Being Brave with Bruce: What the World Needs Now

There are times when unfolding events on this small round blue and green planet can feel really stressful. Oh so stressful. The news about, well, basically everything, sounds so grim. There are micro-particles on the loose everywhere and they aren’t very friendly. Even worse, the latest fashion trend sweeping the ranks of your large shell-lessContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: What the World Needs Now”

Being Brave with Bruce: What Box Turtle?

“Extreme cuteness.” In some scenarios, it can be such a blessing. Then again, there are those other scenarios. Truth be told, you don’t pop right out of your round white escape hatch knowing how to dial down the cuteness when the situation calls for it. To that point, you also don’t know which situations mightContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: What Box Turtle?”

Being Brave with Bruce: Jedi Turtle

Waking up to each new day full of unknowns is kind of scary. It is also kind of an adrenaline rush. As you bat your (adorable, red, whirling) box turtle eyes open each day, you truly have no idea if you will come face to face with the best of life…. Or the worst ofContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Jedi Turtle”

Being Brave with Bruce: Stealth Box

There is a reason “earth tones” (like “olive,” for instance) are always in fashion. They go with everything. Everything goes with them. This makes olive just about the closest accessory you can have to an actual cloaking device. While classic olive all by itself is great, maybe you are a fashion-forward box turtle and soContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Stealth Box”

Being Brave with Bruce: Keep Your Ferns Close

When you are small and super-delicious, you can never have too many ferns. Ferns are so friendly. They are so multi-purpose. A fern can clean your air, purify your water, shade you, shelter you, even lift you up (literally). Ferns are nice and quiet, which means they make great neighbors. And they are very leafyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Keep Your Ferns Close”

Being Brave with Bruce: Food Chain Friends

Regardless of your ranking in the greater food chain o’ life, it can be a full time job to figure out the difference between friends, enemies and frenemies. In other words, some beings always want to eat you. Some never do. And some are only interested if someone tastier isn’t available. When in doubt –Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Food Chain Friends”

Being Brave with Bruce: Cuteness Contest

It doesn’t take much time living in an interspecies flock to notice that beings without shells tend to be a restless lot. While you and your small shelled red-dotted sister are chill as can be, the same can’t be said for your small loud feathery brother or your large shell-less rescue mama. Talk about over-thinkingContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Cuteness Contest”

Being Brave with Bruce: Home Together

It is true that beings with shells tend to be homebodies. And thank goodness for it, when you are (quite literally) appetizer-sized and every other being around you is keen for their three squares a day just like you are. In other words, in a big, wild, hungry world, it can make smart survival senseContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Home Together”

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”


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