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

Why ‘Mama Ain’t Happy’: Breadwinning Moms and Life Satisfaction

I have a photo board hanging in my office filled with pictures of friends and their families. Many of these pictures feature smiling mothers surrounded by smiling children. In essence, they make motherhood look like a very happy and joyful...

What Melania's Hat Can Teach Us About First Impressions

I caught my first glimpse of Melania’s outfit soon after she and President Trump arrived at Buckingham Palace, kicking off their 2019 state visit. “Did you see the footage of Trump and Melania visiting Buckingham Palace?!” ran my text to a friend...

Extended Childhood: The New American Way

Resilience. It’s one of the latest buzzwords in society, especially when it comes to raising children, explains Richard Godwin in The Guardian. But teaching resilience is a bit challenging these days, Godwin implies, especially when kids are...

The Three Things Every Good Man Wants to Do for Women

“Anything you can do, I can do better,” runs the old song from “Annie Get Your Gun.” Although once a humorous look at the battle between the sexes, today the song is a fitting anthem to the reign of girl power in society. Women, it is thought, can...

The Forgotten Family Ritual That Bonds Parents and Children

A friend of mine told me how as a child she informed her neighborhood playmate one evening that she had to go home. It was time for dinner. Her playmate gave her a confused look. “Don’t you eat dinner with your family?” my friend asked her...

And the Most Sexually Satisfied Group of People Is…

Women are the happiest when they are in equality-loving, feminist-minded relationships, right? That’s the line we’re often told. But a recent report seems to suggest something different. Contemplating the role religion plays in the...

The Duchess of Cambridge on the Benefits of a Childhood Lived Outdoors

Over the weekend, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, debuted her garden design for the Chelsea Flower Show. The whole family came along making for some adorable photos including the following:      ...

The Cost of Female Empowerment

The 2018 election achieved the height of female empowerment as women of all backgrounds gained seats in the nation’s legislatures. Young mothers made up a sizeable chunk of this group. In the U.S. Congress, the number of young moms “nearly...

Why Schools Must Stop Relying on ‘Best Practices’ When Teaching Writing

When it comes to writing, American kids just don’t cut it. Only 27 percent of eighth grade students achieve proficiency in the subject, according to The Nation’s Report Card. That shouldn’t surprise us given the type of writing instruction which...

Why Schools Need a ‘Curriculum of Family’

Who should be a greater influence in a child’s life: parents or teachers? Many would say the latter. After all, teachers are the professional experts who know about childhood development and the elements of a good education. They are the ones who...

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