"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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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.

A (Lengthy) Case of the Human Condition: Married 35 Years

Jon and Barbara Newhall at Getty Museum tram, 2012. Photo by Christina Newhall

Jon and I in LA in February getting warmed up for the big three-five. We're waiting for the Getty Museum tram. Photo by Christina Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Hey, Everybody!

Jon Newhall and I have been married for 35 years now. Two kids, one house and lots of rewarding jobs later, we seem to be in it for the long haul. [Read more…]


A Case of the Human Condition: When a Six-Year-Old Flies Solo

Peter, age 6, dressed as cowboy for Halloween. Photo by BF Newhall

Peter, Halloween, 1987. Photos by BF Newhall.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, July 26, 1987, The Oakland Tribune

It was my mother-in-law on the phone.”When can Peter fly down for a visit?” she wanted to know. “How does a week in July sound?”
A week? A whole week? I tried to sound grown up. [Read more…]

Scrubbing the Floor With My Daughter Cinderella

cover of the vhs version of the disney movie, cinderella

We still treasure our copy of Disney’s VHS release of its “Cinderella” animated feature.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, February 26, 1989

“I want to scrub the floor,” said Christina.


“I want to scrub the floor.”

There was no getting around it. Christina, who is 51/2, intended to wash our kitchen floor. [Read more…]


Why Can’t a Dad Be More Like a Mom? . . . Do We Really Want Them To Be?

Baby-boy-Peter-Newhall-with-dads-hands-holding-him. Photo by BF Newhall

My husband -- and our son. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, July 12, 1987

Carol calls them “the little inequities.” She is talking about the small, countless ways that men fail to notice what needs to be done for their children.

At breakfast, 2-year-old Max drops a spoon [Read more…]


Shepherd Bliss and Men’s Secrets — No Women Allowed

Shepherd Bliss of the men's movement. photo by shepherd bliss

Shepherd Bliss

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, November 1, 1987

One hundred twenty men gathered at tiny St. John-in-Montclair Church in Oakland early yesterday morning – to discuss men’s secrets.

It was a men’s conference. No women allowed. [Read more…]