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”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: What Goes Down

Up is good. Up feels great. Everyone likes “up.” But then there is what comes next. Down. Down has fewer fans. Some outright foes. And more than a few frenemies. Yet “up” and “down” aren’t so different, in the sense that when you are down, well, you know what is coming next. That’s right. Up!Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: What Goes Down”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be a Waffle Hero

Everyone needs a hero sometimes. But not everyone who needs a hero is equally good at letting others know. Some beings need extra encouragement to open up about the hard times. For instance, they might be the “strong and silent” type that struggles to ask for help. Or they might just not wear their emotionsContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be a Waffle Hero”

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”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Master Rooster

Being the “alpha” flock member is a big job. Everybody thinks they want that job until they get it. Then they find out why you need so many restful naps (“beta” flock members are hard work!). Of course, an experienced “alpha” knows how to make the job easier. For starters, you want to stick togetherContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Master Rooster”

Resting in Place with Malti: More Alike Than Different

It is easy to get hung up on outer appearances. Maybe you have a shell and your brother has feathers and your mama has neither. And in your little flock, you are evenly split down the middle when it comes to blood temperature. At first, these differences can be disconcerting. It can be easy toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: More Alike Than Different”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Plump and Perfect

It is no secret that there is an inverse relationship between stress and snacks. This is because stress burns calories. So when you’re stressed you need to double up on your fuel intake to stay as plump and perfect as the ladybirds prefer. Luckily, there is nothing like pandemic pounds to (ahem) round you outContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Plump and Perfect”

Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend

Into every life some little challenges will fall. But it is the big challenges that really like to make a grand entrance. You may be just minding your own business, going about your daily life as usual, when…. WHOMP. A big ol’ challenge just plonks itself down smack-dab in front of you. Right in theContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend”

Resting in Place with Malti: the Big Chill

Even when you seem to be moving very slowly on the outside, life can still feel pretty hectic on the inside. So much change, so little time to adapt to it. In these sorts of situations, matching your insides to your outsides can take some doing. It can feel tempting to try to speed upContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: the Big Chill”

Resting in Place with Malti: Shell Deep

When you are born with a shell on your back (and your front, for that matter) that is often all other beings see when they look at you. To them, you look like a rock on legs. (Although to be fair, to some of them you also look like a tasty rock on legs.) ButContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Shell Deep”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Mash Mash Baby

Not every day is going to be your favorite day ever. The good news is, there is still a lot you can do to make a bad day better. For example, you can mash something. Find something – anything – that needs a good mashing. To avoid spending the whole rest of the day deliberatingContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Mash Mash Baby”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: the Friends We Make

There is a reason there are so many beings on this small round blue and green planet. This way, everybody can have a friend. Not all beings are destined to get along. Some are just too hungry – every friend they meet turns into room service. Some are too sleepy – you start the meet-and-greetContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: the Friends We Make”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Savor the Sweet Stuff

Sometimes the best thing about a day is that you get to wake up for it. In other words, no one sitting one rung higher up on the food chain o’ life successfully orders you for breakfast that morning. So you go out, forage around, have a wallow, have a nap, forage some more, goContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Savor the Sweet Stuff”

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