Patience Griswold

Patience Griswold

Editorial Assistant

Patience Griswold is our editorial assistant at Intellectual Takeout and a 2018 Alcuin Intern. She is entering her senior year at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has worked in homecare for the past five years, and also has two years of experience tutoring English as a second language. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with family and friends, chasing her dog, Beowulf, and dyeing Easter eggs.

Recent blog posts by this author

What is a Humanist Wedding and Why is it Becoming Popular?

According to Brides.com, the months from late spring to early fall are generally considered to be “wedding season.” My fellow Alcuin Fellows and I found that we each know roughly half a dozen or so couples that have gotten engaged in the past year,...

Border Walls Many Americans Don’t Know Exist

With all the talk about Trump and his immigration policies, there seems to be a mentality that building a literal wall at a nation’s border is a novel idea. It really isn’t.  Throughout history, and especially in recent years, there has...

James Monroe is the Latest Victim of the PC Culture

In the latest move in what Politico has dubbed the “Nomenclature Wars,” a St. Paul school is considering scrubbing its namesake, President James Monroe, due to his slave-owning past. Matching similar trends around the country, this change is...

Should Immigrants be Required to Learn English?

One of the most popularly cited silly laws in my home state is a prohibition on crossing state lines with a duck atop one’s head. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on whether you see it from the perspective of the duck or the individual...

Are We Populating Ourselves Out of Existence?

Happy World Population Day! On July 11, 1987, the UN decided to “celebrate” the birth of the five-billionth person on earth by raising awareness of the growing world population. Since then, this day has been set aside to focus on population concerns...

Is Japan's Royal Family Going Extinct?

The Japanese Imperial Household Agency recently announced the forthcoming engagement of Princess Ayako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito. Amidst the excitement of the engagement to Kei Moriya, she must also prepare to relinquish her status as a...

The Minnesota First at the Battle of Gettysburg: Putting Lincoln's Words into Perspective

On July 3rd, 1863, Union troops won the Battle of Gettysburg. Considered to be a turning point of the war, Gettysburg was the deadliest Civil War battle, not only in terms of civilian soldiers, but Generals as well. The three days of fighting were...

Is It a Problem if Kids Don’t Know How to Use Dictionaries?

When one of my younger siblings asked me the meaning of a word, my immediate response was: “Let’s look it up in the dictionary.” Giving me a look like I had just suggested that we send someone a note via smoke signal instead of text, my sister...

Why the Dutch 'Burqa Ban' is a Good Thing

On Tuesday, the Netherlands joined a growing number of European nations to issue what is referred to as a “Burqa Ban”—a ban on clothing that covers all or part of the face. Various efforts to implement these bans have been met with criticism because...

Want to Take Control of Your Life? 4 Simple and Empowering Life Lessons from a Navy SEAL

A few years ago, my cousin sent me a video clip that inspired me to do something my mom had been telling me to do for as long as I can remember: make my bed. It was entitled “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” The clip...

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