Rebekah Pierce grew up as the loud, outspoken child of quiet, reserved parents. She has never been one to shy away from a conversation, controversial or otherwise, and enjoys listening to and learning about different opinions. It took her awhile to figure out that she could learn more by listening than by talking and that being right is not always the most favorable outcome. As she has aged, hopefully she has gained a modicum of wisdom that will someday be of use to someone; otherwise, she sees herself with a second career writing greeting cards for Hallmark. Rebekah fancies herself to be a defender of social justice around the world and will work tirelessly to convince the world that “All We Need is Love”… and maybe a Diet Coke. In all seriousness, she values her commitment to raising strong, principled and kind humans and is the mother to four, wonderful children (and one most excellent son-in-law.) She was lucky enough to meet the love of her life in high school and despite the fact that they fully recognize how boring they have become in their maturing years, the life they’ve built and the journey they are on is one that she always has a “go-bag” packed for. The world is a big place and we are small people…. but even small people can bring about big change.

There’s Been a Change in My Family

What we know as the definition of the traditional family has largely centered around age and life cycle functions for hundreds of years.  Couples are married, bear and raise children, launch them into the world, spend a few golden years together; and then ultimately, their earthly ties are broken by physical death.  You can also…

Grand-Fathering

As we move into June and Big Ocean Women take time to recognize and appreciate the roles played by men in our lives, I want to share a quote with you from Mario Cuomo. “My favorite thought about Abraham Lincoln is he believed in two things: loving one another and working together to make this…

Other Mothers

We believe that every woman who has the best interest of the rising generation at heart, and willingly gives herself to nourish and protect the rising generation, is a mother.” As part of the definition and explanation of the May tenet that drives the work we aspire to at Big Ocean Women, the above thought…

Mom and Home

The concept of environment is one that has always felt very concrete for me.  Until recently, when I heard that word I would think of things like recycling, Earth Day, whales, oceans and paper bags.  I respect the environment, but I wouldn’t consider myself an environmentalist. However, when examining this month’s tenet, the idea of…