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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Preach it, sister. I think this taken-for-granted separation of age groups is more destructive to families than working women or gay marriage or whatever else people are blaming it on. It bothers me also how many churches are unthinkingly imitating this, by dumping the kids in Sunday schools and youth groups while the adults worship and do their adult things. The Internet Monk was just lamenting the us-vs.-them attitude taken by many church youth pastors, but is it any wonder?


This is great. You should cross-post it. I think the false wall we erect between generations is a significant hinderance in this country. And it flows both ways. The older generations are dismissive of the younger and the younger generations are dismissive of the older.

I personally have never has a truly close friend who wasn't within 5 years of my own age. Why the heck is that? That's just kinda weird when you think about it.


Do you think it's different in the city areas than in the country? One of my best friends is 61, I'm 38. She's from NYC, too. I guess I never thought about it, but it seems different here; not as segregated by age.

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