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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.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

National Grants, New Staff Colleagues, Benefit Event and YouTube

During the last week, Connecticut CASA's growth received articles in the New Haven Register and seven other Hearst CT Media outlets (the Connecticut PostDanbury News TimesGreenwich TimeMiddletown PressNorwalk HourRidgefield Press, and Stamford Advocate), along with separate coverage in the Day of New London and Yahoo News.

The organization's TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram pages have some related information.

Weeks earlier, the successful Cooking for CASA benefit event--led by Chef Claire Criscuolo--made news.

Also, thanks to all those who have subscribed so far, the YouTube channel now has a custom handle: ConnecticutCASA 

9:58 am edt 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Son Defeats Dad, One-on-One

This is to record that my son beat me in one-on-basketball for the first time today, 11-9. I was a bit chagrined but more proud!  Complacency, size, and strength are no longer enough; this dad will have to bring more effort and skill to keep up with the younger generation!

8:42 pm edt 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

September 11, Twenty Years Later

Today's 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, during which I was on Manhattan's West 26th Street that day in 2001, resonated.

Some memories, for example of walking rapidly north with the smell of fire in the air amid a city shaken by shock and uncertainty, remain vivid.

On the tenth anniversary on September 11, 2011, I posted some reflections which are a further reminder.  Peace to all.

8:43 am edt 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Connecticut CASA News, Cooking for CASA benefit September 10

As Connecticut CASA announced its plans to unify toward statewide growth, the news was conveyed through:
 
  * Op-ed(s) for Father’s Day and Reunification Month, in the Connecticut Mirror and New Haven Register (among other Hearst Media outlets);
 
  * The same array of Hearst papers ran Connecticut CASA news, once it was published in the New Haven Register.

  * Day of New London article about Connecticut CASA's expansion (quoting volunteer Gina Keifer)


Also, a Cooking for CASA benefit--a lesson over Zoom, led by Chef Claire Criscuolo of Claire's Corner Copia restaurant--was confirmed for Friday, September 10, from 5-7 p.m.  Register here!

Event sponsors so far including Yale University (lead sponsor), Claire's, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, NewAlliance Foundation, Russell Hall Co., and William Fusco.  Thanks to these sponsors and to individual donors/participants for their support.
10:53 am edt 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Miye Oni, Olympian

This blog has occasionally mentioned Miye Oni, a former Yale student-athlete now on the Utah Jazz and an Ambassador (with Brandon Sherrod) for CASA in Connecticut--with both young men appearing on YouTube to discuss this cause for children.

Now, Miye is an Olympian in Tokyo.  Miye Oni (who grew up in California of Nigerian descent) is competing for Nigeria’s men’s basketball team.  After helping Nigeria upset the U.S. in an exhibition game (Miye hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and guarded U.S. all-stars), he is playing a significant role in Tokyo—for example, he scored 15 points on five 3-pointers vs. Germany.  He was featured in ESPN and FIBA articles.
9:00 am edt 

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