Shamed! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Shamed 00 Shamed 01 Shamed 02 Shamed 03 Shamed 04 Shamed 05 Shamed 06 Shamed 07 Shamed 08 Shamed 09 Shamed 10 Shamed 11 Shamed 12 Shamed featureThere are many different sorts of disabilities that might put a person into a wheelchair. Not all confine a person to a chair 100% of the time. Many people are lucky enough to be able to stand, with or without support for short periods of time. Some can even walk short distances, but not for more than a few dozen steps. Sometimes it is a heart issue, other times other issues.

So please don’t judge. Please don’t assume. People also aren’t obligated to tell you extremely personal information like what health problems they might have.

I hope you remember that when you next see someone with a wheel chair stand for a bit or even walk a few steps. While there may be some people that are faking injuries to defraud the insurance company, that is only a very small percentage of the population.


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.

Thank you!

DWPenner


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In Line — Wheel Tales of Willow City

In Line 00In Line 01In Line 02In Line 03In Line 04In Line 05In Line 06In Line 07In Line 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.


Barriers to accessibility might not be obvious. A crowd of people waiting for a bus can effectively block a sidewalk for both able-bodied and those in wheelchairs or on mobility scooters. (shopping carts, baby strollers, baby carriages…) It might seem that you only have to ask and people would move, but it is not easy for many people to approach and speak to a stranger. Some people would simply wait until there is room to get through.

Keep an eye out for barriers to both the able and disabled members of society.


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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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

Spun Out! -2 — Wheel Tales of Willow City

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Barriers to accessibility for those depending on using a wheelchair might not be obvious to the able-bodied observer. A patch of deep gravel left as a temporary measure by maintenance workers might be easily walked over by anyone walking, but that same patch of gravel would bog down a wheelchair.

The same patch can be an issue for baby strollers and carriages; elderly and their walkers or canes; as well as mobility scooters and wheelchairs. Luckily most times such patches are temporary, but there are similar sorts of barriers that pop up from time to time and some aren’t cleared up quickly.

Keep an eye out for barriers to both the able and disabled members of society.


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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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

 

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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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

 

Do It Yourself Lemonade — Wheel Tales of Willow City

I published “Do it Yourself Lemonade” over a year ago here (Oct 21 2013), but thought I would republish it for new readers…

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Do It Yourself Lemonade — by DWPenner

Do It Yourself Lemonade — by DWPenner

Look! Someone donated all these ripe lemons!

Look! Someone donated all these ripe lemons!

It's great, but what are we going to do with all them?

It’s great, but what are we going to do with all them?

Donations have been so hard to come by. They always say, when...

Donations have been so hard to come by. They always say, when…

...life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Hi Willy, Hi Betty!

…life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Hi Willy, Hi Betty!

We'd need to use some of the donated money for sugar and cups.

We’d need to use some of the donated money for sugar and cups.

I don't think we can afford to buy any cups or glasses.

I don’t think we can afford to buy any cups or glasses.

We could get them to bring their own cups!

We could get them to bring their own cups!

We can't afford the sugar and don't have enough volunteers...

We can’t afford the sugar and don’t have enough volunteers…

... to squeeze the juice unless we can borrow a juicer.

… to squeeze the juice unless we can borrow a juicer.

My friend at "Flip Da Burger" would loan me a juicer!

My friend at “Flip Da Burger” would loan me a juicer!

I'm afraid we still need a Health Department certificate.

I’m afraid we still need a Health Department certificate.

No sugar, no cups. no volunteers, no certificate! How can we make lemonade?

No sugar, no cups. no volunteers, no certificate! How can we make lemonade?

I have a plan!

I have a plan!

Home-Made Do-It-Yourself Lemonade Kits — by Donation!

Home-Made Do-It-Yourself Lemonade Kits — by Donation!

Newer followers of the strip might not have seen this cartoon from over a year ago, so I’m reposting it.

I hope you enjoy these and 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 published as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” previously 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

 

Walk in the Park — Wheel Tales of Willow City

I published “Walk in the Park” over a year ago here (Oct 19 2013), but thought I would republish it for new readers..

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Walk in the Park – by DWPenner

Walk in the Park – by DWPenner

Thanks for the ice cream Nelson.

Thanks for the ice cream Nelson.

It was a pleasure Willy, it was nice to catch up.

It was a pleasure Willy, it was nice to catch up.

It's still so early. What shall we do?

It’s still so early. What shall we do?

The weather is so nice, why don't we go for a walk in the park? ...er... I mean a wheel...

The weather is so nice, why don’t we go for a walk in the park? …er… I mean a wheel…

Walks! I go for "Walks!" That really ticks me off!

Walks! I go for “Walks!” That really ticks me off!

When we go out for coffee and you order tea — do I get upset?

When we go out for coffee and you order tea — do I get upset?

When we go out for tea, and I order juice — do you get upset?

When we go out for tea, and I order juice — do you get upset?

I don't want to be treated like some special case. I just want to be included.

I don’t want to be treated like some special case. I just want to be included.

Newer followers of the strip might not have seen this cartoon from over a year ago, so I’m reposting it.

I hope you enjoy these and 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 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

 

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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