Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Senior Writer

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

Why I’m a ‘Misogynist’

I’ve received any number of insults in the years since I began writing publicly. Lest you feel sorry for me, let me state up front that insults are a fact of life that any writer must learn to roll with, particularly if one writes for an online...

How America Let the Culture of Disrespect Get Out of Hand

By now, you have likely seen the California McDonald’s fight that is making its way around the internet. As Yahoo explains, the fight began when a young mother asked several teens to leave the McDonald’s play area where her two young...

Why One College is Making Cooking Class Mandatory for Chemistry Students

When I was growing up, my mom had my sister and me plan and make meals for the family from time to time. I admit, my sister was much more creative with this exercise. She liked picking things with fancy names, such as “Celery Victor” or the...

Was There a Star of Bethlehem? An Astronomer Presents the Evidence.

Christmas is over, right? Or so many of us think. But before the Christmas season ran from Thanksgiving to December 25th, as it does today, the first few days of January were a major part of the Christmas celebration. The “Twelve Days of...

Why are Parents Now Paying Children to Get Dressed?

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably pondered the question of whether to give your child an allowance at some time or another. Should it be given freely with no responsibilities attached? Should it be in return for basic chores? Or should it be...

Guess What, Guys? Now You Can Have Periods, Too!

Pretty much every guy knows to avoid the women in their life when it’s “that time of the month.” They might not understand it all, but they do know some practical survival tips: Tread carefully. Be understanding. Know that this, too, shall pass in a...

What Will and Kate’s Christmas Card Teaches about Marriage and Family

‘Tis the season for families to send Christmas greetings, and the British royals are no exception. The Kensington Palace Twitter account released the Christmas photos of the various branches of the royal family, and as The Telegraph explains, the...

Former Atheist Explains How Rationality, Not Emotion, Encourages Religious Belief

I recently ran across an interview with author Stephen Asma in The Irish Times. Although an atheist, Asma is a rather unique atheist because he believes religion is necessary, a fact evidenced in his recent book Why We Need Religion. According to...

How to Keep Your Kid from Being a Brat This Christmas

A number of years ago, a friend of mine organized a Christmas charity event. Like many of its kind, this event matched less fortunate children with well-off families, eager to share of their bounty and provide the children with a present or two at a...

The Brilliant Reason This School Decided to ‘Cancel’ Christmas

It seems there’s always some Grinch that wants to ruin Christmas every year. This year the Grinch award seemed ready to go to a British school in Yorkshire whose teachers told students that Christmas celebrations would be banned from its halls....

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