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?”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: N-Okay Days

Some days, life is a-okay. The papaya is flowing. The water is so crisp and refreshing it tastes like a whole school of (Grandma’s organic steamed) salmon just swam through it. All is well. Then there are other days. You know the ones. The n-okay days. When one of those power-hungry, time-stealing, soul-sucking n-okay daysContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: N-Okay Days”

Resting in Place with Malti: Love Is In the Air

Sometimes you just know love is in the air. Reason being, you can smell it. It smells so fragrant. The scent is so divine you can almost taste it. You feel so strongly that you are loved – just as you are, for who you are. You know deep within that you are a lovingContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Love Is In the Air”

Resting in Place with Malti: Put Your Feet Up

If there is one truth you can count on, it is this…. The world isn’t getting any less complicated. Or any less crowded. Or any less crazy. This means you can’t go “out there” and find serenity, sanctuary, space. But there is a place you can go to find all of these things. The keyContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Put Your Feet Up”

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: Planet Saving Cuteness

It doesn’t take long after exiting your small round white escape pod before you will realize you share your planet with a vast variety of other beings of all shapes, sizes and dispositions. Some like to eat tasty green things like you do. And some like to eat….you. However, just because a being is veryContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Planet Saving Cuteness”

Resting in Place with Malti: Expect Good Things

When you are a small shelled being living in an interspecies flock, you learn to get good at reading the non-verbal signs. For example, let’s say your large shell-less assistant goes to the area where your tortoise carrier is kept. She gets it out and places it on the floor next to your small shriekingContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Expect Good Things”

Resting in Place with Malti: Have a Soak and a Smile

Life may not always follow your instructions. In fact, lately, it can often seem like life’s scheduling coordinator is a day late and a dollar short. Or maybe a hundred dollars short. Sheesh. But the good news is, even if life’s plans make no sense, you don’t have to let it get to you. YouContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Have a Soak and a Smile”

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: Someone Who Cares

When you are born wearing a (cute, curved, fashion-forward) shell on your back, other beings may automatically assume you are self-contained. As a matter of fact, you are self-contained. At least in the sense that you can fit all of your self into your shell any time you want to. And sure, you enjoy yourContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Someone Who Cares”

Resting in Place with Malti: Hunting Cactus

No being starts out being a great hunter. Right at the beginning, you are awful. You do as you think a hunter should do even though you have never hunted anything before in your life. You skulk, scope and stalk like a pro (you think), not realizing the prey can see (and hear!) you comingContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Hunting Cactus”

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: 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: 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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