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 my thoughts on the Big Questions -- and updates on my prize-winning book, "Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith."

Autumn in the Garden, When Sensible Plants Pack It In for the Winter . . . And a Healing Ankle

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I took these photos of my favorite up-north garden last October. It's a genuine four-season garden in the upper Midwest, … [Read more...]

Huston Smith Dies at 97: A Mentor to Me . . . and Millions

Sad but inevitable news: religion scholar Huston Smith died at the age of 97 on December 30. I'm just one of the millions of fans, friends, seekers and … [Read more...]

Christmas Is Big. Bigger Than Christianity — And Donald Trump

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Christmas is big -- bigger than Christianity. And it's getting bigger. Our decades-old World Book Encyclopedia devotes … [Read more...]

Oakland’s Ghost Ship — A Vigil

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I keep thinking, if only. If only those young people hadn't decided to party. If only the makeshift stairways of the Ghost … [Read more...]

I Decided to Stop Bad-Mouthing Donald Trump. But Will I?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Last Tuesday night, as poll results poured in and it became clearer and clearer who was going to be the next president of … [Read more...]