Norma grew up in rural Utah in a home furnished with good books and music, the newspaper, and fresh-baked cookies. She still enjoys big ideas, baking, and sharing life with Clyde—her husband, best friend, and versatile life assistant. Norma had dreams of writing a newspaper column. She even earned a degree in newswriting at the University of Utah—30 years, five children, and several grandchildren after beginning at Snow College. Now she not only gets to write and edit, but also rub shoulders and share great ideas with the capable, passionate members of Big Ocean.

Currents June 2021

Father. That name holds great power and emotion, especially regarding the man who is our biological father. The definition deepens as we expand it to include father figures—men who nurture, protect, and guide us in the manner of a father. Other rich meanings include our ancestors or forefathers, originators or inventors such as the father…

Big Ocean Women: Sending Waves Across the World

Ann Takasaki, executive board member of Big Ocean Women, shared her passion and vision for our work in an interview on Spanish Fork City Television last month. Among the life-changing efforts of our organization are virtual and face-to-face cottage meetings of like-minded women, seeking generative solutions to poverty and abuse, educating women and girls on…

Currents April 2021

I love the 80’s movie, Short Circuit, wherein military robot Number 5 literally takes on a life of his own when lightning strikes him. He voraciously seeks “input,” hungering for knowledge and wisdom to explore and understand the full meaning of life.  When he accidentally crushes a grasshopper, he vows to never again be a…