Author Archives: Gracy Olmstead

About Gracy Olmstead

Gracy Olmstead is an associate editor at TAC. She is a graduate of Patrick Henry College and an Idaho native. 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, or e-mail at golmstead@theamericanconservative.com.

Why Being an “Excellent Sheep” Isn’t So Bad

The daily bread of knowledge will sustain students as they grow into self-reflective souls.

Why Facebook Wants You to Be Happy

People see Facebook as a neutral platform, which they can use to …

Unschooling: the Future of Education?

Ben Hewitt doesn’t send his boys to school—he doesn’t even own a …

Why Does Beauty Matter?

The beautiful will save us, but it must capture us to do so.

The Tocquevillian Farmer’s Market

Civil society can be rebuilt around food, and family, and friends.

Can Equations Predict Happiness?

Want to be happy? There’s an equation for that, according to British …

Wendell Berry: A Steward of Place

A birthday appreciation for an agrarian extraordinaire

The Complicated Realm of Women’s Health

Rebecca Traister wrote a scathing piece for The New Republic, condemning Republicans’ …

On Eating Virtuously

In her essay on the paleo diet in the latest New Yorker, Elizabeth …

How Do We Fix the Ivy League?

What’s the problem with Ivy League schools these days? According to William Deresiewicz, …

The Battle of Alexandria

How riverside parks & hotels threaten a model of American urbanism

Second-Career Farms: the Future of Agriculture?

Decentralized agrarianism faces the challenges of modern farming.

Why Facebook Matters

I wanted to get off Facebook—to deactivate my account entirely. It seemed like …

Parenting in an Age of Bad Samaritans

Imprisoning parents of briefly unattended kids is a sure sign that community has given way to the State.

Is the RomCom Dead Yet?

Tired genres need reinvigorating, not abandonment.

The Beauty of Getting Lost

Rediscovering the mystery of travel in a GPS world

Can Technology Build a Village?

We live in a rapidly urbanizing world. But Brian Chesky, co-founder and …

Want to Cook Local? There’s An App For That

A lot of Americans are beginning to express interest in the idea …

Why Facebook’s Experiment Threatens Further Manipulation

Facebook has taken a lot of heat in the past few days …

What’s Your Local Food Culture?

Simon Preston noticed that most areas of Britain don’t have a vibrant …

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