Rain Taxi Review Puts on a Lively Book Fest

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

Is an Istanbul Trip Too Risky for You? Here’s What You’re Missing

Jon and I took the kids to Istanbul back in pre-ISIS, pre-Arab Spring 2009. What we experienced was a energetic culture with a complicated past, great food … [Read more...]

Scaling the Mighty Willis Tower — With My Acrophilic Husband

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The Willis Tower -- aka the Sears Tower -- is Jon's kind of place. High up, with a view that goes on forever. I've known … [Read more...]

Visions of the Baby Jesus Light Up Centuries of Art

  By Barbara Falconer Newhall The Baby Jesus. Far away and long ago a baby was born, one who has inspired centuries of artists -- and lights … [Read more...]