Ann Patchett — My Brand-New Favorite Author

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I've got a new favorite author. Ann Patchett. Step aside Marilynne Robinson and Annie Dillard, Leo Tolstoy and Richard Ford. … [Read more...]

Gun Safety — I’m Giving Up on the Cause. Here’s Why

  By Barbara Falconer Newhall I give up. I'm not going to get on my soap box and plead for better gun safety laws any more. I've witnessed one … [Read more...]

When Your Sick Kid Is 28 Years Old and 2000 Miles Away 

Mothering That Faraway Grown-Up Kid When He's in the Hospital What do you do when your grown-up kid is in the hospital a half continent away? Jump on a … [Read more...]

I Took His Name. Isn’t It About Time He Took Mine?

Would Jon Newhall Like to Be Jon Falconer Newhall? Jon's a twin. Maybe his parents ran out of names to give their boys when they were born, because Jon … [Read more...]

I Was a Culturally Deprived Kid: My Teachers Never Told Me About the Ojibwe Poet Jane Johnston Schoolcraft

Jane Johnston Schoolcraft -- An Native American Poet, Lost and Found I loved the Michigan woods as a girl growing up in the 1940s and '50s. And so did the … [Read more...]