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Strip For 012881
ID: 108
Publication Date: 1981-01-28
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Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is yelling to Lawrence that he had to write lines and he missed recess and he's never going back to school. He got kicked out of the library and he hates his teacher because it's all her fault he was mashing spitballs in the dictionary.
Caption: She caught me mashing spitballs in the dictionary.
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Strip For 110982
ID: 337
Publication Date: 1982-11-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael writes a nine word story. Elly says that his assignment was to write a short story and that this is not going to be accepted. Michael complains that he can't make the story any shorter.
Caption: I can't make it any shorter!
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Strip For 022383
ID: 370
Publication Date: 1983-02-23
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: At Phil's new place he plays some jazz that he wrote and recorded with Georgia on flute for Elly. Elly calls it discordant random noise and misses the point of jazz. With enough practice he can write something they can all sing along with. Elizabeth.
Caption: Don't worry, Phil - with practice you could write stuff we can all sing along to!
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Strip For 021884
ID: 553
Publication Date: 1984-02-18
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Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly and Michael sit on the couch talking about having a crush on someone. Elly says she used to write the boy affectionate notes, which he would show to his friends, who would then tease her. Michael agrees never to put anything in writing.
Caption: Never put anything in writing.
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Strip For 021285
ID: 800
Publication Date: 1985-02-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly notes that the Valentine's Day party is coming up at school. She gives him two packages of cards, a special card for the teacher and a class list so he can write everyone's name. He laments the trouble he has to go through but she's done the work.
Caption: Sigh... Every year I gotta go to all this trouble!
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Strip For 121586
ID: 1235
Publication Date: 1986-12-15
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Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elizabeth is trying to write a letter to Santa but keeps asking Michael how to spell things. He tells her to look them up. Elizabeth gives up and asks if Santa has a 1-800 number.
Caption: Does Santa have a 1-800 number?!!
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Strip For 012389
ID: 1397
Publication Date: 1989-01-23
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Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Importance of friendship, filing a page with the word very, Elizabeth shows John her homework: to write a whole page on the importance of friendship.
Caption: And That... Is A Whole Page
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Strip For 070299
ID: 3507
Publication Date: 1999-07-02
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Graduation: A Time For Change (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Future plans, getting a part-time job at Megafood to write freelance and pay the bills and rent, success, Michael, Weed
Caption: Yeah ... With Our Thumbs Out!!
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Strip For 070185
ID: 4509
Publication Date: 1985-07-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly is trying to write an article for the paper but is stuck. John tells Elizabeth not to bother her. He doesn't want to ruin her train of blank. This makes Elly a little angry.
Caption: You'll ruin her train of blank.
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Strip For 060286
ID: 4624
Publication Date: 1986-06-02
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly is angry about the city tearing down the Old Town Hall. She's going to protest, write letters, etc... She wants to preserve their heritage. Michael asks what's wrong. John says Elly has joined the Hysterical Society. Pun hysterical historical.
Caption: She's just joined the Hysterical Society.
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Strip For 082792
ID: 5493
Publication Date: 1992-08-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: There Goes My Baby! (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Trying out felt pens, no paper available so they write on their arms, Elizabeth, Dawn, Candace are shopping for school supplies.
Caption: We had to try them out on something.
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Strip For 010388
ID: 6165
Publication Date: 1988-01-03
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: John makes Michael and Elizabeth write thank you letters.
Caption: Your Mother Always Does It For Me
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Strip For 090300
ID: 6449
Publication Date: 2000-09-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Family Business (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Deanna watches Michael write a steamy, romantic part of his book. She tells him she has to go because he's not paying attention to her.
Caption: When You Said You Wanted To Spend A Romantic Weekend .. I Thought It Would Be With Me!
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Strip For 011104
ID: 6608
Publication Date: 2004-01-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Never Wink at a Worried Woman (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Duncan, Gerald, Becky and April write a peace song for 2004. Violence. 2005.
Caption: Know Anything That Rhymes With 2005?
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Strip For 031493
ID: 6879
Publication Date: 1993-03-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: There Goes My Baby! (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 tries to write. April wants attention. April falls over and cries. John.
Caption: .. It's The One Time I Wasn't Watching
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Strip For 080281
ID: 7090
Publication Date: 1981-08-02
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Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: John takes Michael and Elizabeth shopping. He is amazed at the rising cost of food. He meets Helen Binks who he hasn't seen in a long time. When he tries to get her address she asks for a worthless piece of paper to write on. John hands her a dollar.
