Invitation: Sunday, Nov. 28 Hopework supper and circle
From: Lynn Englund (
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 21:14:05 -0800 (PST)
Dear Hopework Friends,

John and I wish you a happy Thanksgiving and invite you to join us for the last Hopework supper and story circle of the fall on Sunday, November 28, from 4:00-7:00 pm. (The next Hopework supper and circle will be Sunday, January 23.)

Last month's dinner and circle on the topic of fall found a dozen of us gathered around the table. Every sense was evoked in the stories shared about the season of fall--from how the experience of our homes change in closing up the house as days and nights cool down, to the smell of the air and the leaves, the start of new hopes and projects with the start of the new school year, the harvest of the gardens and seeds for next year, getting out warmer clothes, and welcoming soups and stews, and changing the clocks.

I asked for suggestions for this month's topic as we closed our circle. A couple of people suggested that as we enter the holiday season, it would be good to reflect on the celebrations, rituals, and traditions with family and friends that mark this time of year. I'm eager to learn about how you celebrate the season and the joys and challenges that come with negotiating seasonal celebrations with family and friends. The prompt will be to share an important time around the celebrations, rituals, or traditions of the holiday season and how you experienced it. Perhaps the story that comes to mind evokes a time that was especially satisfying and held great meaning or joy. Or a time when something about the season let you down, went wrong, or disappointed you. Or a time when you wanted to make a change or resisted a change in a celebration, ritual, or tradition, and how it turned out!

Date: Sunday, November 28, 2010.

RSVP: Please let us know by Saturday night (11/27) if you and any guests plan to attend. Call or email if you have any questions. I have room for about 12 people around the table (and at least 20 if we move it out of the way!)

Time: Arrive at 4:00 pm (3:00 pm if you would like to be on my cooking and setup team). The meal will begin at 4:30 pm.
We usually finish telling stories and cleaning up about 7:00 pm.

Menu: Bring a dish or a favorite beverage to share. I'll provide a main dish (usually vegetarian) and will make coffee and offer an
assortment of teas.

Topic: The holiday season's celebrations, traditions, and rituals.

For those of you who are new, Hopework is the practice of creating spaces for people to get to know and like each other and to find renewed hope and purpose with and from each other. Hopework' suppers and story circle evenings are 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 Hopework friends, Philosophy Camp/Lives Worth Living alumni and fellows, and making new friends and acquaintances.

This year we will meet on the 4th Sundays of most months. Please join us when you can! Future dates: January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24 (last Hopework supper until September 2011).


Lynn Englund and John Wallace
The Metro Lofts
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. Metro Lofts' entrance is on
the east side of the building, just past the Dunn Bros. entrance.

Push "300" on the security box to have us buzz you into the building.
The elevator is to the right of the lobby. Turn left on the 3rd floor
when you get off; we're in unit 315.

Lynn Englund
lynn [at]

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