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Whimsy Joy© By Roz
ROSALYN IS BORN …
Rosalyn Kramer Monat-Haller was born in Charleston, SC, USA on April 25th 1945
which was Armistice Day in Europe. Her parents, Irma and Izzy Kramer, maintained
their own local Pharmacy, “Kramer’s Pharmacy” in Summerville, SC.
PARENTS WITH STRONG ETHICS PASS THEM ON TO THE FUTURE “WHIMSYJOY”.
it a better place. Rosalyn always has been an independent, dynamic and creative child.
Many decades later, Mrs. Gert, now in her mid 80’s and still Rosalyn’s Nanny, described
Rosalyn as a child being “always on the run”.
in order to relieve her parents from some of the “day-to-day” work. By walking
to the drugstore after school, she was able to be with her parents, as they worked.
Little by little, Rosalyn took on more difficult chores and learned strong work ethics.
“JOY BRINGING TIMES “…
parents and their love for music sparked the young child’s interest to learn an
instrument which became a flute, saxophone and piano. Rosalyn says: “From
my parents , I learned the LOVE for creating music. “Angels are listening and playing
and reminding me that loving music is more important than being the best.”
together with her father playing the Saxophone and her mother playing the piano,
she entertained family dinner events, many times. Later, she would learn the saxophone
from her father and attend the Summerville High School Dance Band. “These are
precious Memories !”
CHOOSING A CAREER COURSE & OFF TO BOSTON …
College” in Boston. Graduating with HONORS in only three years, she chose to
attend “Boston University” for her Master’s Degree.”
Returning to SC, she became “Director, Speech And Hearing” at the “Coastal Center,
SC Department of Mental Retardation”.
ROSALYN MAKES THE DECISION TO CONTINUE LEARNING AND GROWING …
expand her knowledge and therapeutic skills to involve work in other helping
professional fields. Her departmental responsibilities had now increased to
“Director, Therapeutic Services”, as she developed a nationally recognized
“Sexuality Program”, and took over the supervision of art therapy, music therapy,
the chaplain, and Rosalyn, herself, was doing all of the crisis counseling.
A CALL FROM COLLEGE-HILL PRESS …
Dr. Singh, publisher, knew Rosalyn had become an expert nationally and
internationally by doing all day workshops on this difficult topic. He asked Rosalyn
to write a book and she wrote the book “Sexuality And The Mentally Retarded”, A
Clinical and Therapeutic Guidebook”. This professional book received national
acclaim, including a wonderful review from Dr.Virginia Satir.
PHIL DONEHUE INVITES ROSALYN TO BE THE “EXPERT” ON HIS SHOW …
Rosalyn accepted the invitation to be the ”expert” and went to New York. The subject
then was about Larry Drake, playing a man with “Mental Retardation”, who was
accused of raping a woman with “Mental Retardation”.
And Expressing Sexuality; Responsible Choices For Individuals with Developmental
ROSALYN EXPERIENCES THE HEALING POWER OF ANIMALS. …
Over the years, Rosalyn found that pet animals could be very helpful in the aid of Therapeutic
success. She started off with a “Maltese Dog”, called “Magic”. He became her constant
companion and partner. Currently she works with Nuggett, an almost 17 year old “pound puppy”
and “Mr. Huggles “, an almost 17 year old cream cameo Persian, who gives great four footed
massages and is credited with discovering two cancers. The animal family also includes two
special parrots who entertain with their talking and funny antics. Tova, the African Grey, and
Chico, the red Lorikeat, who visit each others’ cages and toys. Best of all, when Rosalyn says
“Nighty Night, Sleep Tight”, Tova and Chico go to the right cages, so that Rosalyn can close
down the cottage for the evening. Children find this amusing.
ROSALYN WORKS WITH THE KENNEDY CENTER IN D.C. TO BRING “VERY SPECIAL ARTS” TO SC…
Under Rosalyn’s direction, grants from the Kennedy Center were made available to
conduct Art-Festivals for up to 5,000 individuals with disabilities in multiple locations in SC.
retired from the state, in favor of becoming a full time counselor. By this time, Rosalyn had
expanded her credentials by becoming a certified “Sex Educator and Sex Counselor” with
the “American Association Of Sex Educators, Counselors And Therapists”. Furthermore, she
was licensed by the State of SC as a “Professional Counselor” and as an “Independent
Social Worker – CP”, allowing her to maintain a private practice in Psychotherapy.
When Rosalyn talks to audiences, she promotes“ that we can learn something new from
everyone we meet”. Rosalyn talks of “Creative Energy” being the core of staying alert,
interesting and productive. She has always followed these “guidelines”. Even now,
when 65 years old, she still mentors others, as others have mentored her.
WHIMSYJOY COMES OF AGE …
knew very closely. They mentored, encouraged and guided her to a new and unique
style which she calls “Whimsy Joy”.
growing and developing professionally. Rosalyn found that color was healing.
The warm and inviting colors, paired with whimsical imagination
create playful art which entices creativity & happiness in children of all ages.
at work. Rosalyn has found that her clients begin to experience “joy bringing time” for
ROSALYN HOPES YOU ALLOW WHIMSYJOY TO ENCOURAGE YOU …
making this a better world for all of us. Bring joy to all who will inherit it, when we leave ...
Be proud of your work and keep learning & sharing. This is the best way to find creativity
in work and to feel good about what you have to offer. It is our world. Let us all reach
out with love and caring and make it a better place.”
AN INVITATION TO EACH OF YOU …
personal thoughts, feelings and experiences about “Whimsy Joy” and Rosalyn will read and
respond to you.
Check back on “Whimsy Joy’s” Website and you might see your words in Print.
always remembering that
me on my “journey of life”:
First of all, my dear parents, who filled my heart with hugs and adored me, as I did them!
Virginia Satir, one of the “Founders of “Family Therapy” for affirming my skills and
challenging me to keep reaching for the stars AND TO REMEMBER “TO THINK OF
ALL THE POSSIBILITIES”...
… for giving me the wings to fly.
Dr. Hagerty’s encouragement is EVER PRESENT.
Pat Krisel, owner of PHOTOGRAPHIX
… for "LOVING MY WHIMSIES'' & Making Them Come To Life .
… for Enduring my "65 year old" computer skills, for the Immeasurable number of Hours
He Devoted to Give my Whimsies such a Very Special Home.