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

Do Barn Weddings Diminish the Solemnity of Marriage?

A headline in The Atlantic caught my eye the other day. “Why is Everybody Getting Married in a Barn?” the article asked. I had to laugh, because I’m pretty sure I’ve had a similar question put to me at least once in the last year. Clearly there’s...

The Childhood Quality That’s the Best Predictor of Health, Wealth, and Happiness

If you were presented with the opportunity to instill one, and only one, quality in your children, what would it be? Perhaps, like Solomon of old, you would be tempted to choose something like a long life, or great wealth, or even freedom from...

In ‘Mother,’ Author Kathleen Norris Showed What Career Women Miss by Foregoing Motherhood

I was first introduced to the works of famed author Kathleen Norris in my late teens. Writing in the early to mid-twentieth century, Norris was an example of what many would consider a feminist’s dream life. She worked hard to support her family...

How a 1934 New York Graduation Exam Shows How Far Academic Standards Have Fallen

Today’s education system has a myriad of advantages that earlier generations never would have dreamed about. Smartboards. Tablets. Advanced science labs. Massive libraries. These perks are wonderful and suggest that our schools are giving children a...

7 Basic Things All Parents Should Teach Their Children

The internet has brought us many things, not the least of which is an escalation in parenting theories and “Mommy Wars.” But while it’s worthwhile to explore the pros and cons of attachment parenting, Tiger Moms, or free-range concepts, do we get...

Why are Teachers ‘Raising the Children’?

The average American is inundated with hundreds of voices every day. Politicians. Talking heads. Entertainment stars. Teachers. Students. The list could go on. But while there are multiple voices, many of the big ones seem to give a similar...

Why Joanna Gaines’ New Book Has Soared to the Top of the Bestseller List

I’ve never watched a full episode of “Fixer-Upper,” but I do know the program is the product of husband and wife team, Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Gaines’ recently ended their popular show, partially due to desires to focus more on their family,...

Most Americans Can’t Answer These Four Civics Questions… Here’s One Reason Why

Pew Research recently ran a report on political engagement in America. What caught my eye was the short, seven-question civics test embedded below. (function(){function async_load(){var s=document.createElement('script');s.type='text/javascript';...

Journalist: Public Schools Are Designed to Create ‘Standardized’ Children (and Modern Evidence Suggests They Do)

It has become quite clear that Americans struggle with knowing how to think for themselves in recent years. This is especially evident in the political opinions they espouse (or don’t). But while many Americans – particularly young ones – don’t...

Why Students Need to Nature Today More Than Ever

In 2017, the rising fever of victimhood, safe spaces, and social justice reached the campus of Evergreen College in Washington state. Its arrival launched married professors, Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, onto the public stage as progressive...

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