Resting in Place with Malti: Neck Pats Are Nice

Resting is nice. Resting feels good. It is fun and relaxing. But after you have been resting in place for awhile, it can start to get old. You might quite understandably begin to feel restless. Bored, even. This is always the right moment to book some spa services. For example, you might opt for aContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Neck Pats Are Nice”

Being Brave with Bruce: Tall Dark and Climbing

Every being has their talents. Their secret sauce. Their special skills. This is never more apparent than when you choose to cohabitate in an interspecies flock. Your flock mates come in all shapes and sizes. And their talents are….what is the best way to put this….unique. Take your small feathery brother, for instance. His specialContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Tall Dark and Climbing”

Resting in Place with Malti: Plan B

It is good to be warm. Especially if you happen to be a so-called “cold-blooded” being (although you have it on good personal authority that your actual blood is toasty warm just like everybody else’s). And if you also happen to be a tropical South American being, being warm is very, very good. Oh soContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Plan B”

Resting in Place with Malti: Leafy Does It

When you are born with a shell, you also come packed chock-full o’ wisdom. Here is an example. Where your large shell-less assistant might worry herself sick about a daily schedule of sheltering in place followed by more sheltering in place, you easily see past all that to the silver lining. If you’re gonna stayContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Leafy Does It”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Feather Carpet

Everyone is keen to get famous these days. Even if we can’t always go outside to wow and amaze every being we meet, there is always a place where we can go to strut our stuff. The large rectangular reflective device is right there waiting. All you have to do is hop up and makeContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Feather Carpet”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Being Brave with Bruce: Safety for Shells

Nature can come up with some pretty savvy safety features. For example, let’s say you come shooting out of your small white round escape pad with a shell on your back, a secret stash of snacks and a super-stealthy set of markings that lets you blend in whenever, wherever. For awhile, you feel very safe.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Safety for Shells”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fierce and Feathery

Being born covered in soft downy feathers has its ups and its downs. Its pros and its cons. The pros speak for themselves. Feathers. Wings. “Cuteness.” So much of it, in fact, that you have to work extra-hard to show off any of your other many fine qualities. Like “fierceness,” for example. Just because youContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fierce and Feathery”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Cuteness

There are few things in life that a heaping helping of “cuteness” can’t solve. But when one of those few things finally happens along, it is good to have a backup plan. Take the present-day global band of microscopic marauders, for example. They are known to be just as susceptible to cuteness as anyone else.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Cuteness”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot

When you look good, you know it. You can feel it – deep in your gut. You can see it in the eyes of other (envious) beings as they pass by. You can know it by how you are always on the menu (even after you have submitted multiple requests to be removed). But thereContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot”

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