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

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My Mother’s Last Words to Me Before She Died

Barbara Falconer Newhall and Tinka Falconer at Nordstrom Cafe, Stanford, for lunch. Photo by BF Newhall.

My mother’s last words to me were nothing much. No parting words of love. No heartfelt messages to the grandchildren. Read more.


My Mother’s Goneness

My mother is gone, but when she died, she left a few things behind — a battered old purse, a small sofa she liked to call the loveseat.


The Writing Room: Write About My Aging Mother? I Don’t Think So . . .

Ten reasons why I’m finding it impossible to write about my 92-year-old mother, even though she’s all I can think about right now . . . .


What to Do With Those Ugly Snapdragons Now That They’re (Almost) Dead?

Those ugly blood-red snapdragons are gone from our front yard. I pulled them out, and my rock garden is the better for it.


A Case of the Human Condition: I Want to Kill My Snapdragons

I don’t like the snapdragons growing in my front yard. Their color, somewhere between scarlet and maroon, gets on my nerves. If I rip them in full bloom out of the ground am I an assassin? They may be ugly, but they are alive.