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

What About Agriculture?

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are better on ag cronyism than their establishment rivals, but they still fall short.

Fighting Terrorism With Transcendence

The faith that can fight “the joy of ISIS”

The End of All Our Efficiency

Productivity can buy you time—but it can’t bring you happiness.

Embracing Emojispeak

Oxford Dictionaries choose a popular pictograph as their “Word of the Year”

Empathy, Quantified

Social media attempts to express solidarity in the aftermath of tragedy—but falls painfully short.

When a House Becomes “Home”

How to develop a sense of place in the midst of our wanderings

In Defense of Philosophers

And philosopher-welders.

Considering Artisan Coffee and Wonder Bread

What does it mean to consume food virtuously?

Social Media and Segregation

How do we preserve diversity in a world of technological bubbles?

Your Toddler Doesn’t Need Your iPhone

We know too much technology is bad for adults—how much worse can it be for kids?

Halloween and the Loss of Fear

What costume contests and trick-or-treating have replaced

Space or Place?

For many, moving to greener pastures may result in a loss of meaningful community.

A Book About Brokenness

The Girl on the Train‘s flawed protagonists makes it authentic in a way few thrillers often are.

Our Troubled Concept of Commitment

Many see it as something that shackles, rather than as something that supports.

Can We Build Identity Without Place?

This year’s many contemplations of identity should be considered in the context of community (or our lack thereof).

Of Potlucks and Hospitality

Charity enables us both to feed each other, and to be fed.

Do Christians Care About the Environment?

Politics have separated the faithful from a movement they used to champion.

Abandoning vs. Living In Place

When should we move, and when should we “stay put”?

What “Organic” Means

Have big government and big agribusiness “hijacked” the label?

The Beauty of Books

What do we lose when we reject print books for digital editions?

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