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”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Take Shelter

Each day has its own energy, its own rhythm, its own personality. In fact, it could be said that a day itself is as alive as the beings living it! For instance,  there are days when you just feel like roaming. You have all this energy zinging through you and you want to go hereContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Take Shelter”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Getting Creative

There is no such thing as an un-creative individual. In fact, have you ever noticed there isn’t even a word for a being who lacks creativity? This is because the word for that being is “lunch.” In other words, just surviving through the lunch rush can take some pretty fancy footwork. To get creative isContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Getting Creative”

Being Brave with Bruce: Take a Big Deep Breath

If there is one thing tough times seem tailor-made to teach us, it might be simply this…. You can never get enough oxygen. It might not seem like a big deal to you-as-a-whole. But at the micro-cosmic level, when you start holding your breath, all those cells and protons and neutrons and neural connections reallyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Take a Big Deep Breath”

Resting in Place with Malti: A Raspberry A Day

There are days when everything just flows. You keep to your set schedule. Those check-marks next to all those to-do list items keep piling up. You feel on top of it all. And then there are the other days. You know the ones. You want them to end but they can’t seem to get enoughContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Raspberry A Day”

Being Brave with Bruce: A Fresh New View

Routine can be comforting. You wake up, pop open your box, slowly stretch out your (adorable, yellow-dotted) front legs, back legs, tail, head. You soak up some rays as usual, then head out to forage up your tasty breakfast. And so it goes, one day following another. Until one day you start to wonder ifContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Fresh New View”

Resting in Place with Malti: Stand Up Tall

When you are lucky enough to be born with four short legs (instead of, say, two tall legs), you master “walking” pretty much right away. Before you’ve even hardly exited your small round white escape pod, you are walking like a pro. Go you! But “standing,” well, that is another matter. Maybe you don’t wantContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Stand Up Tall”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Bread

Sometimes life hands you big challenges. And you can’t always count on others to appreciate what you are facing. From the outside looking in, your life might look easy peasy – so posh and pampered. But from the inside looking out, you know you have big responsibilities on your tiny feathery shoulders. For example, youContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Bread”

Being Brave with Bruce: Best Laid Plans

Plans are good. In fact, plans are great. Or at least they are great until they stop working. Just like there is something to be said for planning ahead, strategizing, sticking to the tried and true, so too is there a place for mixing things up when your best laid plans have clearly made otherContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Best Laid Plans”

Resting in Place with Malti: Have a Berry Good Day

Not every day is going to deliver sunshine and smiles perfectly on command. Sometimes you just have to make your own. Here, it helps to have a list of your favorite things handy. Reason being, if you don’t know what makes you happy, it is harder to turn your frowns upside down. It is alsoContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Have a Berry Good Day”

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