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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

Byron McNutt can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.


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
The right key can open the door

By Byron McNutt

THE FOUNDATION, the strength, the goodness of any club or organization is the individual member. That member is the key to the organization’s growth and service.

Edward Cadman, Wena­tchee, Wash., president of Rotary International about 20 years ago, wrote the following message to Rotarians worldwide titled “You are the Key.” I would like to reprint it here for your consideration.

The message is applicable to any situation, whether it be a service club, business or family. It is also true about any team sport that depends on individual members working as a unit.

Cadman says: “In the construction of a bridge

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 4:04 PM
Success, sacrifice, stress and pain


By Byron McNutt

“WE LIVE IN a culture that worships comfort. During this century we have seen the greatest assault on discomfort in the history of the human race.”

This was written by author Edwin Bliss in his book “Doing It Now.” The time management specialist and business consultant published the book in 1984. Here are more excerpts from the book that may have served as a warning.

“We have learned to control our

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:15 PM
If you thought that was astonishing?

By Byron McNutt

FOR THE YEAR 1977, government spending, federal, state and local, averaged $9,607 for each household. That was 47% of the average income of the nation’s 74.5 million households, which was $20,400.

That figure was deemed “astonishing” by industrialist Willard Rockwell, Jr., chairman of the board of Rockwell International. He was also chairman of the board of trustees of the Tax Foundation. What word or description would Rockwell and the Tax Foundation use today to describe the level of government spending? It seems the size of government spending has astonished us for a very long time.

The following financial information was taken from a column written

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:27 PM
Taking down the bird feeder

By Byron McNutt

SOMETIMES THE most complex problems we face as a country can be better understood when explained and presented in simple terms. The following two stories were sent to me recently and I thought they were too good not to share with you.

The first story was inspired by Artist John Wagner, creator of Hallmark’s Maxine, the cartoon lady. Wagner gave us Maxine in 1986 for Shoebox greetings. Maxine may be up in years but she is very wise.

Here’s how Maxine views the mess that America is now in economically, and how simple it would be to solve it. It’s called taking down the bird feeder.

“I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:12 PM
Book offers help for your golf game

By Byron McNutt

THE CALENDAR says it’s April, which usually means it is time for area golfers to head out to one of the local links to play a round of golf. Well, not so fast. This year, the ground is still covered with snow.

Until the weather breaks, golfers have an opportunity to brush up on their skills by reading a new Internet book written by an unidentified author. Just Bing “My New Golf Book.”

The forward says, “I believe my new book on golf gives you the valuable playing tips and insider information

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:10 PM

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