Resting in Place with Malti: Sunny With a Shell

Every species has their skillsets. Of course, some species have more skillsets than others. And not every species can multi-task their skillsets. Let’s say you happen to be a species with a shell. Lucky you. And talk about skillsets…. Check this out. You can carry your home – all of it! – right on topContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Sunny With a Shell”

Day 329: The Tortoise Door of Possibility

For beings who are lucky enough to be born with shells, the structures commonly known as “doors” are largely superfluous. Want to go in? Just pull all your (very cute) appendages inside you and you are in. Ready to come back out? Just stick out your (precious and perfect) arms, tail and head and youContinue reading “Day 329: The Tortoise Door of Possibility”

Day 326: The Redfoot Of Many Colors

When you are born with red-dotted feet, it doesn’t take a lot of mental revving to figure out how the powers-that-be came up with your common species name. But just because you are known for having red dots, that doesn’t mean you can’t have other colors of dots as well. For example, perhaps you decideContinue reading “Day 326: The Redfoot Of Many Colors”

Day 323: The Good Shelled Life

Every being wants to live a good life. Of course, the details of what, precisely, a “good life” looks like can vary wildly from one individual to the next. Some seem born to carve caves out of rocks – tackling life with brute strength and a dogged determination to walk uphill from start to finish.Continue reading “Day 323: The Good Shelled Life”

Day 299: A Mealworm A Day

As everyone knows, when you are born very cute, you will just get even cuter as you grow up. Since being as cute as possible is advantageous (something about “survival of the species”), the best approach is to simply go for it and get as big as possible as fast as possible so you willContinue reading “Day 299: A Mealworm A Day”

Day 293: A Tortoise and Her Blanket

Being a tropical tortoise from South America, you know exactly how you like your climate. WARM. Warm is good. Warmer is better. Very very warm is best of all. Since you don’t prefer to spend the cold weather days buried under a big pile of dusty hay like your smaller, clearly less discerning shelled brother,Continue reading “Day 293: A Tortoise and Her Blanket”

Day 230: The Small Spiky Tortoise

When you’re ancient, you can feel it in your bones….literally. Every tiny but mighty footprint you take evokes the legends of the mighty and enormous beings you predated and then outlived. If that popular so-called “reality” show about survival that the large shell-less beings seem to favor accepted shelled contestants, there is no doubt whoContinue reading “Day 230: The Small Spiky Tortoise”


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