‘Read Me a Story, Mommy, But Not That One You Wrote’ (Or,The Nicest Thing My Husband Ever Said to Me)

By Barbara Falconer Newhall When my kids were still at the Mommy-please-read-to-me stage, the Oakland Tribune found itself in a bit of a budget crunch. … [Read more...]

I’m the Mother of the Groom – Now What Do I Do?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall My son Peter proposed. His girlfriend said yes. They set a date. Her mom and dad are delighted. Jon and I are … [Read more...]

I’m Thankful For a Clean Oven, Fresh Ice Cubes . . . and a Daughter-in-Law-to-Be

By Barbara Falconer Newhall It's Thanksgiving and I should be thankful for the really big things. I should be grateful that there are no air raid sirens … [Read more...]

Anne Lamott on Getting Older — Drop That Rock

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Put down the rock, says Anne Lamott. It’s time to put down that rock. When we are in our 20s, 30s and 40s, we think we … [Read more...]

Walk 1000 Miles Around Lake Michigan? She Did It — Now I Don’t Have To

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Walk around Lake Michigan . . . the whole thing. That was my plan. I’d start in late spring and finish up in the fall. I’d … [Read more...]