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.
Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Manages The Tough Task Of Winsomely Portraying Virtue

The new ‘Wonder Woman’ film transcends our political moment and offers something—or rather, someone—both inspiring and thoughtful.

The Right Shouldn’t Let The Left’s Hysteria Keep Us From Stewarding Nature

The roots of conservative thought promote stewardship over subjugation. We have to embrace that message.

Meet The WWII Soldier I Remember On Memorial Day

My grandpa was a teenager when he fought in World War II. It took decades—and a conversion to Christianity—to bring him peace from his experiences with war.

Ramming The Country Towards Impeachment Will Be Disastrous

Getting President Trump impeached may give Democrats short-term victory. But by infuriating rural voters, it’s sure to widen the schism between our ‘two Americas.’

To Repair Our Fractured Republic, Get To Know Your Neighbors

Social capital depends on real presence. It’s the sort of connection that only happens via geographic proximity, not on social media.

Does This Study Signal The Death Of The Stradivarius Violin?

For centuries, we’ve mythologized the sound and quality of Stradivarius instruments. Now, a blind test shows that audiences prefer the sound of new violins.

Classic Rock Makes ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Great

So long as James Gunn keeps dishing out fantastic music and witty dialogue, his films will offer audiences something no other Marvel series can.

It’s Jane Jacobs’ Birthday. Here’s Why She Matters More Than Ever

What does Jane Jacobs have to teach us today? Are her observations on city communities still applicable to today’s urban environments?

‘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.