It’s a powerful word. It only has three letters. It’s used all the time.
It’s rarely allowed to flex its muscles. It’s usually employed in lists, in a series such as this, and when combining two independent clauses.
But its real strength happens in it’s rarest of usages: as an embrace.
For example, “I have some great ideas for my school, and I’m a first-year principal.” Contrast that to, “I have some great ideas, but I am a first-year principal.”
The “but” imposes an excuse. The “and” embraces the reality of the challenge.
Three letters with a world of difference.