The Center of the Universe Lives at Our House

Note: Our oldest kid is about to have a kid of his own. This heads-up is for him. By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, June 28, 1987   … [Read more...]

The Day Our Son Didn’t Drown — Family Stories

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, August 30, 1987 Peter's body was limp. His eyes were open -- wide, dark and blank. They stared, pupils … [Read more...]

Weight Lifting Can Kill You — Shall I Email the News to My Weight-Lifting Son?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Oh, my gosh. Weight lifting can kill you. I didn't know that. Well, yes, of course, I knew that a bar loaded with 180 pounds … [Read more...]

James Dobson: Bully Your Pet, Hit Your Kid, Make Them Obey You–And God

By Barbara Falconer Newhall In Chapter One of his 1978 book, The Strong-Willed Child, James Dobson beats the crap out of his dog. I was hoping to … [Read more...]

Little Girl Lost — My Mother’s Magical Babushka

A downtown Detroit street corner, 1942, showing Kern's department store -- in summer. Public domain via Wikipedia Commons   By Barbara … [Read more...]