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.

The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Kids

I get to speak to a lot of mom’s groups. And if there’s any way to fit it in to whatever topic I’m talking about, I say this: The goal of parenting is to raise your children so that some day they will move out. Moms and dads often seem to forget that. You are

Love Does What’s In Front of It

Today I was a substitute mom for a fourth grader. In the school where we volunteer, the students spend a large percentage of the last five or six weeks of school on their Famous PA project. They pick a famous person associated with the state of Pennsylvania—people like Dan Marino, Taylor Swift, Molly Pitcher, Milton

When Carol Got a Preview of Heaven

Les and I spent Memorial Day in New York City with our daughter and her family. The weather was perfect. We took the ferry from New Jersey and then walked and walked and rode the subway and then walked some more. This is what my Fitbit showed as we boarded the ferry to head home:

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