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Birch River Books

Grand Marais, MN 55604, USA

©2019 by Birch River Books.

January 3, 2020

Yet, compared with a wretched little salmon stream and

its handful of scrawny creeks, these noble rivers

meant little. For in the Klondike Valley, gold lay more

thickly than on any other creek. 

But white men sought gold along the Yukon

for a generation before they foun...

December 31, 2019

Oh, what does 

the New Year 

see in me?

I certainly see myself. 

But from where 

does it reckon 

who am I?

Those liquid, soft eyes, 

gazing and impenetrable.

Days set before me.

Alert, watchful 

for the slight & clumsy,

the caring and cruel.

We are being measured.

Are we to be trust...

December 13, 2019

Looking for a stocking stuffer that is personal, that inspires, that is thoughtful, and that rekindles memories of great adventures past?

Short, impactful portraits that offer beautiful descriptions and lessons drawn from this great land of rock and water.

Compass Season...

December 7, 2019

Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be

thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito’s

wing that falls on the rails.


Henry David Thoreau

Across the northern tier of the continent, in places I've traveled, there are similar features to the...

December 1, 2019

You’ve had your Thanksgiving Dinner. Maybe you used the day to give thanks for things great and small. Maybe not.

But here’s a new take.

I’ve been reading a book* that has astounding things we take for granted, where a person can only catch their breath, where grati...

November 9, 2019

They gather like scattered birdseed along the road, trucks pulled up to old barns or farmsteads. It is the beginning of the hunting season.

For many, this is a singular event. It has been planned for. Locations have been sighted, and old deer stands have been repaired o...

October 30, 2019

TO TASTE the sweet delight, 

the rush of living, 

the boil in the blood, 

the fires of excitement. 

To test the unknown. 

To joy in the offer, 

To wait with unruly 


To tame the stallions 

of timidity and relic 


To wait for personal 

greatness, for mome...

October 19, 2019

We see promise this time of year, even as we head into winter. Oh, how great and beautiful, even the slightest hint of what we know will emerge in springtime.

It is a subtle beauty ... for now. Couched in tiny seeds, shaded in rich browns and black, ephemeral and hidden...

October 4, 2019

Going to say something most authors will not say. BOOK REVIEWS MATTER! Yes, they do! 

Number One: They are a source of encouragement for those who write. Yes, not everyone is positive. But they all engage. They tell the author people are paying attention. What better co...

October 2, 2019

Just Reviewed in the latest edition of NORTHERN WILD. Who's Watching Who? Nature's Poetry of Life. Available on Kindle THURSDAY for $.99 (a 67% discount)! 

SATURDAY, October 5th goes up to $1.99 (still a 34% discount). On the 6th at 8 p.m. PDT time, goes...

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