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David Sewell
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passing along a recent Times story by Abby:
A lot of times when I write about mental health care, it's about systems that are broken. Here's a story about a hopeful development, for a change.

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Many many more angle brackets to look at in the next couple of years. (As always, the volumes are converted to XML following the TEI Guidelines [www.tei-c.org])

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Just finished adding the last of three volumes covering Rhode Island in our UVA Press Rotunda edition of the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution: http://rock.ei.virginia.edu/founders/RNCN.html . Following Rhode Island's long-delayed vote to ratify, George Washington visited the state in August 1790 and visited the synagogue in Newport. He replied to a commemorative address from the congregation with a letter that has become a classic document in the annals of American religious liberty. Considering the rhetoric that has been flying about during the Presidential primary campaigning, I figure this is a good time to reproduce its central paragraph.

"The citizens of the United States of America, have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience, and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction—to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving on all occasions their effectual support."

(See also: http://www.mountvernon.org/research-collections/digital-encyclopedia/article/touro-synagogue/)

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15 years living in the Blue Ridge Mountains and I'm still amazed by how densely things grow in a wet summer. It just seems so... unnatural... for plants to crowd together this way. Photo is from the ridgetop on Bucks Elbow Mountain behind the house, looking east toward Charlottesville and Monticello, both of which are visible from this spot during the winter.
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A would-be successor to Randall Henderson's classic "Desert Magazine". Quite a shift from Wonkette (which I haven't really looked at since Ana Marie Cox left).

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A question I sent to "Lynneguist" inspired a posting on "shock" as a noun premodifier.

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Front-page feature by Abby on mental health issues -- calls to mind the story in Virginia involving state senator Creigh Deeds's son
The story of one family's struggles with the fragmented and often impenetrable California mental health system, and its tragic ending.

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Abby's story on Jisr az-Zarqa, researched last month, is on the front page of today's LA Times:
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