Being Brave with Bruce: Mountain Climbing

Sometimes you might wake up and be really in the mood to do some mountain climbing. You are full of vim and vigor. Bring it on! You were born to summit. But then again, a mountain might arrive at just the wrong moment – such as during your winter brumation or when you are inContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Mountain Climbing”

Resting in Place with Malti: Dining In

After a long day, there is no doubt it can be nice to do something called “dining out.” In this scenario, all you have to do is get yourself to the table and chew. Another being does the rest of the heavy lifting (not to mention the scrubbing and rinsing). But then a bunch ofContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Dining In”

Being Brave with Bruce: Sheltering in Place

There are moments in life where you are raring to go and life…well…isn’t. Maybe it is the height of the warm (hot) season and you couldn’t be more excited about looking for love, filling your belly and making your way in this small round blue world. Then suddenly you are told to do something calledContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Sheltering in Place”

Resting in Place with Malti: FaceTime with Friends

Life with an interspecies flock means you always have something to learn….and you also always have something to teach. For example, you may notice that occasionally your large shell-less flock mates do come up with a good idea. Take “FaceTime,” for instance. The concept is sound. You have a face and you want to talkContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: FaceTime with Friends”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Waffle Wingman

Live amongst the large featherless species for long enough and you will notice they have some very strange flocking rituals. Take the “wingman,” for example. This is an easy one to decode…or at least it should be. Wing + man. Clearly, this term refers to you. Yet the large featherless beings seem to think itContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Waffle Wingman”

Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend

We all need rescuing sometimes. For many of us, being rescued isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime need, either. While there is something to be said for having a well-laid plan, this can only take you so far. This is especially the case when, in the eyes of most of your planet-mates, you are exactly the right shapeContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend”

Resting in Place with Malti: Wallowing Is Wonderful

Anyone who knows anything about relaxing (which is not the large shell-less beings, to put it mildly) knows that there is nothing like a good wallow. In fact, if you look up the word “wallow,” the textbook definition is to “lie relaxed.” Secondary definitions include “to keep cool” and “to avoid biting insects” – thisContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Wallowing Is Wonderful”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reach Out and Bite Someone

Sometimes no matter what you do – or how cute you are – life simply refuses to do what you tell it to do. You say “scratch neck feathers.” It gives you a shower. You say “bring waffles.” It brings spinach. You say “spring migration.” It brings you instructions for sheltering in place. Sheesh. IfContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reach Out and Bite Someone”

Being Brave with Bruce: Living the Good Green Life

“Good life” means different things to different beings. If you are a large shell-less being, perhaps living a good life means you survived another day on the lam from a certain set of highly infectious microscopic particles. Or it might mean you return home that night to discover your (wine) glass is half-full yet again.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Living the Good Green Life”

Resting in Place with Malti: Nose to Nose

When the large shell-less beings love each other, they like to do something called “dancing cheek to cheek.” Of course, when you happen to have a shell, this also means your ears and your cheeks are located in pretty much the same place, which can make hearing the dance beat tricky at best. (Never mindContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Nose to Nose”

Happy Day O’ Independence from Love & Feathers & Shells

When you are just a chick and your bullying flockmates bite off your left wing tip and three of your eight powerful sharp curved talons, independence becomes kind of a thing. You had it when you were born. But now you don’t have it. You can’t fly like the other birds. You need help toContinue reading “Happy Day O’ Independence from Love & Feathers & Shells”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Love Makes the World Go Round

This world serves up so many lessons even on a daily basis. It can feel unrealistic – at best – to expect to learn them all. Here, the best strategy is to just concentrate on the most important lessons. For example: “round is good.” This is an easy one. Round is clearly the best shape,Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Love Makes the World Go Round”

Being Brave with Bruce: Getting Back Out There

Life frequently seems to present more questions than answers. There is the question of what will become of our small (shared) round blue planet. And the question of what it might be like when you get a lot older than you are now. And then there is the question of when to “get back outContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Getting Back Out There”

Resting in Place with Malti: the Doorway of Hope

To be born small and shelled is to be born slow and delicious. There is no better (um) recipe for hope than this one. Every day, you hope to eat and not be eaten. Every night, you aspire to snooze and not be seen. In summer, your goal is to stay cool, while in winter,Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: the Doorway of Hope”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Strike While the Waffle Iron Is Hot

The large featherless beings can have some very strange ideas about things. Take the word “waffling,” for instance. Your large featherless assistant uses this word in all kinds of odd ways. She seems to think it means “not being able to make up your mind.” You can tell because she frequently struggles from this veryContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Strike While the Waffle Iron Is Hot”

Being Brave With Bruce: A Time to Step Up

There are days when it is a good day to hide. Such as the day you wake up to (are woken up by) the shrieks of the hungry hawk babies in the tree next door as they scream for their breakfast. Which, in turn, attracts the feline from one house over – a furry, fangedContinue reading “Being Brave With Bruce: A Time to Step Up”

Resting in Place with Malti: Going Glamping

Living the outdoor life doesn’t always mean you like things rustic. Sure, there can be times when life gets a little….lean….but you know it is just a matter of time before you are flush once again. When you are slow and low to the ground and a natural observer, it is easy to see howContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Going Glamping”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Going All In

If there is one thing in life that is certain, it is uncertainty. This is certainly not a comforting fact. And yet what can be comforting is knowing you’ve got what it takes – whatever life hands you, you are going to make something fabulous from it. You are going to find the gem, theContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Going All In”

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