Lawrence Henry

Lawrence Henry writes every week from North Andover, Massachusetts.

A Slow Crash and Burn

 

Most of us have a certain image in mind of the term “heart attack.” We envision a grab for the left chest or upper left arm, a grimace of pain, and a collapse to the floor. “Why you have to go eatin’ all that pork?” Richard Pryor’s heart demands of him as it slams him […]

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Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

 

When we first moved to North Andover, Massachusetts, in late summer 2002, I made an effort to make new friends. Easier tried than accomplished, even when you have something obvious in common. An ancient bent geezer down the street from us spent a whole afternoon talking about his and his family’s history in the area, […]

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My Apologies

 

I have asked Wlady to publish this statement in the letters column, and I have sent it to my mailing list, too. I’ll be busy this week with a couple of minor surgeries – switching over from peritoneal to hemo dialysis.  Your loving responses have humbled me with gratitude, and also made me realize what […]

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Nothing Else to Do

 

Beautiful fall weather has come to Northeastern Massachusetts, the kind of calm, golden, balmy day when I would, not too long ago, have gone out joyously to play golf. With my right shoulder gone — no more rotator cuff at all, the joint grinding bone on bone — I can no longer swing a golf […]

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Both Sides of the Financial Crisis

 

Of late, at least in conservative quarters, reports have made clear how much of the current financial crisis may be laid at the feet of Democrats and their social engineering policies. Jeff Jacoby, the lone conservative columnist at the Boston Globe, wrote Sunday, “Barney Frank’s talking points notwithstanding, mortgage lenders didn’t wake up one fine […]

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My First Big Scoop

 

When I started working at the little chain of four suburban newspapers where my Dad was the advertising manager, I got the usual first assignment. Editor Bob Bork gave me a stack of press releases and told me to see if there was anything worthwhile to print. In my judgment, as a go-getter high school […]

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Re: Paulson Details

 

I cringe along with everyone else at the notion of Henry Paulson spending up to $1 trillion in public money to buy bad mortgage-backed securities from failing financial institutions. There is one potentially bright spot, pointed out by (gulp) Barney Frank: These securities will be purchased at a steep discount, and will be worth a […]

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How to Read a Hundred Books

 

In the early 1970s, I worked at a publisher’s representative’s office in San Francisco, and made one of the best friends I’ve ever had. Lillian, the office manager, sat across from me, and she and I talked books and politics and life for the whole time I worked there. We’ve been talking ever since, and […]

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Nickels Redux

 

Some time ago, I wrote a column about how comparitively rare nickels were in circulation. It proved an unusually popular piece, getting some three dozen written responses and a radio interview. (The interviewer suggested I might have too much time on my hands.) From today’s USA Today: One trucker died and two others were injured […]

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Palin Qualifications?

 

I’ve been musing over some history, with William Buckley’s jape in mind that he would gladly be governed by the first 1000 names in the Manhattan phone book. In terms of plain, unadorned experience, Palin compares favorably with Theodore Roosevelt (who, of course, was a genius), Ulysses S. Grant, and Woodrow Wilson. The Obama people […]

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