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We Are Passengers

March 11th, 2011 by Lee Welles

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 [...]

Making History

January 6th, 2011 by Lee Welles

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 [...]

No Habeas Corpus Here

December 20th, 2010 by Lee Welles

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 only [...]

A VERY old Thanksgiving Prayer

November 25th, 2010 by Lee Welles

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 [...]

Interspecies Connection

October 27th, 2010 by Lee Welles

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 [...]

Gaia Stuff?

October 19th, 2010 by Lee Welles

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 [...]

Tigers In Bhutan

September 28th, 2010 by Lee Welles

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 [...]

The Bravest Woman I Know

July 19th, 2010 by Lee Welles

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 [...]

Gaia Mission #1

January 28th, 2010 by Lee Welles

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 Gaia [...]

Blue Moon Special

December 29th, 2009 by Lee Welles

"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 Radio [...]