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.
‘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.

Don’t Fear The Brokenness In Motherhood, Or You’ll Lose Out On Its Beauty

There are moments that break and scar us. But those are the same moments that make us stronger, better, more empowered, and more beautiful.

The Women’s March Should Welcome Pro-Life Women, Not Shun Them

The march’s website says ‘defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.’ There’s not a pro-life woman out there who would disagree.

Millions Of Americans Don’t Side With Either Political Party, And That’s A Good Thing

If the left-right spectrum collapses in coming years, it may offer us a unique opportunity to ally around other things that matter to us.

Why I’m Only Listening To And Reading Old Things In 2017

This year saw an endless onslaught of new stories, new books, new TV shows, new music. It’s time to recharge, and enjoy some of the treasures of the past.

Hygge Helps Explain Millennials’ Longing For Reenchantment

Americans’ desire for the Scandinavian concept of ‘coziness’ indicates a spiritual longing, one that speaks to the shortcomings of our demystified culture.

Maybe It’s Time To Redefine What It Means For Women To ‘Have It All’

What if we don’t want to be CEOs at Fortune 500 companies, Supreme Court justices, or the next U.S. president? What if our ambitions involve kids?

The Progressive Echo Chamber Explained In One Roundtable

When The New Republic published a discussion of Obama’s legacy, the conversation fixated on questions of race and gender—with one notable exception.

This Christmas, Let’s Take A Break From Social Media

There’s nothing wrong with occasional Facebook posting and Twitter statuses. But Christmas is about embodiment: it calls for presence.