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

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The maple, ash and elm trees were turning gloriously gold and carnelian in Red Wing, Minnesota, earlier this month. Front … [Read more...]

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...]