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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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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Podcast with CASA Volunteer Dwayne Jackson

Dwayne Jackson, already featured (with ambassadors Miye Oni and Brandon Sherrod) on CASA of Southern Connecticut's new YouTube channel (please subscribe and share), has now been interviewed by journalist James Walker for his podcast.

Mr. Jackson makes a compelling case for the role that men and women can play as CASA volunteers for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

6:51 am est 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

CASA News, New London

The Day of New London reported on CASA of Southern Connecticut's new national grant--and on the commitment of volunteers like Karen Bergin.  Though such specific preparation is not expected of a CASA volunteer, she happens to be a retired education advocate as well as a former foster parent and an adoptive parent.  A New London resident, she is driving as needed to New Haven in order to serve children here until the CASA movement grows to the southeastern corner of the state.

4:04 pm est 

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