Resting in Place with Malti: Zoom Zoom

When you are born with a shell no one thinks you can zoom. It is the weight, they explain. The shell. It is so heavy. It slows you down. But you know the truth. Where there is a will to zoom, there is always a way. For example, let’s say your large shell-less assistant (whoContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Zoom Zoom”

Being Brave with Bruce: Hello Love

Some days are just different than all the others. You won’t necessarily know it when you wake up. That this will be the day you will be rescued. Meet your person – the one who will care for you for life. Join your forever flock. Maybe all you know is that you are going toContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Hello Love”

Resting in Place with Malti: Coming Out

There is a reason shelled beings are so fascinating to beings who don’t have shells. (Okay, there are many reasons. But this one seems to rather reliably top the list.) When you have a shell right above your own head, you don’t have to worry about all kinds of things non-shelled beings have to dealContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Coming Out”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Stage Parront

From the perspective of the paparazzi, being born covered in soft fetching feathers means you’ve got it made. Welcome to a lifetime of adoration. The heavens will part. Waffle-flavored snacks will pour from the sky (or at least from your personal Small Chef’s kitchen). Beings without any feathers will clamor for your beak-o-graph. Ladybirds willContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Stage Parront”

Being Brave with Bruce: Making An Entrance

As spring swings into full gear, things start to get competitive. At least if you happen to be in the egg-making frame of mind. After the long winter’s sleep, everyone is well rested (perhaps a little too well rested). Sure, you look very cute. You’ve checked and double checked and triple checked and all signsContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Making An Entrance”

Resting in Place with Malti: You Don’t Snooze You Lose

Resting in place isn’t for pretenders. There is an art to resting properly for longer stretches of time. Many beings waste their rest time by, well, not resting. You don’t snooze you lose. Luckily, as a shelled being, you come from a long and noble lineage of professional resters. Sure, there is a conservation aspectContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: You Don’t Snooze You Lose”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Plan B

It is good to be warm. Especially if you happen to be a so-called “cold-blooded” being (although you have it on good personal authority that your actual blood is toasty warm just like everybody else’s). And if you also happen to be a tropical South American being, being warm is very, very good. Oh soContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Plan B”

Resting in Place with Malti: Leafy Does It

When you are born with a shell, you also come packed chock-full o’ wisdom. Here is an example. Where your large shell-less assistant might worry herself sick about a daily schedule of sheltering in place followed by more sheltering in place, you easily see past all that to the silver lining. If you’re gonna stayContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Leafy Does It”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Feather Carpet

Everyone is keen to get famous these days. Even if we can’t always go outside to wow and amaze every being we meet, there is always a place where we can go to strut our stuff. The large rectangular reflective device is right there waiting. All you have to do is hop up and makeContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Feather Carpet”

Being Brave with Bruce: Use Your Box

There is something to be said for using your voice. Then again, there is also something to be said for using your box. In other words, it isn’t always the right time to stand up and be counted…especially if what’s doing the counting looks hungry. Just as there is a time to look for ladyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Use Your Box”

Resting in Place with Malti: Get Up and Go

Being small and shelled and slow, you naturally know something your large, quick, over-anxious MommyGuard does not. Get up and go is over-rated. Sometimes it is really better to sit it out for awhile. Sitting feels great. Sitting is restful. Sitting can readily lead to snoozing (which is even more restful). Not to mention thatContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Get Up and Go”

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: Looking Up

Spend enough time as a participating member in the food chain o’ life and you will find plenty of reasons to keep your eyes on the ground and your business to yourself. In other words, if no one knows you and no one sees you, no one can eat you. But that kind of lifeContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Good Reason to Stretch

“Stretching” is under-rated. Sometimes it can seem like if something doesn’t just come to you effortlessly, it isn’t meant for you. But when you are born as a small and delicious prey species, you know the predators don’t see it that way. Anything as tasty as you is worth stretching for! And so you alsoContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Good Reason to Stretch”

Resting in Place with Malti: Practicing Patience

Being born slow and low to the ground is no guarantee of patience. The only way you get that is to work for it. Even worse, patience can be oh-so stealthy and elusive when it wants to be. Which can be really annoying until you remember your secret weapon. “Cuteness.” Even patience can’t resist aContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Practicing Patience”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: The Brave and the Fluffy

Even if you have downy soft fluffy feathers completely covering your body and can “cuteness stun” potential predators like nobody’s business, you still never know what a day may bring. So you have to bring both. The brave and the fluffy. This way, if you try “fluffy” and it doesn’t work, you still have “brave.”Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: The Brave and the Fluffy”

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