Kirke Olson and Sher Kamman have been going to Wednesdays’ Wisdom, the monthly speaking series at Kimball Jenkins and Mill Brook Gallery, for quite a while now.
The husband-and-wife pairing that are psychologists by day at Warren Street Family Counseling have been know to contribute to the conversation during the talks.
So Kimball Jenkins Managing Director Ryan Linehan asked Olson if he’d be willing to be the speaker for February. It just happens that this month’s talk falls on Valentine’s Day, so it’s all about love.
Olson and Kamman have studied a lot of research on how people interact and how connections are made.
“Looking at it from the physical part of it,” Olson said. “You can feel that little bit of connection with everybody. There’s little bits of it going on all the time.”
Olson said research has shown that loneliness can cause people to become physically ill and shorten their lives. On the other hand, those with lots of friends, especially younger ones, tend to live longer. There’s a lot more to it, but that’s kind of the gist.
Olson and Kamman will talk about the importance and significance of those connections, including some pretty interesting factoids. There will be a chance to talk about personal experiences and take a look at it through experiential components.
“So people can make connections with others in the room,” Olson said.
It will be geared toward love, but the discussion won’t center just around romantic relationships – there will also be references to friendships and family connections.
Wednesdays’ Wisdom is held the second Wednesday of the month. It is free and open to the public, and a pot luck. So bring whatever dish you’d like to share and learn some fun new stuff. It’s also BYOB (beer, wine, other drinks). And since it’s Valentine’s Day, expect to find a few extra treats.
“If you want something different (for Valentine’s Day), this is definitely different,” Olson said.
For more information, visit kimballjenkins.com/ wednesday-wisdom.