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Mateo and the Gift of Presence book coverMateo and the Gift of Presence

Laid-back Mateo Marino doesn’t brood about the past or worry about the future. Instead, he lives in the present moment, driving his high-achieving parents crazy. Mateo feels unseen and unappreciated, especially compared to his younger brother, Alex.

But everything changes when he disappears through a mysterious crack in his bedroom ceiling and finds himself on a planet called Urth, 64,000 light years away.

Why was he drawn there? He doesn’t know, but a series of mind-blowing adventures follow, leading him deeper into the mystery and farther from home, where his desperate parents think he’s been abducted and an innocent man is charged with the “crime”!

ben franklin gold award   Mateo and the Gift of Presence is a Benjamin Franklin Gold Award Winner!



Mom's Choice AwardsMateo and the Gift of Presence is a Mom’s Choice Silver Award Winner!


Forensic DNA in the Tales by Moons-Light Series

Guess what? Each book in the Tales by Moons-Light™ series has a plot that involves DNA forensics! That’s right! If you like watching shows like Forensic Files and CSI, you’ll love reading Mateo and the Gift of Presence and the upcoming book in the series, Elvia and...

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The Poison Well: A Fairy Tale from Urth

Before joining me in this blog post, please click on the link below to read Chapter 3 of Tales by Moons-Light: Stories from Before the Great Melt. It’s a fairy tale from Urth, presented in a “flip book” format, about a boy named Nim who lived on Urth a long time ago....

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Duppies and Uppies

Ruthy Ballard’s insightful, colorful, and often hilarious “duppy” cartoons depict the archetypal, mischievous spirits that hide in the mind and drive habitual cycles of self-destructive thoughts and behavior. By drawing them out (both figuratively and literally), Ruthy exposes these psychological tricksters to the light of day, where they are stripped of their powers.

“Uppies” are the flip-side of duppies: the internal spirits who guide us to a better place and help us navigate the ups and downs of life with grace and compassion.

The Last Straw

Over the past several months, I've shifted my artistic focus from psychology/Buddhism to climate change, pollution, and the sixth extinction. In the coming weeks, I will be posting these cartoons, which I call "scuppies" (socially conscious duppies and uppies)...

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Announcing the Duppies & Uppies 2018 Wall Calendars!

It’s that time of year again. Just past Halloween, a few weeks before Thanksgiving. The leaves are changing color and cascading to the ground. Pumpkins are ripening. The days are shortening. Or perhaps you live in the Southern hemisphere, where buds are bursting forth...

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