A Chance to Get Acquainted With That Muslim Next Door

It's been eight years since my writer colleague and Islamic law expert Sumbul Ali-Karamali first published her informative -- and charming -- book about … [Read more...]

Mother-of-the-Bride Dress: What, Oh, What Do I Wear to My Daughter’s Wedding?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Here they are, the final four candidates for my mother-of-the-bride dress. None of the four fully obscures the … [Read more...]

Six Ways to Look Dreadful at Your Daughter’s Wedding — A Mother-of-the-Bride Moment

By Barbara Falconer Newhall They used to be known as figure flaws. I'm sure there's a brand-new, trendy euphemism for them -- "body features" maybe. I'm … [Read more...]

Gray Hairs. Wrinkles. And Kids Who Won’t Stop Growing Up

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, Dec. 23, 1990 When I look in the mirror, I see wrinkles. I see gray hairs. This is good. This very … [Read more...]

At the Feet of Annie Dillard, Memoirist, Essayist, Observer of the Real

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Ask me to name the writers I'd most like to sit down to dinner with and I'd say Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Marilynne Robinson … [Read more...]