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.

Thank you!

DWPenner


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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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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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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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Spun Out! – 3 — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Spun Out 00 Spun Out 01 Spun Out 02 Spun Out 03 Spun Out 04 Spun Out 05 Spun Out 06 Spun Out 07 Spun Out 08 Spun Out 09 Spun Out 10I’ve seen many bicyclists riding on the sidewalk as I travel around. They travel so much faster than pedestrian traffic and seem to take up more room than a person walking or even running. I don’t know how often I’ve had to dodge cyclists but it has been far too often. I can only imagine what it is like if you are in a wheelchair or on a mobility scooter… or if you have young children with you or some problem with mobility.

Recently we even had an elderly person hit and knocked over by someone in a mobility scooter going very fast down the sidewalk. The person struck ended up with a fractured skull and broken hip.

It’s actually illegal for most people to be riding on a sidewalk. It’s a crime that they do so and morally even more so, I think, when there is a dedicated “bike lane” on that road.

IF you must ride a bike, or skateboard on a sidewalk, remember that you are a guest there and it really isn’t someplace that you have any sort of right-of-way. Really, in my opinion that might even go for running and mobility scooters that can move at running speeds and beyond. Look Out for people on the sidewalk. It is you who should yield and give way, not them. That is even if you tinkle your bell or toot your horn.

PS I realized after doing the frames for the cartoon that I neglected to put helmets on the cyclists. If I re-did the art I’d have bicycle helmets on the riders. Please remember to wear your bike helmet. Even if not for your safety, wear it as a good example for children and young people. I know that if you are of my age, you likely rode for decades without even knowing there were helmets or that anyone would wear one unless they were racing in some event. But if kids see adults not wearing helmets, they lose respect for the laws governing such things.


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Bonus — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Bonus 00 Bonus 01 Bonus 02 Bonus 03 Bonus 04 Bonus 05 Bonus 06 Bonus 07 Bonus 08 Bonus 09 Bonus 10 Bonus 11 Bonus 12 Bonus 13 Bonus 14Not everything is as it seems. A well publicised increase in the monthly disability  or monthly benefit, paid to people with disabilities might outshine an increase in fees those people have to pay for another service. For instance a $77 increase might nearly disappear when a new $52 monthly fee for transit is applied.

It might be nice to get that $25 a month extra, but when that has been the only increase over 10 years, it is a pittance.


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A Day Wasted – reprise — Wheel Tales of Willow City

A Day Wasted 00A Day Wasted 01A Day Wasted 02A Day Wasted 03A Day Wasted 04A Day Wasted 05A Day Wasted 06A Day Wasted 07A Day Wasted 08Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that you have a chance to let those you love, especially romantically, that you love them! No need for jewellery, flowers, cards, or chocolates. (They they might be nice.) But a bit of your time to let them know how important they are to you and how they play an important part in your life. Let them know that time with time is never wasted.

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Here in the temperate areas of  the Northern Hemisphere Spring is coming. In some places they are still digging out of the Winter’s snows, but in others, trees and other plants are beginning to green and bloom. It can be a chance to catch some time with a friend or lover in the outdoors.

If Winter is still wrapped firmly around where you live, don’t despair, Spring is still coming. In the Southern Hemisphere, enjoy the cozy cooler times with your loved ones.

Time spent with someone you care for — lover, friend, or family member — is never wasted!

Thank you!

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No, You Call! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

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Have you ever realized that you haven’t heard from a friend or relative in a long time? Don’t just sit there and wait for a call. You can call them. Even if it is long distance, you can give a quick call to say “Hi!”. But usually either party can reach out with a call!


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