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"Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" book cover with photo of author Barbara Falconer Newhall

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

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Los Angeles — The Good, the Bad and the Truly Ugly

ten lanes of bumper to bumper freeway traffic in los angeles. photo by bf newhall

Los Angeles is an awful place. It is 469 square miles of bumper to bumper traffic, sinus clogging air pollution, starless nights and unrelenting summer sun . . . Read more.


It’s August, But It’s Not Too Soon to Wonder — Can Christmas Be Christmas Without the Kids?

a happy woman finds a gift for herself in the christmas tree. photo by jon newhall

Christmas has gotten to be a scheduling nightmare. Peter lives in Minnesota. Christina lives in Southern California. Jon and I live in Northern California. That puts 400 miles between us and our daughter and 2,000 miles between us and our son. Not exactly over the river and through the woods. Read more.


A Forgotten Gift From My Long-Ago Teenaged Daughter — No Good After December 31

A three-by-five card on which a 12-year-old promises to yard work as a gift to her mother. Photo by BF Newhall

Look what reorganizing my stationery drawers turned up: Coupons from my then 13-year-old daughter Christina promising to do chores around the house — including yard work, for heaven’s sake. Read more.


The Mother-of-the-Groom Diaries: The Day Before the Big Day

Bearded groom wearing purple necktie and vest with tux at Mens Wearhouse. Photo by BF Newhall

In a little more than twenty-four hours our son Peter would be a married man. But first, he and Jon had to pick up their wedding duds. My outfit was already hanging in the closet. Read more.


A Cry in the Night — ‘Mommy, I’m Scared’

Three-year-old girl in a red dress looking forlorn. Photo by BF Newhall


The baby books assert that American babies and children are ready to sleep through till morning and grant their parents an undisturbed night’s sleep by the time they are a year or so old. Not so in our household. A story from the Mommy Years.


A (Lengthy) Case of the Human Condition: Married 35 Years

Our 35th wedding anniversary. We got married late. We skipped our first marriages and went straight for the second.