Patience Griswold

Patience Griswold

Alcuin Fellow

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Patience Griswold is an Alcuin Fellow at Intellectual Takeout and is entering her senior year at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has worked in homecare for the past five years, and also has two years of experience tutoring English as a second language. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with family and friends, chasing her dog, Beowulf, and dyeing Easter eggs.

Recent blog posts by this author

Why It Matters That Bert and Ernie Are Friends, Not Lovers

At this point, you’ve likely heard the controversy over whether or not the beloved Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie are a homosexual couple. Writer Mark Saltzman told Queerty magazine that he had always thought of Bert and Ernie as a gay...

Do Participation Trophies Actually Make Kids Worse Off?

Like many young adults my age, I received a fair number of participation certificates, ribbons, medals, and trophies growing up. Arguably, the “accomplishments” that earned those awards were not always impressive. For example, I participated in...

Keith Ellison Abuse Allegations: #BelieveAllWomen . . . When it's Convenient.

Minnesota recently watched a brief, but intense, shake-up in its primary race for attorney general, in which Democrat Congressman Keith Ellison quickly emerged as a front-runner.   With a wildly successful political career and the...

Why Minimal Sleep is Not a Badge of Honor

“I need you to make sure that I don’t walk into any walls or trip on the stairs,” one of my friends recently informed me. Her reason? She was running on about three and a half hours of sleep and was struggling with the simple task of walking. I hadn...

I Spent a Week Teaching High School Kids How Government Works. Here’s What I Discovered.

I spent the past week at a camp teaching teens about the legislative process. Among other things, the teens learned about American history, government, and worldview, while also role-playing as senators, representatives, and media. The week ended...

What is a Humanist Wedding and Why is it Becoming Popular?

According to Brides.com, the months from late spring to early fall are generally considered to be “wedding season.” My fellow Alcuin Fellows and I found that we each know roughly half a dozen or so couples that have gotten engaged in the past year,...

Border Walls Many Americans Don’t Know Exist

With all the talk about Trump and his immigration policies, there seems to be a mentality that building a literal wall at a nation’s border is a novel idea. It really isn’t.  Throughout history, and especially in recent years, there has...

James Monroe is the Latest Victim of the PC Culture

In the latest move in what Politico has dubbed the “Nomenclature Wars,” a St. Paul school is considering scrubbing its namesake, President James Monroe, due to his slave-owning past. Matching similar trends around the country, this change is...

Should Immigrants be Required to Learn English?

One of the most popularly cited silly laws in my home state is a prohibition on crossing state lines with a duck atop one’s head. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on whether you see it from the perspective of the duck or the individual...

Are We Populating Ourselves Out of Existence?

Happy World Population Day! On July 11, 1987, the UN decided to “celebrate” the birth of the five-billionth person on earth by raising awareness of the growing world population. Since then, this day has been set aside to focus on population concerns...

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