"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.

Nancy Selvin Goes Big — My Favorite Potter’s New Show

mug shot of Berkeley, CA, ceramist Nancy Selvin. Photo by BF Newhall

Ceramic artist Nancy Selvin. Photo by Barbara Newhall

My favorite potter keeps potting away. Look what San Francisco Bay Area artist Nancy Selvin is up to now. I love it! Hmm. I wonder what else she will be showing at the Spun Smoke gallery in Berkeley, California, May 5 through June 26.

The pot in the announcement below [Read more…]


East Bay Heritage Quilters — Quilts, Dazzling Quilts

Quilts and sewing supplies on display at the East Bay Heritgage Quilters show "Voices in Cloth 2016" in richmond, CA Photo by Barbara Newhall

Quilts and sewing supplies were on display at the East Bay Heritgage Quilters show “Voices in Cloth 2016” in Richmond, Calif. Photo by Barbara Newhall

East Bay Heritage Quilters show "Voices in Cloth 2016" richmond, CA, inclluded a red and white quilt entited "Hopscotch," by Susan Fuller. Photo by Barbara Newhall.

“Hopscotch,” by art quilter Susan Fuller, features squares within squares. Photo by Barbara Newhall.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Lucky me. I got to treat my eyes to hundreds of quilts last month. The occasion was the Voices in Cloth 2016 quilt show put on by East Bay Heritage Quilters at the the Craneway Pavilion on the Richmond, California, waterfront.

I took tons of photos. Here are just a few.

Lots of quilts. Lots of quilters. Lots of vendors selling quilt supplies. And [Read more…]


Donald Trump Outs the Elephant in the Pro-Life Room

Clip from video of NBC News report on Donald Trump's statement to Chris Matthews that if abortion is made illegal a woman should be punished for having one. NBC News Video

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated that a woman who has an illegal abortion should be punished. NBC News photo

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Donald Trump has stepped in it again. And this time the manure comes from the elephant in the room — the pro-life room.

I’m hoping against hope that Donald Trump — pro-life, pro-choice or whatever he turns out to be — never [Read more…]


What a Tulip Can Do — If You Ask It

11th Annual Tower Chapel Tulip Exhibition, Mouintain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA PIEDMONT GARDEN CLUB, AGNES KANG's design, "TULIPS GALORE" photo by barbara newhall

The Tower Chapel was crowded with tulip aficionados for the 11th Annual Tulip Exhibition at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California. Agnes Kang’s “Tulips Galore” with its sprawling, acid green horizontal branch was a popular favorite. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It was chill winter in the Midwest, but thoroughly spring in the San Francisco Bay Area earlier this month when local floral designers, professional and amateur, demonstrated what a tulip can do — if you [Read more…]


A Midwestern Flower Garden — Beautifully Dead In the Dead of Winter

rudbeckia, echinacea and liatris grow along garden walk between a shingled house and a woods near minneapolis. Photo by Barbara Newhall

In summer: Yellow and pink rudbeckia, purple spiked liatris, echinacea.

A Midwestern flower garden under six inches of snow in February with dead flower stalks and leaves. Photo by Barbara Newhall

In winter: Faded remnants of last summer’s glory. Photos by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

We were invited for lunch, and yes the lunch was lovely, and so was the company. But I couldn’t wait to grab my trusty point-and-shoot and head outdoors to see how my favorite flower garden was faring under a half foot of snow and temperatures below [Read more…]