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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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Monday, January 30, 2023

Connecticut CASA in the News during Mentoring Month

Connecticut Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) received coverage twice this month:

The ending of AmazonSmile prompted comment about to what extent Connecticut CASA--which relies on a combination of public dollars, foundation grants, and individual donations--will be affected.

Connecticut CASA welcomed two new professional colleagues to its team: Julie Castaneda, who herself benefited from a CASA volunteer when she was in the foster care system as a youth in Texas; and Gabrielle Haynes, a lifelong Connecticut resident with two UConn degrees.

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