Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

Hey Good Looking!

Louise Erdrich - Saturday, July 02, 2011
Dear Good Looking Friends,

I've noted it -- everyone who enters Birchbark Books is really good looking.  I don't know why it is, but just a fact.  And particularly when clad in a Birchbark Books organic cotton T-shirt of any vintage everybody is good looking.  That is why we are asking you to send your picture wearing a Birchbark T-shirt to our Facebook page.  We have several editions of our T-shirt now, each one produced for us by that fabled local company, Monkey In a Dryer.  We have the birchbark brown, the robin's egg blue, the erotically charged graphite gray, the current deep Currant, the current Lucky Blue, and I can't remember what else.  If you've got the inclination, please include your favorite book, dog, or tree.   Please tell us where the picture was taken, as long as you were there legally.  Truly, we'd love to meet you wherever you are! 

This is Tree Month -- have you  noticed?  The trees in Minnesota have now fully leafed out and this week just past the solstice they are in such glory it gives a person green brain.  Time to read eaarth, by Bill McKibben to find out what you can do to help your best tree friend.  We cannot exist without trees, and they would certainly do better without us, but they continue to be the most generous living beings on earth.   I'm reading Keepers of the Trees, by Ann Linnea, meeting people who devote themselves to the love of trees.  One of my favorite characters in the book is Merve Wilkinson, who devoted himself to a tree-lot and logged it over the span of fifty years in such a profoundly thoughtful way that there is now more wood in the forest than when he started.  He figured out how to sustain himself, his family, and the forest and has educated people ever since.

We have books on Remarkable Trees, More Remarkable Trees, Tree Houses --  as I'm sitting here writing the late afternoon sun is flowing down through the still, tiny leaves of my favorite locust tree just outside the window.  I know people don't like these trees much because they have big thorns.  Yet their blossoms are swooningly fragrant, they're unkillable, and unfathomably lovely.  But really, isn't every tree helplessly gorgeous, just like the people who come into Birchbark Books?

Book People!  Thanks for your support this summer!  Oh, before I forget, I'd also like to celebrate the Green Team who have made such a beautiful impact on the other side of the street from the bookstore.  Come and see!  People gardening what was once a small wasteland of asphalt -- children learning to grow food -- this is truly inspiring.  Subject of next blog . . . 

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Islam how good looking you are Crushing Books Dogs Wolf Hall favorite book Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive trees Aza ptsd knowledge coyote germany Unnatural Disasters Anton Treuer State Troopers NACDI:All My Relations S.C. Gwynne This Green World friends japan Minneapolis Zombies Canada Interview Minnesota The Royal Prussian Library Ice graphix Alan Weisman Mankato Powwow Chickadee Tree Houses Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Gary Clement favorite tree city of books bill mckibben Kabul customers Book Review The Blue Sky Alice Munro Anishinabemowin 2666 leaves and snow Czech Writer Milkweed Press The Resilient Gardener spring ireland Climate Change More Remarkable Trees Pembina sweden favorite dog Brown Dog President Obama cafe the most romantic city in the world Collective Denial Empire of the Summer Moon Nero Emily Johnson The Farmer's Daughter post holiday reads ependent monkey in a dryer Beth Dooley Magers and Quinn Rare Books show your love Ojibwe book and dinner club north dakota fresh water thanks cafe closing The Game of Silence Vic Glover pilgrims Education Love Mohamed's Ghosts Greenland joy Keystone XL Michael Jackson post holiday Kate DiCamillo Native Arts photography Victory Gardens Louise National Book Award green Too Much Happiness local economy adventure British Navy The Wealth of Nature Peak Water Hilary Mantel Light in August The Ojibwe Patrick O'Brian thank you friends Catalyst The Transition Handbook language revitalization Roberto Bolano Ojibwemowin Native People gratitude Aubrey/Maturin Bleak House Bill Moyers Journal Bohumil Hrabal buffalo Kenwood Gardens Remarkable Trees Philip Roth H2Oil Nemesis Easter Island solstice, Thomas King Wendy Makoons Geniusz Master Butchers Singing Club School Gardens support peculiar touches of green and gold mississippi Stephen Salisbury Too Loud A Solitude The Birchbark House tree books devoted customers Guthrie Theater euphoria Keepers of the Trees Let's Take the Long Way Home birchbark house series plants neighborhood Anishinabe Population Birchbark Books The Porcupine Year gardens health care reform Small Bookstores as Commons Hillary Clinton china Video Up Late Again Peak Oil anniversary Chitra Divakaruni Green Team Dartmouth World on the Edge Gryphon Press Poetry Wastepaper Tar Sands italy Jim Harrison Fireworks incarnation Makoons E.L. Doctorow france Gail Caldwell Botany aquifer Women and Trees twins Ha Jin The Round House Afghanistan boarding school William Trevor