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.

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.

Remembering the ‘Spooky Wisdom’ of Our Agrarian Past

Despite modern innovations, we somehow ‘just know’ how to do things the right way.

The Collapse of Manners

Winsomeness and gentlemanliness are being undermined by the online race to rage.

Sinclair and the Fake News Battle That Never Ends

With everything corporatized and everyone in their own bubbles, can the media still function as it needs to?

How the Cult of the Colossal Imperils American Agriculture

Stressed-out farmers today only grow food for global consumption, and that is leading to a crisis at home.

Marriage Takes a Village

It isn’t just about “happily ever after.” It’s about community, and the lack of it is tearing our marriages apart.

Conor Lamb’s Localist Campaign

The Pennsylvania Democrat eschewed ideological litmus tests and appealed to his community. That’s less common than it used to be.

The News Media’s Platonic Cave

We sit enraptured while they show us shadows on the wall. But that’s no excuse for tuning out entirely.

Finding Community in a Book Club

As P.G. Wodehouse put it, “There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”

Sourdough Bread and the Cult of Convenience

We too often forget that the most challenging tasks are often the most rewarding.

Mark Zuckerberg Takes on His Facebook Frankenstein Monster

A new profile shows he’s become more circumspect over the platform he created. It’s time we all did.

Lee Edwards: When the ‘New Right’ Was New

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

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