Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Love In

When you first pop out the top of your small round white escape pod, you get so much attention. So much love. Everyone “oohs” and “aahs” over how cute you are, how pint-sized and perfect. You get lots of lap time. Photo moments. The freshest and best of everything. Then you get bigger. And bigger.Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Love In”

Being Brave with Bruce: Take a Big Deep Breath

If there is one thing tough times seem tailor-made to teach us, it might be simply this…. You can never get enough oxygen. It might not seem like a big deal to you-as-a-whole. But at the micro-cosmic level, when you start holding your breath, all those cells and protons and neutrons and neural connections reallyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Take a Big Deep Breath”

Resting in Place with Malti: A Raspberry A Day

There are days when everything just flows. You keep to your set schedule. Those check-marks next to all those to-do list items keep piling up. You feel on top of it all. And then there are the other days. You know the ones. You want them to end but they can’t seem to get enoughContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Raspberry A Day”

Being Brave with Bruce: A Fresh New View

Routine can be comforting. You wake up, pop open your box, slowly stretch out your (adorable, yellow-dotted) front legs, back legs, tail, head. You soak up some rays as usual, then head out to forage up your tasty breakfast. And so it goes, one day following another. Until one day you start to wonder ifContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Fresh New View”

Being Brave with Bruce: Best Laid Plans

Plans are good. In fact, plans are great. Or at least they are great until they stop working. Just like there is something to be said for planning ahead, strategizing, sticking to the tried and true, so too is there a place for mixing things up when your best laid plans have clearly made otherContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Best Laid Plans”

Being Brave with Bruce: All Kinds of Brave

As any being who has ever been rescued knows, being brave is definitely an inside job. Sometimes being brave means standing on your own, persevering, crossing that busy street to get to the other side. And sometimes being brave means letting the tall and terrifying shell-less beings intercept you just as you are about toContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: All Kinds of Brave”

Being Brave with Bruce: Feeling Fern-tastic

As everyone knows, orange is the best color. Orange has so many great properties. For example, orange is a fabulous choice for colorful accents like, say, cheek patches. Of course, not every being can wear orange well. For those who can’t, the next best color is green. Green is the color of nature. It isContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Feeling Fern-tastic”

Resting in Place with Malti: Stop and Smell the Ferns

Life sure can get hectic sometimes. And crazy. And busy. It can seem like it goes by in the blink of an eye. This can make it all too easy to forget to stop. Take a big deep breath in. And a big deep breath out. Take a look around you. Stop and smell theContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Stop and Smell the Ferns”

Being Brave with Bruce: What Box Turtle?

“Extreme cuteness.” In some scenarios, it can be such a blessing. Then again, there are those other scenarios. Truth be told, you don’t pop right out of your round white escape hatch knowing how to dial down the cuteness when the situation calls for it. To that point, you also don’t know which situations mightContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: What Box Turtle?”

Being Brave with Bruce: Food Chain Friends

Regardless of your ranking in the greater food chain o’ life, it can be a full time job to figure out the difference between friends, enemies and frenemies. In other words, some beings always want to eat you. Some never do. And some are only interested if someone tastier isn’t available. When in doubt –Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Food Chain Friends”

Being Brave with Bruce: Cuteness Contest

It doesn’t take much time living in an interspecies flock to notice that beings without shells tend to be a restless lot. While you and your small shelled red-dotted sister are chill as can be, the same can’t be said for your small loud feathery brother or your large shell-less rescue mama. Talk about over-thinkingContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Cuteness Contest”

Being Brave with Bruce: Home Together

It is true that beings with shells tend to be homebodies. And thank goodness for it, when you are (quite literally) appetizer-sized and every other being around you is keen for their three squares a day just like you are. In other words, in a big, wild, hungry world, it can make smart survival senseContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Home Together”

Being Brave with Bruce: Sharing Your Shell

When you’ve never known life without having a shell of your very own, it is hard to imagine what it might be like not to have one. Right from birth, your shell has been your refuge. It is there whenever you need it. Tired? Cold? Scared? Just sit down, pull in and your shell’s gotContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Sharing Your Shell”

Being Brave with Bruce: Two Shells Is Better

There is no doubt that “the shell” is a very good design. It is lightweight, attractive, sleek and stealthy. Tired? Take a snooze inside your shell. Looking for lunch? Hunker down in your shell to scope for snacks. Looking like lunch? Snap shut and send the predator packing for greener (well, browner) pastures. Depending onContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Two Shells Is Better”

Being Brave with Bruce: Good Luck Box Turtle

Moving into an interspecies flock means getting a crash course in how other species see the world. For example, you might notice that your large shell-less rescue mama really has a thing for these small round red creatures with dots and antennae. She seems to feel better – luckier – when they are around. You,Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Good Luck Box Turtle”

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”

Day 361: Sweeping for Snacks

Learning the art of snack sweeping takes dedication. Focus. Determination. Most of all, perseverance. After all, the turtle snacks aren’t going to sweep themselves. Being built for low-to-the-ground surveillance gives you certain natural advantages. The snacks can hide, but when they run you will certainly see them! The key is to lurk in absolute stillnessContinue reading “Day 361: Sweeping for Snacks”

Day 339: Box Turtle Blends In

There are lots of evolutionary advantages to being colorful. For example, having different colors on different body parts helps you artfully camouflage yourself in different environments. Of course, there is also an art to showing the right part with the right color combination in the right place. Let’s say you are in a grassland area.Continue reading “Day 339: Box Turtle Blends In”


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