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”

Being Brave with Bruce: Warmer Days to Come

If you love to sleep, there is no better species to be than a box turtle. Talk about a sleep maestro! When everyone else is slogging through the cold and the damp and the windy that is the cold season, you are hunkered down for an extended restful snooze. (On a side note, this handilyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Warmer Days to Come”

Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortle Bubble

Being small and slow and shelled, many other beings automatically assume you don’t know how to do tricks. Their eyes, always scanning the near horizon for things to see and do, pass right by you without a second look. Their loss. The truth is, not everyone has the eyes to see your smarts, your strength,Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortle Bubble”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Special Biscuits

Some days are tougher than others. Heck, some years are tougher than others. This is when we need small daily doses of brightness, goodness, sweetness, the most. Let’s say you wake up one morning and your entire small round feathery body has decided it is a good day to molt. You are not in theContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Special Biscuits”

Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise and the Ramp

One of the most fun things about living with interspecies flock members is springing little surprises on them. Or big surprises. The best time to do this is just when your flock mates get really used to you doing things a certain way. They start making comfy little assumptions about you based on how youContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise and the Ramp”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reaching New Heights

There is nothing more frustrating than receiving a fresh set of new challenges when you ordered “millet with a side of waffles” and a “single and seeking” ladybird to share it with. Clearly, your large featherless waitress has mixed up your order yet again. To make matters worse, now the challenges have decided you lookContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reaching New Heights”

Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up

Spend enough time as a participating member in the food chain o’ life and you will find plenty of reasons to keep your eyes on the ground and your business to yourself. In other words, if no one knows you and no one sees you, no one can eat you. But that kind of lifeContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Looking Up”

Resting in Place with Malti: Turtle Cuddles

Daily life in an interspecies flock takes on an especially interesting dimension when most of your flock are introverts. It can sometimes feel like you spend most of your time competing to see how far away from each other you can get. But just because you like your alone-time (whether “in shell” or “out ofContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Turtle Cuddles”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Good Reason to Stretch

“Stretching” is under-rated. Sometimes it can seem like if something doesn’t just come to you effortlessly, it isn’t meant for you. But when you are born as a small and delicious prey species, you know the predators don’t see it that way. Anything as tasty as you is worth stretching for! And so you alsoContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Good Reason to Stretch”

Being Brave with Bruce: Simply Irresistible

There is no doubt that some beings pop out cuter than others. It doesn’t seem fair, but there it is. However, being perched at the very tippy top of the “cuteness chain” isn’t all sunshine and lady box turtles. It can also get you plated and served faster than you can say “your order isContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Simply Irresistible”

Resting in Place with Malti: Practicing Patience

Being born slow and low to the ground is no guarantee of patience. The only way you get that is to work for it. Even worse, patience can be oh-so stealthy and elusive when it wants to be. Which can be really annoying until you remember your secret weapon. “Cuteness.” Even patience can’t resist aContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Practicing Patience”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Song In Your Heart

Waking up for another whole day is not for amateurs. You just never know who might be waiting – or how hungry they may be feeling. But there are places to go, things to do and ladybirds to meet. So “up” it is….scared or not, prepared or not. The first thing you want to doContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Song In Your Heart”

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