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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Green Is Great

It has been said that it isn’t easy being green. These are potent words of truth. But then again, it isn’t easy to be brown. Or red. Or black. Or orange. Or grey and white. Which is why the place to start is always with loving the color you’ve got. When you love your ownContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Green Is Great”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Molti-tasking

When you are a card-carrying member of the food chain o’ life, multi-tasking is just one of your many super powers. “Staying alive” is, of course, your number one super power. But this is not to steal limelight from your many other super powers, such as sleeping with one eye open, shrieking up to 123Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Molti-tasking”

Being Brave with Bruce: Love Lifts You Up

There is something to be said for being very short, silent and shelled. You can slip under the radar, so to speak. And when you have the good style sense to select a “survival-friendly” camouflaging shell color like, say, olive, this ability is amplified. Other beings – especially the very large, loud, shell-less ones –Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Love Lifts You Up”

Resting in Place with Malti: Happy Head Pats

Being born with a hard brown shell on your back has its pros and its cons. On the “pros” side, you have your handy “rock disguise” at the ready whenever you need it (or just want it, for that matter). On the “cons” side, other beings often assume that because you are hard on theContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Happy Head Pats”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Taking a Stand

Interspecies relationships can be complicated. There are lots of reasons why. One reason is the all-too-common tendency towards using labels. “Cutest.” “Hungriest.” “Loudest.” “Fiercest.” “Snooziest.” Sure, maybe you are the cutest flock member (this being self-evident, since you are also the only flock member who is covered in soft downy feathers). But this doesn’t mean youContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Taking a Stand”

Being Brave with Bruce: Showing Your Face

Being a low, slow shelled being in a fast high world is a tall order on the best of days. Which means it is an especially tall order these days. On the plus side, you have your handy box – right up on top of your own back – if you just want to curlContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Showing Your Face”

Resting in Place with Malti: Good Big Stuff

Living life slow and low to the ground gives you a unique perspective most beings miss out on. For starters, you see – and appreciate – the small stuff. Some of it is very small stuff, indeed. But then you also get to notice how small stuff can become big stuff over time. This isContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Good Big Stuff”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: The Waffle Watcher

When you live in an interspecies flock, and you are all cooped up together because some (alleged) infectious particles have gotten loose and are on the lam, it is nice to find some hobbies you can all enjoy doing together. Take “watching,” for example. Many different species have something they enjoy watching. So you canContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: The Waffle Watcher”

Being Brave with Bruce: Power Claws

Life is full of surprises. Some surprises are good – great, even. Some surprises are not so great. Some surprises are just terrible – wildly infectious and oh-so-confining – the exact opposite of what you ordered. When a surprise arrives that you really don’t like, then you need to know where to go to complain.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Power Claws”

Resting in Place with Malti: Nostrils of Hope

Not too many beings go through their day thinking “I make such a difference!” We just don’t tend to see ourselves that way. We feel small. Maybe we are small. And maybe we have a cute round curved shell on our backs and maybe we just feel like we do. Sometimes we may even justContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Nostrils of Hope”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Calling for Backup

Sometimes – and no matter how cute you might be – life just happens. You specifically ordered your day to go one way. It goes someplace else. As the flock “alpha,” of course you are not going to stand for this type of behavior. So you run after it. Shriek loudly at it. Give itContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Calling for Backup”

Being Brave with Bruce: Shades of Brave

If you are a being who has survived living in a hostile or scary or unsafe environment, other beings often label you as “brave.” And this is true. It takes a great deal of brave to survive losing your birth territory, being harassed by big hairy drooling fanged creatures, and getting passed from one homeContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Shades of Brave”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Change

Cohabitating on a small round blue planet with other beings of all shapes and sizes and species can only mean one thing: Every being is needed. (Even the beings with shells, oddly enough). Every being knows hardship and hope, obstacles and opportunities, failure and triumph. Every single being matters, which means every single being willContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Change”

Being Brave with Bruce: Sunny Side Up

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, there may be days when you just wake up feeling like the sun isn’t shining inside you. It is behind the clouds somewhere. Or taking a break. Or maybe it went on vacation. While sometimes this feeling passes quite quickly, at other times it may linger.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Sunny Side Up”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: When Life Hands You Potatoes

While some beings like to stay with their own species all the time, other beings may choose instead to keep company with different species. Not only does this give you a chance to learn unusual sayings and customs you might never otherwise have heard of, but it also shows you where you have something inContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: When Life Hands You Potatoes”

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