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 . . . 
Comments
Peggy commented on 16-Jul-2011 03:02 PM
This is so funny! I'm going to come to BB for the first time just so I can be good-looking. :) And I will _definitely_ have to check out that graphite T ... See you soon!
Post a Comment!

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Tags

birchbark house series france The Transition Handbook Small Bookstores as Commons H2Oil Mohamed's Ghosts plants cafe closing Rare Books Stephen Salisbury Louise Women and Trees Gryphon Press Empire of the Summer Moon National Book Award italy Catalyst twins Fireworks euphoria friends Unnatural Disasters sweden Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive E.L. Doctorow Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Ha Jin S.C. Gwynne Easter Island Ojibwemowin japan Czech Writer Alan Weisman leaves and snow green aquifer Up Late Again graphix More Remarkable Trees Hilary Mantel Keystone XL post holiday reads ependent State Troopers devoted customers This Green World William Trevor Wolf Hall Afghanistan Greenland Pembina Climate Change ireland post holiday thanks Bleak House Jim Harrison Roberto Bolano trees Tree Houses Collective Denial gratitude Kate DiCamillo show your love Education solstice, Thomas King Keepers of the Trees Video photography coyote Let's Take the Long Way Home The Blue Sky Guthrie Theater Zombies Poetry incarnation Hillary Clinton Population Book Review Wastepaper The Royal Prussian Library Ojibwe health care reform The Farmer's Daughter Remarkable Trees Canada gardens language revitalization anniversary Milkweed Press Chitra Divakaruni customers bill mckibben Love Minneapolis Anishinabe city of books Anton Treuer Too Much Happiness Master Butchers Singing Club Aubrey/Maturin Alice Munro joy Anishinabemowin Bill Moyers Journal spring support Native People Light in August favorite book Kenwood Gardens Gary Clement Dartmouth ptsd The Resilient Gardener boarding school Peak Water Nero Emily Johnson buffalo Interview Patrick O'Brian Tar Sands Botany President Obama germany north dakota Beth Dooley favorite dog pilgrims Native Arts The Wealth of Nature Bohumil Hrabal British Navy Islam how good looking you are The Birchbark House Birchbark Books Crushing Books 350.org Victory Gardens Wendy Makoons Geniusz World on the Edge The Ojibwe The Round House adventure tree books Magers and Quinn NACDI:All My Relations thank you friends Dogs Kabul Nemesis mississippi Aza Ice peculiar touches of green and gold Mankato Powwow Chickadee favorite tree book and dinner club monkey in a dryer china Minnesota School Gardens The Porcupine Year local economy Peak Oil Philip Roth Brown Dog cafe Michael Jackson neighborhood 2666 Makoons the most romantic city in the world knowledge Gail Caldwell Vic Glover Too Loud A Solitude fresh water The Game of Silence Green Team

Archive