Resting in Place with Malti: Wallowing Is Wonderful

Anyone who knows anything about relaxing (which is not the large shell-less beings, to put it mildly) knows that there is nothing like a good wallow. In fact, if you look up the word “wallow,” the textbook definition is to “lie relaxed.” Secondary definitions include “to keep cool” and “to avoid biting insects” – thisContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Wallowing Is Wonderful”

Resting in Place with Malti: Nose to Nose

When the large shell-less beings love each other, they like to do something called “dancing cheek to cheek.” Of course, when you happen to have a shell, this also means your ears and your cheeks are located in pretty much the same place, which can make hearing the dance beat tricky at best. (Never mindContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Nose to Nose”

Resting in Place with Malti: Open Wide

Cohabitating on one small round blue planet with several hundred (thousand, million, billion) other beings can make life feel somewhat….crowded. When you are a more introverted, solitary individual who is used to enjoying some considerable personal space, these conditions can naturally make you feel like retreating. Going inward. Powering down for awhile. You may wantContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Open Wide”

Resting in Place with Malti: Super Stealth Shell

Being born with a shell means you are naturally very stealthy. The fact that you are also born low to the ground and slow and steady is just icing on the proverbial (tortoise-sized) cake. But sometimes you find that you want or need to add even an extra layer of stealth. For instance, maybe thereContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Super Stealth Shell”

Day 338: A Tortoise and Her Grandpa

In a busy interspecies flock, you’ve got to be a quick study to figure out how to be first in line for treats, pats and cuddles. In other words, there are lots of (very cute) wide open mouths to feed…and every lap has a reservation list a mile long. One great way to shoulder yourContinue reading “Day 338: A Tortoise and Her Grandpa”

Day 326: The Redfoot Of Many Colors

When you are born with red-dotted feet, it doesn’t take a lot of mental revving to figure out how the powers-that-be came up with your common species name. But just because you are known for having red dots, that doesn’t mean you can’t have other colors of dots as well. For example, perhaps you decideContinue reading “Day 326: The Redfoot Of Many Colors”

Day 323: The Good Shelled Life

Every being wants to live a good life. Of course, the details of what, precisely, a “good life” looks like can vary wildly from one individual to the next. Some seem born to carve caves out of rocks – tackling life with brute strength and a dogged determination to walk uphill from start to finish.Continue reading “Day 323: The Good Shelled Life”

Day 311: Blueberries for Tortoises

As a hatchling tortoise, you can count on emerging from your round white escape pod feeling hungry. You have a few emergency rations, of course (these being conveniently located right on the underside of you in their own little yolk sac). But all too soon these rations will run out and you are going toContinue reading “Day 311: Blueberries for Tortoises”

Day 308: A Very Cute Tortoise At Rest

It can take a lot of resting to stay looking very cute. This is often why you will find the less-cute flock members moving around a lot and doing something called “work” while the more-cute flock members are sitting still. Resting. Accumulating cuteness with every restful in-breath and each restful out-breath. Resting could even beContinue reading “Day 308: A Very Cute Tortoise At Rest”

Day 305: Those Perfect Tortoise Nostrils

You don’t want to be born with a shell if you don’t like compliments. All it takes is one glimpse and you can expect to be showered with them anywhere and at any time. Often the first cute thing about you that new fans notice is your adorable red dotted feet. This, naturally, leads themContinue reading “Day 305: Those Perfect Tortoise Nostrils”

Day 302: The Tortoise and the Paparazzi

Fame has its perks – there is no denying that. You get your own posh, private accommodations, dedicated customer service from your own personal large shell-less assistant, a continual stream of fan mail from admirers, shell scratches and warm baths whenever you want them….and of course handfed treats galore. But it is not all sunshineContinue reading “Day 302: The Tortoise and the Paparazzi”

Day 296: Tortoise Cuddles

When you are born cold-blooded with a shell, some beings might not immediately see you as “cuddly.” It is true you enjoy your me-time. You don’t need to be waited on hand and foot (like some of your other high-volume, high-maintenance flock members with feathers we won’t name). But now and then, togetherness-time can beContinue reading “Day 296: Tortoise Cuddles”

Day 293: A Tortoise and Her Blanket

Being a tropical tortoise from South America, you know exactly how you like your climate. WARM. Warm is good. Warmer is better. Very very warm is best of all. Since you don’t prefer to spend the cold weather days buried under a big pile of dusty hay like your smaller, clearly less discerning shelled brother,Continue reading “Day 293: A Tortoise and Her Blanket”

Day 290: A Very Green Redfoot Tortoise

As one well-known cold-blooded being so famously said, “it is not easy being green.” Of course, if being green is difficult, try being red! For starters, red is the official color of chefs everywhere – on account of how it always makes you hungry. So that means snacks are always on your mind. All itContinue reading “Day 290: A Very Green Redfoot Tortoise”

Day 287: A Tortoise’s Favorite Seat

When it comes to seating, it doesn’t really matter what species you are. Everyone has their preferences. For instance, your own personal taste may run to sitting on top of things. Or perhaps you prefer to sit underneath things. Maybe you like your seats more simple and spare….or plush and fluffy. If you aren’t sureContinue reading “Day 287: A Tortoise’s Favorite Seat”

Day 257: Tortoise Transforms Into the Lettuce Pirate

As everyone knows, the annual “Day O’ Treats” is fast approaching. But in order to get the most treats, you have to dress up as something really fearsome. This way, the other beings will become paralyzed with fear when you approach. They will then drop their treats and you can scarf them up. For expediency’sContinue reading “Day 257: Tortoise Transforms Into the Lettuce Pirate”

Day 254: Tortoise Has Resting Blackberry Face

In the world of the large shell-less beings, there is such a thing as “table manners.” Talk about a totally outdated concept. If you really like something, the best reward is to show it. The chef will be happy, the delicacy will be delighted, and you will experience excellent digestion by making each meal aContinue reading “Day 254: Tortoise Has Resting Blackberry Face”

Day 251: A Red Dotted Tortoise

Life in an interspecies flock near-guarantees you will soon discover you are more alike than different…and often in some quite startling ways. Take favorite colors, for instance. Everyone in your little flock has one (although in some cases, there is no accounting for taste). Your large shell-less assistant loves anything in blue. Boring. Your smallContinue reading “Day 251: A Red Dotted Tortoise”

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