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"Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" book cover with photo of author Barbara Falconer Newhall

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What a Tulip Can Do — If You Ask It

11th Annual Tower Chapel Tulip Exhibition, Mouintain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA "BUBBLIN TULIPS," HOWARD J. ARENDTSON, H JULIEN DESIGNS, BERKELEY. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Floral designers showed off what a tulip can do — if you ask it nicely — at the Annual Tulip Exhibition at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California. Read more.


Pink, Pink, Pink. I’m Taking a Stand — I Like It

Detail 2 of "Pretty in Pink" by Valerie Lee and Robin Lee, J. Miller Flowers, Oakland. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Two floral designers let themselves go soft on pink this spring. The occasion was the tulip show at Mountain View Cemetery and their design was an unabashedly optimistic concoction that contrasted with nearby edgier, darker takes on the tulip. Read more.


A Cemetery Comes to LIfe — With Tulips

Tulips of many colors hang upside down over the entrance to the Tower Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Calif., during its annual Tulip Exhibition. The design, titled "Puddle Jumping," is by the Merritt College Floral Design Department. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By now my faithful readers know that I’ve got a thing about tulips. So, of course, I dropped everything to take in a local tulip show last weekend. Read more.


Tulips and Sex — Writing as If Everyone I Know Were Dead

looking at pink tulips just opening from the underside at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, CA. Photo by BF Newhall

I want to write about tulips today. I don’t want to write about sex. The trouble is, for me, writing about tulips means writing about sex: something about their juicy curves brings erotic metaphors to my particular mind. I had thought that once my mother — and father — were no longer alive and reading over my shoulder, I’d be able to write my heart out, but . . . Read more.


Look for Me on Thursdays

Large pink and yellow tulips, close up. Photo by BF Newhall

Dear Readers. From now on I’ll be posting on Thursday mornings instead of Saturdays. Here’s why.