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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Richard Lawrence Cohen

Here's a little more evidence in favor of your point: you say that I was among the bloggers who inspired you to write more intimately about yourself, but I feel that you were one of the bloggers who inspired me to do so! After all, you've been blogging longer than me, and you've said much more about your marriage and spouse than I have about mine (my present/future one, that is).

There's an expression, "If we could see ourselves as others see us," but maybe the opposite is also true: "If we could see others as we see ourselves." Not neatly packaged individuals who have it all together, but chaotic oceans in turmoil. (William James has a great essay on this -- I forget the title but it's one of his most famous ones, maybe "A Pluralistic Universe." He talks about the need to sense the inner life of the world around us.)

Yehoshua Karsh

The paragraph beginning:"A hugely liberating realization ..." was delicious!


Makes me think of the lines from T.S. Eliot:

"there will be time/To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet..."

Looking out at others, we see their faces, but we don't see, as you say, all that has gone on (and goes on) inside. We see the face-- the outer surface-- but we don't see all that has gone into preparing the face that meets us. We think it's always been that set, that frozen, that perfectly unchanging. And then we wonder why we don't feel that way ourselves.


How wonderful to be back and read this posting. I have been thinking about this a lot while I was away and this gives me even more food for thought. It inspires me to write about it... hold on!

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