Lessons Learned from the Dandelion

Most people see a dandelion growing in their lawn, garden, or flower beds and immediately think weed. They are the bane of most people’s carefully manicured yards. And they are dealt with harshly; usually with a bottle of chemical weed killer or a weed digger.

But let me tell you a secret: Dandelions are amazing plants.

Yes, you heard me right. Whatever god thought them up should be congratulated. Why you ask? Because Dandelions have some really cool properties, of course.

The leaves can be eaten in salad to help with digestion, lower blood pressure, and improve the enamel of your teeth. The white fluid from the stems applied to warts, acne, or blisters for 2-3 days will dry them up. I’m partial to the roots. Dig it up. Dry it out. Grind it up. And brew it like tea and you have a lovely coffee substitute.

But it doesn’t end there. You see I’ve learned some very important lessons from the Dandelion that has helped me be a better writer.

1. Diversity

A diverse backlist attracts readers like yellow flowers attracts butterflies and bees. Wearing many hats means writing, publishing, designing covers, formatting books, and marketing.

2. Helpfulness

If you are helpful, people return the favor and they keep you around. People who see Dandelions as helpful don’t yank them out so easily. Readers who see nice, helpful authors don’t drop them under their feet but support them.

3. Perseverance

No matter how many times people spray their lawns for dandelions and yank them out of the ground. They always find a way back in. Authors are the same. Bad reviews don’t keep us down. Yeah, it hurts are feelings, and it might take them awhile before we show our faces, but a true author and dandelion never give up. They preserve despite all odds and hatred for them.

4. Adaptability

If you want to survive in life and publishing, learn to adapt to your surroundings. Yeah, you could try to force the world around you to conform to you, but more then likely you’ll only be broken by their unyielding. This doesn’t mean conform. It means adapting to the world and learning to live in it. Find a way into their hearts and their minds and possibly leave your mark on it.

Yep, Dandelions are amazing plants, but then so are writers. 😀

9 thoughts on “Lessons Learned from the Dandelion

  1. I love this post! I had no idea you could do so much with dandelions. So you can really eat the yellow part of it? All I remember is my sister used to rub her chin with it to make it yellow. LOL

    I esp. like the analogy between dandelions and being a writer. We have tulips in the front that bloom for (maybe) two weeks to three and are gone the rest of the year. So they are beautiful with many colors, but they fizzle out soon. Once my kids pluck them up, that’s it. Those dandelions, however, can be plucked a zillion times, and we still have an abundance of them and they stick around longer. It’s easy to forget the tulips because they are like a fad, but it’s easy to remember the dandelions. I never understood why people spray to remove dandelions, but I don’t understand why people do a lot of things. 🙂


  2. Great post!

    And I too like dandelions. I’ve always thought of them as under appreciated flowers. I’ve probably taken a bazillion photos of them over the years 🙂

    neat dandelion


  3. Hi-was wondering if we are related-saw an Anne Beman did the cover art to one of your books that looks very cool (My Lord,Hades)…Beman’s appear to have had roving spirits and moved quite a bit through out country…from which one’s did you spring?


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