Being Brave with Bruce: Warmer Days to Come

If you love to sleep, there is no better species to be than a box turtle. Talk about a sleep maestro! When everyone else is slogging through the cold and the damp and the windy that is the cold season, you are hunkered down for an extended restful snooze. (On a side note, this handilyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Warmer Days to Come”

Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortle Bubble

Being small and slow and shelled, many other beings automatically assume you don’t know how to do tricks. Their eyes, always scanning the near horizon for things to see and do, pass right by you without a second look. Their loss. The truth is, not everyone has the eyes to see your smarts, your strength,Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortle Bubble”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Rise and Shine

Into every day a little (or a lot) of uncertainty may fall. The same might be said of certain years. Yet each new sunrise brings with it another choice. You can tuck your soft downy head back under your soft downy wing. Or you can rise and shine to greet the day. The more enthusiasticContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Rise and Shine”

Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: With Parrot

When you are a flock mama, you know there are two methods to accomplish any task on the daily to-do list. The first way is “without parrot.” This way is expedient. Efficient. Quiet. And absolutely no fun. Guess what the second way is? Not surprisingly, “with parrot” is much cuter. It comes with free spontaneousContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: With Parrot”

Being Brave with Bruce: Trust Does a Body Good

“Trust” isn’t a very popular concept in the greater food chain o’ life. In other words, it’s all one big happy until somebody gets eaten. But just because trusting others didn’t exactly come pre-installed in your survival skills 101 toolkit doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to trust when the moment is right. Let’s sayContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Trust Does a Body Good”

Resting in Place with Malti: A Couch Potato A Day

Just like each being has their own unique personality, so too does each day have its own unique way of being. Some days are oh-so-active days – all go, no stop, eat it all, check it all off the list. And then there are the other days. Thank goodness. You know it is going toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Couch Potato A Day”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Special Biscuits

Some days are tougher than others. Heck, some years are tougher than others. This is when we need small daily doses of brightness, goodness, sweetness, the most. Let’s say you wake up one morning and your entire small round feathery body has decided it is a good day to molt. You are not in theContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Special Biscuits”

Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: Family We Choose

In the world of the large shell-less beings, there is a saying. “Family is the flock you choose.” Or something like that. But what many beings don’t realize is that your family flock members don’t all have to be from your same species. In fact, you can populate your family o’ choice with any speciesContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: Family We Choose”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise People

Being born with a shell on your back means you get used to shells fairly early in life. Like right on Day One. Unfortunately, the same can’t always be said for everyone else. It isn’t your fault your shell is really cute. Or curved. Or colorful. You can’t help it if it came fully loadedContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise People”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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