Being Brave with Bruce: Coming Out of Your Box

You know you’ve won the genetic lottery when you pop out of your small round white escape pod and discover you are wearing a handy “box.” So unlike most beings (aka the less lucky ones), you’ve just traded one cloaking device for another. Anytime something wanders by that looks a little too curious – orContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Coming Out of Your Box”

Resting in Place with Malti: Cold Blood, Warm Heart

Rumor has it that beings with shells are “cold-blooded.” As so many rumors go, this one is interesting for sure. And also wrong. Sure, your exterior often feels cool to the touch – except when you’ve been basking under your toasty warm indoor UV lamp or in the occasional direct warm winter sunbeam. In otherContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Cold Blood, Warm Heart”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Making Snow While the Sun Shines

Being covered in soft downy feathers practically guarantees you will be dodging the paparazzi for life. And while hiring a large featherless MommyGuard can keep the workload manageable, it may also bring with it some rather odd customs you have to get used to. For example, let’s say you live in the south. The sub-tropicalContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Making Snow While the Sun Shines”

Being Brave with Bruce: Warmer Days to Come

If you love to sleep, there is no better species to be than a box turtle. Talk about a sleep maestro! When everyone else is slogging through the cold and the damp and the windy that is the cold season, you are hunkered down for an extended restful snooze. (On a side note, this handilyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Warmer Days to Come”

Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortle Bubble

Being small and slow and shelled, many other beings automatically assume you don’t know how to do tricks. Their eyes, always scanning the near horizon for things to see and do, pass right by you without a second look. Their loss. The truth is, not everyone has the eyes to see your smarts, your strength,Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortle Bubble”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Rise and Shine

Into every day a little (or a lot) of uncertainty may fall. The same might be said of certain years. Yet each new sunrise brings with it another choice. You can tuck your soft downy head back under your soft downy wing. Or you can rise and shine to greet the day. The more enthusiasticContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Rise and Shine”

Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: With Parrot

When you are a flock mama, you know there are two methods to accomplish any task on the daily to-do list. The first way is “without parrot.” This way is expedient. Efficient. Quiet. And absolutely no fun. Guess what the second way is? Not surprisingly, “with parrot” is much cuter. It comes with free spontaneousContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: With Parrot”

Being Brave with Bruce: Trust Does a Body Good

“Trust” isn’t a very popular concept in the greater food chain o’ life. In other words, it’s all one big happy until somebody gets eaten. But just because trusting others didn’t exactly come pre-installed in your survival skills 101 toolkit doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to trust when the moment is right. Let’s sayContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Trust Does a Body Good”

Resting in Place with Malti: A Couch Potato A Day

Just like each being has their own unique personality, so too does each day have its own unique way of being. Some days are oh-so-active days – all go, no stop, eat it all, check it all off the list. And then there are the other days. Thank goodness. You know it is going toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Couch Potato A Day”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Special Biscuits

Some days are tougher than others. Heck, some years are tougher than others. This is when we need small daily doses of brightness, goodness, sweetness, the most. Let’s say you wake up one morning and your entire small round feathery body has decided it is a good day to molt. You are not in theContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Special Biscuits”

Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: Family We Choose

In the world of the large shell-less beings, there is a saying. “Family is the flock you choose.” Or something like that. But what many beings don’t realize is that your family flock members don’t all have to be from your same species. In fact, you can populate your family o’ choice with any speciesContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: Family We Choose”

Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up

Low to the ground is a very interesting place to live. There is so much to see and do! When you keep your eyes on the ground, you will be the first to spot that plump and perfectly slow escargot arriving just in time for your noon repast. Fixing your eyes on the low horizonContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up”

Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise People

Being born with a shell on your back means you get used to shells fairly early in life. Like right on Day One. Unfortunately, the same can’t always be said for everyone else. It isn’t your fault your shell is really cute. Or curved. Or colorful. You can’t help it if it came fully loadedContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise People”

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”

Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: the Good of the Whole

Being a flock mama means getting used to seeking the good of the whole. Here, it doesn’t actually matter what species your VIP clients happen to be. Your own species, a different species, all sorts of species – the common denominator is that their needs, preferences and wants always comes first. Let’s say one ofContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: the Good of the Whole”

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”

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