"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

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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.

Is an Istanbul Trip Too Risky for You? Here’s What You’re Missing

Two older, German-speaking Turkish women wearing colorful headscarves in Istanbul. Photo by Barbara Newhall

These two Turkish women spoke fluent German; they told me they had spent many years as household workers in Germany. Most of the women we saw in Istanbul in 2009 did not wear hijab. These two had just come from prayers in the mosque and were dressed in their finest. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Jon and I took the kids to Istanbul back in pre-ISIS, pre-Arab Spring 2009. What we experienced was a energetic culture with a complicated past, great food and beautiful people. Not to mention gorgeous architecture: the Blue Mosque,  [Read more…]

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The Oakland Tribune Tower — A 1923 Structure With a Twenty-First Century View

the view from the Oakland Tribune Tower. In the foreground, the Bank of America Building. In the background, the 1111 Broadway and the Clorox Building. In the distance, the Bay Bridge. Photos by Barbara Newhall

The view from the Oakland Tribune Tower. In the foreground, the Bank of America Building. In the background, 1111 Broadway and the Clorox Building. In the distance, the Bay Bridge and San Francisco. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I worked at the Oakland Tribune for years, but, working stiff that I was, I was never invited to the lofty heights of the Oakland Tribune Tower. I finally got my chance on April 4, the last day of my paper’s publication, to take the elevator all the way to the top and take in the view — the bay, the East Bay hills, the sometimes sleek, sometimes fanciful architecture produced in Oakland over the past 100 years. Young, [Read more…]

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Scaling the Mighty Willis Tower — With My Acrophilic Husband

View of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago from the Willis Tower, Chicago. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Looking east over Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago from Willis Tower. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The Willis Tower — aka the Sears Tower — is Jon’s kind of place. High up, with a view that goes on forever.

I’ve known about Jon’s acrophilia for a very long time — ever since we made a trip to Europe together, early in our romance. I’d been to Europe before, so [Read more…]

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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…]

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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…]

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