Are Your Talents Challenging You?

Rayma and I were looking for a place to bring our friends for some good local jazz and great food on Saturday Sept 2nd.  We remembered the great times we’ve had going to the Lake Chad Cafe and hearing the Jim O’Halloran Trio.  Lucky for us he was playing that night.

With Jim that night were Royce Shorter, Jr. on drums and Farko Dosumov on bass.  It was an fantastic evening with two sets that I would have dance to if there’d been a dance floor.  Our friends also had a great time and look forward to returning with us.

I hadn’t heard Royce or Farko with Jim before. So, during a break I asked him what it was like to play with this equally talented duo.  “It’s challenging – and I like the challenge!”, he said. The result was an extraordinary blend of the three instruments in a totally satisfying performance.

Are you as challenged by your talents as Jim is by his?  I’ve known Jim for many years but have always been impressed with how he balances his work life as a certified electrophysiology specialist at Swedish with his performance life as a jazz cellist and his work as a helper and now vice-chair for our group.  It’s an example to me of how to live your life to the fullest.

Future Appearances:
If you’re looking for some great music experiences, I recommend that you check out two of Jim’s upcoming events:

1) He’s supporting Felix Ngoussou – the equally challenged owner of Chad Cafe – at the opening of his Seattle Business Education Hub.  It’s a non-profit center that seeks to elevate immigrants and refugees, minorities and low-income families to financial success through education, counseling, mentoring and entrepreneurial training. He’ll be playing in the street with Royce and Farko.

2) He’s back at Cafe Chad with Steve Kim on bass, Ricardo Guity on percussion on Saturday September 16th.

Lake Chad 9-16-17 promo

More on Jim and his work at Swedish
We deal with the electrical conduction of the heart-ablations for arrhythmias, pacemakers, defibrillators and so on.  I work in a procedural area.
More on Royce
Royce grew up playing gospel in church-his dad was a minister.  He won the Guitar Center national drum competition several years ago.

More on Farko
Farko grew up in Tashkent Uzbekistan.  His twin brother is a heavy metal guitarist in Moscow Russia.

More on Jim’s recordings
You can find his recordings on CD Baby.

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Scenes from the Great Create

The Great Create at Pilgrim Firs had a modest turnout (about 25 folks), but the people who came had a delightful variety of workshops to choose from. It was sometimes hard to decide which to do, especially since the gorgeous lake and hiking trails beckoned us out into the beautiful surroundings. The setting was a fragrant evergreen forested retreat on the Kitsap Peninsula, Pilgrim Firs.

Pilgrim Firs is in a Douglas Fir/Hemlock forest with a pristine lake and hiking trails. Housing included shared rooms in a large lodge and several smaller cabins that one or two people occupied. Several Latihans and generous buffet-style meals topped off the creative workshops and outdoor activities.

Summer time in the Northwest is at its best in our forests. The characteristic fragrance of sun-washed evergreen needles was everywhere here.

Kayaking, canoeing and swimming were fabulous in the warm weather.

The workshops were great! Michael Dubois and Marius Hubbard led the fabric marbling and Halimah Taylor organized Fun with Clay.

Marlena Knill and Liza Ramey inspired creations with oil pastels and watercolors; Aaron Mann supervised a wonderful glass-fusing workshop, and Hariana Chilstrom directed Bug Art. Virginia Bowers led an interpreted nature walk around the lake, and many folks just ambled on their own.

Most of these photos were taken by Lambert Bazinet of Canada.

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News from California, Canada and Cuba to lighten your heart

Refresh yourself with delightful photos and stories from the three C’s. Especially comprehensive is the beautiful quarterly issue of Subud Canada, SCAN, which contains 50 pages covering events, talks by Bapak and Ibu Rahayu, a World Congress update, personal stories and more.

News from around the Region, August 2017

SCAN Autumn Issue 2017

The Spirit of Cuba en Bicicleta

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Menucha Threatened

From the staff at Menucha:

Subject: RE: gorge fire emergency (9.4.17)

Thank you so much for reaching out to Menucha.  For now, Menucha is still OK and being monitored by our staff.  I don’t believe there is anything that can be done, except by the dedicated emergency professionals in the area.

Our executive director, Spencer Parkes, released this statement on the Menucha Facebook page at approximately 7:15am this morning.

“Good morning friends.  Menucha’s on-site personnel were evacuated during the night and our office is closed today.  According to the Corbett Oregon Facebook page, the fire is at Crown Point/Larch Mountain, which is just a few miles from Menucha.  Please continue to keep everyone in our area in your prayers.  We’ll update as often as we can today.”

We appreciate  your prayers and support.

Most Sincerely,

Mary Anne Bidondo for the entire Menucha staff

Menucha Map

This fire has jumped the Columbia River.

Some vulgar language in this story, but information on how the fire started.

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Save the Date–October 15–Fall Gathering

Oct 15–Save the Date

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New! World Subud Association Annual Report 2016

Marston Gregory, just back from Germany, brings us the World Subud Association Annual report, which includes Zone activities, International Helper’s report and more.

World Subud Association Annual Report 2016

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Book Lodging Now for the World Congress

Are you planning on going to the World Congress? It will be held during the height of the tourist season in Germany, so now is the time to locate and reserve your lodging.

Go here for the latest World Congress news:

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If you are going to the Great Create… you have space in your vehicle for another delightful passenger and her gear? Your editor will be leading a fantastic class—if she can get there.

What’s the class? What else? Bug Draw. Yup. We find ‘em, we bag ‘em, we study ‘em, we draw ‘em. Then we take them back where they came from—alive.

I’m an easy jaunt from a freeway, located on NE 75th and 21st in Seattle, a bit south of Lake City Way and North from the U-District. (206-778-3227)


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Profile of Rachman Cantrell’s Dad

Great article that longtime member Rachman Cantrell posted on Facebook about his Dad. From the article:

…“I’m his son,” answered the kind voice of Rachman Cantrell, 74, from his collectibles shop, Bothell Jewelers & Collectibles, all the way across the country in Bothell, WA.

I must’ve sounded oddly euphoric over the phone, but I’d just spent numerous hours over the course of a few days researching his rather eccentric and entrepreneurial father, Clifford, the author and publisher of the brief autobiographical spiritual tract Holy Stone Mountain (c. 1975), but had turned up next to nothing until that moment. I’d gleaned from online mentions here and there that for many decades he’d been the proprietor of several iterations of a long bygone used and collectibles store in Metro Atlanta—from Jonesboro to the West End to Decatur—variously called C.E. Cantrell’s Quick Picture Studio (he was quite the amateur photographer), Cantrell’s Oddity Shop, Cantrell’s Books & Oddities, Cantrell’s Swap Sell & Buy Service Storehouse of Used Bargains, Cantrell’s Book Swapping Center, and the last known storefront, Cantrell’s Books & Things in Decatur. He was probably regarded by many not only as a self-made man but as a bit of a curiosity himself for his singular zeal about Stone Mountain that verged on messianic. He believed God was inside the mountain and described it sincerely in his 62-page book…

Holy Stone Mountain | Remembering C.E. Cantrell

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Flash news for friends of Lucida Garneau and/or Michael Chapman

lucida Garneau and Michael Chapman, July 22, 2017 wedding picture

Lucida Garneau and Michael Chapman were married on July 22, 2017 in New Zealand.

Just this morning, your editor received this announcement in an email from Lucida. They arrived in Vancouver BC a few days ago and are currently on Vancouver Island, resting up from their New Zealand adventure before visiting Seattle. They plan to attend our August 6 Latihan in Seattle.

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