Lee Welles  @  ChelseaGreen

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Small Things, Big Smiles

June 6th, 2009 by Lee Welles

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 nectar of life [...]

Gaia on the Radio

May 27th, 2009 by Lee Welles

Treading Air

May 20th, 2009 by Lee Welles

Wow! Wow! Wow! These are the times I ADORE modern technology! Watch the hummingbird via a super-slow motion camera and see how hummingbirds do it. I know how to tread water, but these little guys have developed to tread air! (Hmmm, air-girl power?)

Green Machine Contest

March 5th, 2009 by Lee Welles

Do you have an idea/invention that could help green-up our planet? City Kidz World Magazine would like to hear about it! If you are in 2nd-8th grade, you can enter this contest. It's free…but the Deadline is March 15th. Click here for Contest details. Good luck! Let me know if you entered!

The Wise Wombat

February 27th, 2009 by Lee Welles

I'm always looking for a fun way for kids to grasp complex ideas. I think this Wise Wombat keeps it sublimely simple! My thanks to the folks at Global MindShift for highlighting this! (Click on the post title to view)
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHyH3MPgZDo

Musings Over V-8

February 22nd, 2009 by Lee Welles

It's February. I'm standing at my kitchen window, looking at bare trees, a dormant garden, and pale grass that I'd like to imagine is waiting for Spring with as much anticipation as I. I'm sipping V-8. "Hot Spicy V-8." I love it.
But then I start to wonder: where did the tomatoes come from? I [...]

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 11th, 2009 by Lee Welles

Friday Feb 13th is Day 1 of the 4-day Great Backyard Bird Count. I highly recommend this as a family activity. It takes as little as 15 minutes per day and it is easy for children to participate. Your kids will be thrilled to know they are helping Audubon and Cornell's Lab of Ornithology–real bird [...]

Ya Gotta Laugh While Ya Learn!

January 27th, 2009 by Lee Welles

One of my biggest peeves is the idea we have to scare kids about the environment.  Young minds are very motivated by fun and curiousity.  There is so much to love about nature…leverage that curiosity!  And, when it comes time to help the wee-ones develop their awareness of "environmental issues," make it fun! I highly recommend [...]

Strong, Green Shoots an '09 Prediction

December 30th, 2008 by Lee Welles

I am positively giddy. This rotten economy is going to do something that all the well-meaning progressive programs (and/or faith-based for that matter!) could not. As the money stream slows to a trickle for most families, the idea of luxury will change. And yes, the kids will whine about it. But, this is a good [...]

First Snow

November 17th, 2008 by Lee Welles

Today was the first "sticks to the ground" snow in my neck of the woods.  Finally, autumn has made its turn to winter and I felt like a celebration was in order.  My merry-making was limited to throwing snowballs at my ecstatic puppy, but it was nice to make the connection none the less.
I've been [...]