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

A Doctor Explains His Prescription for Happiness

I was working with a little eight-year-old girl on an assignment the other day when she stopped, looked at me curiously and asked, “Why are you always smiling?” Her inquiry took me by surprise. To be honest, I was tired and still recovering from...

The Trend Suggesting Millennials are Feeling Their Childless Void

Millennials take a lot of heat for things. They’re rude, we’re told. They’re over-sensitive. They’re irresponsible. They can’t adult. Or so everyone says. But it’s time to take heart because they are excelling in something. According to The...

How the Summer Gave Me Hope for the Future

Several months ago, I pulled back the curtain and let my readers know what life as the only female employee at Intellectual Takeout is really like. It was revealing – and even startling to some individuals. But I’ve had a unique experience this...

Divorce Lawyer: Schools Should Teach More About Marriage

There are all kinds of suggestions these days about what children should learn in school. Computer coding. Mindfulness. Social Justice. The list goes on. But according to a prominent UK divorce lawyer – who worked on several high-profile...

How to Replicate J.R.R. Tolkien’s Education for Your Child

J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the most famous authors of the 20th century. Known for the mythical worlds and creatures he presented in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien is beloved for his way with words and his imaginative genius....

How Ideological Polarization Harms Society

I recently overhead a friend of mine disgustedly muttering at his phone. Contrary to what one might think, his disgust was not over problems with his hand-held device; instead, it was over a notification he had just received from Reddit. The...

Want More Women in Technical Fields? Get the Government Out of the Way.

A while back, a friend of mine was telling me how he had spent a fair amount of time doing some mechanical work on his car. Hearing this, I made a comment about how nice it was that he could pass this knowledge on to his sons. He smiled and said, “...

Does Political Correctness Erase Cultural Substance?

Does it ever seem to you that a politically correct student can do no wrong? That question crossed my mind when I read about a recent incident at the University of Manchester. According to The Guardian, the University of Manchester recently...

Is Motherhood Falling Out of Fashion?

Over the last several months, I’ve received multiple recommendations for one single book: Jane Eyre. I finally got around to cracking its cover and can happily say that I’m a quarter of the way through – and enjoying it very much. Jane Eyre is...

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...

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