Re: Hopework-l Digest, Vol 41, Issue 2
From: Maxim Rivkin (
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 16:09:17 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Lynn,

Thank you very much for the invitation.  I will be very glad to attend the
Hopework's dinner this coming Sunday.

My schedule has not yet fully congealed, so I can not tell you the exact
time that I'll be there.  However, I will be there for sure.

Best regards,

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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
> reported.
> 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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