Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend

We all need rescuing sometimes. For many of us, being rescued isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime need, either. While there is something to be said for having a well-laid plan, this can only take you so far. This is especially the case when, in the eyes of most of your planet-mates, you are exactly the right shapeContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend”

Being Brave with Bruce: Living the Good Green Life

“Good life” means different things to different beings. If you are a large shell-less being, perhaps living a good life means you survived another day on the lam from a certain set of highly infectious microscopic particles. Or it might mean you return home that night to discover your (wine) glass is half-full yet again.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Living the Good Green Life”

Being Brave with Bruce: Getting Back Out There

Life frequently seems to present more questions than answers. There is the question of what will become of our small (shared) round blue planet. And the question of what it might be like when you get a lot older than you are now. And then there is the question of when to “get back outContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Getting Back Out There”

Being Brave With Bruce: A Time to Step Up

There are days when it is a good day to hide. Such as the day you wake up to (are woken up by) the shrieks of the hungry hawk babies in the tree next door as they scream for their breakfast. Which, in turn, attracts the feline from one house over – a furry, fangedContinue reading “Being Brave With Bruce: A Time to Step Up”

Being Brave with Bruce: Sitting Cute

Life can be very hard at times. Oh so very hard. But then there are those pivotal moments in every being’s life that make all the hardships and scary-ness (a technical term) and challenges worth it. Like the moment when that huge snarfling predator stomps right past you (because you are such an excellent hider).Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Sitting Cute”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Being Brave with Bruce: Hobbies for Shells

When you are small and scrumptious and wild, getting “bored” is not really a thing….reason being, being bored can turn into being plated (complete with parsley garnish) in short order. But when you live a life of leisure as a rescued box turtle, and especially when that life of leisure turns into a life ofContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Hobbies for Shells”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Stealth Sheltering

Whenever someone tells you to stay put for any reason, it is important to pay attention to the nuances. Try to notice what they don’t say as well as what they do say. For example, they might tell you to “shelter in place.” But then they don’t specify the place. This means you get toContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Stealth Sheltering”

Being Brave with Bruce: Bring Your Own Box

There’s nothing like sticking close to home to create certain, well, shortages. The large shell-less beings really like to have plenty of these soft white round rolls that are sort of box turtle-sized and yet not. They don’t seem very useful, if you are being honest. What is very useful is to have your ownContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Bring Your Own Box”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Shelters in Place

Sheltering in place looks different for everyone. But it may feel more alike than different – down deep on the inside where only we can see. In fact, some beings have to shelter in place most of every single day – and not because of something globally scary that starts with the letter “C.” TheyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Shelters in Place”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Selfies

Over the last several weeks, most of us have gotten a heaping helping of our own company. Some of us may love this. Others, not so much. Those who are cooped up (er, sheltering in place) with their nearest and dearest may actually be wishing for a bit more time with ourselves….and only ourselves. But even so,Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Selfies”

Being Brave with Bruce: the Story of How a Box Turtle Found Home

Pandemics are definitely one of those times when you realize you need each other. But they aren’t the only times. For example, let’s say you are a Texas 3-toed box turtle and you are lost. Somehow, you misplaced your home. Or maybe somebody built a shopping mall on top of it and that is whyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: the Story of How a Box Turtle Found Home”

Box Turtle Sees His Reflection

Looking very cute is like doing public service 24/7. Everywhere you go, everyone you meet is smiling. They appreciate your cuteness so much. You are such a blessing to all. But every once in awhile, it can be nice to meet someone else as cute as you. Just so you can feel that warm glowContinue reading “Box Turtle Sees His Reflection”

Box Turtle Climbs the Fence

“It’s the climb.” That’s the rumor, anyway. It’s all fun and games until somebody gets stuck. This is when it is really helpful to hire a large shell-less MommyGuard. Even when you aren’t convinced you really need a little (or a lot of) help, you can count on your MommyGuard to rescue you anyway.

Box Turtle Meets FlipFlop

It’s not every day you get to meet a new life form. One minute they were not there. The next minute there they are. Did they come from across the yard? Across the street? Across the solar system? The only way to know is to get up close and personal with the newcomer. See whatContinue reading “Box Turtle Meets FlipFlop”

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