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.

Do the Work

I’m writing this a couple of days before the election, but by the time you read it, Election Day will be over and we will (hopefully) have a clear presidential winner. Some of us will need time to grieve. Some of us will want to rejoice (but please don’t gloat).  And then we need to

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

Emergency Funds and Chronically Underfunded

Earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan. Massive flooding in Houston. Fire spreading through row homes in Lancaster. Emergencies. Tragic events. People in need of help. And good-hearted people the world over respond. When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal a year ago, compassionate individuals donated $15 million in little more than a week through the donate button that appeared in their

Poverty Blooms in Surprising Places

I was walking a rail trail a short time ago and as I walked below an underpass, I noticed graffiti. Normally graffiti irritates me. This time it stopped me: Poverty plagues many people who we believe aren’t poor at all simply because they have money. But money doesn’t bring a wealth of joy or a feeling of significance. It certainly

A Little Child Shall Lead Them—to Jesus’s Heart

Elliott came to his mom with paper stars containing two symbols.  “What are these?” she asked. “They say R S. They are prayer cards for Syrian refugees. I want to hand them out so people can pray for the refugees and then when they meet one, they can say, ‘Hey, come stay at my house.’” When

Let’s Talk Toilets

I kind of giggle every time I enter the Panera Bread ladies’ room in Wyomissing. It didn’t used to be that way. But this past year the Paneras around here added two-flush toilets. Flush up for a little water, down for a lot. And in the Wyomissing Panera, they added these informative little plaques: Just in

What Does It Mean to Be Compassionate?

Once upon a time I heard a powerful sermon on the story of the Good Samaritan. I was challenged by it. I couldn’t wait to blog about it. And then I didn’t. I wish I could give you a reason why. But as always, life happens. But good sermons, sermons that continue to make you

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.

Justice Flows on a Torrent of Prayer

Imagine it’s a Friday morning at 11 and you’re the IT director for a global organization. Through a glitch in data migration, your data systems are down. All of them. No e-mail, no internet. Nada. Employees are back to face-to-face meetings to accomplish anything (tough when you’re scattered around the world). What are you doing?

 

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