As a sole proprietor, until I have more time to update the website or a helper with the skills to do it, here is a bit of what has been happening as I continue this 4 year process to weave this new paradigm local to global system that engages quality education and service...from Parents As Teachers and Quality Early Childhood Learning to universities-churches-city governments-public health-federal health resources & VA Community outreach services-social service organizations
I traveled to Washington, DC July 20, 2014 to:
Attend and network at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative workshop in DC July 24-25
Meet with Dr. Edgar Cahn, Founder of TimeBanksUS and his wife, Dr. Chris Gray
Experience and network with others in the CouchSurfing system
Experiment with using my costumed characters, "Major Prudence Wright, MP" and "Amelia Earhart, the Time-Traveler" to advocate for the Wellness Weavers system and humor for the health of it.
Unexpected surprises were getting to:
visit with cousins from both sides of my family,
stay overnight and continue dialoguing with Edgar and Chris and their TimeBankUS staff and interns that work out of their home,
meet with CouchSurfers that were also business entrepreneurs and one that had transcended substance abuse after childhood abuse.
serve with other volunteers at the Shepherd's Table in Silver Springs, MD and meet a "Food Savior" that brings unsold produce donated by farmers from a Farmer's Market to share with homeless and families in need
attending a Bible Study and Sunday Worship with an International Congregational Church
dialoguing with a Psychiatrist that is researching homeless issues and building a nest egg to offer an intervention for those that want to get off the streets and live a safe and clean life.
Learning about the Global Exchange Gathering in Providence, RI that was July 31-August 3, 2014 caused me to decide that traveling on by train to Boston first made the best financial sense, provided a safe overnight ride, and lessened my carbon footprint of returning to Kansas and trying to get back in time for the conference.
People that understand the reason and methods of TimeBanks are most likely the ones to understand the wisdom of a Wellness Weavers local to global Community Service-Learning system.
What happened in Boston was two days of unexpected blessings, more learning, more networking, more experiences with people who live on the fringes, and reconnecting with old medical friends as I:
found a team of a city worker and volunteers working together in the Acton Arboretum Park that were very interested in the Wellness Weavers Community Service-Learning system and let me post our picture saying so on Wellness Weaver FaceBook
catching up with a married couple that are both MDs that thought my project sounded fascinating and a continuation of my life's work (we had lost touch for about 10 years so we had a lot of catching up. They apply their wholistic health lens in the arena's of Occupational Medicine and the other spouse in a home-based wholistic health clinic practice).
visited with the MIT Wellness Department that supports student, faculty, staff and family services to find out that they were very intersested in the Wellness Weavers paradigm
had lunch with a hard working illegal alien from El Salvador
a developmentally delayed man that had been homeless for 8 years but now was employed and in an apartment but could not quite stretch his income for enough food between paychecks
found the neighborhood where Amelia Earhart did her "finest work" at the Dennison Settlement House, meeting a Chinese business man that was able to translate and teach me about Chinese history before the Communist regimen
met a young homeless man that was an insulin-requiring diabetic with only part of the medications that he needed, his Novalog insulin had been stolen and his blood sugar was very high. He lost his apartment after he lost his job. People gave him food that he was not eating due to high blood sugars. I remembered the lessons Dr. Guthrie taught us at Diabetes Camp and brought him plenty of water since he refused to go to the hospital and did not have water or anything to drink. He was waiting for a friend that was going to bring him a little insulin to help him get by since it was too soon to get more Rx.
got in on parts of historic tours conducted by people in historic costumes and got to visit with some people on the Harvard Campus.
had to be "a good samaritan nurse" in a subway car to control vomit that was spreading out across the moving car floor like a giant octapus. A group of day camp high schoolers had a public health lesson as I had already gathered up all the newspaper I could find to stop the tenticles of vomit that had spread at least eight feet.
I took a lot of pictures of more leads but ran out of time to follow up.
Then back on the Commuter Train to get to the Time Bank Global Exchange Gathering in Providence. It was an amazing experience meeting with people from communities with TimeBanks in the US, Australia, England, and Canada...stories and insights to be continued....
