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.

Sky Painting: A Poem

Brush strokes across the sky Wispy clouds in variegated hues of purple and pink; Looking as though the master artist Had taken special care with his brush.   Wearied from the day, my eyes were focused On the few feet of roadway in front of my car, My mind preoccupied With the trivialities of the

On Being (and Voting) Fully Pro-Life

I am pro-life. Fully pro-life. Because I am fully pro-life, I want to prevent babies from being killed while still in their mothers’ wombs. Because I am fully pro-life, I want to stop 8600 children from dying today and tomorrow and the day after and the day after that from poverty-related diseases (that’s 3 million

Planting for Change

I don’t do plants. I have nothing against them. I love the colors of flowers and the scent of the herbs in our window. But I can’t own plants. I have a black thumb. It’s so bad that when our daughter Joy lived at home, if she saw someone approaching to give me a plant, she

Small Island, Global Village

Once again, this is a post recycled from my early blogging days. It was a great reminder of a fabulous trip and what I learned there. Enjoy! Small Island, Global Village The hubby and I just returned from 12 days in England. It was our first international trip together and our longest vacation. We took

Plant a Tree, Grow a Memory

While I’m enjoying some family time, you’re being treated to a guest blog from  Hally Franz in honor of Earth Day today and Arbor Day on the 26th. Even if you can’t get your trees on time for Arbor Day, you can still make this a great family event. Road trips and vacations have always

Airing My Dirty Laundry Secret

I try to be environmentally aware and to act accordingly. (This does not, however, keep me from driving 30 minutes a couple of times a week to hang out at Panera. In fact, if someone really want to help the environment, they would open a Panera in Ephrata or Akron, so I wouldn’t use so much gas.)

One thing I have clung to, though,

Unusual Christian Environmentalists

We are watching the long version of Pride and Prejudice—the Colin Firth version, of course—and as I began to write this, Mrs. Bennett says this to Bingley,”When you have killed all your own birds, Mr. Bingley, I beg you will come here and shoot as many as you please.” We could adapt that line for

Feeling Virtuous and Chipper

I saw a full-page ad this week in TIME magazine that said, “Nurture Nature.” SunChips, which I happen to like, now makes its bags with plants so they’re 100% compostable. Ah, now it’s virtuous to eat chips. In fact, eating chips will help the planet. How can I not do it? There are a few


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