Caption: Here's a buck.
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Strip For 050585
ID: 7183
Publication Date: 1985-05-05
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Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly is trying to write a letter on her typewriter. Elizabeth has folded her paper, nags her to let her type, deals with emergencies, averts disaster, answers the phone, etc... John asks who the letter is for. Aunt Bess wonders why she never writes.
Caption: My Aunt Bess. She wants to know why I never write.
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Strip For 111394
ID: 7315
Publication Date: 1994-11-13
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Collection Book: (This strip was not published in book form.)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elizabeth has to write an essay on reptiles, snakes. John, Elly, shedding, messes.
Caption: Constantly
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Strip For 011704
ID: 7927
Publication Date: 2004-01-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Never Wink at a Worried Woman (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Anthony comes to the bus station to say good-bye to Elizabeth who is returning to school, wanting to stay friends, jealous wife, unable to write, phone or send e-mail, mental telepathy, imagining a hug
Caption: Goodbye. Take Good Care Of Yourself. I Will
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Strip For 112003
ID: 8271
Publication Date: 2003-11-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Never Wink at a Worried Woman (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Practice teaching, ability to write, well-rounded student, understanding, encouragement, Elizabeth, Dylan, challenging student
Caption: The Best Part Of The Job Is When You See A Light Go On!
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Strip For 102804
ID: 9400
Publication Date: 2004-10-28
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: Mrs Potts writes on the blackboard. Things people need. Shannon doesn't write things down but uses a tape recorder.
Caption: Lucky, eh?!
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Strip For 120904
ID: 9436
Publication Date: 2004-12-09
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: April tries to watch TV again. Elly says that they are going to write an essay together. April sits at the table and complains about reading through the material she's printed out. Learning.
Caption: I was just told to do an essay. I wasn't told to learn anything!
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Strip For 030905
ID: 9515
Publication Date: 2005-03-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Teaching...is a Learning Experience (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly is furious about the rules Thérèse has put on the baby shower. She's just going to write a cheque and stay home. April is going to take a gift to the shower.
Caption: ...I think I'll take a gift and go to the shower.
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Strip For 060105
ID: 9590
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Teaching...is a Learning Experience (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael and Weed are drinking beer and talking about the Kelpfroths. Michael doesn't know what to do about them. Weed tells him to write about them.
Caption: Write about them.
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Strip For 060205
ID: 9591
Publication Date: 2005-06-02
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Teaching...is a Learning Experience (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Weed convinces Michael to write about his frustration with the new neighbours.
Caption: I'll do it. ole!
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Strip For 123005
ID: 9772
Publication Date: 2005-12-30
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Teaching...is a Learning Experience (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elizabeth finishes her story about Warren Blackwood. They'll probably not keep in touch. Deanna thinks it is romantic, Michael wants to write about it. Elizabeth threatens him if he does. Elly is surprised that the kids are arguing.
Caption: Don't you just love tradition?!!
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Strip For 072006
ID: 9945
Publication Date: 2006-07-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Seniors' Discount (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elizabeth tries to write an e-mail to Paul. Shiimsa jumps on the keyboard erasing the message. Elizabeth locks the cat in her cage and once again begins her e-mail.
Caption: Dear Paul,....
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Strip For 021007
ID: 10121
Publication Date: 2007-02-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Home Sweat Home (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Grandpa Jim reflects on not being able to congratulate Michael on his contract. He tries to write it down. Iris tries to guess what he's writing, she's confused. Jim is happy she said "congratulations". Loves her. Aphasia.
Caption: They call this condition "aphasia"... it should be called "confuse-ya"!
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Strip For 110709
ID: 11148
Publication Date: 2009-11-07
First Published On (if retro): 1980-07-24
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly is trying to write a letter to her mother. Elizabeth is in her lap with a finger in her mouth and Michael is making a mess with his milk nearby. Smudged paper, Can't write with kids climbing on her.
Caption: No Caption.
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Strip For 111709
ID: 11158
Publication Date: 2009-11-17
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Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly is sick but she gets out of bed to do laundry, pay some bills and write for her class. Considers that to be taking care of herself.
Caption: ...It's a good thing I'm taking care of myself.
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Strip For 112009
ID: 11161
Publication Date: 2009-11-20
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Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly is having coffee with Connie and talking about missing writing classes because of illness and John's meetings. She really wants to write and needs a project. Connie asks if Elly has done the Christmas newsletter yet. Elly sighs.
Caption: Hey... good friends ask good questions.
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