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Practically Idealistic blog
The title for this blog originated with use of the term “practical idealist” in this 1996 opinion piece, which asked: “To what kind of work should a practical idealist aspire?” A century and a half earlier, Emerson, in his 1841 essay Circles, wrote: “There are degrees in idealism.  We learn first to play with it academically. . . .  Then we see in the heyday of youth and poetry that it may be true, that it is true in gleams and fragments.  Then, its countenance waxes stern and grand, and we see that it must be true.  It now shows itself ethical and practical.”  John Dewey and Mahatma Gandhi embraced practical idealism in the 20th century, as did UN Secretary General U Thant.  Al Gore invoked it in a 1998 speech. In the context of this blog, the term is meant to convey idealism tempered but not overwhelmed by realism: a search for the ideal on a path guided by common sense.
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Friday, January 10, 2020

News about CASA of Southern Connecticut

As the New Haven Register and New Haven Independent reported, for 2020 CASA of Southern Connecticut has received a grant of $100,000 from National CASA.  

To volunteer in Connecticut: volunteer@CASAsouthCT.org.

Wherever you are, you may wish to donate to support this lean, volunteer-focused approach to individualized advocacy for children in foster care.
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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, with opportunities to get involved to support young people in our communities.
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