Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise People

Being born with a shell on your back means you get used to shells fairly early in life. Like right on Day One. Unfortunately, the same can’t always be said for everyone else. It isn’t your fault your shell is really cute. Or curved. Or colorful. You can’t help it if it came fully loadedContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Little Tortoise People”

Happy Day O’ Eating from Our Flock to Yours!

Today is a great day to be alive. And hungry. It is an especially great day if you happen to have a personal Small Chef who fixes all your favorite “hand-fed” delicacies exactly the way you like them to be fixed. Of course, this can also make you feel grateful. Very grateful. So grateful thatContinue reading “Happy Day O’ Eating from Our Flock to Yours!”

Resting in Place with Malti: Get Up and Go

Being small and shelled and slow, you naturally know something your large, quick, over-anxious MommyGuard does not. Get up and go is over-rated. Sometimes it is really better to sit it out for awhile. Sitting feels great. Sitting is restful. Sitting can readily lead to snoozing (which is even more restful). Not to mention thatContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Get Up and Go”

Resting in Place with Malti: Tag for Treats

Spend enough time on this small round blue and green planet, and you will start to realize that just because another being looks exactly like you doesn’t mean you will be automatic friends. Of course it is great when that happens. But it is just as possible that your bestie might look very different thanContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Tag for Treats”

Resting in Place with Malti: Conceal and Carry

Navigating life as a short, small, shelled being can take some creativity. On the one hand, you want to stay concealed, on account of how long experience has taught you this is the best way to avoid being singled out for “special” status (as in “special of the day”). On the other hand, you want toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Conceal and Carry”

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”

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”

Happy Day O’ Treats From Our Flock to Yours!

Living in an interspecies flock pretty much guarantees you will run across some customs that seem more than a little (or a lot) strange. Take “Halloween,” for example. This event appears to happen in phases. During the “Disguise Phase,” the large featherless / shell-less beings all pretend to be somebody else. Whoever does the bestContinue reading “Happy Day O’ Treats From Our Flock to Yours!”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: the Chill Zone

You don’t have to spend many days on this small round blue and green planet before you figure out that every day is different. Days, like beings, have their own unique personalities. One day might be bubbly, zesty, all about celebrating and snacking and socializing. The next day might be totally different, clogged up withContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: the Chill Zone”

Resting in Place with Malti: Champion Rester

From the outside looking in, resting looks so easy. Like anyone could do it. But you know what they say about those who make something look easy. They are the pros. A champion rester will never let on all the heavy lifting and hard work that goes on “behind the scenes,” so to speak, ofContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Champion Rester”

Resting in Place with Malti: Take Shelter

Each day has its own energy, its own rhythm, its own personality. In fact, it could be said that a day itself is as alive as the beings living it! For instance,  there are days when you just feel like roaming. You have all this energy zinging through you and you want to go hereContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Take Shelter”

Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Love In

When you first pop out the top of your small round white escape pod, you get so much attention. So much love. Everyone “oohs” and “aahs” over how cute you are, how pint-sized and perfect. You get lots of lap time. Photo moments. The freshest and best of everything. Then you get bigger. And bigger.Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Love In”

Resting in Place with Malti: A Raspberry A Day

There are days when everything just flows. You keep to your set schedule. Those check-marks next to all those to-do list items keep piling up. You feel on top of it all. And then there are the other days. You know the ones. You want them to end but they can’t seem to get enoughContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Raspberry A Day”

Resting in Place with Malti: Stand Up Tall

When you are lucky enough to be born with four short legs (instead of, say, two tall legs), you master “walking” pretty much right away. Before you’ve even hardly exited your small round white escape pod, you are walking like a pro. Go you! But “standing,” well, that is another matter. Maybe you don’t wantContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Stand Up Tall”

Resting in Place with Malti: Have a Berry Good Day

Not every day is going to deliver sunshine and smiles perfectly on command. Sometimes you just have to make your own. Here, it helps to have a list of your favorite things handy. Reason being, if you don’t know what makes you happy, it is harder to turn your frowns upside down. It is alsoContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Have a Berry Good Day”

Resting in Place with Malti: More Alike Than Different

It is easy to get hung up on outer appearances. Maybe you have a shell and your brother has feathers and your mama has neither. And in your little flock, you are evenly split down the middle when it comes to blood temperature. At first, these differences can be disconcerting. It can be easy toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: More Alike Than Different”

Resting in Place with Malti: the Big Chill

Even when you seem to be moving very slowly on the outside, life can still feel pretty hectic on the inside. So much change, so little time to adapt to it. In these sorts of situations, matching your insides to your outsides can take some doing. It can feel tempting to try to speed upContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: the Big Chill”

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