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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, July 26, 2023

Coverage of Cooking, and Singing, for Connecticut CASA

The New Haven Independent published an account of the July 20 event previewed in the July 8 post below. 

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Saturday, July 8, 2023

July 20 "Cooking for CASA" Benefit Previewed


Join us July 20 for Connecticut CASA's 2023 Benefit, following the 2022 Benefit.  Chef Claire Criscuolo—who led a cooking lesson over Zoom in September 2021—will return in person for a “Cooking for CASA” theme featuring seasonal recipes with squash blossoms, and musical entertainment.  

Please register here (https://www.connecticutcasa.org/cook-for-casa-registration-2023/page.html) for this New Haven event.  It will be from 5-7 p.m. at the Dixwell Community "Q" House at 197 Dixwell Avenue, at the corner of Foote Street.

Local musical artist Chynna Sherrod, known for guitar and vocals on American Idol, will perform July 20.

Lead sponsors include Yale University and Akerman LLP, as well as Claire’s Corner Copia, with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, NewAlliance Foundation, and Better Rhodes among other generous sponsors.  We also thank the City of New Haven, the Q House, and LEAP for Kids for use of the Q House facilities.


See  New Haven Register/Hearst CT Media coverage.

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