My Rocky Spiritual Journey

You don't have to be a big believer to find something interesting to read here . . . You'll find excerpts from the spiritual journeys of people I've met on the religion beat as well as reports of my own fraught encounters with religion and spirituality . . . as well as updates on my book, "Wrestling with God," to be published early 2015 by Patheos Press.

Point-and-Shoot Heaven: Photographing a Flower Garden Just Before Dusk

rudbeckia, echinacea and liatris grow along  garden walk between a shingled house and a woods near minneapolis. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Yellow rudbeckia, pink echinacea and spiked liatris grow along a garden walk. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

A little rain, a little dirt, a little sun, some red wiggler worms, and a few kitchen scraps and you’ve got yourself a flower garden. My Minnesota gardener friend makes it look [Read more...]

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Sculptor Patricia Bengtson-Jones — Connecting with the Cosmos

Patricia-Bengston-Jones with detail of her "Kento Warrior" sculpture of a human figure.  2000.  60"x16"x17,"  bamboo, alabaster, bardiglio marble, ordinao marble, $2,000. Photo by BF Newhall

Patricia-Bengtson-Jones with her “Kento Warrior” sculpture, 2000, bamboo, alabaster, bardiglio marble and ordinao marble. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The mythology of prehistory continues to beckon to sculptor Patricia Bengtson-Jones. For decades, the Berkeley, California, artist has been exploring stone, bronze, steel and glass as a way to deepen her connection with the “world/universe/cosmos.” [Read more...]

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Judy Seidel: Click Here for an Eyeful of Her Life-Affirming Paintings

"Diptych," by Berkeley, CA, Painter, Judy Seidel is two jig-sawed pieces of wook painted abstractly with red, green and yellow shapes. Photo by BF Newhall

“Reconfigurations #4,” by Judy Seidel. Diptych, 27″ x 21,” each side. Mixed media on joined canvasses. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Some artists seem to be able transfer the way their minds — souls? — work onto paper or canvas. And of those artists, every once in a while, it’s a mind that you’d like to spend more time with. [Read more...]

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In Judge Harbin-Forte’s Courtroom — Where Jury Duty Is an Exercise in Mindfulness

A long line of people waiting to enter the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Hayward Hall of Justice, 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA. Photo by BF Newhall

A long line of people, many of them prospective jurors, waited to enter the Superior Court of California building in Hayward at 9 a.m. on a Monday morning. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Tired of multitasking? Want to get away from Facebook, your cell phone, your boss, and that squeaky faucet that needs fixing? Get yourself called up for jury duty. [Read more...]

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At the Breast Cancer Center — Where Everyone Is Super Nice to You

Two pear-shaped floral skin markers with metal beads for marking nipples during mammogram. Photo by BF Newhall

Even the dime-sized stickers with metal beads used to mark the location of your nipples during a mammogram are upbeat at the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

A smiling receptionist is there to greet you as you enter the lobby of the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center in San Francisco’s East Bay. She directs you to the registration desk, where there’s no wait. A nice woman politely finishes up a conversation and is ready to help. [Read more...]

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