I’m No Superstar

I’m No Superstar is a blog for people like me who want to make a difference in the world but know they aren’t activists. Each post contains a social action idea that most of us could do, a book that’s worth reading, or a link to a website that offers other ideas. Oh, and it’s all introduced by a sometimes quirky story from my life.

Charlottesville, Gerrymandering and Me

Gerrymandering. Weird word. In 1812, Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts signed a law that changed the state voting districts to benefit his political party (his party was the Democratic-Republican Party, kind of ironic!). One of the districts ended up looking like a salamander. Combine the governor’s name with that of the amphibian and, voila, “gerrymander.” […]

The Wonder of It All

I am a wonderer. Not a wanderer, although I like to wander too. A wonderer—someone who wonders about everything.  I wonder why policies at work are what they are. I wonder why she paired that top with those pants. I wonder how every sunset can be different every day. I wonder why gerrymandering is called […]

Seize the Decade

I turned 60 this month. And by coincidence, for the first time ever, I made a decision using a cost to years-of-productive-ministry-left analysis. It was sobering to decide against spending the money because of the limited years (10? 15 max?) of ministry I am likely to be afforded. I don’t mean to be morbid. I’m […]

“Does that come with batteries?”

A few weeks ago, I attended an event where I sat with strangers. As I attempted to make conversation and it went nowhere, I realized again that we’ve lost the art of conversation. My husband Les is an amazing conversationalist, and so I asked him to write a guest post on how to be better […]

What Do Vampires Have to Do with It*?

*It being the 2017 Walk This Way Women’s Conference Vampires, I believe, are a fitting analogy for fear. Why? Because vampires suck the lifeblood out of you, and so does fear. Fear robs us of life; it turns our world dark and scary. But we can triumph over fear through the power of God’s word. At […]

Giving Your Time to Places That Matter

This is National Volunteer Week.  Volunteering enables nonprofits and organizations to do more with fewer resources. 62.6 million people volunteered in 2015, according to latest statistics.* The average volunteer donated 52 hours a year to one or two organizations. Religious organizations received 33% of the volunteer hours, followed by educational/youth services groups (25.2%). Parents of children […]

The Freedom of a Maundy Thursday Typo

I’m a copy editor. I can’t help but notice typos. Menus, business signs, magazines, PowerPoint presentations, books, social media and, yes, church bulletins. I try not to point them out to their creators/owners unless I’ve been hired to do so or I think it will be a colossal embarrassment to them down the road (like […]

Why the Wait?

I’m not a patient person. I have dreams. I want them fulfilled now. I want my book to sell—a lot of copies. I want an expanding speaking ministry. I want to be at my goal weight today. I want my friends to have a relationship with Jesus now already. I want my church to grow. But life just doesn’t […]