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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


Father's letter to teacher spans three generations
By Byron McNutt

MILLIONS OF young people, and tens of thousands of teachers, are preparing for a new school year to begin in the coming weeks. The following letter was written about 50 years ago by a young father and sent to his son’s teacher. Twenty years ago, a copy of the letter was sent to the teacher of the author’s grandson. The message is as true today as it was back then.
Tuesday, our 5-year-old Benny will turn his back on babyhood — and, to some extent, on his mother and father — as he trots off to school. We happen to feel that most public schools are too soft, too crowded and too little concerned with the fundamentals. We do not blame anyone on the

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 1:39 PM
Going the extra mile free of traffic jams
By Byron McNutt

The following piece, titled “Ten Cannots,” was written in 1916 by the Rev. William J.H. Boetcker, a Presbyterian clergyman who had given up the pulpit to lecture on industrial relations. Some people have credited the article to Abraham Lincoln, but I do not believe that is true.
I thought this message was especially appropriate now considering the turmoil we’ve experienced the past few months, both in Madison and Washington. To our future political candidates, you could use the following as a proven platform for your campaign.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 1:43 PM
Seniors were green before green was hip
By Byron McNutt

It’s no surprise the world is changing in these times of Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple, otherwise known as the era of the social media. There is a striking disconnect from generation to generation. Here’s an example of “the green thing.”
In the checkout line at the grocery store, the young cashier told an older woman, who was a very young 60, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags aren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have ‘the green thing’ in my day.”

Tuesday, August 02, 2011 10:39 AM
Whatever work you do, always do your best
By Byron McNutt

HAVE YOU EVER said, “I just don’t have time to do every job my boss wants me to do perfectly. I admit it, sometimes I get in a hurry and I cut corners.”
As a result of this laziness, we have to find time at a later time to redo the project, and this time we have to do it right. Life is full of such situations. And, if we have learned anything, it is to save time and do things right the first time.
Here’s a story that illustrates the point.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:38 AM
Life's lessons aren't always defined in black/white
By Byron McNutt

HERE’S HOPING you are having a nice summer vacation season. It is a good time to reflect on life’s little mysteries. The following essay was shared with me by local friends who got it from friends of theirs.
I believe — that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.
I believe — that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
I believe — that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:55 AM
America still the engine driving the future
By Byron McNutt

In these troubling times, Bard College professor Walter Mead says, “While the 21st century will be tumultuous, the United States is better positioned to adapt than is China, Europe or the Arab world.” The future still belongs to America.
Wealthy investor Warren Buffet often says, “Blessed is the baby born today in the United States. That baby still has the best opportunity for a long, successful life.”
At the same time, the late Russian/American novelist Ayn Rand is quoted saying, “You can avoid

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:09 AM
The story of Adam and Eve's pets
By Byron McNutt

After careful Bible study, this story has been translated many times and has been shared with millions of dog and cat owners. The story has survived the test of time.
Adam and Eve said, “Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.”
And God said, “I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:59 AM
Creed summarizes our faith in America
By Byron McNutt

HERE ARE some words to ponder as we celebrate this year’s Independence Day weekend. While things have changed dramatically in recent years, some things never change.
“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon these principals of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:15 AM
Is your smartphone missing a few buttons?
By Byron McNutt

Just about everybody you and I know has acted really dumb at one time or another. Maybe it was because they’d become overly tired or perhaps they were out of their comfort zone.
Whatever the reason, you suddenly wished you didn’t know them. But don’t laugh. The chances are pretty good your best friends have gone through the same exasperating experience with you.
Then there are those people who seem to act dumb all the time. They always seem to be on a previous page when everybody else in the room is talking about the start of a new chapter.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:33 AM
We can all learn from these worthy ideals
By Byron McNutt

The following essay was written by David Weatherford and is titled “When Children Learn.” I’ve had the piece in my files for over 12 years and I thought it was time to share it with you:
When children learn that happiness is not found in what a person has but in who that person is;
When they learn that giving and forgiving are more rewarding than taking and avenging;
When they learn that suffering is not eased by self-pity, but overcome by inner resolve and spiritual strength;
When they learn that they can’t control the world around them, but they are the masters of their own souls;

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 1:58 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 14, 2011 2:02 PM )

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