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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


Where to reside in retirement

By Byron McNutt

THE UNITED STATES is a very diverse country. Americans are free to pack up and move any time in search of a better opportunity. As we get closer to retirement age, we are faced with the decision — where to live in retirement?

As we deal with this extended winter season, a friend sent me the following primer that you might find helpful in deciding where would be best for you.

In the end, you won’t find any place any better than the North Woods of Wisconsin.

Of course, a few weeks in Florida or Arizona during

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:03 PM
Murphy’s Law of the land

By Byron McNutt

IF YOU THINK Murphy’s Law was meant for you, you’ll appreciate the fact the Murphy Center, located in Garrett Park, Md., is a think tank devoted exclusively to the study of what it describes as “human imperfectability and the perverse nature of inanimate objects.”

Founded in 1977, the Murphy Center first published its findings in November of 1978. The center thrives on turmoil, a failing economy and a widespread feeling that the universe is flawed and life is imperfect.

Evidence of this thesis is the knowledge

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 3:22 PM
Cellphone user learns a lesson

By Byron McNutt

DO YOU sometimes think cellphone users don’t have any manners, or if they do have manners, they forget to use them? A clueless cellphone user can be very annoying, right?

Have you ever been to a nice supper club, trying to enjoy your meal, when the person at a nearby table is talking to a friend on his cellphone? If it was only for 15 seconds, you might understand and forgive the transgression, but when the conversation goes on and on, and the talker’s voice gets loud, that’s rude.

A friend sent me this short

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:45 PM
Try to emulate an old geezer

By Byron McNutt

WE SHOULD all remember that we are only as old as we feel. An old Army buddy of Bill Miller, a Missouri newspaper publisher, passed this essay on to him nearly 10 years ago. The original author is unknown.

If you are over 60 years old, you may qualify as being in the category of an old geezer, at least partially. We know many old geezers who really are young geezers!

Geezers — slang for old men — are easy to spot. See if you know any old geezers.

At sporting events, during the playing of the national anthem,

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 6:04 PM
What we learn from the past

By Byron McNutt

HOW MANY News-Review readers keep a daily weather diary or a complete written report of personal experiences? We might be surprised.

I’d guess some of the most valuable information in historical research has come from diaries written by early settlers and people of the past century. That was a belief of the late Elaine Reetz, a contributor of news items and a columnist for the Waushara Argus of Wautoma.

Reetz loved local history and writing

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:47 PM
You have cabin fever when . . .

By Byron McNutt

IT MAY BE a little early for cabin fever, that disease of the home-all-day type that is alleviated only a little bit by the knowledge the second wave of seed catalog mailings should begin anytime now.

But just in case it sets in, here are some of the symptoms so you will know it in time to get an antidote, as shared by Pearl Swiggum of the Crawford County Independent of Gays Mills. Her column Stump Ridge Forever ran for 46 years.

• Cabin fever is talking to the dog for 10 minutes, then waiting another 10 minutes for an answer.

• Watering the cactus

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:58 PM
Tips for a romantic Valentine’s Day

By Byron McNutt

IF YOU ARE a romantic person by nature, you may be interested in reading a newspaper column written by Gary Slaatz, publisher of the Clark County Press of Neillsville, about 30 years ago.

The column was written the week of Valentine’s Day, and I think his wife, Jane, who served as editor of the paper, may have contributed. The topic is pertinent because tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.

“In case anyone should want to get into the

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:30 PM
Driving growth via innovation

By Byron McNutt

GOOD TO KNOW: There are radical breakthroughs on the horizon for the world because explosive new technologies are being discovered to solve problems.

This optimistic economic news is important to all of us because America needs to create 15 million new jobs in the decade ahead to help keep the global economic engine running.

Peter Diamandis believes innovation is about to take off and predicts biotechnology is a field where we’re going to see the next $100 billion companies. Diamandis recently identified eight technologies ripe for major growth.

Diamandis is chairman and chief executive of the X Prize Foundation, a nonprofit focused on designing

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 5:31 PM
Six degrees of separation

By Byron McNutt

YOU'VE PROBABLY heard the expression “Six degrees of separation” but do you know how it came about, or who came up with the theory? Well, shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Tom Still gave an answer to those questions in a newspaper column. At the time, he was associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. Today, Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

He wrote: “Some 30 years ago (about 1970), American psychologist Stanley Milgram set out to prove our world is much smaller than we imagine.

“He recruited people in different states and sent each of them a package, together with

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:50 PM
Nothing succeeds like success

By Byron McNutt

FOR YEARS, as a young man, columnist Sydney J. Harris said he could never understand the meaning of the old saw, “Nothing succeeds like success.” He went on to explain, “What it means, of course, is that success carries an impetus of its own, quite apart from the talent involved.”

Harris wrote in a column in 1982:

“There is a story, well attested to, that Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest and came in third. Also, that Heifetz, in the days of his fame, played

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:26 PM

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