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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference


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or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.

 



Signs you’re getting older
By Byron McNutt

A FEW DAYS ago I overheard three young gray-haired couples (probably about 65 years old) talking about what they did when they were growing up versus what today’s youngsters do.

One of the ladies said to the others, “But seriously, I just don’t feel like I’m growing any older.” Her husband laughed sheepishly and just rolled his eyes. That’s an indication of his years of experience.

That reminded me of this list. You are growing older if:

After painting the town red, you have to take

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 2:23 PM
 
Preserving America takes work
By Byron McNutt

JULY FOURTH isn’t just a day off. It’s more than barbecues, parades and parties.

The Fourth of July is a time to renew your gratitude for your good fortune to be living in the greatest country in the world.

As many have observed, one indicator of what makes a country so great is the number of people who want to get in versus how many want to leave. Good or bad, we have open borders. By just these measures alone,

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:52 PM
 
Tales future grandmas will tell
By Byron McNutt

JUST A FEW decades ago, a new product cycle might have been 5 to 10 years. Today, many new consumer products are lucky to have a one-year life span.

If you are in the technology field, your business better be reinventing itself every six months, otherwise you will be deemed obsolete in the marketplace and you will be cast on the scrap heap of one-hit wonders.

If you find yourself in an industry that the world couldn’t do without in the late 20th century, you better beware because 21st century technology is being developed right now that will make your job irrelevant.

Oh, how things change. The following story asks the question:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 4:20 PM
 
Balancing security against privacy
By Byron McNutt

THIS IS THE Age of the Supercomputer. Collecting data is a big part of this revolution. This is the 21st Century and technology has made the impossible possible.

Most people have embraced this “world of information technology” and they realize their expectations of privacy have been reduced. In this evil world, you can’t be 100% safe and remain 100% private.

Most people can’t live without their smartphones, Facebook, Twitter, texting, Internet dating, GPS, shopping on eBay and amazon.com and they can’t leave home without 10 credit cards. Our lives are an open book.

With that in mind, people are still shocked when their privacy is lost.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:32 PM
 
Old Glory: A beacon of freedom
By Byron McNutt

OLD GLORY IS something special — the living symbol of our great land. At a time when radical Muslims riot and kill after reports of the Koran being abused, where’s the outrage when the American flag is being burned and when suicide bombers kill innocent men, women and children while holding the Koran?

While Americans justify our intervention in world squabbles as “defending the defenseless and working toward peace,” our enemies see our diplomatic and military action as unwelcome intervention.

With Friday, June 14, being Flag Day, I’d like to repeat for you this essay titled, “I Am Your Flag.” We need to remind people around the world what the American flag stands for and then it is our obligation to make sure that what our country does remains worthy of the respect.

“I was born on June 14, 1777. I am more than just cloth shaped

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 3:03 PM
 
God, Mother Nature and lawn care

MILLIONS OF Americans believe they are lawn care and landscaping experts. If you are one of those green thumbs, you think you know what’s better than the age-tested work of Mother Nature.
Many of us marvel at the job Mother Nature does each season, and how everything that happens has a purpose, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to make our own little patch of Earth just a little bit better.
In pursuit of perfection, we’ll spend lots of time and money tending our land, but in doing so we might be missing a few of nature’s basic rules.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:18 PM
 
What they mean when men speak
By Byron McNutt

A SKEPTIC WOULD blame it on President Obama. You know, when you say one thing but it really means something else. It’s a skill honed by all politicians.

Joe Schackelman, publisher of the Labor Paper, has collected a list of things men say, but not anyone I know. Included with each saying is what they really mean. The list was compiled about five years ago.

I’m going fishing. Really means, “I’m going to drink myself dangerously stupid and stand by a stream with a stick in my hand, while the fish swim by in complete safety.”

Woman driver. Really means, “Someone who doesn’t

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 3:05 PM
 
Honoring veterans on Memorial Day

By Byron McNutt

MONDAY IS Memorial Day, a day we honor the memory of those men and women who went off to war, never to return. It is also a time to remember the families of those heroes, and the sacrifices they made for our freedoms.

How did our observance of Memorial Day begin?

About 150 years ago, in 1863, America was in the midst of the most painful time in history — the Civil War.

On the site of a bloody battle, on the outskirts of Columbus, Miss., a group of women walked among the fresh graves. They carried

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:39 PM
 
How will you be remembered?

By Byron McNutt

WHEN THE TIME comes for you to leave this Earth, how will you want to be remembered? I have read several answers to this question. Here is what Julie Johnson of Lapeer, Mich., said in the mid 1980s.

“The day will come when I die. At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.

“When that happens, do not attempt to install artificial life into my body by the use of a machine.

“Don’t call this my denial. Let it be called the Bed

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:09 PM
 
Parable: motherhood worth the sacrifice

By Byron McNutt

WITH MOTHER’S DAY this Sunday, I’d like to share with you an essay titled “A Parable of Motherhood,” written by the late Temple Bailey. Bailey was an American author and short-story writer of renown. She wrote this parable in 1933 for Good Housekeeping magazine.

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. “Is this the long way?” she asked.

And the guide said, “Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”

But the young mother was happy and she

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 4:19 PM
 
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