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.

Religion in Public Affairs — Pew Poll Finds Religious Influence Waning

Staffers at Pew Research Center presented finding of ther9-22-2014 poll on religion and politics at the annual Religion Newswriters Association conference.

Staffers at Pew Research Center presented findings of a poll on religion and politics at the Religion Newswriters Association conference in Decatur, Ala. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

A report  on religion in public affairs from the Pew Research Center  reveals that religion is losing influence in American life.

According to a Pew poll released today, 72 percent of [Read more...]

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A Footwear Meditation–Chic Feet and Stylish Legs on the Go at SFO

We see the feet of passengers rush to and from Delta Air flights at SFO.

Flip flops and flats heading for baggage claim. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Fashion week is winding down in New York City today.  I’m not in New York to report on that high-profile scene. But I’ve got some footwear photos I took–discreetly–of the stylish parade of legs, ankles and shoes rushing past me as I waited a very long 90 minutes [Read more...]

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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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