Author Archives: Gracy Olmstead

About Gracy Olmstead

Gracy Olmstead is an associate editor at TAC. 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

Considering Thankfulness

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

Don’t Disdain Stay-at-Home Moms

Modern society has denigrated a role that historically required a considerable level of craftsmanship and care.

Bringing Back Cincinnatus

Why the Department of Agriculture is asking veterans to join the next generation of farmers

Front Porch Revolution

Wendell Berry’s cure for partisanship

What Should Pop Culture Reporting Look Like?

Less about Kim Kardashian, more thoughtful commentary

Millennials In the City

The generation’s migration to the city may bring economic growth—but will it bring long-term flourishing?

“Interstellar”: Leaving the Earth Behind

Though thought-provoking, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” falls short of true greatness.

Is Bill Watterson Staging a Comeback?

This week marks the second time this year Calvin and Hobbes’ creator has drawn new artwork, after decades of silence.

Man Does Not Live By Tech Alone

Many of us are a bit Luddite when it comes to technology—and that’s good.

Why You Should Vote

Voting enables each citizen to “practice the art of government in the small sphere within his reach.”

Our Healthful, Mindful, Gluten-Free Religion

Health is important—but have we made it too important?

Why Ownership Matters

The new sharing economy may have consequences for the ways we engage on a civic and political level.

The Economic Case for Marriage

New data suggests marriage leads to “for richer” more often than we realize.

The Virtues of Brunch

Though it can feel contrived, brunch offers an opportunity to keep community rituals alive.

Who’s Afraid of Ebola?

Contra David Brooks, fear of the virus stems from statist failures and mortal anxiety—not societal isolation.

How to #ReadWomen2014

A guidebook for a year-long tour through great female scribes.

How Sexting Hurts Women

Even when high schoolers “consent” to sending photos, the consequences can be incredibly damaging.

What If You Live in a Bad City?

A response to a thought-provoking question from a commenter.

Meals These Days

They’re often so complicated, we forget what they’re for.

What Are Weddings For?

Money reflects our deepest desires—and may even forecast the duration of our marriages.

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