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December 22, 2013 Holiday Party Report

Ida Stralberg, Evna Padilla and Halstein Stralberg (Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

Ida Stralberg, Evan Padilla and Halstein Stralberg (Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

What a great event Subud Greater Seattle created on Sunday, December 22, 2013, our annual Holiday Party! Hadiyah Carlyle did much of the organizing and made some phone calls to members who live far from Seattle, (such as Frederick and Melanie Branchflower), David Lynch and Jim O’Halloran performed on guitar and flute respectively, Hadijah Obar and Annie Padilla helped provide food (along with many member potluck dishes including authentic Cuban picadillo) and long-time members (& recent transplants to Seattle) Halstein & Ida Stralberg, and Sebastian & Lorraine Tedrow told Subud stories.

Halstein and Ida talked about becoming acquainted with Subud. Halstein said he was a spiritual seeker at age 16, was opened in Subud at 18 and became a helper not much after that. Lorraine talked about the effort to acquire the house now known as the Subud House in Seattle. She said Lawrence and Rosanna Krauss carried the $23K mortgage because traditional financing was not available to the fledgling Subud Seattle community. She mentioned a book by Rosanna Krauss about the early days of Subud in Seattle, which go back to 1961, and said we will celebrate 40 years in the house in February 2014.

Hadidjah Gregory, Rayma Norton and Aida Cantrell (Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

Hadidjah Gregory, Rayma Norton and Aida Cantrell (Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

I took extensive notes and hope to make a more detailed post about these talks sometime. Better yet, interviews with all these folks and Chuck and Anne Cary, early Subud Seattle members, would be ideal. Please have any elders interested in doing an interview contact me at pen (at) splab (dot) org or call (206) 422.5002.

Also, for anyone who took photos of this past event, please send a few choice ones to me. Thanks, Paul Nelson.

Subud Greater Seattle Chair:

Chair, Subud Greater Seattle, David Lynch

Chair, Subud Greater Seattle, David Lynch (Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

See all Rachman’s photos here.

Poems for Peace 2013 (Audio)

Poems for Peace

Poems for Peace

Poems for Peace, an event conceived and initiated by SICA, the Subud International Cultural Association, was presented by Subud Greater Seattle on September 21, 2013, at Spring Street Center in Seattle, the Subud House. Paul Nelson organized and emceed the event and several regional Subud members, and some invited guests, performed poems, songs and musical invocations to celebrate peace. As was mentioned during the evening, peace is not the absence of war, but something more subtle and powerful. As M. Scott Peck points out there must be vulnerability and community. Both qualities were evident on this particular evening and celebrated by the audience of 40 attendees.

Here then is the audio of the evening as it happened:

1. Introduction, Paul Nelson (2:57)

2. Invocation by Jim O’Halloran (3:14)

3. Rant (Diane diPrima) performed by Paul and Meredith Nelson (5:04)

4. Excerpt from The Bidden Fruit, Benjamin Boyce (6:54)

5. Marching for Peace, Hadiyah Carlyle (4:16)

6. The Undergrown Beast and A Mother’s Nightmare by Ibtihal Mahmoud (3:35)

7. Peace all over the World (excerpts from a 50s style high school musical) Philip Quackenbush (6:22)

8. Notes on being a Gulf War Refugee Meena Rose (5:14)

9. Poetry Postcards as Peace Process, Paul Nelson (2:47)

10. Emile Ward (5:53)

11. Dreaming of Mother Moon, Carol Edson (Blackbird) (5:34)

12. Give War a Chance, Faiza Sultan (9:04)

13. Motherwit (from Pig War & Other Songs of Cascadia) Paul Nelson (6:46)

14. Happy Birthday to Paul (1:26)

15. Jim O’Halloran, Closing Flute Prayer (6:21)

Hadiyah Carlyle reads at Elliott Bay Books


Torch in the Dark


Please consider attending a reading by your Subud sister Hadiyah Carlyle. Her powerful new memoir, Torch in the Dark, has been released and she will read Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 at Seattle’s legendary Elliott Bay Books.

The book is a brilliant look at how one woman overcame the tremendous obstacles of a horribly traumatic childhood to become a single parent welder 3,000 miles from her native New Jersey to raise a son who would become a State Representative.

The writing is concise and completely compelling. I read the last 150 pages in one sitting. Wow!

Reading at Elliott Bay is a landmark in any local writer’s career as a writer. Come show your support as Hadiyah celebrates the release of this chronicle of her remarkable life.