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Brrrrrrr

It’s cold!  Although it can be challenging to stay warm in the winter, the season also has many good qualities.  We tend to spend more time indoors at this time of the year, so any reason to get outside can provide a breath of fresh air.

I like to go for morning walks during the winter and admire the scenery.  The bare branches silhouetted against the clear blue sky contrast starkly with the white snow that blankets the ground.  I can see hawks circling above looking for prey and ducks huddled in the icy water of the river.  Smoke curls from my neighbors’ chimneys and the smell of burning wood conjures up memories of seasons past.
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Fall Foliage

Dik Browne remembered seeing the autumn scenes that Frank King did in Gasoline Alley when he was growing up in the 1920s and 30s.  Here is an example from 1928.

Gasoline Alley Sunday Page by Frank King, November 4, 1928.

Gasoline Alley Sunday Page by Frank King, November 4, 1928.

Dik’s fond memories of these evocative episodes inspired him to do similar seasonal Sunday pages in Hi and Lois.  “Mort knows that I am a sucker for them,” Dik once said.  “We’ve all lived in Connecticut and know how beautiful it can get.  I think Kipling described fall as the ‘last revolt of the tree people against the dying of the year.’”
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Theory of the Month – Part Two

Parents are always trying to maintain some semblance of order in a household with children.  They often make rules to control the chaos but these inevitably backfire.  Kids have a way of subverting ideas their parents have about the proper way to raise them.

This dynamic of family life inspired Mort Walker and Dik Browne to do a special series in the late 1960s.  “The Theory of the Month” strips ran about once a month during 1966 and continued off and on until the end of the decade.
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