Lynn writes a comic strip, “For Better or for Worse.” I’ve been reading it for years, as it progressed in “real time.” I remember when April was born . . . when Farley died (sobbed that morning!), and when Michael sold his first book. She has dealt with sibling rivalry, elder care, prejudice, and most of all, family love. Elizabeth just got married, and Lynn Johnston took advantage of that occasion to “retire” her strip . . . though I understand that she’s going to begin it again, with a few updated touches here and there.
The official web site for the strip is here, and it’s fascinating. If you click on the “Meet the Pattersons” tab, you’ll see why the strip feel so personal . . . she has developed complete and detailed biographies of all the characters.
If you don’t usually read “For Better or for Worse,” here’s your chance to begin again . . . at the beginning. I think you’ll love it. I know I have.
P.S. Let’s pray for the folks along the Gulf shore today . . . we’re miles from the hurricane, but our winds are brisk and the skies are gray . . . a definite feeling that there’s a monster in the Gulf.