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: 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”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fierce and Feathery

Being born covered in soft downy feathers has its ups and its downs. Its pros and its cons. The pros speak for themselves. Feathers. Wings. “Cuteness.” So much of it, in fact, that you have to work extra-hard to show off any of your other many fine qualities. Like “fierceness,” for example. Just because youContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fierce and Feathery”

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”

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”

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: 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”

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”

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