Albert Duncan and the Accessible Entrance — Wheel Tales of Willow City – Reprise

This is a reprise of the first “Albert Duncan” adventure!

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Albert Duncan and the Accessible Entrance

Albert Duncan and the Accessible Entrance

Albert said he'd meet us in the main hall.

Albert said he’d meet us in the main hall.

It'll be nice to see Albert. Are the renovations finished?

It’ll be nice to see Albert. Are the renovations finished?

Dinosaur in my Soup! New Display!

Dinosaur in my Soup! New Display!

Service Entrance

Service Entrance

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Hi Albert! That accessible new front entrance sure made getting in easier.

Hi Albert! That accessible new front entrance sure made getting in easier.

There's a front entrance now?!

There’s a front entrance now?!

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 a good sign that many institutions are making changes to allow for easy access for wheelchairs that don’t require entering through loading docks and store rooms. Entering through a back entrance can add a bit to much of a sense of adventure to an outing.


This strip was published previously 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.

We were originally published in “We’ll Make Cents“. They are an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a look

DWPenner

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.

Old and New — Wheel Tales of Willow City (reprise)

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Old and New — by DWPenner

Old and New — by DWPenner

Hi Mary-Anne! What are we going to do today?

Hi Mary-Anne! What are we going to do today?

I think we should try something different and new!

I think we should try something different and new!

Really! What would that be?

Really! What would that be?

We're going to go to the museum Willie!

We’re going to go to the museum Willie!

But we've Been to the museum many times before?

But we’ve Been to the museum many times before?

But never by BUS before Willie!

But never by BUS before Willie!

museum

museum

There's a new exhibit of dinosaur bones this month!

There’s a new exhibit of dinosaur bones this month!

I hope you enjoy this reprise of an earlier “Wheel Tales of Willow City” story. I thought I’d post it this Easter Sunday, in part to take a break for Easter Week. I know not all of my readers are Christian, but many other Faiths have their own celebrations at this time of the year. I wish you all a Blessed Sunday. I wish you a Blessed Sunday even if you don’t follow any structured spiritual path.


This strip was published previously 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.

We were originally published in “We’ll Make Cents“. They are an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a look

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

 

School Train — Wheel Tales of Willow City

This is another of the stories I am republishing here. Originally published October 23, 2013.

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Wheel Tales of Willow City

School Train — by DWPenner

School Train — by DWPenner

I'm so excited! We're going to a bakery today!

I’m so excited! We’re going to a bakery today!

That's wonderful Robyn, how will you get there?

That’s wonderful Robyn, how will you get there?

Yes dear, will you go by school bus? car? van? taxi?

Yes dear, will you go by school bus? car? van? taxi?

No Mom! We're going by train! ? ?

No Mom! We’re going by train! ? ?

Hello Rub & Bob! Is little Robyn ready to go to the bakery today? ? ?

Hello Rub & Bob! Is little Robyn ready to go to the bakery today? ? ?

Well yes, except this notion that you are going by train?

Well yes, except this notion that you are going by train?

Ah, Train. Let me explain. It was all Willy's idea...

Ah, Train. Let me explain. It was all Willy’s idea…

I'm a boxcar! Chugga Chugga Wooo, wooooo!

I’m a boxcar! Chugga Chugga Wooo, wooooo!

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.

This strip was originally published October 23, 2013. Newer readers probably haven’t seen it yet so I hope the reprise is appreciated!

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. everywhere!

DWPenner

 

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.

Wheel Have a Dream — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Wheel Have a Dream.

Wheel Have a Dream.

I really feel bad that Nelson Mandela Died.

I really feel bad that Nelson Mandela Died.

Why's that Mr. E?

Why’s that Mr. E?

He was great! I loved his "I Have a Dream." Speech.

He was great! I loved his “I Have a Dream.” Speech.

? ? ?

? ? ?

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 so very easy for people to mix up what famous person said what after time passes. The only way to avoid this is to be educated in both the past as well as current events. It is also why it is important that children get that education too.

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.

Inter-What? — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Inter-What? by DWPenner

Inter-What?
by DWPenner

Hello Mrs Little!

Hello Mrs Little!

Hello Willy! Do you have a few minutes to give me a hand?

