My Ever-Changing Family

Our family shrinks and grows. People die. People get born. People get mad and won't talk to you for a while. Kids grow up and find partners of their own, and pretty soon there are brand-new in-laws. And maybe a grandchild or two.

How to Be a Glamorous Gal at Age 98

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The last of my aunts and uncles died two weeks ago at the age of 98, but not before passing on some last minute womanly … [Read more...]

No Words

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I've got no words today. I'm out of town visiting a sick -- very sick -- aunt. And I'm pretty sad. The hospice nurse is not … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Nintendo Mom: The Day I Unplugged My Eight-Year-Old

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, April 30, 1989 At 7:20 a.m. last Sunday, I was making plans to leave home. Like any normal person … [Read more...]

A Cry in the Night — ‘Mommy, I’m Scared’

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, 1986 It was the smallest of sounds. So small that even Jon, a light sleeper, didn’t hear it. First a whimper, then, … [Read more...]

I’m the Mother of the Groom – Now What Do I Do?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall My son Peter proposed. His girlfriend said yes. They set a date. Her mom and dad are delighted. Jon and I are … [Read more...]