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

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...

Why are Men So Reluctant to Commit to Marriage?

I recently sat down with a group of college-age students to watch a documentary called “The Dating Project.” Before starting, there was a hint of healthy skepticism running through the room, covered up by wisecracks about the best pick-up lines from...

Is the Inability to ‘Adult’ Driving the Teen Summer Job Decline?

I’ve come into contact with various contractors in recent weeks. These contractors have a few things in common. First, they are swamped with work. Second, they have a terrible time finding capable and reliable workers to do the job. I thought of...

How Early America Overcame Unrest and Cultural Diversity

America’s last several years have been fraught with dissension. Tempers have flared and arguments have been fought in the months since Donald Trump was elected president, causing many to plead for civility and rationality in interactions. But now...

Do America's Reading Habits Explain Today's Lack of Clear Thinking? (See Chart)

Ah! It’s a lovely Friday evening. You’ve had a successful work week and now it’s time to have some quiet relaxation. You have a book on the coffee table you’ve been wanting to delve into – but first, a quick glance at social media is in order....

Why 'Boring' Summers are the Latest Trend in Parenting

A dear friend of mine grew up in a large family and long summer days are one of her fond memories. Her mother would shoo the entire clan out the door and tell them to go play. They were not to come back inside unless it was an emergency. If they...

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