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.

The Further Adventures of Alfred Duncan — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Albert Duncan00Albert Duncan01Albert Duncan02Albert Duncan03Albert Duncan04Albert Duncan05Albert Duncan06Albert Duncan07Albert Duncan08Albert Duncan09I 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 is considerable planning involved in making public and private structures accessible. Sometimes it can’t be done, but most places are successful. A couple of friends of mine told me about something they came across. After ascending the wheelchair ramps to the entrance of a building, they were stymied to find two or three steps at the front entrance. Those steps created a barrier to anyone in a wheelchair that wasn’t a wheelchair athlete.

There seems always to be more work needed to make buildings wheelchair accessible. Perhaps it is the fact that many places are well done that make the bad ones stand out more… but I hear horror stories still.

Of course there are many who make huge efforts to help!


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 and check out their current project.

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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Overtime — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Overtime 00Overtime 01Overtime 02Overtime 03Overtime 04Overtime 05Overtime 06Overtime 07Overtime 08Overtime 09Overtime 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.

Being fairly regularly able, I have found that when I cross many major arterial roads at a light, I barely make it before the light for the road traffic. I don’t mean when the pedestrian crossing light changes from “Walk” to “Don’t Walk”, but when the light for the vehicular traffic changes from red to green.

I can only imagine what it is like for anyone that travels below normal walking speed. I consider what it is like for someone with kids and groceries. I imagine what it is like for someone who walks with only one leg — proud at their progress to walking with a prosthetic, but just a bit slower than most able-bodied folk. I imagine what it is like for the person using a walker. I know that the lights can only be so long for each cycle of a light, but I know of many who barely make it “If” they start the second the “Walk” signal comes on.

I’ve seen a system where all the traffic lights turn red and all the pedestrian crossing lights turn to “Walk” — including two new diagonal cross-walks crossing from corner to corner in the intersection. That probably gives at least twice as much time to cross the intersections. Crossing diagonally means only a single crossing where you would have had to make two crossings without the diagonal. It makes a bit of sense to me and traffic still flows at nearly the same rate. (So I hear.)

Regardless, short pedestrian crossing times can impair some people’s ability to cross intersections safely.


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 and check out their current project.

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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Extra Fees — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Extra Fees 00Extra Fees 01Extra Fees 02Extra Fees 03Extra Fees 04Extra Fees 05Extra Fees 06Extra Fees 07Extra Fees 08Extra Fees 09Extra Fees 10Extra Fees 11Extra Fees 12Extra Fees 13I 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 is a move for utilities, other corporations, and organizations to start charging extra to have their bills mailed to the consumer. They are trying to promote access to the bills online. It saves the cost of printing and for paper to be sure, but there is a cost. There are people that don’t use computers. They have their own reasons, to be sure, but some have little choice.

There are people who have physical barriers to them using computers, tablets, and smart phones. They might have carpel tunnel syndrome, arthritis, or other issues making it next to impossible to use keyboards, mice, or touch screens. The also might simply have problems understanding how to use new devices.

A $2 or $3 surcharge might not seem like much, but with it not being unusual to have 5 or more bills in the mail — $10, $15, or more can stress the fixed, low-income budget that many elderly or disabled have. For them, these new charges are like a form of discrimination.


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 and check out their current project.

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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Sea Dollies — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Sea Dollies 00Sea Dollies 01Sea Dollies 02Sea Dollies 03Sea Dollies 04Sea Dollies 05Sea Dollies 05aSea Dollies 06Sea Dollies 07Sea Dollies 08Sea Dollies 09Sea Dollies 10Sea Dollies 11Sea Dollies 12Sea Dollies 13Sea Dollies 14Sea Dollies 15Sea Dollies 16Sea Dollies 17Sea Dollies 18I 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 children there can often be questions that are tough to answer. Some tough ones are about natural disasters and whether you are in danger from them. There are different ways to deal with such questions. One way is to explain whether it is likely and how you might be ready to cope with such an emergency.

There are emergencies that can crop up anywhere that we live. It is prudent to keep an emergency kit with food and water for 72 hours in case the power and water are out that long. There are other things you can include in the emergency kit as well and it should have enough for the people living there.

Have you considered how disabled people might cope? Some folks are dependent on their electric wheelchair and the batteries only last so long. They might not be able to drive a manual wheelchair. It is good to know what resources are available and who might be at risk.

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.

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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