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


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