Since I did not know how I was getting back to Kansas and was in the neighborhood and could catch a ride with a TimeBanker to New Haven, CT, I was inspired to call Dr. Joyce Saltman, a colleague in www.AATH.org She had invited me to come visit her after Memorial Day so I could research insurance companies to court for the Wellness Weavers system. Instead she enthusiastically invited me to attend the 25th Annual week-long "HELP" Summer Course , Healing Education Laughter Play, at Southern Connecticut State University that she facilitated.
The presenters were inspirational and ranged from Dr. Joyce Saltman, Professor Emeritus of Special Education, leading us through exercises that allowed us to feel what it was like to be a student with learning challenges of intellectual, socioeconomic, risky violent neighborhoods, and single or foster families, and even hungry or sleepy students.
A few presenters that really pop out in my memory were Ardella McClarty, of Harlem who admitted to be a very angry bully that was in constant trouble. Her single Mom held her a higher moral code and sought help and tough love until she was able to connect Ardella with Rev Dr. Young and that turned her life around. Now she is a mentor and model teacher that is able to relate with the very at risk students of the inner city and finding an affordable way back to Kansas.
Loretta Claiborne survived and thrived after her Mother was told to institutionalize her. She has been in the White House as an invited guest six times in 20 years.
Steve Kellogg , a children's book author, illustrator and storyteller mesmorized us as he drew out illustrations wtih a marker as fast as he told a spell-binding story. He told how he rewrote the Pinkerton Behave book 30 years after the original just so he could take the gun out of the story. He collaborated on Snowflakes Fall Illustrator Steven Kellogg is a former resident of Newtown, Conn., the community forever linked with the 2012 school shooting. Grownups should recognize what's behind his colorful and gentle celebration of seasonal renewal. With simple poetic text by Patricia MacLachlan, the book pictures how snowflakes, snowmen and fields of snow angels all inevitably melt in the spring, when flowers bloom. It notes: "The children remember the snowflakes. And we remember the children – No two the same – All beautiful."
View the Snowflakes Fall book trailer below.
NOTE: The below events were postponed for multiple reasons. My PR-Marketing attempts failed to bring in registrations. We will reschedule once we have at least 3 Board Members. We must schedule within a year with The Broadmoor or I will take a huge financial hit...bigger than the $9,000 penalty with them for not holding this event. I hate that I wasted that level of money that could have done so much good!
We did however have a really fun time at the Kansas White Way event on May 10th! By staying home we finally reclaimed the food gardens and got things planted so we will have some food to get us through the summer and until next year. The local community is still holding back so the two of us continue on. I am grateful that Darren has paying work and that is keeping me off Food Assistance! ~Helen
Click here for Fun events May 15 that involve Pikes Peak
Become a part of the fabric of Amelia Mary Earhart's "Finest Work"...
for peace and healthy fun for individuals, families, communities...and the World.
Experience some of her connections to Chicago-Kansas-Colorado
on this fun exploratory journey...
This is a modern version of the Oz Yellow Brick Road as well as
the Ah, HA! Light White Way Transformational Journey.
We started the May tour in Chicago, in honor of the May 1, 1893 World's Fair Columbian Expo and the 100th Anniversary of Mothers Day, Wrigley Field, The White Way, and the historical connections between Chicago and Kansas.
We will join the 100th Anniversary "White Way" Event in Atchison, Kansas that departs at 08:00 AM from the converging in Colorado Springs...
May 16 is the Sneak Preview Tour for the event that will be held in the winter months. We are pending narrowing the date to one that works for the interested stakeholders that are now being connected with.
Click herefor the purpose of this event and what is in it for you.
"Amelia, the Time-Traveler" ponders her family and their Chicago...Kansas...Colorado Springs connection and
the nature, the sciences and arts involved in peaceful solutions to complex social issues.
