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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Instructions, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess. Harper. 2010. $15.99 all ages

if any creature tells you that it hungers,
feed it.
If it tells you that it is dirty,
clean it.
If it cries to you that it hurts,
if you can,
ease its pain."

If I were to embark on a journey, I would want the words of Neil Gaiman singing in my ears...he has such a powerful and gifted way of giving 'instructions'.

Follow his advice, walk proudly through the unknown gate in the wall and revel in the discoveries you are about to make. The landscape seems somewhat familiar; there are characters and places you will recognize. Do your best to be the best you can be, and move forward.

As you journey on, there will be obstacles. Take them in stride or turn back. There is no harm in that. If you choose to go on, there is so much more. There is much to remember and to learn...if you put your trust in others, and do not lose hope.

"Trust dreams.

Trust your heart,
and trust

After your adventure, return home to where your story began.

It is wonderful to have another book by these amazing collaborators to share and to savor. Their book, Blueberry Girl, continues to be one of my favorite birth gifts. Now, I have one for graduates and anyone else embarking on a new path. Take heart and go forward with bravery, thirst and a willingness to listen and learn.

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