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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Waffle Wingman

Live amongst the large featherless species for long enough and you will notice they have some very strange flocking rituals. Take the “wingman,” for example. This is an easy one to decode…or at least it should be. Wing + man. Clearly, this term refers to you. Yet the large featherless beings seem to think itContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Waffle Wingman”

Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend

We all need rescuing sometimes. For many of us, being rescued isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime need, either. While there is something to be said for having a well-laid plan, this can only take you so far. This is especially the case when, in the eyes of most of your planet-mates, you are exactly the right shapeContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reach Out and Bite Someone

Sometimes no matter what you do – or how cute you are – life simply refuses to do what you tell it to do. You say “scratch neck feathers.” It gives you a shower. You say “bring waffles.” It brings spinach. You say “spring migration.” It brings you instructions for sheltering in place. Sheesh. IfContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reach Out and Bite Someone”

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: 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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Love Makes the World Go Round

This world serves up so many lessons even on a daily basis. It can feel unrealistic – at best – to expect to learn them all. Here, the best strategy is to just concentrate on the most important lessons. For example: “round is good.” This is an easy one. Round is clearly the best shape,Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Love Makes the World Go Round”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Strike While the Waffle Iron Is Hot

The large featherless beings can have some very strange ideas about things. Take the word “waffling,” for instance. Your large featherless assistant uses this word in all kinds of odd ways. She seems to think it means “not being able to make up your mind.” You can tell because she frequently struggles from this veryContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Strike While the Waffle Iron Is Hot”

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”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Going All In

If there is one thing in life that is certain, it is uncertainty. This is certainly not a comforting fact. And yet what can be comforting is knowing you’ve got what it takes – whatever life hands you, you are going to make something fabulous from it. You are going to find the gem, theContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Going All In”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Cuteness

There are some days you may wake up, take a glance out at the current events unfolding on our small round blue planet and quite justifiably decide it’s a great day to go back to bed. No matter where your eyes may fall or what your ears may hear, it can seem there is noContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Cuteness”

Being Brave with Bruce: Opening Up the Box

Being a card carrying member of the wild life doesn’t leave much time for making friends. After all, everybody needs to eat…every single day. You know the moment you wake up each morning that it is game on once again. All day, every day, you keep your eyes peeled for delicacies while remaining hyper-aware thatContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Opening Up the Box”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Make Mine Mashed

When you’ve been out of the egg for 21-and-a-half consecutive nesting seasons, you have had ample opportunity to learn that expecting things to stay the same is both optimistic and unlikely. On the one hand – positivity. You’ve got it. (And what ladybird doesn’t love positivity?) On the other hand – reality. The food chainContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Make Mine Mashed”

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