To be cost-effective, the call for retreat applicants (click here)
is also being sent out via social media
to the professional networks that represent
Socially Responsible Businesses, Institutions, Faith-based Organizations, Health and Wellness Associations-Organizations-Businesses-Agencies, Technology Experts, Insurance Companies, Social Service agencies, the Arts & Science Councils, the Peace-Keepers including the Military-VA and the Homeless
The collaborative workshop-playshop retreat will include
expert facilitators from:
Corporate Barter Solutions: Bethanne Dressel, President
Time Banks: (invited) Edgar Cahn or delegate
The Wellness Weavers Health & Wellness Model...Providing 5-Star Service Cooperatively and Collaboratively: Helen Stucky Risdon, RN (includes the influences of my ACSM Exercise Specialist certification, the Exercise As Medicine resources, as well as the work & scholarship from the Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses' Association, the Kansas Core Public Health Program & three time scholarship winner from the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor. Helen, that's me...I am freshing pumped up from the best ever Annual Conference experience April 3-7, 2014)
Those providing Internet-based and Face to Face Social Services (still searching for best expert...your recommendations are much appreciated)
A panel of technology experts for brainstorming and action-planning for the Local 2 Global Wellness Weavers Health Cooperative Network (still searching for best expert...your recommendations are much appreciated)
Researchers so Businesses-Employees, Organizations-Volunteers and the health and wellness field are benefitted. (still looking for best relationship with University researchers and those willing to apply for a PCORI grant)
Click here if you fit into one of the above categories & want to shape the event
What's in It for Your Employees & Volunteers?
Participants in the "Ah, HA! Collaborative Event"
are the ones that will be allowed to sign their business
or organization up to be in the 2 year research project.
Their employees and volunteers can voluntarily decide which
research group they want to be in
1) The group that stays with the Status Quo System
2) The group that chooses to do the Community Service-Learning System
You will be served with retreat nurturing and interactive fun service-learning opportunities to understand possible cost-effective action steps for working and serving with your employees and volunteers.
Could happier and more creative employees mean better loyalty, problem-solving, and healthier employees with less absenteeism? Might that also mean improved productivity, lower health care costs, and more profit margins?
1. Participate in Friday, May 16 sessions 08:30 A.M -5:00 PM
(Continental Breakfast-Networking lunch and breaks included).
Costume Show Ball8 P.M. - Midnite (costumes encouraged for max fun)
Friday night's Ah, HA! Costume Show Ball is included complementary in your collaborative Retreat Service-Learning Workshop-Playshop donation
Saturday, May 17 8:30-11:45 A.M. Experience a diversity of health and wellness services
1. The opportunity to enroll in the Corporate Business Barter network
2. Wear clothes and shoes that you can be safe and active in. Bring layers for your comfort as there will be times of sedentary work.
3. Listen and play nicely with the facilitators and all the collaborating team members in the room.
4. In order to fully engage in the retreat process, we ask that you book your stay at the Broadmoor 1-888-974-4990.
REMEMBER you must ask them if there are any rooms still available under the name of Helen Stucky Risdon.
If so, you can transfer one room for two nights under your name.
Even with the special discounted rate, we know that the 5-Star experience is expensive so if you have a deep commitment to being involved in this session and find it difficult to fund, please indicate that on your application
Read below and see if you can begin to feel in your heart...
and see it in your mind.
WHY ATTEND SUCH AN UNUSUAL EVENT?
You will get your creative juices flowing...have an opportunity to learn with and collaborate with some of the brightest socially responsible people on the planet...in a setting that nurtures you...in the City for Champions...and you will begin to see cost-effective strategies to improve quality of life satisfaction and productivity at work and at home.
With the two-year experiment, we predict that you will also see happiness improve for the individuals, families, worksites, and communities.
Who is This Gal and Why is She so Happy?
It's Helen Stucky Risdon, RN... Our Founder-Health Edutainer
She was awarded a Level II Humor Academy Grapstein Scholarship from
for collaborative research on Amelia Earhart's finest work...
Peace & happiness via improved health for individuals, families, communities and how they all relate to world peace.
A system for Local 2 Global Community Service-Learning
...Jest for the Fun & Health of It!
Amelia drove this Kissel car that she named, "The Yellow Peril", with her newly divorced mother across the country. This was in 1924 before paved roads. They explored the country from California...including Yosemite National Park and across to Boston in 6 weeks. Amelia had to trade her yellow open cockpit biplane, "The Canary", to do it. Their family had experienced the many downward cycles and rollercoaster rides of alcoholism and it had just taken its toll on the marriage and the family.
