Re: Hopework-l Digest, Vol 41, Issue 2
From: Bonnie Esposito (
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 08:17:35 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Lynn,
Thanks for the invite.  I will be there at 4:00 pm

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   1. Invitation to Hopework Supper, Sunday, April 26 (Lynn Englund)


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Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 22:38:38 -0500
From: Lynn Englund <lynn [at]>
Subject: [Hopework] Invitation to Hopework Supper, Sunday, April 26
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Dear Hopework friends,

A few days ago my mother brought me a small bottle of maple syrup made 
fresh from the sap of trees on her Wisconsin farm property and boiled 
down to syrup with the love and labor of family members the past few 
weekends. It's a treasure to receive since I never find time to help 
with the project during the few weeks when then sap runs.  Also, my 
mother and I have put our brave geraniums out on our decks and they're 
still blooming even though the nights are cold!

*Last Hopework supper until September 2009 is Sunday at 4 pm!* Topic: 
healthy foods. Give me a call or send an email if you are coming. See 
below for details.

The general topic for this year's Hopework dinners has been health. Last 
month's topic was community health. Fourteen of us gathered tightly 
around the table last month to share stories that illustrated aspects of 
health or wellbeing in communities. Many themes emerged and I've 
recalled only a few here. One that stands out to me was the importance 
of intergenerational interaction and the presence of children. For 
adults who do not have children of their own or young children in their 
lives, the opportunity to nurture and interact with children can provide 
great joy and satisfaction. Parents can sometimes bring babies and small 
children into settings with adults and seniors and help young and old 
feel lively and important. Animals and pets can create positive energy 
and connections. Another theme focused on the collections of stories 
that take root within family or community. Examples were stories imbued 
with messages about what the world is like and how to navigate it; for 
example, story lines that portray society as a place where people always 
scheme against you, versus stories that imply that people are generally 
trustworthy; stories that portray a dangerous world to be protected 
against, or an exciting place to enter into; a world of fearful and 
contemptible strangers, or a place of opportunity to build relationships 
and make friends. Another theme was the capacity for generosity of 
people helping each other out in times of need not often as a response 
to the needs of strangers but because of the many ties and connections 
developed in a community where people interacted with each other in many 
settings and multiple ways. Another was our capacity to accept each 
other, warts and all, overlooking our imperfections, defenses, 
irritating habits, and reactive emotions. And many others that I've not 

This Sunday's topic is healthy food. Come with a story, recipe, or dish 
to share that connects in some way to healthy (or not so healthy) food. 
I'll have a circle question for after the meal, too.

Hopework is the name that John and I use for the work we do. Hopework is 
the practice of creating safe spaces for people to get to know and like 
each other, and find renewed hope and purpose in life with and from each 
other. John and I host a pot-luck supper on the last Sunday of each 
month September-November and January-April as a way to reconnect with 
friends who have shared in our work and to meet new acquaintances who 
share our interests. Each month we look forward to greeting new and 
long-time Hopework friends, Philosophy Camp/Lives Worth Living alumni 
and fellows, and other friends and acquaintances who share our 
interests. Please join us when you can!

Date: Sunday, April 26

Time: If you like to cook with a crowd and are willing to help set up, 
come at 3 pm.
Everyone else: Arrive at 4:00 pm; meal begins at 4:30 pm. We usually 
clean up about 7:00 pm. 
Menu: Please bring a dish or beverage to share. I'll provide my version 
of a healthy main dish and water, tea, and coffee.

Topic: Healthy foods.

Lynn Englund and John Wallace
The Metro Lofts building
2650 University Ave West, #315
Saint Paul, MN 55114

651-646-0069 (home)
612-710-7287 (cell)

Map and directions:

Park on University Ave. near Dunn Bros., or in the lot along the east
side of the building. The entrance is on the east side of the building,
just south of Dunn Bros. entrance. Push 300 on the security box to have 
me buzz you into the building. The elevator is to the right of the 
lobby. Turn left when you get off on the 3rd floor.

Lynn and John


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