Patience Griswold

Patience Griswold

Editorial Assistant

Patience Griswold is a former Alcuin Intern and currently serves as Editorial Assistant at Intellectual Takeout. She is a senior at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota in their History of Ideas program. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Recent blog posts by this author

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...

Odd Things People Say to Families with Lots of Children

Several of Intellectual Takeout’s Alcuin Fellows come from big families – one from a family of twelve children, the other from a family of thirteen. Because of this, we recently started swapping stories about the strange things people say when they...

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...

Is Japan's Royal Family Going Extinct?

The Japanese Imperial Household Agency recently announced the forthcoming engagement of Princess Ayako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito. Amidst the excitement of the engagement to Kei Moriya, she must also prepare to relinquish her status as a...

The Minnesota First at the Battle of Gettysburg: Putting Lincoln's Words into Perspective

On July 3rd, 1863, Union troops won the Battle of Gettysburg. Considered to be a turning point of the war, Gettysburg was the deadliest Civil War battle, not only in terms of civilian soldiers, but Generals as well. The three days of fighting were...

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