All posts by Carl Landsness

Saturday sledding at Olbrich

The weather gods/goddesses may provide perfect sledding snow this Saturday 10am at Olbrich:
Friends of Starkweather board member and Friends of Urban Nature founder (plus exuberant birder and tuba player) Paul Noeldner will lead.
Other FSC board members (e.g. me) will be available to co-create fun…
and nurture seeds to “heal and honor people and place“.
Carl Landsness
Friends of Starkweather Co-Chair (and childhood lover of Olbrich sledding and toboggan slide).

Inner and outer cleanup and exploration Sun. 11/4

Madison Parks will host a Flood Cleanup Challenge at eleven park shorelines Sunday 11/4 12 to 2pm.
I and Friends of Starkweather will be at the Olbrich site (meeting at beach house/bier garden opposite Walter St)…
needing much help (e.g. here, here and here).
If weather allows (and people desire), I will take cleanup volunteers up Starkweather Creek afterwards (providing canoes, fun and fulfillment)… and discuss alternative perspectives and possibilities re healing and honoring of people and place (including the flooding)… balancing physical and metaphysical. E.g… this inspiring FSC annual meeting presentation (long load time), this holistic/synergistic/serendipitous walk/talk/cleanup plus unorthodox perspectives and possibilities I posted to this Isthmus article re the flooding:

A small minority of inspired scientists believe that climate change is more impacted by long term cosmic and earth core cycles than by carbon emissions… and by human inner climate emissions (i.e. electromagnetic radiations due to thoughts, feelings, attitudes and beliefs). Spiritual mystics, shamans and prophets have long spoken of this impact (in more spiritual language)… with some DEMONSTRATING this (e.g. Jesus calming storms).

Despite my two high honor degrees in science and engineering from two elite universities (UW-Madison and Stanford), I resonate with such minority views (with many mystical climate experiences building such confidence)… feeling more hope for humanity (and planet) through this (perhaps future science) than through today’s majority science views.

In other words, cleaning up our INNER climate (e.g. judgment, blame, punishment, arrogance, avoidance, self-righteousness, self-pity, self-indulgence) may be our greatest hope for cleaning up our OUTER climate (including social, political, economic, religious and health crises).

Carl Landsness
Friends of Starkweather Co-Chair
(and Starkweather native/invasive)
PS More about my perspectives here and here

Holistic cleanup and paddle Oct. 20: 10/19 UPDATE


10/19 UPDATE: High water on creek and lake motivate us to delay paddle and cleanup…
instead do an “awareness” walk on the Olbrich lakeshore…
to survey and discuss consequences and responses to flooding, climate change and human consciousness.
Meet at Olbrich boat launch N of Atwood (E side of Starkweather Creek) at 10am or 1pm.
Focus will be a walk along the lakeshore from the Starkweather mouth to the Harry Whitehorse effigy tree  and mounds (via an “Indian Trail”)…
observing the impact of flooding, climate change and human consciousness…
while discussing native history, culture, beliefs and healing…
along with environmental icons Muir, Leopold and Nelson…
and how higher consciousness, community and cooperation can heal and honor people, place and planet…
I will also address projects (ongoing or proposed) in the watershed to address phosphorus, pollution, population, polarization, poverty and prosperity…

plus out-of-the-box alternatives and visions (e.g. “upstream” prevention, floating islands, natural beaches, Atwood ‘arch’, self-examination, self-improvement and selfless service… of the soul… for sanity, serenity, serendipity and synergy).

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world
-John Muir (Wisconsin native)
We face the question whether a still higher “standard of living” is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free
-Aldo Leopold (Wisconsin native)
There is a great need, and growing support, for the introduction of new values in our society—where bigger is not necessarily better—where slower can be faster—and where less can be more
-WI Gov./Sen.Gaylord Nelson (founder of Earth Day)
While I recognize the need for global support for the environment, I have always thought that the slogan ‘Think Globally, Act Locally,’ is an important plan of action for everyone
-Republican WI Gov. Warren Knowles (who collaborated with Democrat Nelson re Earth Day)
The future will belong to the nature-smart:
those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. 
The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.
—Richard Louv 
It is wonderful to have national parks and forests to go to, but they are not enough. It is not enough to make a trip once a year or to see these places occasionally over a long week end. We need to have places close at hand, breathing spaces in cities and towns, little plots of ground where things have not changed; green belts, oases among the piles of steel and stone.Children especially need this contact, for they have not as yet been weaned from the primal needs of the race.
-Sigurd Olson, WI writer and wanderer that I resonate with


Friends of Starkweather Creek (in collaboration with Friends of Urban Nature) will host a land, water and inner cleanup and tour of Olbrich shoreline (herehere and here), Starkweather Creek (here and here) and inner debris (here) Sat. Oct. 20 at 10am and 1pm (choice of paddle or walk).

Meet at boat launch N of Atwood E of creek