Stand Tall


The Legend of Black-eyed Susan and Sweet William

These two much-loved wildflowers have a romantic legend in common, told in an old English poem by John Gay:

 “All in the downs the fleet was moored, banners waving in the wind. When Black-eyed Susan came aboard, and eyed the burly men. ‘Tell me ye sailors, tell me true, if my Sweet William sails with you.’”

 This search for Sweet William is one of the all-time favorite wildflower legends.


Mother Nature whispers, “Stand tall and boldly seek what your heart desires. What you are searching for is also seeking you. Stand tall and show your unique beauty to the world, so you can be found! Follow your heart down unknown paths, don’t be afraid. You won’t be disappointed by the treasures you find.”



Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.

Theodore Roethke


Can You Dance?




The tallest tree in the world lives in the Redwood forest in California. It is about 380 feet tall. The oldest living tree is also in California. It is a 5,000-year-old pine tree, whose location is kept secret so the tree stays safe.

Mother Nature whispers,” Trees have to grow strong, deep roots so they can stand strong in the storms that come their way. Sturdy roots anchor them when the intense winds whip around them, blowing their leaves away and ripping off the small branches. The deep roots anchor them as they dance with the wind”.

“Each spring, their strong branches cradle nests that the birds lovingly build for their young. The nests receive loving warmth from the sun while the sturdy trunk of the tree hold it secure and safe for the young ones to grow.”

Are your roots deep and strong enough to anchor you while you dance with the storms of life? Can you protect the new ideas that come to you… from the threats and fears of the outside world?



Trees are earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

Rabindranath Tagore