"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall
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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.

TV Host Phil Cousineau: “‘Wrestling with God’ Is a Riverflow of a Book”

River running through Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, in September. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, in September. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

A riverflow . . . that’s how author Phil Cousineau describes my book  Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith. 

And that’s exactly how it felt to be caught up in the stream of radically diverse [Read more…]

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The Dracena Is Dead. Long Live the Dracena

The slender stalks of a dracena marginata growing too talk for their living room setting. Photo by Barbara Newhall

One of the stalks of our dracena marginata got way too tall and was curling painfully around itself on our living room ceiling. Photos by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I did it. I cut the dracena marginata growing wild in our living room down to size.

One of its stalks was eight feet tall. It had hit the ceiling of our living [Read more…]

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Help! My Dracena Marginata Has Hit the Ceiling — What Can I Do?

A dracena marginat houseplant has grown so tall that it is crushing itself against the homeowner's ceiling. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Our dracena marginata is crushing itself against the living room ceiling. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s true. My graceful dracena marginata is doing itself in. It’s hurling itself mercilessly against our living room ceiling. What’s a plant lover to do? Seriously, green thumbs, I [Read more…]

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A Crazy-Making Crazy Quilt — Finished at Last

A crazy quilt top cut into pieces to make into smaller quilts. Primary colored vintage calico. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The crazy quilt top I’d made of calico as a wedding gift back in 1971 was riddled with ripples. In hopes of making it lie flat I cut away a section. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

There I was, at Sue Mary Fox’s sewing studio in Berkeley. Pinned to her wall was the crazy-making crazy quilt that I had begun–but never finished–back in 1971. It was to be a wedding gift for my brother and his bride.

Forty-some years later, I decided it was time to finish the darned [Read more…]

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The Quilt From Hell — Forty-Two Years Later, It’s Still Not Finished

A portion of a crazy quilt made in 1971 by Barbara Falconer Newhall of calico fabrics in primary colors. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A section of the crazy quilt from hell. The calico I used is now considered vintage. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It had been staring at me from that drawer for decades, guilting me. The quilt from hell. My wedding present to my brother and his wife. Never finished, never presented.

Their marriage had done just fine over the years–all 43 of them. It hadn’t needed [Read more…]

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