Swing and a Miss — Wheel Tales of Willow City – Reprise

This Wheel Tales of Willow City story is one that I first published December 26, 2013. I thought I might re-post it.

Swing and a Miss

Swing and a Miss

Torben opened a new bookstore.

Torben opened a new bookstore.

Yes, and I heard that it is fully accessible.

Yes, and I heard that it is fully accessible.

It has ramps and the aisles are extra wide.

It has ramps and the aisles are extra wide.

...it even has accessible toilets.

…it even has accessible toilets.

Torben has a good heart but is prone to mistakes.

Torben has a good heart but is prone to mistakes.

Books -R- Here!

Books -R- Here!

Do you want to tell him or shall I?

Do you want to tell him or shall I?

I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

It is amazing how many folks can make simple mistakes, like talking louder to someone that is visually impaired or shouting English to someone who doesn’t know English. As if one impairment implies another or shouting makes up for language differences.

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Freedom! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Freedom 00Freedom 01Freedom 02Freedom 03Freedom 04Freedom 05Freedom 06Freedom 07Freedom 08Freedom 09Freedom 10Freedom 11Freedom 12Freedom 13Freedom 14I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

There are many people with disabilities that live in fear of losing what freedom they have. They worry that if they might seem less able to take care of themselves that they will be put into a care home. So, instead of getting help with light house cleaning they let things pile up or cripple themselves trying to do what they shouldn’t. When you are limited already, you don’t want to lose any freedom that you have.

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

Do Something Simple — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Do Something Simple 00Do Something Simple 01Do Something Simple 02Do Something Simple 03Do Something Simple 04Do Something Simple 05Do Something Simple 06Do Something Simple 07Do Something Simple 08Do Something Simple 09I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

Not long ago I was standing at the kitchen counter peeling potatoes and I started thinking about how my Mother had done just this task, and Grandma… and how many generations back on both Mom and Dad’s sides of the family. There is a sort of connection there. I think that it can be good to just “do something simple” and feel that connection with those who have gone before us.

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

Rain, Rain, Go Away! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Rain Rain Go Away 00Rain Rain Go Away 01Rain Rain Go Away 02Rain Rain Go Away 03Rain Rain Go Away 04Rain Rain Go Away 05Rain Rain Go Away 06Rain Rain Go Away 07Rain Rain Go Away 08I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

With the changes in mail service in recent times more and more post offices are stopping home delivery. Instead they want to set up community mailboxes. This might only be a minor inconvenience for most able-bodied folks, but for those with mobility issues it can become a barrier. Many electric wheel chairs and mobility scooters can’t be taken out in the rain, and snow can be an absolute barrier. Those using canes, walkers and other mobility devices can’t cross stretches of snow or mud — consider people who must use oxygen and the tanks that they wheel with. Those with issues of stability also have problems whether due to disability or age. Fatigue issues may preclude a long walk to the postal boxes.

You also don’t want to leave any mail in the box overnight because of risk of mail theft. Since you don’t necessarily know everyone in your neighbourhood you wouldn’t realize when a stranger is spending a little too long at the boxes — breaking into them. When the mail comes to your door, at least your neighbours might realize when a stranger is trying to get your mail. If mail is left overnight in the neighbourhood post office boxes on a street corner, there is a greater chance of mail theft and… identity theft.

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Spun Out! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Spun Out 00Spun Out 01Spun Out 02Spun Out 03Spun Out 04Spun Out 05Spun Out 06I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

How many times have you had to squeeze past a car parked partly on the side-walk or make your way around some other obstacle. It might be a minor inconvenience for some, but for others a barrier. If a roadway is narrow enough that you fear for your car unless you park on the side-walk — consider that you might be forcing people pushing strollers or in wheelchairs onto that same narrow street.

Please, try to keep side-walks clear of obstacles. You might be able to squeeze by, but not everyone can.

