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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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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Connecticut CASA Grows

As the New Haven Register and other Hearst CT Media papers reported, Connecticut CASA has grown to a new court, Waterbury--which, with New Haven, puts the organization in the two largest juvenile courts in the state, together representing over 30 percent of children under the courts' child protection jurisdiction statewide.
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Monday, January 17, 2022

MLK Day--and Mentoring Day

Today is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday--and also Mentoring Day.

Here is a related opinion piece, published in several outlets.
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