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”

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”

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”

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”

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: 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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Like a Rock

Being born slow and steady is typically vastly underrated. While everyone else is focusing on how you can’t zip around like those weird furry hopping beings you’re always being compared to, they miss seeing your superpower. Impressions. For example, your impression of a stationary rock is world-class. This is a real bonus when a bigContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Like a Rock”

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: Brown Is for Besties

Sometimes you meet someone and you just know. You are going to be best friends forever. It might be the look in their eyes. Or the way they like the same exact same types of treats you do. It could be how they watch over you when you are out browsing around on the lawnContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Brown Is for Besties”

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: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

It doesn’t take much time cohabitating with an interspecies flock to notice there is one activity that is always at the bottom of everyone’s list. Waiting. No one likes it. It is annoying. Worse – it is boring. This is especially true for some of your flockmates (who may or may not have feathers andContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait”

Resting in Place with Malti: Mud Rings

If there is one thing you learn quickly when living in an interspecies flock, it is that other species can have some pretty strange hobbies. Take the large shell-less species, for instance. “Getting dark” is clearly the universal symbol for “it’s bedtime already.” Yet when it gets dark outside, they like to stay awake andContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Mud Rings”

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