Gracy Olmstead

Gracy Olmstead is a writer and journalist located outside Washington, D.C. She’s written for The American Conservative, The Week, National Review, The Federalist, and the Washington Times, among others.

Recent blog posts by this author

Farming Isn’t an Information Age Skill

Hwilc pe gepuht betwux woruld crœftas heoldan ealdordom? Eorptilp, forpam se yrpling us ealle fett.  [Master] Which do you think, amongst the world-crafts, holds the most authority? [Pupil] Agriculture, for the farm feeds us all. —...

In Defense of Childhood Boredom

Childhood can exist almost outside of time, if its tenuous relationship to the clocks and schedules of adults is preserved. A young child has no real sense of the passing of time – and thus does not bear the weight we adults feel in its...

Millennials Are Finding Religion, but Not at Church

Millennials approach religion differently than their forebears. They are more likely to be “nones,” less likely to frequent religious institutions or adhere to a particular faith.  Some have wondered whether Millennials’ views on religion...

Yet the Whos Sang Merrily

Last Christmas Eve, I was in the ER. My husband was deployed, and I’d been fighting a nasty illness for weeks. Things took a turn for the worse on Christmas Eve, and so my dad drove me to the hospital around 11 o’clock that evening. “This isn’...

Why Marriage Needs Strong Community to Survive

What is marriage for? As cohabitation and singleness are on the rise, we increasingly struggle to answer that question. In 2010, 39 percent of Americans said they believed marriage was becoming obsolete. Those who do...

We Weren’t Made for Endless Work

It only took a moment. The smartphone was somewhere in the grass, forgotten. Our hands and jeans were covered in smears of purple and green sidewalk chalk. My two-year-old daughter and I were busy drawing roads and buildings on a square of pavement—...

Why Fairy Tales Are So Dangerous

Dear Mr. Dawkins, You’ve said lately that fairy tales are quite harmful. Your reason for thinking this is simple, and true: you told attendees at the Cheltenham Science Festival, “I think it’s rather pernicious to inculcate into a child a...