Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise People

Being born with a shell on your back means you get used to shells fairly early in life. Like right on Day One. Unfortunately, the same can’t always be said for everyone else. It isn’t your fault your shell is really cute. Or curved. Or colorful. You can’t help it if it came fully loadedContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise People”

Janie Jeness Post: How an Alpha Gets Born

When you are a young feathered being raised in an interspecies flock, you may at first struggle to grasp and claim your rightful place in the flock pecking order. After all, the ones without feathers are undeniably larger than you are in every way. Plus they act like they know better than you do about when and howContinue reading “Janie Jeness Post: How an Alpha Gets Born”

Happy Day O’ Eating from Our Flock to Yours!

Today is a great day to be alive. And hungry. It is an especially great day if you happen to have a personal Small Chef who fixes all your favorite “hand-fed” delicacies exactly the way you like them to be fixed. Of course, this can also make you feel grateful. Very grateful. So grateful thatContinue reading “Happy Day O’ Eating from Our Flock to Yours!”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: a Perfect Parrot

It doesn’t take much time at all living in an interspecies flock before you realize that the tuneless squawking that your large featherless assistant calls “words” can cause a lot of confusion. Take the word “perfect,” for example. To your featherless biographer, this word has several definitions, each modified by time, place, personality and circumstance.Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: a Perfect Parrot”

Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: the Good of the Whole

Being a flock mama means getting used to seeking the good of the whole. Here, it doesn’t actually matter what species your VIP clients happen to be. Your own species, a different species, all sorts of species – the common denominator is that their needs, preferences and wants always comes first. Let’s say one ofContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: the Good of the Whole”

Being Brave with Bruce: Use Your Box

There is something to be said for using your voice. Then again, there is also something to be said for using your box. In other words, it isn’t always the right time to stand up and be counted…especially if what’s doing the counting looks hungry. Just as there is a time to look for ladyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Use Your Box”

Resting in Place with Malti: Get Up and Go

Being small and shelled and slow, you naturally know something your large, quick, over-anxious MommyGuard does not. Get up and go is over-rated. Sometimes it is really better to sit it out for awhile. Sitting feels great. Sitting is restful. Sitting can readily lead to snoozing (which is even more restful). Not to mention thatContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Get Up and Go”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Born Brave

As the old saying goes, “it is always five o’clock somewhere.” And everyone knows what five o’clock is – dinnertime. In other words, somebody, somewhere, is always on the prowl for their dinner. As a plump, round and delicious prey species, you are always on the menu. Which basically means you are born brave. ChoosingContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Born Brave”

Being Brave with Bruce: Safety for Shells

Nature can come up with some pretty savvy safety features. For example, let’s say you come shooting out of your small white round escape pad with a shell on your back, a secret stash of snacks and a super-stealthy set of markings that lets you blend in whenever, wherever. For awhile, you feel very safe.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Safety for Shells”

Resting in Place with Malti: Tag for Treats

Spend enough time on this small round blue and green planet, and you will start to realize that just because another being looks exactly like you doesn’t mean you will be automatic friends. Of course it is great when that happens. But it is just as possible that your bestie might look very different thanContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Tag for Treats”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fierce and Feathery

Being born covered in soft downy feathers has its ups and its downs. Its pros and its cons. The pros speak for themselves. Feathers. Wings. “Cuteness.” So much of it, in fact, that you have to work extra-hard to show off any of your other many fine qualities. Like “fierceness,” for example. Just because youContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fierce and Feathery”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Cuteness

There are few things in life that a heaping helping of “cuteness” can’t solve. But when one of those few things finally happens along, it is good to have a backup plan. Take the present-day global band of microscopic marauders, for example. They are known to be just as susceptible to cuteness as anyone else.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Cuteness”

Resting in Place with Malti: Conceal and Carry

Navigating life as a short, small, shelled being can take some creativity. On the one hand, you want to stay concealed, on account of how long experience has taught you this is the best way to avoid being singled out for “special” status (as in “special of the day”). On the other hand, you want toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Conceal and Carry”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fluffy With a Side of Feathers

Spend much time in an interspecies flock and you will quickly notice something odd about your large featherless flock mates. They have a fascination with something called “the weather forecast.” Take your large featherless assistant, for instance. Hot, cold, sunny, not sunny, dark, light, windy, not windy – it is all equally interesting if youContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fluffy With a Side of Feathers”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot

When you look good, you know it. You can feel it – deep in your gut. You can see it in the eyes of other (envious) beings as they pass by. You can know it by how you are always on the menu (even after you have submitted multiple requests to be removed). But thereContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot”

Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise and the Ramp

One of the most fun things about living with interspecies flock members is springing little surprises on them. Or big surprises. The best time to do this is just when your flock mates get really used to you doing things a certain way. They start making comfy little assumptions about you based on how youContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise and the Ramp”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reaching New Heights

There is nothing more frustrating than receiving a fresh set of new challenges when you ordered “millet with a side of waffles” and a “single and seeking” ladybird to share it with. Clearly, your large featherless waitress has mixed up your order yet again. To make matters worse, now the challenges have decided you lookContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reaching New Heights”

Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up

Spend enough time as a participating member in the food chain o’ life and you will find plenty of reasons to keep your eyes on the ground and your business to yourself. In other words, if no one knows you and no one sees you, no one can eat you. But that kind of lifeContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up”

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