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

the view from the Oakland Tribune Tower. In the foreground, the Bank of America Building. In the background, the 1111 Broadway and the Clorox Building. In the distance, the Bay Bridge. Photos by Barbara Newhall

The view from the Oakland Tribune Tower. In the foreground, the Bank of America Building. In the background, 1111 Broadway and the Clorox Building. In the distance, the Bay Bridge and San Francisco. Photo by Barbara Newhall

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 Oakland Tribune Tower. I finally got my chance on April 4, the last day of my paper’s publication, to take the elevator all the way to the top and take in the view — the bay, the East Bay hills, the sometimes sleek, sometimes fanciful architecture produced in Oakland over the past 100 years. Young, [Read more…]

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What a Tulip Can Do — If You Ask It

11th Annual Tower Chapel Tulip Exhibition, Mouintain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA PIEDMONT GARDEN CLUB, AGNES KANG's design, "TULIPS GALORE" photo by barbara newhall

The Tower Chapel was crowded with tulip aficionados for the 11th Annual Tulip Exhibition at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California. Agnes Kang’s “Tulips Galore” with its sprawling, acid green horizontal branch was a popular favorite. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It was chill winter in the Midwest, but thoroughly spring in the San Francisco Bay Area earlier this month when local floral designers, professional and amateur, demonstrated what a tulip can do — if you [Read more…]

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Winter in the Midwest — When Trees Bare Their Souls

Deciduous trees in upper Midwest in winter, without leaves standing in snow with bright blue sky. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Photo by Barbara Newhall

Note to Readers: This post is the 400th essay I’ve posted on my website since I began blogging seven years ago. There’s lots of interesting old stuff to read. You can explore it by clicking on the Don’t Miss images in the column to your right, or by diving into the category archives at the top of the page. Have fun!

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

My Midwestern gardener friend looks out on her yard and the surrounding woods these days and finds it all a bit depressing. Depressing — her word, not mine. She lives there year-round, so she’s entitled to feel bummed out by skies that darken at 4 p.m. and trees stripped of all signs of life.

Me, I swoop in from a 60-degree, greened-up winter in California [Read more…]

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A Midwestern Flower Garden — Beautifully Dead In the Dead of Winter

rudbeckia, echinacea and liatris grow along garden walk between a shingled house and a woods near minneapolis. Photo by Barbara Newhall

In summer: Yellow and pink rudbeckia, purple spiked liatris, echinacea.

A Midwestern flower garden under six inches of snow in February with dead flower stalks and leaves. Photo by Barbara Newhall

In winter: Faded remnants of last summer’s glory. Photos by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

We were invited for lunch, and yes the lunch was lovely, and so was the company. But I couldn’t wait to grab my trusty point-and-shoot and head outdoors to see how my favorite flower garden was faring under a half foot of snow and temperatures below [Read more…]

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The First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Michigan — Last Stop on My One-Woman Road Trip

Facade of the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Michigan. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It had been a wonderful tour around Michigan’s lower peninsula. Just me, a full tank of gas, and my trusty point-and-shoot. And now it was over.

Grosse Pointe. Pentwater. Ludington. Traverse City. Howell. And finally, [Read more…]

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