Being Brave with Bruce: A Standup Guy

Spend enough time as a card-carrying member of the food chain o’ life and it is easy to feel pigeonholed. No matter what you do, some beings will always just see you as supper. Other beings will think because you are short and shelled, they can pluck you out of your home and take youContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Standup Guy”

Resting in Place with Malti: Shell Deep

When you are born with a shell on your back (and your front, for that matter) that is often all other beings see when they look at you. To them, you look like a rock on legs. (Although to be fair, to some of them you also look like a tasty rock on legs.) ButContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Shell Deep”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Mash Mash Baby

Not every day is going to be your favorite day ever. The good news is, there is still a lot you can do to make a bad day better. For example, you can mash something. Find something – anything – that needs a good mashing. To avoid spending the whole rest of the day deliberatingContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Mash Mash Baby”

Being Brave with Bruce: One Small Step

It doesn’t take long after emerging from your small white escape pod that you start to notice all beings didn’t get the same number of feet. Some don’t even have any feet at all. (To your mind, this doesn’t seem advantageous.) Some beings have two feet. This is a little better. But you – youContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: One Small Step”

Resting in Place with Malti: the Friends We Make

There is a reason there are so many beings on this small round blue and green planet. This way, everybody can have a friend. Not all beings are destined to get along. Some are just too hungry – every friend they meet turns into room service. Some are too sleepy – you start the meet-and-greetContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: the Friends We Make”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Nest Proofing

Into every life a little (or sometimes a lot) of rain may fall. Sometimes the rain will bring its best friend, wind. Wind may then decide to invite thunder (shudder) and lightning (no thank you). No matter how you slice it, this typically just doesn’t add up to a good time. And since the rain,Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Nest Proofing”

Being Brave with Bruce: Love the Shell You Are In

Popping out of your small round white escape pod for the first time can be a bit of a shocker. You’ve got to get to know yourself. Take stock. Call roll. Do an inventory. So, okay. Maybe first you notice you’ve got claws. Claws are good. You have a shell on your back. Oh, andContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Love the Shell You Are In”

Resting in Place with Malti: Savor the Sweet Stuff

Sometimes the best thing about a day is that you get to wake up for it. In other words, no one sitting one rung higher up on the food chain o’ life successfully orders you for breakfast that morning. So you go out, forage around, have a wallow, have a nap, forage some more, goContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Savor the Sweet Stuff”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Sometimes You Gotta Stretch

Being full-feathered and naturally athletic and aerodynamic, you know all about the importance of stretching. Stretching accomplishes a number of important goals. For instance, when you stretch your soft grey-and-white wings, the ladybirds (and every other being) can see how cute you are. When you stretch your heart, you can find a way to welcomeContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Sometimes You Gotta Stretch”

Being Brave with Bruce: Green Is Great

When you are born short and shelled, you spend a lot of time with green beings. This gives you an appreciation your bigger, taller planet-mates often lack. For example, green is great for camouflaging things. Things like you. Green symbolizes growth. And if you are still growing you must still be here. (As in, notContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Green Is Great”

Resting in Place with Malti: Stop and Steady

Life can be hard work. Isn’t it the truth? Every day brings so many choices. So many challenges. You don’t know at the start of each new day how (or whether) you will get to the other end. Sometimes all that stress can really start to pile up. You can feel so much pressure toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Stop and Steady”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Way of the Waffle

The research has yet to confirm this, but it is only a matter of time. Waffles are wise. It takes smarts to be that tasty. To so master the art of personal presentation. To amass a worldwide following. To bring diverse groups of beings together – even beings of different species! When you have aContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: the Way of the Waffle”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: How Do You Spell LOVE?

When it comes to love, it doesn’t matter if you have a shell, no shell, feathers, fur, fins or none of the above. Everyone has a love language. Every being has something that says “I love you” more than anything else. That something – whether it is shell scratches or a sweet private mud wallowContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: How Do You Spell LOVE?”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: You-tastic

Just because you know you are very cute, talented, pretty and perfect doesn’t automatically mean other beings will agree with you. You can waste a whole life waiting for others to get with the program already. Or you can take charge of what you already know to be true. You can stop caring what othersContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: You-tastic”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: A Little Love Goes a Long Way

When you are born slow and low to the ground, you are easy to miss. This can sometimes be a good thing. Since the majority of the other rungs on the food chain o’ life are occupied by beings who are taller than you, you can more easily fly (well, crawl) under the radar whenContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Little Love Goes a Long Way”

Cuteness for Comfort: Blue Is the Color of My True Love’s Pillow

When you are lucky enough to be born with four (not three) vision cones and can see all the really cool colors, you understand that color has power beyond simple good taste. Although good taste is always nice too. Speaking of good taste, according to modern color psychology “white” is considered to be the colorContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort: Blue Is the Color of My True Love’s Pillow”

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