Q: So what does Sister Sue's Monkey Business have to do with Wellness Weavers?
A: It is one way that Helen has to make use of her professional knowledge base as a family-centered health promotion nurse. She has been involved with other professionals using humor skills for health since 1993 being offered waived registration fees for serving at the Journal of Nursing Jocularity's Humor Skills for Health Professionals Conference.
Sister Sues' mission is to empower herself and others to take charge of their attitudes and health through knowledge, skills, fun, and the creation of supportive environments.
When five nurses in the humor movement were killed in NY while on their way to the Florence Nightingale Project, it claimed the life of Doug Fletcher, the RN Journal of Nursing Jocularity editor and conference director. Humor skills conferences for people from all walks of life switched to become the mission of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor.
Q: What educational background does she have?
A: Click here for a partically updated vitae.
"Sister Sue", Helen Stucky Risdon, retired RN since 2016, founder of Wellness Weavers since 2010, is now Helen Stucky Weaver, a global good Samaritan.
The Wellness Weavers system aims to create a wellness oriented network where diverse artists, therapists, and skilled workers from all fields who are interested in revitalization, education, workshop and playshops, can serve with each other as a way to bloom health promotion and wellness for themselves and others.
This system appreciates and makes use of historical, artful, educational local resources and facilities while tapping into regional, state, and global resources to strengthen the integration of wholistic wellness practices into the fabric of daily life.
Combined with the Mutual Aid Network, based on the Time Bank system, it allows people of all socioeconomic groups to serve, learn, improve their health and wellness and stretch their cash.
Q: What is the reason for the costumed characters?
A: Humor is fundamental to learning...It's the FUN that joins da-mental! Costumes make role playing easier and more fun. Click here to see some of the costumed characters.
By 1993, Helen recognized that she was suffering from TS...Terminal Seriousness; having grown weary and cynical that it was taking the government and people too long to put their "Healthy People" talk into action.
The costumed characters allowed her to vent her frustration, learn, and empower herself and others in a more fun way. It helped turn her preaching into teaching that was reaching... to connect and make hearts, minds, and spirits merry and bright.
Q: Does Helen have a theatre background?
A: Not really. Though she was known by her cousins as "the Ring leader of the Variety Shows", did sit in a rocking chair as "Grandma" in Jr High for a classmate's play, and enjoyed dressing up and playing the part for Halloween, playing "Family Circus" with kids, grandkids, and facilitating a birthday circus show for a 96-yr old friend in a nursing home. She has taken a free 1-hour seminar from a professional theatre troup visiting KSU in the 1980s, and audited the Drama Therapy 101 class at KSU from Sally Bailey. As a producer, she brought a radio play by Rix Shaneline about Amelia Earhart to stage with an excellent director that was excellent with royalties paid to Purdue University for use of real photos from the Amelia Earhart collection as back drops to produce an excellent show on a shoestring budget. The art of coordinating and doing extemporaneous improv is what she calls interactive health edutainment.
She likes to have good clean fun to prove to others that alcohol and drugs are not necessary for good times. Few people get out of bed with a rehearsed script. Our real lives and who we interact with during our day all along our way, makes the whole world a stage for all of us...without the benefits of professional script writers, researchers, wardrobe, makeup, prop teams, ticket sales, or rehearsals in most cases.
Q: Does Helen always use costumes?
A: No, Helen is quite capable of facilitating any group without wearing a costume, even though she believes we all "dress for and act the parts" that we play in real life. She does not want any costumes to limit the real message or productive work. She admits that she has been guilty of judging others by their choice of clothes, hair styles, jewelry, tattoos, or body type, or choice of words.
After taking a Drama Therapy Class at Kansas State University under Drama Therapist Sally Bailey in 2011, Helen realized that she had been doing drama therapy with herself as a coping tool since childhood. The costumed characters allow Helen to do a version of "role playing" with a bit more fun for personal insights and growth.
She shares her costumes and props with others and adapted games, such as "The Dating Game" for 9th grade students to learn about oral hygiene and the importance of staying away from all forms of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and premarital sex with a format that the students enjoyed as cast, crew or audience members.
Sister Sue, the Witch of Kansas East said "judging a book by it's cover may not lead to the right conclusion."
Sister Sue actually has genetic roots to the both the Garden of Eden line as well as the blue-eyed Muslim line that emerged from the Jewish Father Abraham. Her dream is to host a blended global family reunion where everyone focuses on what they have in common and how Jesus was trying to bring peace with all lines of people, religions, races, genders, ages, socioeconomic classes, and heal those with illnesses and poor attitudes.
Giving his life in love proved the transfiguring power that God is love, compassion, forgiveness....Learning to be well and to live in peace with joy is the birthright that is ours for the asking. Sister Sue is a member of the Swede Creek United Methodist Church within the Jerusalem Road Parish. She did head to Israel and Palestine in May 2017 to research and promote the global New Jerusalem family reunion.
Love, health, and compassion are timeless and priceless and everyone counts!
Time IS money. Time is a GIFT and that is why we call it THE PRESENT.
The only time to take action is in the present!
Major Astra, of the Space Cadets, had a successful mission finding the beloved mascot after the sad accident explosion on the Virgin Galactic Enterprise on October 31, 2014
Sister Sue and Santa share the joy of their memorable Christmas Eve 2013 flights
Occupy Broadway arrivals December 2011
"Sister Sue"...Chicago to Kansas City where "Amelia Earhart, the Time-Travel" has her own room at the Kansas Street Settlement House in Waterville and finally gets her wish to finish her finest work for global & inner peace and happiness.
Ms Merry Fitness & the Time Machine Wizard, Richie Bergen
Just the right landing spot for a short stop from Oshkosh to Madison for the 8-day MAN UP Summit 2015
Dr Richard Bergen's Icabod sculpture says, "It's the Law and Loopholes" and Sister Sue says, " Love and Logic is the Divine Plan."
Heart to Heart from Kuala Lumpur after Business Excellerated School for Social Entrepreneurs 2013