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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Horace Jeffery Hodges

Slowly, perhaps, but inexorably, it comes to all of us. Nice post.

Jeffery Hodges

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he has at best tolerated my warming myself by him as a distant commotion at the borders of his solipsism



I'm awed by this post.


amazing post, annie.

Mark Daniels

Words fail to describe how this post moved me.



Every once in while, you write something where I can tell you're trying to write. You're good at it. But there's a kind of revelation of private things here that is touching and very very brave. I respect bravery.

I don't have any hope or help or encouragement or advice or nothin'. I'm just another stranger that feels like your friend, and Jacques too; and here's wishing there's 10% less gravity at your house tomorrow. Might help.

Theo Boehm

I was literally moved to tears. Thank you for this and all your other beautiful, wonderful writing.


Wow, Sipp -- lunar gravity! What a great fantasy! I could twirl him on one hand!

Yes, you're right about writing, it's the difference (martial arts) between practicing your kata and being in a fight.


You are doing such a beautiful job of chronicling this odyssey. It is inspiring to those of us who have similar situations in our own lives.


bitterroot -- I'm most glad for that.

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