Being Brave with Bruce: Love Lifts You Up

There is something to be said for being very short, silent and shelled. You can slip under the radar, so to speak. And when you have the good style sense to select a “survival-friendly” camouflaging shell color like, say, olive, this ability is amplified. Other beings – especially the very large, loud, shell-less ones –Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Love Lifts You Up”

Resting in Place with Malti: Mud Rings

If there is one thing you learn quickly when living in an interspecies flock, it is that other species can have some pretty strange hobbies. Take the large shell-less species, for instance. “Getting dark” is clearly the universal symbol for “it’s bedtime already.” Yet when it gets dark outside, they like to stay awake andContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Mud Rings”

Resting in Place with Malti: Soak Your Troubles Away

Evolutionarily speaking, it is easy to explain why nearly all beings – regardless of species – seem to so enjoy a good soak. Primordial soup. Soaking is so relaxing. You can just settle in. Take a load off. Luxuriate. But where in the past you had to share the soup pot (so to speak) withContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Soak Your Troubles Away”

Being Brave with Bruce: Mountain Climbing

Sometimes you might wake up and be really in the mood to do some mountain climbing. You are full of vim and vigor. Bring it on! You were born to summit. But then again, a mountain might arrive at just the wrong moment – such as during your winter brumation or when you are inContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Mountain Climbing”

Resting in Place with Malti: Dining In

After a long day, there is no doubt it can be nice to do something called “dining out.” In this scenario, all you have to do is get yourself to the table and chew. Another being does the rest of the heavy lifting (not to mention the scrubbing and rinsing). But then a bunch ofContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Dining In”

Resting in Place with Malti: Wallowing Is Wonderful

Anyone who knows anything about relaxing (which is not the large shell-less beings, to put it mildly) knows that there is nothing like a good wallow. In fact, if you look up the word “wallow,” the textbook definition is to “lie relaxed.” Secondary definitions include “to keep cool” and “to avoid biting insects” – thisContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Wallowing Is Wonderful”

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”

Resting in Place with Malti: Nose to Nose

When the large shell-less beings love each other, they like to do something called “dancing cheek to cheek.” Of course, when you happen to have a shell, this also means your ears and your cheeks are located in pretty much the same place, which can make hearing the dance beat tricky at best. (Never mindContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Nose to Nose”

Happy Birthday to Our Small Chef!

Once each year a very special day arrives. It is the day when a certain flock-wide Small Chef turns one year younger. And wiser. And even more special. It doesn’t matter what species you are – a Grandma’s love is a Grandma’s love. When you know you are loved and cared for and doted uponContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Our Small Chef!”

Resting in Place with Malti: Brave Tortoise Face

There isn’t anything braver in this world than tumbling out of your little white escape pod into a great wide world with only the shell on your back for company. You could say you are born to be brave – and indeed, you are. From moment one, you are “it.” You are your own chefContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Brave Tortoise Face”

Resting in Place with Malti: Super Stealth Shell

Being born with a shell means you are naturally very stealthy. The fact that you are also born low to the ground and slow and steady is just icing on the proverbial (tortoise-sized) cake. But sometimes you find that you want or need to add even an extra layer of stealth. For instance, maybe thereContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Super Stealth Shell”

Resting in Place with Malti: Soak for Success

It can be unsettling to wake up one day and discover you are suddenly at war with an opponent you can’t even see. Your enemy can get aerial without wings, survive for days (weeks) on surfaces without sustenance, stay dormant nearly indefinitely without losing any of their super-scary infectious powers. In a word….ACK. But thereContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Soak for Success”

Resting in Place with Malti: Grazing with Grandma

Choosing to live in an interspecies flock is not for the faint of stomach. It doesn’t take long to learn that some of the large shell-less beings are “delicacy whisperers”….and some are not. You need to learn quickly whose victuals are actually edible and whose are not….at least if you want to enjoy the averageContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Grazing with Grandma”

Being Brave with Bruce: Box Upgrade

It can be advantageous to have a totally secure box you can close yourself up into whenever danger strikes. Then again, it can also be awfully lonely. It can be easy to psych yourself out, in there all by yourself. Obviously, the ideal scenario would be to invite a friend to shelter inside your boxContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Box Upgrade”

Being Brave with Bruce: Hugs and Head Pats

Sometimes you wake up, hear the latest news and realize…. You need a hug. Or a head pat. Or maybe many head pats. Hugs and head pats won’t make the bad news go away. But they sure can make you feel braver to bear it! (Not to mention very, very loved.) Pearl, Malti, Bruce &Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Hugs and Head Pats”

Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Grass Grow

You don’t have to be bipedal with a big (and frankly, top-heavy) brain to figure out that sometimes it is good to go slow and let the grass grow under your feet. It is smart to stop and smell the roses (or the hibiscus, or the dandelion greens). It is wise to notice how anyContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Grass Grow”

Resting in Place with Malti: Me and My MommyGuard

You don’t have to be out of your small round white escape pod for very long before it becomes clear that the planet can be a dangerous place. Predators both enormous and infinitesimal are roaming about night and day, and no matter where you go and who you meet, everyone looks hungry. You would justContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Me and My MommyGuard”

Resting in Place with Malti: Moving the Brick

In the world of the large shell-less beings, when someone is facing a big obstacle, there is such a thing as “raising the bar.” Taking it to the next level. Bringing your “A” game. Being in it to win it. Upping the ante (whatever an “ante” is). Of course, this is easier when your opponentContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Moving the Brick”

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