Tales from Torti Town

A collection of tales (and life lessons learned) from the home of 14 red-footed tortoises on the island of St Croix.

Lesson Six: There’s Happiness in Simplicity

“Nature is pleased with Simplicity. And nature is no dummy.” ~Isaac Newton Tortoises lead a pretty simple life. They stay cozy in their hides most of the time. They walk around looking for tasty morsels to eat. They respond to sound and vibration. They have sex. They soak in water. They lay eggs. And…repeat. I…

Lesson Four: If You Want It, Reach For It!

“In this world, you only get what you grab for.”  ~Giovanni Boccaccio One thing I can tell you about tortoises is that if they want something, they seem to be completely single-minded in their attempt to achieve it. People who have pet tortoises refer to them as little bulldozers. They will dig, climb, stretch, and…

Tortoise Spotlight One: Archie Tortoise

And now, for our first:  ~Tortoise Spotlight~ Allow me to introduce: Archie Tortoise! Archie is a male red-footed tortoise given to me – along with his buddy, Lucky – by someone who was moving off island. They were the 4th and 5th tortoises added to my creep (in March, 2019). Archie is on the top right,…

Lesson Three: Keep Only Things that Bring You Joy

“Discard everything that does not spark joy.”  ~Marie Kondo One of my favorite things to do is watch tortoises eat. In Torti Town, there are two concrete stepping stones next to each other, fondly referred to as “The Slab.” It is on the slab that I lay out all of the culinary goodness I have…

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