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.

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

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 … [Read more...]

Scrubbing the Floor With My Daughter Cinderella

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, February 26, 1989 "I want to scrub the floor," said Christina. "What?" "I want to scrub the … [Read more...]

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

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, July 12, 1987 Carol calls them "the little inequities." She is talking about the small, countless ways … [Read more...]

Shepherd Bliss and Men’s Secrets — No Women Allowed

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 … [Read more...]