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.

“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 […]

5 Things Your Local School Needs

Widespread public access to knowledge, like public education, is one of the pillars of our democracy, a guarantee that we can maintain a well-informed citizenry. Scott Turow Public schools perform a vital function in our society, allowing children from any socioeconomic background the opportunity to learn basic facts and skills, to discover new interests and […]

Love, Henri—A Quote-Full Book Review

It took me six months to read Love Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life. It’s not what you think. I was so excited to receive this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I had heard so much about Henri Nouwen, the Catholic priest and author, and wanted to read these personal writings. So why did it take me six […]

The Importance of a Hidden Life

Pop Quiz: What was the name of Jesus’ maternal grandmother? Who taught John Wycliffe to read and write? Who led Billy Graham to faith in Jesus? Were you able to come up with answers? If you were raised in the Catholic church, you may have remembered the name of Anne for Jesus’ grandmother (mentioned in the Protevangelium […]