"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.

The Cataract Chronicles: Letting the Light Into That Other Eye

Barbara Falconer Newhall's left eye prior to cataract surgery. Here eyes are brown. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Once the eye has healed, I’m off to my favorite aesthetician for a make-up re-do. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Today’s the day! My left eye is getting its brand new bespoke lens, and it won’t be long before I’m seeing the world out of two eyes again.

My right eye is doing just fine, thank you, despite my earlier moaning and groaning over discomfort and general fuzziness. Once that eye is corrected for astigmatism, it will see [Read more…]


The Cataract Chronicles — I’m Not Lovin’ My New IOL

Author Barbara Falconer Newhall after cataract surgery and IOL in right eye. Photo by Barbara Newhall

After cataract surgery — a brand-new IOL in the right eye . . . Photo by Barbara Newhall

Note: Husband Jon thinks I get a little cranky and whiny in this post. If so, my apologies. My experience with writing personal essays has taught me that it’s wise to wait until a life challenge gets resolved before writing about it. That way you stand a better chance of avoiding bathos and self-pity. But these are The Cataract Chronicles, after all. My first surgery was three months ago. It’s time for an update, and today’s news is — I’m feeling cranky and whiny.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“You’re going to love it,” everybody was telling me as my first cataract surgery approached.

They were wrong. I don’t love it.

Friend after friend told me how, wow, when the doctor took the bandage [Read more…]


Holiday Gifts: Fun, Funky Fiber Art — Woolly Scarves, and Down and Dirty Angels

"South Beach Gizzy," $300, by Cordelia De Vere, who worked in glass until cancer struck in 2009. Photo by Barbara Newhall

“South Beach Gizzy,” $300, by Cordelia De Vere, a glass artist who took up fiber art after cancer struck in 2009. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

More funky gifts from the artists and craftspeople of Berkeley, California. This time we celebrate fiber art in the form of in-your-face dolls and woolly felt scarves. [Read more…]


Funny, Funky Gift Ideas — Bernie Sanders Earrings and Clocks Made of Vintage Books

Earrings with photos of Edward Snowden by Fuff. $20 Fuff@fuff.net. Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios Dec. 5, 2015. Artists show and sell their wares.

Edward Snowden earrings by Fuff of Berkeley, $20.

Earrings with photo of Bernie Sanders. $20 by Fuff. At the Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios 2015.

Or maybe you’d rather give Bernie Sanders earrings. Photos by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Yes, thanks to the ever-creative minds and nimble fingers of Berkeley, California, a funny, funky gift can be yours to give for somewhere between twenty bucks and, oh, maybe, three hundred.

I took these photos at the annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios last weekend. The [Read more…]


The Cataract Chronicles: I’ll Be Seeing Me

Author Barbara Falconer Newhall takes a photo of herself without glasses before cataract surgery to see what she'll look like. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The no-glasses me. I’ll need a make-over. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

One of the perks of having lots of years under your belt is that one fine day you get to have your cataracts done. Which means, if you’re seriously nearsighted like me, you get treated to a pair of brand new, precision-made, bespoke, intraocular lenses — and then you [Read more…]