"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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A Case of the Human Condition

I’m Barbara Falconer Newhall and I’ve got an incurable Case of the Human Condition. And since you do too, I’m counting on you to laugh and cry along with me as I riff on life as we know it . . . Below you'll read about my creaky, old fifties house, my forays into home gardening, my shopping stories, my spectacularly low-fashion wardrobe -- and more.

Cheap Thrills at the Glasmuseum Passau — Outrageous, Over-the-Top Decorative Glass.

Rich, meticulous design from Josephine Glassworks, Silesia, circa 1898-1905. Photo by Barbara Newhal

Rich, meticulous design from Josephine Glassworks, Silesia, circa 1898-1905. Jugendstil-Art Nouveau. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Spotted at the labyrinthine Glasmuseum Passau — wonderfully outrageous, phantasmagoric decorative glass. Gotta share it with you. Take a look. Cheap thrills.

Yeah. Yeah. I’m definitely indulging in a bit of smug irony here. The folks [Read more…]

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Retired Is a State of Mind — Six Ways to Know If You’re There Yet

How to know when you're retired. You're on a  trail alongside Bon Tempe Lake in Marin county, California. Photo by Barbara Newhall

On the trail around Bon Tempe Lake: That barely visible orange speck at the upper right is my hiking buddy. No doubt  I wasted some time taking photos, and she got way ahead of me. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Retired is a state of mind. Not a state of paycheck, or work schedule, or commute, or how much time you spend at the office.

I work full time. Forty hours a week, these days. Sixty maybe. But some time ago, I realized [Read more…]

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Pink, Pink, Pink. I’m Taking a Stand — I Like It

Detail of "Pretty in Pink" by Valerie Lee and Robin Lee,  J. Miller Flowers, Oakland. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Detail of “Pretty in Pink” by Valerie Lee and Robin Lee, J. Miller Flowers, Oakland. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Valerie Lee and Robin Lee let themselves go soft on pink this spring. The occasion was the annual Tulip Exhibition at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, and their design, “Pretty in Pink,” was just that — an unabashedly sweet concoction that stood in contrast to [Read more…]

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What If You Threw a Book Launch — And Everybody Came?

A room full of empty chairs at Book Passage bookstore, California, awaits Barbara Falconer Newhall's book launch for "Wrestling with God." Photo by Jon Newhall

A room full of empty chairs greeted me at Book Passage. Cerridwen Fallingstar, who would be reading from “Wrestling with God,” was there with her mother. But would anyone else come? Photo by Jon Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Was anyone going to show up? My book launch at Book Passage in Marin county would be starting in a few minutes, and there were rows and rows of empty chairs, waiting to be filled. [Read more…]

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Another Bunch of Bouquets to Art 2015

Floral design by Members of the Hillsborough, California,  Garden Club to complement  Elmer Bischoff's "Yellow Lampshade"

Members of the Hillsborough, California, Garden Club created this insouciant design in response to Elmer Bischoff’s “Yellow Lampshade.” Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Can’t help myself. I found a few more photos taken at last week’s Bouquets to Art show at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. Gotta share this bunch [Read more…]

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