Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Comfort

There is something to be said for staying prepared. Even if you are of a peaceable temperament (more naturally inclined towards defense rather than offense, so to speak), your claws are still there. And you still know how to use them. Just in case. Plus, it can be a great self-esteem booster to look downContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Comfort”

Being Brave with Bruce: Keep Your Friends Close

It can be a lot to take on – living the wild life. Every day, you know who the buck stops with. You. Whether the threat o’ the day is enormous and carnivorous or microscopic and infectious, when you get all the way to the end of it, you will know who you have toContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Keep Your Friends Close”

Being Brave with Bruce: the Many Faces of Brave

It is easy to think of “brave” as being only when you are presenting your full-on, nostrils-first, wide-eyed, out-in-the-open self to the world. To face the scary things. To stare down the pack of slavering challenges staring back. But the truth is, brave doesn’t have just one face. Sometimes the bravest thing you can doContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: the Many Faces of Brave”

Resting in Place with Malti: a Grandma and Her Girl

There are all kinds of reasons it makes smart sense to live in an interspecies flock. For instance, by surrounding yourself by unfamiliar customs and cultures, you can keep your neural connections young and sharp. When your flock includes cold-blooded beings (such as yourself) and also warm-blooded beings (such as your furry bestie and yourContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: a Grandma and Her Girl”

Resting in Place with Malti: Laying Low

Some days you may wake up and feel like the whole world is just spinning. (And in fact, the whole world actually is spinning – once per day like clockwork.) But spinning has never worked that well for you. It just isn’t your jam. You prefer to take life at a more leisurely pace…stopping toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Laying Low”

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: Happy Head Pats

Being born with a hard brown shell on your back has its pros and its cons. On the “pros” side, you have your handy “rock disguise” at the ready whenever you need it (or just want it, for that matter). On the “cons” side, other beings often assume that because you are hard on theContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Happy Head Pats”

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: Mud Rings

If there is one thing you learn quickly when living in an interspecies flock, it is that other species can have some pretty strange hobbies. Take the large shell-less species, for instance. “Getting dark” is clearly the universal symbol for “it’s bedtime already.” Yet when it gets dark outside, they like to stay awake andContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Mud Rings”

Being Brave with Bruce: A Foot Up

It can be quite the adjustment to go from a mostly solitary life to living in the heart of an interspecies flock. Needless to say, making the transition can take some time. At first, you may be tempted to just hide, hide, hide. After all, it has (mostly) worked well for you so far….at leastContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Foot Up”

Resting in Place with Malti: Soak Your Troubles Away

Evolutionarily speaking, it is easy to explain why nearly all beings – regardless of species – seem to so enjoy a good soak. Primordial soup. Soaking is so relaxing. You can just settle in. Take a load off. Luxuriate. But where in the past you had to share the soup pot (so to speak) withContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Soak Your Troubles Away”

Being Brave with Bruce: Mountain Climbing

Sometimes you might wake up and be really in the mood to do some mountain climbing. You are full of vim and vigor. Bring it on! You were born to summit. But then again, a mountain might arrive at just the wrong moment – such as during your winter brumation or when you are inContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Mountain Climbing”

Resting in Place with Malti: Dining In

After a long day, there is no doubt it can be nice to do something called “dining out.” In this scenario, all you have to do is get yourself to the table and chew. Another being does the rest of the heavy lifting (not to mention the scrubbing and rinsing). But then a bunch ofContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Dining In”

Being Brave with Bruce: Sheltering in Place

There are moments in life where you are raring to go and life…well…isn’t. Maybe it is the height of the warm (hot) season and you couldn’t be more excited about looking for love, filling your belly and making your way in this small round blue world. Then suddenly you are told to do something calledContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Sheltering in Place”

Resting in Place with Malti: FaceTime with Friends

Life with an interspecies flock means you always have something to learn….and you also always have something to teach. For example, you may notice that occasionally your large shell-less flock mates do come up with a good idea. Take “FaceTime,” for instance. The concept is sound. You have a face and you want to talkContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: FaceTime with Friends”

Being Brave with Bruce: Living the Good Green Life

“Good life” means different things to different beings. If you are a large shell-less being, perhaps living a good life means you survived another day on the lam from a certain set of highly infectious microscopic particles. Or it might mean you return home that night to discover your (wine) glass is half-full yet again.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Living the Good Green Life”

Resting in Place with Malti: the Doorway of Hope

To be born small and shelled is to be born slow and delicious. There is no better (um) recipe for hope than this one. Every day, you hope to eat and not be eaten. Every night, you aspire to snooze and not be seen. In summer, your goal is to stay cool, while in winter,Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: the Doorway of Hope”

Being Brave With Bruce: A Time to Step Up

There are days when it is a good day to hide. Such as the day you wake up to (are woken up by) the shrieks of the hungry hawk babies in the tree next door as they scream for their breakfast. Which, in turn, attracts the feline from one house over – a furry, fangedContinue reading “Being Brave With Bruce: A Time to Step Up”

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