We’re Having a — Merry — Christmas Without the Kids This Year

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Note: I'm taking Christmas week off, so I'm offering a post that faithful readers saw back in August when holiday plans were … [Read more...]

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

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Christmas has gotten to be a scheduling nightmare. Peter lives in Minnesota. Christina lives in Southern California. Jon and … [Read more...]

My Killer Shoes — Brought Down to Size by Those Four-and-a-Half-Inch Heels

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Jon picked out his wedding attire in a half hour. I’ve devoted several all-day shopping trips to my wedding outfit and I’m … [Read more...]

When a Grown Daughter Doesn’t Call — Or, How to Overmother a Twenty-Something

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Christina hadn't called. We had dropped her at the airport hours ago. The flight to Burbank takes only seventy minutes. She … [Read more...]

A Case of the Human Condition: A Child Is Born — And So Is a Grandpa

By Barbara Falconer Newhall My friend Jake is a man in his prime. He does triathlons, reads good books, knows all the best hiking trails, drinks nice … [Read more...]