Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Editor

Annie is Editor of 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

Yes, We Have Ruined Childhood. But There’s Hope for Restoration.

Over the weekend the New York Times published an article entitled, “We Have Ruined Childhood.” Author Kim Brooks states her premise bluntly: “To put it simply, our kids are not O.K.” Many of us would agree. We see it in the young faces around us...

Sir Ken Robinson Explains How Parents Can Know the Four Signs of ‘Real Play’

Imagine you send your children outside to blow off some steam. They head to the playground that sits right next to your property. No problem, right? They’re in sight and practically in your yard. The next thing you know, Child Protective Services...

Going to the Chapel? Not Anymore.

Wedding planning is consuming the minds of several of my friends. The dress. The caterer. The flowers. The location! When asked about this last essential, one friend gets big eyes, puts on a mysterious voice and says: “We’re doing something...

How Children Are Missing Life’s Meaning

I escaped a few weeks ago. I left my job, the city, and – glory, hallelujah! – the internet behind and spent several days at a cabin up north. It was nothing but trees, country roads, a rocky shoreline, and a vast lake. And books. Lots of books...

Is College Really Getting Easier?

Have you ever seen those videos of kids learning they made it into the college of their dreams? A lot of ecstatic jumping and hollering is involved, which brings a smile to even the grumpiest of faces. Nevertheless, I can’t help but feel a twinge...

Three Cures for a Society Obsessed With Offenses

I’m a positive type of person. I like to smooth things over, to think the best of others. So it startled me to realize that, several months ago, I was doing the exact thing I prided myself on not doing: jumping to conclusions and thinking the...

Nike: Taking Colin Kaepernick’s PC Advice Once Again?

You’d think Nike would have learned by now to avoid Colin Kaepernick’s advice like the plague. After all, it was Kaepernick’s ad for Nike that caused a number of mocking knockoff memes on social media, provoked a boycott of the company, and sent...

Why Do Parents Have Trouble Teaching Children Respect?

Kids are hard work. Anyone who has spent even a small amount of time around children knows this. So it’s no surprise that parents are eager to get away and spend some time by themselves. Yet we also have this modern phenomenon of parents who...

Poll: Americans Are Highly Critical of the State of Public Discourse

You’re not imagining things if you think political debate has grown worse in the last several years. According to a new poll from Pew Research, a whopping 85 percent of Americans believe it has grown more negative. The breakdown of this overall...

Why Do We Wait so Long to Send Kids to College?

Once upon a time, health insurance benefits were an ideal way of grabbing new employees. Times have changed. Free college is now the way to go. At least that seems to be Walmart’s tactic. Walmart began its college enticement last year,...

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