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Super Service — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Super Service 00Super Service 01Super Service 02Super Service 03Super Service 04Super Service 05Super Service 06Super Service 07Super Service 08Super Service 09Super Service 10I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

Many businesses go that extra mile when it comes to offering those individualized personal services to their customers — especially those that might be coping with health and other issues — temporary or long-term. Often it isn’t so much the corporation as the individual in that organization. Sometimes companies will cut services or the ability to offer those services without much thought towards those who rely on them.

My hat goes off to those who care!

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Miss App — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Miss App 00Miss App 01Miss App 02Miss App 03Miss App 04Miss App 05Miss App 06Miss App 07Miss App 08Miss App 09Miss App 10I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

It is great that when we might not be able to get out for some services there are some people, businesses, and other organizations that will come out to our homes. Of course some services like housecleaning are such that people need to come into our homes.

A problem comes up when our time is not valued. Even if we are more flexible in scheduling doesn’t mean that it isn’t a hardship when things are rescheduled. We might have to prepare the house; we might have to re-arrange other appointments; we might have to cancel things we were looking forward to — our time still has value. Please treat us like any other client — keep your appointment with us or if you must, reschedule with plenty of warning. Of course there are “emergencies” — but they should be the exception and not the rule.

A special thanks to all that value our time and take the time to come in to our homes.

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Low Cost? — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Low Cost 00Low Cost 01Low Cost 02Low Cost 03Low Cost 04Low Cost 05Low Cost 06Low Cost 07Low Cost 08Low Cost 09Low Cost 10I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

People who look after our loved ones — whether the disabled, ill, children, or the elderly — are often paid some of the lowest wages. They look after very intimate details in people’s lives. It is difficult for many institutions to pay more, but that leads to frequent changes in staff. It can be very difficult, especially for those who don’t handle change well. We are lucky that there are some great caregivers who do their jobs without considering the wages.

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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The New Handicap — Wheel Tales of Willow City

The New Handicap

The New Handicap

We won't be going until someone gives up their seat.

We won’t be going until someone gives up their seat.

The New Handicap

The New Handicap

The New Handicap

The New Handicap

The New Handicap

The New Handicap

The New Handicap

The New Handicap

Hello Mr R, Uellow!

Hello Mr R, Uellow!

How was your bus-ride today?

How was your bus-ride today?

It was fine, but when did having a smart-phone become a disability?

It was fine, but when did having a smart-phone become a disability?

I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

Nearly every time I get on the bus, the front seats are all taken by folks either talking on, watching movies or TV on, or playing games on smart phones or tablets. Here if not other places the front seats are reserved for the disabled, elderly, or pregnant riders. There are signs up telling able-bodied folks to give up these seats to those in need. (Not just a warning but a regulation.) Some of them might have an invisible handicap, but I am sure that most are just feeling that their use of their gizmo supersedes that of those who need those seats. (I have even watched some feign sleep to avoid eye contact.)

Is using a smart-phone or tablet now an accepted disability? I have seen them sitting oblivious to someone trying to juggle their cane while trying to hold their balance on the moving bus. Bus drivers are often too busy on a crowded bus to tell the rude riders to give up their seats. But some will come right out and let the riders know that the bus won’t be leaving until a seat is given up to the intended disabled, elderly, or pregnant rider. Too often it is an elderly person who gives up their seat.

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

Swing and a Miss — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Swing and a Miss

Swing and a Miss

Torben opened a new bookstore.

Torben opened a new bookstore.

Yes, and I heard that it is fully accessible.

Yes, and I heard that it is fully accessible.

It has ramps and the aisles are extra wide.

It has ramps and the aisles are extra wide.

...it even has accessible toilets.

…it even has accessible toilets.

Torben has a good heart but is prone to mistakes.

Torben has a good heart but is prone to mistakes.

Books -R- Here!

Books -R- Here!

Do you want to tell him or shall I?

Do you want to tell him or shall I?

Large Print Books For the Hearing Impaired

Large Print Books
For the
Hearing Impaired

I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

It is amazing how many folks can make simple mistakes, like talking louder to someone that is visually impaired or shouting English to someone who doesn’t know English. As if one impairment implies another or shouting makes up for language differences.

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.