Author Archives: stripfix

Monday January 20, 2020

Lynn's Comments: This story gave me the opportunity to add something "Canadian" to the strip. One of my editors originally tried to discourage me from doing this, saying he wanted it to be seen as an American family. I refused to omit Canadianisms, and the result was that folks in the US enjoyed the chance to tell me about their trips to Canada, and Canadians appreciated the reference.

Friday January 10, 2020

Lynn's Comments: I engineered this "birth" to happen on April Fool’s Day because it was a fantasy situation—I wasn't really pregnant. But at this stage of the story, I hadn't decided on a name or a gender. (You have a lot of control over people when you make them up!)

Tuesday January 7, 2020

Lynn's Comments: Dr. Enkin was the author of several obstetrics text books and his opinion was: "Childbirth isn't a disease and shouldn't necessarily happen in a hospital." This was something I believed, too.

Monday January 6, 2020

Lynn's Comments: At the time I was formulating this story, there was some debate regarding midwifery and the decision to have your baby at home. My own obstetrician, Dr. Murray Enkin, advocated for home birth and I wanted to champion his ideals.

Friday January 3, 2020

Lynn's Comments: I was treading some sensitive ground here when I wrote this. Midwifery was still a developing career, and home birth was still being discouraged. Expectant parents were, for the first time, taking control of how and where their babies were going to be born.

Sunday December 22, 2019

Lynn's Comments: This actually happened. We were about to go to a house party when we realized we'd left the kids with a sitter too many times. We had just started the car when we decided to go back into the house and be a family. It turned out to be a great evening.

Saturday December 21, 2019

Lynn's Comments: For many years I went on book tours, which took me to major cities all over the US and Canada. When I was invited to go to New York by "People Magazine," I asked my mother-in-law, Ruth, if she'd like to come. My husband and "Grandpa" took care of the kids for the 3 days we were away. It was the first time Ruth and I had travelled together, and I wanted her trip to be the best it could be. The one Broadway show I wanted her to see was "A Chorus Line." I had seen it twice before and had enjoyed it so much I wanted to see it again. All through the show Ruth kept looking at her watch. When the show ended and the curtain fell, I was annoyed with her. Thinking she had disliked the show, I asked why she kept checking her watch. With eyes full of tears, she looked at me and said, "I didn't want it to end!"