

November 11th marks the official observance of Veterans Day, the holiday first inaugurated to celebrate the end of World War I. Because of our dislike for the horrors of war, it’s easy to dismiss and overlook the great sacrifices and heroism...

Should the Welfare System Go Local?

Recently, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing about the American welfare system. In the opening statements, Representative Charles Boustany stated: “This federal welfare system is large, fragmented, and growing in cost. The...

Is a Two-Parent Income Worth It?

Did you see the New York Times article describing the stressed, rushed, and tired state of two-parent working families? The piece was based on a recent Pew Research survey which examined the attitudes of working fathers and mothers. As I looked...

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