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.

Books Open Up Worlds

What is the first book you remember reading? Johnny’s Cookies is the first I remember actively seeking to “read,” the first book I memorized. I continually took it out of our church library. A counting book in which Johnny gives his cookies to various people, it wasn’t profound kids’ lit; but I loved it. At […]

The Gift of Laughter

Last Saturday, our friends Marsha and Kerry took us to the “Elvis Birthday Bash,” a program at the American Music Theatre that features two Elvis impersonators—Scot Bruce (as younger Elvis) and Mike Albert (as older Elvis). Now I would not consider myself an Elvis fan. I would have said before Marsha and Kerry took us […]

Succeeding at the Micro Level

I hate to clean. And last summer and fall were packed with work for me. A real blessing. But it meant I was never getting around to cleaning our house. In my limited time off, cleaning was the last thing I wanted to do. Now, Les and I are both neat people. Everything gets put […]

What a Game Taught Me about My Mission

One of my guilty pleasures is playing Mahjong Journey solitaire on my cell phone. The solitaire version of Mahjong (which is nothing like the original Chinese game) requires players to match open tiles (those with no tile abutting them—either on the left or on the right) to eliminate tiles. In many versions the object is […]

A Daddy Is More Than DNA

A friend of ours found out through DNA testing that his 10-year-old daughter from a previous marriage isn’t his daughter. The revelation brought a myriad of “what-ifs” and “where-do-we-go-from-heres” into his life. But I can tell you one thing: I’ve seen him with that little girl and he is definitely her “daddy,” paternity or not. […]

The Most Important Book I Read Last Year (Besides the Bible)

Everybody Always, by Bob Goff It was the most important book I read because it reinforced so much of what I read in that other book, the Bible. Especially passages like Matthew 22 and 25, all about loving others as Jesus did, or, rather, as Jesus (“if you’ve done it unto the least of these, […]

Of Facial Hair and Energy to Spare

Now that I’m a woman of a certain age, my body is doing strange hair things. On the plus side, I basically have no hair on my legs anymore. Bald. Unfortunately, it’s migrated to my chin and neck. Lovely. And since I still have horror-movie memories of being forced to kiss relatives with prickly facial […]

Simple Thanks

For several years now, I’ve listed in my devotional journal each morning five things for which I’m thankful. They’re usually things that happened the previous day, like having lunch with a friend or getting a check in the mail. My husband Les appears regularly. Since my morning view is our backyard, it might include the […]