Resting in Place with Malti: Someone Who Cares

When you are born wearing a (cute, curved, fashion-forward) shell on your back, other beings may automatically assume you are self-contained. As a matter of fact, you are self-contained. At least in the sense that you can fit all of your self into your shell any time you want to. And sure, you enjoy yourContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Someone Who Cares”

Resting in Place with Malti: Hunting Cactus

No being starts out being a great hunter. Right at the beginning, you are awful. You do as you think a hunter should do even though you have never hunted anything before in your life. You skulk, scope and stalk like a pro (you think), not realizing the prey can see (and hear!) you comingContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Hunting Cactus”

Resting in Place with Malti: Every Being’s Gotta Eat

If there is any piece of truly universal wisdom on this small round blue and green planet, it might just be this: Every being’s gotta eat. Reason being, eating is a great way to take good care of your (adorable, round, shelled) form. When you take in nutrients, this helps you stay safe against aContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Every Being’s Gotta Eat”

Resting in Place with Malti: Green Is Great

It has been said that it isn’t easy being green. These are potent words of truth. But then again, it isn’t easy to be brown. Or red. Or black. Or orange. Or grey and white. Which is why the place to start is always with loving the color you’ve got. When you love your ownContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Green Is Great”

Resting in Place with Malti: Happy Head Pats

Being born with a hard brown shell on your back has its pros and its cons. On the “pros” side, you have your handy “rock disguise” at the ready whenever you need it (or just want it, for that matter). On the “cons” side, other beings often assume that because you are hard on theContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Happy Head Pats”

Resting in Place with Malti: Good Big Stuff

Living life slow and low to the ground gives you a unique perspective most beings miss out on. For starters, you see – and appreciate – the small stuff. Some of it is very small stuff, indeed. But then you also get to notice how small stuff can become big stuff over time. This isContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Good Big Stuff”

Resting in Place with Malti: Nostrils of Hope

Not too many beings go through their day thinking “I make such a difference!” We just don’t tend to see ourselves that way. We feel small. Maybe we are small. And maybe we have a cute round curved shell on our backs and maybe we just feel like we do. Sometimes we may even justContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Nostrils of Hope”

Resting in Place with Malti: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

It doesn’t take much time cohabitating with an interspecies flock to notice there is one activity that is always at the bottom of everyone’s list. Waiting. No one likes it. It is annoying. Worse – it is boring. This is especially true for some of your flockmates (who may or may not have feathers andContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait”

Resting in Place with Malti: Mud Rings

If there is one thing you learn quickly when living in an interspecies flock, it is that other species can have some pretty strange hobbies. Take the large shell-less species, for instance. “Getting dark” is clearly the universal symbol for “it’s bedtime already.” Yet when it gets dark outside, they like to stay awake andContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Mud Rings”

Resting in Place with Malti: Soak Your Troubles Away

Evolutionarily speaking, it is easy to explain why nearly all beings – regardless of species – seem to so enjoy a good soak. Primordial soup. Soaking is so relaxing. You can just settle in. Take a load off. Luxuriate. But where in the past you had to share the soup pot (so to speak) withContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Soak Your Troubles Away”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Open Wide

Cohabitating on one small round blue planet with several hundred (thousand, million, billion) other beings can make life feel somewhat….crowded. When you are a more introverted, solitary individual who is used to enjoying some considerable personal space, these conditions can naturally make you feel like retreating. Going inward. Powering down for awhile. You may wantContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Open Wide”

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