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.

My Ancestral Ghosts — Are They Haunting This Halloween House in Minnesota?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The maple, ash and elm trees were turning gloriously gold and carnelian in Red Wing, Minnesota, earlier this month. Front … [Read more...]

The Bride Said Yes to the Dress . . . The Mother-of-the-Bride Diaries Begin

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The woman said yes to The Dress. To the dress she'll be wearing on her wedding day. And with that, her mother -- that … [Read more...]

Wedding Dress Shopping — When Your Daughter Lets You Tag Along

By Barbara Falconer Newhall When I picked out my wedding dress forty years ago, I did it all by myself. It didn't occur to me to phone my mother and ask … [Read more...]

Airbnb — When a Home Away From Home Gets Way Too Homey

By Barbara Falconer Newhall We've done it. We've given Airbnb a chance -- three chances to be exact. And, maybe I'm ready to go back to staying in a … [Read more...]

My Long-Lost Dead Ancestors — I Found Them in a Parking Lot

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Yes, you can locate your long-gone ancestors. You can pin them down to an exact place. Locating ancestors is not quite as … [Read more...]