Facetime isn't enough

I am about to shamelessly exploit one of the perks of writing this column by announcing that I have two new granddaughters (cue trumpet fanfare), both born this summer and both exceedingly cute. (Gran ...

Love never fails

You know that guy in a meeting who ponders every point so thoroughly that when everyone else has long since moved on to other issues, he's still fixated on that earlier thing?I'm going to be that guy ...

Folks should wonder about us

Ido love the Summer Olympic Games. From synchronized diving to the hammer throw, it was fun to watch sports I normally never watch. (My husband might say there are no sports I don't normally watch, bu ...

At the crossroads

"How hard can it be?" I usually ask myself when I'm thinking about stepping out into some new venture."Apparently a lot harder than it looks," I too often conclude later when I'm neck-deep into the th ...

My conflicting compulsions

My husband rarely suggests topics for me to write about. Mostly, he's just relieved when I don't write about him. He did, however, propose today's subject, and I'm going with it. While it's much ...

Only here to see one site

We were rolling to the gate after a long flight to San Francisco when I asked the man sitting next to me if he and his family were on vacation."Yeah, we are," he answered. "My wife and I have been her ...

God wants our attention

After being married for nearly 39 years, I've finally discovered how to get my husband to listen to whatever incredibly important thing I'm trying to tell him. If I want Joe's full attention, all I ha ...

Mary Ann Crum: Not trading my girl badge

I was recently in a group where a man was talking about being under some pressure at work to participate in a charity fundraiser that would require him to run a mile in high heels. He wasn't excited a ...

Mary Ann Crum: Keep your belt on

Never underestimate the potential importance of wearing a belt. I learned that lesson many years ago, while working at a college in Indiana, when I accompanied the university president and other scho ...

Mary Ann Crum: A birdbrained choice

I used to think our dog, Winston, was certifiably nuts. A mother lode of material for this column and very loved, but crazy. Looking back now, though, Winston actually seems pretty sane compared to ...

Mary Ann Crum: A life that packed a punch

While the world was focused on the death of rock star Prince, a truly great woman slipped quietly from this life to the next in a simple house out in the country between Abbeville and Anderson. You ...

Mary Ann Crum: Beating the boogeymen

Spring is in the air, so medical appointments are on my calendar. It just works out that way, although it seems ironic. Just when everything is springing back to life, I'm forced to turn my attention ...

Mary Ann Crum: We can know too much

Ever see one of those nature documentaries about freaky-looking creatures that dwell in deep caves or oceans and never see daylight? Some don't have any eyes at all; others have eyes that serve no pur ...

Mary Ann Crum: Jesus isn't a passing fad

I recently read about an elderly lady who was asked to recite her favorite Bible verse. "And it came to pass," she replied. The person asking was confused and said, "But that doesn't mean anything." ...

Mary Ann Crum: God's a better driver

My husband can't wait until self-driving cars are available and affordable for normal people. He envisions us shuffling into a car that chauffeurs us hither and yon in our golden years. Me? Not so muc ...

Mary Ann Crum: It's not all on me

By the time you read this, the South Carolina presidential primaries will be history, but as I write, it's just hours away and I'm still not sure who to vote for. I feel this awful pressure, like it a ...

Mary Ann Crum: What is truth?

Let's play a little game. I'll give you some actual advertising copy from 1950s magazines, and you try to guess the products being advertised. Ready? Let's go ? "This is the (thing) that makes eating ...

Promises made, promises broken

My, oh my, what a presidential race we're enduring. A long, contentious season of bloviating and backstabbing that makes me want to move to New Zealand.All the election-related TV commercials, news in ...

Don't dawdle in the dark

When we got some chickens and baby-stepped into the world of farming, I knew I shouldn't bond with those birds. So I didn't, which really wasn't hard since chickens seem to mostly peck and scratch and ...

Just what we wanted

Ever wish you could go back and experience Christmas as a child again?     Leaving cookies and milk out for Santa; waking up off and on throughout Christmas Eve night and wondering if h ...

God IS fixing this

After my older brother got his driver's license, he was sometimes drafted to drive me where I needed to go. When our Indiana streets were covered with snow, my brother loved to terrify me by pret ...

What are you waiting for?

What on earth are you waiting for?It's a good question to ask during Advent, the official season of waiting and preparation for Christmas.I won't actually do this, but if I stood outside Walmart and a ...

Not all religions are the same

I recently read about the 16th-century origin of a common phrase still used today. It had to do with bathing, an activity which was seriously disregarded in the Middle Ages. "Grunge" wasn't just ...

Finding a new gear

Even though it's a skill I don't use very often, I'm glad I learned how to drive a car with a manual transmission when I was a teenager. But I must say, the learning how nearly did me in.As far back a ...

God makes a way

If you're a regular reader of this column, you probably figured there'd be more chicken stories coming. When someone like me suddenly becomes a chicken mama, stories happen.In years gone by, God taugh ...