The Virgin Blanca and Baby Jesus — Still Smiling This Advent Season After 700 Years

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Advent starts today. This Sunday is the first day of the waiting that Christians do -- if they're not too busy shopping and … [Read more...]

Fifteen Patriotic Holiday Gifts for the Worried Progressives on Your List

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The holidays are upon us, and it's getting way too late to put a package in the mail in time for the celebrations ahead. But … [Read more...]

Christmas Is Big. Bigger Than Christianity — And Donald Trump

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Christmas is big -- bigger than Christianity. And it's getting bigger. Our decades-old World Book Encyclopedia devotes … [Read more...]

Funny, Funky Gift Ideas — Bernie Sanders Earrings and Clocks Made of Vintage Books

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Yes, thanks to the ever-creative minds and nimble fingers of Berkeley, California, a funny, funky gift can be yours to give … [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...]