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.

A surefire way to wreak havoc

What is it? Expect everyone to be just like you. If we’re honest, we’ve often wished someone else (everyone else?) would behave, respond, feel, or think like we do. Whether it’s the guy at the office who hogs all the air time at meetings, or the kid who drags her feet and is late for

5 ways to cope when the world is a mess

OUCH. Mass evacuations in Afghanistan—and those left behind. Earthquake in Haiti. Hurricane in Louisiana. Fires and drought out west. Oil slicks in the Mediterranean. Delta overwhelming hospitals and exhausting healthcare workers. Flooding in Europe and Tennessee (and possibly my county, which is under a flood watch as the Ida remnant rains pour down today). It

Recapture Delight and Wonder

Last week was VBS week, which felt like “The Great Exhale”after 15 months of holding our Covid breaths.  The halls rang with laughter, with shouts, with songs, and even with some meltdown tears. Creativity abounded during craft time, games were hard fought, hugs were traded, hands were flying—sort of in rhythm—during the song time. And

The Secret to Great Conversations

I write for a living. This year, after some coaching advice, I’ve further refined my writing niche—what work do I love and find that I’m good at that pays. Turns out it’s writing for foundations that support hospitals or universities.  Because of that realization, I follow the fundraising topic on LinkedIn. This week a post

Congratulations, you survived a pandemic

So who knew last March that this pandemic would last so long?  It’s been a long haul. But as we look at things opening up, let’s take some time to think about exactly what that return to normal might look like. Do we want normal to be exactly the way it was in February of

It’s time to plug the leaks

I love to give to charity. It doesn’t matter if I support the food bank by rounding up my purchase at the grocery store or buy a cart full of groceries to donate, it all feels good. I am happy to support the homeless shelter with by mailing a check or serving a meal. It

When the walk becomes a slog

It was a year ago on Saturday that the first Covid-19 shutdown occurred. But it was in China, and most of us weren’t even paying attention. And then, less than two months later, we were all in the thick of it. Two weeks, we were told. But here in our region of Pennsylvania, at least,

End 2020 by digging a little deeper

This year has been exceptionally hard for everyone—individuals, families, businesses, organizations and nonprofits. It’s almost over. We’re collectively holding our breaths, hoping (but also scared to hope) that 2021 will ease up. Experts who study charitable giving have been surprised at how generous people were in the first nine months of 2020, even with all

Life Interrupted

2020 was going to be a hard-charging year. A brave year. I blogged about it in January, putting it out in the world. We all know what happened. Life was interrupted in a humungous, global, full-stop. This week, as I listened to the fabulous “Hello Goodbye 2020–2021” podcast and used its accompanying workbook, I had

 

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