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”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Man(bird) Up

Being the “alpha” man(bird) of a flock means your flock mates are always looking to you for guidance. It just comes with the territory. When a new situation unfolds, everyone will automatically turn in your direction to see how you will respond. Your “beta” flock members rely on you to lead them with wisdom, braveryContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Man(bird) Up”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Buckle Up

Life sure can dish out some surprises. Some surprises are quite big and good – like the sudden appearance of an enormous, piping hot, tasty “Grandma’s” waffle the size of your own small feathery body. Some surprises are quite little and scary – so little and so scary, in fact, that the only way toContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Buckle Up”

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: 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: 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: 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: Living the Good Green Life

“Good life” means different things to different beings. If you are a large shell-less being, perhaps living a good life means you survived another day on the lam from a certain set of highly infectious microscopic particles. Or it might mean you return home that night to discover your (wine) glass is half-full yet again.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Living the Good Green Life”

Being Brave With Bruce: A Time to Step Up

There are days when it is a good day to hide. Such as the day you wake up to (are woken up by) the shrieks of the hungry hawk babies in the tree next door as they scream for their breakfast. Which, in turn, attracts the feline from one house over – a furry, fangedContinue reading “Being Brave With Bruce: A Time to Step Up”

Being Brave with Bruce: Sitting Cute

Life can be very hard at times. Oh so very hard. But then there are those pivotal moments in every being’s life that make all the hardships and scary-ness (a technical term) and challenges worth it. Like the moment when that huge snarfling predator stomps right past you (because you are such an excellent hider).Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Sitting Cute”

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