McArthur Krishna comes from Utah pioneer stock, as her maternal grandmother used to tell her. While her grandmother encouraged her to highlight this information in her dating life, this fact frankly didn’t mean much to her until she started to read the stories of her ancestors. Mary Anne Yearsley who crossed the plains as a widow with five kids and another grandmother who built her own sod homestead near Weber, Utah. Wow. McArthur learned the power of storytelling—even genealogy can come alive!
Harnessing that knowledge, she graduated with a masters degree in Communications from BYU and then co-owned an ideas-marketing business for thirteen years to tell stories focusing on the most important issues facing the world today. With offices in Washington, DC and Oakland, CA, her studio of 30 people won national awards and recognition for their social justice work.
In 2011, she retired from that business, moved to the Magic Land of India, became a Mom, and started writing books. She continues to forge new paths in her life in India — maybe she is a pioneer stock woman after all.
You can see more of her stories at McArthurKrishna.com
Bethany Brady Spalding has a knack for stirring things up in the kitchen and in the community. She likes to cook up change wherever she goes. In Salt Lake City, she founded an innovative partnership to provide health care for immigrants and refugees. In Washington DC, she established a mentoring program to improve graduation rates of inner-city students. Bethany and her daughter started a program to bring creative learning experiences to children living in the slums of Mumbai, India. And in Cape Town, South Africa, she helped build a health promotion partnership to reduce childhood infectious disease. Currently, Bethany leads a regional coalition in Richmond, Virginia creating a healthier food environment for at-risk children. She mothers three fiery girls, loves to cycle with her husband, Andy, and digs cooking spicy vegetarian food to share with neighbors.
Her art can be found in galleries throughout the West and at www.kathleenpetersonart.com.
She and her husband, Steve, live on a farm in Spring City, Utah.