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Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

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The Home Office Blues

A 1986 home office with computer, crib, toddler and cat. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Our 1986 home office complete with kids, crib, rocking chair, changing table, cat — and computers. Photo by Barbara Newhall

This old Oakland Tribune column is riddled with late-20th-century artifacts: videocassettes, an Apple desktop, an 8086 microprocessor, He-Man toys, a long-forgotten computer game called Choplifter, and a lone 60-watt light bulb.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, June 8, 1987

Christina, 3, has the best room in the house, the one with the view of Mount Tamalpais.

At least, it used to be Christina’s room. Now, she has just the dim, windowless half of it. The part with the view belongs to our home office. [Read more…]


The Center of the Universe Lives at Our House

A newborn baby, a few weeks old, is held by his adoring parents. Barbara Newhall Photo

He’s only a few weeks old, but he has two full-grown adults wrapped around his little finger. Barbara Newhall Photo

Note: Our oldest kid is about to have a kid of his own. This heads-up is for him.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, June 28, 1987  

Jon and I have not made eye contact since we went out for dinner the other night. We have not exchanged more than three complete sentences in as many days. There just isn’t time.

Does this mean we are headed for the divorce courts? [Read more…]


Our No TV Week — The Kids Survived, but Did I?

A lively 7-year-old boy who has climbed up in an oak tree. He needs no TV to have fun. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Playing. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, Nov. 8, 1987

“I don’t have time to play,” Peter howled. Peter had put in a long, hard day at day camp. He wanted his toys.

“I want to play. I need to play,” he complained. “But I know that the TV will go on at 4:30 and it will distract me from my playing.” [Read more…]


The Day Our Son Didn’t Drown — Family Stories

Two children play on the steps of a condominium pool in Miami Beach in 1985 with Atlantic in the background. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Peter and Christina at play on the steps of the condominium pool in Miami Beach. Photo by Jon and Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, August 30, 1987

Peter’s body was limp. His eyes were open — wide, dark and blank. They stared, pupils dilated, into a brilliant, cloudless Florida sky.

My husband lay our little son on his back and breathed into his mouth. I pinched his nose closed. [Read more…]


The First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Michigan — Last Stop on My One-Woman Road Trip

Facade of the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Michigan. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It had been a wonderful tour around Michigan’s lower peninsula. Just me, a full tank of gas, and my trusty point-and-shoot. And now it was over.

Grosse Pointe. Pentwater. Ludington. Traverse City. Howell. And finally, [Read more…]