"Children are like plants: If you overwater them, they will yellow and die but you also can't underwater them or nothing will come to fruition. You have to help the plant/child along by gently guiding and often letting it get a little wild for the best results."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.