No to Bride Barbie — Yes to a Real-Life Wedding

MY DAUGHTER CHRISTINA will be marrying in May. She's a grown-up woman now, making plans to spend her days with a truly good man. People who knew … [Read more...]

A Cry in the Night — ‘Mommy, I’m Scared’

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, 1986 It was the smallest of sounds. So small that even Jon, a light sleeper, didn’t hear it. First a whimper, then, … [Read more...]

Will Our Kids Grow Up to Be Cheaters Like Lance Armstrong?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, March 24, 1991 Jon was disturbed by what he saw. It was just a handful of kids playing touch football … [Read more...]

When Your Kids Don’t Fight — Enough

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, May 7, 1989 Where did Jon and I go wrong? Our kids don’t fight enough. They are 5 and 8 years old … [Read more...]

A Case of the Human Condition: Am I Scotch?* Or Midwestern?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, Oakland Tribune, April 2, 1989 It was St. Patrick’s Day and Christina was hunting around for something green to wear. “How … [Read more...]