Some insights from the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit

Recently we got to talk to Melyssa Webb and Dana Robb, two Big Ocean members who attended the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit  held in Washington, D.C. in June.   https://endsexualexploitation.org/cesesummit2019/ We asked them about their experience at the conference, learned more about what sexual exploitation is, and how we can help prevent it. Here…

December 2018 Board Message

Over the last little while, my husband Allen and I have developed a deep passion for personal development. One principle that is often discussed as we read books, listen to podcasts, and talk with thought leaders, is the idea of abundance. It is often the second step–coming directly after gratitude–that is cited as the starting…

Aloe and Abundance

As I was out shopping garage sales with my family many years ago, we saw a table with aloe plants in various re-used food containers. A sign declared they were free to take. I decided that would be a wonderful addition to my small collection of houseplants that managed to survive. I was starting to…

Cultivating Creativity

Days before school is scheduled to start for my two sons—one a freshman and one a senior—I am up early, preparing a lesson for the summer English class I have been teaching. My children are dreading the return to a normal school schedule—the early mornings and the late nights filled with practice and homework and…

Reflection on Wisdom

I recently read a book that challenged me deeply. I was made to see a situation I had thought had obvious right and wrong sides from a different point of view. It was painful to recognize how my judgment had been wrong. While it was an uncomfortable shift of perspective, it was valuable because I…

Someday Came Today

I said that someday I would go back. After all, we were expecting our first baby, my husband needed to get his education under way, and the thought of juggling a new baby, a young marriage, his schooling, and then mine too… well that just seemed like too much to contemplate. I made the conscious…