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Strip For 092583
ID: 6684
Publication Date: 1983-09-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Our Sunday Best
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: At the Dental Clinic John has a patient who does nothing but tell dentist jokes. John laughs along with him. Afterwards, Jean asks him how he can laugh at those same old jokes. John looks sad and tells her he uses the same old laugh.
Caption: I use the same old laugh.
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Strip For 010584
ID: 533
Publication Date: 1984-01-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John and Farley laugh at Elly's aerobics outfit. She says that she's doing something about her weight while John is sitting at home getting tubby. John refuses to feel guilty and says so very loudly. Elly tells Connie that he must be feeling guilty.
Caption: Oh no you don't! I'm fine! You can't make ME feel guilty. Good. He feels guilty.
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Strip For 071784
ID: 657
Publication Date: 1984-07-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Flying alone Michael is having difficulty getting his seatbelt on for landing. He manages with a little help. The flight attendants try not to laugh. The belt didn't fit because he'd been mooching all of the leftover desserts.
Caption: Is that the kid who asked for all the leftover desserts?
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Strip For 111184
ID: 7171
Publication Date: 1984-11-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly and John look out the livingroom window and watch Elizabeth put a baby bonnet on Farley. They laugh at the antics until John figures he should go and save the family mutt. When he gets outside he acts angry even though he was in tears laughing.
Caption: How many times have we told you NOT to tease the dog!!!
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Strip For 051085
ID: 851
Publication Date: 1985-05-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Having bought flowers for Mother's Day at Marian's Flower Shop, Michael and Lawrence are harassed by Brad. He tries to grab the packages when Marian hears his name. She comes to the door and tells him his carnations are ready. The other boys laugh.
Caption: The carnations you were to pick up are ready!
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Strip For 062085
ID: 874
Publication Date: 1985-06-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: John is embarrassed and furious about having the neighborhood watch him be arrested over a potty. He says that some day they will look back and laugh, but reiterates "some day" when Elly, Michael, and Elizabeth are already in tears laughing.
Caption: Oh well... I guess some day we'll look back and laugh at... I said SOME DAY!
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Strip For 070585
ID: 885
Publication Date: 1985-07-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Remembering Farley (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael plays with his television box. He does an ad for Barfo Dog Food. A taste dogs can't resist. He pours it out and Farley eats it like in a real commercial. Lawrence and Elizabeth laugh. Then Lawrence takes the TV and puts it on Changing Channels.
Caption: Hey! What are you guys doing?!! Changing channels!
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Strip For 120185
ID: 6152
Publication Date: 1985-12-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: (This strip was not published in book form.)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elizabeth trips on a toy car. Crying, in pain, she runs to John. When he hears that she fell down he tells her not to laugh. The more she laughs the more stern he becomes. Finally she leaves and John smiles. Elizabeth tells Michael that SHE fooled JOHN.
Caption: Boy! You wouldn't believe how I just fooled Daddy!!!
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Strip For 101287
ID: 4871
Publication Date: 1987-10-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Pushing 40 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: While walking, Elly and Elizabeth spot Thelma. She's holding hands with a man. Elizabeth asks Mrs. Baird if she's got a boyfriend. The man asks if Elizabeth thinks maybe he's her father. Elly and Thelma laugh.
Caption: Mrs. Baird! Have you got a boyfriend?!! You think maybe I'm her FATHER?
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Strip For 092390
ID: 6194
Publication Date: 1990-09-23
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: What, Me Pregnant? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly talks on the phone. Death and dying, friend. Laugh and cry, rainbow day. Elizabeth.
Caption: You're A Neat Kid, Elizabeth. I Love You, Mom
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Strip For 112696
ID: 3090
Publication Date: 1996-11-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Growing Like a Weed
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elizabeth shows Elly her dyed hair and is afraid Elly would get mad, Elly tries not to laugh, April
Caption: I Knew It! I Knew You'd Go Ballistic! I Knew You'd Weird Right Out! I Knew You'd... No caption.
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Strip For 040498
ID: 3163
Publication Date: 1998-04-04
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Sunshine and Shadow (Signed Copies)
Other Books: All About April (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Grandpa Jim makes April laugh, tattling,sticks his teeth out at Liz, Elly, Elizabeth
Caption: No caption. She Did? - Well, We'll Fix That
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Strip For 060202
ID: 6533
Publication Date: 2002-06-02
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Reality Check (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly gets all geared up for gardening with help from Lawrence. April and Elizabeth laugh at Elly. April and Elizabeth get eaten by bugs. Edgar watches.
Caption: No Caption
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Strip For 102104
ID: 9394
Publication Date: 2004-10-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: She's Turning Into One of Them! (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Becky and April laugh that the cooking teacher is named Potts. Mrs Potts thinks it's funny as well. Hard to hassle someone you like.
Caption: ... it's hard to hassle someone you like!
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Strip For 091006
ID: 7464
Publication Date: 2006-09-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Seniors' Discount (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Iris uses Grandpa Jim's scooter basket to pile clothes on while shopping. The pile is so high that Iris ends up with the wrong scooter. Wrong husband. Jim relates the story. Elly and April laugh. Dixie. Could have happened to anybody.
Caption: and the worst part is...she said it could have happened to anybody.
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Strip For 020607
ID: 10117
Publication Date: 2007-02-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Home Sweat Home (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Iris offers to call someone for Grandpa Jim to visit with. Instead of saying Ben, he says Blackbeard. They both find it funny. Iris asks permission to laugh. Permission granted.
Caption: Permission to laugh, sir? Permission granted!
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Strip For 062207
ID: 10234
Publication Date: 2007-06-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Home Sweat Home (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: April is eating lunch with Shannon, Dylan, Faith and Jack. They discuss what the telethon raises money for and that the sponsor is Mayes Motors. A couple of kids laugh at April sitting with the "winkies". Tuning people out.
Caption: ...we're.... good... at tun...ing people ...out.
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Strip For 070607
ID: 10246
Publication Date: 2007-07-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Home Sweat Home (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Shawna-Marie's wedding. Anthony and Elizabeth are estatic about getting back together. They dance and kiss and laugh together. Dawn asks Julia if she knows where they've gone. Julia knows where they are physically.
Caption: Physically... they're over there!
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Strip For 030908
ID: 7543
Publication Date: 2008-03-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just a Simple Wedding (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elizabeth and Francie eat peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Françoise tries to eat the middle first and makes a mess. Elizabeth follows her example and they laugh together. Francoise tells Elizabeth not to clean up or grow up too fast.
Caption: I don't want you to grow up so fast!!!
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Strip For 110809
ID: 11149
Publication Date: 2009-11-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Elizabeth is scared of a thunder storm. Michael says lightning happens when the clouds bump their heads, and thunder is the gods of war in their chariots. Rain is when angels cry and the sun comes out when they laugh. Elizabeth tells them to stop fighting
Caption: Stop fighting up there!!!
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Strip For 112109
ID: 11162
Publication Date: 2009-11-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael dabs jam behind Elizabeth's ears so Farley will come and lick her. Ticklish. Elizabeth and Michael laugh.
Caption: Slurp! Lick lick lick slurbp lick lick lick slobber lick slurpp.
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Strip For 121309
ID: 11185
Publication Date: 2009-12-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Over coffee Anne brags to Elly about getting the house clean, the shopping and baking done, the newsletter and cards sent. She's ready for Christmas. Elly looks depressed but Anne was pulling her leg. They hug and laugh together. Elizabeth, Christopher.
Caption: No caption. I'm kidding. - I've hardly done a thing!
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Strip For 092312
ID: 12221
Publication Date: 2012-09-23
First Published On (if retro): 1983-09-25
Collection Book: Our Sunday Best
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: At the Dental Clinic John has a patient who does nothing but tell dentist jokes. John laughs along with him. Afterwards, Jean asks him how he can laugh at those same old jokes. John looks sad and tells her he uses the same old laugh.
Caption: I use the same old laugh.
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Lynn's Notes: These are some of the one-liners Rod often heard in the clinic. He always had to laugh as if he was hearing them for the first time.

