Resting in Place with Malti: Love Is In the Air

Sometimes you just know love is in the air. Reason being, you can smell it. It smells so fragrant. The scent is so divine you can almost taste it. You feel so strongly that you are loved – just as you are, for who you are. You know deep within that you are a lovingContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Love Is In the Air”

Resting in Place with Malti: Someone Who Cares

When you are born wearing a (cute, curved, fashion-forward) shell on your back, other beings may automatically assume you are self-contained. As a matter of fact, you are self-contained. At least in the sense that you can fit all of your self into your shell any time you want to. And sure, you enjoy yourContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Someone Who Cares”

Resting in Place with Malti: Hunting Cactus

No being starts out being a great hunter. Right at the beginning, you are awful. You do as you think a hunter should do even though you have never hunted anything before in your life. You skulk, scope and stalk like a pro (you think), not realizing the prey can see (and hear!) you comingContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Hunting Cactus”

Resting in Place with Malti: Every Being’s Gotta Eat

If there is any piece of truly universal wisdom on this small round blue and green planet, it might just be this: Every being’s gotta eat. Reason being, eating is a great way to take good care of your (adorable, round, shelled) form. When you take in nutrients, this helps you stay safe against aContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Every Being’s Gotta Eat”

Resting in Place with Malti: Green Is Great

It has been said that it isn’t easy being green. These are potent words of truth. But then again, it isn’t easy to be brown. Or red. Or black. Or orange. Or grey and white. Which is why the place to start is always with loving the color you’ve got. When you love your ownContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Green Is Great”

Resting in Place with Malti: Good Big Stuff

Living life slow and low to the ground gives you a unique perspective most beings miss out on. For starters, you see – and appreciate – the small stuff. Some of it is very small stuff, indeed. But then you also get to notice how small stuff can become big stuff over time. This isContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Good Big Stuff”

Resting in Place with Malti: Nostrils of Hope

Not too many beings go through their day thinking “I make such a difference!” We just don’t tend to see ourselves that way. We feel small. Maybe we are small. And maybe we have a cute round curved shell on our backs and maybe we just feel like we do. Sometimes we may even justContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Nostrils of Hope”

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”

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