"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall
Book Launch Party! Come Help Me Celebrate!
May 13th 7pm: A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland/Montclair

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.

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…]


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…]


Bouquets to You . . . At the DeYoung Museum Through Sunday

Floral design at the FAMSA Bouquets to Art exhibition 2015 by Andrea Frenkel of Ukiah, CA. Lily and Mint.  the design complements George DF Brush's 1890 painting "A Celtic Huntress."

Floral design by Andrea Frenkel of Lily and Mint, Ukiah, California, complements George DeForest Brush’s 1890 painting “A Celtic Huntress.” Photo by Barbara Newhall

Round floral arrangement of white carnations by Ricardo Aguilar of VelaFlor,  San Francisco. ceramic sculpture by  Viola Frey, "Man Ob

White — and deep red — carnations capture the texture of a ceramic sculpture by Viola Frey, “Man Observing Series II,” 1984. Floral design by Ricardo Aguilar of VelaFlor, San Francisco. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Just for fun, I’m tossing a few bouquets to you from among the many I spotted at the Bouquets to Art exhibition on Thursday at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Lots of anthuriums and proteas this year. And a gorgeous mystery blossom that I’m hoping you can help identify.

For me, the most enchanting designs are the ones that rely almost entirely on flowers and other vegetation — seed pods, tulip bulbs, cabbages. Andrea Frenkel’s bouquet to the 19th century painting, “A Celtic Huntress,” does this beautifully. The huntress’s hair, [Read more…]


Book Passage Celebration Tonight — See You There!

barbara falconer newhall book on displayMy first bookstore event is tonight at Book Passage Corte Madera in Marin county, SF Bay Area. It’s at 7 p.m.  See you there. Here’s the info: http://www.bookpassage.com/event/left-coast-writers%C2%AE-barbara-falconer-newhall-wrestling-god




A Cemetery Comes to LIfe — With Tulips

White tulips suspended upside down with blue ribboms part of a design for Mountain View Cemetery Exhibition by Merritt College Floral Design Department. Titled "Puddle Jumping." Photo by Barbara Newhall

Tulips as raindrops were part of the Merritt College Floral Design Department’s “Puddle Jumping” design. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Every year at Easter time an Oakland, California, cemetery comes to life — with tulips. [Read more…]