"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

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A Midwestern Flower Garden — Beautifully Dead In the Dead of Winter

rudbeckia, echinacea and liatris grow along garden walk between a shingled house and a woods near minneapolis. Photo by Barbara Newhall

In summer: Yellow and pink rudbeckia, purple spiked liatris, echinacea.

A Midwestern flower garden under six inches of snow in February with dead flower stalks and leaves. Photo by Barbara Newhall

In winter: Faded remnants of last summer’s glory. Photos by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

We were invited for lunch, and yes the lunch was lovely, and so was the company. But I couldn’t wait to grab my trusty point-and-shoot and head outdoors to see how my favorite flower garden was faring under a half foot of snow and temperatures below [Read more…]


‘Dog Medicine’ — A Dog-Lover’s Journey From Depression to Health

Cover of "Dog Medicine," a memoir by Julie Barton, Think Piece Press, 2015.

Cover photo by Bev Sparks

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“I hope you’ll see yourself in this book,” Julie Barton writes in the prologue to her new memoir “Dog Medicine.”

No, I don’t see myself in this book. I don’t have depression, not the major type anyway. My brothers didn’t beat me up as a kid. And I’m not crazy about dogs. But I am [Read more…]


Mom With Kids — 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…]