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 Privilege Not to Care

This is not going to be a happy, feel-good post. Consider yourself warned, and walk away if you wish. And if you decide you need to unsubscribe; no hard feelings. Yesterday on Facebook I saw a post from a friend speaking of being tired of all the political arguing, the negativity, the bad news. It

The Church of Us vs. Them—I beg you to read it

Over the last several years, I’ve gotten more and more distressed by social media, like Facebook and Twitter. I’m as snarky as the best of them, but it’s flown way beyond sarcastic. It can only be described as hate-filled. Someone posts something that reflects their political or social issue view; people react. They don’t simply

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

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

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

The Chance to Give Extraordinarily

Friday, November 16, is a big day in Lancaster County! It’s the annual Extraordinary Give (#extragive) sponsored by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. The foundation puts up a financial pie of $500,000, and 500 community organizations get a piece of the pie proportionate to the funds they raise in this one day through the Extraordinary Give!

Seeing the Invisible People

“The first time you saw me, I was cleaning your bathroom floor! Only you didn’t see me.” It’s a line from a movie (Maid in Manhattan), but it’s the reality for maids, waiters, and cashiers everywhere. They’re invisible people. Often, we simply don’t see them. In fact, arrests have occurred because criminals were so unaware

Once We Were Strangers—a book review and a giveaway!

Have you ever ridden on a motorcycle with your spouse and four children? Yeah, me either. It sounds impossible. But when you’re fleeing bombs in Syria, you do the impossible. ✓ Transporting your entire family on a single motorcycle. ✓ Patching bomb holes in your dining room. ✓ Leaving your home and country, taking absolutely nothing with you

 

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