Meet Ray and MihoAbout the author and illustrator
Ray Khan has a B.S.C in Education; he is a former special education public school teacher, fitness expert and a martial arts instructor with over twenty five years of combined teaching experience. This book evolved one snowy evening as Ray and his son sat in front of the fireplace making up stories. His son who is dyslexic came up with the title and concept of the book and Ray was inspired to make his ideas come to life. The collaboration continues to this day. Ray has written fiction and non-fiction books including poetry, health and wellness. Ray enjoys spending time with his sons cycling and snowboarding.
Miho Shiraki holds a Master in Computer Sciences and Graphic Design, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Aikido, an apprentice Instructor in Jeet Kune Do Concepts and Fitness Trainer; she is an accomplished pianist, artist and chef. When not teaching, training, or drawing, Miho enjoys making her culinary delights for friends and family.
One of my ongoing questions is why is it that my dad does not get stung by bees and I did and still do? The answer is probably because my father has over five decades in the art and science of bee keeping and bee rescue and on what is involved in a basic bee rescue. In the process of learning about bee rescue and bee keeping I became much more inspired by what my dad does and his vision to preserve the bee population literally one wild hive at a time. Doing something with your parent be it fishing or in my case bee keeping provided me with lifelong memories and experiences that I will treasure for the rest of my life and I am so grateful for this opportunity. Incidentally in learning about bee keeping I am actually increasing my cognitive ability one neuron at a time as I write about my experience and this is important as I have a progressive brain degenerative disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy otherwise referred to as CTE and recently popularized in Will Smith’s Movie Concussion. Without the help of my friends, parents, doctors and folks at Rocky Mountain Human Services I would have not have made it this far as they not only gave me the courage to keep trying but also a safe place mentally and physically to experience the world again. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and appreciate your support.
NOT a Master Bee Keeper