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.

Olympic Sculpture Park Photos — Cool Art, Really Cool Park

"Seattle Cloud Cover," by Teresita Fernandez, 2006, a pedestrian bridge with photographic material between layers of glass. To the left "Echo" "Echo" by James Plensa. 46 feet tall. Resin, steel, marble dust. 13,118 pounds. May, .Photo by Barbara Newhall

Jon and I started our stroll with this glimpse of the homely 2014 sculpture, “Echo,” made of resin, steel and marble dust by James Plensa. Up the stairs we were in for a treat — a pedestrian bridge with “Seattle Cloud Cover,” by Teresita Fernandez. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Can’t decide whether to take in a modern art museum or go for a walk in the city? In Seattle, you can have it both ways — at a seven-year-old sculpture park along the city’s waterfront. For those who can’t get to Seattle, maybe these Olympic Sculpture Park photos will suffice.

When the park was completed in 2007, some locals protested that [Read more...]


The Olympic Sculpture Park — An Artful Stroll on Seattle’s Waterfront

Sculpture "Seattle Cloud Cover," by Teresita Fernandez, 2006, a pedestrian bridge with photographic material between layers of glass. Photo by Barbara Newhall

“Seattle Cloud Cover,” by Teresita Fernandez, 2006, lines a pedestrian bridge. The artist used photographic material layered between glass. Big disappointment — she photographed the clouds over Miami for this art work, not Seattle’s famous rainmakers. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Photographing Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park was fun. Even more fun was downloading all my wannabe works of photo art and poring over over them for hours on end.  Especially the photos I took of Teresita Fernandez’s magical, elusive glass wall, “Seattle Cloud Cover.” And Mark di Suvero’s steely “Schubert Sonata.”

Which shot of the di Suvero steel sculpture hovering over the park path was better? The [Read more...]


Tudor Bungalows in the Twin Cities—Little Houses With a Big Sense of Humor

A grey-green Tudor bungalow in Minneapolis. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Tudor bungalow with curved half timbering. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Can a house have a sense of humor? Charm, yes, of course. But a sense of humor? Houses are houses. They’re serviceable. They’re meant to be lived in. Some are works of art even. But can a house make you smile? [Read more...]


At the Hallmark Store — Teary-Eyed in the Sympathy Card Section

An array of commercial birthday cards for mailing. Photo by BarbaraNewhall

My stash of birthday cards. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall.

When the kids were still in the house and I still had a newspaper job to report to, I finally got smart: I started buying birthday and anniversary cards in bunches whenever I spotted some good ones. [Read more...]


Shopping at the Berkeley Potters Guild — Three Artists, Three Visions

By Itsuko Zenitani, two round, fine porcelain ceramic bowls with ceramic lids-\that appear to be straw. At the Berkeley Potters Guild. Photo by BF Newhall

Appearances notwithstanding, the lids on these two fine porcelain bowls by Itsuko Zenitani are ceramic — not wood. $30 and $28. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Lots of wonderful stuff to see at the Berkeley Potters Guild the other day. The work of three potters in particular, each with a distinctive vision, caused me to pull out my trusty point-and-shoot and click away. [Read more...]