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

Chores: The Secret to Childhood Happiness?

Over the weekend, New York Times author KJ Dell’Antonia penned an article on children and chores. Such a subject is nothing new and Dell’Antonia acknowledges this. The problem, she notes, is the fact that many parents know how helpful chores are...

High Schoolers Don't Read Books Anymore… and Why That Sets Them Up for Failure

By now, it’s a well-known fact that American adults don’t read. Fourteen percent can’t read at all. Thirteen percent can’t read proficiently. And according to Pew, one in four adults didn’t even bother to pick up a book in the last year. But...

Former Syracuse Professor Explains Why the University Should Not Be a Shopping Mall

As a colleague of mine recently observed, today’s high school students seem to be much more prone to choosing college alternatives than they were a few years ago. Such observation is not a figment of imagination, but a reality across the globe, a...

Soulmate Marriage: An Unrealistic Goal?

A recent edition of the NPR program “Hidden Brain” asked an increasingly prevalent question: “When Did Marriage Become So Hard?” The idea that marriage is difficult is underscored by the fact that nearly 40 to 50 percent of all marriages end in...

Revered College President Explains What Parents Miss in Preparing Their Children for College

Packing up the car and taking a kid to college is always hard. Mom holds back tears and worries about the health of her “baby.” Dad checks and rechecks to make sure Johnny has what he needs and knows who to contact if he doesn’t. And then the...

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....

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