Being Brave with Bruce: It’s the Climb

The large shell-less beings have a saying. “When the going gets tough, it’s a good time to hibernate.” Or something like that. But there is something to be said for staying brave. For showing up. For stepping up to the plate (especially if it has a plump wriggling earthworm on it). For making the climb.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: It’s the Climb”

Happy Father’s & Mother’s & Grandparents Day!

Being a Dad or a Mom is a pretty big deal, for sure. But being a grandbirdparent – now that is something special. And being a grandturtleparent – how many beings on this small round blue planet can add that singular honor to their lifetime resume? At first glance, it might seem like your largeContinue reading “Happy Father’s & Mother’s & Grandparents Day!”

Resting in Place with Malti: Love Is Love

It is a weird time to be alive – when one minute personal space fetches a premium price and the next minute you can’t give the stuff away. Social distancing was made for no species….least of all the uninvited microscopic party crashers that simply refuse to leave the rest of us alone. But there isContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Love Is Love”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Cuteness

There are some days you may wake up, take a glance out at the current events unfolding on our small round blue planet and quite justifiably decide it’s a great day to go back to bed. No matter where your eyes may fall or what your ears may hear, it can seem there is noContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Cuteness”

Being Brave with Bruce: Opening Up the Box

Being a card carrying member of the wild life doesn’t leave much time for making friends. After all, everybody needs to eat…every single day. You know the moment you wake up each morning that it is game on once again. All day, every day, you keep your eyes peeled for delicacies while remaining hyper-aware thatContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Opening Up the Box”

Resting in Place with Malti: Brave Tortoise Face

There isn’t anything braver in this world than tumbling out of your little white escape pod into a great wide world with only the shell on your back for company. You could say you are born to be brave – and indeed, you are. From moment one, you are “it.” You are your own chefContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Brave Tortoise Face”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Make Mine Mashed

When you’ve been out of the egg for 21-and-a-half consecutive nesting seasons, you have had ample opportunity to learn that expecting things to stay the same is both optimistic and unlikely. On the one hand – positivity. You’ve got it. (And what ladybird doesn’t love positivity?) On the other hand – reality. The food chainContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Make Mine Mashed”

Being Brave with Bruce: Two Shells Is Better

There is no doubt that “the shell” is a very good design. It is lightweight, attractive, sleek and stealthy. Tired? Take a snooze inside your shell. Looking for lunch? Hunker down in your shell to scope for snacks. Looking like lunch? Snap shut and send the predator packing for greener (well, browner) pastures. Depending onContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Two Shells Is Better”

Resting in Place with Malti: Super Stealth Shell

Being born with a shell means you are naturally very stealthy. The fact that you are also born low to the ground and slow and steady is just icing on the proverbial (tortoise-sized) cake. But sometimes you find that you want or need to add even an extra layer of stealth. For instance, maybe thereContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Super Stealth Shell”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Put a Heart On It

In large featherless circles, when you like something – or someone – you’re supposed to put a ring on it. What the large featherless beings don’t know is that a heart can work just as well. For example, let’s say you are having a bit of a bum day. The news from the large rectangularContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Put a Heart On It”

Resting in Place with Malti: Soak for Success

It can be unsettling to wake up one day and discover you are suddenly at war with an opponent you can’t even see. Your enemy can get aerial without wings, survive for days (weeks) on surfaces without sustenance, stay dormant nearly indefinitely without losing any of their super-scary infectious powers. In a word….ACK. But thereContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Soak for Success”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Do Not Disturb Bird

Stress is nobody’s bestie. Whether it comes from unauthorized (at least from you) visits to the large featherless beings in the unattractive white lab coats or something awful called “social distancing” that means you are supposed to stay far away from the ladybirds during nesting season (as if), stress is a bona fide party killer.Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Do Not Disturb Bird”

Being Brave with Bruce: Good Luck Box Turtle

Moving into an interspecies flock means getting a crash course in how other species see the world. For example, you might notice that your large shell-less rescue mama really has a thing for these small round red creatures with dots and antennae. She seems to feel better – luckier – when they are around. You,Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Good Luck Box Turtle”

Resting in Place with Malti: Grazing with Grandma

Choosing to live in an interspecies flock is not for the faint of stomach. It doesn’t take long to learn that some of the large shell-less beings are “delicacy whisperers”….and some are not. You need to learn quickly whose victuals are actually edible and whose are not….at least if you want to enjoy the averageContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Grazing with Grandma”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Big Bird Bite

Biting may not be considered the most socially appropriate response in certain circles. Sad but true. The longer you spend living in an interspecies flock, the more you are likely to notice how frequently your flock mates prefer to waffle around the important issues rather than tackle them head-on. Their loss. Whether the threat isContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Big Bird Bite”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Upgrade

It can be advantageous to have a totally secure box you can close yourself up into whenever danger strikes. Then again, it can also be awfully lonely. It can be easy to psych yourself out, in there all by yourself. Obviously, the ideal scenario would be to invite a friend to shelter inside your boxContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Upgrade”

Resting in Place with Malti: Nature and Nurture

Into every life a little good news….and a little bad news….may fall. Good news, of course, is for basking in (and eating, if it looks the least bit edible). Bad news is a whole different matter. Some types of bad news is particularly….um….infectious. Sometimes you may get a really big, bad batch of it –Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Nature and Nurture”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Drop It Like It’s Sparkly

if there is such a thing as too much of a good thing (which is totally debatable when you’re covered in feathers), there is bound to be too much of a bad thing, too. Like too much stay-at-homing. Or too much soapy hand washing. Or too much of that clear slimy bottled goo that makesContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Drop It Like It’s Sparkly”

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