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Strip For 021081
ID: 3963
Publication Date: 1981-02-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael comes running to Elly to say Lawrence has had an accident on Michael's bike. Elly and Michael run down the street with Elizabeth. Elly says she hopes it wasn't serious. Michael is worried about his bike. Farley.
Caption: Of course it's serious - it was my bike!
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Strip For 021181
ID: 3964
Publication Date: 1981-02-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Lawrence has an accident on Michael's bike. A man at the scene reassures Elly that she couldn't have known the kids would get on a bike in this weather. Elly feels guilty anyway. Taking Lawrence to the hospital. Elizabeth.
Caption: It's still all my fault!!
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Strip For 111481
ID: 195
Publication Date: 1981-11-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and Elly stand by a tree. They wait for some time. Michael says to Elly that they were supposed to be able to walk faster if Elizabeth brought her bike. She is in the distance on her tricycle, slowly catching up.
Caption: I thought you said we'd be able to walk faster if Lizzie brought her bike.
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Strip For 090183
ID: 456
Publication Date: 1983-09-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly complains about the gender biased double standard of her parents. Phil got the first bike, the latest curfews, put water in the vodka. Rules were stricter because she was born a girl and Phil's life was easy. He thinks she managed to make up for it.
Caption: I dunno, sis. - You always managed to make up for it.
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Strip For 052784
ID: 6133
Publication Date: 1984-05-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John relaxes on the couch. Michael, Elizabeth and Elly are going for a bike ride. Change as good as a rest. I'll take the rest.
Caption: Great. ...I'll take the rest.
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Strip For 052988
ID: 6725
Publication Date: 1988-05-29
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elizabeth tends, waters and cares for a flower in the back yard. Michael is riding his bike around chasing Farley. He runs over her flower and when she complains, points to lots of other ones and asks why she cares. Elizabeth knew this one.
Caption: .. I Knew This One
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Strip For 042290
ID: 6819
Publication Date: 1990-04-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Dawn and Elizabeth watch birds. Bird mating rituals, acting silly, Dawn says birds act silly to attract mates. Christopher rides by, doing a funny trick on his bike to get attention.
Caption: .. But, So Far, I Haven't Noticed Any
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Strip For 070890
ID: 6189
Publication Date: 1990-07-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael gets a cut on his forehead, riding his bike, not wearing a helmet, didn't want to mess up his hair. Elly takes Michael to the hospital. Lawrence
Caption: .. I Didn't Want To Mess Up My Hair
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Strip For 022791
ID: 5398
Publication Date: 1991-02-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: What, Me Pregnant? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Lying on his bed complaining about not getting his own phone, motor bike, snowmobile, room is filled with stuff, Michael
Caption: My Parents Won't Let Me Have Anything!!
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Strip For 033094
ID: 2497
Publication Date: 1994-03-30
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Building a bike, Elly, John
Caption: By The Time I Put This Thing Together, She'll Have Wisdom Teeth!
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Strip For 060594
ID: 6911
Publication Date: 1994-06-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Starting From Scratch (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: April rides her bike, trike, squeek, squeeking, and sees the flowers in the garden. Michael warns April not to pick Elly's flowers so April sticks the flowers back into the ground. Elly is baffled by her wilted daffodils.
Caption: Hey, Short-stuff! If Mom Catches You Picking Her Flowers, .. You'll Be In Big Trouble! Gulp! Poke Poke Poke. No caption.
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Strip For 050596
ID: 6958
Publication Date: 1996-05-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Growing Like a Weed
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: All About April (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: April falls off her bike. John helps April learn how to ride a bicycle without training wheels. Letting go.
Caption: The Hard Part Was Letting Go
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Strip For 071896
ID: 2999
Publication Date: 1996-07-18
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: Riding a bike, summer at the farm, friends, Michael, Elizabeth
Caption: ... No Matter How Hard They Try
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Strip For 061900
ID: 8739
Publication Date: 2000-06-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Family Business (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: April rides her bike, caution from Grandpa Jim
Caption: ... But, Cars Can't Always Watch Out For You!
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Strip For 062000
ID: 8740
Publication Date: 2000-06-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Family Business (Signed Copies)
Other Books: All About April (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Jeremy Jones chases April on her bike, bully
Caption: That's What I Want, Patterson. You! Alone!!
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Strip For 062100
ID: 8741
Publication Date: 2000-06-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Family Business (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Jeremy chases April, bike, bully
Caption: You're Making This Easy For Me, Aren't You, Pinhead?!!
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Strip For 062200
ID: 8742
Publication Date: 2000-06-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Family Business (Signed Copies)
Other Books: All About April (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Jeremy gets hit by a car, bike, bully, April
Caption: I'm Goin' Around This Parked Car ... An' Cut You Off Like An Axe!! No Caption
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Strip For 062300
ID: 8743
Publication Date: 2000-06-23
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Family Business (Signed Copies)
Other Books: All About April (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Jeremy gets hit by a car, bike, bully, accident, April
Caption: He Came From Behind A Parked Car And I Didn't See Him! Beep Bip Bip
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Strip For 062700
ID: 8746
Publication Date: 2000-06-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Family Business (Signed Copies)
Other Books: All About April (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Calling the hospital, Jeremy's accident, bike helmet, April, Elly.
Caption: The Sad Answer To That Question, April Is - Lots Of People
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Strip For 062900
ID: 8748
Publication Date: 2000-06-29
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Family Business (Signed Copies)
Other Books: All About April (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Visiting Jeremy at the hospital, bike accident, friends, crying, April, Elly, Mrs Jones
Caption: He's Crying. Is He All Right? Yeah ... It's Probably Because You're The Only Friend Who's Come To Visit Him So Far!
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Strip For 063000
ID: 8749
Publication Date: 2000-06-30
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Family Business (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Visiting Jeremy at the hospital, bike accident, April, Mrs Jones
Caption: I Know
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Strip For 022702
ID: 8329
Publication Date: 2002-02-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Reality Check (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday party, play tennis, bike, growing older, age, perspective, Grandpa Jim, April
Caption: To Me, Anyone Over 25 Is Practically Mummified!
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Strip For 060102
ID: 8410
Publication Date: 2002-06-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Reality Check (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Boys stopping at the end of driveway, washing car, bike, Elizabeth, April, Elly
Caption: Down To The End Of The Driveway To Wash My Bike!
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Strip For 070704
ID: 9302
Publication Date: 2004-07-07
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: John finds Elly and Elizabeth arguing about the motorcycle. Elly sees this as a betrayal by Gordon. John wants to know what kind of bike he's offering her. Elly finds no allies in John or April.
Caption: A bike, hum?.... What kind?!
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Strip For 071004
ID: 9305
Publication Date: 2004-07-10
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: While Elizabeth studies for her M1 licence April sings a song about how cool the bike will be... at least until Elizabeth tells her than an M1 licenced driver cannot take passengers.
Caption: Crud.
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Strip For 072104
ID: 9314
Publication Date: 2004-07-21
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: Elizabeth brings home the motorcycle and thanks Elly for allowing her to borrow the bike. Elizabeth has also borrowed a leather jacket and pants which protect from the wind and rain, but not the heat.
Caption: ... and the heat? Wheeze
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Strip For 012710
ID: 11230
Publication Date: 2010-01-27
First Published On (if retro): 1981-02-10
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael comes running to Elly to say Lawrence has had an accident on Michael's bike. Elly and Michael run down the street with Elizabeth. Elly says she hopes it wasn't serious. Michael is worried about his bike. Farley.
Caption: Of course it's serious - it was my bike!
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Strip For 012810
ID: 11231
Publication Date: 2010-01-28
First Published On (if retro): 1981-02-11
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Lawrence has an accident on Michael's bike. A man at the scene reassures Elly that she couldn't have known the kids would get on a bike in this weather. Elly feels guilty anyway. Taking Lawrence to the hospital. Elizabeth.
Caption: It's still all my fault!!
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Strip For 111310
ID: 11534
Publication Date: 2010-11-13
First Published On (if retro): 1981-11-14
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy?
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and Elly stand by a tree. They wait for some time. Michael says to Elly that they were supposed to be able to walk faster if Elizabeth brought her bike. She is in the distance on her tricycle, slowly catching up.
Caption: I thought you said we'd be able to walk faster if Lizzie brought her bike.
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Lynn's Notes: If Katie had a tricycle, I don't remember it. The town was so small, there were few sidewalks and I wouldn't have let her go too far on her own. This is really an image from my own childhood.

