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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I feel totally torn up about it. I could definatly see my own spouses family trying to tell me what he wanted even with a living will I can see them dragging me to court and draining me of money and keeping me from ever healing. But on the other hand, like you say, family is forever and as much as we like to say marrige is, it isn't. It's a hard thing to think about on all sides.


It is an agonizing situation but I think the way it's being used politically is just hideous and I can't stand how they're trying to cast the husband as wanting to "kill" his wife when he's only trying to fulfill what he believes are her own wishes, something a spouse is *often* able to do much better than blood relatives in my opinion. As heart-breaking as it is for the parents, I don't believe they should have more rights than the husband to make that decision nor do I believe that the husband has "defaulted" in this case.

But you're right—the only solution is for all of us to have iron-clad living wills (even though these too can be contested, especially now).

Tom Strong

I don't think living wills are an answer, for the reasons cited above. And the fact that the Republicans are raising a storm over this story while razing Medicaid disgusts me to no end.

Ideally, this issue should never have left the family. The fact that it did, and the courts had to be involved, is terrible; but this congressional overturning of a court decision is beyond the pale.

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