Chelsea Green Publishing

We Are Passengers

Today’s earthquake, and resulting tsunami, in Japan reminds us of a few important truths: we are but passengers on this spaceship; it’s a living ship; the skin we rest upon is alive, and ripples with activity. I am reminded that my own lifetime is barely a breath in the long history of this planet. My cares and concerns are like sub-atomic particals. Gaia is old and large and opperates under principles that, for all our human nattering, are immutable. That said, I pray for the communities affected by this. Video: 8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan Read the original post on Read More

I am the author of the award-winning Gaia Girls book series. I live in Corning, NY with my third-grade teacher hubby, two dogs (one young and wild, one old and patient) and an orange cat who thinks he is king of the whole pride. I am elected City Councilman here because I believe in putting your money where your mouth is and I drive VW Beetle that runs on waste veggie-oil. Writing a fictional sereis about girl-eco heroes is extremely fun and I have discovered the profession of writing suits my nature. Half the time I'm squired away from the world and lost in my own daydreams and the other half I get to go into schools, libraries and other interesting venues to talk about my work and, more importantly, about Gaia.


Making History

In 121 years, no woman has ever chaired a meeting of the Corning City Council. That changed Monday night when Gaia Girls author, Lee Welles took gavel in hand and ran the meeting. She’s happy to make history, but sad that more women don’t run for office. “It amazes me that more women don’t consider […]
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No Habeas Corpus Here

This is a wonderful speech. Chief Oren Lyons speaks about Climate Change at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN Headquarters in 2007. His words ring true. “People have to change. Directions have to change. Values have to change. Otherwise…There’s no mercy in nature. None. No Mercy. Nature has none. Has […]
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A VERY old Thanksgiving Prayer

Long before pilgrims, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois, or The League of Six Nations) had an opening prayer for gatherings. Still spoken today, Ohenten Kariwatkwa (which literally means “Words That Come Before All Else,) is used to remind us of our inter-connectedness with each other, other living beings, and the cosmos. There are many versions of Ohenten […]
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Interspecies Connection

This video is beautiful. It shows what can happen when people set aside their own wants, needs and agendas. This woman is simply be-ing, and another thinking, feeling creature felt safe enough to investigate. People tell me I have a way with animals. The way is to have no way. Just get out of the […]
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Gaia Stuff?

Every day I receive e-mails from children (and grown-ups!) who LOVE Gaia Girls. As an author, I get a kick out of seeing enthusiasm for the characters and the story. However, I struggle with the idea of “Gaia-stuff.” Do we need Gaia Girls t-shirts, jewelry, toys? Or, is this just adding to the burdens Gaia […]
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Tigers In Bhutan

I really admire people who dedicate their lives to understanding and protecting threatened and endangered species. Tigers have been under tremendous assault due to habitat loss and poaching. Worldwide, there may only be as few as 3200 tigers left in the wild! So, you can see why BBC team member, Gordon Buchanan gets emotional when […]
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The Bravest Woman I Know

In the Gaia Girls books, Gaia often says, “Be brave.” Julia Butterfly Hill is the bravest woman I know. She tells it like it is. I think it is interesting how listening to this level of truth-telling makes even a greenie like me squirm. One-by-one, we will need to move away from our disposablility consciousness. […]
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Gaia Mission #1

My hubby (a third-grade teacher) and I have always called Gaia Girls, “Fiction with a Mission.” I’m happy to announce that the “Mission” component is about to begin! This weekend, on my monthly show, Radio Gaia, I will be announcing Gaia Mission #1. From the Gaia Girls Blog: “I am soooo excited to share this 2-month […]
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Blue Moon Special

“Where is Gaia Girls Air Apparent?!” I get this question a lot, and have felt the same frustration as Gaia-fans! There is actually a reason or the delay. If you’ve been chomping at the bit for next installent of the Gaia Girls series, I’m going to help you end 2009 on a high note! Visit […]
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Small Things, Big Smiles

As I was walking to my office, I started to think about all the small “Gaia-gifts” that make me smile. Here is my top ten, and why I picked them. 1-Monarch Caterpillars: because they remind me that transformation is possible 2-Walking sticks (the bugs): because Gaia’s craftiness is cool 3-Bees:because they remind me the sweet […]
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