Strip For 010413
ID: 12329
Publication Date: 2013-01-04
First Published On (if retro): 1984-01-05
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John and Farley laugh at Elly's aerobics outfit. She says that she's doing something about her weight while John is sitting at home getting tubby. John refuses to feel guilty and says so very loudly. Elly tells Connie that he must be feeling guilty.
Caption: Oh no you don't! I'm fine! You can't make ME feel guilty. Good. He feels guilty.
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Lynn's Notes: The truth of it was that we were all in pretty good shape. We walked to wherever we needed to go. We cut and piled firewood, we added to and repaired our own homes, we gardened, and in general, we worked hard. In the strip, I was imagining what it would be like to live in the city where I might have had more time to join a gym than my husband had. (Not that I would have actually joined a gym!)

Strip For 071613
ID: 12528
Publication Date: 2013-07-16
First Published On (if retro): 1984-07-17
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Flying alone Michael is having difficulty getting his seatbelt on for landing. He manages with a little help. The flight attendants try not to laugh. The belt didn't fit because he'd been mooching all of the leftover desserts.
Caption: Is that the kid who asked for all the leftover desserts?
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Lynn's Notes: My mom called from the airport as soon as Aaron arrived in Vancouver. She said he was very sick. As it turned out, he'd noticed that many passengers did not eat their chocolate desserts and asked the hostess if he could have them all. Thinking he'd never eat ALL the desserts, they happily gave them to him and neglected to check back until he was too full to do up his seatbelt. He arrived in Vancouver engorged and miserable. My folks were too thoughtful to laugh — but we sure did!

