Walkabout/Talkabouts: For many years, KAW Council has held monthly walkabout/talkabouts: a chance to take a walk with old and new friends, exploring a particular place in our watershed and learning more about the other-than-human species among us. In our pandemic pivot, we are shifting to a 90-minute salon (via Zoom) to discuss a specific to catch up, check-in, and talk about a topic of interest to us the last Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. We’ll also have a Walkabout — a chance to take a 6-foot-apart-from-each-other walk together at 2 p.m. the final Sunday of each month (preceding the salon). Note: If things shift to greater safety in meeting in person, we will shift our salons to in-person gatherings.
Fall 2021 Calendar
August Walkabout/Talkabout: Tuesday 6-8 p.m., August 31 at 517 Lake St. at 6 p.m. followed by potluck at 5 p.m. Potluck dinner on Ken and Caryn’s back deck and sunset walk (on gravel to avoid chiggers) perhaps back to the Passerine at the park or elsewhere. Stephanie will be here late Mon. until early Fri., so let’s have a meal and visit with her (Note: Stephanie hasn’t confirmed this Tues. yet so I’ll let you know if the date shifts). Discussion question: Summer and this season in our lives: Where are we and what are we experiencing in this specific summer and in this season of our life? For directions, please email Caryn.
October Walkabout/Talkabout: Sun., Oct. 3, 10 a.m. walkabout along the river followed by 11 a.m. potluck at 527 Lake St. Come talk through North Lawrence and along the levee trail followed by potluck talkabout. Discussion topic: Mammals in our lives – encounters, questions, and stories
November Walkabout/Talkabout: Sun., Nov. 7, 4 p.m. at Wetlands, 5:30 p.m. potluck at Ken & Caryn’s house, 1357 N. 1000 Rd. Meet at the Wetlands (park near the Discovery Center) to explore followed by potluck talkabout at Ken & Caryn’s. Discussion topic: Day of the Dead — honor, tell stories of, and remember our beloveds who are gone from this life.
December Walkabout/Talkabout: Sun., 10 a.m – 12 p.m., Dec. 5 at Ken & Caryn’s house, 1357 N. 1000 Rd (walk first, then potluck) Meet at the Ken and Caryn’s place to wander the nearby land and explore followed by potluck talkabout at Ken & Caryn’s. Discussion topic: Birds — stories and observations, discoveries and insights about birds past, present and future.
Wild East Lawrence Walk (Self-Guided)
Wild East Lawrence Walk is a walk highlighting the native and ecological features of East Lawrence, including the topics of cool trees, the soils and geology of East Lawrence, and the seasonal highlights of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and other wildlife found within/passing through the neighborhood. The walk, which is part of the Songs & Stories of East Lawrence project with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, is (because of the pandemic) now eternal and self-guided, thanks to Ken Lassman’s narration and Natalie Lassman’s music. Here is the self-guided walk below, and you can access the accompanying map here.
September 27: Plant We Know and Love — 5-6:30 p.m. Many of us have long-term relationships with plants or casual flirtations. Let’s talk about the plants of our lives: why and how they speak to us, how they’re changing and evolving, and how we’re living, working, breathing, and communicating with them.
November 29: The Birds of Our Lives — 5-6:30 p.m. Let’s talk about birds we see, saw, want to see, heard or hear, and find astonishing, intriguing, or beguiling. We can also talk about bird evolution and migration, the impact of climate change on birds, and what birds sing to our souls. Walkabout: 2 p.m., meet at the Wetlands — please meet in the parking lot.
December 27: Our Annual Favorite Books Recently Read Edition – 5-6:30 p.m. Each December, we delight in sharing our favorite books from the past year. Bring something to read (a brief excerpt or poem or passage), books to hold up and praise, and questions and curiosities. Walkabout: 2 p.m., meet at Dan & Kat’s little house (527 Lake St.) to talk alongside the river.
January 31: Weather and How It Changes Our Lives – 5-6:30 p.m. The weather changes our moments and our lives, sometimes more than others. Let’s talk weather and skies, clouds and storms, patterns and shifts as well as how the we’re changing the weather. Walkabout: 2 p.m., meet at Ken and Caryn’s house (email WildDouglasCounty@gmail.com for directions).
March 28: Movies and Media That Changed Our Lives — 5-6:30 p.m. Let’s talk films — particularly bioregional films (films about place, sense of place, community and eco-community) that shook or woke us up, delighted or amused us, taught us how to be and what to do, and otherwise stay with us long after the credits roll. Walkabout: 2 p.m., meet at the Wetlands.