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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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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Ambassadors Encouraging Volunteers for Children

As previewed in an August post, CASA of Southern Connecticut held an October 15 forum with its ambassadors, Miye Oni and Brandon Sherrod--along with a volunteer advocate, Dwayne Jackson, a retired professional who explained his motivation to get involved with the CASA movement for children.  A recording of the event will eventually be available.

Already, News 12 TV featured Brandon Sherrod in a related segment, while Jim Fuller of the New Haven Register covered the roles of both Brandon and Miye in a piece titled, "Providing support for children dealing with neglect and abuse a passion for former Yale basketball stars."
10:10 am edt 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Interrupting Cycles of Abuse
In connection with October's designation for domestic violence awareness and substance abuse prevention, I wrote an op-ed in the Connecticut Mirror, along with a similar version in the New Haven Register.  Other Hearst Connecticut Media publications such as the Connecticut PostStamford Advocate, and Greenwich Time also ran the piece.


Versions ran in the Good Men Project and via a Medium publication, Change Becomes You, too.
7:57 pm edt 

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