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.

Comfort vs. Common Good

I’ve debated this blog post for at least two weeks (which explains the fact that there was no post last week). Well, here it is. I decided to make this short and hope you’ll at least think about if and how it applies to you. Stay-at-home policies aren’t comfortable. I am comfortable when I can

30 Days to Pray for the Vulnerable

How you doing with your COVID-19 quarantine? I’ve had some bad days lately. In part it’s because I have been thinking how many people are in real danger from this virus. Yes, those over 65 and those with underlying health conditions. But there are so many around the world who are vulnerable to this virus

The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Kids

I get to speak to a lot of mom’s groups. And if there’s any way to fit it in to whatever topic I’m talking about, I say this: The goal of parenting is to raise your children so that some day they will move out. Moms and dads often seem to forget that. You are

The Hardest Book I Ever Read

“You’ve been reading that book for like a month,” my husband Les said. Yeah, he’s right. I’ve dragged it around, reading it. Slowly, ever so slowly. Painfully even. It was a slog. A slog through dangerous terrifying territory. It was hard to read more than a few pages. My heart ached. But I was determined

Books Open Up Worlds

What is the first book you remember reading? Johnny’s Cookies is the first I remember actively seeking to “read,” the first book I memorized. I continually took it out of our church library. A counting book in which Johnny gives his cookies to various people, it wasn’t profound kids’ lit; but I loved it. At

The Gift of Laughter

Last Saturday, our friends Marsha and Kerry took us to the “Elvis Birthday Bash,” a program at the American Music Theatre that features two Elvis impersonators—Scot Bruce (as younger Elvis) and Mike Albert (as older Elvis). Now I would not consider myself an Elvis fan. I would have said before Marsha and Kerry took us

Why I’m Thankful to Be Part of a Denomination

I grew up on an independent Baptist church. I remember being told we weren’t part of a denomination because denominations were all liberal. Evil, maybe. Certainly not biblical. Maybe they didn’t actually teach it, but that’s how I processed it. In Bible college I met strong Christians worshiping in vibrant churches that were part of

 

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