Borg Like Me Spawns Fairy Post Office in the Berkeley Hills

If you visit the "Tilden Post Office," let us know by using the hashtag #tildenpo

If you visit the “Tilden Post Office,” let us know by using the hashtag #tildenpo

The original diorama Lea created in Dec 2013.

The original diorama Lea created in Dec 2013.

The tree hole post office six months later.

The tree hole post office six months later.

It’s amazing how magic can sometimes beget magic. I have a piece in Borg Like Me about Lea Redmond’s “World’s Smallest Postal Service” and a very enchanting experience I had once when I found a little “house” set up inside of a rotted out knot hole in a tree. For the piece, I decided to combine these two tales by asking Lea Redmond to create something similar. So she set up a little fairy post office in a tree hole in the Berkeley Hills and I used a photo of this diorama in my book. She even had a battery-powered floor lamp in there and left it on. She returned a month later and found the post office still there. And now, seven months later, it’s still there. In fact, people are adding to it! Someone added maps on the walls and paper birds and butterflies. And someone placed a dead bumble bee inside of the tiny birdcage that hangs inside. And people have started leaving messages for the fairies (in IS a post office, after all). Lea has produced a map so you can visit the site. There’s even a hashtag (#tildenpo) you can use if you visit, take photos, leave stuff. I’m heading out to the Bay Area tomorrow and am tempted to create a tiny copy of Borg Like Me (with the essay inside that uses the photo of the post office) and leave it inside of the tree.

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