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A Date With the Departed
November 1, 2008   OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR By THOMAS LYNCH HE pumpkins, penny candy and neighborly hordes of goblins and ghosts shouting “Trick or treat!” remind us of the ancients and their belief that the souls of the dead must be appeased. But it's the days that follow Halloween that most interest ...
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Michigan's Song of Itself
April 6, 2008 OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Michigan’s Song of Itself By THOMAS LYNCH Milford, Mich. THE University of Michigan had a chance to shine at the end of February when our symphony orchestra toured by bus from Ann Arbor to Carnegie Hall. The musicians made stops at Oberlin and Cornell before getting to West 57th Street. ...
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Return of the Prince
November 25, 2007 OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR The Return of the Prince By THOMAS LYNCH Milford, Mich. “DEMOCRACY is untidy,” said Donald Rumsfeld. “It sure is,” we Michiganders nod, watching our state legislators navigate fecklessly between tax increases and budget cuts trying to keep Lansing’s ship of state afloat. The autumn has been spent under the threat of a ...
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The Dispirit of '67
August 5, 2007 OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; The Dispirit of '67 By THOMAS LYNCH Milford, Mich. THE men I have coffee with most mornings in town are all in what we never call the last trimester of our lives. We're winding down, golfing more, worried that what's ahead won't be as good as what's gone before. ...
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In Michigan, Not Even the Dead Are Safe
April 29, 2007   OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR By THOMAS LYNCH   HE big cemetery with the name like a golf course out on the Interstate across from the mall was seized by a state conservator this winter. Seems someone took the money -- $70 million in prepaid trust funds -- and ran. It's one of ...
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When Latvian Eyes Are Smiling
March 17, 2006   OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR By THOMAS LYNCH   ast year they opened a new Irish pub on Main Street here. O'Callaghan's they call it, and it's owned by two Palestinians who did it up in high Paddy style, with snugs and dark hardwoods, Guinness and designer lagers and a couple of imported ...
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Mourning in America
February 26, 2006   Review By THOMAS LYNCH   ex and the dead, William Butler Yeats wrote to Olivia Shakespear nearly 80 years ago, are the only two topics that "can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mind." Sandra M. Gilbert got close to the first topic more than ...
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Left Behind
August 17, 2005   By THOMAS LYNCH   ike President Bush, I enjoy clearing brush in August. We both like quittance of the suit and tie, freedom from duty and detail and to breathe deeply the insouciant air of summer. He makes for his ranch in Crawford, Tex., a town with no bars ...
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Our Near-Death Experience
April 9, 2005   OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR By THOMAS LYNCH   oveen, Ireland -- IMAGES of the papal wake dominated the news this week: the dead man's body vested, mitered, laid out among his people in St. Peter's Square, blessed with water and incense, borne from one station to the next in a final journey. ...
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We Should Witness the Death of McVeigh
February 20, 2001   EDITORIAL DESK By THOMAS LYNCH   fter 30 years directing funerals, I've come to believe in open caskets. A service to which everybody but the deceased is invited, like a wedding without the bride or a baptism without the baby, denies the essential reality of the occasion, misses the focal ...
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A Hero of the Celtic Renaissance
December 15, 2000  EDITORIAL DESK By THOMAS LYNCH   rom the cottage I keep in West Clare, I sometimes look across the Shannon Estuary to the Kerry Hills. From the end of the peninsula, I can make out Ballybunion, where Bill Clinton golfed in September 1998, in the midst of the Monica ...
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Endpaper; The Going Rate
October 15, 2000   MAGAZINE DESK By THOMAS LYNCH   he widow wanted the cherry coffin. All she could think of was her husband, dead. Dead at 40 in the dead of winter; dead in the front yard of a Sunday morning with the ice spud beside him and his ice-fishing gear -- tip-ups ...
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A Man's Right to Choose
2000   OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR By THOMAS LYNCH   ilford -- I have a daughter and three sons. If there is better duty than being the dad, I have never found it. But on one subject -- the nature of sex and its possible outcomes -- the counsel I'm required to give my sons, ...
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As Memory Itself Runs Out of Time
December 26, 1999   EDITORIAL DESKBy THOMAS LYNCH   n 1975, when my father was my age, he had a bronze plate engraved with his name and two dates. ''Edward Lynch,'' it read, ''1924-1999.'' He put it on a bronze casket in our casket showroom to demonstrate how the up-market units could be ...
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Grief, Real and Imagined
October 30, 1999   EDITORIAL DESK By THOMAS LYNCH   hen planes fall from the sky, or boats sink in the seas, or trains collide -- whenever the worst that can happen happens -- everyone in earshot is given pause. And pause we must, over this past week's sadness with Payne Stewart, the husband, ...
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Why Buy More Time?
March 14, 1999   By THOMAS LYNCH   he news, lately reported, that the life span of humans might be doubled in the next century is cause for sober and deliberate contemplation. Like so much that is baffling and wondrous, the word comes from a conference in Southern California. Dr. Gregory Stock of ...
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Misplaced Mourning
August 31, 1998  By THOMAS LYNCH   he death notices in The Daily Telegraph make it plain. Most everyone here dies peaceably, in the hospital or after a brief illness. There are, of course, the sad exceptions. One unfortunate local died ''tragically whilst walking in the Dolomites.'' One ''went to sleep in ...
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Socko Finish
July 12, 1998   By THOMAS LYNCH   y son and I were moving caskets -- an oak with Celtic crosses on the corners, a cherry with a finish like that of our dining-room table, a cardboard box with a reinforced bottom, caskets that could be buried, burned, blown into space or set ...
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