I've attached our summer newsletter for you to enjoy. The following is an excerpt from the newsletter:
To Be of Use
Our residents have no shortage of gifts, beauty, energy and insights. We work hard to provide outlets for their gifts, that they might be of use in the world. They have so much to offer and their lives are enriched through giving and working, as ours are as well. One outlet we have created is a new online store (site listed on page 2) where our residents’ unique handicrafts are showcased and available for purchase. In Marge Piercy’s poem, “To Be of Use,” she speaks to the importance of this aspect of Warm Hearth’s mission: The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.
Sincerely and with gratitude,
Natalie (for us all)
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