The Writing Room: My Flesh Is Weary — Too Much Book-Writing, Not Enough Yoga

  By Barbara Falconer Newhall Can you guess who wrote these lines?  "Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of … [Read more...]

I’m a Meat-Eating Loser – I Didn’t Win the New York Times Ethicist Contest

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I’m not bitter. I didn’t win the “Why It’s OK to Eat Meat”essay contest the New York Times put on a few weeks ago. I didn’t … [Read more...]

To Finish My Book I Need a Muslim Woman With a Story to Tell

By Barbara Falconer Newhall My book is pretty much done. But I still need to find myself a few more people to interview. A nice, talkative Muslim woman … [Read more...]

In My Rain-Battered Garden — Nothing Is Forever, Not Even Those Poppies

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Jerome, that famously abstemious fourth- and fifth-century scholar and saint, is said to have kept a human skull on his desk … [Read more...]

It’s Spring in Our Brilliant, Bursting, Buzzing Front Yard

 By Barbara Falconer Newhall When I think of March, I think of mud. Half frozen, slurpy, messy, car-stuck-in-the-road mud. That's because I grew up … [Read more...]