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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

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