Strip For 111013
ID: 12647
Publication Date: 2013-11-10
First Published On (if retro): 1984-11-11
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly and John look out the livingroom window and watch Elizabeth put a baby bonnet on Farley. They laugh at the antics until John figures he should go and save the family mutt. When he gets outside he acts angry even though he was in tears laughing.
Caption: How many times have we told you NOT to tease the dog!!!
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Lynn's Notes: Our first dog escaped the humiliation of being dressed up. Aaron was only a few months old when I sent our big Old English Sheep Dog, Farley, to live on a farm. Willy, our next dog, wasn't so lucky. Patient and easy going, Willy, a small black spaniel, succumbed to the creative energy of two kids with a full costume box. Willy put up with wigs, hats, pants, bras and footwear. He wore baby clothes and pirate gear. Without protest, he allowed himself to be transformed into whatever the kids conjured up, and I guess from a dog's perspective, this gentle abuse was a means to an end. When Willy was in full drag, he got what all pets yearn for: extra treats and loads of attention!

Strip For 050914
ID: 12839
Publication Date: 2014-05-09
First Published On (if retro): 1985-05-10
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Having bought flowers for Mother's Day at Marian's Flower Shop, Michael and Lawrence are harassed by Brad. He tries to grab the packages when Marian hears his name. She comes to the door and tells him his carnations are ready. The other boys laugh.
Caption: The carnations you were to pick up are ready!
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Lynn's Notes: I don’t know who the Brad Luggsworth character was based on. There were always big kids in school who intimidated just because of their size. In my world, I was the bully. I felt safer if I was the one with the chip on my shoulder and the penchant for a fight. I was always ready to defend myself…or, maybe the word was “protect.”

Strip For 061914
ID: 12880
Publication Date: 2014-06-19
First Published On (if retro): 1985-06-20
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: John is embarrassed and furious about having the neighborhood watch him be arrested over a potty. He says that some day they will look back and laugh, but reiterates "some day" when Elly, Michael, and Elizabeth are already in tears laughing.
Caption: Oh well... I guess some day we'll look back and laugh at... I said SOME DAY!
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Lynn's Notes: My dad had the gift of the gab and he made friends everywhere. Mom was much more reserved, and never wanted to attract attention to herself. One night, guess it was about 11:00 pm, we had all gone to bed when a loud police siren was heard outside our house. Right outside. Dad got up, put on his dressing gown, and looked out the window. Two police officers were standing on our front porch — hammering on the door. “Ridgway? Ridgway! Open up!” We were all up by then, and watched as Dad tentatively opened the door. Standing there were two guys he had been chatting up that day. “You got the coffee on?” one said. “We just got off work!” Dad laughed out loud, went to the kitchen and put on the coffee. He had a great time talking to these funny, easy-going guys, and figured it was one of the best nights he’d had in ages. Mom didn’t speak to him for a week.

Strip For 070414
ID: 12895
Publication Date: 2014-07-04
First Published On (if retro): 1985-07-05
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Remembering Farley (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael plays with his television box. He does an ad for Barfo Dog Food. A taste dogs can't resist. He pours it out and Farley eats it like in a real commercial. Lawrence and Elizabeth laugh. Then Lawrence takes the TV and puts it on Changing Channels.
Caption: Hey! What are you guys doing?!! Changing channels!
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Lynn's Notes: One of the most effective advertising gimmicks ever was the “jingle.” My chums and I memorized all of them, and today, I can still sing the bluesy torch song that extolled the goodness of Du Maurier cigarettes. I’m trying to think of a modern equivalent…anyone heard a really good jingle lately?

Strip For 113014
ID: 13044
Publication Date: 2014-11-30
First Published On (if retro): 1985-12-01
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elizabeth trips on a toy car. Crying, in pain, she runs to John. When he hears that she fell down he tells her not to laugh. The more she laughs the more stern he becomes. Finally she leaves and John smiles. Elizabeth tells Michael that SHE fooled JOHN.
Caption: Boy! You wouldn't believe how I just fooled Daddy!!!
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Lynn's Notes: This was one of my father’s "tricks of the trade." He had many ways to make tears disappear. He had stories and sayings and jokes and songs. He made faces, he danced and clowned — we had our own private vaudeville show complete with costumes, music, mime, and verse. He could be silly. He could delve into fantasy as easily as we could, and he saw things through our eyes, something few grown-ups have the imagination to do. Dad was like another kid who sometimes sided with us — against Mom. I remember her telling us and Dad to, "Please…GROW UP!!!"


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