Sunday, June 14, 2020
"Generations after the Movement, Civil Rights Imperatives Remain"
7:10 pm edt Appalled
by the extent of continuing race-based injustices, I wrote an opinion piece interweaving historical and personal observations,
including mention of the boys whose basketball team I coached this year with fellow volunteer James Forman Jr. The piece
appeared in the Connecticut Mirror, Good Men Project, and a Medium publication, Noteworthy.
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Toward Justice and Peace
6:47 pm edt Amid understandable fury, grief, and protests
after more in a long history of racially motivated, unjust killings, the National CASA Association issued a related statement.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Foster Care Month (May), Reunification Month (June)
8:46 pm edt
Sunday, May 24, 2020
CASA in the News
8:34 pm edt
"Many children in the foster care system demonstrate incredible
resilience, adaptability and flexibility throughout their life journey. This pandemic has presented challenges to adults that
children face as a normal course of life. Those of us who serve, support and encourage children have an opportunity to show
them that same ingenuity, flexibility and resilience.... If you or anyone you know
has ever considered foster parenting, now is the time. [Alternatively, be a CASA volunteer].... According to Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, 'The single most common factor for
children who develop resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with a parent, caregiver, or other adult.'
CASA ... volunteers are often that person for a child in the foster care system."
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Eclectic Reading, from Lizabeth Cohen and Samantha Power to Michelle Obama and Mindi Englart
12:12 pm edt
Books I've read in recent months include
Lizabeth Cohen's Saving America's Cities and Samantha Power's The Education of an Idealist.
Cohen's book considers Ed Logue's work as a leading urban development administrator in New Haven, Boston, and New York, from
the 1950s to 1980s, and the lessons learned.
Like Cohen, Samantha Power, an acquaintance and classmate from undergraduate
days, is an author of multiple prior books, one of which--on genocide--won a Pulitzer Prize. Her new book combines personal
recollections and reflections with policy discussion. The Education of an Idealist resonates, and
includes many of her own compelling insights, along with quotations of others. For example, she cites Barack Obama--in
whose Senate office she served, as well as his presidential administration--advising (on page 148): "I have learned ... that if you are truthful, people respond, even if they don't agree with you. We have to
find our truth and not be afraid to be straight with people."
Recently I started Stretch,
a novel by friend Mindi Rose Englart, while my daughter and I are together reading Michelle Obama's Becoming.