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

Ben Franklin’s 6 Steps to Becoming a Good Conversationalist

While recently participating in a course on business and networking skills, I took part in an interesting exercise. Pairing every individual with another class member, the instructor gave each team a couple minutes to discover two previously unknown...

Why are Men So Reluctant to Commit to Marriage?

I recently sat down with a group of college-age students to watch a documentary called “The Dating Project.” Before starting, there was a hint of healthy skepticism running through the room, covered up by wisecracks about the best pick-up lines from...

Is the Inability to ‘Adult’ Driving the Teen Summer Job Decline?

I’ve come into contact with various contractors in recent weeks. These contractors have a few things in common. First, they are swamped with work. Second, they have a terrible time finding capable and reliable workers to do the job. I thought of...

How Early America Overcame Unrest and Cultural Diversity

America’s last several years have been fraught with dissension. Tempers have flared and arguments have been fought in the months since Donald Trump was elected president, causing many to plead for civility and rationality in interactions. But now...

Do America's Reading Habits Explain Today's Lack of Clear Thinking? (See Chart)

Ah! It’s a lovely Friday evening. You’ve had a successful work week and now it’s time to have some quiet relaxation. You have a book on the coffee table you’ve been wanting to delve into – but first, a quick glance at social media is in order....

Why 'Boring' Summers are the Latest Trend in Parenting

A dear friend of mine grew up in a large family and long summer days are one of her fond memories. Her mother would shoo the entire clan out the door and tell them to go play. They were not to come back inside unless it was an emergency. If they...

Laura Ingalls Wilder Hits the PC Guillotine

Growing up, I never got into stories with knights and fair maidens. Walking around in princess dresses while imagining I was trapped in a castle by a vicious dragon? Not interested. But give me a sunbonnet and braid my hair and I was lost in the...

Americans Are Increasingly Revealing Their Self-absorption in Their Clothing

Yesterday afternoon an email from an Intellectual Takeout reader arrived in my inbox, asking what I thought of the jacket Melania Trump wore to visit migrant children near the Mexican border. Having read a previous article I wrote on Melania’s...

Child Calls Police on Parents… Because They Made Him Eat Salad

Practically every child has turned up their nose and refused to eat a vegetable at some point in their life. For me, that detestable vegetable was a stuffed green pepper, and only my mother’s firm insistence that I couldn’t have dessert until I...

Pew: 3 in 4 Americans Have Trouble Discerning Between Fact and Opinion

A few years ago, the ACT released a study showing that K-12 teachers and college instructors believe discerning between fact and opinion is one of the most important things students can learn. Unfortunately, less than 20 percent of first-year...

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