Invitation: February 27 Dinner and Story Circle, 4-7 pm
From: Lynn Englund (
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 07:23:03 -0800 (PST)
Dear Hopework Friends,

Snow. Again. Enough to shut the University of Minnesota down until noon today, which gives me time to invite you to February's Hopework supper and story circle this Sunday, February 27, from 4:00-7:00 PM.

January's story circle and supper focused in the image of "sliding" and our experience of sliding into or out of things in life. The stories were lively and there was wonderful discussion afterward. My words for some of the themes that came alive in the stories: having relatively little control over movement; difficulty in connecting because of movement; fun in letting go, or scary loss of control; can't see/predict what is going to happen; moving into unforeseen pathways opened by others; sliding into motherhood and gender backsliding; moving between two states of being without control; a circuitous path into a new way of doing one's work; and, you can steer a sliding car, but keep your foot off of the brakes!

This month's topic is connected to my longing for spring and new growth. Last summer I bought an azalea plant that was beautiful with many buds and blossoms. However, within a few days the buds had dropped off and the blossoms had faded. I learned that azaleas are a bit touchy about the environment they will live in. Without the right conditions, the buds will not set and open, they drop. At the end of winter I feel about as touchy as an azalea. My azalea was surprisingly resilient. At Thanksgiving, without noticeable change or growth since July, it started to produce buds and it bloomed from December through the beginning of February and now has new branches everywhere! I have more resililence than the azalea, but it is not infinite, and harsh conditions cause me to drop my new bus rather than help them set to bloom. On Sunday I will ask you to share a story about the environment you find yourself in, or have been in, and what it is like to work to bloom in it. How can we enrich the soil and improve the climate for ourselves and others?

Date: Sunday, February 27, 2011.

RSVP: Please let us know by Saturday night (2/26) how many 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 (or at 3:00 pm if you would like to visit and 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 my assortment of teas.

Topic: The environment in which we find ourselves and what we can do to enrich it for ourselves and others.

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: March 27, April 17 (Note: 3rd Sunday to avoid Easter; and 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. (It is probably safe to park in the building lot, although it is posted for commercial business customers only.)

Push "451" on the security box to have John 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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