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

Laura Ingalls Wilder Hits the PC Guillotine

Growing up, I never got into stories with knights and fair maidens. Walking around in princess dresses while imagining I was trapped in a castle by a vicious dragon? Not interested. But give me a sunbonnet and braid my hair and I was lost in the...

Americans Are Increasingly Revealing Their Self-absorption in Their Clothing

Yesterday afternoon an email from an Intellectual Takeout reader arrived in my inbox, asking what I thought of the jacket Melania Trump wore to visit migrant children near the Mexican border. Having read a previous article I wrote on Melania’s...

Child Calls Police on Parents… Because They Made Him Eat Salad

Practically every child has turned up their nose and refused to eat a vegetable at some point in their life. For me, that detestable vegetable was a stuffed green pepper, and only my mother’s firm insistence that I couldn’t have dessert until I...

Pew: 3 in 4 Americans Have Trouble Discerning Between Fact and Opinion

A few years ago, the ACT released a study showing that K-12 teachers and college instructors believe discerning between fact and opinion is one of the most important things students can learn. Unfortunately, less than 20 percent of first-year...

Twitter Loses Round One of Anti-Censorship Suit Brought By Supremacist

Anyone who has been on some form of social media has probably heard about censorship at some time. “They squelched my Facebook post!” or “I finally got out of Twitter prison,” are common accusations lodged against prominent platforms. Despite the...

An Atheist Explains the True Reason Religion Terrifies Him

Millennials are notorious for many things: student debt, perpetual childhood, high self-esteem, and even low work ethic. But in the last few years, millennials have also become characterized by another feature, namely, a lack of religion. As Pew...

Are Modern Children’s Books Training ‘Little Radicals’?

Over the weekend a friend placed a new children’s book in my hands which had been given to her granddaughter. It was a nicely bound, hardcover book with colorful pictures entitled, The Little Radical: The ABCs of Activism. I knew books like these...

Suicide in America Is Surging. What’s Driving This Mentality of Despair?

With the sudden passing of designer Kate Spade and TV personality Anthony Bourdain—both of whom authorities believe took their own life—it’s easy to wonder if an epidemic of suicide is upon us. As it turns out, such ponderings are not far-fetched...

Compare the Goals of English Classes in 1912 to Today's if You Want to Understand Why Literacy Is Plummeting

I recently spent an evening with a group of college students. Like most young people their age, they were engaged in their studies and eager to share about semesters spent abroad and future plans. But then the topic changed. Instead of talking...

Does Robbing Children of Work Deny Them a Sense of Fulfillment?

Headlines in 2018 seem to tell a recurring story: Unemployment rates are lower than ever. Numbers which registered in double digits only a few years ago are now strikingly low and telling a tale of booming prosperity. All that is well and good,...

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