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 ...

Gray and doing OK

The few. The proud. The cheap. We're a small band of sisters, we women who dare to let our hair turn gray right in front of God and everyone.Sometimes I suspect other women are looking at my hair in h ...

'Wait a minute. Did I sign up for this?'

During my third lap around the outside of the fence, I paused to consider the absurdity of what I was doing -- chasing chickens. "Wait a minute. Did I sign up for this? Because I really don't remember ...

Truth makes us free

Iknew I shouldn't be feeling a breeze wafting across my leg, but since I was at that moment being introduced to speak to a group of ladies gathered at a church for a daylong retreat, it wasn't the tim ...

God won't be silenced

"Hello... Hello... Anybody there?... Uh, hello?"The voice sounded strange, muffled, and like it was coming from underneath me. I was baffled for a few moments until I realized it was coming from ...

Wheat or weed?

It's pretty pathetic and embarrassing to admit how often I stare at green things sprouting in my yard and wonder, "Are these weeds or flowers?" As we try to transform our piece of wilderness into some ...

Trusting science takes faith, too

Shhhh ? if you're very quiet, you can probably hear it -- the sound of my husband's arm being twisted as I sought permission to share some of his ideas in this space.Unlike me, Joe is not quick to com ...

God's signal isn't fuzzy

If you're as old as I am, you probably remember when we sometimes had to look through a whole lot of "fuzz" to see what was on TV. Back before satellite and cable, the quality of one's TV picture ...

When luxuries become complaints

"The barista put milk in my espresso macchiato, making it very heavy and nearly undrinkable.""I'm in my bed, but the charging cable is too short for me to comfortably use my phone in my bed whilst it' ...

A little turbulence is good

"What were we thinking? Who in their right mind would strap themselves into a little aluminum tube to defy gravity and fly thirty thousand feet above the ground?!""Why did the pilot fly us into this m ...

Only God can clean us up

Normal people don't mean to let things get messy or fall apart. It just happens.When we moved into a brand-spankin' new house three years ago, I resolved to keep the garage very tidy."If I just keep u ...

Here's to 'The Hussies'

Just as I was planning a nice little pity party because another birthday was nudging me closer to the abyss of senior citizenship, I got a letter from a precious lady who reminded me that growing old ...

What satisfies our hunger?

In those moments when Moosetracks ice cream is calling to me from my freezer, my favorite Bible verse is always the last part of 1 Timothy 6:17, which says God "richly supplies us with all things to e ...

Kudos to my 20-surgery man

I'm never more thankful for my husband than when I listen to single friends talk about their perilous expeditions into the jungles of online dating.As a matter of fact, one of my friends is currently ...

You never know what'll grow

Ijust don't get this gardening stuff.I read directions, I follow directions, I plant, I pray, I wait, I watch, I hope ? and more often than not, I end up shaking my head and wondering what went wrong. ...