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 April 2020

Currents of hope and gratitude burst from our authors’ pens this month, Norma notes. Yes, Current events are especially troublesome. We women who carry our entire world wherever we go may naturally feel weighed down as we face COVID-19 with its many ramifications. There is no denying it has brought chaos to our lives–physically, socially,…

Cottage Industry: Houston Rides Again

Houston rides again! Following up on their “Screenagers” event in April 2019, January saw this dynamic cottage bringing Collin Kartchner from www.savethekids.us to discuss the connection between social media and screen addiction to the rise in teens’ mental health ailments and declining self-esteem. The event, marked by mammoth fund-raising efforts and a partnership with a…

Cottage Industry: Shared Respect and Gifts between New Friends

The Provo Cottage joined forces in December with others to gather household items for refugees from Afghanistan.  That’s the condensed version of what they accomplished, but certainly not the complete story. They showcased this month’s tenet, “We are each unique and innately worthy of respect.” The tenet description adds, “… individual worth is not contingent…

Cottage Industry Series: Sister Cottages – Houston and Nigeria Pair Up for Powerful Impact

What happens when two cottages that are a world apart geographically adopt each other as sisters?  A Model of Powerful Impact. Bam! The Houston cottage in the United States had just completed its first large-scale project and felt called to expand its reach to a more global endeavor. The Nigerian cottage, small in numbers but…