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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. Can you pick ONE THING you currently throw “away,” and make a new choice? I dare you. Pick ONE thing in your life that you currently throw “away,” and choose differently. After all, how can we tackle the BIG problems if we are not even willing to tackle a little thing like using a paper cup? This is a link to a video of Julia talking about Disposability Consciousness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72Z2wmgLiTc&feature=player_embedded Lee Welles is the author of Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth, and Gaia Girls: Way of Water. Both are available in our bookstore.

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.


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 […] Read More..

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 […] Read More..

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 […] Read More..

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 […] Read More..

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 […] Read More..