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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


If it makes no sense, blame Gumperson’s Law
By Byron McNutt

EVERYONE IS familiar with the Murphy family. They gave the rest of us a book of laws we commonly refer to as Murphy’s Laws. Well, over the years, my family always considered the Murphy family, who lived just down the road from us, as “the lucky ones.”
You may also be familiar with Dr. Gumperson. He is famous for Gumperson’s Law. It accounts for the fact that you can throw a burnt match out the window of your car while going 60 mph and start a forest fire, while you can go through two boxes of matches and an entire edition of the News-Review without being able to start a fire under the dry logs in your fireplace.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 4:35 PM
I don’t always agree with what I write!
By Byron McNutt

SOMETIMES WHAT I say or write isn’t exactly what I mean, and not until I am reminded of what I said or wrote does it become clear that I was misquoted or misunderstood.
I’m sure we’ve all been misunderstood from time to time. These errors in speech are called malaprops. Back in 1994, state Sen. Rodney Moen (D-Whitehall) shared his list of bumbling statements collected in the Legislature with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staff writer Alex Thien.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012 3:55 PM | Updated ( Thursday, January 19, 2012 1:50 PM )
Winter class offerings fill intellectual needs
By Byron McNutt

WE’RE IN THE dead of winter and, for those looking for some mental stimulation and an opportunity to socialize with like-minded individuals, here’s a sampling of classes being offered at various schools and community colleges.
Self-improvement courses include Ego Gratification Through Dieting, Whine Your Way to Alienation, Guilt Without Eating, You and Your Tattoos and Overcoming Peace of Mind. These classes were first offered in 1987, according to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:43 PM
With so many nice people, why so much hatred?
By Byron McNutt

ONE OF THE things that impresses most of us as we grow older is how many nice people there are in this world. Even people we used to find annoying or downright irritating don’t seem to bother us so much.
We discover that many of the ones we didn’t particularly like really aren’t as bad as we thought. Maybe you and I are a little smarter than we used to be? We have begun to understand why prickly pears are prickly and now make allowances for it.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012 4:11 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 03, 2012 4:13 PM )
Did your children really get want they wanted?
By Byron McNutt

NOW THAT Christmas is over, it is a good time to ask ourselves, “What did our children really want/need for Christmas?”
Steven Vannoy, author and lecturer, has given the question a lot of thought and written a best-selling book, “The Greatest Gifts I Give My Children.”
Vannoy asks, “Have you ever watched children sitting in the midst of a truckload of wrapped presents, furiously tearing open package after package, only to then sit disappointed when all the packages are open?”


Tuesday, December 27, 2011 1:41 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 27, 2011 9:10 PM )
25 ways we're different this Christmas season
By Byron McNutt

A friend commented the other day that he was reading the papers, catching up on the news, when he realized he hadn’t read any articles that mentioned the fact that we should be celebrating the birth of Christ this Christmas.
Was this a case of trying to be politically correct? I noted that there have been quite a few Christmas-themed shows and movies on TV. The point he was making was the media is telling us how critical the holiday season is to the economy, but we shouldn’t forget the true reason for the season!
This occasion reminded me of an article published in the Dec. 20, 2001, edition of The Delphos Herald in Delphos, Ohio. That was shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America. I saved the article and I thought it would be appropriate to reprint it this week. The author or compiler of the list is not known. A very nice presentation of the list can also be found on the Internet.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:30 PM )
Many of life's problems can be solved by looking up
By Byron McNutt

SOMETIMES LIFE THROWS us a curve. If we let them, our problems can overwhelm us. When we are faced with trials and tribulations, we should remember the following story about the buzzard, the bat and the bumblebee.
The essay was sent to me about five years ago. Research says the author is unknown and the analogy used may be flawed but the message is still important as the story has been shared with friends for many years.
Buzzard — If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 6:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:35 PM )
Warm The Children enjoys communitywide support
By Byron McNutt

WHEN WE MADE the decision to sponsor the Warm The Children (WTC) program 15 years ago, we set a goal to raise between $10,000 and $12,000 and shop for about 150 area children. We worried, What if we spend a lot more than we take in?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 6:22 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:35 PM )
Taste test proves venison comparable to beef
By Byron McNutt

CONTROVERSY HAS  raged about the relative quality of venison and beef as gourmet foods.
Some people say that venison is tough, with a strong “wild” taste. Others insist that venison is tender and that its flavor is delicate. About 13 years ago, the University of Wisconsin Foods Research Department conducted a taste test to determine the truth of these conflicting assertions.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1:25 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:36 PM )
Taking stock of our blessings on Thanksgiving


By Byron McNutt

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we should all stop and take a long, hard look at what we have been blessed with by being Americans.

Thanksgiving celebrations often take us back to our roots. Not all people are proud of where they come from, especially if it is a small town in the middle of nowhere. Some consider it a blessing.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:33 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:57 PM )

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