MARIAH BEAR lives in Oakland, California. She is the publisher of How Now Pocket Pals in San Rafael. THOMAS NIXON is a public school teacher who has taught university courses in both traditional and distance-learning formats. He is co-author of Bearsrs" Guide to the Best Education Degrees by Distance Learning as well as guest author for the high school diplomas chapter in Bearsrs" Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning. Tom writes regularly on distance-learning and nontraditional education for print and online publications.Bear, Mariah is the author of 'Bears Guide To Earning Degrees By Distance Learning ', published 2006 under ISBN 9781580086530 and ISBN 1580086535.