Re: Dinner Feb 27
From: Judy Meath (
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 05:30:50 -0800 (PST)
Dear Lynn et al, I am crestfallen to report that I will not be at the
Hopework dinner tomorrow. I committed a long time ago to having an Oscar
Night at my house. I love the theme of tomorrow's discussion -- blooming in
your current environment. I wish I could be there to hear what everyone has
to say.

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>   1. Invitation: February 27 Dinner and Story Circle, 4-7 pm
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> 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
> 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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Judy L. Meath
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