Sugar and Spice

“What Are Little Boys Made Of?” is a popular 19th century nursery rhyme that first appeared in a manuscript by the English poet Robert Southey (1774–1843).

What are little boys made of?

What are little boys made of?

Snips and snails

And puppy-dogs’ tails

That’s what little boys are made of

What are little girls made of?

What are little girls made of?

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Leaf Raking

There was a time when the sound of leaf blowers wasn’t constant during the fall season.  I remember raking leaves into piles on canvas tarps and dragging them to the driveway where my father burned them.  It is against the law to burn leaves without a permit in most towns now.  On the rare occasions when I do smell burning leaves, it makes me nostalgic for autumns long ago.
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An Easter Story

Over the years, Easter Sunday has presented an ideal opportunity to do special holiday-themed Hi and Lois Sunday pages.  Our readers come from many different religious backgrounds, so it is exclusionary to focus on the Christian traditions of Easter.  Although we occasionally make references to God in the strip, we try not to be too specific about the religious beliefs of the Flagston family.  Most of the Easter strips we do deal with bunnies, baskets, eggs and chocolate.
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