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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This change must have happened before Hillary ran, because we took her running in stride with no real controversy, yes?


I think it happened simultaneously with her candidacy. A woman who faltered or had a tremor in her voice or . . . I don't know quite what, but I can imagine a first female candidate for president who somehow subtly confirmed people's fears or prejudices about a woman not having enough authority, presence, confidence, strength for the job, and who therefore annealed the glass ceiling rather than smashing it.

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Only Nixon could go to China and perhaps only Hillary could have run as the first viable female presidential candidate without gender being much of an issue. Her respectable (if not always respected) presence in politics coupled with her "Mars" inspired campaign strategies made her in many ways a more typical candidate than the two remaining choices. And what American doesn't find a strange comfort in a candidate who will viciously attack an opponent, stretch the truth and do virtually anything to win. Had she run a more "peaceful" campaign I honestly believe she would have been considered a "woman." But she strummed the chord our national psychosis with her antics and became a candidate.

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