Monthly Archives: July 2019


Monday July 1, 2019

Lynn's Comments: This series posed a bit of a conundrum when we started animation. We see a window in the basement of the house here, but other illustrations of the downstairs showed no window at all. A complete layout of the house had to be made, and this meant some "creative architectural drawings!"
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Originally Run: 1990-07-02
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Wednesday July 3, 2019

Lynn's Comments: A week ago, some dear friends from North Bay came to town and we had a chance for a good long visit. In reminiscing about how long we'd known each other, they reminded me that they had hired my son to mow their lawn one summer. That was his first job! He will be 46 soon. How time flies.
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Originally Run: 1990-07-04
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Friday July 5, 2019

Lynn's Comments: This idea became the basis for one of the animated shows we did in Ottawa. I enjoyed working with two other writers who were able to stretch a few cartoons into a 26-minute special.
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Originally Run: 1990-07-06
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Sunday July 7, 2019

Lynn's Comments: This was done just as the helmet laws were getting serious. The youngest riders were all wearing them. Older kids defied their parents' warnings and went for "the wind in their hair."

A young boy we knew well was critically injured when he suddenly swerved across the street in front of his house— right into the path of an oncoming car. He was not wearing a helmet and hit his head on the edge of the sidewalk. He was raced to the hospital in critical condition. The driver was entirely blameless. The boy’s parents were given the awful choice of surgery, which would likely result is a seriously brain damaged child, or taking him off life support. His mom said, "Let’s give him a chance." The surgery and recovery are quite a story but he survived, and with time and lots of therapy, he grew up to be a healthy and productive young man. Ironically, one of the postoperative requirements was that he wear a helmet for awhile to protect his head. It was a happy ending to a nearly tragic accident and every kid in town afterwards wore a helmet when they rode their bikes.
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Originally Run: 1990-07-08
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Originally Run: 1990-07-09
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Wednesday July 10, 2019

Lynn's Comments: My summer job was always in my parents' jewellery store. My main duty was to dust and wipe fingerprints off the glass counters. I was quite envious of a friend of mine who got a job serving ice cream at one of the malls. She had a cute uniform and was always talking to kids our age. It was a very busy, social place. Later, when I told her how much I wished I'd had her job, she said that after standing all day digging hard ice cream out of the freezer, her back ached, her feet hurt and her arms had never ached so badly in her life! …The grass is always greener on the other side!
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Originally Run: 1990-07-11
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Saturday July 13, 2019

Lynn's Comments: Here, Michael is served the one thing he really doesn’t want to eat.

My Aunt Margaret worked at Moir’s Chocolates during the 1950s. Every year, she’d send us a box of chocolates for Christmas. I thought she had the best job in the world. One year, when I was about 10, she came with her family from Ontario to Vancouver to visit us and I told her I would love to work in a chocolate factory. She laughed! She told me she was sick of chocolate! Apparently, the day she was sent to the packaging floor of the factory, she was told that all the employees were invited to eat as much chocolate as they wanted. She dug in! After two days, she had no desire to eat, touch or smell chocolate, and that everyone else felt the same. The Moir’s Company policy paid off. Sadly, Margie’s dislike of chocolate lasted the rest of her life!
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Originally Run: 1990-07-14
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Monday July 15, 2019

Lynn's Comments: Here’s another punch line that could never be translated! When strips like this one reached international papers, the dialogue, and therefore the gag, had to be changed entirely. The translators who did this were excellent creative writers who often had an almost impossible job.
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Originally Run: 1990-07-16
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Wednesday July 17, 2019

Lynn's Comments: Any time I've done a cartoon workshop, I tell my students to not try to be perfect; that there’s no such thing as perfect. But, if you do the best you can possibly do, the results are always very, very good. No matter what my job has been, that advice has always worked for me!
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Originally Run: 1990-07-18
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Thursday July 18, 2019

Lynn's Comments: This was true. Friends had come by with a sailboard and the owner—a man about our age, showed us how easy it was to master. Wrong. It is not easy, and those of us who tried and tried to get up on the thing suffered from sore arms for a week!
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Originally Run: 1990-07-19
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Friday July 19, 2019

Lynn's Comments: This was me. This was how I viewed myself on a beach, and this is how I entered the water: gingerly—when I felt invisible. Now that I’m 72 and have a figure that looks, well…72, I jump right in. Worrying about how you look isn’t as important as enjoying the moment. It took me far too long to figure this out.
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Originally Run: 1990-07-20
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Originally Run: 1990-07-21
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Sunday July 21, 2019

Lynn's Comments: When this strip first ran, the girls asks the boys if they had change for a dollar because they needed to use a payphone. We updated the dialog not only to remove the payphone reference, but we also thought the girls should confront the boys about their behaviour!
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Originally Run: 1990-07-22
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Thursday July 25, 2019

Lynn's Comments: One of the best things about summer camp for me was the bus ride there and back. The laughter, the singing, eating damp sandwiches (flattened in waxed paper bundles), hanging onto best friends who were strangers a week ago—what fun that was. After 65 years, the smell and the sounds of that long bus ride can be conjured up as if it all happened yesterday. Summer camp. It's a wonderful rite of passage.
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Originally Run: 1990-07-26
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Originally Run: 1990-07-27
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Saturday July 27, 2019

Lynn's Comments: These are all names from my elementary school days. Luccia (I spelled her name incorrectly in the strip), Ruby and Laurel are still good friends today. When we get together, we all see each other as being much the same as we were in grades one and two and all the way through high school. What a joy it is to see them now!
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Originally Run: 1990-07-29
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Tuesday July 30, 2019

Lynn's Comments: I might have told you this before: my son was the one who had to wear glasses, and he wasn't happy about it. He lost them and they got broken; it was a struggle to get him to wear them at all. Because this was such an issue, I had Elizabeth in the strip be the one who needed glasses. This way, with Aaron and Kate's permission, I was able to show the struggle both kids and parents have when eyesight is a problem. It also provided another visible difference between my real kids and the ones I drew in the strip.
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Originally Run: 1990-07-31
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Originally Run: 1990-08-01
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