… plus a few other Ys that interest me, although I favour “Yggdrasil” as the most interesting of the lot. It’s a 13th century Norse legend, Odin’s Tales, about an ash tree that suspends heaven and earth and hell from its branches to its roots. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yggdrasil There’s a Yggdrasil tree near my in-laws house on Fyn in Denmark. Even without knowing or hearing of Odin’s legend, that ancient tree perched high on a burial mound frightened my youngest son when he was about 8-years-old. I think it also led him toward reading ancient history and archaeology at university.
There’s also yin and yang, a concept that makes infinite sense to me, the ylang-ylang tree that grew in front of my flat when I lived in Hong Kong (near Stanley), yachting in Denmark around Fyn with family, yoga which I try to do several times a week to keep my old joints and muscles moving, I love yammering endlessly; yammering is a lost skill in my opinion, the yew tree that grew in the garden of the house where I grew up – the one that brushed against my bedroom window when the wind blew, Yorkshire moors in the winter, positivity like yes and yep and yahoo and yippee, my favourite Duncan yo-yo that I had as a child, stretching and yawning after a heavy meal, and sunny yellow egg yolks.