Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up

Low to the ground is a very interesting place to live. There is so much to see and do! When you keep your eyes on the ground, you will be the first to spot that plump and perfectly slow escargot arriving just in time for your noon repast. Fixing your eyes on the low horizonContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: a Perfect Parrot

It doesn’t take much time at all living in an interspecies flock before you realize that the tuneless squawking that your large featherless assistant calls “words” can cause a lot of confusion. Take the word “perfect,” for example. To your featherless biographer, this word has several definitions, each modified by time, place, personality and circumstance.Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: a Perfect Parrot”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Born Brave

As the old saying goes, “it is always five o’clock somewhere.” And everyone knows what five o’clock is – dinnertime. In other words, somebody, somewhere, is always on the prowl for their dinner. As a plump, round and delicious prey species, you are always on the menu. Which basically means you are born brave. ChoosingContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Born Brave”

Resting in Place with Malti: Tag for Treats

Spend enough time on this small round blue and green planet, and you will start to realize that just because another being looks exactly like you doesn’t mean you will be automatic friends. Of course it is great when that happens. But it is just as possible that your bestie might look very different thanContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Tag for Treats”

Resting in Place with Malti: Conceal and Carry

Navigating life as a short, small, shelled being can take some creativity. On the one hand, you want to stay concealed, on account of how long experience has taught you this is the best way to avoid being singled out for “special” status (as in “special of the day”). On the other hand, you want toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Conceal and Carry”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fluffy With a Side of Feathers

Spend much time in an interspecies flock and you will quickly notice something odd about your large featherless flock mates. They have a fascination with something called “the weather forecast.” Take your large featherless assistant, for instance. Hot, cold, sunny, not sunny, dark, light, windy, not windy – it is all equally interesting if youContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fluffy With a Side of Feathers”

Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise and the Ramp

One of the most fun things about living with interspecies flock members is springing little surprises on them. Or big surprises. The best time to do this is just when your flock mates get really used to you doing things a certain way. They start making comfy little assumptions about you based on how youContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise and the Ramp”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reaching New Heights

There is nothing more frustrating than receiving a fresh set of new challenges when you ordered “millet with a side of waffles” and a “single and seeking” ladybird to share it with. Clearly, your large featherless waitress has mixed up your order yet again. To make matters worse, now the challenges have decided you lookContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reaching New Heights”

Resting in Place with Malti: Turtle Cuddles

Daily life in an interspecies flock takes on an especially interesting dimension when most of your flock are introverts. It can sometimes feel like you spend most of your time competing to see how far away from each other you can get. But just because you like your alone-time (whether “in shell” or “out ofContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Turtle Cuddles”

Being Brave with Bruce: Simply Irresistible

There is no doubt that some beings pop out cuter than others. It doesn’t seem fair, but there it is. However, being perched at the very tippy top of the “cuteness chain” isn’t all sunshine and lady box turtles. It can also get you plated and served faster than you can say “your order isContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Simply Irresistible”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Song In Your Heart

Waking up for another whole day is not for amateurs. You just never know who might be waiting – or how hungry they may be feeling. But there are places to go, things to do and ladybirds to meet. So “up” it is….scared or not, prepared or not. The first thing you want to doContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Song In Your Heart”

Being Brave with Bruce: All That You Are

Just being born with a hard outer shell automatically means you are brave. After all, you wouldn’t come with extra built-in body armor if you didn’t need it! But not being covered in something warmer, cuddlier, often means that other beings miss perceiving the softer side of you. In other words, all they see ofContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: All That You Are”

Resting in Place with Malti: the Chill Zone

You don’t have to spend many days on this small round blue and green planet before you figure out that every day is different. Days, like beings, have their own unique personalities. One day might be bubbly, zesty, all about celebrating and snacking and socializing. The next day might be totally different, clogged up withContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: the Chill Zone”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Kitchen Cockatiel

When you are small and round and covered in downy feathers, other beings may not automatically assume you know your way around a kitchen. They won’t look at you and instantly think you have the keenest and most sensitive of gourmet palates. And most won’t ever change their mind about this, either. But you don’tContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Kitchen Cockatiel”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Champion Rester

From the outside looking in, resting looks so easy. Like anyone could do it. But you know what they say about those who make something look easy. They are the pros. A champion rester will never let on all the heavy lifting and hard work that goes on “behind the scenes,” so to speak, ofContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Champion Rester”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Love In

When you first pop out the top of your small round white escape pod, you get so much attention. So much love. Everyone “oohs” and “aahs” over how cute you are, how pint-sized and perfect. You get lots of lap time. Photo moments. The freshest and best of everything. Then you get bigger. And bigger.Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Love In”

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