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The Beat of Gaia's Heart

All I REALLY Want for Christmas is - A KOALA!

Not done shopping yet? Baby elephants not your cup of tea? How about my favorite animal in all the world -- the koala?

Port Macquarie's Koala Hospital in NSW, Australia could really, really use your help. They rescue and treat wild koalas that are ill or injured, and they depend on public  Read More 
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All I Want for Christmas is -- an elephant?

If you're wondering what to get for that hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list, and shuddering at the thought of yet another gift card (too impersonal) or sweater (too easy to go wrong), and hesitant to add to the epidemic of clutter we all seem to have these days, I have a suggestion that would be perfect for any animal lover or environmentalist on your list -- and probably a lot of other folks, too.

Adopt an elephant.

No, seriously. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is looking for people who will foster a baby elephant online. Read More 
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A Christmas Tea Party -- Down Under style

If you've ever taken part in one of those parties where everyone gathers at one home for the appetizer, then goes on somewhere else for the main course, then someplace else for dessert, you know that the variety can be amazing and you can meet some really nice people.

Maybe you've taken part in one of those on the Web, too, such as the one that Karen Waschinski hosted at Halloween (http://www.halloweenstudiotour.com). Those are a lot of fun, too, and once again, you can meet some really nice people.

Well, I'd like to invite everyone to the Christmas teddy bear version of this.  Read More 
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