Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Your courage to say what you feel is an inspiration. What we have learned as children is not always what we want, long for or who we are. Therefore if we see others through "God's eyes" surely we are seeing them through ours - from somewhere deep inside who we truly are?

I remember when I saw the Chinese movie Blue Kite, the gentle, kind way adults treated children. All of us need, yearn for that gentleness of touch somehow. Our pain about our unborn children - could that be part of it too?

I identify with what you say here from many angles - my childhood, marriages, Gilad, children I have cared for and educated along the way. This posting moves me very much. I wrap my arms around you from afar - only if you permit.


So funny how you remember the "yellers and yankers" of our childhood. As a kid,I always needed a lot of cuddling and gentleness. I actually got it from Mom, when she wasn't yelling. Also from Martha. And Rosie, of blessed memory.


13 years on, you had a much mellower mom. And you were lucky to be "under" Marty instead of "over" her. As we've often discussed, she's the one person in the family who wasn't wired with her emotions routed and filtered through her cerebral cortex.
God bless her, she didn't have a 7-second delay. This made her a maddening younger sibling (at least for one who'd been successfully shamed out of emotionalism; that just didn't work on her wiring) but probably an oasis of an older one.

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