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.

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

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do—or Write

Last Thursday Les and I were having a date day in King of Prussia. We had food gift cards to cover lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and dinner at Quincy’s Lobster Roll. We went to Ikea first at Les’s request. Then he was going to indulge my desire to wander King of Prussia Mall.  Instead, I tripped.

Two for Tees—Together for Others

I own .0000032 percent of the world’s t-shirts. That’s not really true. It would only be true if I had purchased every one of those 64 t-shirts this year. Since I still have t-shirts from when I worked for Macy’s back in the 1980s, that is so not the case. But I still own a

Are You Religious? Take the Quiz!

Have you found those BuzzFeed quizzes on Facebook addictive? What’s your favorite? Do you find yourself obsessing over which _____ (insert your high school decade here) TV character you are? Are you eager to find out if you’re secretly Canadian or what name a barrista should write on your coffee cup? Yeah, me too. So

5 Things I Know About Adoption

Adoption is in the news again because of the halting of adoptions in the Ukraine (or Crimea, if we’re counting that separately now) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As always this calls attention to the plight of the 150 million orphans in our world today. Barna Group put together an article called

Child Sponsorship Proven to Work

Samuel’s picture shares space in front of our fireplace with our daughter Joy’s.  We are proud of him, just as we are of Joy. Joy lives in Tennessee and Samuel lives in Haiti. And we’ve never met Samuel. He was our sponsored child through Compassion International. We looked forward to the letters we received from

Bringing Home Strays (Informal Foster Care)

“You and Les should do foster care,” said the guy sitting next to me at my brother’s wedding. He was the head of a children’s home, so he had a vested interest. Les happened to hear the comment and knew it would break my heart if I ever had to let a foster child go. So

Why You Should Care about Foster Care

About 30,000 kids will age-out of the foster care system each year (age 18 in most states, 21 in others).(1) Usually these kids get little or no support; they must simply make their way in the world. (How well would you have done at 18 if you were totally on your own, with no home

They’ve Brought that Kid Home—More Not to Say

They’ve done it—foster care or adoption. Maybe you warned them with a comment from last week. Maybe you were wise enough to keep your mouth shut. But now the child—or children—are living in their home, going to your kid’s school, attending your church. Are there additional things you shouldn’t say at this point? Oh, yes.


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