Being Brave with Bruce: Sharing Your Shell

When you’ve never known life without having a shell of your very own, it is hard to imagine what it might be like not to have one. Right from birth, your shell has been your refuge. It is there whenever you need it. Tired? Cold? Scared? Just sit down, pull in and your shell’s gotContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Sharing Your Shell”

Being Brave with Bruce: Love Lifts You Up

There is something to be said for being very short, silent and shelled. You can slip under the radar, so to speak. And when you have the good style sense to select a “survival-friendly” camouflaging shell color like, say, olive, this ability is amplified. Other beings – especially the very large, loud, shell-less ones –Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Love Lifts You Up”

Being Brave with Bruce: Showing Your Face

Being a low, slow shelled being in a fast high world is a tall order on the best of days. Which means it is an especially tall order these days. On the plus side, you have your handy box – right up on top of your own back – if you just want to curlContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Showing Your Face”

Being Brave with Bruce: Power Claws

Life is full of surprises. Some surprises are good – great, even. Some surprises are not so great. Some surprises are just terrible – wildly infectious and oh-so-confining – the exact opposite of what you ordered. When a surprise arrives that you really don’t like, then you need to know where to go to complain.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Power Claws”

Being Brave with Bruce: Shades of Brave

If you are a being who has survived living in a hostile or scary or unsafe environment, other beings often label you as “brave.” And this is true. It takes a great deal of brave to survive losing your birth territory, being harassed by big hairy drooling fanged creatures, and getting passed from one homeContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Shades of Brave”

Being Brave with Bruce: Sunny Side Up

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, there may be days when you just wake up feeling like the sun isn’t shining inside you. It is behind the clouds somewhere. Or taking a break. Or maybe it went on vacation. While sometimes this feeling passes quite quickly, at other times it may linger.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Sunny Side Up”

Being Brave with Bruce: A Foot Up

It can be quite the adjustment to go from a mostly solitary life to living in the heart of an interspecies flock. Needless to say, making the transition can take some time. At first, you may be tempted to just hide, hide, hide. After all, it has (mostly) worked well for you so far….at leastContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Foot Up”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Being Brave with Bruce: Sitting Cute

Life can be very hard at times. Oh so very hard. But then there are those pivotal moments in every being’s life that make all the hardships and scary-ness (a technical term) and challenges worth it. Like the moment when that huge snarfling predator stomps right past you (because you are such an excellent hider).Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Sitting Cute”

Happy Birthday to Our Small Chef!

Once each year a very special day arrives. It is the day when a certain flock-wide Small Chef turns one year younger. And wiser. And even more special. It doesn’t matter what species you are – a Grandma’s love is a Grandma’s love. When you know you are loved and cared for and doted uponContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Our Small Chef!”

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!”

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