At the Hallmark Store — Teary-Eyed in the Sympathy Card Section

By Barbara Falconer Newhall. When the kids were still in the house and I still had a newspaper job to report to, I finally got smart: I started buying … [Read more...]

At the Breast Cancer Center — Where Everyone Is Super Nice to You

By Barbara Falconer Newhall A smiling receptionist is there to greet you as you enter the lobby of the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center in San … [Read more...]

Dead Stuff – Which I Will Be Too One of These Days

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The fifth-century Saint Jerome kept a human skull on his desk to remind him of his mortality – memento mori.  But if you’re … [Read more...]

Winter Solstice — My Mother’s Last Words to Me Before She Died

My mother died three years ago this Christmas season. A friend remarked earlier this week that when her mother grew close to death, "There was nothing left … [Read more...]

Found: Big Bucks in My Sock Drawer. Lost: My Mother

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Wow. The other day I found four – count 'em four – brand new hundred-dollar bills in my sock drawer. They were tucked in an … [Read more...]