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”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Shell Deep

When you are born with a shell on your back (and your front, for that matter) that is often all other beings see when they look at you. To them, you look like a rock on legs. (Although to be fair, to some of them you also look like a tasty rock on legs.) ButContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Shell Deep”

Resting in Place with Malti: the Friends We Make

There is a reason there are so many beings on this small round blue and green planet. This way, everybody can have a friend. Not all beings are destined to get along. Some are just too hungry – every friend they meet turns into room service. Some are too sleepy – you start the meet-and-greetContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: the Friends We Make”

Resting in Place with Malti: Savor the Sweet Stuff

Sometimes the best thing about a day is that you get to wake up for it. In other words, no one sitting one rung higher up on the food chain o’ life successfully orders you for breakfast that morning. So you go out, forage around, have a wallow, have a nap, forage some more, goContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Savor the Sweet Stuff”

Resting in Place with Malti: Stop and Steady

Life can be hard work. Isn’t it the truth? Every day brings so many choices. So many challenges. You don’t know at the start of each new day how (or whether) you will get to the other end. Sometimes all that stress can really start to pile up. You can feel so much pressure toContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Stop and Steady”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Comfort

There is something to be said for staying prepared. Even if you are of a peaceable temperament (more naturally inclined towards defense rather than offense, so to speak), your claws are still there. And you still know how to use them. Just in case. Plus, it can be a great self-esteem booster to look downContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Comfort”

Resting in Place with Malti: How Do You Spell LOVE?

When it comes to love, it doesn’t matter if you have a shell, no shell, feathers, fur, fins or none of the above. Everyone has a love language. Every being has something that says “I love you” more than anything else. That something – whether it is shell scratches or a sweet private mud wallowContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: How Do You Spell LOVE?”

Resting in Place with Malti: A Little Love Goes a Long Way

When you are born slow and low to the ground, you are easy to miss. This can sometimes be a good thing. Since the majority of the other rungs on the food chain o’ life are occupied by beings who are taller than you, you can more easily fly (well, crawl) under the radar whenContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Little Love Goes a Long Way”

Being Brave with Bruce: the Many Faces of Brave

It is easy to think of “brave” as being only when you are presenting your full-on, nostrils-first, wide-eyed, out-in-the-open self to the world. To face the scary things. To stare down the pack of slavering challenges staring back. But the truth is, brave doesn’t have just one face. Sometimes the bravest thing you can doContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: the Many Faces of Brave”

Resting in Place with Malti: N-Okay Days

Some days, life is a-okay. The papaya is flowing. The water is so crisp and refreshing it tastes like a whole school of (Grandma’s organic steamed) salmon just swam through it. All is well. Then there are other days. You know the ones. The n-okay days. When one of those power-hungry, time-stealing, soul-sucking n-okay daysContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: N-Okay Days”

Being Brave with Bruce: Feeling Fern-tastic

As everyone knows, orange is the best color. Orange has so many great properties. For example, orange is a fabulous choice for colorful accents like, say, cheek patches. Of course, not every being can wear orange well. For those who can’t, the next best color is green. Green is the color of nature. It isContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Feeling Fern-tastic”

Resting in Place with Malti: Put Your Feet Up

If there is one truth you can count on, it is this…. The world isn’t getting any less complicated. Or any less crowded. Or any less crazy. This means you can’t go “out there” and find serenity, sanctuary, space. But there is a place you can go to find all of these things. The keyContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Put Your Feet Up”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws for Days

When participation in the food chain o’ life isn’t an elective, you want to make sure you bring your very best A-game (and all its fancy accessories) to every single interaction. Suit up and then show up, so to speak. Speaking of accessories, here it can help to have a range of options to matchContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws for Days”

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