Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: the Good of the Whole

Being a flock mama means getting used to seeking the good of the whole. Here, it doesn’t actually matter what species your VIP clients happen to be. Your own species, a different species, all sorts of species – the common denominator is that their needs, preferences and wants always comes first. Let’s say one ofContinue reading “Interspecies Flock Life with Shannon: the Good of the Whole”

Being Brave with Bruce: Use Your Box

There is something to be said for using your voice. Then again, there is also something to be said for using your box. In other words, it isn’t always the right time to stand up and be counted…especially if what’s doing the counting looks hungry. Just as there is a time to look for ladyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Use Your Box”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Cuteness

There are few things in life that a heaping helping of “cuteness” can’t solve. But when one of those few things finally happens along, it is good to have a backup plan. Take the present-day global band of microscopic marauders, for example. They are known to be just as susceptible to cuteness as anyone else.Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Cuteness”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot

When you look good, you know it. You can feel it – deep in your gut. You can see it in the eyes of other (envious) beings as they pass by. You can know it by how you are always on the menu (even after you have submitted multiple requests to be removed). But thereContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Turtle Booty Shot”

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”

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”

Being Brave with Bruce: Love You No Matter What

Living the wild life can be perilous, for sure. Perilous enough to tempt you to leave your wild days behind you for good. Yet here, it can be equally tempting to assume that by changing where or even how you live, you will never again land in a sticky situation. What is that they say?Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Love You No Matter What”

Being Brave with Bruce: Window of the Soul

The decision to join an interspecies flock is not one to be taken lightly. There will be challenges. For sure. Take communication, for example. You won’t be able to have any – at least not at first. Because of this, every single aspect of flock life will seem to proceed at a glacial pace, withContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Window of the Soul”

Being Brave with Bruce: One of a Kind You

Being born with a cute curved shell and adorable orange cheek patches can make it seem like it would be so easy to be yourself. After all, who wouldn’t want to be you? The cuteness! The preciousness! The perfectness! But then again, it is all a matter of perspective. To some beings, just the sightContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: One of a Kind You”

Being Brave with Bruce: Take a Big Deep Breath

If there is one thing tough times seem tailor-made to teach us, it might be simply this…. You can never get enough oxygen. It might not seem like a big deal to you-as-a-whole. But at the micro-cosmic level, when you start holding your breath, all those cells and protons and neutrons and neural connections reallyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Take a Big Deep Breath”

Being Brave with Bruce: A Fresh New View

Routine can be comforting. You wake up, pop open your box, slowly stretch out your (adorable, yellow-dotted) front legs, back legs, tail, head. You soak up some rays as usual, then head out to forage up your tasty breakfast. And so it goes, one day following another. Until one day you start to wonder ifContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Fresh New View”

Being Brave with Bruce: Best Laid Plans

Plans are good. In fact, plans are great. Or at least they are great until they stop working. Just like there is something to be said for planning ahead, strategizing, sticking to the tried and true, so too is there a place for mixing things up when your best laid plans have clearly made otherContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Best Laid Plans”

Being Brave with Bruce: All Kinds of Brave

As any being who has ever been rescued knows, being brave is definitely an inside job. Sometimes being brave means standing on your own, persevering, crossing that busy street to get to the other side. And sometimes being brave means letting the tall and terrifying shell-less beings intercept you just as you are about toContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: All Kinds of Brave”

Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend

Into every life some little challenges will fall. But it is the big challenges that really like to make a grand entrance. You may be just minding your own business, going about your daily life as usual, when…. WHOMP. A big ol’ challenge just plonks itself down smack-dab in front of you. Right in theContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend”

Being Brave with Bruce: A Standup Guy

Spend enough time as a card-carrying member of the food chain o’ life and it is easy to feel pigeonholed. No matter what you do, some beings will always just see you as supper. Other beings will think because you are short and shelled, they can pluck you out of your home and take youContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Standup Guy”

Being Brave with Bruce: One Small Step

It doesn’t take long after emerging from your small white escape pod that you start to notice all beings didn’t get the same number of feet. Some don’t even have any feet at all. (To your mind, this doesn’t seem advantageous.) Some beings have two feet. This is a little better. But you – youContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: One Small Step”

Being Brave with Bruce: Love the Shell You Are In

Popping out of your small round white escape pod for the first time can be a bit of a shocker. You’ve got to get to know yourself. Take stock. Call roll. Do an inventory. So, okay. Maybe first you notice you’ve got claws. Claws are good. You have a shell on your back. Oh, andContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Love the Shell You Are In”

Being Brave with Bruce: Green Is Great

When you are born short and shelled, you spend a lot of time with green beings. This gives you an appreciation your bigger, taller planet-mates often lack. For example, green is great for camouflaging things. Things like you. Green symbolizes growth. And if you are still growing you must still be here. (As in, notContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Green Is Great”

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