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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Actually...sharks can jump pretty far out of the water. I mean, obviously they can't come get you on land (except for the LAND SHARK!!!) but you can't just say that you're safe because you're on a boat or a dock.

Also, lizards can generate surprising bursts of energy (like a striking snake, or the aforementioned alligator). They can't keep that energy going, though, the way that a mammal can; eventually they get too hot and they need to stop and cool off. So if you avoid the initial onslaught of 'ORRIBLE TOOTHY DEATH then you should be okay.


I suggest not jogging on river, lake, or canal banks in Florida. Especially during alligator mating season.

I swim in my pool at dusk and share the water with bats that dip down for a quick drink during their nightly feeding frenzy.

Remember where we are on the food chain!


Apparently was seen "dangling her feet over the water's edge." Maybe she went out jogging, and decided to rest for a while by the water.

Not a good idea.

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I wish to protest the characterization of a bat in full bi-pedal mode as "grotesque." Nature provides few more beautiful and inspiring sights than a bat jogging, trotting or running. And it's a lucky man or woman who chances to spot a bat skipping.


I just want to say that I am surprised at you, Annie. Bats, like all other immigrants to our country have every right to run, jog, skip or hop down the very streets that we walk on. If you were amazed that they could run ... wait till you see them carrying those little protest signs when they hear about this post. AND, I'll just bet they have a better shot at a green card than my friend Pedro.

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