The Writing Room: Am I Stuck? Or Am I Just Taking a Little Housekeeping Break?

Writers and Readers: Check out this oldie but goodie from the Writing Room archives . . . and keep me company down below as I wonder, "Am I … [Read more...]

Jury Duty Is a Lot Like Fourth-Grade Softball. Here’s Why

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I don't know about your fourth-grade gym teacher, but mine followed a barbaric custom still in practice in many otherwise … [Read more...]

Wisdom From My Father — Or, How to Sweep the Kitchen Floor

By Barbara Falconer Newhall My father's voice came to me the other day as I was sweeping the kitchen floor. To his friends my father was Dave Falconer, … [Read more...]

The Oakland Tribune Tower — A 1923 Structure With a Twenty-First Century View

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I worked at the Oakland Tribune for years, but, working stiff that I was, I was never invited to the lofty heights of the … [Read more...]

Oakland Tribune: The Trib Is Dead, Long Live the Tribbers

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Another newspaper has bit the dust. The last edition of the 150-year-old Oakland Tribune with its familiar gothic nameplate … [Read more...]