John Penberthy was born with an insatiable curiosity which has made him an ardent student of Life and Spirit. His first conscious memory is that of beeing stung by a bee at age one. He grew up in south Florida, earned an MBA and spent a decade doing market and economic research consulting throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Following a period of intensive spiritual exploration, John coordinated a vitamin A fortification (blindness prevention) project for Helen Keller International in Indonesia and later managed the Cache River Bioreserve for The Nature Conservancy. His striving to see the Divine in all things led him to write To Bee or Not to Bee, which came to him in a meditation. John lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and daughter.
Laurie Barrows brings her positive approach to life in her art. Her sense of fun shines through in her work, which sparkles with color and playfulness. A fifth generation northern Californian, Laurie uses every opportunity to sketch people, landscapes and wildlife. Her art reflects a deep respect for, and insight into, the natural world. She has illustrated over 80 books and lives in the Sierra Nevadas in Alta, California with her family. A broad sampling of Laurie’s art may be seen at www.LaurieBarrows.com.