Hello Willy! Do you have a few minutes to give me a hand?

Sure I have some time for you.

Sure I have some time for you.

What can I do for you?

What can I do for you?

Can you come in and help me out, reading my telephone bill?

Can you come in and help me out, reading my telephone bill?

Why do you need help with that? You have good eyes.

Why do you need help with that? You have good eyes.

They've put my bill on the Internet and I don't know how to use it.

They’ve put my bill on the Internet and I don’t know how to use it.

I'm sure I can help you with that...

I’m sure I can help you with that…

...and I'll try teach you about the Internet too.

…and I’ll try teach you about the Internet too.

That would be great! Everyone is going onto the Net and they just assume we know.

That would be great! Everyone is going onto the Net and they just assume we know.

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 seems that many people and organizations are making assumptions about people and technology. They assume that “everyone” has a Cell phone or a Fax machine or a computer and the Internet.

Not everyone has access to every gadget. It isn’t just people who despise change or technology — many people don’t normally have a need for some things. For example not everyone feels a need to be on the Internet and don’t want the added expense. For another example not everyone has a need for a Cell phone — their normal land-line works just fine in their lives.

The only time they miss some forms of technology is when someone makes another assumption that “everybody” has it.

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.

My Eyes are Down Here! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

My Eyes are Down Here!

My Eyes are Down Here!

Betty, my chair has been playing up. I'm waiting for the service man.

Betty, my chair has been playing up. I’m waiting for the service man.

Willow City Wheelchair Service

Willow City Wheelchair Service

Now I don't have my electric wheelchair for a while. I'll need help.

Now I don’t have my electric wheelchair for a while. I’ll need help.

Let's go get some ice cream! I'll push, you pay!

Let’s go get some ice cream! I’ll push, you pay!

Hi Willy, Betty! Did you just have an ice cream?

Hi Willy, Betty! Did you just have an ice cream?

Yes Hank, we just had some. If you were here earlier I would have bought you one too.

Yes Hank, we just had some. If you were here earlier I would have bought you one too.

Why is Betty pushing you in the manual chair?

Why is Betty pushing you in the manual chair?

My electric wheelchair is in the shop for a day.

My electric wheelchair is in the shop for a day.

Willy, why do the clerks keep asking me what you want?

Willy, why do the clerks keep asking me what you want?

They always are looking at me and ignoring you.

They always are looking at me and ignoring you.

It's always like that Betty, they always talk to the care giver.

It’s always like that Betty, they always talk to the care giver.

Sometimes it makes me want to say: "Talk to me, my eyes are down here!"

Sometimes it makes me want to say:
“Talk to me, my eyes are down here!”

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.

When many people come across a care giver with a person with a disability, they will talk to the care giver ignoring their client as if they weren’t there. Remember to address the disabled person and not the helper if you should be talking to their client.

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

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Ding Dong!

Ding Dong!

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Oh! A note from the postman. "Called, but no answer. You may pick up your pac..."

Oh! A note from the postman. “Called, but no answer. You may pick up your pac…”

Hello Hank! Could you do me a favour?

Hello Hank! Could you do me a favour?

Sure Willy! What can I do for you?

Sure Willy! What can I do for you?

When you go to work tomorrow could you pick up a package...

When you go to work tomorrow could you pick up a package…

...for me? The postman didn't wait long enough for me to answer the door... Again.

…for me? The postman didn’t wait long enough for me to answer the door… Again.

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.

Have you ever discovered a note from the postal service, delivery service, or a courier telling you that you weren’t home when they came to deliver something. You know you were home all day… or perhaps there was a ring at the doorbell and nobody there. Consider what it is like when you are mobility impaired or have some other issue that keeps you from flying to the door in a blink of the eye.

Just those who need a home delivery the most end up missing them and having to arrange to pick things up at a post office or depot. Your regular postman or delivery person might understand and know to wait that bit extra. But with deliveries often it isn’t anyone that knows your situation doing the delivery. You sure don’t want to advertise the fact on the front door that you have any sort of disability — to invite stray prowlers in to prey on you.

All it needs is patience on the part of people working to deliver as quick as possible to as many people as possible… sort of a conflict of interest there…

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