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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I wonder aloud if we now can conceive of a happiness that is not a mere sum of behaviors. It has disturbed me how often in therapy I was exhorted to behave in a certain way, and if I did so, happiness would axiomatically follow. It's as if all interior mental states were merely things that you can get the right package of drugs for and that's that!


Happiness is an elusive goal anyway, and would quickly pall without contrast.


I read the whole thing and:

1. I feel guilty; and

2. I want to go on Ecstasy.

I've been exploring my inner life for 53 years. I want to have some fun, dammit.


Deathbed LSD--hmmm. I'll try to remember that at the appropriate time--

Ruth Anne

I keep hearing this song and thinking of you. Especially the part 'we had friends and they were outside; we played outside.'

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