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”

Happy Day O’ Independence from Love & Feathers & Shells

When you are just a chick and your bullying flockmates bite off your left wing tip and three of your eight powerful sharp curved talons, independence becomes kind of a thing. You had it when you were born. But now you don’t have it. You can’t fly like the other birds. You need help toContinue reading “Happy Day O’ Independence from Love & Feathers & Shells”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Going Glamping

Living the outdoor life doesn’t always mean you like things rustic. Sure, there can be times when life gets a little….lean….but you know it is just a matter of time before you are flush once again. When you are slow and low to the ground and a natural observer, it is easy to see howContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Going Glamping”

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”

Happy Birthday to Our Small Chef!

Once each year a very special day arrives. It is the day when a certain flock-wide Small Chef turns one year younger. And wiser. And even more special. It doesn’t matter what species you are – a Grandma’s love is a Grandma’s love. When you know you are loved and cared for and doted uponContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Our Small Chef!”

Happy Father’s & Mother’s & Grandparents Day!

Being a Dad or a Mom is a pretty big deal, for sure. But being a grandbirdparent – now that is something special. And being a grandturtleparent – how many beings on this small round blue planet can add that singular honor to their lifetime resume? At first glance, it might seem like your largeContinue reading “Happy Father’s & Mother’s & Grandparents Day!”

Resting in Place with Malti: Love Is Love

It is a weird time to be alive – when one minute personal space fetches a premium price and the next minute you can’t give the stuff away. Social distancing was made for no species….least of all the uninvited microscopic party crashers that simply refuse to leave the rest of us alone. But there isContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Love Is Love”

Resting in Place with Malti: Brave Tortoise Face

There isn’t anything braver in this world than tumbling out of your little white escape pod into a great wide world with only the shell on your back for company. You could say you are born to be brave – and indeed, you are. From moment one, you are “it.” You are your own chefContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Brave Tortoise Face”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Soak for Success

It can be unsettling to wake up one day and discover you are suddenly at war with an opponent you can’t even see. Your enemy can get aerial without wings, survive for days (weeks) on surfaces without sustenance, stay dormant nearly indefinitely without losing any of their super-scary infectious powers. In a word….ACK. But thereContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Soak for Success”

Resting in Place with Malti: Grazing with Grandma

Choosing to live in an interspecies flock is not for the faint of stomach. It doesn’t take long to learn that some of the large shell-less beings are “delicacy whisperers”….and some are not. You need to learn quickly whose victuals are actually edible and whose are not….at least if you want to enjoy the averageContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Grazing with Grandma”

Resting in Place with Malti: Nature and Nurture

Into every life a little good news….and a little bad news….may fall. Good news, of course, is for basking in (and eating, if it looks the least bit edible). Bad news is a whole different matter. Some types of bad news is particularly….um….infectious. Sometimes you may get a really big, bad batch of it –Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Nature and Nurture”

Resting in Place with Malti: Bring a Friend to Quarantine

It’s one thing to rest in a certain place because you are choosing to rest there. It is quite another thing to have someone else tell you that you can only rest HERE and not THERE. There is a word for that. (Several words, in fact.) Annoying. Uppity. Bite-able. They could at least bring youContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Bring a Friend to Quarantine”

Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Grass Grow

You don’t have to be bipedal with a big (and frankly, top-heavy) brain to figure out that sometimes it is good to go slow and let the grass grow under your feet. It is smart to stop and smell the roses (or the hibiscus, or the dandelion greens). It is wise to notice how anyContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Grass Grow”

Resting in Place with Malti: Slow and Steady

Hailing from the most ancient and enduring of species can give you a perspective younger life forms clearly lack. From your unique vantage point, you can see how the temporary ebbs and flows of life can sometimes send hot (oh so hot) molten lava spewing out, only to turn around and cover the whole worldContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Slow and Steady”

Resting in Place with Malti: Me and My MommyGuard

You don’t have to be out of your small round white escape pod for very long before it becomes clear that the planet can be a dangerous place. Predators both enormous and infinitesimal are roaming about night and day, and no matter where you go and who you meet, everyone looks hungry. You would justContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Me and My MommyGuard”

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