Author Archives: Gracy Olmstead

About Gracy Olmstead

Gracy Olmstead is a writer and journalist located outside Washington, D.C. In addition to The American Conservative, she has written for The Washington Times, the Idaho Press Tribune, The Federalist, and Acculturated. Follow Gracy on Twitter @GracyOlmstead.

Lee Edwards: When the ‘New Right’ Was New

From Joe McCarthy to Ronald Reagan, he saw it all and became the movement’s historian.

A Life of the Land, Cut Short

Philip Britts lived to be only 31, but his back-to-basics communion with nature produced some remarkable poetry and insights.

Stuck in America’s Struggling Small Towns

When it comes to being poor, geography is destiny. But do we just leave blighted communities to die?

In Defense of Slow, ‘From-Scratch’ Cooking

Do we really lack the time, or are we just unwilling to slow things down to appreciate what’s real?

This is Your Brain on Trump TV

The media’s coverage of presidential drama is causing us to forget what’s real—and Trump himself isn’t solely to blame.

Brightening Up January

The month after Christmas and New Year’s Eve can be a frigid letdown. Here are a few thoughts on how to add warmth and cheer.

The Books Worth Reading (and Re-Reading) in 2018

For traditional souls, crunchy cons, and all those curious about American culture and politics.

Yet The Whos Sang Merrily

What the Grinch and one very difficult Christmas taught me about redemption.

The Republican Party Doesn’t Own Christian Conservatives

As the Trumpian GOP falls in Virginia and Alabama, it’s time for the religious right to find another path.

This ‘Mad Men’ Gets an Unapologetic Woman’s Sparkle

Amazon’s “Mrs. Maisel” is a bit fanciful but a fun rendering of jilted housewife-turns-comedienne in the 1960’s.

Electing Roy Moore Will Be the Doom of the Pro-Life Movement

A response to Pat Buchanan’s column here at TAC.

How Black Friday Got to Be Such a Downer

Grateful folk to crazed discount hunters in 24 hours? Blame the perversion of Christmas.

Orient Express Doesn’t Feel Like Agatha Christie

But this new Poirot mystery has its own flavor and polish.

The Gun as Symbol: Who Owns It?

A tool of murder or a totem of liberty, this is how they can both be wrong.

We Need Fewer World Leaders, And More Good Neighbors

Higher education teaches youths to be boomers, not stickers—thus encouraging brain drain.

Liturgies for Young and Old

James K.A. Smith’s new book explores the heart-shaping power of our habits.

No More Harry Potter, Please

A letter to J.K. Rowling

Notes For the College-Bound

Fighting emotional frailty requires more than a safe space.

The Churches We Need, Pt. II

Readers share their own arguments for and against the American church

The Churches We Need

How to fight churchgoing apathy in today’s America

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