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.

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

How Is Fear Filling Your Life During COVID-19?

Fear. It’s a big ugly emotion. And a stealthy one. It’s a master of disguise, masquerading as anger, frustration, bitterness, depression, jealousy, pride, or arrogance. The first week we were stuck home quarantining over COVID-19, I dealt with fear often. What would this mean for my work? What would this mean for our church? What

When Will It Ever End

I was going to write a blog post about something I’ve been meditating on from Scripture. Wednesday’s school shooting makes it impossible. Instead, I’ll simply share this link from the BBC: America’s gun culture in 10 charts It’s time to do something. What will you do?  I’m telling you it’s got to be something in

What does homelessness look like?

What does homelessness look like? What does poverty look like? Why don’t those people get a job? Why don’t they manage their money better? Why should my hard-earned tax dollars go to supporting them? Last month at my American Business Women Association (ABWA) meeting, I heard my friend Cheryl address these issues. Cheryl works at

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

Stopped by the Flow of Blood

If you’re a man who normally reads my blog, you may be tempted to skip this blog post because it makes you uncomfortable. But if the Amish men and Old Order Mennonite men can handle it, so can you. Be brave; read on! My junior high had a pool, and we were required to take

An Ode to Austen—Lizzy & Jane—Book Review

I have a thing for Jane Austen.  I have to admit I discovered her through the 1995 Pride and Prejudice adaptation featuring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, and I’ve been in love with her ever since. I dove into the books and into other films. And then I began to collect sequels, prequels, modern reimaginings,

A Forgotten Reason Why Abused Women Stay

A woman gets battered by her husband. The police arrive, but she refuses to press charges. A man cheats on his wife repeatedly, and yet she stands by her man. A young woman makes eye contact with no one because she knows, thanks to her verbally abusive boyfriend, that she’s worthless. Day after day she returns

Fun and Games for a Hospitalized Child

Les and I still own our original Atari 2600. We keep talking of selling the gaming console and the 20+ games cartridges we still own, but I think nostalgia holds us back. We haven’t played them in years, but, oh, the memories! I am thankful I never gambled, because if my gaming personality is any


Have Carol Speak For Your Group

An accomplished and flexible speaker, Carol tailors her topics to fit the theme and timeframes of your meeting, conference, seminar or retreat.