Superbowl: My Guys Are Talking Sports — And All Is Right With the World

nfl 2015 superbowl playoffs, seattle-greenbay, TV screen shot of game. Photo by Barbara Newhall

On our TV: Last Sunday’s Superbowl play-off, Seattle and Greenbay. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s January, 2015, and another Superbowl is coming up. Son Peter is 34 now and  he lives in the faraway Midwest. But as always, whenever he and Jon get together, father and son, in person, on the phone or on Skype, sure enough, the subject turns to sports — football, baseball, basketball.

I like listening to the two of them talk. I can’t keep up with the intricacies of a [Read more…]


“Wrestling with God” Got a Starred Review From Publishers Weekly — And I’m Doing the Happy Dance

Author Barbara Falconer Newhall opens her copy of Publishers Weekly magazine, which had  just arrived in the mail, to find that her book, Wrestling with God, got a starred review in the January 21, 2015, issue. PHoto by Jon Newhall

The January 19, 2015, issue of Publishers Weekly magazine. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I’d planned to give my readers a little break from chatter about my book this week. I had intended to talk about something else for a change — the Super Bowl, or quilting, or atheists, or green tea, something totally not “Wrestling with God.”

But then I got some news. Huge news. “Wrestling with God got a starred review [Read more…]


They’re Saying Nice Things About “Wrestling with God”

Author phil cousineau at the podium speaking to a 1-6-2014 Left Coast Writers meeting at Book Passage, Corte Madera, about his new book, "Burning the Midnight Oil" Photo by Barbara Newhall

Last year at this time Phil Cousineau was talking about his newest book, Burning the Midnight Oil, to a meeting of the Left Coast Writers at Book Passage in Corte Madera, Calif. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Some really nice people are saying some really nice things about Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith.

That’s because I asked them to. [Read more…]


It’s Here! A Copy of “Wrestling with God” Has Arrived

Author Barbara Falconer Newhall joyfully shows off her copy of Wrestling with God with cover design by Michelle Lenger. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The very cool Wrestling with God cover design is by graphic artist Michelle Lenger of Michigan. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It arrived on Monday. There it was right outside the front door. A small brown package from my publisher. And inside — a copy of my book, Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith. [Read more…]


Riffs on Life: Your Top Ten Favorites of 2014 — Sort Of

Two deep pink tulips bloom at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA. Photo by BF Newhall

“Tulips and Sex — Writing As If Everyone I Know Were Dead” was inspired by the tulips in bloom last spring at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Here they are, your favorite Riffs on Life, 2014.

Actually, these might not be your favorites at all. That’s because they are the 2014 posts that got the most page reads this year, which means that they are the favorites of Internet search [Read more…]