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.

Of Protein, Pads and Potato Chips

COVID-19 is causing more pain than canceled events, mask acne, and virtual school. (Please know I am not minimizing life for all of you with school-aged children; I imagine it’s incredibly difficult and frustrating. I truly feel sorry for you and your kids.) But it’s also causing hunger pains. For many of us, shopping for

New Life, Still Be-You-Tiful

Owen isn’t Owen anymore. Once he arrives at his new school, he’s determined to be Rocky. No more being called “Owen the Owl.” No more fourth-grade bullies picking on him for having glasses or being smart. Rocky will be his new-and-improved self. I don’t know how things will turn out for Owen/Rocky and his reinvention;

Where’d You Go, Carol Cool?

It’s been almost four weeks since I created a blog post. Where have I been, you might ask if you happened to notice you haven’t received an email in a while. The easy answer is that my husband accepted a new pastoral position exactly one month ago, which he starts on July 1. His new

A Lifetime of Listening to God

The world has a thousand voices . . . listen to Holy Spirit.Lynelle Trigalet We are preparing for a move. I’ve always been a sentimental sort. So over my multiple decades, I’d packed six of these giant Rubbermaid totes of memorabilia. Over the winter, I’ve worked my way through them, looking to condense six decades

I Held My Book in My Hands!

When you haven’t been into a building besides your own home for 8 weeks, life gets really boring. What was there to blog about when every day looks like the day that preceded it? What to look forward to when we are weeks away from things opening up and I won’t feel safe enough to

Comfort vs. Common Good

I’ve debated this blog post for at least two weeks (which explains the fact that there was no post last week). Well, here it is. I decided to make this short and hope you’ll at least think about if and how it applies to you. Stay-at-home policies aren’t comfortable. I am comfortable when I can

Found Money to Share

When Les and I got married, he was still a college student, working as the unglamorous “chicken boy” at a high-end meat store. I was working at Wanamaker’s department store as a mininum-wage saleswoman (probably salesgirl in those days—both age-wise and cultural-language-wise). We had no money. As we sped away for our honeymoon, I sat

“Quit Settling for a Reasonable Faith”

That was the title of a daily post in Bob Goff’s book,Live in Grace, Walk in Love.It made me stop and think. Do I want an unreasonable faith? Bob went on to explain how we often lose our sense of childlike wonder as well as our ability to let our imaginations run wild so we

Finding Balance in Strange Places

Our homes are familiar spaces. But we are still in a strange place. Asked to stay in this space, sheltered in place, to protect not just our families but to protect others, the vulnerable. Are you finding yourself resembling the juggler—adding the teaching and entertaining of children to your already overfilled hands? Or maybe you’re


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