I’m Going to Be a Grandmother — Or Will I Be a Grannie? A Grandma? A Nana?

  By Barbara Falconer Newhall Help! My son Peter and his wife are about to transform Jon and me into grandparents. What shall I call myself? … [Read more...]

Mason County, Michigan — My One-Woman Road Trip Takes Me to Falconer Country

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The Poet of Mason County My father was a bit of a poet during his college years. The flyleaves of his undergraduate textbooks … [Read more...]

The Quilt From Hell — Forty-Two Years Later, It’s Still Not Finished

By Barbara Falconer Newhall It had been staring at me from that drawer for decades, guilting me. The quilt from hell. My wedding present to my brother … [Read more...]

The Perfect Christmas Tree — I Finally Found It

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, Dec. 24, 1989 Christmas trees. Some of my most intense childhood memories have to do with Christmas … [Read more...]

In Judge Harbin-Forte’s Courtroom — Where Jury Duty Is an Exercise in Mindfulness

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Tired of multitasking? Want to get away from Facebook, your cell phone, your boss, and that squeaky faucet that needs … [Read more...]