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.

End 2020 by digging a little deeper

This year has been exceptionally hard for everyone—individuals, families, businesses, organizations and nonprofits. It’s almost over. We’re collectively holding our breaths, hoping (but also scared to hope) that 2021 will ease up. Experts who study charitable giving have been surprised at how generous people were in the first nine months of 2020, even with all

We don’t even need restaurant gift cards this year

We love to eat. (I’m referring to my husband, Les, and me, but maybe it’s true for you too.) We love to go out to restaurants, to try new dishes, new flavors, new ethnic dishes. And we have some old favorites, too, restaurants and dishes we return to again and again. Anyone who has gotten

Don’t Panic—Great Gifts in a Minute!

It’s crunch time! Do you still have people to buy Christmas presents for? Likely they are people who “already have everything” or “really don’t want anything.” I’ve got the perfect solution. Give them something heartwarming that they don’t have to store, use, clean or display. Give them an alternative gift. Give a woman in Burundi fabric

Are You Drifting from Your Mission?

I’m not much of a beach-goer. Could be that allergy to the sun. Or that my body doesn’t adjust to extreme heat (or cold, for that matter, which has made this winter brutal). And yet I do love bobbing in the ocean. One thing I remember about doing so is how often after spending an

Give Extraordinarily!

Friday, November 22, is a big day in Lancaster County! It’s the  second annual Extraordinary Give (#giveextraordinary) sponsored by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. The foundation puts up a financial pie of $250,000, and 250 community organizations get a piece of the pie proportionate to the funds they raise in this one day through the Extraordinary

Book Review: The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

I rarely pass up a free book, especially when it comes from someone in the nonprofit world. I received an advanced reader copy of The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good by Peter Greer and Anna Haggard. I was thinking it would be similar to When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, because Greer is the president and CEO of HOPE


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