With a Little Luck You’ll Live Long Enough to Breed Flies in Your Attic

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Back in 1987 old age seemed a long ways away. Strike that, old age seemed like something that would never happen to … [Read more...]

Subway Tiles? Not in My Kitchen

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Subway tiles. You see them everywhere -- in people's houses and all over TV shows like "Property Brothers," "Flip or Flop," … [Read more...]

Mom With Kids — The Home Office Blues

This old Oakland Tribune column is riddled with late-20th-century artifacts: videocassettes, an Apple desktop, an 8086 microprocessor, He-Man toys, a … [Read more...]

The Dracena Is Dead. Long Live the Dracena

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I did it. I cut the dracena marginata growing wild in our living room down to size. One of its stalks was eight feet … [Read more...]

Help! My Dracena Marginata Has Hit the Ceiling — What Can I Do?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall It's true. My graceful dracena marginata is doing itself in. It's hurling itself mercilessly against our living room … [Read more...]