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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mr. gobley

He's made a believer out of me.

Richard Lawrence Cohen

Superb. I think what he's recommending is "beginner's mind."


I very much agree with Jack's thesis. I just have more confidence that the new "rituals" of which he speaks will emerge. (My youthful optimism again.)


Yes that's what we need, but it's not easy.


People who think that the past was a better time are deluding themselves with nostalgia. I agree with Nietzsche - what they really want is to escape the responsibility inherent with living in the present.

It's similar to the high school jock who is stuck in the past, even once he's left. The past is there to instruct us; we need to have the courage to constantly adapt and define ourselves at each moment.

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