The Gossips

I have always admired the work of Norman Rockwell and have visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts many times.

One of his most well known Saturday Evening Post covers is “The Gossips” from 1948.

Saturday Evening Post cover by Norman Rockwell, March 6, 1948.

Saturday Evening Post cover by Norman Rockwell, March 6, 1948.

At the time he painted this, Rockwell was living in Arlington, Vermont.  He heard that one of his neighbors was spreading a nasty rumor about him.  This got him thinking about how gossip is passed from one person to another.
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Working Parents

For almost three decades, Hi was the sole breadwinner in the Flagston family.  Every year, he declared all of his income and paid his taxes with a groan.  His credit rating was good and his character references were excellent.

Hi still works as a district sales manager for Foofram Industries, which manufactures fooframs of all types.  His boss, Mr. Foofram, inherited the business from his father and sits at an ornate throne in his office vainly trying to get his employees to do his bidding.  He is the quintessential small man in a big job – a lot of power but not very much wattage.
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Happy Mother’s Day

My wife, Abby, does the cooking in our family, so on Mother’s Day, as a special treat, I usually make her breakfast in bed.  We also feature this tradition regularly in Hi and Lois.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are important holidays and it would be an oversight not to celebrate these occasions in a family strip like Hi and Lois.  But it does present a challenge to come up with fresh ideas ever year.  There are only so many variations on the breakfast-in-bed scenario.
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