Birthday — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Birthday

While most of us look forward to celebrating our birthdays, some people look upon them with particular dread. While some fear aging, others fear the loss of another year.


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It is important to note that I am not a medical professional and am only writing these as a lay person. Please seek help if you are troubled by anxiety, depression, or other related disorders.

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Clips! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Tomorrow (Monday, August 21, 2017) there will be a total eclipse of the Sun that will be visible in many places across North America. While this is a rare and special event, it can also be dangerous. Staring at the Sun, even for a short time can cause partial blindness or even total blindness.

Do not look at the Sun with unprotected eyes. Only use special glasses made just for this purpose. Sun glasses, no matter how good, are not good enough.

If you can’t get those special glasses there are safe ways to see the eclipse. One of the simplest is to make a small hole with a nail or pin in a sheet of card-stock. Like a file folder or cardboard from a cereal box. Then turn your back to the Sun and look at the shadow of that cardboard on a light coloured background — like another sheet of that cardboard. The Sunlight that passes through the pinhole will be an image of the Sun that is safe to view.

It is possible to use almost any small hole as a pinhole. It can be interesting to see all the images of the Eclipse you might find caused by holes in objects casting shadows — like the gaps between leaves in a tree or the holes in a colander. (normally used to strain stuff in the kitchen like pasta)

Here is a good plan for a pinhole projection viewer from NASA. It is inexpensive, easy to make, and cheap to make.

How to Make a Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse — NASA

This is a safe way to view the eclipse. The eclipse will be worth seeing even if you are not in the narrow track across the US that is a Total eclipse.

Oh, and check the article and links below the YouTube video for important links and information!

Some more information from NASA.

Please be safe! Many people have had permanent eye damage and even blindness by looking at the Sun without proper protection.


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Try to Walk More — Wheel Tales of Willow City

I recently spent some time in hospital and one of the high points was the great care I received from the registered nurses and other staff there. They did a very good job even with the trying case I presented to them. However upon being discharged their instructions were… a bit contradictory.

Among other instructions: Take time to walk as much as possible as it would accelerate the healing of my surgical wound in my belly. And to stay off my left foot in order not to retard the healing of the wound on the sole of my left foot. The instructions for one seemed to contradict the other.

I’m working it out and have healed greatly.


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Upsetting — Wheel Tales of Willow City

upsetting-00 upsetting-01 upsetting-02 upsetting-03 upsetting-04 upsetting-05 upsetting-06 upsetting-07 upsetting-08 upsetting-09 upsetting-10I keep hearing about the polls for elections and what the percentages are. I see the numbers and having had a bit of formal education in statistics and probability understand what they are talking about. I’ll watch them predict one outcome or the other when there are only one or two percent difference between the two choices and I’ll think, “this could go either way.” Then after the votes are tallied I’ll hear them talking about the upset. This is even while the results are saying the two people running are 5 percent apart… or less.

It makes me wonder if the definition of “an upset” has changed.

(Note, I understand that the final results might be very different, but before they are in, while the results were still within 5%, they call it an upset. Of course the outcome of a political election can be very different from the popular vote.)


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Coming Up in the Tapestry – 92

Sunday (November 13, 2016) we’ve got a “Wheel Tales” cartoon coming — “Upsetting”.

upsetting-00Why does it seem they say that all races are an upset?

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Costs — Wheel Tales of Willow City

cost-00 cost-01 cost-02 cost-03 cost-04 cost-05 cost-06 cost-07 cost-08cost-09 cost-10 cost-11cost-12 cost-13 cost-featureThe medical coverage available to disabled people who are receiving a disability benefit or pension is pretty incredible. But, there are some holes in this sort of insurance coverage. When you are on a low fixed income, buying things like normal pain killers and multi-vitamins can really take a bite out of a modest grocery budget. Prepping for certain test procedures can require things like specialized laxatives that are necessary, but not covered. People with allergies can be left with large chunks bitten out of their budget.

It might not be as painful if the benefits brought people above the poverty line. Some places are good and they are at the poverty line. But others are needlessly behind. Then it’s a matter of buying groceries or going to the food-bank.

I think it is such small nit-picky things that lead people on disability to protest and ask for the benefit rates to be increased. At the same time they look ungrateful to the population.

Other than raising the rates in these places I don’t know of any solution other than perhaps providing some coverage for these things if they might be prescribed by a physician.


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Coming Up in the Tapestry – 75

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Saturday (September 10, 2016) we’ve got another Gnomestead Tapestry “Knock, Knock!” joke, “She”.

90-She featureThe Gnomestead Tapestry is a humour strip taking place in the “darkish” ages in a kingdom called The South Cringle Archduchy. Look for appearances by Gnorman the gnome!

PS Happy Something to Somebody!

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Coming Up in the Tapestry – 73

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Saturday (September 3, 2016) we’ve got another Gnomestead Tapestry “Knock, Knock!” joke, “Fork”

Fork feature

The “Wheel Tales of Willow City” comic is a more serious look at life, especially as faced by people facing the hurdles and obstacles of living with a disability.

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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.


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Coming Up in the Tapestry – 71

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Saturday (August 27, 2016) we’ve got another “Wheel Tales” comic, “Shamed!”

Shamed feature

The “Wheel Tales of Willow City” comic is a more serious look at life, especially as faced by people facing the hurdles and obstacles of living with a disability.

I hope you like the cartoons. I’d love to hear from you and find out what you think of them. Drop a note to me via my Facebook page “The Gnome’s Garden”.

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