Amelia longed to find effective treatments that would restore peace within the alcoholic, the family, and allow them to succeed. She loved her father and the other alcoholics in her life and wanted what was best for all.
The Wellness Weavers network strives to help all families, including alcoholics and their families, that are ready to make use of medical advances... in combination with working with Drama Therapists that are credentialed in PTSD and family systems. Wellness Weavers is the pilot project of Helen Stucky Risdon, RN that includes an urban farm in Waterville, Kansas where she takes in homeless people that want to improve their life and are willing to help her with their skills for the many aspects of her project.
As a Health Edutainer with Wellness Weavers, the serious jest really does give attention to "The 5-points of the Star Theory of Radiant Health" that the Tooth Fairies teach about. Yes, President Clinton, the Tooth Fairies did have a role in bringing good health. ;-)
Helen's Hypotheis: When individuals of legal age complete the unique Wellness Weavers SOPHIA form (the Standard One-Page Health Interest Assessment) that puts them as the peer head of their health team and in partnership with the insurance company, then better outcomes will happen. With engagement in the Community Service-Learning network, the opportunities for taking baby and comfortable steps to successes begin to help change helplessness and hopelessnes into positive energy, confidence, and improved happiness.
Wellness Weavers Core Classes empower people to know how to build therapeutic humor into their homes and workplaces. They also learn how to build therapeutic exercise into their day for fun and to accomplish their home chores. They can earn Health Bucks for their Time Bank Account to help their friends, other families' projects, or by working on the approved community projects. Volunteers are used to volunteering...this serves them back!
Approved Community Service-Learning projects mean that they have the right skilled supervisors, the right safety gear, the right team of willing and listening workers, and the support that they need for safe exercise, good water, healthy nutritional support served on food safe reusable or recyclable containers and a system to keep it from going to the landfill.
Everyone that is enrolled in the Community Service-Learning System and has completed the Core Classes are eligible to earn 1 Health Buck for every hour of service within the system.
The Wellness Weavers Community Service online Skills Assessment allows for placement into areas of skill and competence... or the ability to explore something unique and fun... under the supervision of an expert and a team of willing workers instead of being employed and finding out their employer's job and training wasn't a match. Many hands make work light. Knowing how to make physical activity fun makes it even lighter!
Building a culture of intergenerational community support with nature and gardens and the arts with productive play therapy are foundational aspects to improved mental-physical-spiritual health.
In the below picture she had just learned that Amy Otis, the future Mrs. Edwin Earhart and Amelia Earhart's mother, claimed to have been the first white woman to have climbed Pikes Peak in 1890
Helen and Amelia Rose, both inspired by the Aviatrix, Amelia Mary Earhart, fly into action with their own versions of Amelia's finest work.
Who Will Choose to Fly into Action 4 Good?
Thank you to Our Creator God for the volunteers in the pilot Wellness Weavers Health and Wellness Community Service-Learning system.
We are being the change
people have been wanting to see in the world!
And did we mention RETREAT?!
Nurturing opportunities will be built into the schedule
with the opportunity to visit and experience
complimentary healing modalities
Try products from health and wellness
practitioners and companies.
The businesses, institutions of learning, social service organizations
that will want to attend
are those that are serious about
being of service to the world and learning together how to
provide and integrate
cost-effective Health and Wellness benefits
for their employees, families, and volunteers.
And did we mention FUN?
HUMOR is FUNDAMENTAL to Learning...
It is the FUN that joins DaMental
Whew Whooo! All Aboard!!!
Join Amelia at the Broadmoor for answers to prayers
that some might think are magical and a bit Oz-ish!
Sorry...no real answers to the mystery of "What happened to Amelia Earhart"...she has been spotted bumping around the planet in the Time-Machine and seems to have some level of amnesia about most things...except her "finest work" ...the work that she said she would be returning to do after the World Flight where she disappeared
July 2, 1937
she may have "amnesia" about many things but one thing she is clear on...
We are all connected...all religions really are connected to the True God
so let's focus on what we all have in common.
Become a Super Hero with fun empowerment for your health and wellness...