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

What’s Behind the Explosion of Pet Costumes?

I did a double take reading a headline on The Conversation the other day. It appears that pets plus Halloween makes for a lucrative enterprise: Americans are expected to spend US $8.8 billion on candy, costumes and decorations this year – or $...

Socialism and the City: Is There a Connection?

I took a breather from work the other week and trotted off to visit a friend. While there, I spent some time in the North Carolina mountains. They were beautiful. Winding roads. Soaring slopes. Mountain streams and lakes. The paintbrush of fall...

Psychoanalyst: Forget Political Correctness, Kids Need Both Parents

When I was a young college student, trying to feel my way through classes and take assignments seriously, I dutifully weighed in on an online discussion board with a few thoughts on the disadvantages children raised in single parent homes face....

America: Ripe for Communist Revolution?

Positive views of socialism are growing. Forty-two percent of Americans hold a positive view of the ideology in a recent Pew Research report. A Gallup poll placed socialism’s favorability at 36 percent only a decade ago. Why the growing numbers...

Women Can’t Have It All

Oct. 11 marks the International Day of the Girl. An initiative by the United Nations, the Day of the Girl aims “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and...

How One Teacher Completely Avoids Using Textbooks

A teacher dramatically strumming his guitar, singing a song to giggling high school students, recently graced a Washington Post article by Jay Mathews. While the guitar serenade is a unique feature of Mark Ingerson’s AP history course, the more...

Can Babies Defeat Marx?

A close friend of mine just had her fourth child. I am delighted! One might say baby-holding is a hobby of mine, so the more of them there are, the better I like it. But not everyone agrees with me. Oh, they may like babies, but they’re also...

Father Loss and Narcissism: Is There a Connection?

Sitting in the park recently, my contemplations were interrupted by a man wielding a large camera, three young ladies pacing behind him. Motioning to the bench on which I was sitting he asked, “Can we use this for our photo shoot?” “Oh, um,...

Trump, Greta, and the Faint Heartbeat of American Humor

This week Greta Thunberg went to Washington. Like the legendary Mr. Smith who went to the capital city before her, Greta was the talk of the town – not only for her youth and uniqueness, but for the guffaws her U.S. debut ignited. Unlike Mr...

What’s Driving the Ballooning Support Staff in Public Schools?

In the animated graphic below, University of Michigan economics professor Mark Perry charts the ballooning nature of public school staff, students, and spending since 1970. As Perry explains, the student population has increased by 10 percent in...

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