"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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What I Really Wanted for My Birthday

Large terra cotta pots by Berkeley ceramicist Nancy Selvin. 2013-2015, Photo by Barbara Newhall

A birthday visit to Nancy Selvin’s studio and her large terra cotta pots. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“What do you want for your birthday,” Jon wanted to know.

A biggish birthday was coming up, one that ended with a five. I figured Jon was good for an equally biggish birthday present.

“Well, I need a new computer,” I ventured.  “And a new [Read more…]


Kirkus Reviews ‘Wrestling with God’ This Month

Kirkus reviews Wrestling with God. Cover of the Sept. 1, 2016, Kirkus Review, which contains a review of "Wrestling with God" by Barbara Falconer Newhall

The Sept. 1 issue, in which Kirkus reviews Wrestling with God.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The reviews are in, and the critics are saying nice things about “Wrestling with God.” There’s that starred review in Publishers Weekly that I told you about last year. It described WWG as “a wild and wonderful ride.”

More kind words have trickled in since. I’m especially proud of [Read more…]


The Shame of Aging: The Big Seven-Five Has Finally Arrived

Experiencing the shame of aging, a writer has tossed old filed in a wastebasket. the Big Seven-Five. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The shame of aging: Tossing stuff out as The Big Seven-Five approached. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s here. It arrived this week — my birthday, The Big Seven-Five. I am now officially old. And I look it. There’s no avoiding it any more. Ever since my aging eyeballs got their sparkling new, man-made plastic lenses, I’ve been seeing my true self in the mirror. Every last wrinkle, sun spot and neck wobble.

You might wonder, what kind of mental and spiritual preparation [Read more…]


Wedding Dress Shopping — When Your Daughter Needs Your Help

Barbara Falconer Newhall's daughter wore a black and white plaid dress to go wedding dress shopping. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Christina donned a dress to go wedding dress shopping. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

When I picked out my wedding dress forty years ago, I did it all by myself. It didn’t occur to me to phone my mother and ask her to fly 750 miles from her retirement home in Phoenix to my place in San Francisco so she could help me find a dress. As frugal, sensible, mid-century Midwesterners, we didn’t fly all over the country just to go shopping.

But that was 1977, and this is 2016. Things are different now. Grown-up kids live all over the planet, and keeping up with them means getting on airplanes. Often. My daughter, therefore, didn’t think twice. She needed to pick out a [Read more…]


Airbnb — When a Home Away From Home Gets Way Too Homey

At an Airbnb the only place I could find for my toiletry kits was the floor. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The Airbnb Option: At one Airbnb the floor was only place I could find for my toiletries. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

We’ve done it. We’ve given Airbnb a chance — three chances to be exact. And, maybe I’m ready to go back to staying in a nice, clean, impersonal motel. Maybe we’ll pay a little extra money and cut bait on Airbnb’s “home away from [Read more…]