My brother had a tricycle to which he was welded. He was on it constantly and because we didn't own a car, mom trundled us to the corner store - she and I on foot with Alan on his trike. I remember having to wait for him as he sat and watched bugs on the sidewalk or stopped to check out a parked car. It was maddening. Likewise, he would pedal like crazy down the hills and we'd have to run after him.

Balancing groceries and hollering at the top of her lungs, Mom would fly at breakneck speed down to the stop sign where she'd put herself between Alan and the busy intersection ahead. It wasn't until I had kids of my own that I realized how many times we'd put Mom's life in danger as she tried to protect ours!

Strip For 083012
ID: 12197
Publication Date: 2012-08-30
First Published On (if retro): 1983-09-01
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly complains about the gender biased double standard of her parents. Phil got the first bike, the latest curfews, put water in the vodka. Rules were stricter because she was born a girl and Phil's life was easy. He thinks she managed to make up for it.
Caption: I dunno, sis. - You always managed to make up for it.
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Lynn's Notes: This dialogue between my brother and me really happened. My brother's wonderful wit often came out like a crafted punch line.

Strip For 052613
ID: 12476
Publication Date: 2013-05-26
First Published On (if retro): 1984-05-27
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John relaxes on the couch. Michael, Elizabeth and Elly are going for a bike ride. Change as good as a rest. I'll take the rest.
Caption: Great. ...I'll take the rest.
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Lynn's Notes: Our old sofa had that soft, comfy look and feel that called out to you, "Take a naaaaapppp!" That sofa accepted you like a mother's arms, and once prone, you were there for as long as the family would allow. The springs were gone in the middle, the arms sagged, and the cushions were worn and discoloured. It exhaled the aromas of baby, breakfast, Scotchguard, and dust. It had been savaged and jumped on and badly treated -- yet it was the most sought after roost in the house. My husband flopped down on it as soon as he came in from work, then Katie would flop on him. Aaron and his chums piled onto it to eat popcorn and watch television, and when it was my turn, I'd just curl up and fall asleep.

When we left Lynn Lake, we left that couch behind. We bought a new one for the new house -- it was a "Rockston." We also bought the chair and the end tables, which went with it. This was a great looking couch, and we had it for years...but it was never as nice as the old one: it never saw the rough and tumble of babies, the cushions were never turned into forts or pulled onto the floor for sleepovers, and nobody ever stood on the arms to put paper stars on the window for Christmas. There's something wonderful about an old couch...in its fabric and foam is a family's history -- it held and supported each one of us through good times and bad!


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