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.

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,

Celebrating Women the World Over—Including Lancaster

Reading Marie Curie and Her Daughters, by Shelley Emling, this week, I found out that Irene Curie, Marie’s daughter and a Nobel Prize winner in her own right, was the main speaker at an International Women’s Day event in London in the late 1940s. It resonated with me . . .

Making That Christmas List

She’s makin’ a list, checkin’ it twice . . . I’m determined not to end up crazed in the weeks before Christmas, so I’ve updated the Christmas list and begun my buying. My grandson is done. I’ve purchased all the gift cards for the mailman and trash men. Les and I have decided on the

Your Clothes Connect You to the World

Last St. Patty’s Day, my friend Steph and I took a bus trip to New York. Many on the bus had intentions of hitting the parade and drinking as much beer as possible in honor of the day. Steph and I went to look at the site of a factory fire. (Well, that’s not all

Are You Buying Local? Why or Why Not?

There was an ad in our Sunday paper that urged us to “Spend $20 on the 20th.” They want you to spend money every 20th of the month to support the local economy. It doesn’t actually say so, but by the “Think Local” button that Andrew Jackson is wearing in the picture, I believe it

Whatcha Buyin’?

I was at the mall just before Easter to pick up my new glasses at LensCrafters. The prescription was very different, so I wanted to walk around a bit to get used to it before I turned my car into a weapon on the road. As I took a few steps, looking at a few

Imagine a New Life

Not a new life for you (although that’s fine, too, if you need one). Imagine a new life for families who deal with crushing poverty, for girls sold into sex slavery because their parents cannot feed them. That’s what Michelle Kime and Aiyana Ehrman imagined, and they did more than dream about it. They started

An Alternative Guest

  One of the people I’ve gotten to know who is committed to making a difference here in Lancaster County and around the world is Jennifer Knepper. She is a staff nurse in the medical ICU at Hershey Medical Center, an adjunct clinical instructor for Lancaster General College, and a volunteer RN at Water Street Health Services.

Hit Me with Your Best Shot

Ever feel like God is targeting a certain message right at you? It can be scary, but I love when that happens. It reminds me that I have a personal God, not just a rule book from an out-of-touch deity. Yesterday I had to choose a new book of the Bible to start reading for


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