Rest for Success with Malti: If the Bath Fits

Every day, some things stay the same. And some things change. Like you, for example. Maybe you still have all your cute red dots (and your orange and yellow dots, come to think of it). You still prefer the same favorite delicacies. And you still like to take life at a leisurely pace. There isContinue reading “Rest for Success with Malti: If the Bath Fits”

Be the Cuteness with Pearl: No Waffling

Sometimes you just know. This tends to happen more often when you have feathers, however. Feathered beings are naturally very confident. They are also naturally very cute. This is not a coincidence. The moment an adorable feathered being tumbles out of their small oval-shaped escape pod and hears their first “oohs” and “ahhhs” of theContinue reading “Be the Cuteness with Pearl: No Waffling”

Be Brave with Bruce: Making Friends

Making your own way in the world isn’t for the un-brave. Every day, there are decisions to be made, choices to be weighed. Hide or hunt? Eat this or that? Stay low or say hi? Whether your goal o’ the moment is to forage up some lunch or avoid becoming dinner,  the outcome rests solelyContinue reading “Be Brave with Bruce: Making Friends”

Rest for Success with Malti: Fashion Forward Tortoise

Part of being stylish is standing out. Another part is blending in….an essential aspect of any (er) survival-minded fashion strategist. Working with a powerful palette of primary colors is guaranteed to keep your personal style edgy and interesting. But what about when you want to take it to the next level? Dress it up aContinue reading “Rest for Success with Malti: Fashion Forward Tortoise”

Be the Cuteness with Pearl: Dinner and a Show

As every very cute being knows, “cuteness” is its own language. All other explanations are optional. You can just show up, look very cute, and watch all the other beings rearrange themselves in line behind you. This is always convenient. Where it becomes especially convenient is when a choice delicacy appears. Everyone wants it. AndContinue reading “Be the Cuteness with Pearl: Dinner and a Show”

Be Brave with Bruce: Happy Days

Interspecies life can open your mind to a whole new perspective. You can learn new customs you might never have known about otherwise. For instance, you’ve noticed how every so often a day will arrive that your flock mates like to add the word “happy” to. Happy birthday. Happy holidays. Happy World Turtle Day (aContinue reading “Be Brave with Bruce: Happy Days”

Rest for Success with Malti: Sit and Be Fit

There’s something about simply sitting still. Resting. Letting time pass. You know what they say about being slow and steady. It works if you work it. For example, let’s say you’re feeling peckish. But you have also just gotten settled in your nice warm relaxing tortoise spa bath. You don’t need to freak out, rushingContinue reading “Rest for Success with Malti: Sit and Be Fit”

Be the Cuteness with Pearl: Nest for Success

As any manly manbird will tell you, nesting is not for amateurs. Nothing is, when there are ladybirds involved. Ladybirds can be particularly, well, particular, especially when it comes to their eggs. Only the poshest, softest, safest, most secure and private nesting site will do. And that nesting site must be manned by the fiercestContinue reading “Be the Cuteness with Pearl: Nest for Success”

Box Turtle Whisperer

I have been called a lot of things…. …..but “box turtle whisperer” is hands-down my favorite.  Since I was eight I have been sharing my life with parrots and turtles. First it was a parakeet named Perky and a red-eared slider named Red (super-creative, right?). But hey, I was 9 at the time and heContinue reading “Box Turtle Whisperer”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Making Snow While the Sun Shines

Being covered in soft downy feathers practically guarantees you will be dodging the paparazzi for life. And while hiring a large featherless MommyGuard can keep the workload manageable, it may also bring with it some rather odd customs you have to get used to. For example, let’s say you live in the south. The sub-tropicalContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Making Snow While the Sun Shines”

Happy Birthday Pearl & His Mama!

Yup. You guessed it (from the clever title to this blog post, no doubt). Someone small and feathery and very cute and his slavishly devoted mama just turned one year older. Ahem…..younger. Of course, in true flock tradition, today is a day for festivities. For feasting. For quality time with the whole flock, which includesContinue reading “Happy Birthday Pearl & His Mama!”

Being Brave with Bruce: Warmer Days to Come

If you love to sleep, there is no better species to be than a box turtle. Talk about a sleep maestro! When everyone else is slogging through the cold and the damp and the windy that is the cold season, you are hunkered down for an extended restful snooze. (On a side note, this handilyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Warmer Days to Come”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Rise and Shine

Into every day a little (or a lot) of uncertainty may fall. The same might be said of certain years. Yet each new sunrise brings with it another choice. You can tuck your soft downy head back under your soft downy wing. Or you can rise and shine to greet the day. The more enthusiasticContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Rise and Shine”

Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: With Parrot

When you are a flock mama, you know there are two methods to accomplish any task on the daily to-do list. The first way is “without parrot.” This way is expedient. Efficient. Quiet. And absolutely no fun. Guess what the second way is? Not surprisingly, “with parrot” is much cuter. It comes with free spontaneousContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: With Parrot”

Being Brave with Bruce: Trust Does a Body Good

“Trust” isn’t a very popular concept in the greater food chain o’ life. In other words, it’s all one big happy until somebody gets eaten. But just because trusting others didn’t exactly come pre-installed in your survival skills 101 toolkit doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to trust when the moment is right. Let’s sayContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Trust Does a Body Good”

Resting in Place with Malti: A Couch Potato A Day

Just like each being has their own unique personality, so too does each day have its own unique way of being. Some days are oh-so-active days – all go, no stop, eat it all, check it all off the list. And then there are the other days. Thank goodness. You know it is going toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Couch Potato A Day”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Special Biscuits

Some days are tougher than others. Heck, some years are tougher than others. This is when we need small daily doses of brightness, goodness, sweetness, the most. Let’s say you wake up one morning and your entire small round feathery body has decided it is a good day to molt. You are not in theContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Special Biscuits”

Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: Family We Choose

In the world of the large shell-less beings, there is a saying. “Family is the flock you choose.” Or something like that. But what many beings don’t realize is that your family flock members don’t all have to be from your same species. In fact, you can populate your family o’ choice with any speciesContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: Family We Choose”

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