Being Brave with Bruce: Box Upgrade

It can be advantageous to have a totally secure box you can close yourself up into whenever danger strikes. Then again, it can also be awfully lonely. It can be easy to psych yourself out, in there all by yourself. Obviously, the ideal scenario would be to invite a friend to shelter inside your boxContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Upgrade”

Resting in Place with Malti: Nature and Nurture

Into every life a little good news….and a little bad news….may fall. Good news, of course, is for basking in (and eating, if it looks the least bit edible). Bad news is a whole different matter. Some types of bad news is particularly….um….infectious. Sometimes you may get a really big, bad batch of it –Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Nature and Nurture”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Drop It Like It’s Sparkly

if there is such a thing as too much of a good thing (which is totally debatable when you’re covered in feathers), there is bound to be too much of a bad thing, too. Like too much stay-at-homing. Or too much soapy hand washing. Or too much of that clear slimy bottled goo that makesContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Drop It Like It’s Sparkly”

Being Brave with Bruce: Hugs and Head Pats

Sometimes you wake up, hear the latest news and realize…. You need a hug. Or a head pat. Or maybe many head pats. Hugs and head pats won’t make the bad news go away. But they sure can make you feel braver to bear it! (Not to mention very, very loved.) Pearl, Malti, Bruce &Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Hugs and Head Pats”

Resting in Place with Malti: Bring a Friend to Quarantine

It’s one thing to rest in a certain place because you are choosing to rest there. It is quite another thing to have someone else tell you that you can only rest HERE and not THERE. There is a word for that. (Several words, in fact.) Annoying. Uppity. Bite-able. They could at least bring youContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Bring a Friend to Quarantine”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Atta Bird

If there is one fact you can count on in the greater food chain o’ life, it is this: every day is going to be different than the day before it. Sometimes, this is a good thing. For example, perhaps one morning you open your adorable round black eyes and spy a line of singleContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Atta Bird”

Being Brave with Bruce: A Very Good Day

Some days you wake up and just know nothing will ever be the same again. Maybe a sizable rock slams into your small round blue planet and suddenly you have to quickly relocate underground. (On the plus side, when you finally do re-emerge, your huge slavering fanged neighbors appear to be no more. Whew.) OrContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Very Good Day”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fling It Now, Ask Questions Later

Back in the days of ye olde Wild West, gunslingers knew just what to do when someone or something annoyed them and wouldn’t go away. Shoot it now. Ask questions later. When you have feathers, you know that while the West was undoubtedly wild, it was still no big deal compared to the food chainContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fling It Now, Ask Questions Later”

Being Brave with Bruce: Breaking Out the Cuteness

There’s nothing like a big, unwelcome, unwanted worldwide event (like the kind that begins with a capital “P”) to make you oh-so-aware of how different species can have different coping styles. For example, some of your flock mates like a lot of togetherness (typically these are the ones covered in feathers). Others of your flock mates prefer to seekContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Breaking Out the Cuteness”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Box Full of Feathers

Sometimes you just want to curl up in something comfy. You might feel like this when not one, but two! shelled beings move into your household and then simply refuse to leave. Or you could feel like this when your large featherless scheduling coordinator makes an appointment for you with the scary large featherless beingContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Box Full of Feathers”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle FaceTime

Going from the wild life to the pet life is guaranteed to be a big transition. You might do the same basic things each day, but why and how you do them is often very very different. Take meeting face to face, for instance. In a wildlife setting, meeting face to face typically only meansContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle FaceTime”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Keep Calm and Molt On

Being born with feathers automatically makes you very brave. Need proof? You just keep waking up every morning. You don’t know what you will find. Maybe for 21 straight years full of months and days, everything has been just fine. But that doesn’t mean it always will be. One morning, you might wake up toContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Keep Calm and Molt On”

Being Brave with Bruce: Capture the Cup

Spending a lot (like, seriously, a LOT) of time together all of a sudden can really bring out the best in your flock mates. Or the worst. You start to notice how little things you previously found a non-issue or only mildly irritating have now become the proverbial pea under the pillow. Or mattress. OrContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Capture the Cup”

Resting in Place with Malti: Moving the Brick

In the world of the large shell-less beings, when someone is facing a big obstacle, there is such a thing as “raising the bar.” Taking it to the next level. Bringing your “A” game. Being in it to win it. Upping the ante (whatever an “ante” is). Of course, this is easier when your opponentContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Moving the Brick”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Color Coordination, Camouflage and Cuteness

With age comes wisdom. At least if you are born with feathers. Once you get to the stage in life where you have a whopping 21 years under your belt, you have learned there are some things you can control and some things you cannot control. For example, you can’t control those awful microscopic thingsContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Color Coordination, Camouflage and Cuteness”

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