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.

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…

Cottage Industry Series: Provo Cottage

Provo Cottage Industry:  Women of Wisdom Finding and Sharing Wisdom Grace Garn, a young adult member and one of the leaders for the combined Provo Student and Provo Cottage, described how the cottage works to create generative solutions with their global sisters. Grace took a world civics high school course from Carolina Allen, Big Ocean…

Houston Cottage Industry: Fast Forward with Faith and Hard Work

Ever hear of a cottage industry bursting into existence with immediate impact and results? This month we share such a story, that of our Houston Cottage.  Nikki Brown encountered Big Ocean as she researched the work done at United Nations. It struck a chord with her. “After observing Big Ocean Women for nearly a year…