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.

Feasting Even During Ordinary Time

We’ve lost the cultural rhythms that come from a calendar of feasts—and the wonderful pleasures that they afford.

Seeding Control to Big Ag

Four firms now dominate the seed industry, diminishing diversity, crushing competition, and risking ecological disaster.

The Best Books I Read in 2018

From odes to hometowns to considerations of the Benedict Option, it was a good year in reading.

A Price Tag on the American Dream

Conservatives must acknowledge that too many of the poor are staying poor, no matter how hard they work.

A Renaissance of Localism

The movement, once as small as the things it appreciates, is finding traction in our frenzied age.

We Weren’t Made for Endless Work

To be fully human, we need to put down our phones for a while.

The Holy Church of CrossFit

With actual churches failing to provide community and sustenance, Millennials are turning to trendy workout classes.

‘Monster’ Turns Our Farmers into Serfs and Sharecroppers

The Grapes of Wrath and its vision of enslavement to big agribusiness isn’t just our past—it is our present too.

How Did You Read This Summer?

If you devoured books for simply utilitarian reasons, you’re not alone. So give it a rest.

Our Civic Institutions Are Self-Destructing

To avoid widespread tribalism and alienation we must commit to rebuilding anew.

Motherhood Brings Fulfillment Out of Brokenness

Our bodies are hollowed out with pain, yet it’s in that sacrifice that true happiness lies.

The Art of the Stroll

For my Grandpa, walking was about a series of stories: a process of taking it in, and when I was with him, sharing.

Nick Offerman and the Limits of TV Craftsmanship

His new show focuses too much on Etsy-style arts and crafts, but it’s worth watching anyway. Here’s why.

Congress, Not Trump’s Trade War, is the Root of Farmers’ Woes

The president’s tariffs are hammering agriculture but it’s the annual farm bill that first set this unsustainable course.

Netflix’s ‘Anne With an E’ is a PC Fail

The show tosses the treasured Avonlea plot lines in favor of confronting racism and gender roles, cross-dressing, and a ‘queer soirée.’

The Urban-Rural Divide More Pronounced Than Ever

Polls find the politics of place has intensified—even though we all contending with the same problems.

The Sad Decline of Barnes & Noble

The iconic bookstore chain, by trading books for cafés and Legos, has forgotten its telos and guaranteed its downfall.

What Happens When a Small-Town Family Goes Corporate?

Chip and Joanna Gaines won hearts on their show “Fixer Upper.” But can they stay relatable as their brand expands?

Where Should Christianity Draw a Line in the Sand?

New book says the faith provides room for disagreement, nuance–even flexibility.

Untangling the Ethics Around the Life and Death of Alfie Evans

As our power to artificially sustain life grows, the harder it becomes to determine who, when or if it’s right to stop such efforts.

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