"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

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

At age 7, Christina preferred a tug of war to playing with her Bride Barbie. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Christina left her Bride Barbie at home to join a tug of war. Photo by Barbara Newhall

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 Christina as a little kid might be surprised to hear that there will be an actual wedding, complete with the traditional white wedding gown, champagne, music, flowers, moonlight and a multi-tiered wedding cake.

As a girl Christina wasn’t much for dressing up — neither herself nor her Barbie Doll. Girly stuff bored my daughter. She preferred playing Nintendo with her big brother and his guy friends. Nonetheless, when May rolls around Christina will be letting loose with her inner romantic: friends, family and groom will be treated to a sweet, old-fashioned wedding and a — beautiful — bride.

Some things  haven’t changed, however. Christina still likes computer games. And so does her husband-to-be.

Here’s a story I once wrote about the seven-year-old Christina and [Read more…]


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

Three-year-old girl in a red dress looking forlorn. Photo by BF Newhall

Christina at 3. Photos by BF Newhall

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, “Mommy, I’m scared.” [Read more…]


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

Peter Newhall makes the catch during Piedmont, CA, rec department baseball game. Photo 1991 by BF Newhall

My son makes the catch during a rec department baseball game. Photo by BF Newhall

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 at the park, but Jon was bothered. The kids were cheating. [Read more…]


When Your Kids Don’t Fight — Enough

Two schoolage kids in a friendly fight. Polaroid phot by Dave Falconer

Peter and Christina at age 8 and 5. Polaroid photo by D.B.Falconer

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 now, and fully equipped for battle. They have fists for socking. Teeth for biting. Hair for pulling. [Read more…]


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

My grandfather David Falconer in 1893. Photo by Ludington Studios

My Scotland-born grandfather David Falconer in 1893. Photo by Ludington Studios

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 about your Scottish kilt,” I suggested.

“No,” was the reply. “It itches.”

“But you could put a slip under it. After all, you are Scottish.”

“I am? What’s Scottish?” [Read more…]