Gracy Olmstead
Gracy Olmstead
Gracy Olmstead
Gracy Olmstead is associate managing editor at The Federalist and the Thursday editor of BRIGHT, a weekly newsletter for women. Her writings can also be found at The American Conservative, The Week, Christianity Today, Acculturated, The University Bookman, and Catholic Rural Life.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Isn’t About Christianity Or Conservatives, It’s About Fundamentalism

Margaret Atwood’s novel condemns the fundamentalist vices of the Right, just as Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ addressed perilous tendencies of the Left.

Meet Your New Secretary Of Agriculture, America

Sonny Perdue was raised on a farm in the deep south, rose to power in Georgia politics, and is no stranger to powerful agribusinesses.

Our 100-Day Obsession Only Makes The Presidency More Powerful

For all his condemnations of Obama’s energetic presidency, Trump feels pressured to be just as energetic, or more so, in the first 100 days of his own.

5 Nascent Political Trends Georgia’s House Race Highlights For The Nation

While it’s unlikely that Jon Osoff will win the upcoming runoff election, one thing is clear: Democrats won’t make the same voter turnout mistake twice.

We Need To Talk About The Dangers Of Facebook Live

Steve Stephens offered a live murder account to unsuspecting Facebook viewers, achieving viral (and horrific) fame. And he’s not the first.

If It’s Hard To Imagine A Day Without Your Phone, That’s A Good Reason To Try It

How many Americans could spend a whole day without phone, iPad, computer, or television? What new habits or hobbies could we form sans technology?

Yes, Men And Women Can Be ‘Just Friends,’ Despite Our Hypersexed Culture

Marriage has not been weakened by the increase of the friend zone. To the contrary, our narrowing and sexualization of friendship has hurt marriage.

Why An Increasing Number Of Americans Want To Build A Granny Flat

Whether it’s an aging relative or struggling millennial, many Americans want to provide a space for the placeless. They just need a means to do it.

‘To Walk Invisible’ Explores The Suffering And Genius Of The Brontë Sisters

The short film chronicles the beginning of the sisters’ writing careers, and their brother Branwell’s decline into opioid and alcohol addiction.

6 Ways To Celebrate Spring By Expanding Your Domestic Arts Repertoire

Gardening, composting, cooking from scratch: these are old-fashioned habits of a bygone generation. But they’re growing popular again—for good reason.

Why It’s A Problem That Reading Is At 30-Year Lows, And How ‘Digital Temperance’ Can Help

Americans’ interest in literature has dropped to a three-decade low. The fact is, many don’t know what they are missing—and they don’t care.

‘Beauty And The Beast’ Is A Lovely Remake Of The Original

While some parents still need to determine age appropriateness, it captures the essence of the original, and offers virtuous and thoughtful characters.

5 Ways To Enjoy March Madness With Your Kids And Friends

We all need opportunities to connect, have fun, and forget politics. There’s no better way than the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament.

‘Day Without Women’ Measures Women’s Value The Wrong Way

The world wants us to measure equality in dollars and cents. But that’s a very inadequate way to measure human flourishing.

Why We Need Edmund Burke Now More Than Ever

Edmund Burke advocated for a political version of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper.’ Take the old, and revive it. Fix what’s broken—don’t just start over.

How A ‘Farm Bust’ Could Help Renew American Agriculture

Current farming methodologies aren’t just bad for land, community, and ecology—they’re increasingly bad for business. Something’s gotta give.

The Donald Trump Effect Is Reviving The Media He Claims To Target

We live in an era of controversy, sensationalism, and ‘fake news.’ It could encourage more Americans to pay for high-quality journalism.

To Avoid A Dystopian Future, We Must Become Savage

Read ‘1984.’ Read ‘Brave New World.’ But don’t just beware the machinations of the totalitarian state—beware the disenchantment of our age.

It’s Time To Stop Living On The Internet

Civil, meaningful discourse isn’t going to happen on Facebook or Twitter. It happens when we set the vitriol aside and break bread together.

This Season’s ‘Bachelor’ Contestants Send Nick Viall Home

Nick Viall has tempted fate a bit too long with his sexual escapades, and this season’s ‘Bachelor’ contestants have had enough.