Being Brave with Bruce: A Standup Guy

Spend enough time as a card-carrying member of the food chain o’ life and it is easy to feel pigeonholed. No matter what you do, some beings will always just see you as supper. Other beings will think because you are short and shelled, they can pluck you out of your home and take youContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Standup Guy”

Being Brave with Bruce: One Small Step

It doesn’t take long after emerging from your small white escape pod that you start to notice all beings didn’t get the same number of feet. Some don’t even have any feet at all. (To your mind, this doesn’t seem advantageous.) Some beings have two feet. This is a little better. But you – youContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: One Small Step”

Being Brave with Bruce: Love the Shell You Are In

Popping out of your small round white escape pod for the first time can be a bit of a shocker. You’ve got to get to know yourself. Take stock. Call roll. Do an inventory. So, okay. Maybe first you notice you’ve got claws. Claws are good. You have a shell on your back. Oh, andContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Love the Shell You Are In”

Being Brave with Bruce: Green Is Great

When you are born short and shelled, you spend a lot of time with green beings. This gives you an appreciation your bigger, taller planet-mates often lack. For example, green is great for camouflaging things. Things like you. Green symbolizes growth. And if you are still growing you must still be here. (As in, notContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Green Is Great”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Comfort

There is something to be said for staying prepared. Even if you are of a peaceable temperament (more naturally inclined towards defense rather than offense, so to speak), your claws are still there. And you still know how to use them. Just in case. Plus, it can be a great self-esteem booster to look downContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Comfort”

Being Brave with Bruce: Keep Your Friends Close

It can be a lot to take on – living the wild life. Every day, you know who the buck stops with. You. Whether the threat o’ the day is enormous and carnivorous or microscopic and infectious, when you get all the way to the end of it, you will know who you have toContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Keep Your Friends Close”

Being Brave with Bruce: the Many Faces of Brave

It is easy to think of “brave” as being only when you are presenting your full-on, nostrils-first, wide-eyed, out-in-the-open self to the world. To face the scary things. To stare down the pack of slavering challenges staring back. But the truth is, brave doesn’t have just one face. Sometimes the bravest thing you can doContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: the Many Faces of Brave”

Being Brave with Bruce: Feeling Fern-tastic

As everyone knows, orange is the best color. Orange has so many great properties. For example, orange is a fabulous choice for colorful accents like, say, cheek patches. Of course, not every being can wear orange well. For those who can’t, the next best color is green. Green is the color of nature. It isContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Feeling Fern-tastic”

Being Brave with Bruce: Putting Yourself Out There

Being born with a (cute, curved) shell on your back doesn’t always means you will turn out to be an introvert. But it is a pretty safe bet. That shell can just look too tempting, feel too comforting. And comfort is great, for sure. But it can also be isolating. Especially when there are microscopicContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Putting Yourself Out There”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws for Days

When participation in the food chain o’ life isn’t an elective, you want to make sure you bring your very best A-game (and all its fancy accessories) to every single interaction. Suit up and then show up, so to speak. Speaking of accessories, here it can help to have a range of options to matchContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws for Days”

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”


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