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Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

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Matthias Church — Budapest’s Splashy, Gorgeous, Over-the-Top Church of Kings

The patterned roof tiles of Budapest's Matthias Church were added in the late nineteenth century by architect Frigyes Schulek. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The patterned roof tiles of Budapest’s Matthias Church were added in the late nineteenth century by architect Frigyes Schulek. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I’ve got lots of favorite churches. Most of them you’ve heard of —  St. Peter’s, of course. But also Chartres, Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame.

But there’s one more holy spot sitting at the top of my list. It’s the wild and wooly, no-holds-barred Matthias Church, in Budapest’s Buda Castle District. The church’s origins go back a millennium. But its best stuff wasn’t created until [Read more…]

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Autumn in the Garden, When Sensible Plants Pack It In for the Winter . . . And a Healing Ankle

Autumn in the garden where, like it or not, the seasons impose their wills on every living thing. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Autumn in the garden where, like it or not, the seasons impose their wills on every living thing. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I took these photos of my favorite up-north garden last October. It’s a genuine four-season garden in the upper Midwest, complete with winter snow, spring promise, and unsurpassed summer glory. It’s also got autumn, with all the grim stuff that happens as winter sets in — death, rot, shrivel and retreat.

But during a late afternoon visit last October there were still some signs of stubborn life — opulent red berries and a succulent with in-your-face magenta blossoms.

A Dying Garden and a Healing Ankle

I’m just now getting around to posting these autumn in the garden photos because the project fell by the wayside last November when Jon broke his [Read more…]

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My Ancestral Ghosts — Are They Haunting This Halloween House in Minnesota?

Could my ancestral ghosts be haunting this Halloween house in Red Wing, Minnesota. This duplex, built in 1920, probably replaced the house she lived in. Photos by Barbara Newhall

Could my ancestral ghosts be haunting this Halloween house? My three-times great-grandmother lived at this address on Third Street in Red Wing, Minnesota, more than 100 years ago. This duplex, built in 1920, seems to have replaced the house she lived in. Photos by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The maple, ash and elm trees were turning gloriously gold and carnelian in Red Wing, Minnesota, earlier this month. Front porches up and down neighborhood streets sported witches, spiders, ghosts, and fat, round jack o’ lantern faces trying hard to be scary.

As for me, I was hunting phantoms of my own. I was looking for my ancestral ghosts, one George J. Richards and his mysteriously named Dutch [Read more…]

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Rain Taxi Review Puts on a Lively Book Fest

Twin Cities. Minneapolis skyline in October from Highway 35w heading north. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Minneapolis was the scene of last weekend’s Twin Cities Book Festival put on by Rain Taxi Review of Books. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The Twin Cities Book Festival, sponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books, was a blast. Lots of fun authors, including a California novelist who frequents one of my favorite San Francisco Bay Area coffee shops — Nellie’s in  [Read more…]

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Airbnb — When a Home Away From Home Gets Way Too Homey

At an Airbnb the only place I could find for my toiletry kits was the floor. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The Airbnb Option: At one Airbnb the floor was only place I could find for my toiletries. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

We’ve done it. We’ve given Airbnb a chance — three chances to be exact. And, maybe I’m ready to go back to staying in a nice, clean, impersonal motel. Maybe we’ll pay a little extra money and cut bait on Airbnb’s “home away from [Read more…]

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