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.

We’re All Spreading Something

I was cresting a hill and when it hit me—that noxious skunk aroma. It permeated my car—with the windows closed—and yet I couldn’t see a dead skunk on the road anywhere. Where was that odor coming from? About a half a mile down the road, I finally encountered the skunk carcass. And then the smell […]

The Key We Need to “Speak the Truth in Love”

“Instead, speaking the truth in love . . .” Ephesians 4:15 NIV I hear it said (or read it) over and over. “I’m just speaking the truth in love.” Just search Twitter. Perhaps I’ve even said it. Maybe you have. I’ve discovered it pretty much means I disagree with you, and I’m going to tell […]

Learning the Kingdom with Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans died last Saturday. It seemed impossible. Yes, I knew she was in a medically induced coma, but she couldn’t die. I was certain God was going to heal her. There were thousands of people praying for her, particularly her tribe on Twitter, documenting thoughts and prayers with their own trending hashtag, #PrayforRHE. […]

On Making Mistakes and Pressing On

A laptop, an editing project, and a glass of iced tea walked into a bar onto a table . . . You know where this joke is going, don’t you? Only it wasn’t a joke. A slow motion grab for a tipping glass, 20 oz. of tea up and over the laptop and across the […]

Finding Joy in the Simple Moments

Yesterday Les and I took a vacation day and went to Longwood Gardens. It’s tulip time and  . . . well, a few pictures are worth at least a couple hundred words. See what I mean? This morning Les found me two tulips in our backyard, partially hidden by a bush. I cut them and […]

Meandering through Weariness

I told a coworker on Friday I was weary. Not just tired, weary, stripped bare. And then a dear friend went from perfectly fine on Friday night to emergency surgery Saturday night, so we spent 6 hours that evening in hospital waiting rooms with his wife and kids. By the time church was over on […]

The Hardest Book I Ever Read

“You’ve been reading that book for like a month,” my husband Les said. Yeah, he’s right. I’ve dragged it around, reading it. Slowly, ever so slowly. Painfully even. It was a slog. A slog through dangerous terrifying territory. It was hard to read more than a few pages. My heart ached. But I was determined […]

Why Criticism Is So Hard to Take

There was only one. One comment among fifty. One negative comment among 49 positive ones about my speaking engagement. But it was the only one I focused on. It stung. I obsessed over it for days. Even now, months later, I can recall it word for word—yet the positive comments are fuzzy in my mind. […]