We read Rumi's poems at our licensing ceremony at the Arlington Court House inVirginia. We had a great lot of fun getting through the very simplest of requirementsand ceremony! I had to go back to work for a meeting right after but we did escape onour bicycles to Georgetown and canoed the Potomac until sundown, closing off with agreat Italian dinner at a sidewalk cafe in Woodley Park. Cheers,
announced the death of Tom Potts, 90, of the WoodcrestBruderhof. Tom and his wife Florrie were among the very first Americans to join,travelling from their Philadelphia steel business to Primavera. Members of the Societyof Friends, the Potts brought substantial wealth with them to the Bruderhof. Tom issurvived by his wife, their three children, Tony, Miriam and Margret, and more than adozen grandchildren.
Nadine Moonje Pleil,
4/23/99: Tom Potts, who died January 13, 1999, was amillionaire director of a steel factory who really had no need to join the Commune. AQuaker who always cared about the poor, he became a Bruderhof member because hefelt that in doing so he could show more compassion for others. He had a very deep-seated faith in God. At the time, the Commune seemed to be the ideal place for him to put into practice what he felt was the right thing to do.I appreciated Tom Potts the steel magnate, the Quaker, the man, and most of all Iappreciated the warm-hearted, loving brother he proved to be to all those he knew. Heis the man who gave Community Playthings the head start that it needed to grow intowhat it now is, a good solid business.Tom, I appreciate your love and kindness, and so I say farewell to you.
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Pauline Ellison Davies
to Ramon & KIT staff, 4/14/99: Just a little note to expressmy appreciation for all the hard work you do to produce the KIT letter each month.I'm sure it is appreciated by many who never tell you personally, so I just want to letyou know how I feel about receiving it each month. It is just like getting a visit fromall my old friends. It is very varied, and some letters I enjoy more than others, but italways give me a thrill when it arrives through my letterbox. The writing is verysmall, but thanks to a special magnifying gadget, I can still read it. I'm lookingforward to our next gathering at Andover in May, and I hope that one day some of youwill make it to England again.I also want to say, to whom it may concern, that I was deeply touched by the kind andgenerous offer to help me buy a viola. I had planned to do so, but this gave me thefinal okay to go ahead, and I found a Hungarian viola at a reasonable price, eventhough it was a bit dearer than the very cheap Chinese models. But I was warned notto waste my money on those as they sound terrible. So I've bought the Hungarian oneand play it every day. I am so happy with it! Bless you all and thank you! Love,