Lunatic, liar... or Lord?

Did you hear that someone recently paid nearly $100,000 on eBay for a Cheeto that looks like a gorilla? (Yes, I did too say a Cheeto that looks like a gorilla.) Well, it was a Flamin’ Hot Cheet ...

God offers the best protection

‘No, Bailey, the nice chicken doesn’t like it when you put her head in your mouth.” Welcome to my world, as I try to teach a puppy that chickens aren’t chew toys. It’s no ...

All the way home

As I prepare to wave bye-bye to my 50s in a few months, 30-something doesn’t seem old at all. But in the world of professional tennis, it’s nearly ancient, which is what made this yearR ...

Doubt is harder than faith

There we were, sitting in my living room, patting ourselves on the back because we’d successfully gotten a donkey to an appointment at a vet clinic. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds and seve ...

Hopes and fears are met in Jesus

Christmas is over, but I seem to have one particular carol stuck in my head. It’s a fine song and all, but it’s mid-January, for crying out loud. Let me say I certainly don’t assume ...

Imperfection is OK

I’m so thankful it happened … and so thankful it’s finished. That probably sums up how many of us feel about the long and complicated season we’ve let Christmas become. I’ ...

Let's get the whole story

Eavesdropping on half of a conversation can be dangerous thing. I was recently at a party and was telling a friend about our new Great Pyrenees puppy, those fluffy white dogs that grow up to be ginorm ...

What are you hungry for?

It’s been a little over a week since Thanksgiving, so I want to ask you a question: Have you eaten anything since then? Really? Me, too. But wait, didn’t many of us push back from our Than ...

Content with our scars

This may sound kind of weird, but the scars on our bodies are like archaeological records of our lives. Each one tells a story. After many surgeries and skinned-knee mishaps, my right knee is the anat ...

Strange pasture buddies

When you think of famous trios, who comes to mind? Larry, Moe and Curly? Huey, Dewey and Louie? The Three Musketeers? The Three Tenors? Whoever popped into your head, I bet they aren’t as uniqu ...

God's words aren't empty

I am beautiful. I am stunning. I am sexy. I am glamorous. I am gorgeous. How do I know? My blue jeans tell me so.Oh, wait, you don?t think all these grandiose self-affirmations pop into my head w ...

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." ...