Being Brave with Bruce: Tall Dark and Climbing

Every being has their talents. Their secret sauce. Their special skills. This is never more apparent than when you choose to cohabitate in an interspecies flock. Your flock mates come in all shapes and sizes. And their talents are….what is the best way to put this….unique. Take your small feathery brother, for instance. His specialContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Tall Dark and Climbing”

Being Brave with Bruce: If the Slipper Fits

Just because you are a single, solo and suave manly male box turtle doesn’t mean all your worries are over. There is such a thing as survival of the species. Here, it is going to take more than sheer force of cuteness to accomplish this goal. After all, you don’t exactly stand out. In fact,Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: If the Slipper Fits”

Being Brave with Bruce: Tell Tail Signs

Hiding is an art. It is not enough to just be wearing camouflage. Or to be very stealthy. Or even to have the ability to close up entirely into your ground-covered box. To hide effectively, you can’t think like yourself. Or even like your apex predator. Nope. To hide to the point where seeking becomesContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Tell Tail Signs”

Being 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 “Being Brave with Bruce: Happy Days”

Being Brave with Bruce: Safety for Shells

Nature can come up with some pretty savvy safety features. For example, let’s say you come shooting out of your small white round escape pad with a shell on your back, a secret stash of snacks and a super-stealthy set of markings that lets you blend in whenever, wherever. For awhile, you feel very safe.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Safety for Shells”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Cuteness

There are few things in life that a heaping helping of “cuteness” can’t solve. But when one of those few things finally happens along, it is good to have a backup plan. Take the present-day global band of microscopic marauders, for example. They are known to be just as susceptible to cuteness as anyone else.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Cuteness”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot

When you look good, you know it. You can feel it – deep in your gut. You can see it in the eyes of other (envious) beings as they pass by. You can know it by how you are always on the menu (even after you have submitted multiple requests to be removed). But thereContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot”

Being Brave with Bruce: Love You No Matter What

Living the wild life can be perilous, for sure. Perilous enough to tempt you to leave your wild days behind you for good. Yet here, it can be equally tempting to assume that by changing where or even how you live, you will never again land in a sticky situation. What is that they say?Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Love You No Matter What”

Being Brave with Bruce: Window of the Soul

The decision to join an interspecies flock is not one to be taken lightly. There will be challenges. For sure. Take communication, for example. You won’t be able to have any – at least not at first. Because of this, every single aspect of flock life will seem to proceed at a glacial pace, withContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Window of the Soul”

Being Brave with Bruce: One of a Kind You

Being born with a cute curved shell and adorable orange cheek patches can make it seem like it would be so easy to be yourself. After all, who wouldn’t want to be you? The cuteness! The preciousness! The perfectness! But then again, it is all a matter of perspective. To some beings, just the sightContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: One of a Kind You”

Being Brave with Bruce: All Kinds of Brave

As any being who has ever been rescued knows, being brave is definitely an inside job. Sometimes being brave means standing on your own, persevering, crossing that busy street to get to the other side. And sometimes being brave means letting the tall and terrifying shell-less beings intercept you just as you are about toContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: All Kinds of Brave”

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: 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: 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”

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